Academic Calendar - 2021 ARCHIVE

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Faculty of Science - Integrated Science Program - (WISc)

The Western Integrated Science (WISc) program is a first entry, four-year program administered by the Faculty of Science. It is designed to provide select students with the diverse science education necessary to address the interdisciplinarity of today's major scientific challenges (e.g., climate change, world hunger, alternative energy). WISC combines unique Integrated Science courses with traditional discipline-specific courses. In Year 2, WISC students will enroll in an Integrated Science Honours Specialization module administered jointly by the Faculty of Science and individual Science departments.

Admission Requirements

Admission into WISc is competitive, limited and open only to students who apply to Western through the ES stream of the Ontario Universities' Application Centre. In addition to the Grade 12 requirements, a personal statement is required and will be used as part of the adjudication for admission. See the Western Faculty of Science website ( for details about the admission selection process.

Completion of first year requirements with no failures. Students must complete the following courses with an average of at least 70%, with no individual course mark below 60%:
0.5 course: Chemistry 1301A/B;
0.5 course: Physics 1201A/B or Physics 1501A/B or the former Physics 1301A/B;
0.5 course: Biology 1001A;

Module/Program Information

13.0 courses

2.5 courses: Integrated Science 2001F*, Integrated Science 2002B*, Integrated Science 3001F/G**, Integrated Science 3002A/B**, Integrated Science 4001Y***.
0.5 course*: Philosophy 2320F/G.
0.5 course: Science 3377A/B**.
1.5 course: Integrated Science 4999E***.
1.5 courses: Biology 2290F/G, Biology 2382A/B, Biology 2581A/B.
0.5 course from: Biology 2244A/B or Statistical Sciences 2244A/B
0.5 course: Biochemistry 2280A.
0.5 course: Biology 3596A/B.
0.5 courses from: Biology 3594A/B, Biology 3595A/B, Biology 3597A/B.
1.5 courses (not already taken above) from: Biology 3466A/B, Biology 3592A/B, Biology 3593A/B, Biology 3594A/B, Biology 3595A/B, Biology 3597A/B.
1.0 course from: Biology 4289A/B, Biology 4540F/G, Biology 4560A/B, Biology 4561F/G, Biology 4562A/B.
0.5 course: Biology 4583F/G or the former Biology 4582.
1.5 additional courses from Biology listed above but not already taken.

1. Biology 3596A/B requires a minimum mark of 70% in each of Biology 2581A/B and Biology 2290F/G.
2. Biology 3595A/B requires a minimum mark of 70% in Biology 2581A/B.

* indicates courses taken in Second Year of Program
** indicates courses taken in Third Year of Program
*** indicates courses taken in Fourth Year of Program


Progression Requirements

First year requirements must be completed with no mark less than 60% in any principal course and an overall average in principal courses of 70%. See particular Integrated Science module for what constitutes principal courses. For progression into 4th year of the program, students must maintain an overall average of 70% with no mark less than 60% in any course required in the module. Students who do not meet the progression requirements, or chose not to continue in the program, may be able to continue their studies in a traditional module. Students should consult an academic counsellor in the Department that administers their chosen module.

Related Information

Students who complete WISc Program will graduate with an “Honours Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science with (specific discipline).”