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Western University BioMedical Sciences (BMSc): All About this Competitive Program

The BMSc program is designed for students at Western interested in studying the Medical Sciences including Medical Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Chemical Biology, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Medical Biophysics, Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Physiology.

 

Students interested in Neuroscience will normally apply for admission to the Medical Sciences First Entry Program and then submit an Intent to Register for the limited number of spaces available in the Honors Specialization in Neuroscience (BSc) in Year 2. Any student at the University satisfying the first year Admission Requirements, however, can be considered for admission to Year 2 of the Honors Specialization in Neuroscience. The Admission Requirements for the Honors Specialization in Neuroscience include 1.0 course in mathematics selected from a broader list of courses than required in the Medical Sciences First Entry Program. Students in Medical Sciences 1 who intend to register in the Honors Specialization in Neuroscience in Year 2 may choose, therefore, 1.0 mathematics course from this broader list unless they wish to maintain the flexibility of applying to Year 3 of the BMSc Program.

 

Pre-med student hopefuls interested in the modules leading to a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) degree will normally complete the Medical Sciences First Entry Program (Medical Sciences 1 and 2) and submit an Intent to Register during Medical Sciences 2, requesting admission to Year 3 of the BMSc Program. Students who complete the Medical Sciences First Entry Program are ensured admission to Year 3 of the BMSc Program, provided they satisfy certain conditions in Medical Sciences 1 and 2.

 

It is anticipated that the available spaces in Year 3 of the BMSc Program will not be filled by students in Medical Sciences 2 who satisfy the conditions for assured admission. Students who complete the courses in Medical Sciences 1 and 2 without being registered in the Medical Sciences First Entry Program, as well as students in Medical Sciences 2 who do not satisfy the conditions for assured admission to the BMSc Program, may apply for admission to the remaining spaces in Year 3.  Students in this “competitive pool” must satisfy certain conditions, including a minimum average of 75% on the 2000-level courses listed in the Admission Requirements for the modules.

 

Admission to the Medical Sciences First Entry Program in the Faculty of Science (Years 1 and 2) will require the following Ontario Grade 12 U Courses:

 

  • English ENG4U
  • Calculus and Vectors MCV4U
  • Biology SBI4U
  • Chemistry SCH4U

 

Note: Although Western offers first-year physics courses that do not require high-school physics as a prerequisite, it is strongly recommended that students complete Grade 12 U Physics (SPH4U).

 

Medical Sciences 1 (Year 1):

 

  • 5.0 courses:
    • 1.0 course: Biology 1001A and 1002B.
    • 1.0 course: Chemistry 1301A/B and 1302A/B.
    • 0.5 course from: Calculus 1000A/B or 1500A/B
    • 0.5 course from*: Calculus 1301A/B or 1501A/B, Mathematics 1600A/B, Applied Mathematics 1201A/B
    • 1.0 course from**: (Physics 1028A/B or 1301A/B or 1501A/B) and (Physics 1029A/B or 1302A/B or 1502A/B)
    • 1.0 course from either Category A or Category B (see Breadth Requirements for Bachelor Degrees)

 

Admission to certain basic medical science modules may require completion of a specific first-year course in mathematics. See the Admission Requirements for each module for more information.

 

Although it is recommended that the first-year physics requirement be completed in Year 1, students may delay the physics requirement until Year 2 (unless they wish to pursue a module in Medical Biophysics).

 

Students seeking registration in modules leading to a BMSc degree will progress to Medical Sciences 2 provided a full load of 5.0 courses is successfully completed in Medical Sciences 1 and marks of 60% or higher are achieved in each of the half courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics. Each of the first-year half courses in physics, whether taken in Medical Sciences 1 or 2, must be completed with a mark of 60% or higher.

 

Students wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree will submit an Intent to Register during Medical Sciences 1, requesting admission to a module(s) leading to a BSc degree for Year 2.

 

Medical Sciences 2 (Year 2):

 

  • 5.0 courses, including ALL of the 2000-level courses listed in the Admission Requirements for the module to which the student applies for Year 3 (exceptions may be noted in the module). The 2000-level courses listed in the Admission Requirements will also be used towards fulfilling the Module requirements.
  • Only those students admitted to the Medical Sciences First Entry Program may register in Medical Sciences 2.

 

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