Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2011/2012
Canadian Excellence

Honours BSc Health Sciences

The Honours BSc Health Sciences program consists of 20.0 credits, of which at most 7.0 credits may be at the 100 level and no more than 4.5 credits may be from disciplines outside the Faculty of Science. Electives must include at least a 0.5 credit from each of Curriculum Divisions A and B (other than Psychology). For progression and graduation, a cumulative overall GPA of at least 6.0 is required.

Year 1: (5.0 credits)
HE100, HE101, BI110, BI111, CH110, CH111; PS101 and PS102 (or PS100*);
MA100 and MA101 (or MA110*)

Year 2: (5.0 credits)
HE201, BI210/HE210, BI216/HE211,
CH202, CH203, MA241
At least one of BI236, CH250, PS263 (refer to Note 1)
At most 1.5 elective credits (Refer to Notes 2 and 3)

Year 3: (5.0 credits)
HE300, HE301, HE302
3.5 elective credits (Refer to Notes 1, 2 and 3; must be approved by the Health Sciences Co-ordinator or designate)

Year 4: (5.0 credits)
4.0 elective credits (Refer to Notes 1, 2 and 3; must be approved by the Health Sciences Co-ordinator or designate)

Additional Information

  1. All three of BI236, CH250, PS263 are required for the program, and must be completed by the end of Year 3. However, depending on a students Area of Specialization (refer to Note 3 below), one or more of these courses may be taken in Year 2 and the remainder in Year 3.
  2. Students interested in writing the MCAT should include PC141 (or PC131) and PC142 (or PC132) among their electives.
  3. Depending on career objectives, students may wish to concentrate their electives in one of the Areas of Specialization listed below. Those not selecting an Area of Specialization must take at least 3.0 credits of 300 or 400-level courses credits from disciplines within the Faculty of Science, including at least 1.0 credit at the 400-level.
    Areas of Specialization:
    Year 2: BI226 and BI276 are highly recommended as electives. Students must select BI236 but may defer CH250 and/or PS263 to Year 3.
    Years 3 & 4: CH350; 4.5 credits from BI300, BI338, BI346, BI374, BI400, BI426, BI436, BI439, BI449, BI476, BI495, of which at least 1.0 credit must be at the 400-level. (Note: With permission of the Health Sciences Co-ordinator (or designate), at most two of CH354, CH419, CH453, CH456 or CH459 may be substituted for 300-level Biology courses from this list.)

    Year 2: Students must select CH250 but may defer BI236 and/or PS263 to Year 3.
    Years 3 & 4: CH350, CH456, CH458; at least 3.5 credits from CH212, CH332, CH354, CH356, CH419, CH432, CH453, CH457, CH459, CH495, CH490. (Note: With permission of the Health Sciences Co-ordinator (or designate), other senior CH courses may be substituted for courses from this list and at most 1.5 credits from PC141 (or PC131), PC142 (or PC132), BI226, BI276, BI338, BI374, BI441, BI476 may be substituted from this list).

    Year 2: PS280, PS295 (replacing HE201), PS296 (replacing MA241). Students must select PS263 but may defer BI236 and/or CH250 to Year 3.
    Years 3 & 4: PS363, PS381, PS394; 1.5 credits from PS260, PS262, PS275, PS276, PS277, PS282, but not including both PS276 and PS277; 1.0 credit from PS366, PS379, PS382, PS395, PS397, PS398; one of PS463, PS465, PS480, PS482.
  4. Students who select the Bio-Med or Med-Chem specializations and are contemplating graduate study or certain post-graduate health-related programs should consider taking the thesis course (BI499‡ or CH490‡) as an elective.
  5. Students may also qualify for a Minor or Option of their choice, including those in Biology (with 1.5 additional BI credits, 1.0 of which must have a lab component), or Chemistry (with one additional senior CH course). However, those selecting an Area of Specialization cannot also hold credit for a Minor in the corresponding discipline; that is, Biology for Bio-Med, Chemistry for Med-Chem and Psychology for Med-Psych.


Senate/Editorial Changes

Senate Revision April 25, 2011: Year 3 requirements revised; effective September 1, 2011.