The Major in Life Sciences provides a strong foundation in cellular biology, molecular biology, organic chemistry and biochemistry.  It should provide you with the prerequisites to apply to schools of medicine, dentistry or pharmacy, as well as to biomolecular graduate program.  Be sure to carefully check the admission requirements of professional and graduate schools you are considering.

This program is offered in English and in French.

The table below includes only discipline-specific courses. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for information on including a major to your degree.

The extended French stream is available when taken as part of an honours degree.

This major cannot be combined with the following disciplines: major in Biochemistry (BCH), major in Biology (BIO), minor in Biochemistry (BCH), minor in Biology (BIO) or minor in Life Sciences.

Compulsory Courses
BIO 1130Introduction to Organismal Biology3 Units
BIO 1140Introduction to Cell Biology3 Units
CHM 1311Principles of Chemistry3 Units
CHM 1321Organic Chemistry I3 Units
MAT 1330Calculus for the Life Sciences I3 Units
MAT 1332Calculus for the Life Sciences II3 Units
BCH 2333Introduction to Biochemistry3 Units
BIO 2133Genetics3 Units
CHM 2120Organic Chemistry II3 Units
CHM 2123Laboratory of Organic Chemistry II3 Units
MAT 2379Introduction to Biostatistics3 Units
BCH 3120General Intermediary Metabolism3 Units
Optional courses
3 optional course units from:3 Units
Principles of Physics I
Principles of Physics II
Introduction to Biopharmaceutical Science
3 optional course units from:3 Units
Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology
3 optional course units from:3 Units
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Molecular Biology Laboratory
15 optional course units at the 3000 or 4000 level in biochemistry (BCH), biology (BIO), biomedical science (BIM), biopharmaceutical science (BPS), chemistry (CHM), environmental science (EVS), microbiology and immunology (MIC), PHA 4107, PHS 3341, PHS 3342, PHS 4300, PHS 4336.15 Units
Total: 60 Units