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Strands of DNA, cells and musculoskeletal system


Biomedical Science B.Sc.

A growing awareness of how the different levels of life interact has brought together the disciplines of biology and medicine and added to our understanding of how these interactions affect health and disease. Students who complete the new Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biomedical Science will appreciate that the many levels and approaches to health and medicine are complementary and will be able to apply the principles to assess and solve problems as they relate to real-world health issues. Internships will provide students with opportunities for practical experience in a medical or health-care related setting, preparing graduates for successful careers in biomedical or applied health research, teaching, or in degree programs in medicine or in the allied health profession.

Admission Requirements

Biomedical Science is a direct entry program with a limited number of student places. A secondary school diploma and six Ontario 4U or 4M courses with a minimum 70% overall final average is required for admission (or higher, given competitive admissions). Students will be able to specify their interest in the program when they first apply to Trent; they may also transfer into the program after their first year (Advanced Entry), depending on whether they have obtained the necessary course prerequisites with an average grade of 75%.

  • ENG4U (Grade 12 English)
  • MHF4U (Advanced Functions) or MCV4U (Calculus and Vectors)
  • SCH4U (Grade 12 Chemistry), SBI4U (Grade 12 Biology)
  • SPH4U (Grade 12 Physics) or SES4U (Earth and Space Science)

Advanced Entry into the Biomedical Science Degree

Students may apply on a competitive basis to enter the Biomedical Science program after first year if a minimum cumulative average of 75% in specific courses has been achieved. Contact the program coordinator (Leslie Kerr) for more information.

Degree Requirements

A B.Sc. in Biomedical Science is a Single-major Honours program. It requires 20.0 credits including the following 14.0 credits:

  • 5.0 BIOL credits consisting of BIOM 1000H (to replace BIOL 1030H, pending committee and Senate approval), BIOL 1050H, BIOL 1051H, BIOL 2050H, 2070H, 2600H, BIOL-CHEM 2300H, BIOL 3040H, BIOL 3080H, and BIOL 3830H
  • At least 2.5 credits from the following 17 electives: CHEM 2110H, BIOL 3250H, BIOL 3640H, BIOL 4160H, BIOL 4190H, BIOL 4260H, BIOL 4320H, BIOL 4350H, BIOL 4360H, BIOL 4370H, BIOL 4380H, BIOL 4620H, BIOL 4630H; BIOL-PSYC 3210H, CHEM-BIOL 3310H, CHEM-BIOL 3320H, or PSYC-BIOL 4840H
  • BIOL credit from BIOL 4450Y or BIOL 4460H and one of BIOL 4901H, BIOL 4902H or BIOL 4903H
  • 0.5 PHYS credit from PHYS 1001H or PHYS-BIOL 1060H
  • 1.5 CHEM credits from CHEM 1000H, CHEM 1010H, and CHEM 2100H
  • 1.5 MATH credits from MATH 1110H, MATH 1120H, and MATH 1550H
  • PSYC credit from PSYC 1020H and PSYC 1030H
  • 0.5 credit from BIOL 2000H, MATH 2560H, or PSYC 2018H
  • 0.5 credit from PHIL 2390H

For students intending to pursue graduate studies or work in research laboratories it is recommended that they complete a fourth year honours research thesis: BIOL 4020D.