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WISc Program

WISc = Integrated Science + Specialization

Details about the Integrated Science program can be found here.

Details about the eight Integrated Science courses can be found here.

Students in WISc will be required to combine Integrated Science courses with an area of specialization of their own choosing.  Currently, the program supports the following modules:

Honors Specialization in Integrated Science with Biology
Honors Specialization in Integrated Science with Chemistry
Honors Specialization in Integrated Science with Computer Science
Honors Specialization in Integrated Science with Earth Sciences
Honors Specialization in Integrated Science with Environmental Science
Honors Specialization in Integrated Science with Genetics
Honors Specialization in Integrated Science with Mathematics
Honors Specialization in Integrated Science with Physics

Like all modules at Western, the decision of which module to enter is not made until the end of first year.

Synopsis of the WISc Curriculum

Starting in Year 2 of the program, WISc students will take courses that align with their chosen area of concentration. Students decide their area of specialization at the end of Year 1.

WISc Year 1

  •  Courses Offered

    Course Weight Course
    0.5 course Integrated Science 1000Z (Evolution of the Scientific Process)
    A focused analysis of classic experiments and how the scientific process has changed over time. Students will engage in understanding seminal discoveries by learning the underlying science and studying experimental design. The course will also discuss how complex and challenging problems facing humanity today require an integrated approach.
    0.5 course Calculus 1000A/B or 1500A/B
    1.0 course Chemistry 1301A/B, Physics 1301A/B or 1501A/B
    0.5 course Additional Science course*
    2.0 courses Integrated Science 1001X (Exploring the Landscape of Science)
    Foundational topics of biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science and physics learned through an integrated problem-based approach. Small-group interactions and integrated laboratory experiments will foster teamwork and develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. The importance of mathematical approaches and the use of statistics will be emphasized throughout the course.
    1.0 course  Course(s) from categories A and/or B

    Note: Year 1 consists of 5.5 courses. *Students who want to enrol in the Honors Specialization in Integrated Science with Biology, the Honors Specialization in Integrated Science with Environmental Science, or the Honors Specialization in Integrated Science with Genetics are required to take Biology 1001A. Students who want to enrol in the Honors Specialization in Integrated Science with Mathematics are required to take Mathematics 1600A/B.

WISc Year 2

WISc Year 3

WISc Year 4

Admission to WISc requires a supplementary application. Information about and a link to the form may be seen here.