All new students accepted to the School of Health Studies are encouraged to sign up for Summer Academic Orientation (SAO) to help them prepare for their first year of study. Students can participate in person or by telephone. Register for SAO.
Students in first year choose 5.0 courses numbered 1000-1999. All students in Health Sciences Year One must select the following courses:
- Health Sciences 1001A (0.5)
- Health Sciences 1002B (0.5)
- Biology 1201A (0.5)
- Biology 1202B (0.5)
The remaining 3.0 courses are electives students choose from the courses numbered 1000-1999.
Note: Students interested in taking the Honors Specialization in Health Sciences with Biology module, will need to review the Academic Calendar for additional first-year requirements.
When selecting electives, students should try to think about future modules they may want to take at Western. For example:
- Students interested in the Honors Specialization in Health Sciences with Biology will need to take a full course in Chemistry, and will need a full course in Math by the end of second year
- Students interested in completing a double major with Psychology, should ensure theyhave selected Psychology 1000 and a full course in math
Students should use the Academic Calendar to explore potential modules and course descriptions to find out more about courses that may be of interest. Use the Fall/Winter Timetable to see which courses are offered and when they are scheduled.
Tip: You can filter the timetable to show you only first year courses (1000-1999).
When students are selecting courses, there maybe extra enrolment condiitions that restrict or delay their access to register in courses. These conditions are referred to as constraints. There are two types of constraints:
- Priority – A temporary constraint that limits registration to a particular group of students (e.g. students at a particular campus or in a specific module/program) for a specific period of time.
- Restriction – A contstraint that limits registration to a particular group for the duration of the course registration period.
The Western Timetable provides information on the speciific contstraints for each course.
Students are required to meet the breadth requirements for bachelor’s degrees in order to widen their knowledge and understanding across a broader range of disciplines. Each student at Western must take at least 1.0 course from each of three categories (A, B and C). First-year students must include 1.0 course from two of the three categories.
Category A: Social Science
Category B: Arts and Humanities
Category C: Science
As part of eventual graduation requirements, students are required to take essay courses. See Graduation Requirements for essay course requirements for the degree.
In first year, students should consider taking a course that satisfies both the breadth requirement, and part of the essay requirement. For example, Women’s Studies 1020E counts as both a category B course and an essay course, as do English 1020E, Philosophy 1000E, Film Studies 1020E, Writing 1000F/G and Writing 1020F/G.
Western has a timetabling tool called Draft My Schedule, where students can build a conflict-free timetable before registering for courses. Review this New Student information for details on how to read the academic calendar, use the registration system and some helpful tips to make enrolment easier.
Once a conflict-free timetable has been created, students can add their courses in Student Center. Use the Step-by-Step Registration Guide for assistance in enrolling in courses.