Med Sci 1 FAQs

What courses and marks do I need to get into Med Sci 2?

Only students in Med Sci 1 may progress to Med Sci 2 by satisfying the conditions laid out in the Academic Calendar. The conditions are as follows:

  • Minimum marks of 60% are required in the first attempt at each half course in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. 60% must also be obtained in Physics 1201A and Physics 1202B / CS 1026A/B, but this requirement may be delayed until the summer or Year 2.
  • A full load of 5.0 courses AND Med Sci 1000Y must be taken during the Fall/Winter of Med Sci 1. Note: Summer/Transfer/IB/AP credits do not count towards your Fall/Winter course load.
  • You cannot fail any courses in Med Sci 1, but there is no minimum average requirement for progression.

How many courses do I need to take this year?

Progression to Year 2 Med Sci requires successful completion of a full course load of 5.0 courses during the Fall/Winter, as well as Med Sci 1000Y.

Note: Summer/Transfer/AP/IB credits do not count towards your Fall/Winter course load count.

Can I progress to Med Sci 2 with a mark between 50-59% in one of my first-year biology/chemistry/math/physics half courses? Can I still apply to Year 3 BMSc?

No, you need to achieve 60% in each half course on the first attempt to progress to Med Sci 2 but don't panic! You can continue to Year 2 Science, repeat the course you obtained less than 60% in and shadow the Med Sci 2 second-year course requirements and apply to Year 3 BMSc via the competitive pool. Please note the following:

  • Depending on the module you wish to apply to and the course you obtained less than 60% in, you may be able to take all of the 2000-level Admission Requirements for your desired BMSc module while upgrading your first-year course in second year. Note: You can progress with a 50-59% in your elective course, the 60% requirement is only on the 4.0 required courses.

Can I progress to Med Sci 2 if I fail a course (<50%) in first year?

No, if you fail any course in Med Sci 1 you cannot progress to Med Sci 2. You can still apply through the competitive pool for Year 3 BMSc and will need to repeat the failed course.

I was admitted to Med Sci 2 but failed (<50%) a summer course, am I still eligible?

No, if you fail any summer course (even a 2000 level or elective) you are no longer eligible for Med Sci 2 and will be moved to Science. You can still apply through the competitive pool for Year 3 BMSc.

Note: Please review Year 3 BMSc admission requirements if you choose to take a 2000-level admission requirement in the summer after the first year.

When should I repeat my first year Math/Physics/Chem/Bio course if I failed (<50%)?

Calc 1000A: Should be repeated in second term, Calc 1000B. If Calc 1000B is also failed it is strongly recommended you repeat it in the summer after Year 1. 

Math 1600/AM 1201/Calc 1301: Can be repeated in the summer after Year 1 or in Year 2. Completion of your 1.0 math courses is a prerequisite for Bio/Stats 2244A/B which is a 2000-level admission requirement for most BMSc modules.

Biology 1001A and/or Biology 1002B: Should be repeated the summer after Year 1 so you have the prerequisites to take the 2000-level BMSc admission requirements.

Chemistry 1301A and /or Chemistry 1302B:
Should be repeated the summer after Year 1 so you have the prerequisites to take the 2000-level BMSc admission requirements.

Physics 1201A: Can be repeated in the summer after Year 1, during Year 2, or even in the summer prior to Year 3 for most modules, however, students interested in Medical Biophysics should repeat physics the summer after their first year.

Physics 1202B/CS 1026A/B: Can be repeated in the summer after Year 1, during Year 2, or even in the summer prior to Year 3 for most modules, however, students interested in Medical Biophysics should repeat physics 1202B the summer after their first year.

Note: If it is recommended above to repeat your course in the summer and you are unable to, please contact academic counselling to discuss your options.

When should I upgrade Year 1 Math/Physics/Chem/Bio if I received b/w 50-59%?

Biology 1001A and/or Biology 1002B: Should be upgraded the summer after Year 1 so that you have the prerequisite to take the 2000-level admission requirements for Year 3 BMSc or a BSc module.

Math/Chemistry/Physics/Computer Science: Can be upgraded in the summer between Year 1 and 2, in Year 2, or even in the summer prior to Year 3 for most modules. Please review the 2000-level admission requirement courses needed to apply to your desired module as some courses may have a prerequisite grade requirement. You can contact Academic Counselling if you are unsure when to repeat one of the above courses.

Can I drop a first-term course and overload the  second term to keep a 5.0 course load?

Overload permission for first-year students is rare and assessed on a case-by-case basis. If you drop an A term course, you may submit a request to overload in B term once your final grades are posted from A term. If you have an 80% average with no failures on your remaining 4 courses we will allow you to take 6 courses in B term to maintain your 5.0 course load.  

What first-year math should I take?

Math requirements can be found on the Medical Science First Entry page on the Academic Calendar. You must take either Calculus 1000A or Calculus 1500A along with one of the following 0.5 courses (typically in B term): Applied Math 1201A/B, Calculus 1301A/B, Calculus 1501A/B or Math 1600A/B. Math 1600A may be taken concurrently in first term with Calc 1000A or Calc 1500A.

Note: Please refer to the admission requirements listed on the academic calendar as some modules will list specific math courses you must complete (i.e. Medical Biophysics and Medical Bioinformatics require 1.0 Calculus).

I was admitted to Med Sci 1 without MCV4U, what Math do I take?

If you were admitted without MCV4U you can either take MCV4U over the summer and then follow the guidelines above for your first-year math courses, OR you can take Math 0110A in first term. Math 0110A is pre-calculus and can serve as a prerequisite to Calc 1000B which can then be taken in second term. You will then take your remaining 0.5 first-year math requirement in the summer. So long as all other progression requirements are met you will be allowed to progress to Med Sci 2.

Note: Please refer to the admission requirements listed on the academic calendar as some modules will list specific math courses you must complete (i.e. Medical Biophysics and Medical Bioinformatics require 1.0 Calculus).

How do I register for Med Sci 2?

Med Sci 1 students will submit their Intent to Register (ITR) in the spring to continue in their current program (Medical Science First Entry); module selection for BMSc does not occur until Year 3.

Note: The HSP Neuroscience is not part of the BMSc program and does begin in the second year. If HSP Neuroscience is your first choice you will need to indicate so on your ITR in the first year.

I have an IB /AP credit for first-year Biology/Chemistry/Math/Physics. Will this be used in place of the Western half courses which require a minimum mark of 60%?

Yes, provided you don't repeat the first-year course at Western for which you were granted a transfer credit, your AP/ IB credit counts towards progression to Med Sci 2. If, however, you choose to repeat the course at Western, you must achieve 60% at Western and will lose the AP/IB credit. Remember you still require a full 5.0 course load during the Fall/Winter term, so if you are using an AP/IB credit towards your requirements you will need to replace that course with another. If you have questions about what other course(s) to take please consult with Academic Counselling.