ITR for Med Sci 2

Only students in Medical Sciences 1 can submit an ITR for Medical Sciences 2.

  • Students in Medical Sciences 1 who want to apply to the BMSc Program when entering Year 3 should submit their ITR for Medical Sciences 2.

A Science student in Year 1 who wants to apply for admission to the BMSc Program in Year 3 typically submits an ITR for Year 2 of a BSc degree.

Deadline to submit your ITR is March 31

General Information about ITR, as well as the list of planned ITR events, can be found here.

Submitting an ITR for Medical Sciences 2:

How do I submit an ITR for Medical Sciences 2?

You need to go to Student Center to submit your ITR. Look under Student Services Links (right-hand side) and click on Complete My Intent to Register.

  • choose your status for the Fall/Winter 2018/19 by selecting Full-time and click on Continue
  • click on "Continue in Current Program"

THAT'S IT - your ITR is submitted for Medical Sciences 2!

You can select a Second Choice - see the FAQ "do I need to submit a Second Choice" - but this isn't necessary if you're confident that you'll meet the requirements to progress to Medical Sciences 2.

How do I know if I've submitted my ITR for Medical Sciences 2 correctly?

After you submit your ITR, an email message will be sent to your uwo email, stating:

  • You have completed Intent to Register sucessfully!
  • Your selections are:
    • You have selected to continue in your current program
    • Faculty of Science
    • Medical Sciences First Entry (you might see Medical Sciences W Scholars - see below)

W Scholars (Western Scholars) is a designation for students performing at a high level. To be eligible for Medical Sciences 2 (Western Scholars), you need an average of 80% on your 5.0 courses in the Fall/Winter of Medical Sciences 1 with no individual mark less than 65%.  If you ask for Western Scholars and don't satisfy these mark/average criteria, you'll be considered for Medical Sciences 2 without the Western Scholars designation.

If you didn't register in Western Scholars in Medical Sciences 1 and want to be in Medical Sciences 2 (Western Scholars), see an Academic Counsellor in WSC 140 to submit a paper ITR form.

Medical Sciences 2 is my First Choice - do I need to submit a Second Choice?

If you think you'll meet the requirements to progress Med Sci 2, then you do not have to submit a Second Choice. Your Second Choice will only be considered if you are not eligible for your First Choice.

  • if you do not submit a Second Choice and you are not eligible to progress to Med Sci 2, then you will be registered in an alternative program for next year (e.g. BSc with a Major in Biology or BA Undeclared), depending on your courses/marks
  • every effort is made to register you in a program/degree/module that will give you access to the courses we think you want to take in second year
    • e.g., if you satisfy the Admission Requirements for a Major in Biology, then you may end up registered in a BSc degree with a Major in Biology next year so that you have priority access to the 2000-level courses such as Biology 2290F/G, 2581B, etc.

If you want more "control" over the program in which you might be registered next year if you are not eligible for Med Sci 2, then look at the Admission Requirements for modules such as the Major in Biology, Major in Medical Sciences, Minor in Medical Sciences or Minor in Biology, and request a BSc degree containing one or more of these modules as your Second Choice.

What would be a good Second Choice if I want to apply to BMSc in Year 3?

You want to register in a module(s) in second year that will give your priority access to the 2000-level courses listed in the Admission Requirements for the module in which you would like to register in Year 3 BMSc.

  • e.g., a Major or Minor module in Biology will give you priority access to courses such as Biochemistry 2280A, Biology 2290F/G, 2382A/B and 2581B, and
  • if your final marks in both Biology 1001A and 1002B are at least 60% and your final marks in both Chemistry 1301A and 1302B are at least 50%, you can register in either a Major or Minor in Biology

If you need to upgrade a mark in one or more of your first-year science courses, then you might be able to do so at the same time as taking some/all of the 2000-level Admission Requirements for the module in which you would like to register in Year 3 BMSc.

  • check the prerequisites for the 2000-level courses you need/want to take in second year, paying close attention to any minimum mark requirements.

Can I choose an Honors Specialization in Neuroscience as a Second Choice?

Yes but you likely will not be admitted to Year 2 of an Honors Specialization in Neuroscience if you put it as your Second Choice. The spaces in Neuroscience will likely be filled by students who put is as their First Choice during ITR.

See Intent to Register for Neuroscience.

What courses/marks do I need to progress to Medical Sciences 2?

The requirements to progress to Med Sci 2 are outlined in the Academic Calendar - look at the paragraph immediately above Medical Sciences 2. Highlights of the information in the Academic Calendar:

  • minimum marks of 60% are required in the first attempt at each half course in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics (if physics is taken in Med Sci 1)
  • a full load of 5.0 courses must be taken during the Fall/Winter of Med Sci 1
  • a passing grade is required in any option course(s)
  • NOTE:  a certain average on your courses is not required for progression to Medical Sciences 2

An overview of Admission and Progression, as well as more detailed information about progression from Medical Sciences 1 to Medical Sciences 2, is available at Admission and Progression.

NOTE: Special permission is not granted to waive the requirements for progression to Medical Sciences 2.

What if I don't achieve the courses/marks required to progress to Medical Sciences 2?

The requirements to progress to Med Sci 2 are outlined in the Academic Calendar - look at the paragraph immediately above Medical Sciences 2.

For questions about what options you have if you do not satisfy the requirements to progress to Medical Sciences 2, review these resouces:

and direct your questions to the Academic Counselling Office in WSC 140

If I cannot progress to Medical Sciences, can I still apply to Year 3 BMSc?

You can apply for admission to Year 3 BMSc from Year 2 of a BSc program, provided you satisfy the conditions to apply to Year 3 BMSc from the "competitive pool". See

Direct any questions to the Academic Counselling Team in WSC 140.

I have an IB or AP transfer credit for first-year biology (or chemistry, math and/or 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 or IB transfer credit replaces the requirement of a minimum mark of 60% in the Western course needed for progession to Med Sci 2.  If, however, you repeated the first-year course at Westerm, you must achieve a minimum mark of 60% on the repeated course(s) as your transfer credit will be lost.

Do I register for a module in Year 2?

Students usually submit their ITR for particular degrees and modules when they go into second year.

  • this is not the case, however, if you're in Medical Sciences 1, progressing to Medical Sciences 2, and then applying to Year 3 BMSc!

No one registers in BMSc degrees (and the modules in the BMSc Program) until they enter Year 3 BMSc.

  • if you're in Medical Sciences 1, submit your ITR for Medical Sciences 2 if you plan on applying for admission to the BMSc Program in Year 3 
  • when you're in Medical Sciences 2, you'll submit your ITR for Year 3 BMSc with a particular module(s)

Occasionally (very occasionally) students going into Medical Sciences 2 will add a Major or Minor module to their ITR (go down two FAQs).

When should I figure out which module(s) I want for Year 3 BMSc?

You'll submit an ITR in second year for the degree and module(s) you want in third year (e.g. BMSc Honors degree with an Honors Specialization in Biochemistry).

  • in Medical Sciences 2, you will yet be registered in a degree + module. 
  • you should know, however, in which module(s) you might like to register in Year 3 BMSc before you register for your second-year courses because you have to make sure that you register for the appropriate courses in second year

See Course Selection for Year 2.

I'm going into Medical Sciences 2 and I want to complete a BMSc (Honors) degree with an Honors Specialization. Can I also complete a Major or Minor?

A Major or Minor can be completed in addition to an Honors Specialization module in the BMSc Program. On the rare occasion that you must be registered in this Major or Minor module while in Medical Sciences 2 to have priority access to register for courses, one of the following Major or Minor modules might be added to your ITR:

  • Major or Minor in Biology
  • Majors in Economics or Psychology
  • Minors in Music, Health Sciences, Foods and Nutrition

You must submit a paper ITR with the Academic Counsellors in WSC 140 to add one of these Majors or Minors to Medical Sciences 2.

Questions about submitting your ITR if you want to pursue a BMSc degree?

Kathy Boon in the BMSUE Office can help with your First and Second Choices for ITR during her drop-in hours (posted on the Event Calendar as BMSUE Drop-in).

Don't wait until the end of March to ask questions about ITR - BMSUE Drop-in gets pretty busy toward the end of March!

Questions about the impact of academic performance on eligibility for Medical Sciences 2? Admission to BMSc?

See an Academic Counsellor in WSC 140 - BMSUE Drop-in doesn't deal with these kinds of questions.