ITR for Year 3 BMSc

Admission to the BMSc Program occurs in Year 3 when students are admitted to modules that lead to graduation with BMSc degrees. Any qualified student can apply for Admission to Year 3 BMSc by submitting an ITR for Year 3 BMSc + module(s):

Deadline to submit your ITR is March 31st

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

Submitting an ITR for Year 3 BMSc:

How do I submit an ITR for Year 3 BMSc?

Feel free to print off a pdf of the steps below.

Go to Student Center and click on "Complete My Intent to Register" under the Student Services Links (right-hand side).

    • choose your status for Fall/Winter 2018/19 by selecting Full-time and click on Continue

    • click on the drop-down arrow and select "Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry" as your faculty, then click on Continue

    • click on the drop-down arrow to select your degree, either Bachelor of Medical Sciences or Bachelor of Medical Sciences - Western Scholars, and click on Continue
      • a pop-up box will appear if you select Bachelor of Medical Sciences - Western Scholars, to inform you of the minimum marks that must be achieved in each year to earn the Western Scholars designation (click on OK)
      • if you're not eligible for the Western Scholars designation, you'll still be considered for Year 3 BMSc with the modules you submit during ITR

    • click on the drop-down arrow and select either Honors Bachelor of Medical Sciences or Bachelor of Medical Sciences (4 year)
      • you should pick Honors Bachelor of Medical Sciences since every student who is eligible for Year 3 BMSc should be eligible for an Honors BMSc degree

    • click on the drop-down arrow to select the type of module(s) you'd like to pick for next year
      • Honors Specialization (by itself or you can request an Honors Specialization + a Major or an Honors Specialization + a Minor), OR
      • Honors Major + Major (Double Majors)

    • click on the drop-down arrow to pick the specific module, e.g. Honors Specialization in Physiology and Pharmacology, that you want as your First Choice
      • if you select Honors Major + Major, you have to choose both Majors from two drop-down boxes

    • after you click on Continue, but before you click on Confirm, you should be able to go back and make changes. After you click on Confirm and then want to change your selection, you have to exit the ITR process and submit a new ITR

    • click on Confirm if your selection is correct

To submit a Second Choice, repeat the process above. We recommend selecting BMSc as your Second Choice, too (see strategies for submitting ITR).

You can submit your online ITR as many times as you want but the last ITR you submit on or before March 31st will be the one that "sticks".

What should I think about before submitting an ITR for Year 3 BMSc?

We recommend that you:

  • look at the Modules in BMSc to determine if you want to pursue an Honors Specialization module or Double Majors
  • create a list of courses you want to take in Year 3 BMSc and use the information about priority "Access to Courses" when making your ITR choices,
  • select BMSc degrees for both your First and Second Choices,
  • make your First Choice the module(s) you really want for Year 3 BMSc (but look at priority access to courses to see if you should be more "creative" when choosing your module or modules), and
  • select a module or modules for your Second Choice that will give you access to the courses you want to take in Year 3 BMSc.

Consider this example in which you select an Honors Specialization in Physiology as your First Choice and an Honors Specialization in Microbiology and Immunology as your Second Choice:

  • situation: when your ITR choices and final marks are reviewed in May, your average on the courses listed in the 2000-level Admission Requirements is not high enough to get you into the Honors Specialization in Physiology. You are admitted to the Honors Specialization in Microbiology and Immunology but you want to take courses in Year 3 to keep the Honors Specialization in Physiology open as a possibility for Year 4.
  • problem: when you try to register for courses during the summer, you get an error message and cannot register for Physiology 3120 and Physiology and Pharmacology 3000E (you do not have priority access for these courses since you are registered in an Honors Specialization in Microbiology and Immunology). You have to wait until the priority lifts later in July to register for these courses (if spaces remain).
  • to avoid the problem in the first place:  DO NOT submit a Second Choice that limits your access to courses!  In this situation, you would have been better off to select either (i) Honors Specialization in Microbiology and Immunology + a Major in Physiology or (ii) Double Majors (Major in Physiology + Major in Microbiology and Immunology) to have priority access to both Physiology and Micro Imm courses during online registration.

Note: you can register in Double Majors in Year 3 and then request an Honors Specialization module in Year 4. Likewise, you can register in an Honors Specialization + a Major for Year 3 with no intention of completing the Major (you can request only the Honors Specialization module when going into Year 4). Being registered in certain modules does not mean that you have to register in the courses for these modules.

Other departments post information about priority access to courses only in the online Fall/Winter Academic Timetable in the notes section beside each course.

Honors Specialization or Double Majors? or Specialization?

As long as you take the right courses in Year 3 BMSc and your marks are sufficiently high, you can choose whatever module(s) you want in Year 4.

If you want to graduate with an Honors degree,
then you need to choose either an Honors Specialization or Double Majors.

If your career path doesn't require/prefer that you graduate with an Honors degree,
then we still recommend that you pursue an Honors degree and chose either an Honors Specialization or Double Majors. You may find, down the road, that you need an Honors degree for wherever it is that life takes you.

We don't encourage students to complete a Specialization since this module leads to graduation with a non-honors degree.

See more about Honors Specialization or Double Majors? or Specialization?

What would make a good Second Choice?

We recommend that you select a BMSc degree as your Second Choice for the following reasons:

  • if your First Choice is BMSc with an Honors Specialization but the average on your 2000-level Admission Requirements is not high enough to secure a spot in this particular Honors Specialization module AND your Second Choice is BSc with a module(s) for which you are eligible, then we cannot admit you to Year 3 BMSc!  We have to send your adjudication form to the department offering your Second Choice
  • if your Second Choice is also a BMSc degree and you satisfy the mimumum requirements to be registered in a BMSc degree, we will put you into the module of your Second Choice (or an alternative module or modules within the BMSc program, depending on marks, etc.)

If you truly want to register in a BSc degree if you do not get admitted to the Honors Specialization module indicated as your First Choice, then select BSc as your Second Choice.

  • remember, however, that you MUST be registered in Year 3 BMSc to be allowed to move onto Year 4 BMSc

If your Second Choice is also BMSc and you are not eligible to register in Year 3 BMSc:

  • we will send your adjudication form to the Academic Counselling Team to finalize the degree/module(s) in which you'll be registered for the next year
  • we usually send along our recommendation for the module(s) in which you should be registered in a BSc degree, e.g. Major in Medical Sciences + Major in Biology

The more information you give us during ITR about the modules in which you would like to register in Year 3, the better chance you have of ending up in a module or modules that gives you the best access to the courses we think you want to take to be able to apply for the module you really want in Year 4.

If your First Choice is a BMSc (Honors) degree with an Honors Specialization module and you don't know what module(s) in BMSc to choose for your Second Choice:

It doesn't make a lot of sense to request two Honors Specialization modules as your First and Second Choices if both modules are grouped for admission
(this information is located in the chart of Minimum Averages Required for Admission to Honors Specialization Modules).

  • e.g. all of the Honors Specialization modules offered by the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology are grouped together for admission to Year 3 BMSc and there are 80 spots, in total, for students asking for the Honors Specialization modules in Pharmacology, Physiology, and Physiology and Pharmacology
  • if your First Choice is Honors Specialization in Physiology and you aren't admitted, you will not be admitted to a Second Choice of Honors Specialization in Physiology and Pharmacology

See "consider these strategies for submitting an ITR for Year 3 BMSc" above for more details.

What is the #1 error that students make when submitting their ITR for Year 3 BMSc?

Students forget to select Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry as their faculty.

What if I am not eligible for both my First and Second Choices?

If you are eligible for Year 3 BMSc but you are not admitted to the Honors Specialization modules that you requested as your First and Second Choices,
you will still be registered in Year 3 of the BMSc Program but with a different module(s). You will likely be registered for a module or modules that provide you good access to the courses you likely want to take, as indicated by your ITR Choices.

Example:
If you requested the Honors Specialization in Physiology as your First Choice and the Honors Specialization in Microbiology and Immunology as your Second Choice but do not get admitted to either of them for Year 3:

  • you will likely be put into a BMSc (Honors) degree with a Major in Physiology + a Major in Microbiology and Immunology
  • these Double Majors give you priority access to the 3000-level Physiology and Microbiology and Immunology courses that you would need to take to apply for either of these Honors Specialization module for Year 4
  • you do NOT have to take the courses for both a Major in Physiology and a Major in Microbiology and Immunology in Year 3. You will take the courses in Year 3 that are required for admission to the Honors Specialization module you really want for Year 4

Keep in mind that any student in Year 3 BMSc can apply for admission to any Honors Specialization module in Year 4, provided they complete the "right" courses in Year 3 and have a competitive Weighted Average:

If you are NOT eligible for Year 3 BMSc:

  • your adjudication form will be sent to the Academic Counselling Team in WSC 140 with a recommendation of the modules within a BSc degree in which you should be registered for Year 3 (often one of the basic medical science Majors + a Major in Biology)
  • the Academic Counselling Team may revise this recommendation
  • you should have the opportunity to tweak your module(s) within Year 3 BSc prior to online registration
  • you will not be permitted, however, to apply to Year 4 of the BMSc program (unless you submit an Appeal for Year 4 BMSc immediately after Year 2 and your appeal is granted).

What are the requirements for Admission to the BMSc Program?

The requirements for Admission to the BMSc Program are located in the Academic Calendar.

  • check the conditions that students in Medical Sciences 2 must satisfy to be assured admission to Year 3 BMSc
  • review the conditions that students must meet to be considered for admission to Year 3 BMSc from the competitive pool

Which 2000-level courses have to be completed?

The 2000-level courses listed in the Admission Requirements for the Honors Specialization, Specialization, or Double Major modules that you request during ITR must be completed by the end of Year 2.

The Admission Requirements are listed under each module heading in the Academic Calendar and have been compiled into charts below so that you can see all of the modules at once (makes it easier to compare the Admission Requirements for the modules):

How do I find out about the different modules in the BMSc Program?

  • review information on the BMSc website and in the Academic Calendar about the modules offered in the BMSc Program to determine which modules interest you
  • ask departmental counsellors about their modules
  • speak with students at ITR events about their experience in their modules

How are students admitted to modules once they're admitted to Year 3 BMSc?

Once that we determine that students are eligible to register in the BMSc Program (i.e. that they satisfy the requirements for Admission to BMSc), we then look at the modules they requested during ITR.

Admission to Double Majors and Specialization modules is not limited
to a certain number of students but students must meet the requirements for admission to BMSc with the Double Majors requested.

Admission to each Honors Specialization module in Year 3 BMSc is limited
to a certain number of students and each of these modules has a maximum capacity.

  • all courses listed in the Admission Requirements for an Honors Specialization module must be completed before Year 3
    • special permission is not given for students to register in these modules without having completed the Admission Requirements

  • the averages achieved on the 2000-level courses listed in the Admission Requirements for the Honors Specialization module are used to determine who is admitted to Year 3 BMSc
    • if more than 3.5 2000-level courses are listed in the Admission Requirements, then the average is calculated on the best 3.0 of these courses, only

  • students in Medical Sciences 2 who satisfy the conditions for assured admission receive priority placement in the Honors Specialization modules in Year 3 BMSc
    • they are admitted to modules before students from the competitive pool
    • some Honors Specialization modules will be filled with students in Medical Sciences 2 who satisfy their conditions for assured admission, and students from the competitive pool will not be able to register in these Honors Specialization modules (in Year 3 but can try again for Year 4)

  • admission to a particular Honors Specialization module is not assured for any student who is admitted to Year 3 BMSc
    • some Honors Specialization modules will reach their maximum capacity before all students are considered
    • students in this situation will be considered for their Second Choices (and alternative modules in BMSc if not eligible for Second Choices)

What average do I need for admission to the Honors Specialization modules in Year 3?

The average achieved on the 2000-level Admission Requirements is used to determine eligibility for admission to the Honors Specialization modules. A minimum average of 75% is required for admission to any Honors Specialization module in Year 3.

Admission to a particular Honors Specialization module becomes competitive when more qualified students apply than the maximum capacity of the module. When this happens, an average greater than 75% on the 2000-level Admission Requirements is needed for admission. The average of the last student admitted to the module is considered the minimum average required for admission to that module for that year.

Familiarize yourself with the maximum capacity and the minimum averages that students have required for the past few years to secure a spot in each Honors Specialization module.

Do I need a minimum average of 80% to be admitted to Year 3 BMSc?

If you are in Medical Sciences 2, you are assured a spot in Year 3 BMSc if you satisfy the conditions for assured admission.

These conditions include achieving a minimum average of 80% on the 2000-level courses listed in the Admission Requirements for the Honors Specialization, Specialization or Double Major modules to which you apply.

  • if you do not achieve a minimum average of 80% on the 2000-level courses listed in the Admission Requirements for the module to which you apply, then you are not assured one of the ~500 spaces in Year 3 BMSc but DON'T PANIC!

DON'T PANIC - you will still be considered for admission to Year 3 BMSc from the "competitive pool", provided your average on the 2000-level courses listed in the Admission Requirements for the module to which you apply is at least 75% (and you satisfy certain conditions).

NOTES:

  • you do not need a minimum mark of 80% on each of the 2000-level courses listed in the Admission Requirements for assured admission - you need an average of 80% on this group of courses
  • if the list of 2000-level courses in the Admission Requirements is made up of more than 3.5 courses, then the average is calculated on the best 3.0 courses
  • every qualified student who satisfied the requirements of admission from the competitive pool has been admitted to Year 3 BMSc for the past few years
  • a minimum average on the 5.0 courses taken during Medical Sciences 2 is not one of the conditions for assured admission to Year 3 BMSc

Although students in Medical Sciences 2 are assured admission to Year 3 BMSc if they satisfy certain conditions, no student is guaranteed admission to a particular Honors Specialization module.

If I fail a course in second year, can I still get into Year 3 BMSc?

No, failing a course in second year (or in the summer after second year) means that you will NOT be admitted to Year 3 BMSc.  You cannot repeat second year and re-apply to the BMSc Program since students have to be admitted to the BMSc Program directly after second year. 

I am applying to Ivey (HBA) for next year.  Do I still complete an ITR for BMSc?

Yes, you should submit an ITR for Year 3 BMSc in case you do not get admitted to the HBA program.  Make sure your First Choice is the module in which you would like to be registered if you do not get accepted into Ivey and that your Second Choice will give you access to the courses you want to take in Year 3 (see "Consider these strategies ..." above).

If you are admitted to HBA1 and want to complete the combined BMSc/HBA program, you will apply for the combined BMSc/HBA program (a.k.a. dual degrees) during HBA1.

I am in HBA1 (Ivey) and want to pursue the combined BMSc/HBA Program. Do I need to submit an ITR?

You will submit an application through Ivey for the combined BMSc/HBA Program (referred to as dual degrees by Ivey). The BMSUE Coordinator will be informed of your application and will contact you sometime between February- April to inform you of your eligibility for the BMSc portion of the combined program. If you are eligible, the BMSUE Coordinator will submit an ITR to the Office of the Registrar on your behalf.

Questions about submitting your ITR for Year 3 BMSc?

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).

ITR sessions: Kathy Boon is holding three ITR sessions to give a quick preview of the ITR process, provide info and tips about what makes a good First Choice and a good Second Choice, the impact of next year's module on course registration, and answer your questions. Look for the sesisons on the Event Calendar.

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