ITR for Year 4 BMSc

Only students admitted to Year 3 of the BMSc Program can progress to Year 4 BMSc. Students in Year 3 BSc who think they might be eligible to submit an ITR for Year 4 BMSc should see the Academic Counselling Office in WSC 140.

Deadline to submit your ITR is March 31st

General Information about ITR, including various ITR events, can be found here.

Submitting an ITR for Year 4 BMSc:

How do I submit an ITR for Year 4 BMSc?

Feel free to print off a pdf of the instructions 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 by selecting Full-time, and then click on Continue

  • on the next screen, you'll see something like the following example:
    • You are currently in:
    • Schulich Sch of Med and Dent
    • Bachelor of Medical Sciences -HON (the HON stands for Honors degree)
    • Interdisciplinary Medical Sci - HSP (HSP stands for Honors Specialization)

  • IF you want this module (s) as your First Choice for next year, click on "Continue in current program"
    • to submit a Second Choice, follow the steps below

  • IF you do NOT want this module(s) as your First Choice for next year (or to submit your Second Choice), follow the steps below:
    • select "Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry" as your faculty and 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 then 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 OK)
    • if you are not eligible for the Western Scholars designation, you will still be considered for Year 4 BMSc with the module(s) you submit during ITR
    • click on the drop-down arrow and select either Honors Bachelor of Medical Sciences or Bachelor of Medica Sciences (4 year)
    • most students pick Honors Bachelor of Medical Sciences
    • click on the drop-down arrow and select the type of module(s) you would like for next year:
    • Honors Specialization (by itself or Honors Specialization + a Major OR 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 Biochemistry of Infection and Immunity, 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 on the next screen, you should be able to click on the back arrow to revise your selection
    • if 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

  • you can then select a Second Choice (the process is repeated)

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".

Honors Specialization or Double Majors? or Specialization?

As long as you've taken the right courses 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?

A good Second Choice might be a different Honors Specialization module or Double Majors within the BMSc Program.

If your Second Choice is an Honors Specialization module, make sure you will complete all of the 2000- and 3000-level courses listed in the Weighted Average Chart for that Honors Specialization module prior to the beginning of Year 4.

  • special permission is not often granted for a student to register in Year 4 of an Honors Specialization module if a course(s) listed in the Weighted Average chart is not completed before Year 4
  • check with the departmental counsellor responsible for the module (who will then consult the BMSUE Coordinator)

You can complete a BMSc (Honors) degree with Double Majors.

  • to be admitted/allowed to progress to Year 4 with Double Majors, students must have the prerequisites for the 4000-level courses they need to take
  • when completing Double Majors, BMSc students almost always have "common courses" in their Majors.  See the Common Course Policy for dealing with common courses

What average do I need for admission to Honors Specialization modules in Year 4?

A Weighted Average is used to determine eligibility for admission to Year 4 of Honors Specialization modules and a minimum Weighted Average of 75% is required for admission to any Honors Specialization module in Year 4.

Admission to a particular Honors Specialization module becomes competitive when more qualified students apply than the maximum capacity of the module. When this happens, a Weighted Average greater than 75% is required for admission. The Weighted 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.

How are students admitted to modules once they're admitted to Year 4 BMSc?

See MODULES OFFERED IN THE BMSc PROGRAM for details about how students are admitted to modules in Year 4 BMSc.

Admission to Double Majors and Specialization modules is not limited.

Admission to each Honors Specialization module in Year 4 BMSc is limited to a certain number of students as each of these modules has a maximum capacity.

  • admission to a particular Honors Specialization module is NOT assured for any student who is admitted to Year 4 BMSc
  • being registered in a particular Honors Specialization module in Year 3 does NOT give you preference over other students for Year 4
  • the students with the highest Weighted Averages are admitted to each Honors Specialization module during the adjudication period in May
    • e.g. the 15 students with the top 15 Weighted Averages are admitted to Year 4 of an Honors Specialization module that has a maximum capacity of 15 students

I'm in the combined BMSc/HBA program (a.k.a. dual degrees). How do I submit an ITR for Year 5?

Submit your ITR to continue in the combined program by following these steps:

  • go to Student Center
  • click on "Complete My Intent to Register" under Student Services Links (right-hand side)
  • choose your status (full- or part-time, usually full-time)
  • click on "Continue in Concurrent Program" and continue
  • DONE!

I'm registered in Year 4 (but not graduating in June). Can I submit an ITR and return next year?

Registering for another year (without graduating) is referred to as a "fifth year" by some programs, e.g. Schulich Medicine.

If your current Year 4 courses satisfy the requirements for graduation, then you can still register in the same module for an extra year. During this extra year, you would be registered as a Year 4 student and may take any course you want, as long as you have the prerequisite and can gain access to the course (i.e. satisfy any registration constraints). You would not have to take any more courses that appear in your module since your modular requirements have been completed.

If you have questions about registering in Year 4 BMSc for an extra year, then see Kathy Boon during her drop-in hours.

I'm graduating this year. Can I still submit an ITR?

Yes, you can submit an ITR to be a "special student". If you think that you might wish to take basic medical science courses, then you would submit an Intent to Register as a special student in the Faculty of Science.

NOTE: as a "special student, you do not have priority access to any basic medical science courses that have constraints in place.

Alternatively, you might wish to register in a Post-Degree Module (Major or Minor).

Check with the Academic Counselling Office in WSC 140 for your options.

Questions about submitting an ITR for Year 4 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). Don't wait until the end of March to ask questions about ITR - BMSUE Drop-in gets pretty busy toward the end of March!