Admission to Year 3 BMSc
Admission to the BMSc Program occurs in Year 3.
Students are considered for admission to the 500 spaces in Year 3 BMSc in the following order:
- students in Medical Sciences 2 who satisfy the conditions for assured admission
- students applying from the "competitive pool" who satisfy certain conditions
STUDENTS APPLYING FROM MEDICAL SCIENCES 2
Students in Medical Sciences 2 are assured admission to Year 3 BMSc provided they satisfy the conditions outlined in ADMISSION TO THE BACHELOR OF MEDICAL SCIENCES (BMSc) PROGRAM . Students apply for both admission to Year 3 BMSc and a particular module(s) through the Intent to Register process during their second year. Medical Sciences 2 students who satisfy the conditions for assured admission are the first group of students to be admitted to the 500 spaces in Year 3 BMSc and to the various modules leading to graduation with BMSc degrees. Admission to a particular Honors Specialization module in Year 3 BMSc is not guaranteed, however, for any student in Medical Sciences 2 who satisfies the conditions for assured admission to Year 3 BMSc. See MODULES OFFERED IN THE BMSc PROGRAM for more details.
STUDENTS APPLYING FROM THE COMPETITIVE POOL
It is anticipated that Medical Sciences 2 students who satisfy the conditions of assured admission will not fill all 500 spaces in Year 3 BMSc. Students in other programs, as well as students in Medical Sciences 2 who do not satisfy their conditions for assured admission, may apply for admission to the remaining spaces in Year 3 BMSc. Certain conditions must be satisfied by this group of students appyling for admission to Year 3 BMSc from the "competitive pool", as outlined in ADMISSION TO THE BACHELOR OF MEDICAL SCIENCES (BMSc) PROGRAM.
A maximum of one of the 2000-level Admission Requirements can be repeated by students applying from the competitive pool. The average on the two attempts of a repeated course is used in the calculation of the average on the 2000-level Admission Requirements.
2000-level ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
are found in the ACADEMIC CALENDAR for each of the modules that lead to graduation with a BMSc degree. We've taken this information from the ACADEMIC CALENDAR and posted it in handy charts so that you can see the Admission Requirements for all modules at once:
- Honors Specialization modules in the BMSc Program
- Specialization modules in the BMSc Program
- Double Major modules in the BMSc Program
To be admitted to Year 3 BMSc, students must satisfy:
- the Admission Requirements, as stated in the 2012/13 ACADEMIC CALENDAR, for the module to which they apply, and
- the ADMISSION CRITERIA, which includes completion of FOUNDATION COURSES.
Note: students must be admitted to Year 3 of the BMSc Program to complete a BMSc degree. Students who are not eligible for admission to Year 3 of the BMSc Program may not re-apply to the BMSc Program, unless an APPEAL FOR ADMISSION TO YEAR 4 is granted.
During the adjudication period in May 2014, students admitted to Year 3 BMSc will be considered for the module(s) they requested during the Intent to Register period. The details about admission to the Honors Specialization modules is available below.
Note: The minimum average on the best 3.0 "foundation courses" needed for admission to Year 3 BMSc for September 2014 was 75%.
HONORS SPECIALIZATION MODULES
The maximum capacity in each Honors Specialization module is limited by the number of spaces in (i) the fourth-year research projects in each of the discipline-specific modules, such as the Honors Specializations in Biochemistry or Physiology, and (ii) Medical Sciences 4900F/G which is required in the Honors Specialization in Medical Sciences. The number of students admitted to each Honors Specialization module in Year 3 for 2014/15 may be slightly greater than the maximum capacity in Year 4 as it is anticipated that some students may change modules from Years 3 to 4 and/or some students may accept offers to other programs before fourth year. See the Cutoff Averages link (below) for the maximum capacity for each of the Honors Specialization modules in Years 2 through 4.
Once admitted to Year 3 BMSc, all students who request a particular Honors Specialization module as their First Choice during the Intent to Register period will be ranked according to their average in the best six foundation half courses (3.0 courses) completed by the end of Year 2. See the ADMISSION CRITERIA for more details. Beginning with the highest average on the best 3.0 foundation courses (referred to as "the average" from this point onward), students will be registered in this Honors Specialization module. If there are more BMSc students requesting the Honors Specialization module than spaces available, the module will be closed when the maximum capacity is reached. The average of the last student assigned to the module will be recorded as the “cutoff average” for the particular Honors Specialization for 2014/15. More details will be posted in the Adjudication FAQ's.
There is not a pre-determined cutoff average for each Honors Specialization module. There is only a pre-determined maximum capacity for each module -- the average of the last student admitted to the module determines the cutoff average for that module for that particular year. The maximum capacity and cutoff averages for each Honors Specialization module for 2014/15 can be found here: ENTERING YEAR 3 OF THE BMSc PROGRAM IN SEPTEMBER 2014. This chart also indicates (i) the minimum average required in the best 3.0 foundation courses for admission to Year 3 BMSc, (ii) the number of First Choice ITR requests, and (iii) the cutoff average for admission to the various Honors Specialization modules.
Students must be admitted to Year 3 of the BMSc Program to be admitted to one of the Specialization modules. Once admitted to the BMSc Program, enrolment in each Specialization module is not limited since these modules do not contain a fourth-year research project or Medical Sciences 4900F/G.
Specialization modules lead only to 4-year BMSc degrees (non-honors) and, since admission to the BMSc Program requires higher marks than generally required for admission to an honors degree, BMSc students are encouraged to pursue either an Honors Specialization module or Double Major modules so that they can graduate with honors degrees.
Students wishing to pursue two Majors, both of which are offered by basic medical science departments, must register in a BMSc degree. Once admitted to the BMSc Program, enrolment in Double Majors is not limited since none of the Major modules include either a fourth-year research project or Medical Sciences 4900F/G. Some Major modules require a 3000-level course which requires either (i) a mark in a prerequisite course or (ii) an average in the prior year, as part of its prerequisite. Students must satisfy the prerequisite for the required 3000-level course in order to register in the Major. For example, the Major in Physiology requires Physiology 3130Z be taken in Year 3 and registration in 3130Z requires a minimum average of 75% be achieved in the previous year (ALL courses taken in the previous year).
Double Majors can be completed in either a 4-year BMSc degree (non-honors) or a BMSc (Honors) degree. The level of marks required for registration in Double Majors in an honors degree is higher than required in a 4-year degree. Since admission to the BMSc Program requires higher marks than required for admission to an honors degree, students completing Double Majors are encouraged to pursue a BMSc (Honors) degree.
Students in Double Majors often have "common courses" in their Majors. A maximum of 1.0 common course can be double-counted toward both Majors (refer to COMMON COURSES).