ITR for Med Sci 2
Only students in Medical Sciences 1 can submit an Intent to Register (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.
General Information about ITR, as well as the list of planned ITR events (including info/Q&A session specifically for students going into Med Sci 2), can be found here.
What are the consequences of not submitting an ITR by March 31?
If you are registered in Medical Sciences 1 and do not submit an ITR by March 31, then the Office of the Registrar will push in an ITR for you for Medical Sciences 2. You do not get to select a Second Choice. You may request a change to your degree/module/program after the adjudication period in May (see "I want to change my program/plan for the upcoming Fall/Winter" under After Adjudication for details).
Submitting an ITR for Medical Sciences 2:
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 by selecting Full-time and click on Continue
- click on "Continue in Current Program"
That's it! You have submitted your ITR for Medical Sciences 2.
You can select a Second Choice - see the FAQ "do I need to submit a Second Choice" - but it is not necessary to do so if you are confident that you will meet the requirements to progress to Medical Sciences 2.
Remember that an ITR will be pushed in for Medical Sciences 2 if you are in Medical Sciences 1 and do not submit an ITR by March 31.
See the webpage for Adjudication about what happens in May when your marks become available and you are assessed for your ITR choice(s).
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 do not satisfy these mark/average criteria, you will be considered for Medical Sciences 2 without the Western Scholars designation.
If you did not register in Western Scholars in Medical Sciences 1 and want to be in Medical Sciences 2 (Western Scholars), see an Academic Counsellor in NCB 280 to submit a paper ITR form.
If you think you will 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. A decision will be made during the adjudication period in May as to which is the most appropriate alternative for you (you do not have to ask to be registered in a different program).
- 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 are not eligible to progress to Medical Sciences 2 but you satisfy the Admission Requirements for a Major in Biology, then you may be registered in a BSc degree with a Major in Biology next year. Being registered in this degree/module would give you priority access to 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 in the event that 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.
You want to be registered in a module(s) in second year that will give you 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.
- if you are registered in Year 2 of a BSc degree with a Major in Biology, then you will have priority access to Biochemistry 2280A, Biology 2290F/G, 2382A/B and 2581B, Chemistry 2213A, Biology or Statistics 2244A/B
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.
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 and you must put Neuroscience as a First Choice to be considered for admission.
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.
The requirements to progress to Medical Sciences 2 are outlined in the Academic Calendar - look at the paragraph immediately above Medical Sciences 2.
If you are not eligible to register for Medical Sciences 2, then a decision will be made during the adjudication period in May about the module/program in which you will be registered for Year 2. This decision will be made based on the marks you achieved in your courses in Medical Sciences 1 and whether you eligible to register in a BSc degree with a Major module, for example, or as BA Undeclared.
For questions about what options you have if you do not satisfy the requirements to progress to Medical Sciences 2, review these resouces:
- Admission to Year 3 BMSc (from the competitive pool)
- Frequently Asked Questions for Med Sci 1 Students
and direct your questions to the Academic Counselling Office in NCB 280.
Yes. 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
To date, all students who have satisfied the minimum requirements for admission to Year 3 BMSc from the competitive pool have been admitted to Year 3 BMSc.
Direct any questions to the Academic Counselling Team in NCB 280.
You 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 do not 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 Medical Sciences 2. If, however, you repeat the first-year course at Western, you must achieve a minimum mark of 60% on the repeated course(s) as your transfer credit will be forfeited.
Students often submit their ITR for particular degrees and modules when they go into second year but this is not the case, however, if you are in Medical Sciences 1, progressing to Medical Sciences 2, and then applying to Year 3 BMS.
No one registers in BMSc degrees (and the modules in the BMSc Program) until they enter Year 3 BMSc.
- if you are in Medical Sciences 1, then submit your ITR for Medical Sciences 2 if you plan on applying for admission to the BMSc Program in Year 3
- when you are in Medical Sciences 2, you will 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) so that they have priority access to the courses they will need in second year to pursue an additional Major or Minor.
You will 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 not be registered in a degree + module.
- you should know, however, in which module(s) you would 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.
You are going into Medical Sciences 2 and want to complete a BMSc (Honors) degree with an Honors Specialization. Can you also complete a Major or Minor?
A Major or Minor can be completed in addition to an Honors Specialization module in the BMSc Program (see Completing two Modules for more information)
Since registration in the BMSc Program and the Honors Specialization module does not occur until Year 3, the desired Major or Minor is not included in the Intent to Register for Medical Sciences 2.
On the rare occasion that you must be registered in the Major or Minor module in order to have priority access to register for courses required in the Minor while in Medical Sciences 2, one of the Major or Minor modules below might be added to your ITR (other Major or Minor modules typically do not require that you be registered in the module to have priority access for courses):
- 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 NCB 280 to add one of these Majors or Minors to Medical Sciences 2.
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).
Kathy Boon is hosting some info sessions/Q&A about ITR for students in Medical Sciences 1. These sessions are often more helpful than going to BMSUE drop-in. See the Event Calendar for when/where these sessions are being held in March.
Don't wait until the end of March to ask questions about ITR - BMSUE Drop-in gets pretty busy toward the end of March and you may be limited to a total of 10 minutes during peak weeks.