Life Sciences

Degree PlansCourses of InstructionCourse Lists

M.A.Adams, J.Allingham, R.D.Andrew, A.Baer, B.Banfield, S.Basta, B.M.Bennett, G.Blohm, J.F.Brien, E.B.Carstens,
G.P.Côté, A.Craig, B.A.Croy, P.L.Davies, R.Easteal, A.V.Ferguson, J.T.Fisher, C.D.Funk, K.Gee, C.Graham, B.C.Hill, K.F.Jarrell, Z.Jia, G.Jones, F.Kan, M.D.Kawaja, A.E.Lomax, L.Mackenzie, R.J.MacLeod, N.S.Magoski, A.S.Mak, N.L.Martin, T.E.Massey, D.H.Maurice, C.R.Mueller, D.P.Munoz, K.Nakatsu, R.Oko, T.R.S.Ozolins, S.Pang, M.Paré, M.P.Petkovitch, R.K.Poole, L.Raptis, C.Reifel, J.N.Reynolds, P.K.Rose, S.H.Scott, V.Singh, S.P.Smith, M.R.Szewczuk, C.Tayade, L.Tomalty, C.A.Ward, L.M.Winn, S.Zhang

Program Notes
Subject Code for Anatomy    ANAT
Subject Code for Biochemistry    BCHM
Subject Code for Cancer Research    CANC
Subject Code for Cardiorespiratory Science    CRSS
Subject Code for Drug Discovery and Human Toxicology    DDHT
Subject Code for Life Sciences    LISC
Subject Code for Microbiology and Immunology    MICR
Subject Code for Neuroscience    NSCI
Subject Code for Pathology and Molecular Medicine   PATH
Subject Code for Pharmacology and Toxicology    PHAR
Subject Code for Physiology    PHGY
Subject Code for Public Health Sciences    EPID
Head of Department (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences)    M.A.Adams
Associate Dean, Life Sciences and Biochemistry     M.D.Kawaja
Office    Botterell Hall, Room 813
World Wide Web Address    http:/
Telephone    613-533-6527
Email Address

The hallmark of the Life Sciences program is a unique blend of disciplines represented by basic and clinical biomedical science departments in the Faculty of Health Sciences.  These departments include Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Public Health Sciences, and Pathology and Molecular Medicine, in collaboration with the Cancer Research Institute, the Centre for Neuroscience Studies, and the Cardiac, Circulation and Respiratory Group.

The subjects that fall under the umbrella of the Life Sciences program include traditional biomedical disciplines devoted to the anatomical, biochemical, epidemiological, immunological, microbiological, pathological, pharmacological, and physiological sciences.  In addition, there are streams dedicated to contemporary trans-disciplinary themes in the cardiovascular and respiratory sciences, drug development and human toxicology, cancer biology and genetics, and neuroscience.

The Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences is responsible for Biochemistry Plans (General/Minor (Science), Major, Specialization) and plays a primary role in the Life Sciences Plans (General/Minor (Science), Major, Specialization).    The Department is a unique amalgam of scientists and teachers who share a common goal: to ameliorate the consequences of disease and trauma by training the next generation of health care scientists and professionals.  To meet this goal, the Department draws on the depth and breadth of the scientific expertise of its members.  Contemporary courses are offered in the anatomical, biochemical, microbiological, immunological, pharmacological, and physiological sciences and in a wide range of cross-disciplinary studies (e.g. cardiovascular and respiratory sciences, drug development, cancer biology and genetics, neuroscience).  These courses are integral to the various Biochemistry and Life Sciences Plans.

Program Policies

Laboratory Safety and Associated Fees
Departmental Safety Rules are strictly enforced. A standard white laboratory coat is required for all laboratory courses.  Shoes must be closed at both heel and toe.  Additional safety requirements will be described at the first laboratory in each laboratory-based course.

Some courses require students to purchase a laboratory manual produced by the Department for that particular course, with the cost varying depending on specific laboratory course.  A small fee for materials is charged for most laboratories. Please see individual courses for the exact costs.

Access to Third and Fourth Year Courses
Students in the Life Sciences Specialization Plan (LISC-P-BSH) will be given priority enrolment to those courses that are required to meet third- and fourth-year core and option requirements.  Students in both the Life Sciences Specialization and the Life Sciences Major Plans (LISC-P-BSH and LISC-M-BSH) should further note that a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 is a required prerequisite to access those fourth-year courses to complete these Plans.  See Academic Regulations 2.3 and 2.5.2.

Advice to Students

Students should seek academic counseling from one of the counselors listed below or staff in the Associate Dean’s office.





C. Tayade


S. P. Smith


S. Davey


D. Maurice


H. Richardson


T.R.S. Ozolins


R. K. Poole


P. K. Rose


C. Ward

Life Sciences Plans
The Life Sciences Specialization Plan is recommended for students who wish to pursue studies in the life sciences that emphasize breadth and depth.  It culminates with a wide range of opportunities for intensive study in a particular field during the third and final year.  The program equips graduates with a base for advanced study in all biomedical and health-care related sciences and professions. This program offers six sub-plans.
•    The Biomedical Discovery Sub-plan is recommended to students who wish to gain advanced laboratory experience or experiential learning in Anatomy or Epidemiology/Public Health or Immunology or Microbiology or Pathology or Pharmacology or Physiology.

•    The Biomedical Sciences Sub-plan provides more flexibility in choice of options and electives than other sub-plans, and is recommended to students who wish to obtain a wide-ranging foundation in the life sciences with opportunities for advanced study in selected topics.

The remaining four sub-plans are devoted to contemporary trans-disciplinary streams and place a high premium on laboratory-based research and seminar-based learning.

•    The Cancer Stream is recommended to students who wish to proceed to graduate studies and research in Cancer Biology and Genetics.  Students intending to take this stream should consult the list of option courses required for completion of the program, and consider appropriate courses in Year 3.

•    The Cardiorespiratory Stream is recommended to students who wish to proceed to graduate studies and research in the cardiovascular and respiratory sciences. Students intending to take this stream should complete PHGY 355/3.0 in Year 3.

•    The Drug Development and Human Toxicology Stream is recommended to students who are interested in enriched study in the fields of drug discovery and development as well as in mechanisms of drug and toxicant action.  Students will gain advanced knowledge which will make them competitive for graduate studies and marketable in particular employment areas (e.g. government regulatory agencies and pharmaceutical companies).

•    The Neuroscience Stream is recommended to students who wish to proceed to graduate studies and research in the neurosciences.  Students intending to take this option should complete either NSCI 323/3.0 or NSCI 324/3.0 in Year 3.  It is strongly recommended that students in this stream complete both courses.

The Life Sciences Major Plan is recommended to students who wish to pursue a wider range of study than is possible with the Life Sciences Specialization Plan.  Priority will be given to those students who have declared a Minor concentration in another discipline.  Access to specialized courses at the 400 level may be limited, with priority given to students in the Life Sciences Specialization Plan program.

Preparation for a Teaching Career
Students wishing to enter teaching as a career are advised to consult the Faculty of Education concerning the prerequisites for the B.Ed. program options.

NOTE    Students enrolled in this program will be required to work with animals and tissues obtained from animals.