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Life Science at Queen's University

Life Sciences

Botterell Hall
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Associate Dean, Life Sciences and Biochemistry: Michael D. Kawaja
Life Sciences Program Assistant: Katherine Rudder
Biochemistry Program Assistant: Denise Cameron

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.

Degree Options

Bachelor of Science (Honours) - BScH

Specialization in Life Sciences
An intensive course of study with approximately two-thirds of your courses within the subject of study.

Major in Life Sciences
A major is an intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately half of your courses within the discipline with room for an optional minor in any other Arts and Science discipline.

Minor in Life Sciences
A minor is a less intensive course of study in the discipline that must be combined with a major in another discipline.

Bachelor of Science - BSc

General in Life Sciences
A less intense course of study leading to a 3-year degree.

For a full list of Degree Plans, see the Academic Calendar

First Year Courses

  • BIOL 102/3.0 and BIOL 103/3.0 (required for pre-requisites to 2nd year courses)
  • CHEM 112/6.0 (required for prerequisites to 2nd year courses)
  • MATH 121/6.0 or MATH 120/6.0 
  • PHYS 117/6.0 or PHYS 106/6.0 or PHYS 104/6.0

Special Note

It is strongly recommended that students considering admission to a Plan in LISC take BIOL 102/103; CHEM 112; MATH 121; PHYS 117 and 6.0 units of elective courses in their first year.  Students who complete less than 27.0 units in their first year may not be considered eligible for admission to a Plan in LISC.

What it takes to study Life Sciences in your second year >

Click here for the complete list of Courses in Arts and Science

Job and Career Opportunities for Life Science Grads

Life Sciences is an interdisciplinary program providing a broad background in Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Physiology. The Queen's Life Sciences program is unmatched in preparation for graduate studies in biomedical sciences as well as for opportunities in the marketplace, especially in the pharmaceutical industry. It is particularly important for the students to appreciate that with a Life Sciences degree they can contribute to society in a variety of health science disciplines and other related fields through many career opportunities in professional disciplines, academic and other research institutions, and industry. A large proportion of the graduates of this program choose a career in medicine or graduate studies and research in health sciences. Others enter programs in Dentistry, Optometry, Law, Hospital or Health Administration, Public Policy, and Business Administration.

Some of our Life Science grads work in the following industries:

  • Academia
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Agricultural Research
  • Anesthesiology
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Audiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Blood Bank Technology
  • Chiropractics
  • Criminology
  • Cytotechnology
  • Dentistry
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Epidemiology
  • Ergonomics
  • Fire Fighting
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Forensic Science
  • Funeral Services
  • Genetics
  • Graduate Studies
  • Health Administration - Public Health
  • Health Care
  • Hospital Administration
  • Human Ecology
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Kinesiology
  • Marine Biology
  • Medical Illustration
  • Medical Research
  • Medical Technology
  • Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Midwifery
  • Naturopathic Medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing Science
  • Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Prosthetics Orthotics
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Teaching
  • Toxicology
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Water conservation

Career paths for Life Science grads handout from Career Services >

High School Requirements for Admission

The Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), and six 4U and M courses.  Students in francophone schools may offer the equivalent of English 4U.  For information on requirements from other provinces, please see the Admissions webpage.

English 4U, Advanced Functions 4U, Calculus and Vectors 4U, plus two of Biology 4U, Chemistry 4U or Physics 4U.

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