Life Sciences

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.

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Location: 
Botterell Hall
Room number: 
813
Telephone: 
Associate Dean, Life Sciences and Biochemistry: 
Michael D. Kawaja
Life Sciences Program Assistant: 
Katherine Rudder
Biochemistry Program Assistant: 
Denise Cameron

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.

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

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 >

Undergraduate Course Highlights

After taking foundational courses in Biology and Chemistry, students participate in core courses that explore human anatomy/physiology, pharmacology, and microbiology. In the third and fourth years, students can choose from a wide variety of class and laboratory based courses that cover topics including biochemistry, pathology, and epidemiology. Research projects in fourth year for Specialization students can focus on a broad range of fields including Cancer Biology, Cardiorespiratory Sciences, Drug Discovery and Human Toxicology, and Neurosciences, as well as Public Health Sciences, Reproductive Biology and Gastrointestinal Function.

Undergraduate Admission to Life Sciences

Students in our Faculty are admitted into Arts, Science or Computing but the focus is on a common first year. Through self-exploration, and while you settle into university life, you have the chance to work with our advisors and faculty to uncover where your real interests and opportunities for success are. Sometimes that discovery happens fairly quickly, and for other students it takes some work and time before the “ah-ha!” happens – either way your first year at Queen’s will be a great experience.