Academic Calendar 2023-2024

Degree Plan

The Bachelor of Health Sciences curriculum provides the depth of knowledge and background theory necessary to understand not only how the human body functions in health and disease, but also how its environment – both physical and social – play major roles in health and disease.

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Year 1 Core Course Requirements
ANAT 100Anatomy of the Human Body3.00
GLPH 171Social and Physical Determinants of Health and Disease3.00
HSCI 190Introduction to Statistics for the Health Sciences 13.00
IDIS 173The History and Philosophy of Health and Healthcare3.00
PHAR 100Introductory Pharmacology3.00
PHGY 170Human Cell Physiology3.00
Total Units18.00
Year 1 Option Course Requirements6.00
BIOL 102Fundamentals of Biology: Molecular and Cell Biology3.00
BIOL 103Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems3.00
CHEM 112General Chemistry6.00
or CHEM 113 General Chemistry I (with Virtual Laboratory): From Atoms to Matter
or CHEM 114 General Chemistry II (with Virtual Laboratory): Thermodynamics and Kinetics
ENGL 100Introduction to Literary Study6.00
IDIS 199The Science of Mental Health, Well-being, & Resiliency3.00
MATH 121Differential and Integral Calculus6.00
or MATH 123 Differential and Integral Calculus I
or MATH 124 Differential and Integral Calculus II
PATH 120Understanding Human Disease in the 21st Century3.00
PHYS 118Basic Physics6.00
or PHYS 115 Introduction to Physics I
or PHYS 116 Introduction to Physics II
PSYC 100Principles of Psychology6.00
WRIT 120Fundamentals of Effective Writing3.00
WRIT 125Fundamentals of Academic Essay Writing3.00
Year 1 Electives *6.00


Year 2 Core Course Requirements
BCHM 270Biochemical Basis of Health and Disease3.00
HSCI 270Fundamentals of Health Research Methodology3.00
GLPH 271Global and Population Health3.00
MICR 270Infection, Immunity and Inflammation 23.00
or MICR 271 Introduction to Microbiology
PHGY 215Principles of Mammalian Physiology l3.00
PHGY 216Principles of Mammalian Physiology ll3.00
Total Units18.00
Year 2 Option Course Requirements6.00
BCHM 218Molecular Biology3.00
CHEM 281General Organic Chemistry I (with Virtual Laboratory)3.00
CHEM 282General Organic Chemistry II3.00
or CHEM 285 General Organic Chemistry II (with Virtual Laboratory)
GLPH 281Racism and Health in Canada3.00
HLTH 230Basic Human Nutrition3.00
or HSCI 230 Nutrition And Health
IDIS 280Interprofessional Approaches in Healthcare3.00
MICR 290Antibiotic Resistance Lab3.00
PHGY 290Investigation of Human Physiological Responses3.00
Year 2 Electives *6.00


Year 3 Core Course Requirements
BCHM 370Genetics and Genomics3.00
IDIS 373Health Ethics, Law, and Policy3.00
PATH 310Introduction to Pathology and Molecular Medicine3.00
PHAR 370Fundamentals of Pharmacology and Therapeutics3.00
REPD 372Reproduction and Development3.00
Total Units15.00
Year 3 Option Course Requirements9.00
ANAT 309Functional Histology3.00
ANAT 312Functional Neuroanatomy3.00
ANAT 380Clinically Relevant Human Anatomy3.00
ANAT 391Introduction to Cadaveric Dissection3.00
LISC 300The Process of Discovery in the Biomedical Sciences3.00
LISC 387Sex Differences in Health and Disease3.00
LISC 390Integrated Life Science Laboratory I3.00
LISC 391Integrated Life Sciences Laboratory3.00
CANC 380Evolutionary Biology of Cancer3.00
GLPH 385Biohacking & Gerontechnology3.00
HSCI 383Advanced Research Methodologies3.00
MICR 320Microbes in Health and Disease3.00
MICR 360Immunology3.00
MICR 386Fundamentals of Immunology in Health and Disease3.00
NSCI 323Cellular Neuroscience3.00
NSCI 324Systems Neuroscience3.00
NSCI 325The Science of Psychedelics3.00
PATH 381Clinical Biochemistry3.00
PHAR 380Drug and Environmental Toxicology3.00
PHGY 350Pathophysiology3.00
PHGY 355Biomedical Respiratory Physiology3.00
Year 3 Electives *6.00
Year 4 Core Course Requirements
GLPH 471Advanced Global and Population Health3.00
REPD 473Developmental Origins of Health And Disease3.00
Total Units6.00
Year 4 Option Course Requirements: Complete a total of 18.0 Units from the following 3 lists.18.00
Minimum 3.0 units from this list:
ANAT 409Selected Topics in Histology3.00
ANAT 471Human Embryology3.00
BCHM 482Proteomics and Metabolomics3.00
CANC 440Cancer Biology and Therapeutics3.00
CRSS 453Principles in Cardiorespiratory Science I3.00
CRSS 454Cardiovascular Sciences3.00
CRSS 456Molecular and Cellular Basis of Cardiovascular Disease3.00
DDHT 459Principles of Drug Discovery3.00
DDHT 460Principles of Drug Development3.00
LISC 400Neuro-Immune Interactions in Health and Disease3.00
LISC 426Current Concepts in Sensorimotor Neuroscience3.00
MICR 451Viral Pathogenesis3.00
MICR 452Viral Infection and Immunity3.00
MICR 461Advanced Immunology3.00
MICR 483Advanced Topics in Infectious Diseases3.00
NSCI 401Introduction to Theoretical Neuroscience3.00
NSCI 403Introduction to Neuroimaging3.00
NSCI 422Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience3.00
NSCI 429Disorders of the Nervous System3.00
NSCI 433Cellular Elements of the Nervous System: Responses to Injury and Disease3.00
NSCI 444Controversies in Neuroscience3.00
NSCI 483Neurobiology of Learning and Memory3.00
PATH 411Applied Data Science in Molecular Medicine3.00
PATH 425Current Topics in Human Genetics3.00
PATH 430The Molecular Basis of Disease3.00
PHGY 424Ion Channels of Excitable Cells3.00
PHAR 416Xenobiotic Disposition and Toxicity3.00
PHAR 480Drug Discovery and Development3.00
Minimum 3.0 units from this list:
GLPH 472Special Populations: Neonatal to End-of-Life-Care3.00
GLPH 482Foundations of Humanitarian Health Emergencies3.00
GLPH 485Global Application of Health Informatics3.00
GLPH 487One World, One Health: The Global Link Between Human, Animal, and Environmental Health3.00
GLPH 488Global Oncology: Cancer Care, Policy, Research, and Education3.00
GLPH 493Global Health Practice3.00
HSCI 483Applied Qualitative Methods for Health Research3.00
IDIS 473Designing Life After Queen's3.00
IDIS 480Advanced Interprofessional Approaches in Healthcare3.00
IDIS 483Applied Health Ethics: Clinical, Organizational, and Research Perspectives3.00
Additional 4th year Options:
ANAT 599Research Inquiry in Anatomy6.00
HSCI 591Health Sciences Research: Design and Methods3.00
HSCI 592Health Sciences Research: Design and Methods3.00
HSCI 593Health Sciences Research: Data Collection and Interpretation3.00
HSCI 594Health Sciences Research: Data Collection and Interpretation3.00
HSCI 595Health Sciences Research: Data Collection and Interpretation3.00
HSCI 598Advanced Health Sciences Research: Design and Methods6.00
HSCI 599Advanced Health Sciences Research: Data Collection and Analysis6.00
Year 4 Electives *6.00

TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED                                                                                                                                               120.0

Note: Students who complete QUIP or a certificate require more than 120.0 units to satisfy their degree requirements. For specific unit requirements please reach out to our Academic Advisors.