Life Sciences

Develop a strong grounding in basic sciences like chemistry and biology, and then focus on the biomedical sciences such as human anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and pharmacology. This online general BSc program will foster an interdisciplinary perspective to your understanding of today's diseases and disorders, while enhancing your critical analysis and communication skills. This online degree is also a good fit if you have aspirations to attend professional schools to become a healthcare professional.

Program Plan

The Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences program plan consists of 90.0 units. 42.0 of these units are electives which can be taken from any subject, at any level and in any order, as long you have (or obtain) the prerequisites for any 200 or 300-level courses. The other 48.0 units must be taken as described below.

Note: Courses may not be offered every term.

Core courses (24.0 units) 

*Students may substitute PHGY 210/6.0 or PHGY 214/6.0 for PHGY 215/3.0 and PHGY 216/3.0

Option courses** (18.0 units) 

Selected from the following online courses, including 12.0 units at the 200-level or above:

**No more than 12.0 units in BIOL (or 3.0 units in NURS and 6.0 units in BIOL)

Additional requirements (6.0 units) 

In the physical and natural sciences or mathematics, all ANAT, ASTR, BIOL, CANC, CHEM, CISC, COGS, MATH, MICR, PHAR, PHGY, PHYS, and REPD courses, and a limited set of PSYC courses. The following courses in these disciplines are offered online:

NOTE: Courses may not be used to satisfy more than one requirement.

Electives (42.0 units)

42.0 additional units selected from all course offerings.

How do I apply?

Admission Requirements

Queen's Arts and Science Online has several admission categories for students with diverse educational backgrounds. Choose the right one for you here.

Application Periods

There are three application periods each year - Fall, Winter and Summer. View the dates and deadlines for each one.

Submit an Application

To apply for a Queen's online program, simply submit an online application directly through our website.

How Online Learning Works

Click here to learn more about when to access your course, time commitments, exams and more.

What can I do with my degree?

Can I apply to Grad School?

Admission requirements for graduate programs vary by institution and program. If your education goals include attending grad school, we recommend that you speak to the receiving institution and compare our programs to their admission requirements. It is currently not possible to complete an Honours degree in Life Sciences online at Queen's.

Possible Career Fields

Your BSc in Life Sciences can lead you to a wide variety of career fields, which may include:

  • Animal research 
  • Audiology 
  • Biochemistry 
  • Biotechnology 
  • Drug development 
  • Environmental management 
  • Ergonomics 
  • Food science and technology 
  • Forensics 
  • Genetics 
  • Health administration 
  • Kinesiology 
  • Medical and clinical research 
  • Medical illustration 
  • Microbiology 
  • Nutrition & dietetics 
  • Occupational health and safety 
  • Pharmaceutical industry 
  • Public and private research laboratories 

Note: Students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies are encouraged to contact the programs directly to find out if our ASO 3-year 90.0-unit general degree will meet admission requirements.