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Incoming Direct-Entry Students

Welcome to the Life Sciences program at Queen's University! On this page, you will find information about course planning and what to expect in your first year as a direct-entry student in the Life Sciences program.

The Queen’s Life Sciences first year course requirements are the same as those for the common first year Queen’s Science program this year. 

First Year Core Courses for Life Sciences Specialization are:

  • BIOL 102/3.0 (fall term), 
  • CHEM 112/6.0 (full year course),
  • MATH 121/6.0 (full year course),
  • PHYS 117/6.0 (full year course), and
  • BIOL 103/3.0 (winter term course)

Electives in First Year:

In terms of electives, the Faculty of Arts and Science provides a list of courses in their “Courses of Instruction” pdf, link below.  Courses in Art, Languages, Film, Gender Studies, Health Studies, History, Environmental Sciences, Psychology, Religion, etc. can be taken. First year students are able to complete either two (2) 3.0 unit elective courses or one (1) full year 6.0 unit elective course.  Your electives can be taken from all areas offered through the Faculty of Arts and Science and will need to “fit” into your schedule but can be freely chosen by you. Usually you will need to complete a 100 level course (as upper year courses may require a pre-requisite).

Many Life Science students will be interested in ANAT 100/3.0 and PHAR 100/3.0, or our new course PATH 120/3.0PATH 120/3.0 will be available in the new version of the Academic Calendar to be released later this summer.

Student Handbook:

The Faculty of Arts and Science has a Student Handbook that will be of assistance to you.  There is a sample science schedule for "Lydia" on page 31.

Degree Program Outlined in the E-Calendar:

The Life Sciences Specialization Plan is outlined below, as per the degree information found in the Faculty of Arts and Science e-calendar on page 234

Second Year

You will take:

  • human anatomy courses with laboratories (ANAT 215/3.0 and ANAT 216/3.0), 
  • human physiology courses (PHGY 215/3.0 and PHGY 216/3.0),
  • organic chemistry (CHEM 281/3.0 and CHEM 282/3.0),
  • Molecular Biology (BCHM 218) and
  • Introductory Microbiology with a lab (MICR 221/3.0) or without a lab (MICR 271/3.0). 
  • A second year Statistics course can be taken in second or third year and there are several options to chose from.

Third Year

You are required to take: 

  • Introductory Pharmacology
  • Immunology. 

The decision about taking BCHM 310/9.0 or BCHM 315/3.0 and BCHM 316/3.0 takes students down different upper year pathways. This chart indicates the requirements for the Life Sciences Specialization and the different sub-plans that are available in your upper-years. If you take BCHM 310/9.0 (with the lab), this will keep all the Life Science sub-plans open to you. However taking BCHM 315/3.0 and BCHM 316/3.0 leads to the Biomedical Sciences sub-plan, allowing students to take a research project or course work to complete their degree. Further detailed information is available in the e-calendar.

Youtube Videos and Lab Tours Available:

You can learn more about our program by reviewing our video from our website.  Dr. Louise Winn, Associate Dean of Life Sciences outlines the Life Sciences and Biochemistry program.

We hope this information is helpful. Please do reach out to if you have other questions.