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Life Sciences Programs

Our Life Sciences programs provide students with the opportunity to study topics in human health, aging and disease. Our curriculum is organized under the categories of knowledge translation, communication, experiential learning and research skills. A unique aspect to our programs involves the implementation of community-based projects and peer mentoring experiential opportunities that are tied to in-course experiences.

Our programs sit in the School of Interdisciplinary Science and include the Honours Life Sciences, the Bachelor of Life Sciences and the Honours Life Sciences Co-Op programs. We also offer limited enrollment, interdisciplinary and interdepartmental specializations in Origins of Disease and Sensory Motor Processes.

All Level I students who wish to be reviewed for admission to the Life Sciences Programs must submit an Application for Admission to Level II through Mosaic by the University stated deadline.

Pillars Of Learning:

Science communication is an essential step in the scientific process.

Our communication intensive courses have at least two distinct elements of science communication as part of the evaluation. These may include essays, research proposals, poster presentations, oral presentations, community engagement proposals or digital media presentations.

Research is one of the four pillars of learning in the Life Sciences Program. In all science careers, understanding of how science is conducted and how data are analyzed and presented are essential.

Our students are encouraged to engage in diverse experiential learning opportunities. These give students with a chance to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom, explore career options and become knowledge creators. Experiential opportunities include community or professional placements and research projects on campus. There are also course-based community engagement opportunities. In addition, our collection of peer mentoring courses give you a chance to apply your knowledge in the classroom as a leader and mentor to your fellow students.

Students are required to take a Life Sciences seminar in Level IV. These courses are small (capacity 25 students), allowing students to work closely with the instructor. Students are asked to take specialized content and translate their knowledge into addressing real-world challenges through research proposals or community engagement projects.