Each of the departments in the Faculty of Science is committed to providing the best possible information and guidance to students for their academic programs. We strongly encourage students enrolling in Year 1 of the Health Sciences program to take advantage of individual counselling and information sessions held each year during the summer Headstart program.
Continuing students in Health Sciences seeking course and program advice should contact Assistant Professor Vivienne Vance, the Department of Health Sciences academic advisor, at HEadvising@wlu.ca. Advising is available over the fall and winter terms on Monday afternoons from 2-4 p.m. (open office hours) and Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon (by appointment). Simple questions may be addressed via email, however if you have a complex issue and/or multiple questions please plan to drop in on Monday afternoon or request an appointment time for Wednesday morning using the above email address.
Please Note: Spring and Summer Advising Hours will begin on Wednesday May 10th. Dr. Vance is advising on Wednesday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. by appointment only.
All students are strongly encouraged to use the appropriate Honours BSc Health Sciences Program Checklist (see below) to track your progress through each year of the Health Sciences program and ensure that you are meeting all of the program requirements for graduation. Please ensure that you have completed this document fully and bring it with you to your advising appointment.
Students admitted to Health Sciences in 2014 or later must follow the 2014-16 Program Checklist. Students admitted prior to 2014 have the option to graduate under the requirements that were in place when they were admitted to the program, as outlined in the 2011-13 Program Checklist or to adopt the revised program requirements, provided that they follow the updated requirements in their entirety.
Note that all the information on the program checklists is available in accessible format under Progression Requirements.
Information about the academic advising available in the Faculty of Science through the dean's office and the other departments in the faculty is available through Faculty of Science Academic Advising or the central academic advising pages. For general inquiries pertaining to the Faculty of Science, email email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
I Am Having Difficulty Registering for a Course on LORIS. What Should I Do?
What Is The GPA Requirement To Stay In Health Sciences?
How Do I Register for a Directed Studies Course?
Students wishing to complete a directed studies course must complete the directed studies form, to which you must attach a one-page course outline which includes the course evaluation (grading scheme) and signature of the faculty member who has agreed to supervise your directed studies course. Both documents must be submitted to the department chair and dean’s office for approval.
For an accessible version of the form, contact the department.
How Do I Register for HE490?
HE490 is the directed research in Health Sciences thesis course. Student registering for HE490 must complete the HE490 application form.
I Would Like to Take a Course at Another University. How Do I Arrange This?
It is recommended that you discuss your plans with the Health Sciences Undergraduate Advisor.
For courses at the University of Waterloo, please refer to Taking Courses at Another University. Note that courses taken at the University of Waterloo require the approval of the undergraduate advisor and a course authorization signature from the University of Waterloo instructor.
Courses taken at universities other than the University of Waterloo require a letter of permission request form. For more information, see Letter of Permission. Note that courses taken on a letter of permission require an email of approval from the department chair, which must then be forwarded to Enrolment Services.
For either of the above options, permission to take elective courses is relatively simple, however please be aware that you will need strong justification for taking a required course at another university.
Required courses must be evaluated for “course equivalency” by the appropriate undergraduate advisor before registering for the course. You will need to provide the undergraduate advisor with a calendar description and detailed course syllabus before equivalency can be determined.
Can I take more than 2.5 credits in one term?
How Do I Declare A Minor In Another Discipline?
Minors (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology) are declared when you complete your application to graduate. Minors typically consist of a minimum of 3.0 credits (6 courses), two of which must be senior level credits.
Note that HN 210 and HN 220 may count towards a Biology minor; however no more than 1.0 HN credit may be included. Please refer to the appropriate department website to review the requirements for specific disciplines.
I Am Interested In Switching My Major To Honours Health Sciences. Is This Possible?
Yes, a limited number of students may be eligible for transfer to Honours Health Sciences from another Laurier program of study.
If you wish to be considered for transfer to Health Sciences please apply to transfer via Enrolment Services no later than late April. The Department of Health Sciences considers transfer applications in early May of each year.
Typically students require a cumulative GPA of 9.0 (B+) or higher to be considered for transfer, as well as all of the grade 12 U or equivalent requirements in Chemistry, Biology, Advanced Functions and English.