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Program Requirements

Note: University regulations apply to all students at Laurier. If there is any discrepancy between the program or progression requirements outlined on this page and those in the university's academic calendars, the academic calendars are the official sources of information. The information below is from the latest calendar, and you may be following progression requirements from an earlier calendar. Students are responsible for checking the appropriate calendar. Contact your program coordinator should you notice any discrepancies.

Honours BSc Health Sciences

The Honours BSc Health Sciences program consists of 20.0 credits, of which at most 7.0 credits may be at the 100-level and no more than 4.5 credits may be from disciplines outside the Faculty of Science. Electives must include at least a 0.5 credit from each of English and Philosophy (PP217 recommended). At least 2.0 credits must be from 400-level courses. At least 1.5 credits must be from 300- or 400-level optional HE credits in addition to HE300, HE301, HE302 and HE400. For progression and graduation, a cumulative overall GPA of at least 6.0 is required.

Year 1 (5.0 credits)

  • HE100, HE101, BI110, BI111, CH110, CH111; PS101 and PS102;
  • MA100 and MA101 

Year 2 (5.0 credits)

  • HE201, HN210, HN220;
  • CH202, CH203, ST231;
  • At least two of BI236, CH250, PS263 (refer to Note 1).
  • At most 1.0 elective credits (Refer to Notes 1, 2 and 3).

Year 3 (5.0 credits)

  • HE300/KP434, HE301, HE302;
  • 3.5 elective credits (Refer to Notes 1, 2 and 3; must be approved by the Health Sciences Chair).

Year 4 (5.0 credits)

  • HE400;
  • 1.5 credits selected from: HE330, HE401, HE410, HE411, HE430, HE431, HE432, HE433, HE434, HE435, HE440, HE450, HE490*;
  • 3.0 elective credits (Refer to Notes 1, 2 and 3; must be approved by the Health Sciences Chair).


  1. All three of BI236, CH250, PS263 are required for the program. Students are advised to take two or more of these courses in Year 2 since they are each prerequisites for 300-level courses in the respective disciplines. The remaining course should be completed in Year 3. Students interested in writing the MCAT or OAT should consider including PC141 (or PC131) and PC142 (or PC132) among their electives, possibly in Year 3.
  2. Depending on career objectives, students may wish to concentrate their electives in order to qualify for a Minor or Option as part of the Health Sciences BSc. In particular, with one additional senior BI course, students will qualify for a Minor in Biology, and, with one additional senior CH course, a Minor in Chemistry. Students wishing to obtain a Minor or Option in a discipline other than Biology or Chemistry, particularly if it is offered by a department outside the Faculty of Science, should discuss their plans well in advance with the Health Sciences Undergraduate Academic Advisor.
  3. 0.5 credit in English and 0.5 credit in Philosophy (PP217 recommended). These can be taken in elective slots available in years 2, 3 or 4.


Suggested minors (see Note 2 above):

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology

Co-op and Management Options

Students enrolled in the Health Sciences program may apply for the Co-op and Management Options.


Co-op provides an opportunity for students to integrate their academic studies with work experience in participating organizations. Admission to this limited enrolment program is competitive and is based on academic record, recent work and volunteer experience, extracurricular activities and interview performance. Science co-op students normally complete two work terms of at least 10 weeks each, usually in the summers following their second and third years.


The Management Option provides fundamental training in key areas of business such as the theories and process of management, marketing, finance, accounting, organizational behaviour, microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Students may be admitted to Health Sciences with the Management Option or may register for the Management Option at the end of their first or second year.

To learn more about these options, consult the Undergraduate Calendar.