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Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Program Website: ryerson.ca/science/programs/undergraduate/biomedical
Administered by: Department of Chemistry and Biology
Program Format: Full-time, four-year program.
Full-time, five-year co-op program.

Students who choose to enter into the Biomedical Sciences program will explore pressing medical conundrums such as the nature of cancerous cells, how microorganisms attack the body, and the correlation between gene expression and its effects on aging. By first laying down the groundwork with a meticulous study of cellular and molecular biology, our students will look at new and innovative therapies and treatments that address illness.

Admission Information

O.S.S.D. with six Grade 12 U/M courses, including Grade 12 U courses in: English, Advanced Functions (MHF4U), and two of Biology (SBI4U) or Chemistry (SCH4U) or Physics (SPH4U).

Notes:
  1. ENG4U/EAE4U is the preferred English.
  2. The grade(s) required in the subject prerequisites (normally in the range of 70 percent) will be determined subject to competition.
  3. Completion of all three science courses is recommended.
  4. Subject to competition, candidates may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum.  
Program Overview/Curriculum Information

Scientific findings in the last fifty years have caused a massive shift in our understanding of biology. We have accumulated an atlas of thousands of genomes. Now, in the post-genomic era, we aim to understand how these genes, and the proteins encoded by these genes, are regulated and integrated in space and time at the molecular and cellular levels. These processes are fundamentally linked to health, infection and the development of disease states.

Therefore, a deep understanding of biomedical sciences, such as molecular and cell biology, genetics and genomics, and microbiology, is important for medical research, and the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Biomedical Sciences undergraduates will follow a curriculum that emphasizes the molecular and cellular mechanisms that drive health and development of disease-states in all living organisms. The curriculum will also provide opportunities to learn about biomedical technology and innovation and offer versatility between theoretical and applied education so that graduates are poised to enter the workforce directly or further their education in graduate school.

The Biomedical Sciences program aims to train students in the scientific concepts, models and theories in biomedical sciences, applying the knowledge to derive and test new hypotheses, and synthesize better models of knowledge. The Biomedical Sciences program is primarily hosted by the Department of Chemistry and Biology, with contributions from the Departments of Medical Physics and Psychology.

Students in science programs must enrol in SCI 180 in their first semester of studies.

Year 1 of the program primarily consists of science courses in Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Math. Year 1 is designed to give all Biomedical Sciences students a foundational understanding in science to build upon in upper years.

Year 2 is comprised of cell biology, microbiology, biochemistry and biomedical science courses, which will provide foundational knowledge in cornerstone areas of the biomedical sciences as well as being necessary for specialization and development of expertise in Years 3 and 4.

In Year 3, students will begin developing depth of knowledge by acquiring and applying advanced knowledge in biomedical sciences. This will be implemented through specific core courses that include advanced biochemistry, molecular biology and immunology.

In Year 4, students will take specialized courses in biomedical science and select electives so they can gain either a greater depth of knowledge in one area and/or develop multi-disciplinary knowledge in several areas

An optional co-operative program is available which provides the graduating students with 20 months of work experience that enhances their organizational and technical abilities as well as their oral and written communication skills.

Although the Office of Co-operative Education cannot guarantee a placement, they provide assistance in locating suitable positions and counselling of students in their search for suitable jobs. This co-operative program enables students to earn competitive wages to offset the costs of a university education.

Students who have completed the first year of the program must apply through their department for admission to the co-operative program in the beginning of the second year. Enrolment in the co-op program is limited. Admission will be based on the student's grade point average.

The sequencing of academic and work terms is shown below:

  Fall Winter Spring/Summer
Year 1 1st Semester 2nd Semester --
Year 2 3rd Semester 4th Semester WKT 405 - Work Term I
Year 3 5th Semester WKT 505 - Work Term II WKT 506 - Work Term III
Year 4 WKT 605 - Work Term IV 6th Semester WKT 606 - Work Term V
Year 5 7th Semester 8th Semester --

Students must successfully complete a minimum of four work terms in order to graduate from the co-op program.
 
The co-op program requires five years to complete the degree in Biomedical Sciences. The regular program can be completed in four years. All Co-op placements must be approved by the Office of Co-operative Education and the Dean's designate responsible for administering science programs.

Students can enrich their studies and hone their management skills with the Optional Specialization in Management Sciences. Courses within the optional specialization cover four major areas in management sciences: Strategic Engineering Management, Operations Management/Operations Research, Finance and Organizational Behaviour. For eligibility, registration, and course information see Optional Specialization in Management Sciences (OS MS).

Research Practicum

SCI 999 - Research Practicum gives students the chance to gain hands-on research experience, in a lab or in the field, by engaging in the research work of a faculty member. Ryerson records participation in the practicum on the student’s Official Transcript.

SCI 999 is a non-credit, pass-fail course that is not used to fulfil degree program requirements. Students who meet the expectations for the research will get a passing grade. These expectations will be worked out between the student and the professor at enrolment. To take part in SCI 999, students must have a CGPA of 2.5 or more, and they must commit to a minimum of 5 to 10 hours each week (on average) for one term.

There are no tuition fees associated with this practicum.

How to Enrol

  1. Students must first find a supervisor. Descriptions of faculty research are available on the Faculty of Science website.
  2. Students should contact supervisors whose research interests them by email or in person. Students must give their potential supervisor an unofficial transcript, a one-page resumé and a brief covering letter. This package must include their contact information, degree program and stream, a brief statement of their career goals and how this research experience would further those goals, and any relevant work experience (paid or volunteer).
  3. Fill out the Research Practicum Application Form (available at the office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in VIC-741). When students find a faculty member who agrees to supervise them, they will both fill out and sign the Application Form.
  4. Enrol in the course. After the course director has approved the form, students must take it to the office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs at VIC-741.

Biomedical Science students can pursue careers in clinical or forensic laboratories in biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries. Other opportunities include biomedical research institutions, non-governmental organizations, health administration organizations, policy organizations, consulting management companies and patent law firms. Graduates who choose to continue their studies may apply to an MSc or PhD in Molecular Science, or to professional schools leading to careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy or physiotherapy.

Students must take three lower level liberal studies courses and three upper level liberal studies courses to graduate. Students must not choose courses that are restricted for their program or major.

Please refer to the liberal studies chapter of this calendar for more information on the Liberal Studies Policy. Further information on liberal studies can also be found at the Faculty of Arts' Liberal Studies website.

Table A - Lower Level Restrictions

PSY 105, PCS 111, BLG 181, BMS 150, CHY 182, CHY 183 and SCI courses are not available for credit.

Table B - Upper Level Restrictions

Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Contemporary Science, Medical Physics

BLG 599, BLG 699, CHY 583, MTH 511, and MTH 599 are not available for credit.

Students may pursue any Minor offered by Ryerson (with some exceptions). Please refer to the Minors chapter of this calendar for further information on individual Minor requirements and exclusions.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible program exclusions. Please refer to the Certificate Registration section of the Curriculum Advising website for complete details.

Biomedical Sciences - Common First Two Years

1st Semester

REQUIRED:

BLG 143 Biology I
CHY 103 General Chemistry I
MTH 131 Modern Mathematics I
PCS 120 Physics I
SCI 180* Orientation

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

*This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. 

2nd Semester

REQUIRED:

BLG 144 Biology II
CHY 113 General Chemistry II
PCS 130 Physics II
PSY 102 Introduction to Psychology I

OPEN ELECTIVES: One course from Open Elective Table.

REQUIRED:

BCH 261 Biochemistry
BLG 151 Microbiology I
BLG 311 Cell Biology
BLG 400 Genetics
BLG 411 Cell Biology II
BLG 600 Physiology
BMS 280* Biomedical Science Orientation II
CHY 142 Organic Chemistry I
MTH 380 Probability and Statistics I

OPEN ELECTIVES: One course from Open Elective Table.

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

* This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. 

Full-Time, Four-Year Program

REQUIRED:

BCH 361 Advanced Biochemistry I
BLG 307 Molecular Biology
BLG 856 Immunology
BLG 888 Molecular Biology Laboratory
BMS 650 Experimental Design

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

OPEN ELECTIVES: Two courses from Open Elective Table.

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

7th Semester

REQUIRED:

BMS 760 Critical Thinking in Biomedical Sciences

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

OPEN ELECTIVES: One course from Open Elective Table.

PROFESSIONAL: Two courses from Table I.

8th Semester

REQUIRED:

BMS 850 Cancer Biology
BMS 860 Stem Cell Biology

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

OPEN ELECTIVES: One course from Open Elective Table.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

Full-Time, Five-Year Co-Op Program

5th Semester (Offered in Fall Term Only)  

REQUIRED:

BCH 361 Advanced Biochemistry I
BLG 307 Molecular Biology
BLG 856 Immunology

OPEN ELECTIVES: One course from Open Elective Table.

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

6th Semester (Offered in Winter Term Only)

REQUIRED:

BLG 888 Molecular Biology Laboratory
BMS 650 Experimental Design

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

OPEN ELECTIVES: One course from Open Elective Table.

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

Begins 2017-2018.

7th Semester

REQUIRED:

BMS 760 Critical Thinking in Biomedical Sciences

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

OPEN ELECTIVES: One course from Open Elective Table.

PROFESSIONAL: Two courses from Table I.

8th Semester

REQUIRED:

BMS 850 Cancer Biology
BMS 860 Stem Cell Biology

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

OPEN ELECTIVES: One course from Open Elective Table.

PROFESSIONAL: One course from Table I.

The following table shows the sequence of academic and work terms for this program.

  Fall Winter Spring/Summer
Year 1 1st Semester 2nd Semester --
Year 2 3rd Semester 4th Semester WKT 405 - Work Term I
Year 3 5th Semester WKT 505 - Work Term II WKT 506 - Work Term III
Year 4 WKT 605 - Work Term IV 6th Semester WKT 606 - Work Term V
Year 5 7th Semester 8th Semester --

WKT courses are graded on a pass/fail basis.

Program Advisory Council

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Dr. Lewis Tomalty
Vice Dean, Medical Education, School of Medicine
Associate Dean, Continuing Professional Development
Associate Professor, Department Biomedical and Molecular Medicine       
Queen’s University
 
Dr. Ron Pearlman
Emeritus Professor, Department of Biology 
York University
 
Dr. Arthur Slutsky
Vice President, Research      
St. Michael’s Hospital
 
Dr. Patricia Houston
Vice President, Education
St. Michael’s Hospital
 
Dr. Sergio Grinstein
Senior Researcher, Pitblado Chair in Cell Biology
Professor, University of Toronto
Hospital for Sick Children
 
Dr. Sonja Dhani
Senior Manager and Medical Lead
Allergan, Neurosciences Medical Affairs
 
Lance Lovelock
President and Principal Consultant
Red Deer Pharmaceutical GMP Consulting Inc.
 
Dr. Nirojini Sivachandran
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto