Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc)
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What you will learn in this program
Biomedical Sciences scholars ask questions such as: Can you use viruses to kill cancer cells? How can you regenerate skin to treat burns? What can you learn about human diseases by studying fruit flies and zebrafish?
Biomedical Sciences involves ground breaking scientific research in areas such as cancer biology, neuroscience, gastrointestinal physiology, cardiovascular sciences, biochemistry, genetics and infectious diseases. During the course of your studies, much of your learning will occur while actively working on problems in class, during tutorials, in the laboratory and through summer research studentships.
With a degree in Biomedical Sciences, you’ll have global opportunities to work in pharmaceutical industries, biotechnology, genomics, genetics, business administration and more. This degree can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or architecture.
Courses you'll take:
Developing Health Research Literacy I, Interdisciplinary Research Approaches, Mechanics, University Calculus I, Energy Flow in Biological Systems
Admission requirements and information
I was a member of the first BHSc class. My instructors promoted every opportunity to get in the lab and get involved in research. They also supported my proposal to study/work abroad, which was key to bringing me to my current role as a scientist in neuroscience discovery at Roche in Switzerland. Here, I'm part of a massive team effort working to develop treatments for neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders; medicines I help create could one day make a huge difference to patients.
Dr. Jackie Wamsteeker Cusulin, PhD'14
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BHSc students learn in challenging and engaging environments from experts in research and education. I never want my students to accept information at face value. I want them to focus on concepts, draw parallels and think critically in order to understand and build upon the foundations of biomedical science. This program is ideal for students interested in using research to investigate fundamental scientific questions that will lay the foundation for advances in medicine.
Ebba Kurz, PhD — Associate Dean; Director, BHSc program
Join our community in fall 2019
We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2019 starting on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. You'll be able to submit an application until Friday, March 1, 2019. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.
This program is challenging and will make your undergrad a busy one; but it will also make it a fulfilling one. Thanks to a high level of student/teacher interaction, our instructors – professors, teaching assistants and preceptors – really become our mentors. After my third year, I was able to gain enough experience through my summers in the lab to earn a research internship in Berlin, Germany through the DAAD RISE (research internships in science and engineering) program. I was able to live, work and travel through Europe!