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University of Calgary Calendar 2018-2019 Cumming School of Medicine 4. Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours 4.4 Admissions
4.4 Admissions

Admission to the School involves at the same time admission to one of the three program majors. If the applicant is not admitted to the BHSc Honours, the application will be reviewed for admission to an alternative University of Calgary degree program designated by the applicant. Please see below regarding admission of transfer students into the second year of the BHSc Honours. If an application is unsuccessful, a new application (including a new supplementary application) must be submitted the following year.

There are approximately 100 first-year students granted admissions each year from the various Majors. Admission to these majors is based both on the admission requirements listed below and the Supplementary Application results.

Applicants must submit both a completed Bachelor of Health Sciences Supplementary Application and a University of Calgary Application for Admission. Students are directed to the online Supplementary Application once their main University of Calgary online application is submitted to the Bachelor of Health Sciences program.

Year 1 Admission

Admission to Year 1 is normally limited to those who meet the requirements set out below and have completed no more than 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) transferable courses from a recognized post-secondary institution. Those with more than 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) may be required to apply to Year 2.

(a) Final transcript deadline: August 1

(b) To be considered for admission applicants must present:

(i) In progress or completed marks for the following subjects (or equivalent)

  • English Language Arts 30-1
  • Mathematics 30-1 with a minimum grade of 70 per cent
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • One approved course or option as defined in A.5.1.2 Standard Admission For High School Students

(ii) Online Supplementary Application

(c) Admission is competitive. Approximately 100 first-year students across the three majors are admitted each year. Therefore, meeting the minimum standards as set out in (b) does not guarantee admission. Those with more than six units (1.0 full-course equivalent) transferable courses may be required to apply to Year 2.

(d) Applications will only be accepted electronically. The supplementary application is to be submitted online. Applicants will be selected based on their academic qualifications and their supplementary application.

(e) An Admissions Committee will review applications and all applicants will be informed of their status through the applicant's Student Centre on their MyUofC.

(f) The O’Brien Centre for the BHSc will consider applicants for Early Admission for the upcoming year in April. Incomplete files will not be reviewed. Applicants currently in high school should refer to Early Admission for High School Students in A.5.1.1 in the Admissions section of this Calendar for details. It is to the applicant's advantage to apply for admission and submit the supplementary information as soon as possible.

Year 2 Admission

(a) Transcript deadline: June 30

Summer Term (Spring/Summer Intersession) courses completed in the year of application will not be considered.

(b) Admission is competitive and seats are limited. Transfer students must have completed at least 24 units (4.0 full-course equivalents). Applicants must have taken a minimum four of the following courses corresponding to the major applied to.

Biomedical Sciences Major

Biology 241, 243, Chemistry 201, 203, Mathematics 249 (or 265), Physics 211 (or 221), 223

Bioinformatics Major

Biology 241, 243, Computer Science 231 (or 217), 233 (or 219), Mathematics 265 (249), 267, Chemistry 201, 203

Health and Society Major

Biology 241, 243, Health and Society 201, any 200-level half course English or Comparative Literature 203, and three of Psychology 200, 201, Sociology 201, Anthropology 203, Geography 205, 251, Economics 201*, 203*, any 200-level Political Science course, Community Rehabilitation 205, 207

*Students considering the Health Economics concentration in the BHSc Honours are required to complete both Economics 201 and 203, as they are prerequisites for most 300-level Economics courses.

(c) Subject to (b) above, a maximum of approximately 10 transfer students will be admitted into the second year of the program.

(d) Applications will only be accepted electronically. The supplementary application is to be submitted online. Applicants will be selected based on their academic qualifications and their supplementary application.

(e) An Admissions Committee will review applications and all applicants will be informed of their status through the applicant's Student Centre on their MyUofC.

(f) The O'Brien Centre for the BHSc will start processing applications for the upcoming year once a final and official post-secondary transcript, to include the most recent semester finished, is received. Incomplete files will not be reviewed. It is to the applicant's advantage to apply for admission and submit all necessary transcripts, including the supplementary information, as soon as possible.

(g) Transfer students who are admitted are required to take all Inquiry courses except for Medical Science 203 and Medical Science 205 – inquiry for first-year students. Medical Science 203 and 205 will be replaced with an open option.