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Full-Time Upper Year Admission

The Life Sciences program at Queen's is accepting transfer students for the 2022-2023 academic year.


Why transfer to Life Sciences at Queen's?

  • This is a highly sought after undergraduate program that offers students both lecture instruction and laboratory opportunities to learn about human life. With courses ranging from the anatomy and physiology of the organs in our bodies to the bacteria and viruses that compromise organ functions to the cells that give rise to carcinomas to the drugs used to cure us of infection and disease.

How do I get into this undergraduate program?

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.3 scale.
  2. Transferable Biology (6 units) and Chemistry (6 units) 
  3. Minimum of 27 units taken in 1st year 
  4. Math (optional, though 1 course of 6 units must be taken to satisfy degree requirements) 

Further information on how to apply is available at:


What will this program offer me?


  • Instruction by national leaders in scientific research, medicine, and education
  • World class laboratories in our new Medical School Building 
  • Opportunities for independent research, team learning, and work placements 


**Maclean’s 2013 Canadian Universities Guidebook cited Life Sciences at Queen’s as a Standout Program, having strength in “the integration of basic health sciences with natural and physical science”.

What degree plans are offered for Life Sciences?

  • The Specialization (SSP) and Major (MAJ) plans are 4-year Honours degrees that offer students either more in-depth and focused study (SSP) or broader course selection (MAJ). With SSP, students can explore their specific interests in Cancer Biology, Cardiorespiratory Systems, Drug Discovery, or Neurosciences including an opportunity to take a 4th year research project. SSP students can also undertake 4th year research projects in topics as diverse as Reproductive Biology, Public Health Sciences, and Pathology and Molecular Medicine or students can select small enrollment seminar courses in specific areas of interest. A 3-year General degree plan is also available (having fewer core requirements for graduation).

Who teaches in the Life Sciences program?

  • Both scientists and physicians are the lectures and laboratory instructors in this undergraduate program. The majority of this faculty is drawn from the Departments of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Pathology and Molecular Medicine, and Public Health Sciences, with contributions from faculty in the Departments of Biology and Chemistry. Most of teaching faculty hold competitive research grants from national and provincial agencies.

How will a Queen’s degree in Life Sciences advance my career plans for professional / graduate school?

  • A degree in Life Sciences will offer you tremendous opportunities for entry in professional schools (such as Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Chiropractic, etc) and for advancement into graduate studies both in Canada and abroad. What extracurricular activities are available? Life Science students have an active, elected student council that organize sports, social and academic related activities for their students, including an annual banquet, BBQ’s, book and clothing sales. Life Science students also have their own quarterly newspaper “Life Beat.”