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Incoming Direct-Entry Students

Welcome to the Life Sciences and Biochemistry programs at Queen's University! On this page, you will find information about course planning and what to expect in your first year as a direct-entry student in the Life Sciences program.

The Queen’s Life Sciences and Biochemistry first year course requirements are similar to those for students in the common first year Queen’s Science program.  This year the first year courses have a new 3.0-unit computing course requirement along with either a 3.0-unit Introduction to Biochemistry core course or a 3.0 unit Understanding Human Disease in the 21st Century core option.  Students can take PHYS 115/3.0 as a supporting course in first year or they can defer a first year Physics course in an upper year to meet their degree requirements.

First Year Core Courses for Life Sciences and Biochemistry Honours Students are as follows:

  • BIOL 102/3.0 (core fall term), 
  • CHEM 112/6.0 (core full year course),
  • MATH 121/6.0 (core full year course),
  • BIOL 103/3.0 (core winter term course), 
  • CISC 151/3.0 (core winter term half year course)
  • Either BCHM 102/3.0 or PATH 120/3.0 (core fall term half year courses), and
  • PHYS 115/3.0 (supporting half year course that can be taken after first year).

For more information about your first year course, please CLICK HERE

Electives for Upper Year Students:

In terms of electives, the Faculty of Arts and Science digital calendar provides a list of courses in their “Courses of Instruction” pdf, link below.  Courses in Art, Languages, Film, Gender Studies, Health Studies, History, Environmental Sciences, Psychology, Religion, etc. can be taken. Your electives can be taken from all areas offered through the Faculty of Arts and Science and will need to “fit” into your schedule but can be freely chosen by you.

Student Handbook:

The Faculty of Arts and Science has a Student Handbook that will be of assistance to you.  The first year schedule for the direct entry for Life Sciences and Biochemistry students and registration information will be available shortly.  We will be emailing the first year direct entry students directly about course registration as soon as possible.

Degree Program Outlined in the E-Calendar:

The Life Sciences and Biochemistry Honours plan information is outlined below, as per the degree information found in the Faculty of Arts and Science digital calendar.through links to be included below, as soon as this updated information for 2022-2023 is available.

Second Year

You will take:

  • Human anatomy courses with laboratories (ANAT 215/3.0 and ANAT 216/3.0), 
  • Human physiology courses (PHGY 215/3.0 and PHGY 216/3.0),
  • Organic chemistry (CHEM 281/3.0 and CHEM 282/3.0),
  • Molecular Biology (BCHM 218) and
  • Introductory Microbiology with a lab (MICR 221/3.0) or without a lab (MICR 271/3.0). 
  • A second year Statistics course can be taken in second or third year and there are several options to chose from.

Third Year

You are required to take: 

  • Introductory Pharmacology
  • Immunology. 

The decision about taking BCHM 310/9.0 or BCHM 315/3.0 and BCHM 316/3.0 takes students down different upper year pathways. This chart indicates the requirements for the Life Sciences Specialization and the different sub-plans that are available in your upper-years. If you take BCHM 310/9.0 (with the lab), this will keep all the Life Science sub-plans open to you. However, taking BCHM 315/3.0 and BCHM 316/3.0 leads to the Biomedical Sciences sub-plan, allowing students to take a research project or course work to complete their degree. Further detailed information is available in the e-calendar.

Youtube Videos and Lab Tours Available:

You can learn more about our program by reviewing our video from our website.  Dr. Louise Winn, Associate Dean of Life Sciences outlines the Life Sciences and Biochemistry program.

We hope this information is helpful. Please do reach out to or if you have other questions.