Course Requirements for the BSc in Health Sciences

The Bachelor of Science degreedegree has a choice of a concentration in Life Sciences or a concentration in Population and Quantitative Health Sciences. Note: Students enrolled in HSCI major and minor programs must have a grade C- or better in required and prerequisite courses. Courses taken in other departments (i.e., Stats, MBB) may require higher than C-.

Program Requirements

For the bachelor of science (BSc) Health Sciences program, students complete 120 units, which includes:

  • at least 45 upper division units
  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0

Note: Please be aware of the Writing/Quantitative/Breadth (WQB) requirements when choosing electives.

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Life Sciences Area of Emphasis

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete all of:

  • BISC 101-4     General Biology I
  • BISC 102-4     General Biology II
  • BISC 202-3     Genetics
  • CHEM 121-4  General Chemistry and Laboratory I
  • CHEM 122-2  General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 281-4  Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 282-2  Organic Chemistry II
  • HSCI 130-4     Foundations of Health Science
  • MATH 154-3  Calculus I for the Biological Sciences
  • MATH 155-3  Calculus II for the Biological Sciences
  • MBB 222-3     Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • MBB 231-3     Cellular Biology and Biochemistry
  • PHYS 101-3    Physics for the Life Sciences I
  • STAT 201-3    Statistics for the Life Sciences

and two of:

  • HSCI 211-3     Perspectives on Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease and Metabolic Diseases
  • HSCI 212-3     Perspectives on Infectious and Immunological Diseases
  • HSCI 214-3     Perspectives on Mental Health and Addiction
  • HSCI 215-3     Perspectives on Disability and Injury
  • HSCI 216-3     Ecological Determinants of Human Growth, Development and Health

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete all of:

  • HSCI 305-3     The Canadian Health System
  • HSCI 324-3     Human Population Genetics and Evolution
  • HSCI 330-3     Exploratory Strategies in Epidemiology
  • HSBI 321-3     Human Pathophysiology
  • MBB 308-3     Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • MBB 331-3     Molecular Biology

and one of

  • STAT 302-3     Analysis of Experimental and Observational Data
  • STAT 305-3     Introduction to Biostatistical Methods for Health Sciences

and one of:

  • HSCI 319W-3 Applied Health Ethics
  • HSCI 327-3     Global Health Ethics

and one of:

  • HSCI 323 - Principles of Pharmacology and Toxicology (3)
  • HSCI 338 - Animal Virology (3)
  • HSCI 426 - Immune System I: Basis of Innate and Adaptive Immunity (4)

and one of

  • HSCI 440 - Cell Pathophysiology Laboratory (4)
  • HSCI 441 - Virology Laboratory (4)
  • HSCI 442 - Immunology Laboratory (4)

and two of

  • HSCI 427 - Immune System II: Immune Responses in Health and Disease (3)
  • HSCI 439 - Pathogenesis of Human and Animal Viral Infectious Diseases (3)
  • HSCI 474 - Seminar in Neuropharmacology (3)
  • HSCI 475 - Seminar in Molecular Mechanisms of Epigenetics (3)
  • HSCI 476 - Seminar in Molecular Basis of Drug Action and Environmental Exposure (3)
  • HSCI 477 - Seminar in Vaccine Immunology (3)
  • HSCI 478 - Seminar in Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (3)
  • HSCI 482 - Senior Seminar in Infectious Diseases (3)

and a minimum three additional upper division courses (9 units minimum) to have a minimum of 45 upper division units.

Although many variations are possible, those with BC high school biology 12, chemistry 12, mathematics 12, and physics 12 (or equivalents) might complete the following typical program in the lower division.

Term 1

  • BISC 101-4 or 102-4
  • CHEM 121-4
  • HSCI 130-3
  • MATH 154-3

Term 2

  • BISC 101-4 or 102-4
  • CHEM 122-2
  • CHEM 281-4
  • MATH 153-3

Term 3

  • BISC 202-3
  • MBB 222-3
  • PHYS 101-3
  • HSCI 211-3

Term 4

  • CHEM 282-2
  • HSCI 212-3
  • MBB 231-3
  • STAT 201-3

Students enrolled in the Fall semester in the Life Science program in the Faculty of Health Sciences should complete CHEM 281-3 in the Spring semester during the first year of enrolment.

Note:  Students enrolled in HSCI major or minor programs must have a grade of C- or better in all required and prerequisite courses. Required courses from other departments may require higher than C-.

Population and Quantitative Health Sciences Area of Emphasis

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete all of:

  • BISC 101-4     General Biology I
  • BISC 102-4     General Biology II
  • BISC 202-3     Genetics
  • CHEM 121-4  General Chemistry and Laboratory I
  • HSCI 130-4     Foundations of Health Sciences
  • MATH 154-3  Calculus I for the Biological Sciences

And at least four of the following (of which a maximum of two can be ECON courses):

and one of:

  • STAT 201-3    Statistics for the Life Sciences
  • STAT 203-3    Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences

and at least three of:

  • HSCI 211-3     Perspectives on Cancer, Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases
  • HSCI 212-3     Perspectives on Infectious and Immunological Diseases
  • HSCI 214-3     Perspectives on Mental Health and Addiction
  • HSCI 215-3     Perspectives on Disability and Injury
  • HSCI 216-3     Ecological Determinants of Human Growth, Development and Health

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete all of:

  • HSCI 305-3     The Canadian Health System
  • HSCI 307-3     Research Methods in Health Sciences
  • HSCI 324-3     Human Population Genetics and Evolution
  • HSCI 330-3     Exploratory Strategies in Epidemiology

and one of

  • STAT 302-3     Analysis of Experimental and Observational Data
  • STAT 305-3     Introduction to Biostatistical Methods for Health Sciences

and one of:

  • HSCI 319W-3 Applied Health Ethics
  • HSCI 327-3     Global Health Ethics

and at least six of the following courses, which include a minimum of one as indicated by #.

  • BISC 441-3     Evolution in Health and Disease
  • BISC 422-3     Population Genetics
  • HSCI 304-3     Perspectives on Environmental Health
  • HSCI 340-3     Social Determinants of Health
  • HSCI 410-3     Exploratory Data Analysis#
  • HSCI 416-4     Health Services Research #
  • HSCI 424-4     Strategic Applications of GIS in Health#
  • HSCI 431-3     The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic
  • HSCI 432-3     Infectious Disease Epidemiology#
  • HSCI 478-3     Seminar in Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Disease#
  • HSCI 481-3     Senior Seminar in Social Health Science
  • HSCI 483-3     Senior Seminar in Environmental Health
  • HSCI 484-3     Senior Seminar in Population Health Research#
  • HSCI 485-3     Senior Seminar in Mental Health and Addictions
  • HSCI 486-3     Senior Seminar in Global Health
  • MBB 435-3     Genome Biology
  • MBB 441-3     Bioinformatics
  • REM 412-3     Environmental Modeling
  • SA 355-4         Quantitative Methods#

and a minimum three additional upper division courses (9 units minimum) to have a minimum of 45 upper division units.

Note:  Students enrolled in HSCI major or minor programs must have a grade of C- or better in all required and prerequisite courses. Required courses from other departments may require higher than C-.

Honors Program

A minimum of 3.00 on all relevant measures (CGPA, upper division grade point average, Health Sciences major grade point average) is required for entry and must be maintained for graduation with honors.

Students who obtain both a program and graduation GPA of 3.5 are eligible for the designation first class.

Entry into the honors program requires sponsorship by a mentor from among Health Sciences faculty and approval of the Undergraduate Studies Committee. Students must complete at least 132 units and meet all the requirements for the major. Also required are 9 to 15 course credit hours for a research-based honors thesis carried out under the supervision of the a faculty Supervisor, as follows:

Credit Hour Requirements

  • HSCI 490-3     Research Proposal
  • HSCI 491-3     Independent Research or HSCI 493-6 Extended Independent Research
  • HSCI 492-3     Honors Thesis

Or

  • HSCI 490-3     Research Proposal
  • HSCI 494-9     Independent Laboratory Research
  • HSCI 492-3     Honors Thesis