Health Sciences (BSc)

Develop scientific investigative techniques to identify and address complex health challenges to improve human health and well-being. This degree is designed primarily to prepare you for postgraduate opportunities in health-related fields, such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, public health and epidemiology. You’ll experience teaching methods used by many health-based professional programs.

Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you’ll have access to in the Health Science program:

Check out the Health Sciences Experience Guide.

 

2020 graduates who secured employment or went on to postgraduate studies

 

Laurier ranks in the top 6 percent of universities worldwide*

 

students who gained hands-on learning experiences at Laurier in 2019/20

*Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)

Admissions

Format: full time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term)     OUAC code: USH
Ontario High School Admission Requirements
  • Minimum admission range: mid 80s.
  • Competitive admission range based on last year’s admitted students: low 90s.
  • English at 60%.
  • Advanced Functions at 60%.
  • Biology at 60%.
  • Chemistry at 60%.
  • All prerequisite courses calculated in admission average.
Canadian Admission Requirements (Outside of Ontario)

Students applying to this program from a Canadian province outside of Ontario are encouraged to review our course equivalents by province chart. This chart will show you what courses from your province are equivalent to the admission requirements listed under Ontario High School Admission Requirements.

International Admission Requirements

Students applying to this program from an international curriculum are encouraged to review our curriculum-specific requirements; you must also meet all program-specific requirements listed under the Ontario High School Admission Requirements section.

English-Proficiency Requirement

Laurier's language of instruction is English, and so we may require you to provide evidence of your English proficiency to help make sure you experience success in your academic courses.

Your three most recent years of full-time education must be in English without taking any ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. If you do not meet this requirement, you must provide evidence of your English proficiency.

We reserve the right to request an English-language test from any applicant.

If you do not meet Laurier's English proficiency requirement but are academically qualified for your program, you may be eligible for a conditional offer of admission.

Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program

The Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program is an academic English program for Laurier applicants who have to prove English proficiency. If you have received an offer to Laurier with a condition to meet our English- proficiency requirement, you can meet that condition by successfully completing the LEAF program.

College Pathways

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is considered competitive and requires outstanding academic achievement in college courses and the required high school courses to be admissible. Space for transfer students is subject to availability based on the number and calibre of applicants. Transfer students will be admitted to first-year regardless of transfer credits awarded.

Other Admission Requirements

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for university students, indigenous applicants, mature learners, homeschooled applicants, senior citizens, refugees, and more. 

Program Options and Courses

Options and Minors

These are a few of the many popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Biology Minor
  • Chemistry Minor
  • Management Option
  • Psychology Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

First-Year Courses

  • Biological Diversity and Evolution
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry I
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry II
  • Health Issues I
  • Health Issues II
  • Introductory Calculus for the Natural Sciences
  • Introduction to Psychology I
  • Introduction to Psychology II
  • Unifying Life Processes
  • 0.5 elective credit

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Advanced Nutrition and Chronic Disease
  • Positive Psychology
  • Research Methods for the Health Sciences

Similar Programs

Co-op

Co-op is a way to integrate what you are learning in the classroom with practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, earn money, develop your network, and graduate with work experience.

You can apply for admission to co-op in your first year and may be eligible for an admission interview early in your second year. As a student in this program, you will be eligible to complete paid work terms lasting 12 to 16 weeks.

Interested? Learn more about co-op.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.

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"The wide range of work and volunteer opportunities within the program, the faculty and Laurier in general are amazing. I have applied what I’ve learned from class to part-time work and research."

Elvira Sathurni, Health Sciences graduate

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"The Health Sciences program does an amazing job at preparing students for whatever their future goals may be. Whether students want to become health professionals, get into research, or continue on in graduate school, Laurier offers the courses and resources to help students excel."

Billy Tran, Health Sciences graduate

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • cardiovascular perfusionist
  • dentist
  • epidemiologist
  • health-care administrator
  • medical doctor
  • nuclear medicine technologist
  • public policy analyst
  • radiation therapist

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

Interested in More Info?

Email chooselaurier@wlu.ca, call 519.884.0710 x3385 or see all contact information.