Life Sciences Admission Category

You’ve selected an area of study that falls within the Life Sciences Admission Category. Click below for a full list of programs in Life Sciences. 

Legend: Bio: Biology; C: Calculus and Vectors; Ch: Chemistry; Ph: Physics

Program

Subject(s) Required in Addition to English

Animal Physiology C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Anthropology: Evolutionary C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Biochemistry C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Biodiversity and Conservation Biology C, Bio
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology C, Bio, Ch
Biological Chemistry C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Biological Physics C, Bio, Ch, Ph
Biology C, Bio, Ch (Ch not Req’d for minor)
Biology (offered jointly with the National University of Singapore) C, Bio
Biomedical Toxicology C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Cell and Molecular Biology C, Bio, Ch, Ph (Ph rec not Req’d for major)
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology C, Bio, Ch
Environment and Behaviour C (Rec. Bio)
Environment and Energy C, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Environment and Health C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Environment and Toxicology C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Environmental Biology C, Bio, Ch (Ch not Req’d for minor)
Environmental Chemistry C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Environmental Geosciences C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Environmental Science C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Forest Biomaterials Science C, Bio (Rec. Ch)
Forest Conservation Science C, Bio (Rec. Ch)
Genome Biology C, Bio, Ch
Human Biology C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Human Biology: Fundamental Genetics and its Applications C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Human Biology: Global Health C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Human Biology: Health and Disease C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Human Biology: Neuroscience C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Immunology C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Molecular Genetics and Microbiology C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Nutritional Sciences C, Bio, Ch
Pathobiology C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Pharmaceutical Chemistry C, Bio, Ch, Ph
Pharmacology C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Pharmacology and Biomedical Toxicology C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Physical and Environmental Geography C (Rec. Ch, Bio, Ph)
Physiology C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Psychology C, Bio (Rec. Ch, Ph)
Psychology Research C, Bio (Rec. Ch or Ph)

OUAC Admission Code: TLG (Life Sciences)
Approximate Admission Range: Low to mid 80s

What do I need for admission into the Life Sciences admission category?

Admission

Required High School Courses

Recommended Minimum Range for High School Courses

Recommended Minimum Range for Required High School Courses

Ontario High School & Other Canadian Provinces 
Admission Requirements

 

English, Calculus  Low to mid 80s English – low to mid 80s
Calculus – low to mid 80s

US High School Admission Requirements

English, Calculus (AP Calculus, SAT Subject Test Math II, Grade 12 Pre-Calculus, or IB Math HL or SL) Low to mid 80s English – low to mid 80s
Calculus – low to mid 80s

International Baccalaureate (IB) Admission Requirements

English HL or SL, Math: Analysis and Approaches HL or SL, Math: Applications and Interpretations HL  (Math Studies not acceptable) Low to mid 30s English HL or SL - 5 to 7
Math HL or SL – 5 to 7

British Patterned Admission Requirements

English GCSE, Math (GCE: A Level, Cambridge Pre-U: Advanced Level Math or Principle Subject)

"A"s and "B"s or 9s to 6s at GCSE level

Predicted “A"s and "B"s at A level

English: "A" or "B" or 9 to 6 at GCSE 
Mathematics: "A" or "B" at A level

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Admission Requirements

English, Math (Integrated or Pure Mathematics) “I”s and “II”s English CSEC or CAPE: A, I or II
Mathematics: I or II 

Other International School Admission Requirements

English, Calculus N/A  N/A

Note: While we look at your overall average for admission, we will also look specifically at your most recent English and mathematics/calculus grade.

Reference letters, personal statements, or supplemental applications are not required for admission into Life Sciences.

How can I go from the Life Sciences admission category into the program of study I’m interested in?

Since you are admitted to the general Life Sciences admission category, during your first year you will not be enrolled in a specific program of study. This program selection (e.g. major in psychology) is made at the end of your first year. During your first year, you will be able to explore a number of different areas of study. You can also combine programs outside of your own admission category, excluding programs in Rotman Commerce.

It is important to note that in addition to the courses required for admission into the Life Sciences admission category listed above (English and mathematics/calculus), some programs of study may require you to take additional specific high school subjects in order to take specific courses in first year, or for entry into that program in second year.  

For example, if you are interested in  psychology, you will not only need English and mathematics/calculus (which are required for admission into Life Sciences), but you will also need grade 12 biology or equivalent to be able to enrol in the psychology program of study at the end of your first year. 

How to prepare yourself for admission into your program of study at the end of first year

Step 1: Search for your desired program of study (e.g. psychology), under Program Area in the Academic Calendar

Step 2: Find the prerequisite courses you will need to take in your first year

Step 3: Find the program admission averages

Note: You can often locate the prerequisite courses and program admission averages under the following sections:

  • enrolment requirements in the program accordions
  • high school pre-requisites and first-year requirements
  • program requirements