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Biomedical Biology

Delve into how the human body works as a window of discovery for new ways to treat and cure diseases.

Delve into how the human body works as a window of discovery for new ways to treat and cure diseases.

Explore the field of biology while finding your passion! This program offers and opens so many doors to so many career fields! Whether it be chiropractic, dentistry, physiotherapy, human and veterinary medicine, naturopathy, teaching, laboratory technologist, and so many more!

Academic Advisor

Dr. Eric Gauthier

Telephone: 705.675.1151 ext 2119


Office: Science I building, Office F-422

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Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

This specialization provides a strong background in areas relevant to medicine within the field of biology. Students can pursue combined degrees in other disciplines such as psychology, anthropology, etc. 

Courses include human anatomy and physiology, cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, histology, and developmental biology. In addition, students can choose elective courses from the Social Sciences or Humanities, and from other disciplines.

Visit the School of Natural Sciences for more information

Ontario High School Applicants

Program Prerequisites:

  • 1 grade 12 English U/M course; 1 grade 12 4U Advanced Functions; 2 grade 12 U Science courses or 1 Science + 1 Math; 2 other grade 12 U/M courses
  • A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses

Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.


Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

International Applicants

International students will use the undergraduate application form linked below. International students will need to fill out the international application form. International students should disregard the information below and follow the link for specific instructions.

How To Complete An International Application

How to Apply

1. Know what type of OUAC application you will need to complete

The Ontario Universities Application Center (OUAC) processes applications for admission to Laurentian University. International students will need to fill out the international application form

Ontario Highschool Students

If you are currently attending an Ontario high school, you will be required to use the 101 Application.

How To Complete A 101 Application
Other Undergraduate Applicants

Out of province applicants,mature students, and college and university transfers will complete the 105 Application.

How To Complete A 105 Application

2. Review your program entry requirements carefully

Ensure that you meet the prerequisites for each program that you are applying to. This information is covered under the Admissions Requirements section on our programs page. For example the Architecture program, at the undergraduate level requires a Portfolio submission. Please review the Admission Requirements section for your program page before you apply.

3. Login to the OUAC website and complete your application

Ontario Highschool Students (101 Applicants)

You will require a PIN from your school guidance team to access and complete the application. Go to the 101 Login Portal link and use your PIN to create a new account. Once completed, please follow the 101 Application Guide to complete your application.

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Other Undergraduate Applicants (105 Applicants)

Out of province applicants, mature students, and college and university transfers will complete the 105 application. You can learn more here 105 Application Guide. Follow this link to the 105 Portal and create a new account.

105 Students, Apply Now

Learn More

Learn more on our how to apply to undergraduate programs page.

Detailed How To Apply

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

Specialization in Biomedical Biology

Students should consult with their academic advisor before entering third year. Upper level courses may not be offered every year.

First Year

BIOL 1506E     Biology I

BIOL 1507E     Biology II

CHMI 1006E     General Chemistry I*

CHMI 1007E     General Chemistry II

MATH 1036E     Calculus I**

MATH 1037E     Calculus II

     (OR)  MATH 1057E     Linear Algebra I

PHYS 1206E     Physics for the Life Science I

PHYS 1207E     Physics for the Life Science II

6 credits in Arts


*Students lacking grade 12 4U Chemistry must first take CHMI 1041.

**Students lacking grade 12 4U Advanced Functions or who have attained a grade of less than 60% must first take MATH 1912.


Second Year

BIOL 2026E     Introduction to Microbiology

BIOL 2105E     Human Anatomy and Physiology

BIOL 2126E     Cell Biology  

CHMI 2227E     Biochemistry I

CHMI 2426E     Organic Chemistry I

STAT 2126E     Introduction to Statistics

     (OR)  STAT 2246E     Statistics for Scientists

3 credits from***:

     BIOL 2306E     Diversity of Plants

     BIOL 2726E     Diversity of Animals       

     CHMI 2427E     Organic Chemistry II#

6 credits in Arts

***Additional credits obtained from this list will be considered for List B requirement


Third and Fourth Years

BIOL 2007E     Genetics

BIOL 2356E     Principles of Ecology

BIOL 3327E     Experimental Methods in Biology

9 credits from  Biomedical List "A"

30 credits from Biomedical List "B"

12 elective credits


Biomedical List "A"***

BIOL 3117E     Infectious Diseases

BIOL 3726E     Introduction to Animal Histology

BIOL 3756E     Vertebrate Physiology

BIOL 4736E     Developmental Biology

BIOL 4807E     Advanced Genetics

BIOL 4986E     Medical Endocrinology#

****Additional credits obtained from this list will be considered for List B requirement.


Biomedical List "B"

ANTR 3047E     Public Health and Epidemiology

BIOL 2306E     Diversity of Plants

BIOL 2706E     Vertebrate Form and Function

BIOL 2726E     Diversity of Animals

BIOL 2757E     Biological Aspects of Human Sexuality

BIOL 3006E     Evolutionary Biology

BIOL 3007E     Evolutionary Medicine  (LU Online in development)

BIOL 3026E     Applied and Environmental Microbiology

BIOL 3346E     Ethnobotany

BIOL 3386E     Mycology          

BIOL 3806E     Biological Effects of Metals in Plants and Animals 

BIOL 4017E     Literature Review

BIOL 4035E     Research and Seminar

BIOL 4317E     Plant-Animal Interactions

BIOL 4346E     Medical Mycology

BIOL 4381E     Biomedical Sciences Internship

BIOL 4717E     Animal Behaviour

BIOL 4817E     Medical Entomology

CHMI 2031E     Natural Products: Organic and Biochemical Features

CHMI 3217E     Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids

CHMI 3226E     Biochemistry II

CHMI 3427E     Introductory Medicinal Chemistry

CHMI 4206E     Applied Bioinformatics

CHMI 4217E     Biomembranes, Structure and Function

CHMI 4226E     Recombinant DNA Technology

CHMI 4256E     Biochemistry of Diseases

CHMI 4287E     Biochemical Toxicology

CHMI 4297E     Biochemistry of the Immune System

CHMI 4486E     Advanced Medicinal Chemistry

FORS 3036E     Forensic Anatomy of the Human Skeleton

GERO 2226E     End-Of-Life: Care With Older Adults

GERO 3216E     The Aging Body

GERO 3306E     Dementia Studies

INTE 3107E     Pathophysiology

INTE 3556E     Alternative Health

INTE 4507E     Nutrition

INTE 4516E     Stress Management

PHED 3506E     Health Education

PHED 3507E     Community Health

PHED 4546E     Mental Health and Wellness

PHED 4547E     Principles of Health and Disease

PHYS 2506E     Medical Radiation Physics

PHYS 2606E     Biophysics of Fluids

PHYS 2616E     Physics of Hearing and Vision

PHYS 3306E     Radiobiology and Radiation Protection

PHYS 3616E     Use of Lasers and Fibre Optics in Health Sciences

NSCI 2606E     Brain and Behaviour

NSCI 2617E     Human Neuropsychology

NSCI 3506E     Neuropharmacology

NSCI 3507E     Behavioural Neurobiology

NSCI 4706E     Advanced Neuroanatomy

NSCI 4707E     Behaviour and the Electromagnetic Chemical Basis of Behaviour

NSCI 4907E     Current development in the Neurosciences

PSYC 2656E     Physiological Psychology

PSYC 3106E     Evolutionary Psychology



-  Students may take a maximum of 12 ANTR credits from the above list.

-  Certain core courses and senior level courses are offered in alternate years. These courses must be chosen in consultation with the academic advisor.

- To graduate, a minimum of 6 BIOL credits have to be taken in 4000 level courses.

-  A student must have at least a cumulative GPA of 7 (B+) in all Biology courses to take BIOL 4035 and BIOL 4381E from List B.

- To take upper year courses their pre-requirements have to be fulfilled.

BIOL-1506EL - Biology I BIOL-1507EL - Biology II CHMI-1006EL - General Chemistry I CHMI-1007EL - General Chemistry II MATH-1036EL - Calculus I MATH-1037EL - Calculus II MATH-1057EL - Linear Algebra I PHYS-1206EL - Physics for the Life Sciences I PHYS-1207EL - Physics for the Life Sciences II BIOL-2026EL - Introduction to Microbiology BIOL-2105EL - Human Anatomy and Physiology BIOL-2126EL - Cell Biology CHMI-2227EL - Biochemistry I CHMI-2426EL - Organic Chemistry I STAT-2126EL - Introduction to Statistics STAT-2246EL - Statistics for Scientists BIOL-2306EL - Diversity of Plants BIOL-2726EL - Diversity of Animals CHMI-2427EL - Organic Chemistry II BIOL-2007EL - Genetics BIOL-2356EL - Principles of Ecology BIOL-2757EL - Biological Aspects of Human Sexuality BIOL-2706EL - Vertebrate Form and Function CHMI-2031EL - Natural Products: Organic and Biochemical Features PHIL-2217EL - Environmental Ethics PHYS-2506EL - Medical Radiation Physics PHYS-2606EL - Biophysics of Fluids PHYS-2616EL - Physics of Hearing and Vision PSYC-2606EL - Brain and Behaviour PSYC-2617EL - Human Neuropsychology ANTR-2017EG - Human Evolution ANTR-2016EL - Human Biological Variation, Adaptations and Health BIOL-3327EL - Experimental Methods in Biology BIOL-3117EL - Infectious Diseases BIOL-3726EL - Animal Histology
BIOL-3756EL - Vertebrate Physiology BIOL-3026EL - Applied and Environmental Microbiology BIOL-3346EL - Ethnobotany BIOL-3386EL - Mycology CHMI-3217EL - Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids CHMI-3226EL - Biochemistry II CHMI-3427EL - Intro. Medicinal Chemistry INTE-3107EL - Pathophysiology PHYS-3306EL - Radiobiology and Radiation Protection PHYS-3506EL - Physics of Medical Imaging PHYS-3507EL - Physics of Radiation Therapy PHYS-3616EL - Use of Lasers and Fibre Optics in Health Sciences PSYC-3506EL - Neuropharmacology PSYC-3507EL - Behavioural Neurobiology ANTR-3036EL - Human Skeletal Biology ANTR-3046EL - Environmental Anthropology ANTR-3047EL - Public Health and Epidemiology ANTR-3086EL - Medical Anthropology: Medicine, Culture and Society ANTR-3087EL - Ethnomedicine: Cross-Cultural Healing FORS-3036EL - Forensic Anatomy of the Human Skeleton BIOL-4736EL - Developmental Biology BIOL-4017EL - Literature Review BIOL-4035EL - Research and Seminar BIOL-4346EL - Medical Mycology BIOL-4717EL - Animal Behaviour BIOL-4797EL - Environmental Physiology BIOL-4807EL - Génétique avancée CHMI-4206FL - Bioinformatique appliquée CHMI-4217EL - Biomembranes CHMI-4226EL - Recombinant DNA Technology CHMI-4287EL - Biochemical Toxicology CHMI-4297EL - Biochemistry-Immune System ANTR-4006EL - Nutritional Anthropology ANTR-4007EL - Evolutionary Medicine and Health

List of Faculty Members

Core faculty members

Alarie, Yves: Invertebrate systematics

Basiliko, Nathan: Environmental microbiology; ecosystem ecology; soils

Beckett, Peter: Restoration ecology; wetlands

Gagnon, Jeffrey: Obesity and metabolic disease

Gunn, John: Fisheries ecology and management

Lamothe, Suzanne: Permanent sessional lecturer

Lesbarrères, David: Evolutionary ecology; herpetology

Litzgus, Jackie: Ecology and conservation of reptiles at risk

Mallory, Frank: Wildlife management & behavioural & biomedical ecology

Martinez-Garcia, Mery: Animal physiology in changing environments

Nasserulla, Sabah: Permanent sessional lecturer

Nkongolo, Kabwe: Human and plant genetics

Robitaille, Jean-François: Behavioural ecology of Mustelids

Ryser, Peter: Ecology of wetland plants; root ecology; heavy metal stress

Saleh, Mazen: Molecular biophysics; bacterial environmental interactions

Schulte-Hostedde, Albrecht: Applied evolutionary ecology

Yves Alarie

Yves Alarie

School of Natural Sciences
Nathan Basiliko

Nathan Basiliko

School of Natural Sciences
Jeffrey Gagnon

Jeffrey Gagnon

School of Natural Sciences
John Gunn

John Gunn

School of Natural Sciences
Suzanne Lamothe

Suzanne Lamothe

School of Natural Sciences
Jacqueline Litzgus

Jacqueline Litzgus

School of Natural Sciences
Mery Martinez Garcia

Mery Martinez Garcia

School of Natural Sciences
Kabwe Nkongolo

Kabwe Nkongolo

School of Natural Sciences
Jean-Francois Robitaille

Jean-Francois Robitaille

School of Natural Sciences
Peter Ryser

Peter Ryser

School of Natural Sciences
Mazen Saleh

Mazen Saleh

School of Natural Sciences
Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde

Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde

School of Natural Sciences