Biomedical Sciences

 Biomedical Sciences is composed of two basic science departments:

Learn about what the College of Medicine has to offer and what sets us apart, including one-to-one mentorship opportunities, and our biomedical sciences program.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is available to help you successfully plan your program and support your career goals. Meeting with a department Academic Advisor will help you understand degree requirements, make appropriate course choices, and navigate university policies and procedures. Make the most of your educational experience; see an advisor during each year of your program!

To ensure all degree requirements are met, it is recommended that students book with both an Arts & Science Undergraduate Academic Advisor, as well as a Department Academic Advisor.

To Book an Appointment:

Click the "Book an Academic Advising Appointment" button below; this will take you to the booking calendar. In the calendar, click on the date in which you wish to make the appointment. When clicking on the date, a list of available appointment times will appear to the right of the calendar. Select a date and time that works for your schedule.

Please note the time slots for advising appointments are 30-minutes in length, which is adequate for most advising concerns. However, if you have more than one item to address, please book two 30-minute back-to-back time slots (60 minutes total).

Below the calendar, fill in the requested information. Please include any additional details that will assist the Academic Advisor in preparing for your appointment.

Undergraduate Advisor
Kristen Brown
Phone: 306-966-6323
GA20.3 Health Sciences

If you want more information about these individual degree programs, contact the corresponding departmental faculty member.



Anatomy, Physiology & Pharmacology

Dr. Landon Baillie


Dr. Kyle Anderson

Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Harold Bull

BMSC Common Core Platform

The Division of Biomedical Sciences was created within the College of Medicine to provide governance and administrative structure for the two basic science departments of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology; and Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology. The division adheres to the by-laws of the College of Medicine, but is independent in governance with respect to budget and faculty complement.

The mandates of the division include both teaching and research activities. We provide educational programming to undergraduate medical students as well as other health professional and science students; students in basic science B.Sc. programs and others who require educational modules in the biomedical sciences; and Graduate Student and Post-Doctoral Fellow training. Our departments offer B.Sc. degree programs in Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, and Physiology/Pharmacology through the College of Arts and Science. These B.Sc. programs share a common Biomedical Sciences (BMSC) core platform in years 1 and 2 that provide our students with a strong educational experience in the life sciences as preparation for all Health Science disciplines. The division also offers assistance in resident training through refresher courses and assists with continuing professional learning; and cooperates with and assists the School of Rehabilitation Science in the offering of the Masters of Physical Therapy program.

Research activities include investigation in the biomedical sciences and development of collaborations with clinician scientists. Major research themes incorporate Biomedical Imaging of Structure & Function using synchrotron-based approaches, Cardiovascular Research, Cell Cycle/Cancer Immunology, Infectious Disease, Neuroscience, Metabolic Regulation & Diabetes, and Structural Biology.

The mission, vision, values and goals of the Division of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine are interconnected with those of the Colleges of Arts & Science, Graduate Studies & Research and the University of Saskatchewan. All support and reinforce the themes of providing quality education to the people of Saskatchewan and beyond.



There are two Departments within the Division of Biomedical Sciences that offer 3-year, 4-year, and Honours B.Sc. degree programs in:

  • Biochemistry, microbiology and immunology
  • Cellular, physiological, and pharmacological sciences
  • Biomedical neuroscience
  • Interdisciplinary biomedical sciences
  • Biomedical foundations 

These programs follow a “common core platform” of courses during Years 1 and 2. This common Year 1 and 2 course platform provides students with an educational foundation and skill set in the various biomedical sciences disciplines that enables them make an informed choice as to which specific degree major (ACB, BIOC, MCIM or PHPY) they wish to pursue as they progress into Years 3 and 4 of their B.Sc. program.

The first two years of all BMSC programs are known as the BMSC core platform. These two years ensure students build a strong foundation moving forward in the program. The BMSC courses incorporate content from each of the Biomedical Science areas of study to broaden student knowledge and create versatility in their studies.

First Year of Study

Term One
Term Two
BIOL 120.3 BMSC 200.3
CHEM 112.3 CHEM 115.3
PHYS 115.3 PHYS 117.3
3 cu MATH 3 cu Other Type M*
3 cu Other Type M* 3 cu Other Type M*

Second Year of Study

Term One Term Two
BMSC 220.3 BMSC 210.3
BMSC 230.3   BMSC 240.3
BMSC 207.3 BMSC 208.3
CHEM 250.3 3 cu STATS
3 cu Other Type M* 3 cu Other Type M*

* Other type M requirements might include courses in humanities, fine and performance arts, or social sciences. For a complete list of Type M Requirements consult the current University of Saskatchewan course calendar.

The Division of Biomedical Sciences Common Core Platform Courses

BIOL 120.3

The Nature of Life

An introduction to the underlying fundamental aspects of living systems: covering cell biology, genetics and the evolutionary processes which lead to complex, multi-cellular life forms.

CHEM 112.3

General Chemistry I

Structure, bonding and properties of materials. Topics include atoms and molecules, bonding, molecular structure, intermolecular forces, states of matter, and properties of materials. The laboratory illustrates material covered in the lectures.

CHEM 115.3

General Chemistry II

Chemical reactions, including the rates and energetics of reactions and specific types of reactions. Topics include stoichiometry, chemical reactions, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, specific reactions, and thermodynamics.

CHEM 250.3

Introduction to Organic Chemistry

An introduction to organic chemistry; students will learn to name organic compounds, predict some of the properties and reactivity of compounds based on molecular structure, and grasp the importance of these concepts and their application to all sciences and life in general. Almost all the reactions in living matter involve organic compounds, and it is impossible to understand the molecular processes of living systems without knowing organic chemistry. CHEM 250.3 is intended as a basis for other courses, and a beginning for understanding organic and bio-organic chemistry. The laboratory will introduce students to basic chemical laboratory skills frequently used in organic chemistry.

MATH 125.3

Mathematics for the Life Sciences

An introduction to mathematical modeling with a focus on applications to the life sciences. Topics include: algebraic functions and their graphs, limits and rates of change, differentiation techniques and applications, exponential and logarithmic functions, integration and the area under a curve, introduction to differential equations. The main feature of this course is the use of structured examples from life sciences to establish a need for mathematical techniques. Necessary mathematical terms and concepts will be developed. The emphasis throughout this course is on applications of mathematics to life sciences with just enough theory to support applications. Extensive examples from Biology, Health, Chemistry and Physics will be used.

PHYS 115.3

Physics and the Universe

Provides the first part of an introduction to physics. Emphasis is placed on mechanics, electric and magnetic fields, electric currents and circuits, and the physics of atoms and particles. The course concludes with a discussion of our current understanding of the history of the universe and a discussion of the frontiers of our current understanding of the physical world. Some applications of physics in technology and the health sciences are also discussed.

PHYS 117.3

Physics for the Life Sciences

Introduces students to aspects of physics which are of particular relevance for the health and life sciences. This course can be used as the second part of an introduction to physics. Topics include torque and angular momentum, fluid mechanics, oscillations and waves, thermal physics, optics, and nuclear physics. Emphasis is placed on bio-medical applications of physics.

PLSC 314.3

Statistical Methods

An introduction to statistical methods and their application to experiments. Includes probability, means and variances, "t" tests, analysis of variance, experimental designs, simple regression and correlation, and chi-square tests. Designed for students in the biological sciences.

BMSC 200.3


An introduction to the structures, general properties, and functions of simple and complex biomolecules: amino acids, peptides, proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids as well as membranes and solute transport.

BMSC 210.3


An introduction to the structure, physiology, genetics and pathogenicity of microorganisms. Topics include the structure and composition of bacteria and viruses, bacterial growth, genetics, and regulation, the role of microorganisms in disease, and an introduction to the immune system.

BMSC 220.3

Eukaryotic Cell Biology

An introduction to the biology of eukaryotic cells. Topics include organization of eukaryotic chromosomes; the flow of genetic information from nucleus to cytoplasm; cellular membranes and organelles; control of cell division; and signaling between cells. Contrasts between eukaryotic cells and prokaryotic microbial cells will be discussed, as well as distinctions between plant and animal cells.

BMSC 207.3

Human Body Systems I

This course introduces the major organ systems of the human body and how they work.

Human Body Systems II

This course introduces the major organ systems of the human body and how they work.

BMSC 230.3


An introduction to the thermodynamic aspects of energy metabolism and the principles of anabolic and catabolic metabolic pathways. Emphasis will be placed on the overall purpose of the major pathways, the precursor molecules leading into these pathways, the important pathway products and the basic types of control that regulate metabolic flux. Examples in prokaryotic systems will be provided where possible.

BMSC 240.3

Laboratory Techniques

This laboratory course provides an introduction to the theory and application of basic techniques in biochemistry, cell biology and microbiology which will serve as a foundation for upper year specialization courses.

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