- Can I enter the BSc in Pharmacology program from High School?
Yes. Admission to the Faculty of Science is competitive. The number of high school and transfer admissions or re-admissions to the Faculty is limited. Presentation of the minimum admission requirements and average does not guarantee admission. As the required average marks can vary year to year, for further details, please visit the admissions information section in the calendar:
For information on High School pre-requisites, please visit the calendar page:
- If I am in another program at the University of Alberta, can I transfer into the Pharmacology program?
It is possible to transfer from one program into another. Students need not apply to Honors or Specialization in the first year and may instead apply to the BSc (General) program and take ★24 - ★30 (in each Fall/Winter) with an appropriate selection of courses. Students may then apply in any subsequent year for transfer into an Honors or Specialization program by submitting an Application for Readmission and Internal Transfer to the Office of the Registrar by the application deadline. Admission beyond first year requires the minimum competitive GPA and course load in each of the preceding Fall/Winters.
To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:
For Specialization: in each Fall/Winter you must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 overall and a minimum GPA of 2.7 based on all science courses; a minimum GPA of 2.7 based on all PMCOL courses taken in Fall/Winter and a course load of at least ★24.
For Honors: in each Fall/Winter you must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in each Fall/Winter and a GPA of 3.0 based on all science courses in each Fall/Winter; a minimum GPA of 3.0 in PMCOL courses taken in each previous Fall/Winter with at least a grade of B- in each PMCOL course; a course load of ★24.
- What is the deadline for application?
Applications must be received no later than March 1st of each year in order to start in the Fall term. There is no Winter admission. Further details can be found on the Faculty of Science’s Admissions Page.
- What is the difference between the Specialization and Honors programs?
Both are excellent degree programs. The major difference is in the fourth year. In the Honors program, students work on a research project for a full Fall/Winter in the research laboratory of a faculty member. These projects provide the student with an opportunity to learn cutting-edge skills and techniques in state-of-the-art laboratories as well as record-keeping protocols and presentation skills.
In the Specialization program, students have the option participate in research, but these projects are limited to a single semester.
- Once I am in the program, what marks do I need to stay in the program?
For Specialization students, in each Fall/Winter you must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 overall and a minimum GPA of 2.7 based on all science courses; a minimum GPA of 2.7 based on all PMCOL courses taken in Fall/Winter and a course load of at least ★24.
For Honors students, in each Fall/Winter you must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in each Fall/Winter; a minimum GPA of 3.0 in PMCOL courses taken in each previous Fall/Winter with at least a grade of B- in each PMCOL course; a course load of ★24.
- What happens if I do not meet either the course load or GPA requirements?
Students who have not met the promotion criteria will receive a letter from the Faculty of Science informing them that they have not met the standard for promotion in the program. However, there is an appeals process in place whereby the Department will review the circumstances of the student and make a decision with respect to their further participation in the program.
- Can I take a Spring or Summer course to boost my GPA so that I can get into the Pharmacology program? Will they be counted as part of my course load?
When calculating the GPA of our applicants, we do not include Spring or Summer courses. We only look at the GPA over Fall and Winter.
Spring and Summer courses, if appropriate to the program, will count towards the completion of your degree, but are not considered part of the course load for an academic year.
- Is Pharmacology the same as Pharmacy?
No – these are completely different programs administered by completely different academic groups. If you are interested in Pharmacy or need to know which courses to take in order to prepare for Pharmacy, please contact the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences directly.
- How many 100-level courses am I allowed to take in the Pharmacology degree programs?
Currently, in all BSc programs, including those administered by Pharmacology, the total number of credits allowed in junior courses is ★42.