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BHSc Fall 2020 Remote Delivery

After careful consideration of the advice of Public Health Officials, the on-campus Bachelor of Health Sciences program will be delivered remotely for all first and second year students in the Fall of 2020. Student, staff and faculty health and safety are our first priorities and were the biggest factors in making this decision, but it does not come without its challenges. We also know that this is temporary and as an academic program we are very well positioned to continue delivering a high-quality academic experience at a distance. That is, our years of experience in delivering a quality online program provide us with an exceptional foundation to bridge this gap in time.

In the coming weeks you will be receiving more detailed information about how the Fall term will proceed remotely. Here is what you can expect with regards to both academics and student life as we transition to a fall term delivered online:

  • Students in the BHSc On-Campus cohort will continue to take all of their core classes together, much as they would if courses were being delivered on campus.
  • We are currently working on innovative approaches to accommodate lab components for applicable courses, if possible.
  • BHSc Staff are currently planning different opportunities that will take place throughout the Summer and Fall for you to connect with your instructors, current classmates, and incoming students in both academic and social settings.

Thank you for your understanding and we are looking forward to having you back in courses this September!

As we develop plans for the fall, we will provide you with as much information as possible. Please check back regularly for updates and additions to our FAQs.

Fall 2020 Remote Delivery Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, all BHSc core and option courses will be delivered in a remote format in Fall 2020. Option and elective courses that are offered by other faculties are subject to decisions made by those faculties, however, the University anticipates that physical distancing recommendations will still be in place in September, and that most courses will be delivered remotely across the University in Fall 2020.

At this time, BHSc courses for the on-campus program are expected to be delivered on-campus in Winter 2021. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations of KFL&A Public Health and government officials and will keep you updated through your Queen’s email.

The BHSc faculty, along with the support of the program office, are currently weighing all options when making a decision about if and how best to run laboratory courses in Fall 2020.

For current students, please refer to the Fall Course Offerings page for regular course updates for Fall 2020. 

For incoming first year students, please keep an eye on your emails for information from the University and feel free to reach out directly to bhsc@queensu.ca if you have any questions.


If you were planning on taking an on-campus course in the Fall term, unfortunately, this will not be an option. We are hopeful that Winter 2021 courses will be delivered on-campus, as planned. If you were planning on taking a lab course offered by the BHSc program, the BHSc faculty, along with the support of the program office, are currently weighing all options when making a decision about if and how best to run laboratory courses.

The Queen’s BHSc program is in a great position to deliver a high-quality online learning experience. As you might have anticipated, we will be leveraging the course modules built for blended learning and we will be delivering them in your own iteration of the course, meaning that you will stay connected specifically with your on-campus peer group. The core competencies and the focus on application of course content are the preeminent foci of the BHSc program in all formats, providing you with the BHSc experience that you expect. We will always strive to maintain the highest quality of teaching, as well as promote and support a sense of community amongst our students.

For current students, please refer to the Fall Course Offerings page for regular course updates for Fall 2020. 

For incoming first year students, please keep an eye on your email for information from the University and reach out directly to bhsc@queensu.ca if you have any questions.

Most online courses offered by the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences and the BHSc program are open to students from other faculties, with a few exceptions. Notably, the Life Sciences and Biochemistry programs have been working closely with the BHSc program office to ensure access to online courses for Fall 2020 that will count towards degree progression. You are strongly encouraged to reach out to your program office to determine which courses will count towards your academic plan prior to registration for Fall 2020.

Your participation in Fall 2020 courses is important to us and we will work with you to ensure that you are able to participate in the course to its fullest. It is rare that you would be required to participate in live videoconferencing sessions as a requirement for the course. As well, all of our course content can be downloaded in a PDF version of the modules, if necessary.

If you are concerned about regular access to the internet or a computer, please contact the BHSc program at bhsc@queensu.ca 

Ultimately, this decision is yours. We encourage you to reach out to an advisor to ensure that you understand the academic consequences of this decision. If you choose to do this, please reach out to bhsc@queensu.ca to indicate your intentions.

The BHSc program will not have any requirements indicating that students need to be on-campus in Fall 2020. Beyond courses, this includes any co-curricular activities that are planned, along with access to academic advisors.

If you have available accommodation for the fall term, it is your decision whether to come to Kingston or not. If you make the choice to come to Kingston, it is imperative that you follow local Public Health guidelines to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the Kingston community and protect Kingston’s vulnerable population and healthcare workers. Click here to find out more about the current guidelines for Kingston.

University residences will open this Fall at  a reduced capacity. Students who submitted their application and (refundable) deposit by the June 8 deadline will be asked to fill out a form that gathers information needed for residences to make offers on a priority basis. There is no guarantee that if you applied, submitted a deposit, and complete the survey you will obtain a residence spot.

For updates and furter information, please visit the Queen’s Residence website

The University will be providing guidance as to whether dining services will be open, or to what degree.

Further information is available on the Queen’s Hospitality Services website

The BHSc program will not require you to be on-campus in Fall 2020. However, if you have available accommodation for fall, it is your decision whether to come to Kingston or not. If you make the choice to come to Kingston, it is imperative that you follow local public health guidelines to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the Kingston community and protect Kingston’s vulnerable population and healthcare workers. Click here to find out more about the current guidelines for Kingston.

The Office of Student Community Relations can help assist students with a number of matters including support with off-campus housing issues. Please visit their website for more information: https://www.queensu.ca/studentcommunityrelations/

The Alma Mater Society’s Housing Resource Centre offers additional peer support for students with housing related issues. More information on how they can help can be found at http://housing.myams.org/

All of Queen’s services and support centres are planning for remote delivery for Fall 2020 to continue to provide all of the  services provided by Queen’s that you know and expect. This will include a combination of webinars and videos, online material on websites, and live counselling by video conferencing. If you are concerned about your ability to access a particular service, we recommend that you go to their website to learn about the specific plans of those services.

The University is planning for remote delivery of SOAR this Summer, which will include a combination of live webinars/Q&As with professors, provision of online material by the program and university as a whole, as well as interactive online modules and videos.

The university, specific programs, and student leaders are planning creative orientation events that can be run remotely that will begin in Summer 2020 and carry into Fall 2020, recognizing that with remote Fall course delivery, we are no longer restricted to an orientation week. The ability for incoming students to meet their peers, familiarize themselves with the expectations of university, and be welcomed into the Queen’s community is a critical part of the transition to university life, and will be a priority this Fall as it is every other year.

Additionally, we will work to find opportunities for more traditional orientation events for the Class of 2024 when physical distancing restrictions are lifted.

Because the BHSc program is offered in a blended format, as a 2nd year student you are in a great position to excel in remote delivery of courses. The modules will feel very familiar to you, as will the course set up. We will connect you to resources available through some of Queen’s central services, including Student Academic Success Services (SASS) as well as provide you access to program-specific information to help you communicate effectively with professors and peers remotely.

The university and the BHSc program are diligently preparing resources to help ease the transition for incoming students into university life during these challenging times. Beginning in July (coinciding with SOAR programming), the BHSc program will be providing incoming students access to the learning management system and course materials to help you familiarize yourself with your academic learning environment. Complementing this, you will be provided with specific material offered by Queen’s Student Academic Success Services (SASS) to support your academic transition, such as information on university expectations and time management. Finally, a peer mentorship program will be launched to connect incoming students with a peer who can answer questions and offer advice. 

All Fall 2020 courses for BISC students will be offered remotely. In addition to your academic courses,  the BISC faculty and Student Services team are developing a virtual community that will connect students through weekly activities and services to help you feel connected to your BISC cohort. As with on-campus BHSc study, faculty and staff will be closely following public health guidelines to determine plans for Winter 2021 but currently, they are making plans to welcome you to the castle in January. For questions related to BISC programming, please reach out directly to b_richan@bisc.queensu.ac.uk