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Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions from online, on-campus and current students. They have been sorted by category, but if you cannot find the answer to your question, please reach out to our Bachelor of Health Sciences program office at bhsc@queensu.ca

I have been out of school for a while but am ready to start again. How do I apply?

The online BHSc program has various routes of admission depending on your academic background. Generally, where you studied last is the application route you should consider. For example, if you completed high school, but have not been in school for 10 years, you would apply through the high school route. If the last institution you attended was a college, then you would look at the college application route. Check out the various routes of admission into the online program here. If you do not meet the requirements for the route you qualify for, check out our Non-Degree Interest route.

Is it possible to take on-campus courses at Queen’s even though I am in an online degree program?

Yes, students enrolled in the online BHSc program are eligible to take up to 12.0 units of options or electives per academic year of on-campus courses offered through the Faculty of Health Sciences. Contact the BHSc program office at bhsc@queensu.ca for more information.

During the Spring/Summer term of second and/or third year, students also have the option to travel to Queen's University's Kingston campus to complete an intensive two-week laboratory course (3rd year option - BMED 390). This optional experience immerses students in the lab full-time for two weeks, providing them with valuable hands-on lab experience in a way that is not feasible in traditional 12-week courses. In addition to this course, virtual labs/simulation/living labs have been worked into a number of our online courses, allowing students to gain similar experience to what they would be learning in a lab, without physically being in one.

Can online BHSc students transfer to the on-campus BHSc program?

If you have taken more than 6 units (2 one-semester courses) at university, you are ineligible for the on-campus BHSc program at this time.

If you are a current BHSc online student and feel that an on-campus program would better suit you, you may be eligible to transfer into another on-campus program. Any student who has completed 24 units may be eligible to apply to transfer into an on-campus degree program as an upper-year transfer student, provided that there is capacity in the desired program and that minimum GPA requirements are satisfied. Applications to transfer are not automatically approved; it is a competitive process and capacity and GPA requirements vary each year. Applications to transfer are available each February from the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (www.ouac.on.ca) for the following Fall term.

How do I apply?

The online BHSC program has three admission cycles per year – September, January, and May – applications are accepted through the Queen’s Webapp. Applications are also accepted through OUAC for a September start for the full-time degree program.

Is there an application fee?

Yes. If you apply through the Queen's Webapp, there is a $100 application fee. You can apply to up to 3 Queen's programs for one application fee. If you apply through OUAC the application fee is $150 for up to three programs of your choosing.

Will I receive a Queen's student card?

As an online program student, you are considered an off-campus student and will not be automatically issued a Queen's student ID card. However, it is highly recommended you request a student card, especially if you have any proctored final exams, as an alternative for using your government issued photo ID. If you would like a student card that includes your photo, they are available upon request for NEW students. Validation stickers for RETURNING students can be requested each academic year you are studying with us. Please send a request for a student card via your @queensu.ca email address to student.card@queensu.ca .

Include the following in your request:

  • Full name
  • Student number
  • NEW or RETURNING student
  • Faculty and program you are in
  • Term (i.e. fall, winter, or summer)

This information is also available online at http://www.queensu.ca/registrar/studentid . Students should select the "I am studying off campus, do I need a student card?" option.

Your validated off-campus student card (NEW student) or your validation sticker (RETURNING student) will be mailed to your mailing address in SOLUS. Please ensure this is up-to-date at the time you submit your request. Full details on how to do this are available at http://www.queensu.ca/registrar/solus

Why would I need a student card?

Photo ID is mandatory for all remotely proctored assessments, your Queen’s photo ID can be used instead of your government issued ID. Queen's Libraries also offer off-campus access. Details are available on the library website . If you have questions, please contact the Photo ID Assistant in the Office of the University Registrar by email at student.card@queensu.ca or by phone at 613-533-2040.

Is there a difference between Queen's online BHSc degree and an on-campus BHSc degree?

No, there is no difference. Both the on-campus and online BHSc degrees are 4-year honour's degrees approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities. All students are awarded a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from the Senate of Queen's University. Official transcripts will not indicate how the degree was completed (i.e. online or on-campus).

Can the degree program be completed on a part-time basis?

Yes. Students have the option of completing an online Bachelor of Health Sciences degree on a part-time (3.0 - 9.0 units per term) or full-time (9.0 - 18.0 units per term) basis. If eligible, all students are admitted into the honours program (4-year degree) as a full-time student. If you would like to be a general (3-year degree) student or a part-time student, these changes can be made once you have accepted your offer of admission within the BHSc Office.

How do I progress from being an interest student into being a BHSc online program student?

An academic advisor will contact students' official Queen's email addresses regarding their eligibility to progress into degree studies. Send your "Request to Progress into Degree Program" form to bhsc@queensu.ca to be formally assessed. Typically this form will be submitted during the term in which you are completing the final progression course(s) required. Alternatively, you could apply the term prior to wanting to become a BHSc program student, if those terms are not the same.

How does tuition work?

For the online BHSc, tuition is calculated based on the number of units you are enrolled in each term. Tuition Fees for domestic students are $608.31/3.0 units and $1216.62/6.0 units. For international students, the fees are $2577.00/3.0 units and $5154.00/6.0 units.

Do students qualify for OSAP?

Students who are registered in the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree program and who take a minimum of 9.0 units per term are eligible to apply for OSAP. Interest students are not eligible for OSAP. Contact Queen's Student Awards for more information.


How will my online degree be viewed by medical and other professional schools?

The Bachelor of Health Sciences degree is issued by the Senate of Queen's University and is viewed as equivalent to a degree achieved through on-campus study. Furthermore, there is no indication on the student transcript indicating that the degree was completed online.

A transcript is only one part of the application process to medical and other professional schools. Other factors considered in admission decisions may include performance on an entrance exam (e.g. Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)), autobiographical sketch, personal essay, supplementary materials, reference letters, and interviews.

What are the technical requirements for the online BHSc program?

To be able to successfully access BHSc program materials and fully participate in the online experience, including discussions, tutorials, and exams, students will need the following minimal technical requirements.

1) Hardware Required:

  • An Internet connected computer; the BHSc program is accessible on most modern laptop and desktop computers running Windows 7+ or Mac OS 10.8+.
  • Soundcard with speakers and a microphone, or preferably a headset.
  • Web camera (built-in or external).
  • Note: A printer is not required, but is optional for student interested in printing notes or study aids. Tablets and Chromebooks are not compatible with Examity.

2) Internet

Reliable access to high-speed internet, preferably at least 15 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speeds. Due to regular use of streaming video and collaboration, your monthly bandwidth usage may exceed 150 GB of transfer. Please ensure that your internet package can reasonably accommodate this.

  • An up-to-date internet browser such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Explorer/Edge, with the most recent version of Adobe Flash Player installed. For the best learning experience, Chrome is strongly recommended.
  • Microsoft Office 365 Email, the official Queen's email service; provided free to all Queen's students.
  • Ability to check messages in onQ, Elentra, and Queen's email address several times per week (minimum) to be able to stay on track in courses (assessments, deadlines, group work, etc.).

3) Software/Plug-Ins:

  • Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus (provided free to all Queen's students).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (available for free download).
  • Skype (available for free download).
  • Zoom - Queen’s University students, staff, teaching assistants, and faculty with an active NetID@queensu.ca email address are eligible for licensed Zoom Education accounts; https://www.queensu.ca/its/zoom .
  • Flash (to update to the most recent version visit: https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ )
  • You may be required to download other course-specific applications; you will be notified upon starting a course if this is the case.
  • Sufficient antivirus and malware protection software to protect your computer.

Can I attend Convocation in Kingston to receive my degree?

Yes. All graduates are welcome to attend the Convocation ceremony in Kingston to receive their degree. If you choose not to attend, then the degree will be sent by mail.

Can this degree really be completed entirely online?

Yes. This degree can be completed from anywhere in the world as long as the technical requirements are met.

Are there specific times for online learning?

Our course content is delivered in interactive online modules, therefore, students are able to complete the bulk of their course work at a time that suits them best and fits their already existing schedule. Some courses may have specific times for optional live discussion or tutorials, but this has been kept to a minimum program-wide. Additionally, group work within courses may need to be worked on at specific times, however these times would be determined by the group members around their collective schedules.

Do I need to travel to Kingston to write my exams?

No, all online students write their final exams online using an approved online proctoring software.

How will I get research experience in an online degree?

The online BHSc program has tried to integrate research into as much of the curriculum as possible, keeping in mind that it is an entirely online degree program. Here are some ways that we encourage research experience:

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) degree program students in their 3rd (eligible for HSCI 592, 593) or 4th year (eligible for HSCI 592, 593, 598, 599) can pursue an optional research project (max. 12 units). These courses will allow students to carry out a research project in the Health Sciences. Students will gain experience searching relevant literature, developing research questions/hypotheses, and designing a research plan and methods (HSCI 592 and HSCI 598). Students who continue on into HSCI 593 or HSCI 599 will gain experience answering research questions and/or testing hypotheses using a research plan and methods developed during the initial course, with an emphasis on the development of research skills and practice interpreting data.
  • Virtual labs/simulation/living labs have been worked into a number of our online courses, allowing students to gain similar experience to what they would be learning in a lab, without physically being in one.
  • Students have the option to travel to Queen's University's Kingston campus to complete an intensive two-week laboratory course (3rd year option - BMED 390). This optional experience immerses students in the lab full-time for two weeks, providing them with valuable hands-on lab experience in a way that is not feasible in traditional 12-week courses.
  • Students are encouraged to reach out to local institutions to offer their volunteer services in a laboratory. Many academic labs take on undergraduate volunteer students, and this is a great way to get a feel for what research is like.
  • Queen's and other institutions hire upper year summer students in research laboratories through various means, including SWEP and NSERC. If you are hoping to apply to one of these programs, you are encouraged to do your research early to ensure you get your application and all other requirements submitted by the deadlines!

What are the high school course requirements for admission?

For Ontario residents, successful completion of the OSSD and the following prerequisite courses (English ENG4U*, Biology 4U, Chemistry 4U, and any 4U Mathematics), plus another two U or M level courses. Information for International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, international, and other educational systems are found on the Queen's Undergraduate Admissions website.

*Minimum grade of 80% in ENG4U (or French equivalent).

What is the competitive average for entrance to the on-campus BHSc program?

A minimum average grade requirement for admission to any Queen's program is 75%. However, we anticipate the competitive average for admission to the on-campus BHSc program will be in the high 80's to low 90's.

Do I need to submit a personal statement of experience (PSE) or Supplementary Essay?

Yes, the Supplementary Essay is a mandatory requirement to accompany your application to the on-campus Bachelor of Health Sciences program.

Are there opportunities to study abroad?

Yes. Students can apply to take their first year of studies at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) at the Herstmonceux Castle in England. After your first-year in England, students will return to the Queen's campus in Kingston, ON to continue their studies, joining the on-campus cohort in year two. Additionally, program staff are working towards offering multiple exchange opportunities across the globe for third year students.

How do I apply?

Students may submit their applications directly through OUAC.

·        For the on-campus (Kingston) BHSc program use the code QH.

·        For the Bader International Study Centre (BISC, UK Campus) BHSc program use the code QIH. 

Is this program open to international students?

Yes. International students are encouraged to apply to any Queen's program. For international requirements, please visit the Undergraduate Admissions website: https://www.queensu.ca/apply/international .

Are there any internship opportunities?

Yes. Queen’s Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP) offers students the opportunity to apply for 12-16 month paid professional internships. For more information, please visit the Career Services website:


How many students are admitted each year?

A total of 240 first year students will be admitted to the program for the Fall 2022. 205 spaces are available at the Kingston campus and 35 spaces are available at the BISC campus.

How many people apply to this program?

Over 4,000 applications were received for admission for both Fall 2019 and Fall 2020. 

Can I defer my acceptance?

Applicants with extenuating circumstances who have accepted their offer of admission by the deadline date may request a deferral of admission to that program for a period of one year. An online request, explaining the reason for the deferral request, is required before August 30. We will begin accepting requests for Deferral of Admission on June 2. The decision of the Admission Committee to grant a deferral is based on the reason provided and final grades. Students granted a deferral are not permitted to attend another post-secondary institution in the interim. Submit a Request for a Deferral of Admission here: https://www.queensu.ca/admission/pathways-and-policies/procedures

Can I get a minor?

Currently, students registered in the BHSc program at Queen's are not able to get a minor. Students can enroll in various elective courses, including courses in other faculties, which will allow for the diversity in course work that students seeking a minor are hoping to attain.

How can I specialize my degree?

Queen's BHSc students are able to focus their degree by choosing one or more learning tracks. Learning Tracks are selections of themed courses in a particular field of health sciences which give students the opportunity to study an area of specialization in more detail. Enrollment in a learning track is optional and is available to all BHSc students.

What courses will I take in my first year?

In the first year, students will take 6 core courses; Introductory Pharmacology, Anatomy of the Human Body, Human Cell Physiology, History and Philosophy of Health and Healthcare, Social and Physical Determinants of Health and Disease, and Introduction to Statistics for the Health Sciences. Students can then choose an additional 6.0 units of option courses and 6.0 units of elective courses, as defined by our curriculum: https://bhsc.queensu.ca/program-and-courses/curriculum .

What is the difference between Health Sciences and Life Sciences?

The BHSc program is a direct-entry program that has been purpose-built to provide graduates with pathways to future studies in the health professions, as well as opening the door to many direct-entry career opportunities in healthcare. Both Health and Life Sciences focus on human health and disease. Health sciences makes a conscious effort to incorporate societal and global influences of health, while Life Sciences has a more specific focus on the biomedical sciences. With considerable overlap between the focus of the two programs, students interested in human health and science will likely enjoy either program.

Queen's actually offers three programs related to human health: Health Sciences, Life Sciences, and Health Studies. All three programs offer experiential learning opportunities that embrace multi-disciplinary approaches including research opportunities. The common topic among these disciplines is the focus on the human, each providing viable paths to the health industry.

What is a flipped classroom?

The difference between traditional and flipped classrooms is summarized in this image:

Prior to class, students will learn via online modules that have been curated by their instructor. They will then come to class ready to extend and apply that learned knowledge in small group learning sessions mediated by course faculty and knowledgeable teaching assistants. This format will replace traditional lecture-style in BHSc core courses and allow students to interact closely with the content as well as the expertise of upper-year students, graduate students, and faculty members right from the beginning of the program. This format promotes the development and mastery of program competencies, allowing students to hone these skills throughout their degree.

Is this extra work since there are online modules and in-class sessions?

Course content will be primarily delivered in the form of engaging interactive modules, allowing students to work through the content at their own pace, spending more or less time on concepts as appropriate for the individual student. The focus of the in-class sessions will be to apply the content already learned through peer and faculty guidance, rather than being presented with new content. Specifically, important and/or difficult concepts will be reinforced in small group learning sessions with real-world examples, clinical case-studies, problem-based learning, and engaging discussion.

What scholarships are available?

Students who apply to Queen's will automatically be considered for a number of awards as outlined by the Queen's Office of the University Registrar's website. For these awards, no additional application, other than your application to Queen's, is necessary.

Queen's also has various awards with varying eligibility criteria that require an additional application. Please visit the Queen's Office of the University Registrar website to learn about the scholarships you may be eligible for.

Please contact Queen's Student Awards at awards@queensu.ca if you have any questions.

What bursaries are available?

Queen's has a number of bursaries available to their applicants, as outlined by the Office of the University Registrar's website. All students who wish to be considered for Admission Bursary assistance must submit an Admission Bursary application.

Additionally, a number of Financial Aid programs may be of interest to BHSc Applicants and are outlined here: https://www.queensu.ca/studentawards/financial-aid

Finally, applicants may be eligible for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), or other provincial financial aid programs, as outlined here: https://www.queensu.ca/studentawards/financial-aid/government-aid .

What is the cost of this program?

For the most up-to-date information pertaining to domestic and international tuition fees, please visit the website for the University Registrar: http://www.queensu.ca/registrar/financials/tuition-fees

What types of academic accommodations are available to students?

Any student with a documented disability can register with Queen's Student Accessibility Services (QSAS). Academic accommodations are put in place to equalize learning opportunities and access to the academic environment for students with disabilities.

Do I need to travel to Kingston to complete my exams?

No, online students write their final exams online using an approved online proctoring software.

How do I add/drop a course?

You can add and drop courses through your SOLUS Student centre.

When can I enroll in courses? Are there financial or academic penalties for dropping a course?

The Academic Calendar Sessional Dates lists all academic and financial deadlines, term start and end dates, registration periods, exam periods, and more dates important for students in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program.

How do I setup my Queen's email?

Once your status changes from applicant to undergrad (or other active student type) you will receive your Queen's email account. Undergrads will be notified by the Office of the Registrar via an email sent to your application email address.

Your Queen's email address is your NetID followed by @queensu.ca (NetID@queensu.ca). All university email correspondence will be sent to this account. To access your email account login into Microsoft Office 365. At the same time you can also download Office ProPlus and configure Outlook to access your email on your personal computer. Please visit the Office 365 Email Tutorial for more information.

What free software is available to students?

  • MyQueen'sU Software Centre - Use your NetID and password to log into the MyQueen'sU portal (https://my.queensu.ca ) and select the Software Centre tab. Download and install Enterprise Licenced software (MatLAB, ArcGIS, Maple, SAS, SPSS), and other software available to you.
  • Microsoft Office 365 - Using your email address and password log into Office 365 and click on the Office 365 logo in the top left corner to open the apps menu. All apps listed on the menu are available for you to use. For more details on these apps, visit the Microsoft Office 365 service page.

Do I need to take courses in the spring/summer term?

Possibly. While there are no requirements to take summer courses in order to complete the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree program, some elective courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and Science may only be offered in the summer. Some of these electives are required in order to complete specific learning tracks within the BHSc program.

I am sick and have something due; what do I do?

The Bachelor of Health Sciences Protocol for Self-Declaration of Brief Absences and Short-Term Academic Consideration is intended to guide students admitted to the Bachelor of Health Sciences, instructors, and program office staff in situations where extenuating circumstances are interfering with a student's ability to complete academic requirements related to a course(s) for a short period of time. This protocol was developed in response to the approved Senate Policy on Academic Consideration for Students in Extenuating Circumstances.

Academic accommodations may also be requested by students with disabilities.

How do I get assessed for transfer credits?

If you have completed college or university courses elsewhere and would like them to be assessed for transfer credits that can be applied to your BHSc degree, you can submit a request for transfer credits by filling out the survey and completing the directions as outlined here: Queen's Transfer Credit Assessment. A transfer credit assessment is only completed after being accepted to the BHSc degree program. Non-Degree Interest students are not eligible for a transfer credit assessment until they have progressed into the full BHSc degree program.

Are there any research opportunities for me as an online BHSc student?

The online BHSc program has tried to integrate research into as much of the curriculum as possible, keeping in mind that it is an entirely online degree program. Here are some ways that we encourage research experience:

  • Virtual labs/simulation/living labs have been worked into a number of our online courses, allowing students to gain similar experience to what they would be learning in a lab, without physically being in one.
  • Students have the option to travel to Queen's University's Kingston campus to complete an intensive two-week laboratory course (3rd year option - BMED 384). This optional experience immerses students in the lab full-time for two weeks, providing them with valuable hands-on lab experience in a way that is not feasible in traditional 12-week courses.
  • Students are also encouraged to reach out to local institutions to offer their volunteer services in a laboratory. Many academic labs take on undergraduate volunteer students, and this is a great way to get a feel for what research is like.
  • Queen's and other institutions hire summer students in research laboratories through various means, including SWEP and NSERC. If you are hoping to apply to one of these programs, you are encouraged to do your research early to ensure you get your application and all other requirements submitted by the deadlines!

General BHSc Program Questions:

Q: How are Fall and Winter courses being delivered for the Health Sciences program in 2020/2021?

A: First year Bachelor of Health Sciences students should have received an email from Queen’s outlining that Fall and Winter courses will be delivered remotely.

Fall courses for BISC and second year Health Sciences students will also be remote, but a decision for Winter 2021 has not been made yet for these two cohorts. Students will receive emails regarding these decisions when they have been made.

Q: Can you elaborate on laboratory components in upper-year BHSc courses to satisfy the lab requirement for biology and/or chemistry for medical schools?

A: Instead of offering traditional courses with both a lab and lecture component, the Bachelor of Health Sciences at Queen’s offers 3.0 unit laboratory courses, in which you would be immersed in a lab environment during all of your class time. Two second year courses: MICR 290 and PHGY 290 and two third year courses: BMED 390 and LISC 391 are formatted in this way. If you are interested in determining whether they fulfill a laboratory requirement for a specific professional school, we strongly suggest reaching out to the desired program and asking them to assess the course. The BHSc Program Office can provide syllabi for courses, as required.

Q: Does HSCI 190 count as a math prerequisite for professional schools?

A: HSCI 190, Introduction to Statistics for Health Sciences, is a new first year core course for on-campus BHSc students. Because it is new, it would need to be assessed by professional programs as to whether it could count as a math prerequisite. We recommend reaching out to your desired program and attaching the syllabus to ask for this assessment.

Q: Will AP Statistics transfer credit count towards HSCI 190?

A: Because HSCI 190 is a new course, we are currently in the process of assessing high school courses for equivalency. We are currently assessing this course and will update the appropriate websites once the assessment is complete.

Q: I understand that BHSc is a four-year program, however, if we attain the credits necessary to obtain the degree, can we receive it in three years?

A: As an on-campus Health Sciences student, your degree progression will be limited by your core courses, which will be offered to your cohort each year of your program (i.e. your 4th year core courses are available to you only in 4th year in the flipped classroom format). If you feel that receiving your BHSc (Honours) degree in less than 4 years is a priority for you, I would suggest looking into the online Health Sciences program offered by Queen’s, which is designed for flexibility with respect to when and how frequently courses are offered.

It is also possible for you to choose to complete a three-year General Bachelor of Health Sciences degree. You should reach out to your academic advisor if this is an option that you would like to pursue.

Q: If I have a transfer credit for a humanities course worth 6.0 units, would that fulfill  humanities requirements for grad schools?

A: They should be. We strongly suggest reaching out to your desired graduate program to double check that this would fulfill the requirements. Additionally, some of the Health Sciences core courses are likely to fulfill humanities requirements (e.g. BMED 173 and BMED 373).

Q: It says that I have transfer credits, but that the Queen’s equivalent is unspecified. What does that mean?

A: It means that it has been determined that your transfer credit is not equivalent to a specified Queen’s course. These credits would count towards electives for the program but would be unlikely to fulfill prerequisite requirements for upper year courses.

Q: Will both elective and optional courses effect my GPA?

A: Yes, all courses taken during your undergraduate degree that appear on your transcript with a letter grade will count towards your GPA. Transfer credits will not be included in your GPA calculation. If you retake a course during your studies, the higher grade is what will be included in your GPA calculation, not necessarily the most recent.

Q: Will internship opportunities be available to me as a Health Sciences student?

A: We are currently working with Queen’s University Internship Program (QUIP) to establish internship opportunities for BHSc students. While this may not be officially available to BHSc students until the Fall or Winter, we plan to host QUIP information sessions for our students in the upcoming Fall term. Typically, students do not engage in an internship until after their 3rd year of study.

Q: Will exchange opportunities be available to me as a Health Sciences student?

A: Our intention is to have exchange opportunities available to our Health Sciences students. Under the current conditions, the establishment of exchange agreements is not the current priority, however it is something that our Student Experience Coordinator is actively pursuing to ensure that exchange opportunities can be available to our upper year students.

Q: When and where can purchase a BHSc hoodie/shirt/faculty jacket?

A: We’re working on being able to provide online purchasing of BHSc clothing but still need to figure out some of the logistics for payment and shipping as our team is working remotely at this time. Stay tuned for updates!

Faculty jackets will likely not be available for purchase until some time in 2021 as we want to make sure that students have the opportunity to be fitted for jackets before ordering, which will need to take place in person.

General Course Registration Questions:

Q: How do I make an enrolment appointment?

A: Enrolment appointments are issued to you in SOLUS on August 4 and will be scheduled for a specific date depending on your year of study. You do not need to schedule this appointment yourself.

Q: Where do I register for my courses?

A: You register for your courses in Queen’s online student centre, SOLUS (my.queensu.ca).

Q: When can I register in Fall and Winter courses?

A: Enrolment appointments will be issued to you within SOLUS on August 4th, which will indicate the specified date and time that you can begin enrolling in courses. First year enrolment appointments are August 10/11 and second year enrolment appointments are scheduled for August 24. You will have from your enrolment appointment until August 26 to enrol in courses. After August 26, there will be a brief hiatus until August 31. During this time, reserve capacities are lifted, meaning that many courses that initially had restrictions on who could enrol in a course would be removed, with open enrolment beginning on August 31. Students will be able to continue to enrol, swap, add Fall courses until September 21, or drop courses until November 2 . You will have the opportunity to adjust your enrolment in Winter term courses as Winter term draws nearer (December – January) in case you have changed your mind about your Winter course choices.

Q: I can’t find the course that I want to take. What should I do now?

A: Before reaching out for assistance, make sure that your search criteria is in the appropriate term (fall or winter), the appropriate subject or course code, and that the appropriate course career is selected. For courses that are typically run on-campus (despite being remote for the upcoming academic year), make sure “Undergraduate” course career is selected. For courses that are typically only available online, make sure “Undergraduate Online” course career is selected. If all of these search criteria seem correct, make sure the box that indicates “Show Open Classes Only” is not selected. This will allow you to add yourself to the waitlist if the class has one.

Q: The course I want to take has spaces in it, but I can’t enrol. What now?

A: This could be occurring for two reasons. It could be that there is a reserve capacity set for the course, meaning that during your enrolment appointment, the spaces in the course are reserved for students who are registered in a particular program. The good news is that most reserve capacities are lifted during open enrolment (August 31, 2020). The second reason could be that you do not have the prerequisites for the course (e.g. academic, year standing, or program). Typically, in SOLUS, you would receive an error indicating this when you try and register.

Q: Can you explain waitlists?

A: SOLUS has a waitlist process so that you can be placed on a waitlist in the event a spot opens up. You can add yourself to a waitlist prior to open enrollment. If there is space at open enrollment, you will be automatically enrolled into the course (as long as you have space in your schedule and the proper prerequisites). 
For more information on waitlists, please see the guides provided under ‘Course Enrolment’: https://bhsc.queensu.ca/current-students/guides  

Q: The course that I want to take is full. What now?

A: If the course that you are wanting to take is a one-semester class, it likely has a waitlist that you can add yourself to. When open enrolment begins (August 31), you will be taken off the waitlist and registered in the course if a spot is made available. If the course you want to take is a full-year course or the waitlist is full, check back during open enrolment to see if a space has opened up during this time.

Q: Are we allowed to take 6 courses in a term?

A: A typical full course load would be 5 courses per term. While you are allowed to register in up to 6 courses per term without requiring Program permission, we typically do not recommend this in your first year as you adjust to your new learning environment.

Q: How do we properly enrol in full year courses (i.e. CHEM 112)?

A: Many of the full year courses that you may take as an option or elective in 1st year will have multiple sections and may have both lab and lecture components. To properly enrol in these courses, be sure to select both A (Fall) and B (Winter) parts of the course so that you enroll in the full 6.0 units. Make sure that you register in the same lab and lecture sections for both Fall and Winter (e.g. Section 001, 002). Make sure that you select both a lab and lecture section if both are components of a specified course.

Q: Is there a way to plan a timetable before actually picking our courses on SOLUS? Where can we go for advice?

A: While as a first year student, your enrolment appointment will be scheduled for August 10/11, you will gain access to your shopping cart beginning on August 4. This will allow you to fill your cart with various courses to determine what would work best for your schedule for the upcoming year. You can learn more here under ‘Course Enrollment’; https://bhsc.queensu.ca/current-students/guides. In addition to this, please feel free to reach out to the Bachelor of Health Sciences advising team (bhscadvisor@queensu.ca) for planning support.

Q: Is there somewhere that I can check to make sure that my courses are fulfilling my degree requirements and to determine what requirements remain?

A: In SOLUS, you can access your Academic Advisement Report (AAR) that will outline which core, option, and elective requirements you have fulfilled, and which remain for degree completion. You can learn more about it here under the ‘Reports’ section: https://bhsc.queensu.ca/current-students/guides . 

Q: Do the core courses automatically populate in your cart or do you add them?

A: You will be automatically enrolled in your core courses, which means that they will not appear in your shopping cart at any point, they will just be in your timetable. It is likely that if you navigate SOLUS now, that you are already enrolled in these courses, however the last date that they would be loaded in SOLUS is August 7, 2020.

Q: If I have a question during course registration, who do I contact?

A: If you have a question while you are registering for courses, there are a few different ways you can ask the program for help. You can type your question into our website Live Chat which will be monitored during business hours and will be live beginning the week of August 4. You can email your questions to bhsc@queensu.ca and they will get back to you as soon as is feasible. For this year, please do not call the BHSc Program Office as we are working remotely. Please do not contact the Faculty of Arts and Science even if the course you are trying to register in is offered by the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Q: Why are winter courses listed as “TBD” in SOLUS? 

A: As you know, first year students recently received an email indicating that Winter 2021 would also be delivered remotely for first year students. With this information, as soon as these details are finalized, they will be made available. Please view the winter schedule as a ‘list of courses to be offered’ that term. You can and should proceed to register in winter courses with the understanding that scheduling details (e.g. times) may change, and you will have an opportunity to make adjustments to their schedule later in the Fall term if you need to. Details on how to make adjustments to your schedule will be communicated once this process is finalized. 

We know that this is strange—it is for us, too. We are with you every step of the way, and will be updating our website as more information becomes available: https://bhsc.queensu.ca/current-students/fall2020 . 

Learning Track Questions:

Q: Do I need to register in courses for a particular learning track in 1st year?

A: The core courses that you are registered in in 1st year will prepare you for each of the six learning tracks, except Molecular Basis of Biology, which requires registration in first year chemistry (CHEM 112 or CHEM 113/114).

Q: When do I need to declare a learning track?

A: Learning tracks should be unofficially declared after first year/as you begin second year. You will receive an email prompting you to reach out to bhscadvisor@queensu.ca indicating your desired learning track(s). Remember, that these are entirely optional. Official declaration, to ensure that they appear on your transcript, will not occur until the beginning of your 4th year (completion of 90.0 units).

Q: Do learning tracks appear on transcripts and degrees?

A: Your selected learning track(s) will appear as an Option on your transcript, indicating your specialization. It will not appear on your physical degree.

Q: What are the advantages of optional learning tracks?

A: Having your learning track appear on your transcript may provide a clear indication of your specialization when applying to certain graduate programs. Many students like having this notation on their transcript as something to speak to in cover letters, resumes, and interviews.

Remote 1st Year Questions:

Q: How will a remote year affect my application to professional or graduate schools?

A: As the effect that COVID 19 is having on your first year at university is clarified, the program and University are actively working to ensure that learning outcomes are achieved and the quality of the learning experience is maintained. Due to the newness of these announcements, most graduate and professional programs are just now working through their requirements and if/how they will be affected by the pandemic. We can assure you that the program will do everything possible to advocate for our students and their qualifications for professional programs, despite their altered learning environment this year.

Q: Given that 1st year will be delivered remotely in both Fall and Winter semesters, do we still need to be concerned about a scheduling conflict and will a timetable still be generated?

A: A number of courses, as you’ll see in SOLUS, still have specific timeslots that are specified, therefore it may still be possible to have scheduling conflicts when registering in courses. Given the upcoming year, you can always try reaching out to the instructor for the course to ask whether it is possible to register in the course despite the conflict, but it may not be possible.

Q: For courses taken remotely this year, will they show up as being taken online on my transcript?

A: Courses show up as the course code and name on transcripts, rather than indicating whether they were taken online or on-campus.

Q: Are the decisions for remote delivery concrete or are they subject to change?

A: The program and University are making decisions as best as we can under current guidelines and while also considering the unique circumstances of our location, programs, and student population. It is unlikely that the decision for a remote Fall and Winter for 1st year students would change, but if there is a change, we will certainly keep you well informed.

Q: How will laboratory components in full year courses be handled this upcoming academic year?

A: Your only first year core course with a laboratory component is ANAT 100, and this component will be handled through use of a Virtual Cadaver software that is currently used in the online offering of the course. For courses that are offered outside of the Health Sciences program, how they fulfill laboratory requirements in the upcoming year is at their discretion. All Queen’s programs and departments are devising innovative and appropriate ways to ensure that all learning outcomes for each individual course are fulfilled.

Q: Is there any possibility of doing the 'flipped classroom' virtually in the upcoming year?

A: This will be at the discretion of the professor for each course. In making this decision, we want to ensure that we are considering accessibility for all of our live online sessions and ensuring that no one is disadvantaged if a live session occurs that they are unable to attend.

Q: With all our courses being delivered remotely for this upcoming academic year, will students living near or on-campus have access to gym, libraries, etc.?

A: The University is making as decisions as best as we can based on the current provincial and public health guidelines in regards to re-opening our facilities. For the most up-to-date information, we recommend visiting the websites of these services directly.

Athletics & Recreation Centre: https://rec.gogaelsgo.com/news/2020/4/30/COVIDUPDATE.aspx

Libraries: https://library.queensu.ca/help-services/covid-19-updates-library-services-operations

Q: How will extracurriculars be accessed? Will first year students still have the opportunity to get involved in them?

A: At this time, we expect that extracurriculars such as clubs will decide how to run on a case-by-case basis. Some have already moved to a remote format, while others may take a hiatus and return when students are able to access them on-campus. For clubs, you can visit the AMS club page and find the contact information and updates for the groups you are interested in. Many clubs and extracurricular groups also have Facebook or Instagram pages which will be providing updates.