The Bachelor of Humanities and Biology offers broad training in the Liberal Arts and Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry. It is designed for students who intend to apply to Medical School but can be taken simply out of a desire to combine Humanities with Science training. Students combine the insights into nature given by modern science with the insights into the human spirit given by the Great Books.

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Francis Bakewell (B.Hum. 2010), Resident Physician in Emergency Medicine, Ottawa Hospital.

Science and the Great Books

Students spend 8 dedicated credits in Science, and 9 credits in the Humanities, and have 3 electives to spend as they wish.

Year One Year Two Year Three Year Four
Core — Foundational Myths & Histories Core — Reason and Revelation Core — Culture and Imagination Core — Politics, Modernity & the Common Good
Greek & Roman Literature Origin of Judaism, Christianity, & Islam European Literature One Research Seminar
Religious Practice Biochemistry & Genetics History of Art or History of Music Advanced Biology or Biochemistry
Introductory Biology Microbiology or Ecology, & Plant or Animal Biology Organic Chemistry Advanced Biology or Biochemistry
Introductory Chemistry Upper-year elective course Upper-year elective course Advanced Biology or Biochemistry

Students can choose between a more and a less mathematics-and-laboratory intensive version of the degree, depending on whether or not they plan to go to Medical School. Please consult the course progression chart for the Bachelor of Humanities and Biology degree for details. See also the overview of other Humanities degree streams.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Humanities and Biology

Since the program’s inception in 2008, many Bachelor of Humanities and Biology graduates have gone on to careers in medicine and other related health fields. To read about their career paths please see our Alumni Profiles.

Aleksander Godlewski, B.Hum. and Biology 2015

How to Apply to the Bachelor of Humanities and Biology

Please consult our How to Apply page. The Humanities and Biology instructions are under “Option B — Bachelor of Humanities with Biology — CBD.”