Queen's School of Computing
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We are the pioneers in undergraduate Biomedical Computing, one of the most promising fields in health research. This innovative program combines the problem-solving capabilities of Computer Science with the most advanced techniques of the life sciences, resulting in endless possibilities for improving health care. Courses in this multi-disciplinary program include: Computer-Integrated Surgery, Genetics, Computational Biology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Artificial Intelligence, and Software Development. This program is suitable for many careers, including medicine and medical research.

Degree Outline

What follows is a list of the required unit credits for the Biomedical Computing program. This information is meant as a guide and is subject to change. The precise and up-to-date requirements for Computing degree plans can be found online in the Arts and Science Calendar. In case of discrepancies, the calendar should be considered as the official definition.

Typical 4-years honours programs consist of 120 unit credits. A one-term course is worth 3 units, while a full year (two-term) course is worth 6 units. All courses listed below are 3 units unless specified with a /6.0 after the course code.

Computing Prerequisite Chart
Prerequisite Chart
  • BIOL 102 Introductory Biology of Cells
  • BIOL 103 Introductory Biology of Organisms
  • CHEM 112 General Chemistry
  • CISC 121 Introduction to Computing Science I
  • CISC 124 Introduction to Computing Science II
  • One of the following Linear Algebra options:
    1. MATH 112 Linear Algebra
      and
      CISC 102 Discrete Mathematics for Computing Science I
    2. MATH 111/6.0 Linear Algebra
      and
      CISC 102 Discrete Mathematics for Computing Science I
    3. MATH 110/6.0 Linear Algebra
  • One of the following Calculus options:
    1. MATH 120/6.0 Differential and Integral Calculus
    2. MATH 121/6.0 Differential and Integral Calculus
    3. MATH 123 Differential and Integral Calculus I
      and
      MATH 124 Differential and Integral Calculus II
  • BIOL 205 Mendelian and Molecular Genetics
  • MBIO 218 Gene Structure and Function
  • STAT 263 Introduction to Statistics
    or another Statistics course option (see calendar for complete list).
  • CISC 203 Discrete Mathematics for Computing Science II
  • CISC 204 Logic for Computing Science
  • CISC 220 System-Level Programming
  • CISC 221 Computer Architecture
  • CISC 223 Software Specifications
  • CISC 235 Information Structures
  • CISC 271 Linear Data Analytics
  • One of the following courses:
    • BIOL 334 Comparative Biochemistry
    • BCHM 315 Proteins and Enzymes
  • BIOL 331 Analytical Genomics
  • CISC 320 Software Development
  • CISC 330 Computer-Integrated Surgery
  • CISC 332 Database Management Systems
  • CISC 352 Artificial Intelligence
  • CISC 360 Programming Paradigms
  • CISC 365 Algorithms I
  • CISC 471 Computational Biology
  • CISC 472 Medical Informatics
  • CISC 497 Social, Ethical and Legal Issues in Computing
  • 9.0 units from:
    • Any ANAT, BIOL, BCHM, CANC, CISC, CRSS, DDHT, EPID, LISC, MBIO, MICR, PATH, PHAR, PHGY at the 300-level or above.
    • CHEM 281 General Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM 282 General Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM 285 General Organic Chemistry II (with Virtual Laboratory)
    • COMM 365 Advanced Business Decision Modeling
    • ELEC 470 Computer System Architecture
    • ELEC 471 Computer Networks I
    • ELEC 476 System Simulation
    • ELEC 478 Computer Networks II
    • MATH 337 Introduction to Operations Research Models
    • MATH 401 Graph Theory
    • MATH 402 Enumerative Combinatorics
    • MATH 434 Optimization Theory and Applications
    • MATH 474 Information Theory
    • PHGY 214/6.0 Mammalian Physiology
    • PHGY 215 Principles of Mammalian Physiology I
    • PHGY 216 Principles of Mammalian Physiology II
  • One of the following project courses:
    • CISC 499 Advanced Undergraduate Project
    • CISC 500/6.0 Advanced Research Project

Admission Requirements

Admission to a degree program in the Faculty of Arts and Science from an Ontario Secondary School is based on the completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Please see Admissions for details.

How to Apply

Apply at the Ontario Universities Application Centre using the program code QD (Queen's University, Computing).

Upon completion of second year, students must declare that they are entering the Biomedical Computing Subject of Specialization.

More Info

More information may be obtained by sending mail to undergrad@cs.queensu.ca or by contacting the Biomedical Computing advisor:

For information about our Biomedical Computation Computing Major option, click here.