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First Year Science


Regardless of your preferred science discipline, your first year at the Markham campus will provide excellent learning opportunities and prepare you for success through the rest of your degree program.

First Year Science students at Markham will benefit from innovative course design, flexible learning formats, and smaller class sizes that promote networking and collaborative learning. Students completing their first year at the Markham campus can fulfill all first-year-course requirements for the programs below.

  • Life Sciences: Biology, Biomedical Science, Biotechnology
  • Chemical Sciences: Biochemistry, Chemistry

In their second year, students will transition to the Keele campus to complete their degree requirements. At Keele they can also further enrich their learning with experiential education opportunities such as co-ops and internships.

General Admission Requirements for First Year Science Program


  • English (ENG4U)
  • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)

At least one of the following:

  • Biology (SBI4U)
  • Chemistry (SCH4U)
  • Physics (SPH4U)

Recommended 12U Courses for Specific Bachelor of Science (BSc) Pathways

Life Science

Biomedical Science

Admission Requirements
  • Recommended: SPH4U
  • Minimum admission average: low 80s – mid 80s

Chemical Science


Admission Requirements
  • Recommended: SPH4U
  • Minimum admission average: high 70s – mid 80s


Admission Requirements
  • ENG4U, MHF4U, SCH4U, one additional 4U or M science
  • Recommended: SPH4U, MCV4U
  • Minimum admission average: high 70s – low 80s


  • Highest level Biology
  • Highest level Chemistry
  • Highest level Mathematics

Requirements will vary depending on your curriculum. To see a full list of course equivalents, please visit:

Typical First-Year Courses

  • Cells, Molecular Biology & Genetics
  • Evolution, Ecology, Biodiversity & Conservation
  • Chemical Structures
  • Chemical Dynamics
  • Physics with Life Science Applications I & II
  • Mathematics for Biological & Health Sciences I & II
  • Applied Calculus I & II

How to Apply

  1. Complete an Online Application Form.
  2. Pay the application fee.
  3. Submit supporting documents through the York University online portal, MyFile.
    • Within four business days of application, you will receive a confirmation email with your nine-digit student reference number, which will allow you to access your MyFile account and upload your documents.
    • It is important to check your MyFile regularly for any documents you are required to submit and updates to the status of your application.
    • More information about supporting documents, document processing times and decision processing times is available on the I’ve Applied page.

Important Note: Deadlines for each entry period (Fall, Winter & Summer) can be found on the York University Future Students Website.

After the First Year

A degree from the Faculty of Science opens the door to many different pathways and opportunities. York Science offers an ideal learning environment to achieve your highest potential. Our programs are known for academic excellence, with professors who are committed to your success.

Our Experiential Education Coordinator provides career support services to students looking to engage in experiential learning, including co-op and internship workshops, resume help, interview prep, and much more.

The Career Center at York offers free support and resources to students such as career development workshops, one-on-one appointments, networking events, and job boards.