Program News

New Programs

Western is delighted to announce the introduction of the following new degree, diploma and certificate programs. For more information, visit the the Western website.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

  • New Honors Specialization in French Studies

Faculty of Engineering

  • New BESc in Biomedical Engineering (BME) Program

Faculty of Health Sciences (School of Kinesiology) 

  • New Honors Specialization in Professional Kinesiology

Faculty of Social Sciences

  • New Honors Specialization in Politics, Philosophy and Economics – Politics and Philosophy (PPE-P)
  • New Honors Specialization in Politics, Philosophy and Economics – Economics (PPE-E)
  • New Honors Specialization in International Relations/HBA Combined Degree Program
  • New Major and an Honors Specialization in Democratic Governance 
  • New Major and an Honors Specialization in Global Justice
  • DAN Management & Organizational Studies: New Specialization and an Honors Specialization in Management and Legal Studies

Faculty of Science

  • New Major and an Honors Specialization in Data Science

Faculty of Science (Medical Sciences)

  • New Honors Specialization in Biochemistry and Cancer Biology

Program Changes

Name Changes

  • Bachelor of Music with Honors in Music History: Western Arts Music Program has been renamed as the Bachelor of Music with Honors in Music History

Admissions Updates

Please see the reminders and recommendations below.

Commercial Aviation Mangement   


  • Mandatory Supplementary Application form due February 15.
  • Flight Option:
    • A valid Transport Canada Category 1 Medical Certificate is required before flight training can begin
    • Two hours of small aircraft flying time is highly recommended
    • Physics SPH4U is recommended

Health Sciences


  • Students considering the Honors Specialization in Health Sciences with Biology will need Chemistry SCH4U in order to fulfill the first year Chemistry requirements of the module.



  • A Grade 12 U level Math and Grade 11 or 12 U level Physics are recommended to prepare for senior Kinesiology subjects in biomechanics, research methods and statistics.
  • It is strongly recommended that students interested in the BSc program take an additional Science course from: Chemistry SCH4U, Calculus and Vectors MCV4U, Advanced Functions MHF4U, or Physics SPH4U. 
  • Chemistry SCH4U is a prerequisite for first year Chemistry courses.

Managment & Organizational Studies  


  • Calculus and Vectors MCV4U and/or a university Calculus course is required prior to taking mandatory upper-year Economics courses in Finance and pursuing a Major or Honors Specialization in Economics.



  • Audition, Interview, Piano Proficiency and Theory Placement requirements for each program can be found on the Faculty of Music website.

Medical Sciences 


  • Although Western offers first year Physics courses that do not require secondary school Physics as a prerequisite, it is strongly recommended that students complete Physics, SPH4U



  • First year Biology and Chemistry courses require Biology SBI4U and Chemistry SCH4U, respectively.
  • First year Biology and Chemistry courses are required for all modules offered by the Department of Biology and for some modules offered by the Department of Chemistry and other Science departments.

Social Science 


  • Specializations and Majors in Psychology require a first-year university math course; therefore, any 4U math is highly recommended for this program.
  • Math is helpful as a preparation for Sociology and Geography programs.
  • Advanced Functions (MHF4U) and Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) are required for all Economics modules.
  • Biology (SBI4U), Chemistry (SCH4U) and Physics (SPH4U) are highly recommended for the BSc in Psychology – see Western's Calendar.