About

Cellular, physiological and pharmacological sciences is the study of the structure, function and development of organisms at the molecular, subcellular, cellular, tissue and organ levels. It investigates the functions and mechanisms of major systems of the human body and studies the effects and mode of action of drugs which modify major body systems.


Quick facts
  • Three- or four-year degree
  • Full- or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

You will study human anatomy, cell biology, neurobiology, skeletal biology, embryonic development, histology, and anatomical imaging. You will also study the properties of chemical compounds in relation to their interactions with living organisms and examine the basis for the discovery and study of drug actions either as therapeutic agents or as tools in physiological research. These fields can be used to advance medical science with clinical relevance to osteoarthritis, Alzheimer's disease, peripheral nerve damage and repair, multiple sclerosis, aging, cancer and pain.

A first-year schedule sample

This degree program is flexible and offers you the opportunity to take courses in many different subject areas. Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:

Course Description

Fall Term
BIOL 120 The Nature of Life
CHEM 112 General Chemistry I Structure Bonding and Properties of Materials
PHYS 115 Physics and the Universe
MATH 125* Mathematics for the Life Sciences
HIST 165* History Matters Health and Society

Winter Term
CHEM 115 General Chemistry II Chemical Processes
PHYS 117 Physics for the Life Sciences
ARCH 112* The Human Journey Introduction to Archaeology and Biological Anthropology
PSY 120* Biological and Cognitive Bases of Psychology
BMSC 200 Biomolecules

* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

  • ACB 310: Basic Human Anatomy
    This course covers the structure and functions of the human body. All major body systems are surveyed via lectures and practical laboratory sessions that focus on the direct study of human tissues.

  • ACB 325: Advanced Cell Biology
    Recent concepts in the regulation of cell signaling, motility and chromatin dynamics are discussed, with a focus on how these processes are regulated, and involved in select disease pathogenesis, aging, pain and therapeutic interventions. Consideration is also given to the experimental findings and approaches leading to these insights.

  • PHPY 302: Human Physiology Transport Systems
    This course begins with an introduction to the physiology of the muscle types powering the respiratory pump, the heart and controlling the distribution of blood, before moving to a study of the physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular and renal systems.

Opportunities
This program provides an excellent foundation of knowledge in the biomedical and anatomical sciences if you are seeking subsequent admission into professional health science schools such as medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, chiropractic medicine, veterinary medicine and optometry.

This program also prepares you to be well qualified to progress into more advanced biomedical research training at the master's and Ph.D. levels.

Hands-on experience
You will receive a comprehensive education of anatomy, physiology and pharmacology along with hands-on experience in experimental techniques.

Careers

Preparation for professional health science programs and graduate studies: The cellular, physiological and pharmacological sciences program provides an excellent foundation in the biomedical sciences for students seeking subsequent admission into professional health science schools such as medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, chiropractic, veterinary medicine and optometry. Cellular, physiological and pharmacological sciences graduates are also well qualified to progress into more advanced biomedical research training in the master's and Ph.D. levels.

Other careers:
(Note that some of the following positions may require further education or qualifications, depending on the hiring institution and the jurisdiction in which the position is found).

Research and lab positions: A variety of technical positions are available in academia (e.g., universities and colleges), industry (e.g. biotechnology, private research firms, biomedical supply, and pharmaceutical companies), government (e.g. agricultural and food agencies and police forensic laboratories) and the healthcare system (e.g. medical labs).

Communications: Cellular, physiological and pharmacological sciences studies may lead to a career in technical writing for textbooks and/or government and industry reports.

Business: Cellular, physiological and pharmacological sciences graduates may obtain sales, consulting or management positions in science-related private sector companies such as pharmaceutical and biomedical supply firms.

Regulatory/Law: Cellular, physiological and pharmacological sciences graduates may be employed by regulatory bodies such as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration to develop government policies and procedures.

Tuition estimates

Canadian students International students
Tuition $6,608 $18,040
Fees $947 $947
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $9,055 $20,487

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load, the maximum number of courses allowed (2019-2020 Canadian dollar rates).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

These Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Cellular, Physiological and Pharmacological Science degrees are offered by University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:

To decide which option is the right fit, you should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies.

Admission requirements and deadlines

Deadlines

Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
Winter
January 2021
Dec 1, 2020
Documents due: Dec 15, 2020
Oct 1, 2020
Documents due: Oct 15, 2020
Spring
May 2021
Apr 1, 2021
Documents due: May 1, 2021
Feb 1, 2021
Documents due: Mar 1, 2021
Summer
July 2021
May 1, 2021
Documents due: Jun 1, 2021
Mar 1, 2021
Documents due: Apr 1, 2021
Fall
September 2021
Aug 15, 2021
Documents due: Aug 15, 2021
May 1, 2021
Documents due: Jun 1, 2021
Winter
January 2022
Dec 1, 2021
Documents due: Dec 15, 2021
Sep 1, 2021
Documents due: Oct 1, 2021

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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