Course Selection for First Year Students
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Consult the guide below for a step-by-step approach to finding the courses that you should take for your first year in the BAS program. If you want more information about how to actually add and drop courses using the website, as well as other general information about course selection and selection windows, click here. If you're looking for more information about your first year at Guelph, check out the official guide!
First Semester Course Selection
1. Most first year students select five courses (2.50 credits) for their first semester. The recommended structure is: ASCI*1110, 2 arts and 2 sciences. Your course selection will be influenced by the specializations you plan to pursue.
|Mandatory Core Course||ASCI*1110|
|Social Science Course||SOC*1100|
2. All first semester BAS students must select ASCI*1110 Society and Inquiry I. Schedule this lecture first with any corresponding seminars.
3. Select two (2) science courses. The 2 courses you will pick in first semester will be determined by what science minor you are considering. You will choose two more science courses in your second semester. Use the following chart to help you choose which science courses to register for:
If you choose this BAS
|...the suggested first year sciences include:|
|Applied Geomatics||CIS*1300 or CIS*1500, minimum of [.50] 1000 level GEOG: GEOG*1200, GEOG*1220, GEOG*1300, GEOG*1350|
|Biochemistry||BIOL*1090, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050, BIOC*2580|
|Biology||BIOL*1070, BIOL*1090 - can take BIOL*1080 too but not needed|
|Biotechnology||BIOL*1090, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050, BIOC*2580|
(MATH*1200 & MATH*1210 are not required to complete a CHEM minor, but are needed for physical chemistry and chemistry of the elements courses.)
Computing & Information Science
|CIS*1300, CIS*1910, CIS*2500|
|Ecology||BIOL*1070, BIOL*1090, GEOG*1300 or GEOG*1220, STAT*2040|
|Mathematical Sciences||CIS*1300 or CIS*1500, MATH*1080 or MATH*1200, MATH*1090 or MATH*1210, and MATH*1160|
|Microbiology||BIOL*1090, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050|
|Molecular Biology & Genetics||BIOL*1090, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050|
|Neuroscience||BIOL*1090, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050 and from Social Sciences PSYC*1000, PSYC*1010|
|Nutrition & Nutraceutical Sciences||BIOL*1090, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050, STAT*2040|
|Plant Sciences||BIOL*1090, BIOL*1070, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050|
|Physics||IPS*1510 or [MATH*1210 and one of: PHYS*1010, PHYS*1070, or PHYS*1130]|
Vet hopefuls additionally need/are helpful for summer senior level ZOO: CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050, STAT*2040
If there are only one or two courses listed in the chart, that means you have some choice in the other science courses you take as part of your core. It is important to think about prerequisites for upper level courses when deciding which science foundation courses you will take. If you have any questions about this, talk to your program counsellor.
The following course codes can count towards your science core requirements: BIOC*2580, BIOL*1070, BIOL*1080, BIOL*1090, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050, CIS*1300, CIS*2500, GEOG*1300, GEOG*2460, IPS*1500, IPS*1510, MATH*1080, MATH*1090, MATH*1200, MATH*1210, PHYS*1070, PHYS*1080, PHYS*1300, STAT*2040, STAT*2050.
If you are unsure what science minor you are interested in pursuing, it's recommended you review the pathways above, and consider which courses truly interest you. Taking courses of interest most often leads students to their preferred areas of study.
BAS students are restricted from taking BIOM*2000, BOT*1200, MBG*1000 and BIOL*1500 because they are science courses intended for arts/social science students with little or no background in the sciences.
To view the requirements for each science specialization, you can find a complete listing of all available science programs in the Bachelor of Science Degree Program section of the Current Course Calendar under section X (10), Degree Programs.
4. Select two (2) arts or social science courses (preferably one Arts and one Social Science per semester):
If you choose this BAS
|Suggested Courses Include:|
|Art History||ARTH*1510, ARTH*1520|
|Arts Management||HUMN*1300 (Offered in Winter semesters only)|
|Black Canadian Studies||BLCK*1000|
|Business||ACCT*1220, ECON*1050, MCS*1000|
|Business Economics||ACCT*1220, ECON*1050, ECON*1100, one of (IPS*1500, MATH*1080, MATH*1200, or MATH*1030)|
|Classical Studies||CLAS*1000 and either (GREK*1100 & GREK*1110), or (LAT*1100 & LAT*1110)|
|Creative Writing||ENGL*1080 and CRWR*1000|
|Criminal Justice and Public Policy||PHIL*1010, SOC*1500|
|Culture and Technology Studies||CTS*1000|
|European Studies||EURO*1100, and ONE of: (FREN*1200+FREN*1300); (GERM*1100+GERM*1110); (ITAL*1060+ITAL*1070); OR (SPAN*1100+SPAN*1110).
Students who come with a background in one of these language should consult with the course instructor to see which level they should take.
|Family and Child Studies||NUTR*1010, FRHD*1010, FRHD*1020|
|French Studies||FREN*1200, FREN*1300
Students should consult the following chart to see which first year course they should select.
|Geography||Two of: GEOG*1200, GEOG*1220, GEOG*1300|
|History||HIST*1050. One of: HIST*1010, HIST*1150, HIST*1250|
|International Development Studies||IDEV*1000, PSYC*1000|
|Italian||ITAL*1060, ITAL*1070, HUMN*2020 (NOTE: HUMN*2020 is only offered in winter semesters of even-numbered years.)|
|Marketing||ECON*1050, MCS*1000, PSYC*1000|
|Media & Cinema Studies||THST*1200|
|Museum Studies||ARTH*1510, ARTH*1520|
|Music||See this link: lots of options: Music (MUSC) < University of Guelph (uoguelph.ca)|
|Philosophy||ONE of: (PHIL*1000, PHIL*1010, PHIL*1030, PHIL*1050)|
|Sexualities, Genders and Social Change||SXGN*1000, SXGN*1010|
|Spanish and Hispanic Studies||
|Studio Art||SART*1050, SART*1060, ONE OF: ARTH*1510, or ARTH*1520 (in Winter semester)|
|Theatre Studies||THST*1040, THST*1190, THST*1270|
If there are only one or two courses listed in the chart, that means you have some choice in the other arts courses you take as part of your first year core. You arts core consists of 2.0 credits - 1.0 from College of Arts and 1.0 from the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences. If you don't have room to complete this in first year on top of your minor requirements - no worries. You can finish it in second year!
Remember that you want 1.0 credits from College of Arts from two distinct subject areas (ie. English and History, not two English), and 1.0 from two distinct areas from College of Social and Applied Human Sciences credits as well. The following course codes can count towards your arts core requirements:
IN THE COLLEGE OF ARTS: ARAB - ARABIC; ARTH - ART HISTORY; BLCK – BLACK CANADIAN STUDIES, CHIN - MANDARIN; CLAS - CLASSICAL STUDIES; CTS – CULTURAL AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES; ENGL - ENGLISH; EURO - EUROPEAN STUDIES; FREN - FRENCH STUDIES; GERM - GERMAN STUDIES; GREK - GREEK; HIST - HISTORY; HUMN - HUMANITIES; INDG – INDIGENOUS STUDIES; ITAL - ITALIAN STUDIES; LAT - LATIN STUDIES; LING - LINGUISTICS; MUSC - MUSIC; PHIL - PHILOSOPHY; PORT - PORTUGUESE; SART –STUDIO ART; SPAH- SPANISH & HISPANIC STUDIES; SXGN – SEXUALITIES, GENDERS AND SOCIAL CHANGE, THST - THEATRE STUDIES
COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND APPLIED HUMAN SCIENCES: ANTH - ANTHROPOLOGY; ECON - ECONOMICS; FRHD – FAMILY RELATIONS & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT; GEOG - GEOGRAPHY; IDS – INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT STUDIES ISS - INTERDISCIPLINARY SOCIAL SCIENCE; POLS - POLITICAL SCIENCE; PSYC - PSYCHOLOGY; SOAN - SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY; SOC - SOCIOLOGY; WMST – WOMEN’S STUDIES; UNIV – INTERDISCIPLINARY UNIVERSITY
** All first year students should strongly consider taking a UNIV*1200 First Year Seminar course in their first year. These unique seminars are only available to first year students and are taught by many interesting and engaging staff and faculty from across campus, including the President and other University of Guelph administration. With restricted enrollment in each seminar (approx. 18 students), these courses give students a chance to engage and participate in a terrific academic experience in a small classroom setting, exploring and studying unique and interdisciplinary topics. More information on these courses can be found on the First Year Seminars website.
Course Selection Beyond First Year
As you plan your degree and the courses you are going to take in a semester, it will be important that you check your academic calendar to make sure that you're on the right track with your requisite courses. If you aren't sure, you can always check our page on general course selection, or get in touch with your Program Counsellor.