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. Note, the below information is for students who started their degree in the 2019/20 Academic year. 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!
Steps for Selecting Courses in Your First Semester:
Most students choose to take five courses in their first semester. We recommend following these steps during your first two or three semesters:
- Step 1: Select your ASCI core course. In your first semester, you'll be taking ASCI*1110. (More about picking ASCI courses)
- Step 2: Select science courses. Usually students select two science courses in first semester, and another two in second semester. These sciences courses will act as prerequisites for upper year science courses. (More about picking science courses)
- Step 3: Select courses in the arts/social sciences. (More about picking arts courses)
Selecting the right art, science, social science courses will depend on your interests and which specializations you are considering. If you already know what minors you plan to complete, then consult the two tables below to find out what core courses you should take. If you aren't sure but have a general sense of what you want to study, then choose a few minors that you might like and find one or two courses that are common to those minors. If you are totally undecided on what you would like to pursue, take courses that will help you answer this question! Browse through the list of ASCI science core courses (found here) is limited; reading through it may help to narrow down your interests.
Click here for more information about ASCI courses in first, second and upper years.
In order to complete your BAS degree, you are required to complete 3.00 ASCI credits (which equates to five or six ASCI courses) before you graduate, three of which must be ASCI*1110, ASCI*1120, and ASCI*2050. We strongly recommend completing those three ASCI courses during your first three semesters in that order: ASCI*1110 in the fall semester of your first year, ASCI*1120 in the following winter semester, and ASCI*2050 in the fall semester of your second year.
There are two factors to consider when you are selecting your science courses in first year:
(1) Selecting courses that fit into your science core* and/or the minor you will eventually complete
(2) Selecting courses that will build pre-requisites for future science courses
*You require 2.00 core science credits to complete your BAS degree which come from the approved list.
All of the courses in the table below are either mandatory for their minors, are prerequisites for upper-level courses that you will need to take, OR are suggested Science Core courses. You can also browse the undergraduate calendar for each minor by clicking on its name to find out more about what you'll need to take in upper years.
There are two factors to consider when you are selecting your arts/social science courses in first year:
(1) Selecting courses that fit into your Arts/Social Science core* and/or the minor (see chart below) you will eventually complete
(2) Selecting courses that will build pre-requisites for future Arts/Social Science courses
*There is no fixed list of core courses for your 2.00 Arts/Social Science credits. Instead, you are required to take four courses from four different subject areas with two of these courses coming from the College of Arts and two of these courses coming from the College of Social & Applied Human Sciences (or the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics). In other words, you must have the following before you graduate:
- At least one course in any Arts/Humanities subject under the College of Arts.
- At least one course in any other Arts/Humanities subject under the College of Arts. (e.g. You could take a French course and a music course)
- At least one course in any Social Science subject under the College of Social/Applied Human Sciences
- At least one course in any other Social Science subject under the College of Social/Applied Human Sciences, etc. (e.g. You could take an economics course and a sociology course)
You can do this in any order and at any grade level. You don't need to do this in first year - if there's a third-year history course that really appeals to you and doesn't have any specific prerequisites, then you could wait until your third or fourth year to take that course.
If you know which Arts minor you will be selecting, or are trying to choose between multiple options you can use the below table to help see which first year courses go towards that minor. You can also browse the undergraduate calendar for each minor by clicking on its name to find out more about what you'll need to take in upper years.
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.