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. ​​​​​​

Example
Mandatory Core Course ASCI*1110
Science Course BIOL*1090
Science Course CHEM*1040
Arts Course THST*1200
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
Science Minor, then..

...the suggested first year sciences include:
Agriculture BIOL*1070, CHEM*1040
Applied Geomatics CIS*1300 or CIS*1500, minimum of [.50] 1000 level GEOG: GEOG*1200GEOG*1220GEOG*1300GEOG*1350
Biochemistry BIOL*1090, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050, BIOC*2580
Biology BIOL*1070BIOL*1090 - can take BIOL*1080 too but not needed
Biotechnology BIOL*1090, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050, BIOC*2580
Chemistry CHEM*1040CHEM*1050
(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*1300CIS*1910CIS*2500
Ecology BIOL*1070BIOL*1090GEOG*1300 or GEOG*1220STAT*2040
Mathematics
MATH*1080 or MATH*1200MATH*1090 or MATH*1210CIS*1910 or MATH*2000, and MATH*1160
Mathematical Sciences CIS*1300 or CIS*1500MATH*1080 or MATH*1200MATH*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*1000PSYC*1010
Nutrition & Nutraceutical Sciences BIOL*1090, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050STAT*2040
Plant Sciences BIOL*1090, BIOL*1070, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050
Physics IPS*1510 or [MATH*1210 and one of: PHYS*1010PHYS*1070, or PHYS*1130]
Statistics
Zoology BIOL*1070BIOL*1090,
Vet hopefuls additionally need/are helpful for summer senior level ZOO: CHEM*1040CHEM*1050STAT*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*1510MATH*1080MATH*1090MATH*1200, MATH*1210PHYS*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
Arts/Social Science Minor, then..

Suggested Courses Include:
Anthropology ANTH*1150
Art History ARTH*1510, ARTH*1520
Arts Management HUMN*1300 (Offered in Winter semesters only)
Black Canadian Studies BLCK*1000
Business ACCT*1220ECON*1050MCS*1000
Business Economics ACCT*1220ECON*1050ECON*1100, one of (IPS*1500MATH*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*1010SOC*1500
Culture and Technology Studies CTS*1000
Economics

ECON*1050, ECON*1100 and one of MATH*1030, MATH*1080, MATH*1200. Math courses have high school prerequisites.

English ENGL*1080
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*1010FRHD*1010FRHD*1020
French Studies FREN*1200FREN*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
German GERM*1100GERM*1110
History HIST*1050. One of: HIST*1010, HIST*1150, HIST*1250
International Development Studies IDEV*1000PSYC*1000
Italian ITAL*1060ITAL*1070HUMN*2020 (NOTE: HUMN*2020 is only offered in winter semesters of even-numbered years.)
Linguistics LING*1000 PSYC*1000
Marketing ECON*1050MCS*1000, PSYC*1000
Media & Cinema Studies THST*1200
Museum Studies ARTH*1510ARTH*1520
Music See this link: lots of options: Music (MUSC) < University of Guelph (uoguelph.ca)
Philosophy ONE of: (PHIL*1000PHIL*1010PHIL*1030PHIL*1050)
Political Science POLS*1150
Psychology PSYC*1000PSYC*1010
Sexualities, Genders and Social Change SXGN*1000SXGN*1010
Sociology ANTH*1150SOC*1100
Spanish and Hispanic Studies
SPAN*1100SPAN*1110
Note: Students who took 12U Spanish or are native speakers of Spanish may be able to skip to 2000-level courses. Click here for more information.
Studio Art SART*1050SART*1060, ONE OF: ARTH*1510, or ARTH*1520 (in Winter semester)
Theatre Studies THST*1040THST*1190THST*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.