Current BAS Students

Current Students

The Bachelor of Arts & Sciences (BAS) degree program at the University of Guelph is only as good as the students that are enrolled in it, which makes the BAS program one of the most unique and fantastic programs available on campus. The students, alongside the faculty and staff, have a huge impact on the quality of this constantly developing program. These inquisitive, inspiring and innovative students come from a broad range of backgrounds with many interests and skills. Each year we are lucky enough to continue the tradition of welcoming in a whole new year of ambitious and capable first year students. Throughout their time on campus, BAS students continue to push the boundaries of the program by exploring new combinations with their arts and science minors, creating new and interesting independent research projects and delivering a high level of scholastic achievement in the core Arts & Science courses. In one word, they are fantASCI! See below for upper year course selection.

First Semester Course Selection

1. Most first year students select five courses (2.50 credits) for their first semester. Your course selection will be influenced by the specializations you plan to pursue.  Generally most first semesters in the BAS will look like this:

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 BAS Science Core courses include:
Agriculture BIOL*1070, CHEM*1040
Biochemistry BIOL*1090, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050, BIOC*2580
Biology BIOL*1070, BIOL*1090
Biotechnology BIOL*1090, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050, BIOC*2580
Chemistry CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050

Computing & Information Science

CIS*1500, CIS*2500
Ecology BIOL*1090, BIOL*1070, STAT*2040
GIS & Environmental Analysis GEOG*1300, (GEOG*2460 or STAT*2040)
Mathematics MATH*1200, MATH*1210, STAT*2040
Mathematical Sciences MATH*1200, MATH*1210, STAT*2040
Microbiology BIOL*1090, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050, BIOC*2580
Molecular Biology & Genetics BIOL*1090, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050
Neuroscience BIOL*1090, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050, BIOC*2580
Nutrition & Nutraceutical Sciences BIOL*1090, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050, BIOC*2580
Plant Sciences BIOL*1090, BIOL*1070, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050
Physics IPS*1500, IPS*1510
Psychology: Brain & Cognition PSYC*1010 or STAT*2040
Statistics STAT*2040, STAT*2050
Zoology BIOL*1090, BIOL*1070

Keep in mind that you will complete 2.00 credits in your science foundation (usually four courses). If there is 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*1500 CIS*2500 GEOG*1300 GEOG*2460 IPS*1500 IPS*1510 MATH*1200 MATH*1210 MATH*2080 PHYS*1070 PHYS*1080 PHYS*1300 STAT*2040 STAT*2050.

If you are unsure what science minor you are interested in pursuing, you can talk to your program counsellor about which science courses are most common across the science specializations you may be interested in. BAS students are restricted from taking BIOM*2000, BOT*1200, MGB*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):

ARTS Subject Areas:

  • ARTH Art History
  • CHIN Mandarin
  • CLAS Classical Studies
  • ENGL English
  • EURO European Studies
  • FREN French Studies
  • GERM German Studies
  • GREK Greek
  • HIST History
  • ITAL Italian Studies
  • LAT Latin
  • LING Linguistics
  • MUSC Music
  • PHIL Philosophy
  • SART Studio Art
  • SPAN Spanish & Hispanic Studies
  • THST Theatre Studies


  • ANTH Anthropology
  • ECON Economics
  • FRHD Family Relations & Human Development
  • GEOG Geography
  • POLS Political Science
  • PSYC Psychology
  • SOC Sociology
  • UNIV First Year Seminars**

** 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.

Upper Year Course Selection

Each year you will take ASCI courses, courses that will count towards your two specializations, and you electives. Once you have decided what your specializations are, make sure that you follow the requirements for the academic calendar that you started on. For example, if you started in this program in September of 2016, you would use the 2016-2017 academic calendar to find out which requirements are needed for both of your specializations - you will follow the rules for the minor in that subject area. Be sure to check your Program Evaluation on Webadvisor (or check in with your program counsellor) to make sure that you are on the right track. Don't forget about your core if you didn't complete it in first year and remember to take your elective courses. Keep track of the number of credits you have earned - you need 20.0 credits to graduate.

To view the requirements for each science specialization, you can find a complete listing of all available arts and social science programs in the Bachelor of Arts Degree Program section of the current Undergraduate Calendar under section X (10), Degree Programs.

Descriptions for all University of Guelph courses can be found online in the Current Undergraduate Calendar in section XII (12).