Below you can find answers to some of the most common questions regarding courses, minors, and the structure of the BAS program. You can find information about other academic services here.
Table of Contents:
- Can I Take More Than Two Minors?
- Can I Take a Major?
- Can I Take a Minor That Isn't Listed?
- Can I Switch Into/Out of the BAS?
- When & How Do I Declare Minors?
- Can I Change my Minors?
- Will Not Having a Major Affect What Post-Graduate Studies I Can Pursue?
The short answer is that yes. However, each minor requires that you take 5.00 credits in that subject (10 single-semester courses), so taking more than two minors will require s significant planning and possibly additional time to complete your degree.
Taking three minors is not uncommon for BAS students, but it is important to plan strategically in order to ensure you are meeting your degree requirements. A minor consists of 5.00 credits, which - assuming you take five courses a semester - equates to two full terms, or one year, of study. To avoid taking an extra year, you can use your 3.00 free electives to take some of the courses you'll need for your third minor. Students who are able to double-count in their degree will increase their electives, such as by taking courses that count towards two of your minors (e.g. IPS*1500 and IPS*1510 count towards physics, maths, and statistics minors). If you use your electives and take advantage of double-counting, it is possible to complete three minors within four years. You can always talk to the BAS program counsellor for more help with degree planning.
You cannot complete a major while you are in the Bachelor of Arts and Science program. But also consider whether or not taking a major is necessary for your plans - completing a masters program or a PhD typically does not require the completion of a major!
Guelph has a huge selection of specializations, not all of which are offered through the BAS program. This is often because a department only has enough resources for a set number of students, or because a program major would be impossible to condense into a minor (e.g. nanoscience). Minors that aren't listed under the BAS undergraduate calendar cannot be counted as art or science minors for the purposes of your BAS degree. You can still complete minors that are not listed as options in the BAS program (click here for more on taking a third minor), but you would do so in addition to your ASCI art minor and your ASCI science minor.
Yes, provided you meet the admission requirements for whichever program you are switching into. To switch programs, you must complete an application form and submit it to admission services on the third floor of the University Centre (click here to learn more). We suggest talking to the BAS Program Counsellor as well as the program counsellor for the program you're switching from/into before you submit your application. It may also be wise to speak with your academic advisor(s) if you need more information about the specialization you will be completing.
You can declare your minors (and switch minors) at any time during your undergraduate program, though it is usually wise to do it as early as possible. Click here for more information and to access the form for declaring minors.