Degree Overview

The Bachelor of Arts & Science Program combines a specialization in the arts/humanities, a specialization in the sciences and arts and sciences (ASCI) core courses to build an interdisciplinary degree. Below is a summary of the program, followed by a more in-depth look at each component.

A Brief Degree Summary

In order to graduate with a BAS degree, you need each of the following which combines to a 20.00 credit Honours Degree:

  1. 5.00 credits in a science minor
  2. 5.00 credits in an arts/social science minor
  3. 3.00 credits in ASCI core courses
  4. 2.00 science core credits
  5. 2.00 arts/social science core credits
  6. 3.00 credits of free elective
  7. Of the 20.00 credits that students will complete
    • students may not have more than 7.00 credits @ 1000 level
    • students MUST have a minimum of 3.0 credits @ 3000/4000 + 2.0 credits @ 4000 level

To help you plan your degree check out this Degree Progress Chart

1. Your Science Minor (5.00 credits)

BAS students are required to complete one science minor. The requirements for each minor differ, but most science minors will require that you complete a few specific core courses. Our page on first-year course selection is a good place to start for deciding what you should take in your first few semesters; you can also check the undergraduate calendars. The following science minors can be taken as your specialization:

It is important to remember that you also need to take 2.00 science core credits. Your science core credits often count towards your science minor! Click here for a full explanation.

 

2. Your Arts/Social Science Minor (5.00 credits)

BAS students are also required to complete one minor in the arts or social sciences. Each minor has different requirements, but you can get a sense of what you should take by checking the undergraduate calendars or our page on first-year course selection. The following minors can be taken as your specialization:

It is important to remember that you also need to take 2.00 arts core credits. At least 0.50 of your arts core will come from your arts minor! Click here for more information.

 

3. Your ASCI Courses (3.00 credits)

Click here for more information about ASCI courses.

You are required to complete 3.00 ASCI credits 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. Of the remaining 1.50 ASCI credits, you must take at least 0.5 credits at the 3000 level and 1.00 ASCI credits at a 4000 level.

 

4. The Science Core (2.00 credits)

You must take at least 2.00 credits from the following approved science core courses:

BIOC*2580 - Introduction to Biochemistry
BIOL*1070 - Discovering Biodiversity
BIOL*1080 - Biological Concepts of Health
BIOL*1090 - Introduction to Molecular & Cellular Biology
CHEM*1040 - General Chemistry I
CHEM*1050 - General Chemistry II
CIS*1300 - Programming
CIS*2500 - Intermediate Programming
GEOG*1300 - Introduction to the Biophysical Environment
GEOG*2460 - Analysis in Geography
IPS*1500 - Integrated Mathematics and Physics I
IPS*1510 - Integrated Mathematics and Physics II
MATH*1200 - Calculus I
MATH*1210 - Calculus II
MATH*1080 - Elements of Calculus I
MATH*1090 - Elements of Calculus II
PHYS*1070 - Physics for Life Sciences II
PHYS*1080 - Physics for Life Sciences
PHYS*1300 - Fundamentals of Physics
STAT*2040 - Statistics I
STAT*2050 - Statistics II
 

Many science minors will require specific courses that are found on the list above, or else require them as a prerequisite for a later mandatory course. You are allowed to double-count up to 1.0 credits between your minor and your science core; for instance, if you are doing a chemistry minor, you could take CHEM*1040 and CHEM*1050, which count towards the 5.00 credits of your chemistry minor as well as to the 2.00 science core credits you need. There is a limit on the amount of double-counting that you can do; click here for more details.

 

5. The Arts Core (2.00 credits)

Your 2.00 Arts/Social Science credits will be completed by completing four different courses, from four different subject areas. Two of the courses will come from arts subjects and two of the courses will come from social science subjects. 

Arts Course (subject area 1)

Arts Course (subject area 2)

Social Science Course (subject area 3) 

Social Science Course (subject area 4)

  1. Of your 2.00 arts core credits, 1.00 must come from two different subject areas in the arts/humanities (i.e. Two 0.50-credit courses). You can take these courses at any level and during any semester, provided you meet the requirements for entry into the course and that they belong to two different subject areas from the list below. If your arts minor is in one of the below subject areas, then you may be able to double-count courses that you are taking for that minor. (Click here for more information about double-counting credits).
    • The following subject areas are within the Arts/Humanities:
      • Art History (ARTH); Mandarin (CHIN); Classical Studies (CLAS); English (ENGL); European Studies (EURO); French Studies (FREN); German Studies (GERM); Greek (GREK); History (HIST); Humanities (HUMN); Italian Studies (ITAL); Latin Studies (LAT); Linguistics (LING); Music (MUSC); Philosophy (PHIL); Portuguese (PORT); Studio Art (SART); Spanish and Hispanic Studies (SPAN); Theatre Studies (THST)
         

  2. Of those 2.00 arts core credits, the other 1.00 must come from two different subject areas in the social sciences (i.e. Two 0.50-credit courses). Again, you can take these courses at any level and during any semester, provided you meet the requirements for entry into the course and that they belong to two different subject areas from the list below. And as above, you may be able to double-count these courses into your arts minor. (Click here for more information about double-counting credits).
    • The following subject areas are within the Social/Applied Human Sciences:
      • Anthropology (ANTH); Economics (ECON); Family Relations and Human Development (FRHD); Geography (GEOG); International Development Studies (IDEV); Interdisciplinary Social Science (ISS); Political Science (POLS); Psychology (PSYC); Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN); Sociology (SOC); Interdisciplinary University (UNIV); Women Studies (WMST)

 

6. Free Electives (3.00+ credits)

All honours programs require that students complete a minimum of 20.00 credits to graduate. The BAS program has 3.00 credits of electives built-in, but because some credits can be counted for more than one of the above criteria, this number can be increased. For example,  CHEM*1040 and CHEM*1050 can count towards the 2.00 science core as well as the 5.00 CHEM* credits for the Chemistry science minor; in that scenario, you would free up 1.00 credits for electives. 

Note: Students may also need to use their electives for pre-requisites to mandatory courses that are in their minors. For example, the Neuroscience science minor requires students take a physiology course that has BIOC*2580 as a pre-requisite but this course does not appear in as mandatory in the Neuroscience minor. In that scenario a student may use a science core spot or elective spot to complete the necessary pre-requisite of BIOC*2580 for the physiology course. 

Electives can come from any department or course level. You can use them to pursue your interests beyond your specializations, and even to complete a certificate program, or third minor!