University of Guelph 1997-98 Undergraduate Calendar

X--Degree Programs

Program Information

The Three Semester System

Most of the B.Sc. programs operate on the three semester system. In this system each of the Fall, Winter and Spring semesters is of 12 weeks duration. Two semesters are equivalent to 1 academic year at a university on the traditional system. In the three semester system, students may vary their rate of progress towards graduation. However, since many science courses must be taken in a certain sequence and not all courses are offered each semester, most science students are required to proceed from semester to semester in restricted patterns. Furthermore, the advanced courses of the honours programs are offered only in the regular fall and winter semesters. Additional information may be obtained from Admissions Services, Office of Registrarial Services. Despite the restrictions, the three-semester system and the pass-by-course method of advancement allow considerable flexibility of program arrangement. Perhaps more significant is the very considerable degree to which the programs outlined below may be adapted to the individual needs and desires of the student.

Transfer from One B.Sc. Program to Another

At initial course selection, students should select their desired program. This will identify them with the particular college from which they will take the majority of their science courses. Students may subsequently choose to change to another program. The desire for such a transfer may be anticipated and is most easily effected at the end of Semester 3 or 4. Judicious selection of courses in each and every semester, as recommended in the program outlines, will allow the easiest transfer between programs without incurring the need for additional semesters of study.

Program Regulations

General Program Requirements

The general B.Sc. degree requires the successful completion of 30 courses. Usually 5 courses are taken in each semester so that the degree may be completed in 6 semesters. The general science program is designed to give a broad general training in biological sciences, chemistry, physics and mathematical sciences. This is achieved by requiring each student to take a minimum of 3 semester courses in each of the above areas. The courses to be taken in semesters 3 to 6 may be selected to continue a general study of the sciences or to provide concentration in 1 of them.

Honours Program Requirements

An honours program leading to the B.Sc. degree requires the successful completion of 40 courses. Usually 5 courses are taken in each semester so that the degree may be completed in the normal period of 8 semesters. The following types of honours programs are offered:

Specialized Honours Programs

These programs consist of groups of courses which provide study in both breadth and depth of the principal aspects of the subject. A specialized program may include up to 26 courses in the subject and related areas.

Honours Major

A major is a group of courses which provides for exposure to and mastery of a substantial package of the principles and practice of a subject. It may consist of a study in considerable depth of some of the divisions of the subject or it may consist of an enhancement in breadth of the principal divisions of the subject. A major will normally consist of certain specific courses and a number of elective courses in the subject area or related areas (up to a total of 16 to 18 courses). The major may also list certain courses from other areas which must be taken along with the major. The major may be combined with a minor.

Honours Minor

A minor is a group of courses which provides for exposure to and mastery of the fundamental principles of a subject. A minor normally consists of at least 10 courses in the subject area. It may also require certain other courses from other areas to be taken along with the specified courses of the minor. A student may combine the minor with a major program or with an honours science program.

Honours Biological Science and Honours Physical Science

These programs permit a student to study science at greater depth than is permitted by the general program, but without the degree of specialization required in a specialized program, a major program or a minor program. The student is required to take 2 courses in each of biological science, chemistry, physics and mathematical science. In each of semesters 3 to 8, students select science courses so that the total program provides a broad science training with concentration in physical science or biological science. Students will be asked to identify themselves with the College of Physical and Engineering Science or the College of Biological Science for counselling purposes.

B.Sc. Program Requirements

Regulations1, 2, 3 and 4 apply to all B.Sc. students.

  1. Introductory Courses

    The following semester 1 courses must be taken by, and are restricted to, students lacking OAC level standing or equivalent as follows:

    Not more than 1 of the above will be allowed for credit toward the B.Sc. degree.

  2. Common First Year

    In each of the first 2 semesters B.Sc. students must take 1 of the specified courses in each of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematical science, and 1 other course which is normally from the College of Arts or Social Science.

  3. Number of 100-Level Courses

    No B.Sc. program may include more than fourteen 100-level courses.

  4. Continuation of Study

    Students are advised to consult the regulations for continuation of study outlined in detail in Section VIII, Undergraduate Degree Regulations & Procedures. In addition, 70% or higher grades in certain subjects are normally required for students wishing to enter semester 3 of some specialized honours programs.

    Acceptable science courses in the following programs means "acceptable to the B.Sc. Program Committee". Lists of acceptable courses are available in the offices of the departmental advisors.

* Akademia

The MPC2 Courses

The College of Physical and Engineering Science offers 3 courses, 66-110, 66-111and 66-112 in the Fall semester and 3 courses, 66-120, 66-121 and 66-122 in the Winter as a 6-course program called MPC2. (These 6 courses will substitute for 19-104, 19-105, 27-160, 27-170, 63-120, 63-121, 76-100 and 76-101 in any of the first year programs listed on the following pages). The MPC2 program provides an enriched and integrated coverage of chemistry, computing, mathematics, and physics. Completion of MPC2 leads to access to the various specialized honours programs in the physical sciences. The interdisciplinary philosophy of MPC2 is continued in the Specialized Honours Chemical Physics program. Admission to MPC2 is restricted to students whose application average from high school is 80% or higher. For further information and admission, please contact the Dean's Office, College of Physical and Engineering Science.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Students in the B.Sc. program who intend to apply for admission to the Pre-Veterinary Year should register for an honours science program (without specialization) in either the College of Biological Science or the College of Physical and Engineering Science. Since the number of applicants far exceeds the number of available spaces in the Pre-Veterinary Year, prospective candidates are urged to have an alternate program choice. Students may obtain assistance in selecting a program that will meet the requirements for the Pre-Veterinary Year and for continuation in biological or physical science programs by consulting the appropriate departmental advisor.

1998-99 Undergraduate Calendar
X--Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science - B.Sc.

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