University of Guelph 1998-1999 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. The three-semester system and the pass-by-course method of advancement allow considerable flexibility of program arrangement. In addition, a variety of program contents is available which the student may modify to meet individual requirements.

Transfer from One B.Sc. Program to Another

On entrance to the B.Sc. program, the student may elect to follow an intended area of specialization or to postpone this decision until a later semester. The choice of a particular program of study may be most effectively made at the end of Semester 3 or 4. Judicious selection of courses in each and every semester will allow the easiest transfer between programs without incurring the need for additional semesters of study. The program counsellor of the particular college from which it is anticipated that the majority of science courses will be taken should be consulted for advice.

Program Regulations

General Program Requirements

The general B.Sc. degree requires the successful completion of [15.00] credits. Normally [2.50] credits (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 science, chemistry, physics and mathematical science. This is achieved by requiring each student to take a minimum of [1.50] credits (usually 3 courses) in each of the above areas. The courses to be taken in semesters 4 to 6 may be selected to allow a broad study of the sciences.

Honours Program Requirements

An honours program leading to the B.Sc. degree requires the successful completion of [20.00] credits or the number as specified by a particular major. Normally [2.50] credits (usually 5 courses) are taken in each semester so that the degree may be completed in generally 8 semesters. The following types of honours programs are offered:

Honours Major

These programs permit a student to study science in greater depth than is permitted by the general program. The student is required to take a minimum of [1.00] credit (usually 2 courses) in each of biological science, chemistry, physics and mathematical science. In each of semesters 3 to 8, students select science credits so that the total program provides a broad science training with concentration in an area of physical science or biological science.

A major normally consists of certain prescribed courses (minimum of [8.00] credits) and a number of elective courses to complete the requirements for the degree. The composition of science courses selected must contain a sufficient number (minimum of [6.00] credits) of 300 and 400 level courses including a grouping (minimum of [2.00] credits) particularly at the 400 level. A major program may be studied in conjunction with a minor in an area of science, humanities or social science. Students should seek advice from the program counsellor of either the College of Biological Science or the College of Physical and Engineering Science dependent upon their primary area(s) of interest.

Refer to B.Sc. Program Requirements: Regulation 6. Double-Counting of Credits.

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 consists of a minimum of [5.00] credits (normally 10 courses). It may also require certain other courses from other areas to be taken along with the specified courses of the minor. A minor is taken in conjunction with a major.

B.Sc. Program Requirements

Regulations 1, 2, 3 and 4 apply to all B.Sc. students.

  1. Entry Credits

    In general, the OAC credit or its equivalent is required in a subject area to allow entrance to the initial university course. Students who lack this requirement can remedy the deficiency by successful completion of:

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

  2. Basic Science Core

    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 Colleges of Arts and Social Science.

  3. 100 Level Credits

    No B.Sc. program may include more than [7.00] credits (usually fourteen courses) at the 100 level.

  4. 300 and 400 Level Credits

    There is a requirement for a prescribed number of 300 and 400 level credits.

  5. Science Credits

    A minimum of [16.00] science credits (usually 32 courses) is required for the honours major program. The inclusion of a minor in a non-science area involves the reduction to [14.00] science credits (usually 28 courses) with the approval of the program counsellors.

  6. Double-Counting of Credits

    A maximum of [2.00] credits required in a major program may be applied to meet the requirements of a minor program.

  7. Continuation of Study

    Students are advised to consult the regulations for continuation of study outlined in detail in Section VIII, Undergraduate Degree Regulations & Procedures. A cumulative average of 70% or higher in certain subjects is normally required for students wishing to enter semester 3 of some the honours major 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 and the program counsellors.

* Akademia

The MPC˛ Courses

The College of Physical and Engineering Science offers 3 courses in the Fall semester (66-110, 66-111and 66-112) and 3 courses in the Winter semester (66-120, 66-121 and 66-122) as a 6-course program called MPC˛. (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 MPC˛ program provides an enriched and integrated coverage of chemistry, computing, mathematics, and physics. Completion of MPC˛ leads to access to the various honours majors programs in the physical sciences. The interdisciplinary philosophy of MPC˛ is continued in the honours major program in Chemical Physics. Admission to MPC˛ 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.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

The Pre-Veterinary year will be discontinued after Fall 1998/Winter 1999. As a consequence there will be no admission process in 1999. Students will apply directly to enter the FIrst Year of the D.V.M. Program in the year 2000.

Students in the B.Sc. program who intend to apply for admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program should register for the Major Biological or Major Physical Science program, or the major of their choice. Prospective candidates for the D.V.M. program should consult the new admission requirements for the program. Students may obtain assistance in selecting a program that will meet the requirements for the Doctor of Veterinary Program and for continuation in biological or physical science programs by consulting the appropriate Program Counsellor.


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Last revised: May 31, 1998.