2007-2008 University of Guelph Undergraduate Calendar

X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (B.A.S)

Program Information

Academic Counselling

The B.A.S. program counsellor assists students in the selection of minors, interpreting program and academic regulations, and with the selection of appropriate courses for chosen minors and distribution requirements. Students should consult the counsellor when experiencing particular difficulties affecting academic standing and progress through the program. Students are encouraged to check the B.A.S. program website regularly for course information and cross-listing of acceptable credits where appropriate.

Counselling on Minors

Academic departments offer the minors in the B.A.S. program and assign faculty advisors to assist students with academic planning (e.g., a faculty advisor in the History department handles queries about a minor in History). Students should consult the appropriate faculty advisor, along with the B.A.S. Program Counsellor, when declaring a minor or requiring advice on the completion of specialization requirements. The list of faculty advisors is available on the Undergraduate Academic Information Centre website: http://www.uoguelph.ca/uaic/students_faculty.shtml or contact the B.A.S. Program Counsellor for further information.

Continuation of Study

To be eligible to continue in the program, students must meet the requirements for Continuation of Study as noted in Section VIII--Undergraduate Degree Regulations & Procedures of this calendar (Schedules 1 and 2).

Conditions for Graduation

To qualify for the degree Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, the student must successfully complete a minimum of 20.00 credits as identified below. In addition, students must meet the continuation of study requirements at the time of graduation and have a 60.00% cumulative average.

Distribution Requirements

This program will require the completion of 20.00 credits as indicated below, with a maximum of 7.00 credits at the 1000 level. First year core courses may be counted towards the minors.

  1. First Year Core - 4.00 credits (2.00 Science and 2.00 Arts/Social Sciences).

  2. Subject Area Core - (ASCI) - 3.00 credits.

  3. Arts/Social Science Minor - 5.00 credits.

  4. Science Minor - 5.00 credits

  5. Free Electives - 3.00 credits.

1. First-year Core - 4.00 credits

Science Core - 2.00 credits including:

BIOL*1030 [0.50] Biology I
CHEM*1040 [0.50] General Chemistry I
One of:
MATH*1080 [0.50] Elements of Calculus I
MATH*1200 [0.50] Calculus I
One of:
PHYS*1000 [0.50] An Introduction to Mechanics
PHYS*1070 [0.50] Introductory Physics for Life Sciences

Arts and Social Science Core - 2.00 credits including:

  1. 1.00 credits over at least 2 different subject areas in the College of Arts: ARTH - Art History; CLAS - Classical Studies; DRMA - Drama; ENGL - English; EURO - European Studies; FREN - French Studies; GERM - German Studies; GREK - Greek; HIST - History; HUMN - Humanities; ITAL - Italian Studies; LAT - Latin Studies; LING - Linguistics; MUSC - Music; PHIL - Philosophy; SART - Studio Art; SPAN - Spanish Studies; WMST - Women's Studies

  2. 1.00 credits over at least 2 different subject areas in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences: ANTH - Anthropology; ECON - Economics; GEOG - Geography; IDEV - International Development Studies; ISS - Interdisciplinary Social Science; POLS - Political Science; PSYC - Psychology; SOAN - Sociology and Anthropology; SOC - Sociology;

2. Subject Area Core - 3.00 credits
  • 1.50 credits from:

    ASCI*1000 [0.50] Society and Science I: Historical Perspectives
    ASCI*1010 [0.50] Society and Science II: Current Issues
    ASCI*2000 [0.50] Modes of Inquiry and Communication Across Disciplines
  • 0.50 credits from:

    ASCI*3000 [0.50] Arts and Sciences Community Project
    ASCI*3100 [0.50] Case Studies in Arts and Sciences Research
    ASCI*3700 [0.50] Independent Studies in Arts/Sciences
  • 1.00 credits from:

    ASCI*4000 [0.50] Arts and Sciences Honours Seminar
    ASCI*4010 [0.50] Arts and Sciences Honours Research Seminar
    ASCI*4020 [0.50] Topics in Arts and Sciences Research
    ASCI*4030 [0.50] Topics in Arts and Sciences Research
    ASCI*4700 [0.50] Independent Studies in Arts/Sciences
    ASCI*4710 [0.50] Independent Studies in Arts/Sciences

Note: Of the 20.00 credits required for this program, 3.00 credits must be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level, and 2.00 credits at the 4000 level. This requirement is partially fulfilled by senior level courses in the Subject Core (ASCI) requirements.

3. Arts/Social Sciences Minors - 5.00 credits

Minors available in the Arts/ Social Sciences core (see B.A. program descriptions):

  • Anthropology

    Art History

    Art Theory and Criticism

    Business Administration

  • Classical Languages

    Classical Studies

    Cognitive Neuropsychology

    Criminal Justice & Public Policy

    Developmental Psychology


    Educational Psychology


    Environmental Studies

    European Culture and Civilization

    Family & Child Studies

    French Studies




    International Development


    Marketing Management

    Museum Studies


    Organizational Behaviour


    Political Science

    Rural Extension Studies

    Social Psychology



    Studio Art

    Theater Studies

    Visual Art of the Americas

    Women's Studies

4. Science Minor - 5.00 credits

Minors available in the Science core (see B.Sc. program descriptions):

  • Agriculture





    Computing & Information Science


    Food Science

    Forest Science

    Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals


    GIS* & Environmental Analysis



    Molecular Biology and Genetics


    Nutritional Sciences

    Plant Biology





    * Geographic Information Systems

5. Free Electives - 3.00 credits (maximum)

The program includes 3.00 free electives. Electives may be completed in any subject area. The number of free electives is reduced if a minor requires more than 5.00 credits.

This program includes 3.00 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level, including 2.00 credits at the 4000 level. This requirement is partially fulfilled by senior level courses in the Subject Area Core (ASCI) requirements.

A maximum of 7.00 credits at the 1000 level may be counted toward the 20.00 credits requirement.

Students cannot, of course, select Psychology for both their B.Sc. and B.A. minors.

Double Counting Rule

A maximum of 2.00 credits may be double-counted. 1.00 credits may be double-counted between the core and one minor. 1.00 credits may be double-counted between the two minors. If a course is double-counted towards both the core and one minor, it cannot be counted towards the second minor.