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 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/facultyadvisors 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. Science Core - 2.00 credits.

  2. Arts/Social Science core - 2.00 credits.

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

  4. Arts/Social Science Minor -5.00 credits minimum.

  5. Science Minor - 5.00 credits minimum.

  6. Free Electives - 3.00 credits.

1. Science Core - 2.00 credits

Science Core - 2.00 credits as identified by minor below:

Core Requiremens for BAS Science Minors
If you choose this BAS Science Minor, then The BAS Science Core Requirements would be:
Agriculture BIOL*1070, BIOL*1090, [(CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050) or (MATH*1080, STAT*2040)]
Biochemistry BIOL*1080, BIOL*1090, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050
Biology BIOL*1070, BIOL*1090, [(CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050) or (MATH*1080, STAT*2040)]
Biotechnology BIOL*1080, BIOL*1090, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050
Chemistry CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050, MATH*1200, MATH*1210
Computing & Information Science CIS*1500, CIS*1910, STAT*2040, STAT*2050
Ecology BIOL*1070, BIOL*1090, STAT*2040, (MATH*1080 or MATH*1200)
GIS & Environmental Analysis ENVS*1050, GEOG*1300, STAT*2040, (MATH*1080 or MATH*1200)
Mathematics MATH*1200, MATH*1210, STAT*2040, STAT*2050
Mathematical Sciences MATH*1200, MATH*1210, STAT*2040, STAT*2050
Microbiology BIOL*1080, BIOL*1090, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050
Molecular Biology and Genetics BIOL*1080, BIOL*1090, (CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050)
Neuroscience BIOL*1080, BIOL*1090, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050
Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences BIOL*1080, BIOL*1090, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050
Plant Science BIOL*1070, BIOL*1090, CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050
Physics PHYS*1000, PHYS*1010, MATH*1200, MATH*1210
Psychology: Brain and Cognition MATH*1080, STAT*2040, [(CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050) or (2 of BIOL*1070, BIOL*1080, BIOL*1090)]
Statistics MATH*1200, MATH*1210, STAT*2040, STAT*2050
Zoology BIOL*1070, BIOL*1090, [(CHEM*1040, CHEM*1050) or [STAT*2040, (MATH*1080 or MATH*1200)]]
2. 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; CHIN - Mandarin; CLAS - Classical Studies; ENGL - English; EURO - European Studies; FREN - French Studies; GERM - German Studies; GREK - Greek; HIST - HISP - Hispanic Studies; History; HUMN - Humanities; ITAL - Italian Studies; LAT - Latin Studies; LING - Linguistics; MUSC - Music; PHIL - Philosophy; PORT - Portuguese; THST - Theatre Studies.

  2. 1.00 credits over at least 2 different subject areas (listed below) in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences or College of Management and Economics: 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; UNIV - Interdisciplinary University.

3. Subject Area Core (ASCI) - 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*4010 [1.00] 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.

4. Arts/Social Sciences Minors - 5.00 credits (Minimum)

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

  • Anthropology

    Art History

    Business Administration

  • Classical Studies

    Criminal Justice & Public Policy



    Ethics in the Life Sciences

    European Culture and Civilization

    Family & Child Studies

    French Studies



    Hispanic Studies


    International Development


    Marketing Management

    Museum Studies



    Political Science



    Theater Studies

5. Science Minor - 5.00 credits (Minimum)

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

  • Agriculture (see B.Sc.(Agr.) program description)





    Computing & Information Science


    GIS* & Environmental Analysis


    Mathematical Science


    Molecular Biology and Genetics


    Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences


    Plant Science

    Psychology: Brain and Cognition



    * Geographic Information Systems

6. Free Electives - 3.00 credits

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 or Mathematics for both their B.Sc. and B.A. minors.

Double Counting Rule

A maximum of 3.00 credits may be double-counted:

  1. 1.00 credits may be double-counted between minors.

  2. 2.00 credits may be double-counted between a core and one minor.

Students may not triple-count a course between a core and two minors.

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