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.

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.

  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

When choosing their courses in the science core, students are advised to keep prerequisites for their BAS Science Minor in mind. For a list of suggested core science courses for each specific BAS Science Minor, please consult the BAS website (https://www.uoguelph.ca/bas/)

2.00 credits from:
BIOC*2580 [0.50] Introduction to Biochemistry
BIOL*1070 [0.50] Discovering Biodiversity
BIOL*1080 [0.50] Biological Concepts of Health
BIOL*1090 [0.50] Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
CHEM*1040 [0.50] General Chemistry I
CHEM*1050 [0.50] General Chemistry II
CIS*1300 [0.50] Programming
CIS*2500 [0.50] Intermediate Programming
GEOG*1300 [0.50] Introduction to the Biophysical Environment
GEOG*2460 [0.50] Analysis in Geography
IPS*1500 [1.00] Integrated Mathematics and Physics I
IPS*1510 [1.00] Integrated Mathematics and Physics II
MATH*1080 [0.50] Elements of Calculus I
MATH*1200 [0.50] Calculus I
MATH*1210 [0.50] Calculus II
MATH*1090 [0.50] Elements of Calculus II
PHYS*1070 [0.50] Physics for Life Sciences II
PHYS*1080 [0.50] Physics for Life Sciences
PHYS*1300 [0.50] Fundamentals of Physics
STAT*2040 [0.50] Statistics I
STAT*2050 [0.50] Statistics II
2. Arts and Social Science Core - 2.00 credits
  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 - History; HUMN - Humanities; ITAL - Italian Studies; LAT - Latin Studies; LING - Linguistics; MUSC - Music; PHIL - Philosophy; PORT - Portuguese; SART - Studio Art; SPAN- Spanish and Hispanic Studies; 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 Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics: ANTH - Anthropology; ECON - Economics; FRHD - Family Relations and Human Development; GEOG - Geography; IDEV - International Development Studies; ISS - Interdisciplinary Social Science; POLS - Political Science; PSYC - Psychology; SOAN - Sociology and Anthropology; SOC - Sociology; UNIV - Interdisciplinary University; WMST - Women Studies.

3. Subject Area Core (ASCI) - 3.00 credits
  • 1.50 credits from:

    ASCI*1110 [0.50] Society and Inquiry I
    ASCI*1120 [0.50] Society and Inquiry II
    ASCI*2050 [0.50] Uses of Knowledge
  • 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
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 Economics

  • Classical Studies

    Criminal Justice & Public Policy



    European Culture and Civilization

    Family & Child Studies

    French Studies




    International Development



    Media and Cinema Studies

    Museum Studies



    Political Science



    Spanish and Hispanic Studies

    Theatre 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



    * Geographic Information Systems

Note: Students cannot select Psychology or Mathematics for both their B.Sc. and B.A. minors.

6. Free Electives - 3.00 credits

The program includes 3.00 free electives. Electives may be completed in any subject area.

Double Counting Rule

A maximum of 3.00 credits may be double-counted:

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

  2. Up to 1.00 credits may be double-counted between the science core and a minor; and up to 1.00 credits may be double-counted between the arts and social science core and a minor.

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

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