Bachelor of Arts & Sciences (BAS)

Welcome to the Bachelor of Arts & Sciences degree program! We are excited to welcome you to the University of Guelph community and to the unique family of students, faculty and staff in the Bachelor of Arts & Sciences.


Picking your courses for Semester 1 (Fall 2024):

As a BAS student in semester 1, you will normally select five courses (or 2.50 credits).

  • Select ASCI*1110 Society and Inquiry. Schedule this lecture and its corresponding seminar first – you can choose the seminar time that suits you.
  • Select two science courses. The courses you pick will be determined by the science minor you are considering pursuing. Consult the list of science courses in the BAS program section of the Undergraduate Calendar; the course must be in this list. BAS students may not take BIOL*1500, BIOM*2000, BOT*1200 or MBG*1000.
  • Select two courses from the arts and/or social sciences. Consult the list of social science/arts subjects in the BAS program section of the Undergraduate Calendar; the subject area must be in this list to be considered.
  • A helpful chart can be found on the BAS website, under “Course Selection”. You can view the requirements for each minor below:
  • Should you find that all sections of a required course are full, or you are being restricted, please contact the Faculty Advisor for the specific subject area to inquire. You can find Faculty Advisor contact information here.
    Remember that course selection takes place over a couple of months – not in one day. So if you don’t get all five of your preferred courses on the first day, this is okay. Be patient! There is time.

A Sample First Semester

  • Arts & Sciences – ASCI*1110
  • Science Core Course – BIOL*1090
  • Science Core Course – CHEM*1040
  • Arts or Social Science Core Course – CLAS*1000
  • Arts or Social Science Core Course – SOC*1100

All BAS students in the program complete two specializations: a minor in the Sciences and a minor in the Arts/Social Sciences. These two specializations can be as closely related or as independent from each other as the student wishes, and the student does not need to finalize their choice of specializations until the end of second year.


Advising Notes:

  • Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (ASCI) classes are at the core of the BAS program, incorporating both arts and sciences in the curriculum and studying their interactions and relations.
  • Students do not have to know what specializations (one in science, one in arts/social science) they are selecting yet. Many students do not fully decide until after their first year. Specializations are based on minors, and a list of minors can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar under the BAS program.
  • If students do know their intended minors, they are welcome to declare them even before course selection. This can ease course selection because some courses will restrict to majors or minors before opening up to undeclared students. You can learn more on the BAS Program Advising website.
  • Review the BAS Program Information in the Undergraduate Calendar. Here you will find your degree laid out, with listings of courses that are available for selection throughout your studies.
  • Pick your courses as soon as possible. Availability of desired sections may fill up quickly.
  • If you are being restricted from a course, you can email the professor directly to inquire about being waived in using a Course Waiver Request.
  • You will use WebAdvisor to pick your courses. Detailed instructions on using WebAdvisor are available in the WebAdvisor Tutorial.
  • As you make your class schedule, ensure there are no conflicts in your timetable.

Course Selection Tips:

  • Select your required course(s) first and build the rest of your schedule around these courses.
  • Distance Education (called DE) courses are online courses that are an alternative way to take courses without meeting for regularly scheduled classes. You will find DE course times listed in WebAdvisor as TBA.

For additional information please contact:

Sarah Bradley
Program Counsellor, BAS