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 2021):

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 “Current Students”. You can view the requirements for each minor below:
  • Should you find that all sections of a required course are full, please contact your Program Counsellor (contact information below).

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 semester. Specializations are based on minors, and a list of minors can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar under the BAS program.
  • Review the BAS Program Information in the Undergraduate Calendar. Here you will find your degree laid out by semester, 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.
  • 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
(519)824-4120, ext. 56385