Faculty of Science - General

To see a program overview, learn about the unique opportunities offered to students within this degree, and to connect to admission and faculty resource links, review the Science program page:

Subject areas:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Statistics

B.Sc. Bachelor of Science General

A three year degree providing a diversified training in Science. Choose the B.Sc. General if you want a general education in the natural and/or mathematical sciences, or if you plan to enter a program that requires a degree. The B.Sc. General is not intended for students who want to practice in a field of specialization.

CHOOSING COURSES FOR THE B.Sc. GENERAL DEGREE

As part of a B.Sc. General degree, you must complete 24 credit hours of Introductory Level Science courses and 36 credit hours of Advanced Level Science courses.

The 24 credit hours of Introductory Level Science courses requires you to complete 6 credit hours from each of three Science areas listed in Group A and an additional 6 credit hours from any courses listed in Group A and/or Group B.

The 36 credit hours of advanced level course work must be completed in two different subject areas (18 credit hours of each) from the following options: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics and Astronomy and/or Statistics. Students also have the option to complete all 36 credit hours of the Advanced Level Science requirement in either Biological Sciences or Chemistry. The Advanced Level Science requirement courses are normally completed after year 1.

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CHOOSE THE FOLLOWING COURSES: FOCUSED APPROACH BALANCED APPROACH SAMPLING APPROACH
Introductory Level Science (1st subject area) from Group A 6 6 6
Introductory Level Science (2nd subject area) from Group A 6 6 6
Introductory Level Science (3rd subject area) from Group A 6
Introductory Level Science (4th subject area) from Group A and/or Group B 6
Faculty of Arts course(s) (PDF) 6 6
Electives 6
Total Credit Hours 30 24
Focused and Balanced Approach Tip: Include a W course as part of the Faculty of Arts course(s)
Introductory Level Science Requirement: Meet the 24 credit hour Introductory Level Science requirement by:
  • completing 6 credit hours from each of three areas listed below (18 credit hours) in Group A
  • selecting 6 credit hours from any courses listed in Group A and/or Group B.

    Note: No more than 6 credit hours may be selected from any single subject area (in Group A or B) for use towards the 24 credit hours Introductory Level Science requirement.

    When choosing the introductory level courses from Group A, choose courses that will provide you with the prerequisite requirements for what you will eventually pursue at the advanced level. For information on prerequisites to Advanced Level Science courses, see the Academic Calendar.
Group A:
Astronomy
Choose 2 courses from:
PHYS 1810
PHYS 1820
PHYS 1830
Biological Sciences
BIOL 1020 and BIOL 1030
Chemistry
CHEM 1300 and CHEM 1310
Computer Science
COMP 1010 and COMP 1020
Mathematics
Choose 2 courses from:
MATH 1200 (M)
MATH 1240 (M)
MATH 1220 (M) or MATH 1300 (M)
MATH 1230 (M) or MATH 1500 (M) or MATH 1510 (M) or MATH 1520 (M)
MATH 1232 (M) or MATH 1700 (M) or MATH 1710 (M)
Microbiology
MBIO 1010 and MBIO 2020
Physics
PHYS 1020 (M) or PHYS 1050
PHYS 1030 (M) or PHYS 1070
Statistics
STAT 1000 (M) and STAT 2000 (M)
Group B: BIOL 1410
Note: An additional advanced-level Science course is available to fulfill this requirement. Refer to the Academic Calendar for details.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FROM UNIVERSITY 1:

Admission to the Faculty of Science from University 1 is referred to as a 'transit', and therefore does not require an application process for admission to the faculty. Once you have completed 24–30 credit hours of course work you are eligible to transit to the B.Sc. General degree.

See the Applicant Information Bulletin for more details.

Minimum Credit Hours: 24 credit hours.
Minimum Course Load: University 1 or your first year may be completed on a part time or full time basis. Admission requirements may be completed in the Summer Session.
W Requirement: Not required for admission, but must be done in first 60 credit hours.
M Requirement: Not required for admission, but must be done in first 60 credit hours.
Minimum GPA:

No minimum cumulative GPA required, but performance will be assessed upon entry.

Additional Requirements: None.
Selection Criteria: Transit upon completion of 24 credit hours.

HIGH SCHOOL PREREQUISITES FOR UNIVERSITY-LEVEL COURSES:

    Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, and Statistics courses listed in the Introductory Level Science and Advanced Level Science requirement lists have 40S level prerequisites. See the Recommended Introductory Courses list for specific prerequisite information.

MINIMUM TIME TO GRADUATION:

    3 years (90 credit hours).

TIPS FOR CHOOSING COURSES:

When selecting courses in Group A and/or Group B, consider the following:

  • COMP 1012 and MATH 1210 (M) are courses intended for Engineering students. If balancing Science and Engineering programs, it may be beneficial to take COMP 1012 and MATH 1210 (M) instead of COMP 1010 and MATH 1200 (M).
  • If you select MATH 1210 (M) this will impact your remaining mathematics choices as MATH 1210 (M) may not be held for credit with MATH 1200 (M), MATH 1220 (M) or MATH 1300 (M).
  • If you intend to pursue Microbiology as one of your advanced level focus areas, you must take BIOL 1020, BIOL 1030, CHEM 1300 and CHEM 1310. MBIO 1010 is recommended.
  • If you intend to pursue Statistics as one of your advanced level focus areas, you must take STAT 1000 (M), STAT 2000 (M), MATH 1230 (M) or MATH 1500 (M) and MATH 1232 (M) or MATH 1700 (M).
  • If you are deciding between completing a three year degree or a four year degree, choose courses from the Balanced or Focused Approach course lists for the Honours or Four Year Major. These courses meet the requirements for the Honours and Four Year Major degrees and may be used in the Three Year General degree.
  • Choose electives from the Recommended Introductory Courses list.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit may be used to reduce the first year course load and as a prerequisite to 2000 level courses. Contact your academic advisor for information and possible permission to register in upper level courses.

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May 2016
First Year Planning Guide