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Departmental Programs

Departmental Programs for Bachelor of Arts and Science Degree

If you are pursuing a B.A. & Sc., other than those registered in the Freshman program, you are required to have an approved program (multi-track, honours, joint honours, interfaculty), and to select your courses in each term with a view to timely completion of your degree and program requirements. You must complete one of the program streams described below.

Previously the degree included a required integrative course (BASC 201; 3 credits). However, as of January 2011 this is no longer the case, and the course is currently under review. Students must still select a complementary integrative course (3 credits) within or outside a student's programs selected from the list of complementary Integrative Courses (see Integrative Courses), plus electives (10–15 credits).

Multi-Track System

Multi-Track System

Revision, August 2012. Start of revision.

To recognize the diversity of student backgrounds and interests and the multiple routes to understanding provided by a modern university, the Faculties of Arts and of Science offer a 90-credit multi-track system that includes a major concentration in one faculty complemented by either a major concentration or two minors/minor concentrations (see NOTE below) in the other faculty and that may be completed in one of the following ways:

Options
  • Arts Major Concentration (36 credits) + Science Major Concentration (36–38 credits) (see Overview of Programs Offered for a list of programs open to students in the B.A. & Sc.)
  • Major Concentration in Arts or Science (36–38 credits) + two minors/minor concentrations in the other faculty (2 x 18 credits = 36 credits)
NOTE: Effective September 2013 the multi-track option to complete two minors or two minor concentrations will no longer be available. Only one multi-track option will remain.

Revision, August 2012. End of revision.

Regulations
  • Programs offered by Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, and Psychology are considered Science programs for the purpose of the B.A. & Sc.
  • Within both options, all concentrations must be in different academic units. Thus, you may take a Geography program either in Arts or in Science, but not in both.
  • Students will include within the 36 or 18 credits of their major concentrations or minors or minor concentrations any university-level (200 or above) prerequisites to required courses within their programs.
  • No course may fulfil the requirements for more than one program.
Definitions
  • Units: academic departments or administrative equivalents
  • Programs: lists of required and complementary courses (including university-level prerequisites for required courses) prepared and maintained by units.
  • Major Concentration: a program of 36–38 credits taken from a unit's course offerings
  • Minor Concentration: a program of 18 credits taken from a unit's course offerings. Expandable minor concentrations are those that can, on the completion of 18 additional approved credits, be expanded into a major concentration within the appropriate unit.

Honours Program

Honours Program

Revision, August 2012. Start of revision.

Honours programs demand a high degree of specialization, and require you to satisfy specific departmental and Faculty Honours requirements while maintaining good Academic Standing. They are designed to prepare you for graduate study. Students in the B.A. & Sc. who complete an approved honours program must also complete an approved minor concentration or a minor in the Faculties of Arts or of Science. You must complete at least 21 credits in the Faculty of Arts and at least 21 credits in the Faculty of Science as part of your honours program and your minor concentration or minor program. See Honours Programs for a list of available programs.

Revision, August 2012. End of revision.

To choose the Honours option, you must meet the GPA/CGPA requirements set out in Programs, Courses and University Regulations > University Regulations and Resources > Undergraduate > Graduation > Graduation Honours: Honours and First-Class Honours for Faculties of Arts and Science (including B.A. & Sc.).

Joint Honours Program

Joint Honours Program

If you want to study at the honours level in two disciplines, you can combine a joint honours program component from an Arts discipline with one from a Science discipline; see Joint Honours Programs for a list of available programs. Each joint honours component consists of a maximum of 36–38 required and complementary credits (not including program prerequisites). In cases where a minimum of 24 credits are in courses normally restricted to Honours students, the total of required and complementary credits may be as few as 30.

To choose the Joint Honours option, you must meet the GPA/CGPA requirements set out in Programs, Courses and University Regulations > University Regulations and Resources > Undergraduate > Graduation > Graduation Honours: Honours and First-Class Honours for Faculties of Arts and Science (including B.A. & Sc.).

Interfaculty Program

Interfaculty Program

Revision, August 2012. Start of revision.

An interfaculty program is an approved selection of courses constituting a concentration in an intellectually coherent and interfaculty field of studies. These courses must include approved selections from the Faculties of Arts and of Science and possibly other faculties. See Interfaculty Programs for a list of approved programs. Students in the B.A. & Sc. who complete an approved interfaculty program must also complete an approved minor concentration or a minor in the Faculties of Arts or of Science. You must complete at least 21 credits in the Faculty of Arts and at least 21 credits in the Faculty of Science as part of your interfaculty program and your minor concentration or minor program.

Revision, August 2012. End of revision.

Bachelor of Arts & Science—2012-2013 (last updated Nov. 12, 2012) (disclaimer)