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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.

The B.A. & Sc. degree includes a required integrative course (BASC 201, 3 credits), plus electives (10–15 credits).

Multi-Track System

Multi-Track System

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 a major concentration in the other faculty (see below):

Option
  • 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.)

    * Effective September 2013, the multi-track option to complete two minors or two minor concentrations is no longer available. Only one multi-track option remains.

Regulations
  • Programs offered by Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, and Psychology are considered Science programs for the purpose of the B.A. & Sc. Exceptionally, you may take a Geography program in both Arts and Science.
  • Students will include within the 36 credits of their major 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

Honours Program

Honours Program

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.

To choose the Honours option, you must meet the GPA/CGPA requirements set out in 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 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

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.

Bachelor of Arts & Science—2015-2016 (last updated Mar. 4, 2015) (disclaimer)