Browse Academic Units and Programs

Browse Academic Units and Programs in the Faculty of Science

What is a Major Program?

A major is a versatile, comprehensive primary area of study. Most major programs require about two-thirds of a student's total credits. With the remaining credits, students can choose electives, or they may want to use those additional credits to take a minor, which can be chosen from a wide variety of areas both within and outside Science.

What is an Honours Program?

Honours programs typically involve an even higher degree of specialization than majors, include supervised research, and require students to maintain a high academic standard. An honours program provides solid preparation for graduate school. With an honours program, students will have fewer elective credits.

What is a B.Sc. Liberal Program?

This is a flexible and modular program. Students combine a core science component (CSC) in a Science discipline with a breadth component, which may be a minor from a wide variety of areas, a major concentration from the Faculty of Arts, or a second CSC from any group in Science. The Liberal program should be considered by students who do not want to overly specialize and still want room left over for elective courses.

What about Joint Programs?

The Faculty of Science also has quite a few joint programs. These programs combine two different disciplines, which allow students to gain expertise in two fields.

What about Interdisciplinary Programs?

There are many ways to create interdisciplinary programs in the Faculty of Science. Students can add a minor to a major or honours program, they can take a liberal program that contains both a core science component and a breadth component, or they can select an explicit interdisciplinary major. The Faculty of Science offers three such interdisciplinary programs: Earth System Science, Environment, and Neuroscience.

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