Bachelor of Arts and Science
What’s special about the McGill Bachelor of Arts & Science (B.A. & Sc.)?
The Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A.& Sc.) is a unique degree that is jointly offered by the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science.
The B.A. & Sc. is rooted in both Arts and Science and carries roughly equal course weight in these faculties. It is an interdisciplinary degree intended for students who want to pursue simultaneously a program offered by the Faculty of Arts and one offered by the Faculty of Science or a program offered jointly by both faculties. In the case of some disciplines, such as Sustainability or Cognitive Science, this duality is inherent to the discipline. In other cases, you may choose to join equal measures of an Arts discipline and Science discipline into a coherent interdisciplinary package. Examples might be Anthropology and Geological Sciences, or Philosophy and Mathematics. The central objective of the B.A. & Sc. is to provide students with a broad education that includes study of disciplines in both faculties. This degree gives students a unique opportunity to achieve a diverse knowledge base, to gain competence in different methods of scholarship, to hone intellectual flexibility, and to integrate material across disciplines.
This is the right degree for students who are firmly committed to such a disciplinary duality. By the same token, it is the wrong choice for students who are undecided between Arts or Science disciplines. If you are more interested in Arts, but would like to study some Science, you can do so within the B.A. degree. Similarly, if you are more interested in Science, but would like to study some Arts, you can do so within the B.Sc. degree.
How is the B.A. & Sc. structured?
This is a general outline. Consult the eCalendar for full details.
Over the course of three years (U1, U2 and U3), students will complete a 90-credit degree. For students from high schools outside Quebec, a 30-credit freshman year (called U0) will be added at the start of your studies (making this a four-year, 120-credit degree).
If you will be completing advanced level course work (such as International Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement (AP), Advanced Levels, and/or university courses) you may receive advanced standing credit for all or part of the U0 year.
At the beginning of the U1 year, students will choose one of the following program combinations:
- Interfaculty Programs are interdisciplinary in nature. There are currently three options: Environment, Cognitive Science, and Sustainability, Science & Society.
Interfaculty program (54 credits) + Minor concentration (18 - 24 credits) + BASC 201: Arts & Science Integrative Topics (3 credits) + 9 to 15 credits of electives
- Honours Programs have additional GPA requirements and research courses and are currently offered in Environment, Cognitive Science and Sustainability, Science & Socienty.
Honours program (60 credits) + Minor concentration (18-24 credits) + BASC 201: Arts & Science Integrative Topics (3 credits) + 3 to 9 credits of electives
- Multi-Track Programs are intended for students who want a program that includes significant components from both Arts and Science. Students will complete a major concentration from Science and a major concentration from Arts - click here for a full listing of major concentrations available in both faculties.
Major Concentration in Arts (36-37 credits) + Major Concentration in Science (36-37 credits) + BASC 201: Arts & Science Integrative Topics (3 credits) + 13 to 15 credits of electives
- Joint Honours Programs are similar to the double major, except that students select two Joint Honours components, one from Arts and one from Science and they must meet additional GPA and CGPA requirements. At present, the choice of Science component is restricted to either Math or Psychology. However, there is a great range of choices for the Arts component – click here for a full listing.
Joint Honours in Arts (30-36 credits) + Joint Honours in Science (36 credits) + BASC 201: Arts & Science Integrative Topics (3 credits) + 15 to 21 credits of electives
When do I declare my major, minor, honours, etc?
When you apply to B.A. & Sc. you do not need to have chosen your exact program of study. All students apply as “undeclared.”
If you are admitted from a high school outside Quebec, you will enter the freshman year (U0) and only declare your choice of program at the end of the year.
If you are admitted from Quebec CEGEP (or you receive 24 credits or more of advanced standing), you will enter the U1 year and you are strongly encouraged to declare your program at the time registration opens (before your fist semester courses begin).
If you are choosing the multi-track option, or a Joint Honours program, you should consult a departmental advisor for both your Arts and Science Concentrations. If you are choosing either the Cognitive Science or Environment programs, you should also consult a program advisor.
What sort of graduate programs will I qualify for with a B.A. & Sc. Degree?
The B.A. & Sc. provides excellent preparation for graduate degrees in integrated disciplines such as Cognitive or Environmental Science or Health Policy. The B.A. & Sc. may or may not be adequate preparation for an Arts or Science specific graduate program (such as Anthropology, Biology, or Russian Literature). If you intend to pursue an Arts or Science specific program at the graduate level, you should consult academic advisors in that discipline at McGill and at universities where you intend to apply in order to find out whether the B.A. & Sc. will prepare you adequately. If you are considering continuing on in a specific Science graduate program, you should examine the difference between the preparation provided by the 36-credit Major Concentrations in the B.A. & Sc. program versus the significantly more specialized major and honours programs offered in the B.Sc. programs.