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Science, Arts, and Breadth Requirements

Science Requirement

At least 72 credits must be in science courses. Only Geography courses identified with the GEOB subject code carry science credit. In addition to PSYC 348 and 448, all undergraduate psychology courses numbered 60 to 89 in the last two digits have science credit. Only the following courses in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems have science credit: FNH 350, 351, 450, and 451. Some courses in the Faculty of Medicine have science credit: all BIOC, CAPS, PCTH, and PHYL courses; MEDG 410-421.

Arts Requirement

At least 12 credits must be in courses offered by the Faculty of Arts, excluding GEOB courses and PSYC courses with science credit (see Science Requirement). Arts credits taken to fulfill the Communication Requirement may not be counted towards the Arts Requirement.

ASIC 200 and ASIC 220, which are jointly offered by Science and Arts, will be applied as Arts Credit for Science students.

All MUSC courses in music history, music theory, ethnomusicology, or music composition, and a maximum of 8 credits from the ensemble courses in musical performance, may count as Arts credits in a B.Sc. program.

Breadth Requirement

This requirement applies only to major options and is intended to encourage students to expand their studies outside of the area of specialization. Double major and combined major options satisfy the Breadth Requirement unless one specialization or area falls within the field of major of the other (e.g., computer science and mathematics are within each other's field of major; see table below). In such cases, the Breadth Requirement must be satisfied with additional credits. Majors in Cognitive Systems and Environmental Sciences satisfy the breadth requirement using their specialization requirements. Honours, combined honours, and General Science options are not subject to the Breadth requirement.

The Breadth Requirement must be fulfilled with courses with either science or Arts credit. Of the electives available after the Lower-level Requirements, Arts Requirement, and the specific courses required by the student's specialization have been met, at least 9 credits must be in science courses outside the field of the major or in additional Arts courses (or in a combination of science and Arts courses). Refer to the following table for definitions of the field of the major. All ISCI courses, excluding ISCI 300, may count as breadth electives in all major specializations, except for Integrated Science. SCIE 120 and ASIC 220 (SCIE 220) may count as breadth in all majors. Major specializations other than Psychology may also count COGS 200 as a breadth elective.

Courses in the field of major
Astronomy ASTR, MATH, PHYS
Atmospheric Science ATSC, EOSC (Oceanography), GEOB, PHYS
Behavioural Neuroscience PSYC, BIOC, BIOL, CAPS, COGS, PCTH, PHYL
Biochemistry BIOC, BIOL, CHEM, MICB, and all courses offered for science credit by departments in the Faculty of Medicine
Biology BIOC, BIOL, MICB, MRNE, EOSC 270, 470, 471, 474, 475, 478; PSYC 304, 306, PSYC (science), and science-credit courses in the Faculties of Medicine and Land & Food Systems
Chemistry CHEM, PHYS, BIOC
Computer Science CPSC, MATH, STAT
Earth & Ocean Sciences EOSC, ATSC
Geography GEOB, GEOG
Geology EOSC, GEOB
Geophysics EOSC, MATH, PHYS
Integrated Sciences The combination of all fields of major listed in this table that include one or more upper-level course(s) in the student's contract (e.g., the field of major for an IS contract consisting of upper-level CHEM and MATH courses is all of CHEM, PHYS, BIOC, MATH, STAT, and CPSC).
Mathematics MATH, STAT, CPSC
Microbiology & Immunology MICB, BIOL, and science-credit courses in the Faculty of Medicine
Pharmacology BIOC, BIOL, CAPS, PCTH, PHYL, and science-credit courses in the Faculty of Medicine
Statistics STAT, MATH, CPSC

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