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Minor Options

Students who wish to focus their electives may, with the approval of the Director of the Science Information Centre, undertake an optional minor program concurrently with their first specialization (major, honours, combined major, combined honours, and General Science except as noted below for specific minors). Applications will not be accepted once the student has gained fourth-year standing; some minors have further restrictions (see below). The designation of the minor will be applied to the transcript upon graduation if permission has been granted and the requirements are met. Permission to pursue a minor will be denied if the student is not making good progress in the primary specialization or if the student is already approved to pursue another minor, a double major, or dual degree.

The following five minor programs are available: Minor in Land and Food Systems, Minor in Arts, Minor in Commerce, Minor in Kinesiology, and Minor in Science. Entry into and continuation in a minor option requires that the student remains in Good Standing. Where space in courses required for a minor is limited, students may be required to maintain a sessional average higher than the minimum for Good Standing. Information on minor programs is also available from the Faculty.

Minor in Land and Food Systems

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems offers five optional minors for B.Sc. students. Upon completion of one of the following five minor options, the notation "Minor in [Subject]" will be denoted on the student's transcript.

The Applied Animal Biology Minor will consist of 18 credits selected from APBI 311, 312, 314, 315, 327 (BIOL 327), 398, 411, 414, 415, 418, 419, 427 (BIOL 411); BIOL 310, 325, 425; PSYC 306.

The Applied Plant and Soil Sciences Minor will consist of 18 credits selected from APBI 318, 322, 324 (BIOL 324), 327 (BIOL 327), 328 (BIOL 317), 342 (FRST 310), 351 (BIOL 351/FRST 311), 401, 402, 403, 426 (BIOL 421), 428, 440 (BIOL 440), 444 (FRST 444).

The Food and Resource Economics Minor will consist of ECON 310, 311 and 12 credits selected from ECON 371, FNH 355, FRE 302, 306, 340, 374, 385, 402, 420, 490 for a total of 18 credits. Students who have completed ECON 101 and 102 prior to entry into the program may use these courses in lieu of ECON 310 and 311, but may require additional upper-level credits to satisfy graduation requirements.

The Food Science Minor will consist of 18 credits selected from FNH 300, 301, 302, 309, 313, 330, 401, 402, 403.

The Nutritional Sciences Minor will consist of FNH 250, 350, 351, and 12 credits selected from FNH 301, 355, 370, 398, 402, 451, 454, 471, 473, 477, 490 for a total of 21 credits.

Space in many science and land and food systems courses is limited. Admission to a land and food systems minor does not guarantee access to courses agreed upon for the minor.

Minor in Arts

An acceptable minor must comprise courses in the Faculty of Arts that are for credit toward a B.A. and consists of 18 upper-level credits in a single subject. An application form may be obtained from the Science Information Centre. Students should design a coherent and academically sound course of studies for their proposed minor, which must be approved by the Director of the Science Information Centre while the student is registered in second year. All courses must be acceptable for a B.A. major in the proposed subject area or field, but a student is not bound by the other requirements that the Faculty of Arts sets for a major or minor in the field. The following restrictions should be noted.

An Arts minor in mathematics or computer science may not be undertaken by students in the Faculty of Science. Students majoring in one of the earth science specializations (Earth and Ocean Science, Geographical Biogeosciences, Geology, Geophysics, Oceanography) may not undertake a Minor in Geography. Other students intending to minor in geography should take GEOB 102 and 103 as prerequisites. Students in the B.Sc. program in psychology may not undertake a Minor in Psychology; other students intending to complete the Arts Minor in Psychology must select only those psychology courses that carry Arts credit in the Faculty of Science.

Upon successful completion of the minor program, the notation, "Minor in Arts" will be denoted on the student's transcript. Students wanting a subject-designated minor may also undertake a minor in a specific Arts discipline Minor Program, which requires the completion of at least 30 credits in a single subject field or specialization, of which at least 18 must be numbered 300 or higher.

The Faculty of Arts offers some interdisciplinary 30-credit minors for which no corresponding major exists. Science students may apply to pursue one of those minors only if the courses chosen do not leave the student deficient in Arts credits, in excess of the limit of 18 credits from faculties other than Science or Arts, or in excess of the allowable total attempted credits for the degree.

Minor in Commerce

The minor is intended to be completed over two winter sessions. Enrolment in this program is strictly limited.

At the time of application, students must be eligible to enter second-year in the Faculty of Science the following September and have an average of at least 60% in all previous sessions. Meeting the stated requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. An application form may be obtained from the Science Information Centre or from the Faculty of Science website. The completed form must be returned no later than May 15.

Applicants must have successfully completed one of MATH 100, 102, 104, 120, 180, 184, or Science One and both ECON 310 and 311 (or 101 and 102). The program will consist of COMM 329(3), COMM 457(3), COMM 465(3), COMM 473(3), COMM 493(3), and one of COMM 398(3) or COMM 458(3) for a total of 18 credits.

Note: Students may encounter difficulty fitting the COMM courses into their Science program timetable; careful planning is essential. Upon successful completion of this program, the notation "Minor in Commerce" will be placed on the student's transcript.

Minor in Kinesiology

Enrolment in this program is strictly limited. An application form may be obtained from the Science Information Centre and the form must be returned no later than May 15.

At the time of application, students must have completed PHYS 100 or 101, be eligible for third-year standing in the Faculty of Science, have achieved an average of at least 68% in each of the previous two years, and be eligible to enroll in either CAPS 301 (or PHYL 301) or both BIOL 363 and 364. Students who do not complete this physiology requirement in their third year will be dropped from the minor. Meeting the stated application requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

The program will consist of 18 credits selected from the following list of courses: KIN 303(3), KIN 330(3), KIN 351(3), KIN 353(3), KIN 361(3), KIN 375(3), KIN 389(3), KIN 461(3), KIN 462(3), KIN 464(3), KIN 469(3), KIN 471(3), KIN 473(3), KIN 475(3).

Students admitted to a minor in kinesiology have the prerequisites waived for all KIN 3** courses listed above. However, students should be aware of the 300-level prerequisites for some 400-level kinesiology courses. Students may encounter difficulty fitting the KIN courses into their science program timetable; careful planning is essential. Upon successful completion of this minor program, the notation "Minor in Kinesiology" will be placed on the student's transcript.

Minor in Science

A minor in science may not be undertaken by students in General Science or the Combined Major in Science. Courses taken for the minor must be courses in the Faculty of Science that are acceptable for a B.Sc. major or honours in the proposed subject area or field. The minor consists of at least 18 upper-level credits either in a single subject or courses selected from a specialization (see Astronomy, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Oceanography, and Physics Minor listings for exceptions). An application form may be obtained from the Science Information Centre. Students should design a coherent and academically sound course of studies for their proposed minor, which must be approved by specialization advisors in both the major (or honours) and minor areas and by the Director of the Science Information Centre while the student is registered in second year. Approval will be withheld if deemed to overlap excessively with the course of study for the major or honours.

Students registered in other degree programs may, with approval of a departmental advisor in Science and a senior advisor in their home faculty, undertake a minor in science program in conjunction with their degree program. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with advisors in both faculties before taking the necessary courses.

Upon completion of a minor program, the notation, "Minor in [subject]" will be denoted on the student's transcript. Space in many Science courses is limited. Admission to a science minor does not guarantee access to courses agreed upon for the minor.

A student completing a minor in science in conjunction with a major or honours program may use courses to fill program requirements in both areas of specialization (see Double Counting). However, to complete a major plus minor in science requires at least 42 upper-level credits of science courses; to complete an honours plus minor in science requires at least 54.

Page last updated: May 14, 2014

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