Deciphering Your Degree

 

Degrees Offered by the College of Arts & Science

The College of Arts & Science offers a wide variety of degree options to students. Although not mandatory for earning a degree, most options allow students to complete a minor, recognition, specialization, or certificate within their degree requirements. 

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Three Year

Students must complete a minimum of 90 credit units to earn a three year degree. These degrees allow students to pursue careers requiring completion of a recognized undergraduate level degree in any discipline. Students may also take a three year degree to complement a professional program. Students applying to a non-direct entry college in their senior years, such as Dentistry, Law, or Pharmacy, often find these degrees a good fit while they complete their required prerequisite courses and/or years of study.  

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Four Year

Students must complete a minimum of 120 credit units to earn a four year degree. Students in four year degree programs must fulfill more senior level major requirements as well as more senior level elective requirements compared to three-year degrees. Four year degrees are the most commonly pursued degree in Arts & Science. 

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Honours

Students who would like more intensive training and who meet the higher cumulative weighted average (CWA) requirements may complete an Honours degree. Students must complete at least 120 credit units but require more major related courses and less electives than in the four year degree. Honours degrees are especially suitable for students who plan to study at the graduate level (Masters or Ph.D.). Students can apply to the Honours program once they complete a minimum of 60 credit units with a CWA of at least 70% overall and in the subject of their Honours. 

The Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A. & Sc.) Four-year or Honours

Students must complete a minimum of 120 credit units and will have the opportunity to study a program with major requirements in both an Arts and a Science subject. The B.A. & Sc. Honours degrees are subject to the same criteria as the Honours degrees listed above. 

The Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) or Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) Honours

Students must complete between 120-126 credit units and can choose to specialize in a number of different fields. Incoming students applying to the B.Mus. degree must complete an interview, an audition, and a theory placement exam. Students interested in one of these degrees are strongly encouraged to meet with the Department of Music to review specific admission procedures. 

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Honour

Students interested in completing the B.F.A. Honours degree can choose between the areas of Drama (120 credit units) and Studio Art (120 credit units plus exhibition). Students interested in this degree are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor in the Department of Art & Art History or Drama to review specific admission procedures. 

 

Credit requirements by degree type

  Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Science Bachelor of Arts & Science Bachelor of Music Bachelor of 
Fine Arts
  3 Yr. 4 Yr. Hon. 3 Yr. 4 Yr Hon. 4 Yr Hon. 4 Yr Hon. Hon.
Distribution
Requirements
(c.u.)
36 36-39 36-39 36-42 39-42 39-42 36 36 30-33 30-33 30
Major
Requirement
(c.u.)
24-30 30-69 45-69 24-42 36-60 48-60 54-63 54-63 90-96 90-96 54-69
Electives
Requirement
(c.u.)
Up to 30 Up to 54 Up to 39 Up to 30 Up to 45 Up to 33 Up to 30 Up to 30 - 18
Total credit units 90 120 120 90 120 120 120 120 120-126 120-126 120

Please note that many students take more than three years to complete a Three-year degree or more than four years to complete a Four-year or Honours degree. Students may enroll in fewer courses per term so they have more time to focus on their courses, work part-time, or participate in extra-curricular activities. 

If you don’t know what type of degree you want to pursue, don't panic! You do not have to decide right now, and you can always change your mind if your original choice is not right for you. You can, however, use the information in this section to help choose your first year courses for the degree type that most suits you. If you are unsure what degree type you plan to pursue, you can choose your courses to keep a variety of options open.

 

Program Types and Majors

Your major is the subject area you choose to specialize in.  It is also the subject or program area where you will take the majority of your courses. With over 60 options to choose from, the College of Arts & Science is sure to have something that piques your interest- but where to start? To help you narrow down the field, all of our majors can be divided into the following program types based on subject matter:

Humanities (Program Type A – B.A.)

Humanities programs include the study of people’s history, language, literature, philosophy, and religion. Students majoring in humanities subjects usually enjoy writing and doing library-based research. 

Social Sciences (Program Type B – B.A. or B.Sc.)

Social science programs include the study of how societies and people function. Students majoring in social sciences usually enjoy analyzing human behavior and doing social research projects. 

Sciences (Program Type C – B.Sc.)

Science programs include the study of technology and the physical world. Students majoring in sciences usually enjoy mathematics, experimentation, and laboratory research. 

Fine Arts (Program Type D – B.A.)

Fine arts programs include the study of artistic expression. Students in these programs are artistically talented or are interested in the creative process. This program type provides students with a strong academic foundation in liberal arts, combined with a studio or performance component. 

Fine Arts (Program Type E & F – B.F.A.)

These programs offer a more studio-intensive or performanceintensive experience in the areas of studio art, acting, and theatre design. Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in fine arts are encouraged to consider B.F.A. programs. 

Fine Arts (Program Type G – B.Mus.)

The Bachelor of Music is a performance-intensive program that allows students to specialize in Composition and Theory, Musicology, Individualized, or Performance. Students interested in teaching music can complete a B.Mus. in Music Education degree followed by entry into the College of Education and completion of the B.Ed. degree. Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in music composition, theory, or performance are encouraged to consider the B.Mus. program.

Combined Arts & Science (Program Type J – B.A. & Sc.)

This program type is available for students who wish to combine science with one or more of the humanities, social sciences or fine arts. The programs currently available to students are Environment & Society, Health Studies, and Interactive Systems Design.

Interdisciplinary Majors (Program Type varies)

Instead of choosing one specific discipline, interdisciplinary majors allow students to take a variety of courses across disciplines, making connections between them. A list of interdisciplinary majors can be found in the table below. 

You may already know which area you wish to major in, or you may have only been able to narrow it down to a program type.  You do not have to choose your major right now, but if there are subject or program areas you are interested in, it is important to take introductory courses in those areas in your first year.  This way, you will have the required prerequisites to take seniorlevel courses in these areas in your later years of study.  The following are subject areas that you can major in, listed by program type.

PROGRAM DEGREE TYPE     DEGREE PROGRAMS  
CODE TYPE
A Humanities B.A. Classical, Mediaeval &
Renaissance Studies*

English
French
History
Modern Languages
Philosophy

Religion & Culture
B Social Sciences B.A. Aboriginal Public Administration*

Archaeology & Anthropology
Business Economics*

Economics
Indigenous Studies
International Studies*
Linguistics*

Political Studies
Psychology
Regional & Urban Planning*
Sociology
Women’s & Gender Studies
C Sciences B.Sc. Applied Mathematics
Archaeology
Biochemistry
Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology*
Bioinformatics*
Biology
Biomedical Foundations
Biomedical Neuroscience

Cellular, Physiological and Pharmacological Sciences
Chemistry
Computer Science
Environmental Biology
Environmental Geoscience
Food Science*
Geology
Geophysics*

Hydrology
Mathematical Physics*
Mathematics
Palaeobiology*
Physics

Psychology
Statistics
Toxicology*  
D Fine Arts B.A. Art (Art History)

Art (Studio Art)
Drama

Music
 
E Fine Arts B.F.A.   Art (Studio Art)  
F Fine Arts B.F.A. Drama (Acting) Drama (Design)  
G Fine Arts B.Mus. Music (Individualized and Performance) Music (Music Education)
J Combined B.A. & Sc. Environment and Society* Health Studies* Interactive Systems Design*

*Denotes interdisciplinary majors

For more detailed information on the programs and majors offered by the College of Arts and Science, please refer to the Course and Program Catalogue. 

 

Fulfilling Your Degree Requirements

B.A. and B.Sc. Degree Requirements

Before a B.A. or B.Sc. degree can be awarded, the College requires the student to complete specific courses and meet certain regulations. Information on specific program requirements is available in each of the fields of study.

The requirements below refer to programs as of the 2020-2021 Academic Year. Students following the requirements from an earlier program year must follow the requirements from that year. Please see the Archives of the Course and Program Catalogue.

Requirements 1 through 3 are called Distribution Requirements.

Distribution requirements expose students to all areas considered important in the achievement of a liberal arts education. Regardless of whether you are pursuing the B.A. or B.Sc. degree, all students must complete a variety of courses outside of the area in which they specialize. Many students in their first year will choose to take a mix of distribution requirements to help them narrow down an area of interest for their major.

Courses to meet Requirements 1 to 3 must be selected from the following list and are subject to the following conditions:

  1. No course may be used twice to fulfill two or more Requirements. For example, if ENG 111.3 is used to fulfill the English Language Writing requirement, it may not be used toward fulfillment of the Breadth or Cognate requirements.
  2. No more than 6 credit units from one subject may be used in Requirements 1, 2, or the junior course requirements in Requirement 3.

For each of the Requirements 1 to 3, students must choose from a list of acceptable courses to fulfill the required number of credit units.

Only the following courses meet the English Language Writing Requirement.

ANTH 302.3, ANTH 310.3, ANTH 405.3, ANTH 421.3; ENG 110.6, ENG 111.3, ENG 112.3, ENG 113.3, ENG 114.3, ENG 120.3, ENG 202.6, ENG 203.3, ENG 204.3, ENG 253.6, ENG 290.6; ESL 116.3; HIST 115.3, HIST 125.3, HIST 135.3, HIST 145.3, HIST 155.3, HIST 165.3, HIST 175.3, HIST 185.3, HIST 193.3, HIST 194.3; INTS 203.3; PHIL 115.3, PHIL 120.3, PHIL 121.3, PHIL 133.3, PHIL 208.3, PHIL 233.3; POLS 245.3, POLS 323.3, POLS 328.3, POLS 333.3, POLS 336.3, POLS 422.3, POLS 461.3; PSY 323.3, PSY 355.3; RLST 280.3, RLST 362.3.

Some majors require students to select a particular course from this list, or a course from a smaller set of courses on this list. Students should consider their area(s) of interest when making a course selection.

Only the following courses meet the Indigenous Learning Requirement.

ANTH 202.3, ANTH 480.3; ARCH 350.3; DRAM 111.3; ENG 242.3, ENG 243.3, ENG 335.3; HIST 195.3, HIST 266.3; INDG 107.3; LING 253.3; PLAN 445.3; POLS 222.3; and all 200-level, 300-level, and 400-level INDG courses.

Some majors require students to select a particular course from this list, or a course from a smaller set of courses on this list. Students should consider their area(s) of interest when making a course selection.

Only the following courses meet the Quantitative Reasoning Requirement for B.A., B.FA. and B.Mus. programs.

CMPT 140.3; ECON 111.3, ECON 114.3; MATH 100.6, MATH 101.3, MATH 102.3, MATH 104.3, MATH 110.3, MATH 121.3, MATH 123.3, MATH 125.3, MATH 163.3, MATH 164.3, MATH 176.3; PHYS 115.3; PSY 233.3; SOC 225.3; STAT 103.3, STAT 244.3, STAT 246.3.

Some majors require students to select a particular course from this list, or a course from a smaller set of courses on this list. Students should consider their area(s) of interest when making a course selection.

Only the following courses meet the Quantitative Reasoning Requirement for B.Sc. and B.A.&Sc. programs.

MATH 110.3, MATH 116.3, MATH 123.3, MATH 124.3, MATH 125.3, MATH 128.3, MATH 163.3, MATH 164.3, MATH 176.3, MATH 177.3; STAT 245.3, STAT 246.3; PLSC 214.3.

Some majors require students to select a particular course from this list, or a course from a smaller set of courses on this list. Students should consider their area(s) of interest when making a course selection.

Only the following courses are classified as Humanities courses, and may be used to fulfill Humanities requirements in the Breadth Requirement or Cognate Requirements of a given major:

ARBC 114.3, ARBC 117.3, CHIN 114.3, CHIN 117.3; CLAS 110.3, CLAS 111.3, CMRS 110.3, CMRS 111.3; CREE 101.6, CREE 110.3; ENG 110.6, ENG 111.3, ENG 112.3, ENG 113.3, ENG 114.3, ENG 120.3; ESL 115.3, ESL 116.3; FREN 103.3, FREN 106.3, FREN 122.3, FREN 125.3, FREN 218; GERM 114.3, GERM 117.3; GRK 112.3, GRK 113.3; HEB 114.3, HEB 117.3; HIST 115.3, HIST 125.3, HIST 135.3, HIST 145.3, HIST 155.3, HIST 165.3, HIST 175.3, HIST 185.3, HIST 193.3, HIST 194.3, HIST 195.3; HNDI 114.3, HNDI 117.3; JPNS 114.3, JPNS 117.3; LATN 112.3, LATN 113.3; LING 110.3, LING 113.3; LIT 110.3, LIT 111.3; MUS 111.3; PHIL 110.6, PHIL 115.3, PHIL 120.3, PHIL 133.3, PHIL 140.3; RLST 111.3, RLST 112.3, RLST 113.3; SNSK 114.3, SNSK 117.3; SPAN 114.3, SPAN 117.3; UKR 114.3, UKR 117.3; WGST 112.3; or any senior-level course which has the "Humanities Program Type" attribute.

Certain WGST courses may be considered a Humanities and/or Social Science. Refer to the course descriptions. CLAS 101.3, CLAS103.3, CLAS 104.3, CLAS 105.3, CLAS 107.3, and CLAS 203.3 may not be used in the Breadth Requirement or the Cognate Requirement.

Only the following courses are classified as Language courses, and may be used to fulfill Language requirements in the Breadth Requirement or Cognate Requirements of a given major:

ARBC 114.3, ARBC 117.3; CHIN 114.3, CHIN 117.3; CREE 101.6, CREE 110.3; ENG 110.6, ENG 111.3, ENG 112.3, ENG 113.3, ENG 114.3, ENG 120.3; ESL 115.3, ESL 116.3; FREN 103.3, FREN 106.3, FREN 122.3, FREN 125.3, FREN 218.3; GERM 114.3, GERM 117.3; GRK 112.3, GRK 113.3; HEB 114.3, HEB 117.3; HNDI 114.3, HNDI 117.3; JPNS 114.3, JPNS 117.3; LATN 112.3, LATN 113.3; LIT 110.3, LIT 111.3; SNSK 114.3, SNSK 117.3; SPAN 114.3, SPAN 117.3; UKR 114.3, UKR 117.3 or any senior-level course in these subject.

Only the following courses are classified as Social Science courses, and may be used to fulfill Language requirements in the Breadth Requirement or Cognate Requirements of a given major:

ANTH 111.3; ARCH 112.3, ARCH 116.3; ECON 111.3, ECON 114.3; *GEOG 130.3; GEOG 150.3; HLST 110.3; LING 111.3, LING 112.3, LING 113.3; INDG 107.3; POLS 111.3; POLS 112.3; PSY 120.3, PSY 121.3; SOC 111.3, SOC 112.3, WGST 112.3 or any senior-level course which has the "Social Science Program Type" attribute.

Statistics courses in social sciences may not be used in the Breadth Requirement or the Cognate Requirement (e.g. PSY 233.3 and PSY 234.3). Certain WGST courses may be considered a Humanities and/or Social Science. Refer to the course descriptions.

  1. The following courses are classified as Science courses in Bachelor of Arts (Type A, B, and D) programs:

    ASTR 102.3, ASTR 104.3, ASTR 113.3; BIOL 107.6; BIOL 120.3; BIOL 121.3, CHEM 112.3, CHEM 115.3; CMPT 100.3, CMPT 120.3, CMPT 140.3, CMPT 141.3, CMPT 145.3; *GEOG 120.3, GEOG 125.3; GEOL 108.3, GEOL 109.3, GEOL 121.3, GEOL 122.3; MATH 104.3, MATH 110.3, MATH 116.3, MATH 121.3, MATH 125.3, MATH 128.3, MATH 163.3, MATH 164.3, MATH 176.3, MATH 177.3; PHYS 115.3, PHYS 117.3, PHYS 125.3; STAT 103.3 or any senior-level science course which has the "Science Program Type" attribute. MATH 101.3, MATH 102.3 and STAT 244.3 may not be used in the Breadth Requirement or the Cognate Requirement.

    *No more than 6 credit units in Geography can be used in Distribution Requirements 1 to 5 for Type D programs, and in Distribution Requirements 1 to 4 in Type A and B programs.

  2. Only the following courses may be used in the Cognate Requirement in Program C:

    1. Computer Science CMPT 141.3, CMPT 145.3
    2. Physics & Astronomy – ASTR 113.3; PHYS 115.3, PHYS 117.3, PHYS 125.3
    3. Chemistry CHEM 112.3, CHEM 115.3, CHEM 250.3
    4. Earth Science *GEOG 120.3; GEOL 121.3, GEOL 122.3
    5. Biological Science BIOL 120.3, BIOL 121.3

Only the following courses are classified as Fine Arts courses, and may be used to fulfill Language requirements in the Breadth Requirement or Cognate Requirements of a given major:

ART 110.3, ART 111.6, ART 112.6, ART 136.3, ART 141.3, ART 151.3, ART 152.3; ART 161.3; ARTH 120.3, ARTH 121.3; DRAM 101.3, DRAM 104.6, DRAM 110.3, DRAM 111.3, DRAM 113.3, DRAM 118.3, DRAM 119.3, DRAM 121.3; MUS 101.3, MUS 105.3, MUS 111.3, MUS 120.2, MUS 121.2, MUS 133.3, MUS 134.3, MUS 150.3, MUS 151.3, MUS 175.3, MUS 184.3, or any senior-level fine arts course provided that not more than 6 credit units in one subject are used for the Fine Arts Requirement. Students may only use 6 credit units in Art and Art History toward the Fine Arts Requirement.

DRAM 108.3 and MUS 125.1 may also be used in the Breadth Requirement for Programs A, B, and C.

Requirement 4 refers to the senior (200-level and higher) courses required in your major.

Normally students cannot take senior level courses until they have completed the 100 level prerequisites or a minimum number of university credit units, so don’t worry about these until after your first year. The College offers students an opportunity to pursue a single major, an interdisciplinary program, or a single, double or general honours. See the specific program section for a listing of the courses required for the major you have chosen.

Students who choose a B.A. Three-year degree may take up to 42 credit units in courses in a single subject area (at least 48 credit units must be in other subject areas). Students who choose a B.A. Four-year or B.A. Honours may take up to 60 credit units in courses in a single subject area (at least 60 credit units must be in other subject areas).

Requirement 5 refers to your electives.

This requirement allows students to choose Arts & Science courses or courses from other Colleges which have been approved for Arts & Science credit, to fulfill admission requirements for other Colleges, to strengthen their understanding of their major, or to complete a certificate, minor or recognition. All Arts & Science courses not used in Requirements 1-4 will be included under this requirement.

Courses from other Colleges may only be used in this requirement if they have been approved for credit in Arts & Science. See the list of these courses under Electives below.

Students must ensure they have enough senior courses (200-level, 300-level or 400-level). Three-year degree students must take at least 42 credit units in senior courses; Four-year and Honours degree students must take at least 66 credit units in senior courses.

B.A.&Sc. Degree Requirements

Requirement 1: College Requirements (9-12 credit units)

Courses selected to meet the three College requirements:

  1. English Language Writing Requirement
  2. Indigenous Learning Requirement
  3. Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

See B.A. and B.Sc. information above for the lists of courses that fulfill these requirements.

Requirement 2: Science Distribution Requirements (9-15 credit units)

Science courses chosen from lists A, B, C, D and E collectively, with at most 6 credit units from any one list.

  1. Computer Science – CMPT 141.3, CMPT 145.3
  2. Physics and Astronomy – ASTR 103.3; PHYS 115.3, PHYS 117.3, PHYS 125.3, PHYS 127.3 (formerly PHYS 128)
  3. Chemistry – CHEM 112.3, CHEM 115.3 and CHEM 250.3
  4. Earth Science – GEOG 120.3; GEOL 121.3, GEOL 122.3
  5. Biological Science – BIOL 120.3, BIOL 121.3

Requirement 3: Arts Distribution Requirements (9-18 credit units)

Courses selected from the Social Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts; at most 6 credit units in one subject; at minimum at least 6 credit units from two of Social Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts; and a minimum of 3 credit units of Languages. See above for the lists of acceptable courses in this category.

Requirement 4: Major Requirement *(minimum 54 senior credit units)

  1. Science: minimum 24 senior credit units.
  2. Social Sciences, Humanities, Fine Arts: minimum 24 senior credit units.
  3. Integrative Interdisciplinary: minimum 6 credit units of senior level courses

*Minimum 12 credit units at the 300-level or 400-level, with at least 3 credit units at this level in (a) and (b).

Requirement 5: Electives

This requirement allows students to choose Arts & Science courses or courses from other Colleges which have been approved for Arts & Science credit, to fulfill admission requirements for other Colleges, to strengthen their understanding of their major, or to complete a minor or a recognition.

Courses from other Colleges may only be used in this requirement if they have been approved for credit in Arts & Science. See the list of these courses under Elective below.

Electives as required to complete the requirements for 120 credit unit Four-year or Honours degree program subject to the condition that at least 66 credit units must be at the senior level.

Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music

Requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Drama or Studio Art and the Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) are detailed in the Drama, Music, and Studio Art sections.