Programs of Study
BSc General Program
193.3 BSc General Program
Please note that the Faculty of Science is revising the Bachelor of Science in the General Program degree requirements for all students admitted in Fall 2014 and thereafter. Please see http://www.science.ualberta.ca/en/UndergraduateStudents for a detailed listing of the approved program requirements.
The BSc General program provides students with a diverse education in more than one branch of study and includes a major and minor subject or area of concentration. Students must major in a Science subject or area of concentration. Students may elect to minor in a Science subject or area of concentration, an Arts subject of concentration, an Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences minor, or a Business minor. In addition to providing a BSc General Degree, this program allows for subsequent transfer to Specialization and Honors programs. Students who intend to transfer to Honors programs in Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Pharmacology or Physiology must complete 30 in each Fall/Winter preceding admission to the Honors program. All other students who intend to transfer to Honors programs must complete 24 in each Fall/Winter preceding admission to the Honors program. Students enrolled in the General program who intend to transfer to another program should consult the appropriate admission requirements for the particular program of interest in §15.15 and carefully select their first-year core courses in accordance with the requirements of the specific program.
Students who tentatively plan to transfer to an honors or specialization program should initially complete courses toward a Science or Arts minor in accordance with BSc General regulations.
See §15.15.1 for admission requirements for the BSc (General) programs.
Selection of Courses
The following regulations govern the General program:
A student's program must be approved by an advisor in the Faculty Office each academic year.
To obtain a BSc General Degree, a student must receive credit in 120. At least 72 and not more than 102 must be in Science. At least 18 and not more than 48 must be in Arts.
Each student must complete a Science major. A minimum of 36 and a maximum of 48 are required in the major, with no more than 18 at the junior level. At least 12 must be 300-level or higher courses taken while registered in the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta.
Each student must also either
A Science major consists of Science courses taken from one of the following nine subject areas:
Biological Sciences (see Note 1): Choose courses from BIOCH, BIOIN, BIOL, BOT, CELL, ENT, GENET, IMIN, MA SC, MICRB, MMI (with the exception of 133), NEURO, PALEO, PHYSL (with the exception of 600), PMCOL (with the exception of 300), ZOOL
Chemistry: Choose courses from BIOCH, CHEM.
Computing Science: Choose courses from CMPUT.
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences: Choose courses from Science EAS courses, GEOPH, PALEO.
Mathematical Sciences: Choose courses from BIOIN, CMPUT, MA PH, MATH, STAT.
Mathematics: Choose courses from MATH, MA PH.
Physical Sciences: Choose courses from ASTRO, BIOCH, CHEM, GEOPH, MA PH, PHYS.
Physics: Choose courses from ASTRO, GEOPH, MA PH, PHYS.
Science Psychology: Choose courses from Science PSYCO courses.
Statistics: Choose courses from STAT.
A Science minor consists of Science courses taken from one of the following areas: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computing Science, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (Science EAS), Mathematical Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Physics, Psychology (Science PSYCO), or Statistics. For information about the BSc General – minor in Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, see §193.3.1. For information about the BSc General – minor in Business, see §193.3.2.
If the minor is from the Faculty of Arts, further requirements as specified by the Arts Department must be met. See Faculty of Arts §43.1 to 44.33 for specific requirements for minors, by Department. The following Arts subjects may be taken as a minor: Anthropology; Art and Design; Biblical Hebrew; Central/East European Studies; Chinese; Christian Theology; Classical Studies; Classical Languages; Comparative Literature; Creative Writing; Drama; East Asian Studies; Economics; English; Film Studies; French; Human Geography (see Note); German; History, Ancient or Medieval History, History of Art, Design and Visual Culture; International Studies; Italian; Japanese; Latin American Studies; Linguistics; Middle Eastern and African Studies; Music; Native Studies; Philosophy; Polish; Political Science; Arts Psychology (see Note); Religious Studies; Russian; Scandinavian; Science, Technology and Society; Sociology; Spanish; Ukrainian; Women’s Studies.
Note: The major and minor may not share courses from the same department. The following combinations are not allowed:
Arts Psychology/Science Psychology
Courses in the major and minor may not overlap. For example, if the major is Mathematical Sciences, and the minor is Statistics, the major may be made up of Mathematics courses and Computing Science courses, but no Statistics courses. The minor would consist exclusively of Statistics courses.
Students who major in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences are allowed to minor in Human Geography. For such students, all EAS (Faculty of Science) courses count towards their major in EAS; all HGP (Faculty of Arts) courses count towards their minor in Human Geography. See §44.15.1 for other requirements for the Minor in Human Geography.
The General program features a first-year core of courses which must include the following:
Normally, at least 30 at the junior level must be successfully completed before a student may register in senior-level courses.
Not more than 42 of all courses taken can be at the junior level.
Each student must successfully complete a minimum of 12 at the 300-level (or higher) in the major and, in addition, at least 6 at the 300-level (or higher) in the minor while registered in the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta.
Subject to receiving written approval from the Faculty of Science Office before registration, a maximum of 12 may be taken from Faculties other than Arts or Science. For applicants to the BSc General who have already taken courses from Faculties other than Arts or Science, potential transfer credit for such courses will be assessed at the time of admission to the program.
Such subjects are not included as part of the major or minor, nor toward the minimum requirement of 18 in Arts, nor toward the minimum requirement of 72 in Science.
Note: In Women's Studies minor, courses not in Arts or Science but in the list of “cross-listed courses” may count toward the minor in Women’s Studies (see §44.33).
Course Load Requirements
Students in the General program should normally take 30 during the Fall/Winter of each year of the program.
Academic Standing and Graduation
The following regulations govern General Programs:
To obtain a BSc General degree, a minimum 2.0 GPA must be attained on the last 60 credited to the degree. Moreover, a minimum 2.3 GPA must be attained in all courses in the major. Students must be in Satisfactory Standing in the General program in order to graduate (a minimum 2.0 GPA in the final Fall/Winter).
BSc General degrees with Distinction are awarded when students achieve a GPA of 3.5 or higher over the last 60 if the students have satisfactorily completed at least a normal academic load of a minimum of 24 during the Fall/Winter periods of the last two years at the University of Alberta.
A student transferring to the Faculty of Science with advanced standing must complete at least 60 applicable to the BSc program while registered at the University of Alberta. Normally, at least 30 of the last 60 must be completed while registered in the Faculty of Science.
Time Limits for Program Completion
The Faculty of Science may permit a student to complete the requirements for a General degree over a period longer than four years or meet the requirements in a shorter time by attending Spring/Summer.
193.3.1 BSc General—Minor in Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
Students may choose a minor in Agriculture, Human Ecology or Nutrition. All other restrictions and requirements of the BSc General program, as outlined in §193.3 apply.
Minor in Agriculture
The minor in Agriculture consists of at least 24 and no more than 30 in Agriculture courses as follows:
AN SC 200
AREC 200 (Prerequisite of ECON 101 or consent of Department)
PL SC 221
SOILS 210 (Prerequisite: Must have completed a university-level course in life or natural sciences. A university-level chemistry course is strongly recommended.)
12 to 18 in additional courses at the 300-level or higher to be chosen from AN SC, AREC, ENCS, PL SC or SOILS.
Minor in Human Ecology
The minor in Human Ecology consists of at least 24 and no more than 30 in Human Ecology as follows:
21 to 27 in HECOL courses, with at least 9 at the 300-level or higher.
Minor in Nutrition
The minor in Nutrition consists of at least 24 and no more than 30 in Nutrition as follows:
NU FS 305, 356, 373
12 to 18 from the following: NUTR 480, NU FS 200, 223, 363, 374, 377, 427, 428
Note: CHEM 261 and 263 are pre-requisites for NU FS 373.
193.3.2 BSc General—Minor in Business
Note: For requirements, see §193.3. Students admitted to the program lacking one or more prerequisites will be required to make up the deficiency during the first Fall/Winter in the Business minor program.
BSc General program students admitted to the minor in Business quota must complete the following:
ECON 101, 102
18 to 30 in courses offered by the Faculty of Business including ACCTG 311; SMO 301; two of FIN 301, MARK 301, OM 352, SMO 321
Several of the above courses have one or more Arts or Science courses as prerequisites. These prerequisites must be met.
Students completing a minor in Business must still choose a major in Science and must satisfy the requirement that at least 72 of the 120 credited to the degree be in Science.
Students minoring in Business must still complete at least 18 in Arts. ECON 101 and ECON 102 constitute six of those required Arts units.
Once admitted to the minor in Business, students in the BSc General program will be allowed to continue in the Business minor as long as they remain in good standing in the BSc General program. BSc General program students who have been admitted to the minor in Business and who subsequently apply to transfer to a Specialization or Honors program which has a Business component controlled by quota will have to apply and compete for admission to that quota.