First-year courses (2017-2018):

Science programs expect the completion of specific courses in your intended discipline during your first year. You should review section 12 in part III of the academic calendar to determine which first-year courses are required for your intended major and/or minor area of study, and for upper year courses you may be interested in taking. You are also advised to review the Bachelor of Science degree requirements as detailed in section 11.3 of the academic calendar.  

At the same time that you are working towards completion of requirements for a major and minor program, you should take the opportunity to register for courses outside of your intended discipline in order to explore other interests and various program options. Many students are uncertain about choosing a major; this can be accommodated by making sure that your first-year course selection gives you the required flexibility. Science students are strongly encouraged to consult with an advisor when deciding which courses should be a priority for completion. 

Science students typically complete three to six credits of distribution requirements each year. Over the course of your degree you are required to complete six credits from each of the non-Science distribution areas: Arts, Humanities, and Social World.

Please review this information regarding a Math Assessment Test for calculus (MATH 1111 or 1151) which should be written prior to classes beginning in the fall.  

Following are recommended courses for first year students wishing to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in each of the Science disciplines.

Aviation
 
Strongly recommended for first year:

  • Fall term: COMP 1631, PHYS 1051, MATH 1111, GENS 1401
  • Winter term: PHYS 1551, GENS 2421

Also recommended for first year:  

  • COMP 1731, MATH 1121

Biochemistry

Strongly recommended for first year:

  • Fall term: BIOC 1001, CHEM 1001, PHYS 1051*, MATH 1111
  • Winter term: BIOL 1501, CHEM 1021, PHYS 1551

Also recommended for first year:

  • BIOL 1001 (required for some second year biology courses)
  • MATH 1121 (or in second year)  

Biology

Strongly recommended for first year:

  • Fall term: BIOC 1001, BIOL 1001, CHEM 1001 
  • Winter term: BIOL 1501
  • three credits from MATH 1111 or 1151**
  • three credits from PHYS 1041 or 1051

Also recommended for first year:

  • three credits from MATH 1121, 2221, or COMP 1631

Chemistry
 
Strongly recommended for first year:

  • Fall term: BIOC 1001, CHEM 1001, PHYS 1051, MATH 1111
  • Winter term: CHEM 1021, PHYS 1551, MATH 1121

Cognitive Science

Strongly recommended for first year:

  • PSYC 1001 & PSYC 1011
  • Fall term: CHEM 1001, COMP 1631, MATH 1111, PHYS 1051
  • Winter term: CHEM 1021, COMP 1731, PHYS 1551

Also recommended for first year:

  • three credits from the Humanities 1600 series (CLAS, HIST, PHIL, RELG)

Computer Science 

Strongly recommended for first year:

  • Fall term: MATH 1111, COMP 1631, CHEM 1001, PHYS 1051***
  • Winter term: MATH 1121, COMP 1731, PHYS 1551***

Also recommended for first year:  

  • three credits from BIOL 1001, 1501, BIOC 1001, GENS 1401, PSYC 1001, or PSYC 1011
Environmental Science

Strongly recommended for first year:

  • Fall term: GENS 1401, BIOL 1001, BIOC 1001, CHEM 1001
  • Winter term: BIOL 1501, GENS 2421, MATH 1111, PHYS 1041

Further recommendations for completion of the major:   

  • From second year, courses comprising the major are organized by thematic streams. Students are advised to consult the academic calendar to identify a single stream of interest and select from the options identified for that stream.

Mathematics

Strongly recommended for first year:

  • Fall term: MATH 1111, CHEM 1001, PHYS 1051, COMP 1631
  • Winter term: MATH 1121, COMP 1731, three credits from CHEM 1021 or PHYS 1551

Also recommended for first year:

  • three credits from BIOL 1001, 1501, BIOC 1001, GENS 1401, PSYC 1001, or PSYC 1011

Physics

Strongly recommended for first year:

  • Fall term: PHYS 1051, MATH 1111, CHEM 1001
  • Winter term: PHYS 1551, MATH 1121, CHEM 1021

Also recommended for first year:

  • COMP 1631

Psychology

Strongly recommended for first year: 

  • PSYC 1001 & PSYC 1011
  • three credits from MATH 1111 or 1151**

Also recommended for first year:

  • three credits from PHYS 1041, 1051, or CHEM 1001
  • three credits from MATH 1121, 2221, or COMP 1631
  • three credits from BIOL 1001, 1501, or BIOC 1001

* PHYS 1041 or 1051 may be taken for the major in biochemistry. PHYS 1041 has not been included in the chart because it is only offered in the winter term (in which case prerequisites for PHYS 1551 would not be met). It is recommended that students complete PHYS 1051 if they are choosing among chemistry and biochemistry as potential majors. 

** MATH 1151 is Applied Calculus and is designed for students in the life sciences and Commerce who *do not* intend on taking MATH 1121. MATH 1151 is only offered in the Fall term. MATH 1111 is offered in both Fall and Winter term. Differences between MATH 1111 and 1151 are described here.

*** A B.Sc. with Major in Computer Science requires 6 credits (2 courses) from CHEM 1001, PHYS 1051, PHYS 1551.  If student takes *both* CHEM 1001 and PHYS 1051 in the Fall term, then PHYS 1551 is *not* required in the Winter term.  On the other hand, if students opt to only takes PHYS 1051 in the Fall, then they should register for PHYS 1551 in the Winter.