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Requirements of Programs of Study for B.A., Hon. B.A., B.Sc., Hon. B.Sc.


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Requirements of Programs of Study for B.A., Hon. B.A., B.Sc., Hon. B.Sc.:

Completion of a Program is only a part of Degree Requirements. Variations made in Program details for individual students do not in any way affect Degree Requirements.

Program Definitions: programs are sequences of courses in one or more disciplines; these se- quences are in Section V under each college or department entry. Types of programs are:

Specialist Program: a sequence of between 9 and 16 courses* in one or more disciplines (out of the total of 20 courses needed for an Hon. B.A. or Hon. B.Sc.). Specialist programs must include at least four 300+series courses, one of which must be a 400-series course.

Major Program: a sequence of between 6 and 8 courses* in one or more disciplines (out of the total of 15 courses needed for a B.A. or B.Sc.; program combinations including Majors may also be used to qualify for an Honours degree; see 3. below). Major programs must include at least two 300+series courses.

Minor Program: a sequence of 4 courses* in one or more disciplines (out of the total of 15 courses needed for a B.A. or B.Sc.; program combinations including Minors may be used to qualify for a degree; see 3. below. Minor programs must include at least one 300+series course. * Courses may have prerequisites not listed in the Program but which must be taken.

Program Requirements:

  1. You must enrol in at least one and no more than three programs (of which only two can be Majors and/or Specialists), after passing your fourth course (see Registration Instructions and Timetable, Section E, for details; students admitted with transfer credit for four courses or more must do this immediately upon admission.)
  2. You must meet any enrolment requirements for a programs as stated in the Calendar; if you do not meet these requirements, you may be subsequently removed from the program.
  3. The Program(s) you complete determine whether you receive a science or an arts degree upon graduation. In Section V each Program indicates the type of degree to which it leads - e.g., "ENGLISH (B.A.)", or "GEOLOGY (B.Sc.)" etc. To receive an Hon. B.Sc., for example:
    • One Specialist in a B.Sc. area leads to an Hon. B.Sc.;
    • One Major in a B.Sc. area plus one Major in a B.A. area leads to either an Hon. B.Sc. or an Hon.B.A. - your choice (two Majors must include TWELVE different courses);
    • In combinations of one Major + two Minors OR three Minors, two of the three programs must be in B.Sc. areas for an Hon. B.Sc. (combinations must include TWELVE different courses);
    • Similarly, if two Minors are being used to receive a B.A. or B.Sc, both Minors must be in a B.Sc. area for a B.Sc. (two Minors must include EIGHT different courses).

Notes and Abbreviations used in the Programs of Study

"Specialist Program (X full courses or their equivalent)"; "X" is the number of courses required for that program out of the total of 20 courses needed for an Hon. B.A. or Hon. B.Sc.

"Major Program (X full courses or their equivalent)"; "X" is the number required for that program out of the total of 15 courses needed for a B.A. or B.Sc.

"First Year", "Second Year", etc.: Sequences of courses are given as guides, but need not be followed in the exact order listed, provided all pre- and co-requisites are observed.

Higher Years = Second, Third and Fourth Years

An oblique stroke ("/") means "or". A comma and a semi-colon both mean "and".

200-series = courses numbered in the 200's ONLY; 200+series = courses in the 200's or 300's or 400's

300+series = courses numbered in the 300's or 400's

approved = approved by the college or department sponsoring the program

Group = a group of related courses; Groups are at the end of the relevant program listings

Courses = full courses or the equivalent in full and/or half courses. The single letter suffix at the end of a course number in this Calendar indicates only the credit value:

Y = a full course, for which one credit is given;

H = a half course, for which one-half credit is given (see also "Y" and "H" Course Suffixes ).

Self-Designed Programs

Students may design their own Programs, which must be substantially different from any Program in this Calendar. Such a Program, if formally adopted by the student's College on the basis of its academic rigor and coherence, and if approved by the Committee on Academic Standards, will be accepted as fulfilling the degree requirement for certification in a Program (transcripts indicate only "Completed Self-designed Programs approved by "X" College"). Since the approval process is necessarily a long one, students following this alternative must discuss this process with their College Registrar immediately after completion of the fourth course in the Faculty. In the requirements below the word "course" means a "full course" or two "half-courses"; in Section FIVE (Programs and Courses) "full courses" are listed as Y-courses, and "half-courses" are listed as H-courses.
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