Aug 02, 2021
The BSc General program provides students with a diverse education in more than one branch of study. Students must major in a Science subject area of concentration (as defined either by a single course designator or by groupings of course designators – see below). Students may elect to minor in a Science subject area of concentration, in an Arts subject area of concentration (see Bachelor of Arts (BA) ), in one of a select number of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences subject areas of concentration (see BSc General—Minor in Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences), or in Business (see BSc General—Minor in Business). In addition to providing a path to the BSc General Degree, this program of study allows for subsequent transfer to Specialization and Honors programs. Students intending to transfer to Honors or Specialization programs should consult the appropriate admission requirements for the program of interest (see Faculty of Science Admission Requirements ), select carefully their first-year core courses in accordance with the requirements of the specific Honors or Specialization program, and pay close attention to course load and GPA requirements for transfer. Students in the combined BSc/BEd program should consult Secondary Education Route when choosing courses for their major and minor.
Selection of Courses
Note: For success in your chosen program, ensure you have satisfied the pre/corequisite requirements for all courses. Departments have the right to remove students from courses for failing to present a passing grade (or higher, where stipulated) in the prerequisite course(s) and/or for failing to be enrolled in the corequisite course(s). Please see High School Admission for more information.
Course Load Requirements
Students in the General program should normally take ★30 during the Fall/Winter of each year of the program if they wish to complete the program in four years. Although not held to a minimum Fall/Winter course load requirement while registered in the General program, students intending to transfer to an Honors or Specialization program should pay close attention to course load and GPA requirements for transfer to their program of interest.
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 obtain a GPA of at least 3.5 and no failing grades on the last ★60, excluding courses declared extra-to-degree. If determination of the last ★60 requires consideration of one or more courses from a given term then all work from that term is included in the calculation for the purposes of qualifying for With Distinction. Normally, only U of A courses will be used in the calculation of the GPA for the last ★60 of the program.
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. Students wishing to extend their programs beyond four years must first obtain approval of the Senior Associate Dean of Science or designate.
Regulations governing the General program:
To obtain a BSc General Degree
To obtain a BSc General Degree, a student must receive credit in ★120, of which:
- At least ★72 and not more than ★102 must be in courses offered by the Faculty of Science (see Faculty of Science Courses ).
- At least ★18 and not more than ★48 must be in courses offered by the Faculty of Arts.
- Not more than ★42 may be taken at the junior level.
General Program Core Courses
The General program includes a core of courses which must include the following:
- ★6 junior ENGL
- ★3 junior ENGL and ★3 junior WRS
Junior courses offered by the Departments of Computing Science, and Mathematical and Statistical Sciences:
Junior courses in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics:
Junior Science courses titled Biology, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, or Science Psychology:
Complete a Science major
Each student must complete a Science major. See below for specific course requirements in each major subject area of concentration. With the exception of the Physical Science major, which requires ★42, all Science majors require a minimum of ★36 with at least ★12 in 300-level or higher courses taken while registered in the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta.
Each student must also either:
- complete a second Science major. Students who complete a second Science major will not have a minor. The Double Majors will be recorded on the student transcript; or
- complete a minor. With exception of the Physical Sciences minor, which requires ★27, all minors must have at least ★24 with at least ★6 in 300-level or higher courses taken while registered in the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta. The minor may be in Science (see below), in an Arts subject area of concentration (see BA Honors and BA Major/Minor Requirements ), in one of a select number of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences subject areas of concentration (see BSc General—Minor in Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences), or in Business (see BSc General—Minor in Business). For non-Science minors, students are responsible for meeting both the Faculty of Science minor requirements and any outside Faculty or department-specified course requirements. For information about admission to the Business minor, see BSc General—Minor in Business .
Students must declare their major(s) and minor to the Science Undergraduate Student Services Office following the accumulation of ★60 of course weight of their BSc program, though it is to a student's advantage to declare the major(s) as soon as possible. Students are not permitted to change their major or minor once they have accumulated ★90 in their BSc program except with the written permission of the Associate Dean Undergraduate. See Statement of Major/Minor form in SciForms.
Courses taken from faculties other than Arts or Science
A maximum of ★18 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 (with the exception of those courses meeting the requirements for a Business minor or one of the allowable minors from Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences), nor toward the minimum requirement of ★18 in Arts, nor toward the minimum requirement of ★72 in Science.
BSc Major/Minor Requirements