What Courses Should I Take in First Year?
The Bachelor of Science degree (general or honours) requires the completion of 120 credit hours chosen to satisfy the general regulations for the degree.
In the Faculty of Science, it is necessary to declare a major program and it is optional to declare a minor program. You are strongly encouraged to choose the subject of your major program after finishing your first year of study. During your first year of university, you should contact the department of your desired major for academic advice on program choices and course scheduling.
Contact information for departments is available on each of the following majors pages listed below.
Major Subject Areas
So, what courses should you take in first year? B.Sc. students must complete the following core degree requirements:
- Two courses in critical reading and writing (CRW), including at least one in English
- Two courses in mathematics/statistics
- Two courses each of two sciences other than mathematics/statistics.
It is recommended that you complete the core degree requriements in your first year of study.
Check out a sample program of suggested first year courses for each of the majors available within the B.Sc. degree:
- Behavioural Neuroscience
- Chemistry (including computational and biological)
- Computer Science (including data centric computing, visual computing and gaming, and smart systems)
- Earth Sciences
- Human Biosciences (Starting Sept. 2023)
- Mathematics and Statistics (including pure and applied mathematics)
- Marine Biology
- Ocean Sciences (including environmental systems)
- Physics and Physical Oceanography (including environmental physics and ocean physics)