Majorsfirstyearcourserequirements
Majorsfirstyearcourserequirements

First-Year Course Suggestions by Major

Here is a list of majors and course suggestions.  Click on your chosen major or a major that interests you to see a summary of the first year course requirements and the number of electives you should be planning.

For more tips on course selection and registration, visit the academic advising website link below.

» First-year course selection and registration information page

Remember that your degree requirements are located in the Academic Calendar (Academic Calendar pdf icon). 

Further course suggestions can be found on some program websites (departmental programs). You can also learn more about each course through the first-year course videos webpage.

 

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POSSIBLE MAJORS

 

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Gzowski College office, GCS 214
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Lady Eaton College, ECC 119
(705) 748-1011 ext 1322

Otonabee College office, OCA W102
(705) 748-1011 ext 7742

Trail College, Downtown Peterborough

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Arts, General/Honours (BA)

  • Arts General/Arts Honours are not themselves majors. If you receive notice that you are in Arts General/Arts Honours either you did not declare an area of interest on your application or you have accepted an alternate offer to the direct entry program to which you applied.
  • Since these are not majors there are no required courses. Please review the required courses for majors that you may be interested in.

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Science, General/Honours (BSc)

  • Science General/Science Honours are not themselves majors. If you receive notice that you are in Science General/Science Honours either you did not declare an area of interest on your application or you have accepted an alternate offer to the direct entry program to which you applied.
  • Since these are not majors there are no required courses. Please review the required courses for majors that you may be interested in.

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POSSIBLE MAJORS

 

Ancient Greek & Roman Studies

  • Required: AHCL 1401H and AHCL 1402H
  • For those interested in going on to graduate work, consider GREK 1000H and GREK 1001H and LATN 1000H and LATN 1001H.
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Anthropology

  • Required: 1 credit (2 half-credit courses) in ANTH at the 1000 level
  • For those interested in a science degree (BSc), consider taking your required 1.0 MATH credit (MATH 1001H, 1080H, and 2080Y, do not satisfy the Mathematics requirement for a Bachelor of Science degree.)
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Archaeology

  • Required: 1 credit (2 half-credit courses) chosen from: AHCL 1030H, ANTH 1010H, ANTH 1020H (PTBO) or: ANTH 1001H and ANTH 1002H (Durham)
  • For those interested in Anthropological Archeology or the BSc in Archeology, INDG 1001H and 1002H are also required.
  • For those interested in a science degree (BSc), consider taking your required 1.0 MATH credit (MATH 1001H, 1080H, and 2080Y, do not satisfy the Mathematics requirement for a Bachelor of Science degree.)
  • Recommended: Even if you choose AHCL 1001H as part of your required credit, consider registering in both half-credit courses in Anthropology (ANTH 1010H and ANTH 1020H in PTBO or ANTH 1001H and 1002H in Durham) to provide more options for upper-year course selection.
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Arts & Science

  • Required: ASCI 1001H, 1002H, and 1 credit from: MATH 1005, MATH 1051H, MATH 1052H, MATH 1110H, MATH 1120H, MATH 1350H, and MATH 1550H
  • At least 1 credit from a Science discipline and at least 1 credit from an Arts (Humanities or Social Science) discipline. Note: disciplines marked with * can be Arts or Science: if you pick one of these disciplines, decide if you want it to meet the Science or the Arts requirement.

    • Trent Arts (Humanities/Social Science) disciplines: Ancient Greek & Roman Studies, Anthropology*, Business Administration, Canadian Studies, Computer Studies, Cultural Studies, Economics*, English Literature, Environmental & Resource Studies*, French Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies, Geography (BA minor option), Hispanic Studies, History, Indigenous Studies, International Development Studies, Media Studies, Philosophy, Political Studies, Sociology

       

    • Trent Science disciplines: Anthropology*, Biology, Chemistry, Computing Systems, Economics*, Environmental & Resource Science*, Geography (BSc minor option), Information Systems, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology
  • You will have room for up to 1 credit more that is an elective credit. Consider taking the required introductory course or courses in a program that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

It is important to take BIOL 1020H, BIOL 1030H, CHEM 1000H and CHEM 1010H if you are planning for this major, as they are required 1000-level credits for this major and you will need them to move into your next year of studies.

  • Required: BIOL 1020H, BIOL 1030H, CHEM 1000H, CHEM 1010H, and one of PHYS/BIOL 1060H or PHYS 1001H
  • It is strongly recommended that you take your required MATH credit in first year: 1 credit consisting of MATH 1110H and 1120H or: MATH 1005H with an additional 0.5 MATH (excluding MATH 1001 and 1080).
  • If you take all of the 1000-level required credits in this academic year, you will have up to 1.5 additional credits to choose: they are electives. Consider taking the required introductory courses in programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Biology

It is important to take BIOL 1020H and BIOL 1030H if you plan to major in Biology, as both are required and you will need them to move into your next year of studies. There are other 1000-level credits that are required (listed below); while they do not have to be taken in your first year, it is strongly recommended that you take them in your first year.

  • Required for Single Major: BIOL 1020H, BIOL 1030H, CHEM 1000H, CHEM 1010H, and one of PHYS/BIOL 1060H or PHYS 1001H

  • 1.0 MATH credit (MATH 1001H, 1080H, and 2080Y, do not satisfy the Mathematics requirement for a Bachelor of Science degree.)

  • Required for Joint Major: BIOL 1020H and BIOL 1030H

  • If you plan to do the Joint Major BSc (science degree), you will also require 1.0 MATH credit (MATH 1001H, 1080H, and 2080Y, do not satisfy the Mathematics requirement for a Bachelor of Science degree.)

  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Biomedical

5.5 1000L credits are required for the Biomedical Degree, 0.5 of which can be taken in your second year (could be MATH 1550H or PHYS (1001H or 1060H)):

BIOM 1000H, BIOL 1050H, 1051H, CHEM 1000H, CHEM 1010H, MATH 1110, 1120, 1550, PSYC 1020, PSYC 1030H, PHYS (1001H or 1060H)


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Business Administration

  • Required for BBA or ADMN Joint Major: ADMN 1000H, ADMN 1021H, ECON 1010H, and ECON 1020H
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.
  • For those interested in completing a Science Degree joining Buisness with another science major you should focus on science electives only and consult the academic calendar to count the number of science credits required throughout your degree.

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Canadian Studies

  • Required: CAST 1100H and one of CAST 1101H, CAST 1103H, or CAST 1104H
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Chemical Physics

  • Required: CHEM 1000H, CHEM 1010H, PHYS 1001H, PHYS 1002H, MATH 1110H, MATH 1120H, MATH 1350 and COIS 1020H
  • It is best to take all of these credits in your first year as they are prerequisite courses for upper-year courses.
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Chemistry

  • Required: CHEM 1000H, CHEM 1010H, PHYS 1001H and PHYS 1002H
  • It is strongly recommended that you take the required MATH credit in your first year: 1.0 MATH credit from MATH 1110H and 1120H or: MATH 1005H with one of MATH 1350H or MATH 1550H.
  • Students who major in Chemistry also require an additional 0.5 credit in MATH or COIS (excluding MATH 1001 and 1080H): you may want to take a 1000-level half-credit course that could meet this requirement.
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in other programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.


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Child & Youth Studies (only available on the Durham Campus)

  • Required: CHYS 1000, CHYS 1001, CHYS 1002, PSYC 1020H, PSYC 1030H, SOCI 1001H, SOCI 1002H, 0.5 WRIT 1001H
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in other programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.


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Communications and Critical Thinking (only available on the Durham Campus and as a general BA)


•   Required: CCTH 1000H, CCTH 1080H, PHIL 1200H, and WRIT 1001H

  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in other programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.


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Computing & Information Systems

  • Required for a Science degree in Computing Systems: COIS 1010H, COIS 1020H, MATH 1350H, MATH 1550H, and one of MATH 1005H or MATH 1110H. It is best to take all of these credits in your first year as they are prerequisite courses for upper-year courses.
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in other programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.
  • Required for an Arts degree in Computing Systems: COIS 1010H, COIS 1620H, COIS 1020 or 1520
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in other programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.
  • Required for (Arts or Science) Information Systems: COIS 1010H, COIS 1520H, COIS 1620H
  • For those interested in a science degree (BSc), consider taking your required 1.0 MATH credit (MATH 1001H, 1080H, and 2080Y, do not satisfy the Mathematics requirement for a Bachelor of Science degree.)
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in other programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Computing Systems & Physics

  • Required: PHYS 1001H, PHYS 1002H, COIS 1010H, COIS 1020H, MATH 1350H, MATH 1550H, MATH 1110H and MATH 1120H
  • It is best to take all of these credits in your first year as they are prerequisite courses for upper-year courses.
  • You will have room for up to 1 additional credit that is an elective credit. Consider taking the required introductory course or courses in a program that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Cultural Studies

  • Required: 1.0 CUST credit at the 1000 level
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Ecological Restoration

  • The first two years of the program are completed at Fleming College.
  • Students come to Trent in their third year of study. You are provided with a list of the 10 credits that need to be completed at Trent. If you are struggling to fit these courses into your schedule, we recommend an appointment with an academic advisor.

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Economics

  • Required: ECON 1010H and ECON 1020H
  • For those interested in a single major science degree in ECON : required courses in second and third year (ECON 2200H and 3200H) meet the requirement for a MATH credit; therefore taking a MATH credit in first year is optional.
  • For those interested in a science degree (BSc), consider taking your required 1.0 MATH credit (MATH 1001H, 1080H, and 2080Y, do not satisfy the Mathematics requirement for a Bachelor of Science degree.)
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Education - Concurrent Indigenous Program

  • Required: INDG 1001H and 1002H, INDG 2250Y or 2800Y
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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English Literature

  • Required: 1 credit (2 half-credit courses) in ENGL at the 1000 level
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Environmental & Resource Studies/Science

  • Required: ERSC 1010H and 1020H
  • For those interested in a science degree (BSc), consider taking your required 1.0 MATH credit (MATH 1001H, 1080H, and 2080Y, do not satisfy the Mathematics requirement for a Bachelor of Science degree.)
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Environmental Chemistry

  • Required: ERSC 1010H, ERSC 1020H, CHEM 1000H, CHEM 1010H, BIOL 1020H, BIOL 1030H, MATH 1005, MATH 1051, and one of the following: MATH 1052H or PHYS 1060H or PHYS 1001H
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Environmental Geoscience

  • Required: BIOL 1020H, CHEM 1000H, CHEM 1010H, COIS 1520H, ERSC 1010H, GEOG 1040H, PHYS 1001H, PHYS 1002H, MATH 1550H, and one of MATH 1005H or 1110H

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Forensic Science

  • Required for the Bachelor Science in Forensic Science (single major): FRSC 1010H, 1011H, 1100H, BIOL 1030H, 1050H, 1051H, CHEM 1000H, 1010H, MATH 1051H and MATH 1052H
  • You have no electives in your first year of study.

 

  • Required for Joint Majors: FRSC 1010H, 1011H
  • Recommended: FRSC 1100H
  • For those interested in a science degree (BSc), consider taking your required 1.0 MATH credit (MATH 1001H, 1080H, and 2080Y, do not satisfy the Mathematics requirement for a Bachelor of Science degree.)
  • Please consider what will make up the other half of your joint major. You will need to take the required courses for that major in addition to the required courses for Forensics.

 

  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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French & Francophone Studies

  • Required: FREN 1101H and FREN 1102H
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Gender & Women’s Studies

  • Required: WMST 1001H and WMST 1002H
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.


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Geography

  • Required for all Geography degrees (BA or BSc): GEOG 1030H and 1040H
  • For those interested in a science degree (BSc), consider taking your required 1.0 MATH credit (MATH 1001H, 1080H, and 2080Y, do not satisfy the Mathematics requirement for a Bachelor of Science degree.)
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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History

  • Required: 1 credit (2 half-credit courses) in History at the 1000 level
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Indigenous Environmental Studies

  • Required: IESS 1001H, ERSC 1010H, ERSC 1020H, INDG 1001H and INDG 1002H
  • For those interested in a science degree (BSc) you will also need one of: BIOL 1020H, GEOG 1040H, or ANTH 1010H, and consider taking your required 1.0 MATH credit (MATH 1001H, 1080H, and 2080Y, do not satisfy the Mathematics requirement for a Bachelor of Science degree.)
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Indigenous Studies

  • Required: INDG 1001H and INDG 1002H
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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International Development Studies

  • Required: IDST 1001H and IDST 1002H
  • ECON 1010H and 1020H are strongly recommended for students in the Honours program.
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.
  • Please note that students considering a specialization in Latin American Studies and/or a year abroad in Ecuador should consider taking HSST 1001H and HSST 1002H.

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International Political Economy

  • Required: POST 1001H, POST 1002H, ECON 1010H, and ECON 1020H
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Journalism

  • Required: PHIL 1200H, and 1.5 credits (three courses) from the following list: COIS 1010H, CUST 1535H, ENGL 1001H, ENGL 1851H, INDG 2030H, PHIL 1100H, or WRIT 1001H
  • Required: the introductory courses for your other major
  • Required: you will take one half credit with the Loyalist Journalism faculty in your fall term on the Trent campus. The program will be in touch with you about how to get registered in that course. This means you should only register in 4 courses for the fall term through the Trent system.
  • For those interested in a science degree (BSc), consider taking your required 1.0 MATH credit (MATH 1001H, 1080H, and 2080Y, do not satisfy the Mathematics requirement for a Bachelor of Science degree.)
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Kinesiology

  • Required: BIOL 1020H, BIOL 1030H, BIOL 1050H, BIOL 1051H, BIOL-CHEM 1550H, CHEM 1000H, CHEM 1010H, PHYS-BIOL 1060H, PSYC 1020H, and PSYC 1030H
  • There are no electives in your first year of study.


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Mathematical Economics

  • Required: ECON 1010H, ECON 1020H, MATH 1110H, MATH 1120H, MATH 1350H and MATH 1550H
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Mathematical Physics

  • Required: PHYS 1001H, PHYS 1002H, MATH 1110H, MATH 1120H, MATH 1350H, MATH 1550H, and COIS 1020H
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Mathematics

  • Required: MATH 1110H, MATH 1120H, MATH 1350H, and MATH 1550H
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Media Studies

  • Required: CUST 1535H and COIS 1010H
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Nursing (Collaborative Program)

  • Required: NURS 1000H, NURS1001H, NURS 1002H, 1020H, BIOL 1050H, 1051H, BIOL- CHEM 1550H, and PSYC 1030H
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of an elective credit.

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Nursing (Compressed Program)

  • Please refer to information provided by the School of Nursing

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Philosophy

  • PHIL 1000H, PHIL 1100H, or PHIL1200H are all strongly recommended.
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Physics

  • Required: PHYS 1001H, 1002H, MATH 1110H, MATH 1120H, MATH 1350H, and COIS 1020H
  • MATH 1550H is strongly recommended for students in the Honours program.
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Political Studies

  • Required: POST 1001H and POST 1002H
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Psychology

  • Required: PSYC 1020H and PSYC 1030H
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.
  • Please note: For those interested in a single major PSYC science degree (BSc), required courses in second year (PSYC 2018H and PSYC 2019H) meet the requirement for a MATH credit;

  • For those considering a joint major PSYC science degree (BSc) 1.0 MATH credit will be required, consider taking it in your first year (MATH 1001H, 1080H, and 2080Y, do not satisfy the Mathematics requirement for a Bachelor of Science degree.)

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Social Work

  • Required: SWRK 1001H and SWRK 1002H
    • 3.0 credits at the 1000 level in Psychology and/or Humanities and/or Social Sciences (for a list of disciplines in the Humanities and the Social Sciences see the academic calendar p.13)
    • and 1.0 credit in addition to the above (one one that can be a science)
  • Note: Most of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Sociology

  • Required: SOCI 1001H and 1002H
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and consists of elective credits. Consider taking the required introductory courses in a few programs that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

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Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems

  • Required for the Arts degree (BAH) Single Major: SAFS 1001H, ERSC 1010H, ERSC 1020H, GEOG 1030H, GEOG 1040H, IDST 1001H, and IDST 1002H
  • Required for the Arts degree (BAH) Joint Major: SAFS 1001H, ERSC 1010H, ERSC 1020H, IDST 1001H, and IDST 1002H
  • Required for the Science degree (BSc) Single Major: SAFS 1001H, BIOL 1020H, ERSC 1010H, ERSC 1020H, GEOG 1030H, GEOG 1040H, and 1 MATH credit (recommended: MATH 1051H and MATH 1052H) (MATH 1001H, 1080H, and 2080Y, do not satisfy the Mathematics requirement for a Bachelor of Science degree.)
  • Required for the Science degree (BSc) Joint Major: SAFS 1001H, BIOL 1020H, ERSC 1010H, ERSC 1020H, and 1 MATH credit (recommended: MATH 1051H and MATH 1052H) (MATH 1001H, 1080H, and 2080Y, do not satisfy the Mathematics requirement for a Bachelor of Science degree.)
  • The rest of your course selection is flexible and is an elective credit. Consider taking the introductory courses that you find interesting to open multiple pathways for the future.

Water Sciences

• Required: BIOL 1020H, BIOL 1030H, CHEM 1000H, CHEM 1010H, ERSC 1010H, ERSC 1020H, GEOG 1040H, MATH 1051H, and MATH 1052H


• You have room for an additional half-credit elective course.

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