Science Requirement

It is important that students understand and appreciate scientific methods, applications and reasoning.

The Science Requirement is met by successful completion of 6 credits chosen from:

  • These courses in the Faculty of Arts:

ARCL 140, 203, 228, 235, 326, 345
ASIC 200, 220
GEOB 102, 103, or any other GEOB courses
LING 209
PSYC 260-289, 348, 360-389, 448, 460-489

  • These courses in the Faculty of Forestry:

CONS 127
FRST 201, 303, 304

  • These courses in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems:

APBI 244, 260, 311, 327, 328
FNH 200, 250
LFS 340

  • These courses in the Faculty of Medicine:

ANAT 390, 391
CAPS 210, 390, 391
SPPH 200, 301

  • These courses in the Faculty of Applied Science:

APSC 366

Students may take any combination of the courses listed above adding up to 6 credits to satisfy the Science Requirement, unless the courses are an excluded combination as per the Science Credit Exclusion Lists.

What are the Science Credit Exclusion Lists?

As some pairs or groups of courses have overlapping scientific content, students are not permitted to earn credit for two or more courses with significant overlap. Students are advised to review the Science Credit Exclusion Lists to avoid registering in overlapping courses.

  • For example, statistics is a common area of overlap encountered by Arts students. Students may only receive credit towards their degree for one of these courses: STAT 200, 203, BIOL 300, COMM 291, ECON 325, 327, EPSE 482, 483, FRST 231, GEOG 374, KIN 371, POLI 380, PSYC 218, 278, 366, SOCI 328.

Check the Science Credit Exclusion Lists for the most up-to-date list of overlapping statistics courses, and all other excluded combinations of courses with scientific content.

Updates (newly approved / yet to be updated in Calendar)

– SPPH 381C, Environmental Impacts on Human Health, taught in 17W and 18W may be used towards the Science Requirement

Helpful Hint: Courses that require no science background

The following courses satisfy the science requirement and are well suited for students with little or no science background.

Field of Study Courses
Anthropological Archaeology ARCL 140: Bones: The Origins of Humanity
ARCL 203: Archaeological Methods
ARCL 228: Forensic Anthropology
ARCL 235: Controlling Nature: Plant and Animal Domestication
ARCL 326: Primatology
ARCL 345: Molecular Archaeology
Applied Science APSC 366: The Art of the Possible: An Introduction to Engineering for Non-Engineers
Arts and Science Interdisciplinary ASIC 200: Global Issues in the Arts and Sciences
ASIC 220: Introduction to Sustainability
Astronomy ASTR 310: Exploring the Universe I: The Solar System
ASTR 311: Exploring the Universe II: Stars and Galaxies
Atmospheric Science ATSC 113: Applied Meteorology
Biology BIOL 343: Plants and Peoples
BIOL 344: Human Heredity and Evolution
BIOL 344: Human Heredity and Evolution
BIOL 345: Human Ecology
BIOL 346: Microbes and Society
Cellular, Anatomical and Physiological Sciences CAPS 210: Exploring the Human Body: How does the body work?
Earth and Ocean Sciences EOSC 310: The Earth and the Solar System
EOSC 311: The Earth and its Resources
EOSC 312: The Earth System and Environmental Evolution
EOSC 314: The Ocean Environment
EOSC 315: The Ocean Ecosystem
Food, Nutrition and Health FNH 200: Exploring Our Food
Geography GEOB 102: Introduction to Geographical Biogeosciences: Climate and Vegetation
GEOB 103: Introduction to Geographical Biogeosciences: Water and Landscapes
Mathematics MATH 335: Introduction to Mathematics
Natural Resource Conservation CONS 127: Observing the Earth from Space
Physics PHYS 340: Revolutions in Understanding the Universe
PHYS 341: Physics of Music
PHYS 343: Physical Science by Inquiry
Population and Public Health SPPH 301: Understanding the Sociocultural Determinants of the Health of Populations