Major Programs

A major program focuses a student’s studies, but not to the extent that an honours program does. Unlike the honours degree, the major degree may not be adequate for admission to graduate programs. Students interested in a major program are advised to seek detailed information from the department in which they wish to concentrate their studies.

BA (120 credit hour)

  • First Year                                
    No more than 18 credit hour equivalents of the first 30 credit hours taken may be in a single subject
  • 6 credit hours in an approved writing course
  • 6 credit hours in one or more language/humanities subjects (see Section 1 of Subject Groupings).
  • 6 credit hours in one or more social science subjects (see Section 2 of Subject Groupings).
  • 6 credit hours in one or more life or physical science subjects (see Section 3 of Subject Groupings).
  • 6 credit hours in a single language subject (see Language Course section)
  • A minimum of 30, maximum of 54 credit hours in the major subject beyond the 1000 level, including 18 credit hours beyond the 2000 level.
  • Within the last 90 credit hours, complete 6 credit hours in each of two subjects other than the major
  • Total credit hours required above 1000 level - 72
  • Total credit hours required for degree - 120
  • Required GPA for graduation - 2.00
  • Graduation with distinction - 3.70
  • May be combined with minor(s)

Bachelor of Arts major subjects: cinema & media studies, classics, English, european studies, French, German, gender & women’s studies, history, international development studies, law, justice & society, music, philosophy, political science, religious studies, Russian studies, sociology & social anthropology, Spanish, theatre, or any of the BSc major subjects.

BSc (120 credit hour)

  • an approved writing course
  • 6 credit hours in one or more language/humanities subjects (see Section 1 of Subject Groupings).
  • 6 credit hours in one or more social science subjects (see Section 2 of Subject Groupings).
  • 6 credit hours in math (see Math Requirement).
  • A minimum of 30, maximum of 60 credit hours in the major subject beyond the 1000 level, including 18 credit hours beyond the 2000 level.
  • Total credit hours required above 1000 level - 72
  • Total credit hours required for degree - 120
  • Required GPA for graduation - 2.00
  • Graduation with distinction - 3.70
  • May be combined with minor(s)

Bachelor of Science major subjects: Actuarial Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Economics, Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Mathematics, Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience, Ocean Sciences, Physics, Psychology, or Statistics.

BSc Major (120 credit hour) Science Co-operative Education

Requirements are as for the major program with the addition of the following:

  • A minimum of three co-op work terms

The following departments currently offer co-op programs: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Marine Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, and Physics and Atmospheric Science. For details on these programs, consult the calendar entries for the departments and the Science, Information Technology and Engineering (S.I.T.E.) Cooperative Education section.