General Education Requirements

Consult the list of courses eligible for General Education credit in BSc degrees and the full requirements on the science website.

What is General Education?

Twelve (12) credits of General Education courses are required within all B.Sc. programs. These non-science courses provide a broad perspective on current scholarship and the diversity of human experience. The courses are also expected to enhance students' critical skills in reading, writing, and thinking, and to contribute to their preparation for post-university life.

All BSc candidates must complete a minimum of 12 credits from two different areas of study, including at least 3 credits from each area, subject to the restrictions noted below. For the purposes of this regulation, "different area" means offered by different academic units such as divisions, departments or Faculties and excluding courses offered by similar departments in different Faculties.

General Education requirements are normally taken 6 credits at a time in your first and second years. For certain degree programs, however, especially those in an Honours Double Major program, some adjustment in timing of these courses may be desirable, either by enrolment in a summer session or by deferment until your third year.

Many General Education courses are available in the summer, for instance to achieve a lighter course load during the regular academic year. Check the Registrar's website for each year's summer offerings.

General education courses are normally taken at the 1000 or 2000 level, but higher-level courses are acceptable, subject only to prerequisites and course access specifications for enrollment.

Eligible Courses

The Faculty of Science sets and updates the criteria and course numbers for courses eligible for General Education credit. The courses that are eligible may not offered every year nor every term. As well, enrollment restrictions may be in place for some courses, especially for upper-year courses. In all cases, the University's lecture schedules should be consulted to verify the candidate courses that are available.

Note: General Education courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis (see "Pass/Fail Grading Option" in Science section III in the Undergraduate Calendar).