Faculty of Science - Leading creativity and innovation in the sciences

Planning your Bachelor of Science

You should aim to complete your BSc in a minimum of three years, and while you don't need to plan all your courses three years in advance, you should have an overall strategy.


How to choose your first year courses

BSc basics:

  • Single or double majors available
  • 3 years full-time for single and double majors (part-time study also available)
  • 8 courses per year
  • 2 General Education courses required
  • Up to 2 out-of-faculty (non-Science) courses


Useful degree planning tools:

Step 1: Identify the core stage I courses for your single or double major BSc

If you are full-time, majoring in either a single or double major in BSc, you should be enrolled in 120 points (8 courses) in your first year.

Each course is worth 15 points.

Year 1 BSc

Each major consists of core courses at stage I. "Core" means they are compulsory/required for your major, or they are prerequisites for the stage II or III courses for your major.

If you are enrolled in a double major, you should take the core courses for both majors in your first year.

Unsure if you want to complete a double major? Read about all 25 majors offered in the BSc. You can also find ideas for complementary majors in Science.

Use the list below to help you select your first year courses - you will see that some majors have similar core courses at stage I, so this guide will highlight different majors that may be of interest to you.

Please note that the University Calendar is the final authority on all BSc regulations. You can check the University Calendar to ensure you meet the official regulations for your degree.


Step 2: Identify which semester core courses are available

Some core courses are available in one semester only. You can check the availability of courses in the Course Catalogue.

The Science degree planners: show the core courses for each major, and which semester courses are available, in a visual map of the BSc. You can find these on the subject pages.


Step 3: What other courses should I take?

Consider choosing some (or all) of the core courses for another major, so you can keep your options open if you want to change your major (or add a second major).

Other options: You could also consider taking an introductory course, such as CHEM 150, MATHS 102, PHYSICS 102, or STATS 101.

Another option would be to take any other course from the BSc Schedule.

Even if you do not intend to pursue the subject any further, students are encouraged to take subjects based on their interests - any knowledge you can obtain from another subject will complement your understanding of your major.

General Education: Unless specified as part of your major (for example Biomedical Science) we recommend students do not begin taking General Education courses until Year 2 of the degree. This is so students can focus on the core courses for their majors (and other potential majors).

It is also possible to take up to 30 points (2 courses) from out of faculty.


Beyond the first year

Tip: Think about which courses you are most interested in taking at stage III and work backwards, to see which courses are prerequisites at stage II.