Non-science courses in the General Education component are intended to enhance critical skills in reading, writing and thinking while broadening perspectives on scholarship and the diversity of human experience. Courses that mainly entail learning a skill or that are technical, analytic, or mathematically-oriented are not appropriate. The areas of study and lists of courses here include courses that are expected to fulfill the intentions of the general education component.
If you are a first-year student you should, if possible, select a 1000-level course for your first non-science course. In your second year you should generally select a 2000-level non-science course. Many 3000-level courses are also eligible for non-science credit but you must have the required prerequisites and be confident of your ability to handle course work in that subject area at the third-year level; i.e. at the same level as third-year majors in that subject area. Please also check the “Restrictions” listed below to verify your choice of course.
Approved Areas of Study
Provided a course is not cross-listed with one from the Faculty of Science you can choose courses from the following subject areas from the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies: Anthropology, English, History, Humanities, Philosophy, Political Science, Social Science, Sociology, Women’s Studies
Individually Approved Courses
In addition to the above areas of study, the following individual courses will be accepted. Other courses from these departments WILL NOT satisfy the non-science requirement.
Faculty of Liberal Arts Professional Studies: AP/ARB 2700 6.00, AP/ECON 1000 3.00, AP/ECON1010 3.00, AP/ECON1900 3.00, AP/FR 2200 6.00, AP/CH 2200 6.00 (previously AS/CH 2700 6.0), AP/GEOG 1000 6.00, AP/GEOG 1410 6.00, AP/GEOG 2050 6.00, AP/GEOG 2060 3.00, AP/GEOG 2065 3.00 (see restriction ** below concerning GEOG courses), AP/HND 2700 6.00, AP/IT 2751 9.00, AP/IT2761 9.00, AP/IT2791 9.00, AP/JP 2700 6.00, AP/LING 1000 6.00, AP/LING2400 3.00, AP/LING2410 3.00, AP/LING2430 3.00, AP/LING2450 3.00, AP/MODR 1730 6.00, AP/MODR 1760 6.00, AP/MODR 1770 6.00
Faculty of Environmental Studies: ENVS 1000 6.00, ENVS 2150 3.00
Faculty of Fine Arts: FA/DANC 1340 3.00, FA/DANC 2340 3.00, FA/FILM 1401 6.00, FA/FILM1410 6.00, FA/FILM1701 3.00, FA/FILM2401 6.00, FA/FACS 1900 6.00, FA/MUSI 1510 6.00, FA/MUSI1520 6.00, FA/MUSI1530 6.00, FA/MUSI1540 6.00, FA/MUSI1550 6.00, FA/THEA 1500 6.00, FA/VISA 1110 6.00, FA/VISA2110 6.00, FA/VISA2540 6.00, FA/VISA2550 6.00, FA/VISA2620 6.00
- Courses which are cross-listed as SC courses or which are eligible for SC credit cannot count as non-science courses. For example, some Humanities and Social Science courses are cross-listed with Science and Technology Studies (STS) courses.
- Courses whose major focus is increased facility in the use of a language cannot count as non-science courses. I.e. most courses such as ARB, ASL, CH, GER, GR, etc.
- Quantitative courses focusing on techniques of mathematics or statistics cannot count as general non-science courses. For example, this applies to some economics courses.
- ** Geography courses cannot be used to satisfy non-science requirements for BSc or BSc Honours candidates majoring in geography.
- General education courses/non-science courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis (see Pass/Fail Grading Option in the Faculty of Science Regulations Governing Examinations and Academic Standards section of the calendar.
- Students may not take for credit any more than three humanities/social science foundations courses (27 credits).