Option 1 ~ Choose a major for first year
The Choose a major for first year option allows you to declare your major when you come for your enrolment appointment. Your academic advisors will talk with you about which major or combination of majors you would like to pursue. Keep in mind that you need to meet the entrance requirements for the major you wish to choose. Entrance requirements for each program are listed on the reverse of this page.
Please note that there are enrolment restrictions on some programs. If you are interested in Biology-related programs (Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Science or Biotechnology) you should submit an application to the program as soon as possible because of limited space in these programs. If you know you want a Biology-related program, but cannot decide which one to choose, please contact the Science & Engineering Liaison Office for advice.
Option 2 ~ First Year Undecided Major
The First Year Undecided Major option allows you to explore a number of possibilities if you are not ready to choose a major right away. You can discover your strengths and interests before selecting a major, which you are required to do before second year. Your academic advisor will help you choose first-year courses that best suit your objectives.
To help select the first-year courses that are best for you, you should consider which general area of Science you are most interested in. The general areas in Science & Engineering at York are:
· Engineering – 21st Century, cutting-edge areas with a high demand for graduates.
· Earth & Space Science – Sciences of the Earth, its atmosphere, their interaction and exploration.
· Chemical & Physical Sciences – Fundamental sciences governing matter, from quarks to molecules to galaxies, including nanotechnology, medicinals and the interaction of biological systems with chemicals.
· Computing & Mathematics – Pure and applied mathematics and statistics, the interaction of hardware and software, and their combination.
· Life Sciences – Study of life from the molecular scale to ecosystems and the complex interactions at all levels.
· Interdisciplinary & International – Earn an international degree, or explore the social, cultural, and philosophical dimensions of science
Please note we cannot guarantee you a place in a Biology-related program if you choose to stay in an Undecided Major for first year. If you are interested in the Life Sciences (i.e. Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Science, Biotechnology), you should submit an application to the program as soon as possible. These programs can normally only be entered directly by admission to the program. Contact the Science & Engineering Liaison Office for advice.)