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University of Calgary Calendar 2016-2017 Faculty of Science 1. Summary of Programs
1. Summary of Programs
Degrees Offered*
Department and Program




Combined Degrees1,7

Department of Biological Sciences      
Biochemistry  BSc  BSc Honours  
Biological Sciences BSc  BSc Honours  
Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology BSc  BSc Honours  
Ecology  BSc  BSc Honours , BSc Co-op, BSc Co-op Honours  
Plant Biology BSc  BSc Honours  
Zoology  BSc  BSc Honours  
Department of Chemistry      
Applied Chemistry2 BSc Co-op BSc Co-op Honours  
Chemical Physics   BSc Honours  
Chemistry BSc BSc Honours  
Department of Computer Science      
Computer Science BA3, BSc BSc Honours, BSc Internship, BSc Internship Honours  BComm/BSc5
Department of Geoscience      
Applied and Environmental Geology4 BSc BSc Honours  
Geology BSc BSc Honours  
Geophysics BSc BSc Honours  
Department of Mathematics and Statistics      
Actuarial Science BSc BSc Honours, BSc Co-op, BSc Co-op Honours BComm/BSc5
Applied Mathematics BSc BSc Honours  
General Mathematics BSc   BSc/BEd6
Pure Mathematics BSc BSc Honours  
Statistics BSc BSc Honours  
Department of Physics and Astronomy      
Astrophysics BSc BSc Honours  
Physics BSc BSc Honours  
Non-Departmental Programs      
Environmental Science BSc BSc Honours  
Neuroscience  BSc Honours Only    
Nanoscience Minor only    
Natural Sciences BSc BSc Honours BSc/BEd6

*Graduate degrees are offered in all Departments within the Faculty of Science. Details of graduate specializations can be found in the graduate section of this calendar.

1All degrees in the Faculty of Science, except Environmental Science, can be combined with eligible BA and BSc programs in the Faculty of Arts.

2Please note this program is undergoing review.

3Combined Degree with the Faculty of Arts (Please note this program is currently undergoing review.)

4Admission to the Applied and Environmental Geology degree is suspended as of Fall 2015.

5Combined Degree with the Haskayne School of Business.

6Concurrent Degree with the Werklund School of Education.

7BSc and BSc Honours degrees can be combined with BSc degrees from the Schulich School of Engineering as described in section 3.4.H.

Through its six Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geoscience, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics and Astronomy, and the USC Specialized Programs Office, the Faculty of Science offers the programs listed below.

The Faculty of Science is committed to providing students with rich undergraduate educational experiences that can be completed in four years. All BSc and BA programs within the Faculty normally require four years to complete, with the exception of the Combined Degree programs and the Co-operative Education/Internship programs that require at least five years. Students are encouraged to visit the Undergraduate Science Centre regularly throughout their degree for program advising and support in achieving the goal of completing their degree in the normal amount of time.

Students starting their first year of university may enter any Science Major programs designated for first-year students. Students who are undecided about which program to choose should register in the Natural Sciences program in first year. While registered in this program, they should register in the first-year courses that are appropriate to the future program of their choice.

Admission to some programs is based on selection criteria as described in Section 5 (Program Details).

Undergraduate Programs

Details on undergraduate programs are given in Section 5 (Program Details).

Degree Programs Within the Faculty of Science

  • BSc Major Programs
  • BSc Honours Programs
  • Co-operative/Internship BSc Major Programs
  • Co-operative/Internship BSc Honours Programs
  • BSc Double Major Programs
  • BSc Double Honours Programs
  • BSc/BSc Combined Degree Programs within the Faculty of Science
  • Second Degree Programs following an appropriate first degree: BSc Major or BSc Honours Programs

BA degrees may be conferred in programs in the Department of Computer Science if the program is part of a Double Major program with the second program in another faculty that only awards BA degrees.

Combined or Concurrent Degree Programs with Other Faculties

  • BSc or BA (Science) and BSc or BA (Arts), administered jointly with the Faculty of Arts.
  • BComm and BSc, administered jointly with the Haskayne School of Business.
  • BSc (General Mathematics in Education) or BSc (Natural Sciences) and BEd, administered jointly with the Werklund School of Education.
  • Combined BSc degree with Schulich School of Engineering.

Minor Programs

Science Minors are available in the following subjects:

Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Astrophysics, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Geophysics, Nanoscience, Physics, Pure Mathematics, Statistics.

Pre-Professional Preparation for Degree Programs at this and Other Institutions

The Faculty of Science admits students only to its degree programs. However, students who wish to transfer to a professional program are advised to choose a Faculty of Science program that best fits their professional aspirations and which, at the same time, permits them to work toward completing the chosen Science program, i.e., it is important to simultaneously satisfy both Faculty of Science program requirements as well as pre-professional requirements.

  • Dentistry - the University of Alberta, Edmonton.
  • Medicine - the University of Calgary, University of Alberta and various other institutions.
  • Optometry - the University of Waterloo, Ontario.
  • Veterinary Medicine - the University of Calgary and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Students interested in applying to professional programs should contact the institution offering their desired program for details regarding the necessary pre-professional prerequisite requirements.

Graduate Programs

All Departments of the Faculty of Science offer graduate programs leading to Masters and Doctoral degrees. These programs are under the jurisdiction of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

The normal preparation for graduate studies will be an Honours degree in the chosen subject.

Details on graduate programs are given in the Calendar of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.