Natural Sciences

Bachelor of Science


Courses required in your first year

Biology Concentration

Note

1. MATH 249 is open only to students without MATH 31.

2. Physics 221 requires PHYS 30 & MATH 31. Students who do not meet these prerequisites may take Physics 211.

Winter semester

(C2: CPSC): Computer Science 219 or 233
(C2: GEOS):
Geology 202
(C2: MATH): Math 271
(C2: PHYS): Physics 223

(C2: CPSC, GEOS, PHYS): Option not in the Field of Biological Sciences or Field of Concentration Two*
(C2: MATH):
Math 211

Fall semester

(C2: CPSC): Computer Science 217 or 231
(C2: GEOS): Geology 201
(C2: MATH): Math 211
(C2: PHYS): Physic 211 or 221 2

(C2: CPSC, MATH, PHYS): Option not in the Field of Biological Sciences or Field of Concentration Two*
(C2: GEOS): Physics 211 or 221 2

Tip

(C2) CONCENTRATION TWO*

Field of Concentration Two* includes all courses in the field(s) related to your concentration. See below:

Computer Science
Field of
Computer Science

Geoscience
Field of
Geology and/or Geophysics

Physics
Field of
Physics and/or Astrophysics

Mathematics
Field of
General Mathematics

Tip:
Remember to register for both fall and winter semesters at the same time.

Recommended courses for four years
Download the recommended four year course sequence for Natural Science with a concentration in Biology.

Chemistry Concentration

Winter semester

(C2: BISI): Biology 243
(C2: CPSC): Computer Science 219 or 233
(C2: GEOS):
Geology 202
(C2: MATH): Mathematics 271
(C2: PHYS): Option not in the Field of Physics or Astrophysics

Fall semester

(C2: BISI): Biology 241
(C2: CPSC): Computer Science 217 or 231
(C2: GEOS):
Geology 201
(C2: MATH): Math 211
(C2: PHYS): Option not in the Field of Physics or Astrophysics

Either fall or winter semester

Non-Science Option (Breadth Requirement) 3

Non-Science Option (Breadth Requirement) 3

Note

1. MATH 249 is open only to students without MATH 31.

2. Physics 221 requires PHYS 30 & MATH 31. Students who do not meet these prerequisites may take Physics 211.

3. A non-science option is any course from faculties other than the Faculty of Science, excluding courses in Table 1.

Tip

(C2) CONCENTRATION TWO*

Field of Concentration Two* includes all courses in the field(s) related to your concentration. See below:

Biology
Field of
Biological Sciences

Computer Science
Field of
Computer Science

Geoscience
Field of
Geology and/or Geophysics

Physics
Field of
Physics and/or Astrophysics

Mathematics
Field of
General Mathematics

Tip:
Remember to register for both fall and winter semesters at the same time.

Recommended courses for four years
Download the recommended four year course sequence for Natural Science with a concentration in Chemistry.

Computer Science Concentration

Fall semester

(C2: BISI): Biology 241
(C2: CHEM): Chemistry 201

(C2: GEOS): Geology 201
(C2: MATH): Math 211
(C2: PHYS): Physics 211 or 221 2

Note

1. MATH 249 is open only to students without MATH 31.

2. Physics 221 requires PHYS 30 & MATH 31. Students who do not meet these prerequisites may take Physics 211.

3. A non-science option is any course from faculties other than the Faculty of Science, excluding courses in Table 1.

Winter semester

(C2: BISI): Biology 243
(C2: CHEM): Chemistry 203
(C2: GEOS):
Geology 202
(C2: MATH): Math 271
(C2: PHYS): Physics 223

Either fall or winter semester

(C2: BISI, CHEM, MATH): Option not in the Field of Computer Science or Field of Concentration Two*
(C2: CHEM): Physics 211 or 221 2

(C2: GEOS): Math 211

Non-Science Option (Breadth Requirement) 3

Tip

(C2) CONCENTRATION TWO*

Field of Concentration Two* includes all courses in the field(s) related to your concentration. See below:

Biology
Field of
Biological Sciences

Chemistry
Field of Chemistry

Geoscience
Field of
Geology and/or Geophysics

Physics
Field of
Physics and/or Astrophysics

Mathematics
Field of
General Mathematics

Tip:
Remember to register for both fall and winter semesters at the same time.

Recommended courses for four years
Download the recommended four year course sequence for Natural Science with a concentration in Computer Science.

Energy Sciences Concentration

Either fall or winter semester

(C2: BIOL, CHEM, GLGY): Chemistry 201
(C2: MATH, PHYS): Math 211
(C2: CPSC): Option not in the Field of Computer Science or any course labelled SCIE or Physics 323 or 397

Non-Science Option (Breadth Requirement) 3

Non-Science Option (Breadth Requirement) 3

Note

1. MATH 249 is open only to students without MATH 31.

2. Physics 221 requires PHYS 30 & MATH 31. Students who do not meet these prerequisites may take Physics 211.

3. A non-science option is any course from faculties other than the Faculty of Science, excluding courses in Table 1.

Winter semester

(C2: BISI): Biology 243
(C2: CPSC): Computer Science 219 or 233

(C2: GEOS): Geology 202
(C2: MATH): Math 271
(C2: CHEM, PHYS): Non-Science Option (Breadth Requirement) 3

Fall semester

(C2: BISI): Biology 241
(C2: CPSC): Computer Science 217 or 231
(C2: GEOS):
Geology 201
(C2: MATH): Option not in the Field of General Mathematics or any course labelled SCIE or Physics 323 or 397
(C2: CHEM, PHYS): Non-Science Option (Breadth Requirement) 3

Tip

(C2) CONCENTRATION TWO*

Field of Concentration Two* includes all courses in the field(s) related to your concentration. See below:

Biology
Field of
Biological Sciences

Chemistry
Field of Chemistry

Computer Science
Field of
Computer Science

Geoscience
Field of
Geology and/or Geophysics

Physics
Field of
Physics and/or Astrophysics

Mathematics
Field of
General Mathematics

Tip:
Remember to register for both fall and winter semesters at the same time.

Recommended courses for four years
Download the recommended four year course sequence for Natural Science with a concentration in Energy Science.

Geosciences Concentration

Winter semester

Non-Science Option (Breadth Requirement) 3

Fall semester

Non-Science Option (Breadth Requirement) 3

Note

1. MATH 249 is open only to students without MATH 31.

2. Physics 221 requires PHYS 30 & MATH 31. Students who do not meet these prerequisites may take Physics 211.

3. A non-science option is any course from faculties other than the Faculty of Science, excluding courses in Table 1.

Tip

(C2) CONCENTRATION TWO*

Field of Concentration Two* includes all courses in the field(s) related to your concentration. See below:

Biology
Field of
Biological Sciences

Chemistry
Field of Chemistry

Computer Science
Field of
Computer Science

Physics
Field of
Physics and/or Astrophysics

Mathematics
Field of
General Mathematics

Tip:
Remember to register for both fall and winter semesters at the same time.

Recommended courses for four years
Download the recommended four year course sequence for Natural Science with a concentration in Geosciences.

Mathematics Concentration

Winter semester

(C2: BISI): Biology 243
(C2: CHEM): Chemistry 201 or 203
(C2: CPSC): Computer Science 219 or 233
(C2: GEOS):
Geology 202
(C2: PHYS): Physics 223

Either fall or winter semester

(C2: BISI, CHEM, GEOS, PHYS): Computer Science 217
(C2: CPSC): Option not in the Field of Computer Science or Field of General Mathematics

Option not in the Field of General Mathematics or Field of Concentration Two*

Non-Science Option (Breadth Requirement) 3

Non-Science Option (Breadth Requirement) 3

Note

1. MATH 249 is open only to students without MATH 31.

2. Physics 221 requires PHYS 30 & MATH 31. Students who do not meet these prerequisites may take Physics 211.

3. A non-science option is any course from faculties other than the Faculty of Science, excluding courses in Table 1.

Fall semester

(C2: BISI): Biology 241
(C2: CHEM): Chemistry 201 or 203
(C2: CPSC): Computer Science 217 or 231
(C2: GEOS): Geology 201

(C2: PHYS): Physics 211 or 221

Tip

(C2) CONCENTRATION TWO*

Field of Concentration Two* includes all courses in the field(s) related to your concentration. See below:

Biology
Field of
Biological Sciences

Chemistry
Field of Chemistry

Computer Science
Field of
Computer Science

Geoscience
Field of
Geology and/or Geophysics

Physic
Field of Physics
and/or Astrophysics

Tip:
Remember to register for both fall and winter semesters at the same time.

Recommended courses for four years
Download the recommended four year course sequence for Natural Science with a concentration in Mathematics.

Physics Concentration

Fall semester

(C2: BISI): Biology 241
(C2: CHEM): Chemistry 201 or 203
(C2: CPSC): Computer Science 217 or 231
(C2: GEOS):
Geology 201
(C2: MATH): Mathematics 211

Non-Science Option (Breadth Requirement) 3

Winter semester

(C2: BISI): Biology 243
(C2: CHEM): Chemistry 201 or 203
(C2: CPSC): Computer Science 219 or 233
(C2: GEOS):
Geology 202
(C2: MATH): Mathematics 271

Non-Science Option (Breadth Requirement) 3

Note

1. MATH 249 is open only to students without MATH 31.

2. Physics 221 requires PHYS 30 & MATH 31. Students who do not meet these prerequisites may take Physics 211.

3. A non-science option is any course from faculties other than the Faculty of Science, excluding courses in Table 1.

Either fall or winter semester

Non-Science Option (Breadth Requirement) 3

Tip

(C2) CONCENTRATION TWO*

Field of Concentration Two* includes all courses in the field(s) related to your concentration. See below:

Biology
Field of
Biological Sciences

Chemistry
Field of Chemistry

Computer Science
Field of
Computer Science

Geoscience
Field of
Geology and/or Geophysics

Mathematics
Field of
General Mathematics

 

Tip:
Remember to register for both fall and winter semesters at the same time.

Recommended courses for four years
Download the recommended four year course sequence for Natural Science with a concentration in Physics.

Degree programs and courses are each housed in a specific Faculty. You have chosen a degree program in the Faculty of Science.  

Your Major refers to the subject area you would like your Bachelor of Science degree to focus on (i.e. the subject area you want to take the most courses in).

Explore all the different majors, specializations and concentrations the Faculty of Science has to offer.

First Year Tip

Save your program guide so you can reference it throughout your degree.

If you are one of many students who haven’t quite decided on their degree of choice, visit an Exploratory Advisor in the Student Success Centre or sign up for a workshop.

First Year Tip

Take courses from a number of different areas in your first year. Please note that, initially, registration in some courses is only available to students admitted to the programs the courses are required for. Other courses are reserved entirely to students in specific degree programs. Make sure to register early for courses in your degree program and review the pre-requisites and reservation dates when choosing options.

You may be eligible to use your International Baccalaureate credit or Advanced Placement credit in your degree program depending on the program you have entered and whether or not the courses are applicable.

You may view your IB or AP transfer credit by logging in to your online Student Centre (my.ucalgary.ca).

Once you know the transfer credit you have received, you may contact the academic advisor in your Faculty to get advice on how the credit applies to your degree. Once you choose your classes you will follow the same registration process as any first time university student.

First Year Tip

If you received IB or AP credit for a 200-level course, you may take the 300-level course that has your 200-level course listed as a prerequisite. For example, if you received IB credit for CHEM 203, you can take CHEM 351, as CHEM 203 is a prerequisite for CHEM 351.

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