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General Science, B.Sc.


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The General Science Major provides a comprehensive undergraduate education in science, exposing students to a wide range of disciplines. Students are free to explore what interests them most, as well as gain greater depth of understanding by declaring concentrations in two of: Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Geography, Mathematics and Physics. A strong foundation in mathematical and computational sciences is core to the program of study, ensuring students are equipped to meet these in-demand skills. In the final year of study, students complete two capstone courses (a senior seminar and an interdisciplinary project) that provide understanding and exposure regarding how science and technology intersects and influences society. These capstone experiences are excellent preparation for further post-secondary studies, for professional programs, or for direct entry into the workforce. Graduates of this program will have acquired both breadth and depth of knowledge across scientific disciplines and will have developed the skills of critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication, and collaborative teamwork.

Curriculum


  1. Two six-course concentrations in two distinct disciplines, plus a four-course block in a third distinct discipline.
    • The four-course block must contain at least two courses at the 2000-level or higher. 
    • Each six-course concentration contains at least two courses at the 2000-level or higher, and two courses at the 3000-level or higher. The concentrations are defined for each discipline (below). 
    • A student will not be given credit for more than one concentration within a fundamental discipline (ie. Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics). 
  2. Four Mathematics courses which may be taken as the four-course block or as part of a six-course concentration:
  3. Two Computing courses:
  4. An additional six General Science Options selected from courses offered by the Faculty of Science and Technology that include a General Science Option attribute. Courses are not guaranteed and are subject to availability and restrictions. 
    • Within the six General Science Options, two courses must be at the 2000-level or higher, and two courses must be at the 3000-level or higher.
    • Any one General Science course cannot be used to satisfy more than one requirement within the major.
  5. Two General Science Capstone Courses: 
  6. General Education requirements in a program will normally consist of a minimum of 10 courses.​
    • Four courses will be taken at the foundation level: one from each of the General Education Program’s four thematic cluster areas.
    • Three courses will be taken at the second tier: no more than one from a given thematic cluster. BSc students will make their Tier 2 selections from clusters other than Numeracy and Scientific Literacy.
    • Three courses must be taken at the third tier, selected from at least two of the four thematic clusters.
  7. Four elective courses

General Education


General Education requirements in a program will normally consist of a minimum of 10 courses.

  1. Four courses will be taken at the foundation level: one from each of the General Education Program’s four thematic cluster areas.
  2. Three courses will be taken at the second tier: no more than one from a given thematic cluster. BSc students will make their Tier 2 selections from clusters other than Numeracy and Scientific Literacy.
  3. Three courses must be taken at the third tier, selected from at least two of the four thematic clusters.

Graduation Requirements


Students completing degree requirements will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in their chosen major (Cellular and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, General Science, Geology or Health Sciences) from Mount Royal.

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