Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

Why choose between arts and sciences when you can do BOTH? The Bachelor of Arts and Sciences is designed for students who enjoy examining issues from a variety of perspectives and want to pursue their love for the arts AND the sciences. Our integrated core courses will challenge you to consider contemporary and historical issues from different perspectives across the arts, science and social sciences. These core courses are complemented by two minors of your choice - one science and one arts or social science. See our full list of minors. Design your own degree without limiting your options.

Choose Your Own Combination of Majors

The BAS program allows you to tailor your degree to fit your interests and strengths while keeping your options open. With a comprehensive theoretical knowledge base, you can choose to enter the workforce directly, or pursue additional training in professional areas such as journalism, law, medicine, teaching, or even continue with interdisciplinary studies at the graduate level. You may also choose to enter a graduate program in a traditional discipline that relates to one of your minors. Depending on the minors you choose to specialize in and how you use your electives, you will be just as educated and competitive, if not more so, than peers with majors in other degree programs.

With... You could pursue a career in...
Chemistry + Art History Art Restoration
Computing + Psychology Gaming Research
Ecology + International Development Environmental Policy Analysis
Biochemistry + Criminal Justice and Public Policy Forensic Science
Physics + Theatre Studies Teaching or Theatre Lighting Technician 
Molecular Biology and Genetics + Psychology Genetic Counselling

Education Meets the Real World

In your upper years, you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of unique courses that continue to investigate the ways in which cultural, social and scientific endeavours meet to confront real world issues. Options range from studying historical and current case studies to completing volunteer placements at local agencies.

Previous third-year community projects include:

  • volunteering with The Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming to learn why sustainable agriculture, from seed to market, creates a more cohesive and prosperous urban community,
  • tutoring and volunteering at Give Yourself Credit, which provides vulnerable youth, aged 16-21, the opportunity to obtain high school credits in a community setting,
  • volunteering with 10 Carden, a living lab for social change, developing communication skills, networking, and understanding the role of creativity in a robust culture,
  • volunteering with the largest municipal tree planting program in North America, the Green Legacy Nursery, to understand the enormous social, environmental, and economic contribution of trees,
  • exploring the issues experienced by street children, and the supports offered by non-governmental organizations while on an exchange in Delhi, India.

Some of the unique fourth-year seminars include:

  • Science & Gender
  • Evolution of Darwinism
  • Bacteria and Infections Through the Ages
  • Scientific Racism

ASCI Courses

The core courses in the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BAS) program are called ASCI (Arts and Sciences) courses. These classes will test traditional academic boundaries through interdisciplinary work and bridge the gap between arts and sciences. The unique courses are designed especially for BAS students, and provide you with a home base on which to build a consistent community within your program each year.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts & Sciences program are making a difference in a variety of areas:

  • Becoming veterinarians through Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College,
  • Pursuing medicine at the University of Ottawa, McMaster University, the University of Toronto, and SABA University,
  • Zookeeper at the Toronto Zoo,
  • Completing law degrees at Queen's University, McGill University, York University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Ottawa,
  • Finished a Master's of Journalism from Carleton University, and now on a fellowship from the Centre for Media in Transitional Societies to live and work at a radio station in Kigali, Rwanda,
  • Completing B.Ed. degrees and teaching in biology, chemistry, drama, English, history, mathematics, and outdoor education,
  • Studying to be Naturopathic Doctors through the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Sample First Year *

Semester 1 Semester 2

Society and Inquiry I

Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology

Chemistry I

Introduction to Chinese

Introduction to Psychology

Society and Inquiry II

Biology: Discovering Biodiversity

Chemistry II

Introduction to Theatre Studies

Human Impact on the Environment

*Your first year courses will depend on the two minors you select. This sample is based on a student selecting a science minor in biology (i.e. zoology, genetics, nutrition, etc.) and exploring options in the arts and social sciences.

You do not need to know what you want to specialize in right away. Use your first year to explore options!

Estimated Cutoff Range


Note: Estimated cutoff ranges are based on the admission averages from previous years and are provided solely as a point of reference. Exact cutoffs for the current cycle will be determined by the quantity and quality of applications received and the number of spaces available in the program. 


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