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Neil Horning, Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, Psychology and Biotechnology. Brampton Christian School, Brampton, ON.

Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

Improve Society

Excel in both the arts and the sciences, at the same time, with U of G’s unique interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BAS).

In BAS you get to choose! You'll study integrated core courses that consider current and historical issues, and you'll choose two specializations that interest you most. You'll shape your critical thinking by studying perspectives across all disciplines. 

U of G’s BAS graduates go on to make a real difference as veterinarians, archaeologists, doctors, lawyers, communications and PR coordinators, and teachers. Join them in improving our society.

ASCI Courses

The core courses in the BAS program are called ASCI (Arts and Sciences) Courses. Build your confidence as a speaker, writer and researcher through these courses. Learn to integrate material across disciplines. These unique courses provide you with a rock solid foundation on which to build a consistent network within your program each year.

Sample Minor Combinations and Future Career Choices:

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 Theatre Lighting and Sound Technology 
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 critically analyzing historical and current case studies to completing volunteer placements at local agencies.

Previous third-year community projects include:

  • exploring the issues experienced by street children, and the supports offered by non-governmental organizations while on an exchange in Delhi, India;
  • 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.

Some of the unique fourth-year seminars include:

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

Sample First Year Courses*

  • 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. 

Our grads have gone on to:

  • Dentistry
  • Education Developer, St. George's University
  • Director of Project Favela (Brazilian NGO)
  • High Park Nature Centre (teaching & communication)
  • Graduate school (various areas, Business, Public Health)
  • Professor, Queen's University (History of Medicine)
  • Studio Assistant, Atomic Comics


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For More Information

For more information, please visit:

University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1