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Breaking down Minors at the U of G

Posted: Friday, March 23, 2018 - 13:28

At the U of G we offer Majors, Minors, Co-op streams, Areas of Emphasis and more; but what does it all mean?! Today we’re answering your most frequently asked questions about Minors.

Q: What is the difference between a Major and a Minor?

A: A Major is your main area of study within a degree program. For example, Bio-Medical Science and Neuroscience are Majors within the Bachelor of Science program.

A Minor is an optional secondary area of study that can either be related to or different from your main area of study.

A Major involves intensive focus on a specific discipline, while a Minor provides an introductory level of education on a discipline.

Q: When can I declare a Minor?

A: Minors can be declared once you have started your university studies. See the answer below for how to do this.

Q: How do I declare my Minor?

A: You can declare your Minor by meeting with your program counsellor when you’re on campus. A quick search on the U of G webpage will tell you who your program counsellor is and their contact info.

Q: What pre-requisites do I need for my Minor?

A: There are typically no mandatory pre-requisites to declare a Minor, however you are going to want to make sure you have an understanding of the basics before going all-in. For example, if you Major in Commerce but decide you want to Minor in Biology, we’d recommend you take grade 12 biology so you have a basic understanding of the subject (and to make sure you actually like it!).

Q: Do Minors have required courses?

A: Typically you are required to take 5.00 credits towards a Minor. Check out the 2018-2019 Undergraduate Calendar for a complete breakdown of requirements for specific Minors.

Q: What Minors are offered at U of G?

A: A complete list of Minors can be found on our website.

Q: Can I Major in science and Minor in Arts?

A: Yes! Check out the B.Sc. Academic Advising website for information on how to do this.

Q: Can I do more than one Minor?

A: You’re in luck! All Bachelor of Arts & Sciences students choose two Minors – one in Science, and one in the Arts or Social Sciences. Each minor will be made up of a minimum of 5.00 credits, or approximately 10 courses.

If you are interested in both the Arts and the Sciences and can’t choose between the two, this is a great program choice for you! The best part is you don’t need to specify your two Minors until the end of second semester so you have flexibility to sample different courses in first year.

Q: Are Minors available for every program?

A: There are a couple programs where Minors are not possible in the regular course of study because of their applied and structured nature. You may still choose to do a Minor in the following programs, however it will extend your degree beyond the 4 years.

  • Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management
  • Bachelor of Environmental Sciences

We hope this answers some of your questions about Minors, Future Gryphons. If you have additional questions about our programs or would like to tour our campus, come on out to Campus Day this Sunday, March 25th and speak directly with current students, professors and admission staff.

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