Program Spotlight: Bachelor of Science

Posted on Friday, November 1st, 2019

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Guelph’s Bachelor of Science program is a globally-recognized institution built on the values of improving life, interdisciplinary learning, and student-centred teaching.  From finding the first evidence of water on Mars, to the creation of the Barcode of Life project for species identification, U of G scientists are instrumental in driving human knowledge forward.  Ready to join the legacy?  Read on about the Bachelor of Science program at the University of Guelph!

The College of Engineering & Physical Sciences

Interested in chemistry, computing and information science, mathematics, physics, or statistics?  If so, a major within the Physical Sciences may be for you!  Explore non-living systems and uncover the underlying laws of nature with one of the following majors:

  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematical Science
  • Nanoscience
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Theoretical Physics

The College of Biological Science

Interested in living organisms and systems, from bacteria to mammals to complex ecosystems?  If so, you might belong in the College of Biological Science, where students and faculty strive to understand and improve life.  This department offers the following majors:

  • Animal Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biodiversity
  • Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Biological Science
  • Biological and Medical Physics
  • Bio-Medical Science
  • Biomedical Toxicology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Geomatics
  • Food Science
  • Human Kinetics
  • Marine & Freshwater Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences
  • Plant Science
  • Wildlife Biology and Conservation
  • Zoology

There are so many possible majors!  How do I pick the right one for me?

That’s one the great things about studying the sciences at the U of G – you don’t have to have it all figured out in your final year of high school!  All Bachelor of Science students take the same core first year science courses and are allowed multiple electives.  This allows students to test out courses from a variety of specialization areas, and makes the transition easy should they find their passions elsewhere and wish to switch majors. 

Why Science at the U of G?

  1. Ground-breaking research facilities and faculty: U of G researchers attract over $20M in funding for basic and applied research every year (the highest sum for a Canadian university without a medical school); which translates to state-of-the-art facilities and award-winning faculty for students.  The Summerlee Science Complex, the heart of the B.Sc program at the U of G, is North America's largest integrated teaching and research facility.
  2. Bridging the gap between the classroom and the real world: Opportunities for undergraduate research exist in all programs and complement more traditional lectures and tutorials.  Students can also take advantage of a myriad of experiential learning opportunities like co-op, internships, and research placements.
  3. A strong culture of support and community:  The U of G is known for its extensive support of first and second year students through learning groups, help rooms, peer helpers, and on-line materials for many of the first and second year level courses in the sciences
  4. Flexibility: Not sure if your passions lie in theoretical physics or neuroscience? Are you thinking food science is your end goal but then you discover nutritional and nutraceutical sciences? Is microbiology with a minor in biotechnology your path?  Our Bachelor of Science majors are flexible, with all B.Sc students taking common core science courses in first year.  This enables students to explore and seek out where their passions lie, and makes transitioning to other majors easy.
  5. A commitment to interdisciplinary learning: The U of G’s unique constellation of infrastructure, institutes, facilities and research stations enable collaboration that lead to impactful research, scholarship and teaching opportunities.

What extracurricular activities can I join as a Science student?

All U of G students can join over 200+ on-campus clubs!  B.Sc students may be particularly interested in science-specific organizations like B.Sc major student associations, the Guelph Coding Community, Food Science Club, Pre-Med Club, Animal Science Society, Let’s Talk Science, Women in Science and Engineering, and the STEM Fellowship Guelph, just to name a few.


Ready to take the next step?

Are you ready to become a part of our innovative Bachelor of Science program and help write the next chapter of U of G research excellence?  Learn more about the program and admission requirements on our website!

Want to see what life is really like as a U of G student?  Make sure you visit our campus on November 3rd for Fall Preview Day!   One of our most anticipated events of the year, Fall Preview Day is your chance to meet students and professors from all programs; attend info sessions about academics, resources, and student life; tour our famously beautiful campus and drop-in at residence rooms; and much more.  Visit the FPD page to learn more and to RSVP!

Also, mark your calendars for Sunday, November 10th and visit us on Science and Engineering Sunday!  On this exciting open-house day just for prospective science and engineering students, you'll be able to:

  • Meet with Science and Engineering faculty, staff, and students
  • Learn more about our Science and Engineering programs
  • Explore our state-of-the-art lab and research facilities, including the Summerlee Science Complex and the MacNaughton Building
  • Get your questions answered at our Student Services and Academic Resource Fair

As with Fall Preview Day, you will also be able to tour our campus, drop-in on residence rooms, and get a feel for of our close-knit Gryphon community!  Visit the SES page to learn more and to register!

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