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  Dec 14, 2017
 
 
    
University of Alberta Calendar 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Minors [Science]


A Science minor consists of Science courses (see details of courses ) taken from one of the subject areas listed below.

Bioinformatics


 The Bioinformatics minor is available only when paired with a Biological Sciences or a Computing Science major. A minor in Bioinformatics consists of at least ★24 with at least ★6 at the 300-level or higher.

Biological Sciences


A minor in the Biological Sciences (see Note 1) consists of


At least  ★24 with at least ★6 at the 300-level or higher.

The minor must include the following:

At least ★6


at the 300-level or higher

At least ★3 from each of the following three areas of study:


  1. Ecology, evolution or diversity
  2. Genetics and molecular (or micro-) biology
  3. Physiology, cell and developmental biology

Consult departmental website for a list of approved courses for each of the three areas of study. BIOL 107 , BIOL 108 , BIOL 207  and BIOL 208  may not be used to fulfill the program requirements in 2a, 2b or 2c.

Additional Information


Many of the senior Biological Sciences courses require either BIOL 207  or BIOL 208  as a prerequisite so both courses are highly recommended.

Chemistry


A minor in Chemistry consists of


At least ★24 with at least ★6 at the 300-level or higher.

The minor must include the following:

At least ★6


in CHEM at the 300-level or higher.

Any additional courses required to meet the minimum ★24


Any additional courses required to meet the minimum ★24 may come from CHEM or BIOCH.

Computing Science


A minor in Computing Science consists of


At least ★24 with at least ★6 at the 300-level or higher.

The minor must include the following:

At least ★6 in


CMPUT at the 300-level or higher

Additional Information


Many of the CMPUT courses have MATH or STAT prerequisites so students must plan accordingly.

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences


A minor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences consists of


At least ★24 with at least  ★6 at the 300-level or higher.

The minor must include the following:

At least ★6 at


the 300-level or higher

Additional Information


Courses may be chosen from Science EAS, GEOPH or PALEO (see Note 3).

Mathematical Sciences


The minor in Mathematical Sciences is no longer available. Students admitted to the BSc General program before Fall 2014 and wishing to complete the Mathematical Sciences minor have until April 30, 2018 to do so.

Mathematics


At least ★6 in


MATH at the 300-level or higher.

Any 300-level courses taken to meet the above requirement may be used toward this requirement.

Physical Sciences


At least ★9 in


each of Chemistry and Physics courses

At least ★6


at 300-level or higher

Additional Information


Courses may be chosen from ASTRO, BIOCH (see Note 4), CHEM, GEOPH, MA PH (see Note 5), or PHYS.

See Note 6.

Physics


Plus an additional ★3


at the 300-level or higher

Additional Information


Courses may be chosen from ASTRO, GEOPH, MA PH or PHYS. Many of the courses have MATH pre- or corequisites so students must plan accordingly and might wish to pair the Physics minor with a major in Mathematics.

Psychology


A minor in Psychology consists of


At least ★24 with at least ★6 at the 300-level or higher.

The minor must include the following:

At least ★6 in


PSYCO at the 300-level or higher (minimum of ★3 from Science and ★3 from Arts)

Additional Information


Although it does not count toward the minor, students completing a Psychology minor must also take STAT 141  or STAT 151 . Many senior PSYCO courses require STAT 141  or STAT 151  as a prerequisite so students must plan accordingly.

Statistics


Additional Information


The required STAT courses have MATH pre- or corequisites so students must plan accordingly and might wish to pair the Statistics minor with a major in Mathematics

Non-Science Minors


Science students may also complete a minor outside of the Faculty of Science. For information about the BSc General – minor in Arts, see BA Honors and BA Major/Minor Requirements  (all Arts minors are available to Science students with the exception of Arts and Cultural Management). For information about the BSc General – minor in Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, see BSc General—Minor in Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences. For information about the BSc General – minor in Business, see BSc General—Minor in Business. In all cases, the faculty and/or department-specified requirements for the minor must be met.

Notes

  1. Biological Sciences courses include BIOIN (see Note 2), BIOL, BOT, CELL, ENT, GENET, IMIN, MA SC, MICRB, PALEO (see Note 3) and ZOOL courses offered by the Department of Biological Sciences; and BIOCH (see Note 4), MMI (with the exception of 133), NEURO, PHYSL and PMCOL courses offered by the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. Students should be aware that it is not possible to combine a major or minor in the Biological Sciences with a minor or major in one of the specific subject disciplines in the Biological Sciences. For example, students may not select a major in the Biological Sciences and a minor in Microbiology. For additional Biological Science courses and information see Specialization in Biological Sciences [Science] .
  2. BIOIN courses are offered jointly by the departments of Biological Sciences and Computing Science and may be counted as Biological Sciences or Computing Science.
  3. PALEO courses are offered jointly by the departments of Biological Sciences and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and may be counted as Biological Sciences or Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.
  4. BIOCH courses may be counted as Biological Sciences or Physical Sciences or Chemistry.
  5. MA PH courses may be counted as Physical Sciences or Physics.
  6. EAS 323  may be used as a Physical Science or Chemistry course.
  7. Courses in the major and minor may not overlap. For example, the Physical Sciences major or minor may not be paired with a Chemistry or Physics major or minor.
  8. Science options may only be taken from the course subjects listed in details of courses  , including SCI and Faculty of Science INT D courses, provided students meet the prerequisite and eligibility requirements, if any.

Course Load Requirements


Students in the General program should normally take ★30 during the Fall/Winter of each year of the program if they wish to complete the program in four years. Although not held to a minimum Fall/Winter course load requirement while registered in the General program, students intending to transfer to an Honors or Specialization program should pay close attention to course load and GPA requirements for transfer to their program of interest.

Academic Standing and Graduation


The following regulations govern General Programs:

  1. To obtain a BSc General degree, a minimum 2.0 GPA must be attained on the last ★60 credited to the degree. Moreover, a minimum 2.3 GPA must be attained in all courses in the major. Students must be in Satisfactory Standing in the General program in order to graduate (a minimum 2.0 GPA in the final Fall/Winter).
  2. BSc General degrees with Distinction are awarded when students achieve a GPA of 3.5 or higher over the last ★60 if the students have satisfactorily completed at least a normal academic load of a minimum of ★24 during the Fall/Winter periods of the last two years at the University of Alberta.

Residence Requirement


A student transferring to the Faculty of Science with advanced standing must complete at least ★60 applicable to the BSc program while registered at the University of Alberta. Normally, at least ★30 of the last ★60 must be completed while registered in the Faculty of Science.

Time Limits for Program Completion


The Faculty of Science may permit a student to complete the requirements for a General degree over a period longer than four years or meet the requirements in a shorter time by attending Spring/Summer. Students wishing to extend their programs beyond four years must first obtain approval of the Senior Associate Dean of Science or designate.