Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor of Science
(4 years—120 credits)
Regulations effective September 1, 2007

The Bachelor of Science is offered by Athabasca University's Centre for Science. This degree provides students with a general science education. Given the ever-increasing importance of science and technology, this degree will prepare students to cope with the science-based world of today and the increasing technological demands of the future. It will also prepare students for the challenges science presents to the modern world by including courses in scientific reasoning; the history of science; and ethics, science, technology, and the environment.

Students have the opportunity to complete courses that are transferable to pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, and pre-veterinary programs offered at other universities in Alberta and across Canada. Students should consult with the program advisors at the professional schools to ensure they are undertaking appropriate course patterns.

Students are strongly encouraged to register in ENGL 255 early in their program. The Alberta Universities Writing Competence Test may be used to indicate competence in English writing skills. Refer to the English Writing Skills Requirement below.

Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

Second Undergraduate Degree

Students who hold a recognized first and who wish to obtain an AU undergraduate degree in a different subject area, must apply under the second undergraduate degree regulations. These students may transfer in up to 50 per cent (60 credits) into the four-year degree program, based on course work in the first degree that is applicable. Preparatory (100 level) credits cannot be used to fulfill the requirements of a second undergraduate degree.

Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

  Program Structure  
  Total credits in the program 120
  Minimum Credits Required  
  Senior (300 or 400) level 75
  Science courses 75
  • In senior (300 or 400) level science courses
   (12 credits at 400 level)
  Arts and/or Applied Studies courses
No more than 9 credits from any one discipline
  Residency requirement. A minimum of 30 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University 30
  Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits 30
  Maximum Credits Allowed  
  In any one Science discipline 45
  At the preparatory (100) level 6
  The following courses can satisfy either the Social Science area of study or the Science area of study requirements, but not both. Students who wish to use these courses to satisfy the Science area of study requirements, must contact Admissions and Evaluations Services and request the change upon completion of the course.
ENVS/GLST 243 Environmental Change in a Global Context (3)
PSYC 289 Psychology as a Natural Science (3)
PSYC 355 Cognitive Psychology (3)
PSYC 387 Learning (3)
PSYC 402 Biological Psychology (3)
PSYC 304 Research Methods in Psychology*
*Students who have credit in PSYC 404 may not take PSYC 304.


  Core Course Requirements
A total of 18 credits in junior (200 level) laboratory science courses to be selected from at least three of the following areas: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography (which are in a science area of study), Geology, or Physics.
Six credits in Mathematics from
MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics
MATH 216 Computer-Oriented Approach to Statistics
MATH 265 Introduction to Calculus I
MATH 270 Linear Algebra I (3)
Any university-level computing (COMP) science course
SCIE 326 Scientific Reasoning (may be used to satisfy the minimum senior-level science credit requirements) (3)

PHIL 333 Professional Ethics**

  PHIL 371 Ethics: Science, Technology, and the Environment ** (3)
HIST 404 Historical Foundations of Modern Science** (3)
ENGL 255 Introductory Composition **
(see note following)

English Writing Skills Requirement

The English writing skills requirement (ENGL 255 ) will be waived (students must replace the three credits to satisfy the credit requirement) if you satisfy one of the following:

pass the Alberta Universities Writing Competence Test.
have a grade of B- (70 percent) or better in an Athabasca University English course above the preparatory (100) level;
receive transfer credit for an English course in which a grade of B- or better was achieved.
These core Arts courses will fulfill part of the
minimum credits required in Arts and/or
Administrative Studies.

Specific Regulations

The following supersedes some of the general policies governing academic studies at Athabasca University:


Students are required to maintain a C- (60 percent) average in courses offered by the Centre for Science in order to continue as a student in good standing within the BSc program. The C- average will be monitored when students have completed 15, 45, and 75 science credits.

Athabasca University will not grant transfer credit for science courses that were completed more than 10 years ago (including computer science courses).
Students who hold an approved college or technical institute science-oriented diploma that is less than five years old will be eligible for transfer credit towards this degree program.

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