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Athabasca University

Bachelor of Science (4 years—120 credits)

Amended regulations, effective September 1, 2017.

Athabasca University's Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree allows students to take the general program or select a major in Human Science, Computing and Information Systems, or Applied Mathematics. A selection of minors is also offered for student to enhance their knowledge on a specific area of study. Given the importance of science and technology, this degree will prepare student to excel in the science-based world of today and meet the increasing technological demands of the future.

Graduate of the BSc program will have gained the technical, analytical, and critical thinking skills to be able to further their education. The four-year BSc is transferable towards medicine, dentistry,, and veterinary programs at other Canadian and international institutions. Student intending to go onto graduate studies should contact the institution they would like to attend to ensure all entrance requirements are met.

The Faculty of Science and Technology also offers a BSc Major in Architecture program, a way to study architecture as general interest or in preparation for a Masters of Architecture program, (and licensure as an architect).

Second Undergraduate Degree

Students who hold a recognized first degree 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.

Majors and Minors

While students may decide to graduate with a BSc in general science (without a specific area of focus), they may have the option of selecting a major, or a major and a minor, at the time of enrolment in the BSc program. BSc major are available in:

Students may also select from the following minors:

It is highly recommended that students consult an AU program advisor before changing majors or minors.

Double Majors

For student in the BSc program wishing to combine two majors, all requirements of both majors must be fulfilled. The choice of major may restrict course selection or require the completion of more than 120 credits. Those considering a double major should consult an AU program advisor for assistance.

Program Plans

Online program plans assist students in selecting the courses needed to fulfill their program requirements. Counselling Services offers an assessment website, "Mapping Your Future: Your Career and Athabasca University." AU has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

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

BSc Program Requirements

Total credits in the program 120

Minimum Credits Required

Senior (300 or 400) level 72
Science credits 72
  In the major (if selected)

*Refer to the specific requirements of the major for exact credits.

  In the major through Athabasca University 15
  In the minor (if selected)

*Refer to the specific requirements of the minor for exact credits.

  In the minor through Athabasca University 9
  Senior Science credits (300 and 400 level) 45
  Senior Science credits at 400 level 15
Social Science credits 6
Residency requirement. A minimum of 30 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University 30
Graduation with Distinction or Great Distinction. At least 24 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University in order to be considered. 24

Maximum Credits Allowed

In any one Science discipline 72
Senior project credits (495/496) 12
At the preparatory (100) level 6
Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits 30

Core Course Requirements

MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics

MATH 216 Computer-oriented Approach to Statistics
MATH 265*

Introduction to Calculus I

*(When selecting the CIS major or a computing-related minor, MATH 265 may be replaced with MATH 270.)

COMP 200*

Introduction to Computing and Information Systems

* (COMP 200 is required for students selecting the CIS major or a computing-related minor.)


COMP 210 Introduction to Information Systems and Computer Applications
SCIE 326 Scientific Reasoning (3)
SCIE 480

Research Methodologies in the Sciences


COMP 494 Research Methods
PHIL 333

Professional Ethics


PHIL 371 Ethics, Science, Technology, and the Environment
ENGL 255 Introductory Composition (see below) (3)

English Writing Skills Requirement

Students are strongly encouraged to register in ENGL 255 early in their program. Students will be exempted* from the English Writing Skills Requirement (ENGL 255) who have met one of the following criteria:

  • have a grade of B- (70 per cent) or better in an Athabasca University English course above the preparatory (100) level;

  • received credit for an English course in which a grade of B- or better was achieved.

*Note: the exemption must be replaced with a 3-credit course in any discipline at the junior/senior (200 to 400) level.

Additional Program Regulations

  1. Athabasca University may grant transfer credit for individual computer science courses that were completed more than five years ago and/or Science that are over 10 years old if proof of currency in the field is provided in the form of a current resumé and letter(s) of employment. Other evidence may be accepted if the letter and the resumé cannot be supplied. Visit Transfer Credit Services for more information on transferring credit towards the BSc program.
  2. Students holding a computing-related diploma from an approved college or technical institute that is more than five years old may be admitted to the BSc PD program if a current resumé and letter from their supervisor/employer provide evidence of currency in the field since the diploma was awarded.
  3. Students holding a science-related diploma from an approved college or technical institute that is more than 10 years old may be admitted to the BSc PD program if a current resumé and letter from their supervisor/employer provide evidence of currency in the field since the diploma was awarded.
  4. An individual course can only be used to fulfill one requirement in the program. For example, no course can be used to complete the specific requirements of both the major and the minor. Also, a course that fulfills the BSc program general requirements cannot be used to satisfy the specific requirements of either the major or the minor.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018.

Updated December 12 2017 by laurab

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