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Athabasca University

Bachelor of Science
Physical Sciences Minor

New Minor, effective September 1, 2017.

The Physical Sciences minor provides an opportunity for students to enrich their major field of study with fundamental knowledge in chemistry and physics through junior and senior level courses. In addition, students can explore other closely-related disciplines such as astronomy and geophysics.

Physical Sciences Minor – Specific Requirements

In addition to the BSc program general requirements and the specific requirements of the major, a minor in Physical Sciences involves the completion of 24 credits of core and elective courses.

Core Courses

12 credits
CHEM 217 Chemical Principles I (3)
CHEM 218 Chemical Principles II (3)
PHYS 204 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (3)
PHYS 205 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (3)

Elective Courses

12 credits

Student complete a minimum of 12 credits selected from the following disciplines:

  • Chemistry (CHEM)
  • Physics (PHYS)
  • Astronomy (ASTR)
  • Geophysics*

A minimum of 6 credits must be at a senior (300 or higher) level.

*Note: AU does not currently offer Geophysics courses, but may accept as transfer credit to be used towards the Physical Sciences electives.


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

Updated August 17 2017 by laurab

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