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Combine two major subjects into one degree and expand your future career opportunities.
- Four years of full-time study
- Personalise your degree to suit your interests, strengths and career plans as you choose from hundreds of subject combinations
The Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) will enable you to combine your passion for arts and science in one degree.
Today's workplaces demand a different kind of graduate. The ability to think critically, solve problems and work as a team could prove advantageous in your future career. Studying for a multidisciplinary degree demonstrates adaptability and resourcefulness – skills that many employers are seeking.
Tackling big world issues requires multi-faceted solutions that may include new technology and scientific breakthroughs, but will also require an understanding of their impact on people and society.
The BASc will give you scientific capabilities as well as knowledge of human history, how people think, and how societies function so that you are better able to engage in areas such as global health, security, food production and climate change.
Get course advice so you're on the right track from the start
If you’re considering studying for a BASc talk to a Schools’ Liaison Officer first. They can help you personalise your degree to suit your interests and goals and will ensure you’re taking the correct number of papers to complete your qualification.
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If you are already at university, we recommend you book an appointment to talk to an adviser or contact the department teaching your major subjects.
The normal structure of the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) is set out below. Some variations may be possible.
- Every programme requires papers worth at least 480 points (normally 27 18-point papers would be taken, making a total of 486 points).
- Must include at least 216 points for papers from Arts and Music Schedule C and 216 points for papers from Science Schedule C.
- Must include two major subjects: one from those available for Bachelor of Arts and a different one from those available for either Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Applied Science.
- May include a specified minor subject.
There are about 1500 combinations of major subjects available, so it not possible to provide summaries of all BASc programmes. The following is only one example, showing a programme including the major subject requirements for History (an Arts major subject) and Genetics (a Science major subject).
Specimen BASc programme
Two 100-level HIST papers;
CELS 191, CHEM 191;
at least two of BIOL 112, BIOL 123, BIOC 192, ECOL 111, HUBS 191, HUBS 192, MATH 151 or MATH 160, STAT 110 or STAT 115
(BIOC 192 and STAT 110 or 115 highly recommended)
Three 200-level HIST papers;
Four 300-level HIST papers;
four of GENE 312-315, BIOC 352, MICR 335
Three further papers from Arts and Music Schedule C;
One further paper from Science Schedule C;
Three further papers in any subject
Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc)
Structure of the Programme
Every degree programme
- shall consist of papers worth not less than 480 points,
- shall include at least 216 points from Arts and Music Schedule C and 216 points from Science Schedule C,
- shall satisfy the major subject requirements of both
- an Arts and Music major subject, and
- either a Science major subject or an Applied Science major subject,
- may include one optional minor subject that satisfies the minor subject requirements listed in Arts and Music Schedule A, Science Schedule A, and Applied Science Schedule A, Commerce Schedule A or BHealSc Schedule Part 2
- may not include a paper that counts for both a major and a minor subject requirement unless that paper is at 100- or 200-level and is specified as compulsory for both requirements, and
- may include papers that are not listed in Arts and Music Schedule C or Science Schedule C
Prerequisites, Corequisites and Restrictions
- Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for prerequisites, corequisites, and restrictions set out in the Prescriptions (published in the Guide to Enrolment).
- A candidate with outstanding results in a subject prior to entering University may be permitted by the Head of Department concerned to enrol for a paper at 200-level without having satisfied the normal prerequisites. In such cases the candidate shall not be credited with the prerequisite papers, but shall be exempted from including those papers in a Major Subject Requirement. A candidate may not, having passed any such paper at 200-level, enrol subsequently for any paper for which the exemption has been given.
A candidate who is enrolled for the degree concurrently with another degree, or who has completed one degree and is proceeding with the other, may cross credit 100- and 200-level papers that are common to both degrees up to a maximum of 180 points.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) or the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study that does not comply with these regulations.