BA Degree

STS BA DEGREE

The following requirements have been updated and reflect the requirements as of Fall-Winter 2016-2017. If you entered the STS program in an earlier year, please refer to York's Academic Calendar for your entry year.

There are three required courses for all BA streams:

  1. SC/STS 2411 3.00 - Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
  2. SC/STS 2010 3.00 - History of Modern Science OR
    SC/STS 2210 3.00 - Technology in the Modern World
  3. SC/STS 4501 6.00 - Seminar in Science and Technology Studies

Note: Faculty of Science legislation requires that, in order to obtain an Honours BA (120 credits), students must take a total of at least 18 credits at the 4000 level, including at least 12 credits at the 4000 level in each Honours Major or Specialized Honours major subject area.

General Education

All students in the Faculty of Science must fulfill the General Education requirement as listed for BA degrees.

General education requirement for BA:

  • a total of 24 credits from the following areas: humanities, modes of reasoning, natural science, social science. Of these 24 credits, students must complete the following:
  • minimum requirements: at least six credits from humanities, natural science and social science (with no more than nine credits in each counting towards this requirement ).

Note: students may complete a maximum of three nine-credit foundations courses for degree credit. Students who need to complete more than three foundations courses in order to fulfill program (major or minor) course requirements may do so with permission of the relevant program coordinator or undergraduate director.

Bachelor Program

90 credits

To graduate in a bachelor program: A minimum cumulative overall grade point average of 4.00 (C) is required in order to be eligible to graduate with a BA degree (bachelor program).

Major credits: students will take at least 30 credits in science and technology studies, including:

  • SC/STS 2411 3.00
  • Either SC/STS 2010 3.00 or SC/STS 2210 3.00
  • SC/STS 4501 6.00
  • 18 additional credits chosen from the Science and Technology Studies list of courses.

Note: at least 12 credits in the major at the 3000 level or above.

Upper-level credits: at least 18 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Credits outside the major: at least 18 credits.

Honours BS Program

120 credits

To graduate in an Honours program requires successful completion of all Faculty requirements and departmental required courses and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.

Major credits: students will take at least 48 credits in science and technology studies, including:

  • SC/STS 2411 3.00
  • Either SC/STS 2010 3.00 or SC/STS 2210 3.00
  • SC/STS 4501 6.00
  • 36 additional credits chosen from the Science and Technology Studies list of courses, including at least six credits at the 4000 level.

Note: at least 12 credits in the major at the 4000 level.

Upper-level credits: at least 18 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level, including at least 18 credits at the 4000 level.

Credits outside the major: at least 18 credits. (Note: students who are completing a double major or major/minor are deemed to have fulfilled this requirement.)

Honours (Double Major) Program

120 credits

Science and Technology Studies may be pursued jointly with any other Honours Bachelor's degree program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Faculty of Health, Lassonde School of Engineering or School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

To graduate in an Honours program requires successful completion of all Faculty requirements and departmental required courses and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.

Note: in a double major program, a course may count only once toward major credit.

Major credits: students will take at least 42 credits in science and technology studies, including:

  • SC/STS 2411 3.00
  • Either SC/STS 2010 3.00 or SC/STS 2210 3.00
  • SC/STS 4501 6.00
  • 30 additional credits chosen from the Science and Technology Studies list of courses, including at least 6 at the 4000 level

Note: at least 12 credits in the major at the 4000 level.

Honours (Double Major) Interdisciplinary Programs

120 credits

Science and Technology Studies may be linked with any Honours Double Major Interdisciplinary BA program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Students must take at least 36 credits in science and technology studies and at least 36 credits in the interdisciplinary program. Courses taken to meet the science and technology studies requirements cannot also be used to meet the requirements of the interdisciplinary program. Students in these interdisciplinary programs must take a total of at least 18 credits at the 4000 level, including at least 12 credits science and technology studies and six credits in the interdisciplinary program. For further details of requirements, refer to the listings for specific Honours Double Major Interdisciplinary BA programs.

To graduate in an Honours program requires successful completion of all Faculty requirements and departmental required courses and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.

Note: in a double major program, a course may count only once toward major credit.

Major credits: the 36 credits in science and technology studies must include the following:

  • SC/STS 2411 3.00
  • Either SC/STS 2010 3.00 or SC/STS 2210 3.00
  • SC/STS 4501 6.00
  • 24 additional credits chosen from the Science and Technology Studies list of courses, including at least six credits at the 4000 level.

Note: at least 12 credits in the major at the 4000 level.

Honours (Major/Minor) Program

120 credits

Science and Technology Studies may be pursued jointly with any Honours Minor Bachelor's degree program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Faculty of Health, Lassonde School of Engineering or School of the A rts, Media, Performance & Design.

To graduate in an Honours program requires successful completion of all Faculty requirements and departmental required courses and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.

Major credits: students will take at least 42 credits in science and technology studies, including:

  • SC/STS 2411 3.00
  • Either SC/STS 2010 3.00 or SC/STS 2210 3.00
  • SC/STS 4501 6.00
  • 30 additional credits chosen from the Science and Technology Studies list of courses, including at least 6 at the 4000 level

Note: at least 12 credits in the major at the 4000 level.

Honours (Minor) Program

120 credits

The following Honours Minor program may be combined with any approved Honours BA Major program that offers a major/minor option in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Science or the Lassonde School Engineering. Possible subject combinations are listed under Undergraduate Degree Programs in the Faculty of Science Undergraduate Degree and Certificate Programs section.

Note: in a major/minor program, a course may count only once toward major credit.

Major credits: students must compelte at least 30 credits in science and technology studies, including:

  • SC/STS 2411 3.00
  • Either SC/STS 2010 3.00 or SC/STS 2210 3.00
  • SC/STS 4501 6.00
  • 18 additional credits chosen from the Science and Technology Studies list of courses.

Note: at least six credits in the minor must be at the 4000 level.