BSc 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 BSc streams:

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

General Education

All students in the Faculty of Science must fulfill the following General Education requirement to obtain a BSc degree:

  • non-science requirement: 12 credits (Refer to York's Academic Calendar for a listing of acceptable courses in this category)
  • mathematics: six credits from: SC/MATH 1505 6.00, SC/MATH 1013 3.00, SC/MATH 1014 3.00, SC/MATH 1300 3.00, SC/MATH 1310 3.00, SC/MATH 1021 3.00, SC/MATH 1025 3.00; (note that SC/MATH 1013 3.00 and SC/MATH 1300 3.00 are course credit exclusions, as are SC/MATH 1014 3.00 and SC/MATH 1310 3.00);
  • computer science: three credits from LE/EECS 1520 3.00, LE/EECS 1530 3.00, LE/EECS 1540 3.00 or LE/EECS 1020 3.00;
  • foundational science: six credits from: SC/BIOL 1000 3.00, SC/BIOL 1001 3.00, SC/CHEM 1000 3.00, SC/CHEM 1001 3.00, SC/PHYS 1010 6.00 or SC/PHYS 1410 6.00 or SC/PHYS 1420 6.00.

Science Core

All BSc and BSc (Hons) degree candidates must comply with the "General Regulations" by completing the following (see "Regulations Governing Undergraduate Degree Requirements" for the Faculty of Science in the Academic Calendar):

  • 27 General Education credits as listed above (See also 'General Education Requirements' for Faculty of Science for BSc and Honours BSc degrees. STS courses do not count towards General Education requirements)
  • All degree candidates must comply with the Science Breadth requirement and passed credits requirement (General Regulation 3 and 4)
  • All BSc and BSc (Hons) STS degree candidates must complete at least 18 science credits at the 2000 level or higher outside of STS

Bachelor Program

90 credits

  1. 27 General Education credits (see above)
  2. Major requirements:
    • 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, including at least 12 major credits at the 3000 level or above, for a total of a minimum of 30 credits from science and technology studies major courses
    • at least 18 science credits at the 2000 level or higher non-science and technology studies major courses.
  3. Science breadth: satisfied within the major requirements.
  4. Upper level requirements: a minimum of 18 credits at the 3000 level or above.
  5. Additional credits, as required, for an overall total of 90 credits.
  6. Standing requirements: a minimum overall grade point average of 4.00 (C) is required in order to be eligible to graduate with a BSc degree (bachelor program).

Specialised Honours BSC Program

120 credits

  1. 27 General Education credits (see above)
  2. Major requirements:
    • SC/STS 2411 3.00
    • Either SC/STS 2010 3.00 or SC/STS 2210 3.00
    • SC/STS 4501 6.00
    • additional 42 credits from the approved science and technology studies major courses (for a total of 54 science and technology studies credits, including at least 18 credits at the 3000 or higher level, of which at least 12 are at the 4000 level); See list of courses.
    • at least 18 science credits at the 2000 level or higher that are not science and technology studies courses.
  3. Science breadth: satisfied within the major requirements.
  4. Upper level requirements: a minimum of 42 credits at the 3000 level or above.
  5. Additional credits, as required, for an overall total of 120 credits.
  6. Standing requirements: 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 over all courses completed.

Honours (Double/Major) Program

120 credits

An Honours Major in science and technology studies may be combined with an Honours Major in another subject area in a BSc Double Major degree program, or with an Honours Minor in another subject area in an Honours Major/Minor BSc degree program. Possible subject combinations are listed under Undergraduate Degree Programs in the Faculty of Science Undergraduate Degree and Certificate Programs section.

Students should consult with a departmental adviser to plan their studies in order to meet the program requirements for both majors and their prerequisites.

  1. 27 General Education credits (see above)
  2. Major requirements:
    • SC/STS 2411 3.00
    • Either SC/STS 2010 3.00 or SC/STS 2210 3.00
    • SC/STS 4501 6.00
    • additional 30 credits from the approved science and technology studies major courses, including at least 18 credits at the 3000 or higher level, of which at least 12 are at the 4000 level, for a total of 42 credits in science and technology studies; See list of courses.
    • at least 18 science credits at the 2000 level or higher level non-science and technology studies courses; Note: would be met if the second major or the minor is in another science discipline;
    • the course requirements for the second major or the minor.
  3. Science breadth: satisfied by the above requirements.
  4. Upper level requirements: a minimum of 42 credits at the 3000 level or above.
  5. Additional credits, as required, for an overall total of 120 credits.
  6. Standing requirements: 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 over all courses completed, subject to the following exception. In addition, a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all biology courses completed is required to graduate in the Honours Double Major program where biology is the other major.

Honours Major/Minor Program

120 credits

An Honours Major in science and technology studies may be combined with an Honours Major in another subject area in a BSc Double Major degree program, or with an Honours Minor in another subject area in an Honours Major/Minor BSc degree program. Possible subject combinations are listed under Undergraduate Degree Programs in the Faculty of Science Undergraduate Degree and Certificate Programs section.

Students should consult with a departmental adviser to plan their studies in order to meet the program requirements for both majors and their prerequisites.

  1. 27 General Education credits (see above)
  2. Major requirements:
    • SC/STS 2411 3.00
    • Either SC/STS 2010 3.00 or SC/STS 2210 3.00
    • SC/STS 4501 6.00
    • additional 30 credits from the approved science and technology studies major courses, including at least 18 credits at the 3000 or higher level, of which at least 12 are at the 4000 level, for a total of 42 credits in science and technology studies; See list of courses.
    • at least 18 science credits at the 2000 level or higher level non-science and technology studies courses; Note: would be met if the second major or the minor is in another science discipline;
    • the course requirements for the second major or the minor.
  3. Science breadth: satisfied by the above requirements.
  4. Upper level requirements: a minimum of 42 credits at the 3000 level or above.
  5. Additional credits, as required, for an overall total of 120 credits.
  6. Standing requirements: 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 over all courses completed, subject to the following exception. In addition, a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all biology courses completed is required to graduate in the Honours Double Major program where biology is the other major.

Honours Minor Program

120 credits

  • SC/STS 2411 3.00
  • Either SC/STS 2010 3.00 or SC/STS 2210 3.00
  • SC/STS 4501 6.00
  • additional 18 credits from the approved science and technology studies major courses (for a total of 30 credits in science and technology studies). See list of courses.