Faculty of Science

First-Year Science Student Registration Advice

These guidelines are designed to help you select courses for your first year of a Bachelor of Science degree at Saint Mary's. Use these links to find specific program information:

Getting Started!

Meeting your B.Sc. Degree Requirements

Suggested courses for your first year in the Major program you're considering.

ASTROPHYSICS

Your first 30 credit hours

Students normally take 4-5 courses per semester. (3 credit hours per course).

   
Course Description Course Code
University Physics I & II PHYS 1210 (1100) & PHYS 1211 (1101) 
Introductory Calculus I & II MATH 1210 & MATH 1211 
Introduction to Astrophysics  ASTR 1100 
Introduction to Modern Physics  PHYS 1500 
Introduction to Literature  ENGL 1205 
9 credit hours Science Electives 9 credit hours Science Electives
 
BIOLOGY
Your first 30 credit hours

Students normally take 4-5 courses per semester. (3 credit hours per course).  

Course Description Course Code
Molecular & Cell Biology BIOL 1201
Organismal & Ecological Biology BIOL 1202
General Chemistry I & II CHEM 1210 & 1212 (or 1211)
6 Credit Hours Math (Life Science or Intro Calculus) MATH (1250 & 1251) or MATH (1210 & 1211)
Introduction to Literature ENGL 1205
3 credit hours Humanities Elective You Choose!
6 credit hours Arts Electives You Choose!
 
CHEMISTRY

Your first 30 credit hours

Students normally take 4-5 courses per semester. (3 credit hours per course).
Course Description Course Code
General Chemistry I & II CHEM 1210 & CHEM 1211 (or 1212)
University Physics I & II PHYS 1210 (1100) & PHYS 1211 (1101)
Introductory Calculus I & II MATH 1210 & 1211
Introduction to Literature ENGL 1205 
3 credit hours Humanities elective You Choose!
6 credit hours Arts electives You Choose!
 
COMPUTING SCIENCE
Your first 30 credit hours

Students normally take 4-5 courses per semester. (3 credit hours per course).

Course Description Course Code
Intro to Programming & Advanced Programing      CSCI 1226 & CSCI 1228
Introductory Calculus I & II  MATH 1210 & MATH 1211
Introduction to Literature  ENGL 1205 
6 credit hours Science electives  You Choose!
3 credit hours Humanities elective  You Choose! 
6 credit hours Arts electives You Choose! 
 
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Your first 30 credit hours

Students normally take 4-5 courses per semester. (3 credit hours per course).

Course Description Course Code
Environmental Challenges       ENVS 1200     
Physical Processes in the Environment  ENVS 1250 
6 credit hours in Math or CSCI  MATH (1250 & 1251) or (1210 & 1211) or CSCI 1226 & 1227 
Molecular & Cell Biology  BIOL 1201 
Organismal & Ecological Biology  BIOL 1202 
General Chemistry I & II   CHEM 1210 & 1212 (or 1211) 
People, Place and Environment  GEOG 1200 
Introduction to Literature ENGL 1205 
 
GEOGRAPHY
Your first 30 credit hours

Students normally take 4-5 courses per semester. (3 credit hours per course).

Course Description Course Code
Global Perspectives on Land & Life GEOG 1100 
People, Place and Environment  GEOG 1200   
6 credit hours in Math or CSCI  MATH (1250 & 1251) or (1210 & 1211) or CSCI 1226 & 1227 
Introduction to Literature  ENGL 1205 
6 credit hours Science electives  You Choose! 
3 credit hours in Humanities elective  You Choose! 
6 credit hours in Arts electives You Choose! 
 
GEOLOGY
Your first 30 credit hours

Students normally take 4-5 courses per semester. (3 credit hours per course).

Course Description Course Code
Understanding the Earth & The Dynamic Earth      GEOL 1200 & GEOL 1201
3 credit hours Math (Life Science or Intro Calculus)  MATH 1250 or MATH 1210
3 credit hours in Math or CSCI  MATH 1251 or MATH 1211 or CSCI 1227
Introduction to Literature   ENGL 1205 
6 credit hours in Science electives  You Choose! (Recommended: CHEM 1210 & PHYS 1100 (or 1000) 
3 credit hours Humanities elective  You Choose! 
6 credit hours Arts electives You Choose! 
 
MATHEMATICS
Your first 30 credit hours

Students normally take 4-5 courses per semester. (3 credit hours per course).

Course Description Course Code
Introductory Calculus I & II      MATH 1210 & MATH 1211
Intro to Computing Science Programming  CSCI 1226    
Problem Solving & Programming   CSCI 1227 or CSCI 1228  
Introduction to Literature  ENGL 1205 
6 credit hours Science electives  You Choose! 
3 credit hours Humanities elective  You Choose! 
6 credit hours Arts elective You Choose! 
 
PHYSICS
Your first 30 credit hours

Students normally take 4-5 courses per semester. (3 credit hours per course).

Course Description Course Code
University Physics I & II PHYS 1210 (1100) & PHYS 1211 (1101) 
Introductory Calculus I & II  MATH 1210 & MATH 1211
Introduction to Modern Physics   PHYS 1500
Introduction to Literature   ENGL 1205
9 credit hours in Science elective   You Choose! (Recommended: CHEM 1210, 1211 & CSCI 1226) 
3 credit hours Humanities elective  You Choose! 
 
PSYCHOLOGY
Your first 30 credit hours

Students normally take 4-5 courses per semester. (3 credit hours per course).

Course Description Course Code
Introduction to Psychology  PSYC 1200 
3 credit hours in PSYC 1000-level    PSYC 1210, 1220, 1235, 1240, 1250 or 1260
6 credit hours in Math or CSCI  MATH (1250 & 1251) or (1210 & 1211) or CSCI 1226 & 1227 
Introduction to Literature  ENGL 1205 
6 credit hours Science electives   You Choose!
3 credit hours Humanities elective   You Choose!  
6 credit hours Arts elective You Choose!  
 
ENGINEERING
Year One
 
Course Description  Course Code
SEPTEMBER
Technical Communications EGNE 1206 

Engineering Design Graphics (Design I)

EGNE 1210

General Chemistry I

CHEM 1210

Introductory Calculus I

MATH 1210

University Physics I 

PHYS 1210 (1100)

Introduction to Literature or 

Introduction to the History of Science and Technology

 

(Choose one, and take the other course in January)

ENGL 1205 or HIST 1301
   
JANUARY

Engineering Mechanics (Statics)

EGNE 1203  

Computer Methods for Engineers

EGNE 1204  

General Chemistry II for Engineering

CHEM 1213  

University Physics II

PHYS 1211 (1101)

Introductory Calculus II

MATH 1211

Introduction to Literature or 

Introduction to the History of Science and Technology

 

ENGL 1205 or HIST 1301 

FORENSIC SCIENCE (Certificate)*
Course Description  Course Code
SEPTEMBER  
Molecular & Cell Biology BIOL 1201  
General Chemistry I   CHEM 1210 
JANUARY   
Organismal & Ecological Biology  BIOL 1202 
General Chemistry II CHEM 1212 
*Refer to intended major for additional info.   
Course & Elective Options

SCIENCES

 

Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science, Environmental Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology (Excluding ASTR 1010, CHEM 1221, FRSC 2200, FRSC 2001, GEOL 1202, GEOL 1203, GEOL 1210, MATH 1202, and MATH 1203)

ARTS

 

Anthropology, Arabic, Asian Studies, Atlantic Canada Studies, Chinese, Classics, Economics, English, French, German, Geography, Hispanic Studies, History, Irish Studies, Japanese, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Women & Gender Studies

HUMANITIES

 

Classics, English (other than 1205), History, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Modern Languages (courses in literature and/or culture)

*MATH 1210 Placement Test*

All new students registered in MATH 1210 are required to take a Mathematics placement test in their first week of classes. This will help us assess your readiness for university calculus. Students whose performance on the math placement test does not meet or exceed the minimum required to continue in MATH 1210 are directed instead to MATH 1190 as a better starting point.

Use this math placement test material, complete with practice questions and answers, to prepare for your placement test.