NEW General Degree Requirements for Fall 2021

We are excited to announce that the Faculty of Science has modified the structure of the General degree beginning in Fall 2021. This change was made to strengthen the foundation of the degree at the introductory level over a broader spectrum of Science courses, and allow for more flexibility for our students to take advanced level courses from a diverse selection of disciplines. All new Science students admitted in Fall 2021 will follow the new General degree plan. Students who are already in the General degree or are transiting from U1 for Fall 2021 will have the option to follow the current degree or switch to the new version.

The new General degree will consist of:

Introductory Level Faculty of Science Courses* (21 credit hours):

  • 9 credit hours from the Computational and Mathematical Sciences
  • 6 credit hours from the Physical Sciences
  • 6 credit hours from the Life Sciences

Advanced Level Faculty of Science Courses (36 credit hours):

To satisfy the advanced level requirements of the 3-year General Degree program, thirty-six (36) credit hours at the 2000, 3000, and (or) 4000 level must be chosen from courses offered by the Faculty of Science. Courses offered by the Faculty of Science include courses from the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics & Astronomy, and Statistics. Courses with the prefix DATA, FORS, and SCI, are also courses taught by the Faculty of Science and may be used to fulfill this requirement.

Of these 36 credit hours, at least 9 credit hours must be chosen from 3000 or 4000 level courses.

Other Course Requirements (33 credit hours):

  • Faculty of Science Elective course (3 credit hours)
  • Other Faculty Courses (12 credit hours. Must include 6 credit hours from Arts)
  • Elective Courses (18 Credit hours)

Click for more details on the New General Regulations 2021 2022

How to know which version is best for you? Use UM Achieve to run a what-if audit using your current Catalog term (the year you started the degree), and compare it to a what-if audit using the Fall 2021 Catalog term (available in UM Achieve by early July).

If you are happy with your current plan or are close to graduating, then no need to change – keep using the UM Achieve audit for the year you first entered the General degree. However, after comparing audits, if you want to move to the new degree, let us know! We will be happy to move you into the new degree or discuss options with you.

Contact an Science Acadmic Advisor for more information.

Jun 8, 2021

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