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Faculty of Science

www.mun.ca/science

General Information

Science has been described as “a way of knowing,” of finding out about ourselves and our world.  The bachelor of science (B.Sc.) degree can be obtained in a wide range of disciplines, all of which expose you to the tools and techniques scientists use to discover, analyze, interpret, describe, and make predictions about subjects as small as sub-atomic particles and as large as the universe.  A background in science is excellent preparation for living in our complex and increasingly technological world.  Graduates of science programs can move on to such diverse areas as teaching, industry, private consulting, the civil service, science journalism, environmental law, research and development, or many other careers for which a B.Sc. is excellent preparation.

Memorial offers B.Sc. degree programs at the St. John's campus and at Grenfell.  See Sir Wilfred Grenfell College section of this guide for a list of B.Sc. degree programs at Grenfell.

The B.Sc. degree (general or honours) requires the completion of 120 credit hours.

Subject Areas

Majors

Major programs for the B.Sc. are offered in:

biochemistry (including nutrition and dietetics)
biology
chemistry
computer science
earth sciences
economics
geography
mathematics and statistics
physics and physical oceanography
psychology (including behavioural neuroscience)

Minors

A student may elect to do an optional minor in science in the departments listed above.  An optional minor may also be chosen from the Faculty of Arts.  Minors in business administration, music history and an interdisciplinary minor in music and culture are also available. 

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Honours Degree

The bachelor of science honours (B.Sc.(Hons.)) is also available in the major subject areas listed above.

Joint Programs

A student may also elect to do a joint major program or a joint honours program.  Current options are described in the university Calendar, but other combinations are also possible.  Students interested in a joint program should contact the department(s) involved for advice before they declare a major. 

Joint B.Comm.(Co-op)/B.Sc. in Computer Science Degrees

The joint degrees of bachelor of commerce (co-op) and bachelor of science with a major in computer science can be completed in five years provided appropriate planning is undertaken.  For more information, see the Joint B.Comm.(Co-op)/B.Sc. in Computer Science Degrees section of the Guide.

Other First-Year Courses Offered in the Faculty of Science

Science 1000
Science 1150/1151

Admission Requirements

Admission to certain major programs within the faculty is limited and competitive.

Students should contact the department of their proposed major in their first year of university for appropriate academic advice.

Unless otherwise indicated in the "Departmental Admission Regulations" as published in the university Calendar, students, upon formal application by “declaration /change of academic program” form, are normally admitted to the department of major program upon successful completion of 30 credit hours which must include:

a)six credit hours in English;

b)six credit hours in mathematics;

c)six credit hours in each of two sciences other than mathematics.

Students seeking admission to departments that have specific admission regulations as indicated above must apply for admission on the appropriate
application form upon completion of the specified admission requirements.

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First-Year Programs

Students pursuing a major within the B.Sc. degree will normally take the courses listed in the programs below.

Major in biochemistry/chemistry/physics
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www.physics.mun.ca
www.chem.mun.ca

Students pursuing a B.Sc. with a major in biochemistry, chemistry or physics will normally take the following courses in first year: 

Semester I Semester II
Chemistry 1050 (1010)* Chemistry 1051 (1011)*
Physics 1050 (1020)** Physics 1051**
Mathematics 1000 (1090)*** Mathematics 1001 (1000)***
English 1080 English 1110 (1101, 1102 or 1103)
Elective Elective

*Students registered in Chemistry 1050 must also be registered in Mathematics 1000 (not 1090).  Students completing Chemistry 1010/1011 will be required to complete Chemistry 1031 as well.
**Students registered in Physics 1050 must also be registered in Mathematics 1000 (not 1090).  All students will be required to complete Physics 1051.  Students who complete Physics 1050 with at least 50 per cent or Physics 1020 with at least 65 per cent should take Physics 1051.  Otherwise, they should take Physics 1050. 
***Students completing Mathematics 1090/1000 will be required to complete Mathematics 1001 as well.

Notes:

1. Students wishing to major in chemistry should try to achieve a 65 per cent average or better in their first-year chemistry, mathematics and physics  courses, and to complete these courses in their first two semesters.

2. Biochemistry majors are required to complete Biology 1001/1002 which may be taken in place of physics in the first year.  However, it
is recommended that both physics and biology  courses be taken in the first year (with no elective).

3. Entry to the biochemistry major program is based on academic standing.  To be considered for admission to the program you must have at least 30 credit hours in courses and have successfully completed the following courses (or their equivalents) with
a minimum overall average of 60 per cent:

a)English 1080, 1110 (or equivalent)

b)Chemistry 1050, 1051 (or 1010, 1011)

c)Mathematics 1000 (or 1090, 1000), 1001

d)Two courses in first-year physics or Biology  1001, 1002

In addition, you must be eligible for entry into Chemistry 2400.

4.(a)In order to complete the biochemistry majors program within four years you MUST be eligible for Chemistry 2400 in the fall semester of your second year.  The prerequisite for Chemistry 2400 is Chemistry 1051 or 1031; or a grade of 80 per cent in each of Chemistry 1010 and 1011; or a grade of 85 per cent in Chemistry 1011; or a grade of 65 per cent in Chemistry 1001.

(b)All biochemistry majors who complete Chemistry 1010/1011 MUST complete Chemistry 1031 as it is a prerequisite for Chemistry 2300.  It is STRONGLY recommended that you complete 1031 in the spring semester before beginning your second year of studies.

5.Applicants to the biochemistry major are strongly recommended to apply for admission by June 30.

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Major in biology
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Students pursuing a B.Sc. with a major in biology who intend to complete their degree in eight semesters will normally take the following courses in first year:

Semester I Semester II
Biology 1001 Biology 1002
Chemistry 1010 (1050)* Chemistry 1011 (1051)
Physics 1020 (1050)** Physics 1021 (1051)
Mathematics 1090*** Mathematics 1000***
English 1080 English 1110 (1101, 1102 or 1103)

*Students registered in Chemistry 1050 must also be registered in Mathematics 1000 (not 1090).
**Students registered in Physics 1050 must also be registered in Mathematics 1000 (not 1090).
***or Mathematics 1000 and an elective (see note 3 below)

Notes:

1. In order for a biology major to complete the biology program in eight semesters, the two first-year chemistry courses must be completed in the first year because they are prerequisites for courses normally taken in the second year by biology majors.   

2. The two first-year physics courses are also required for a major in biology and should be completed in the first year in order to avoid timetable conflicts that arise in year two. 

3. For biology majors, the mathematics requirement is Mathematics 1000.  Students who take Mathematics 1000 in first semester will be able to take an extra first-year elective that can be counted towards the entrance requirements for the biology majors program.  However, many students elect to take Mathematics 1090 in preparation for Mathematics 1000. 

4. Students intending to major in biology must submit a departmental application form to the Department of Biology (SN-3125) declaring a major in biology.  Forms are usually submitted during the second semester. 
Students will not be admitted into the biology majors program until they have met the entrance requirements (see note 5 below).

5. To be admitted to the biology majors program, you must obtain an average of 65 per cent in Biology 1001/1002 and have a minimum overall average of 60 per cent in the following courses:

a) English 1080,1110 (or equivalent)

b) Mathematics 1090,1000 (or Mathematics 1000 and an elective)

c) Chemistry 1010,1011 or Chemistry 1050,1051 (or Physics 1020,1021 or 1050,1051 or 1020, 1051)

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Major in computer science
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Students pursuing a B.Sc. with a major in computer science will normally take the following courses in first year:

Semester I Semester II
Computer Science 1700* or 1710** (or science elective) Computer Science 1710** or 2710***
Mathematics 1000 (1090)**** Computer Science 2742*** or science elective
English 1080 Mathematics 1001 (1000)****
Science elective English 1110 (1101, 1102 or 1103)
Elective Elective

*Computer Science 1700 is recommended for students wishing to major in computer science, but who have no programming experience.
**Computer Science 1710 has a prerequisite of Mathematics 1090, (or equivalent), or Mathematics 1000.  Mathematics 1000 can be taken concurrently.  

***Computer Science 1710 is a prerequisite for Computer Science 2710 and 2742.
****Students completing Mathematics 1090/1000 will be required to complete Mathematics 1001 as well.

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Major in earth sciences
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Students pursuing a B.Sc. with a major in earth sciences will normally take the following courses in first year:

Semester I Semester II
Earth Sciences 1000 Earth Sciences 1002
Chemistry 1010 (1050)* Chemistry 1011 (1051)
Physics 1020 (1050)** Physics 1021 (1051)**
Mathematics 1000 (1090)*** Mathematics 1001 (1000)***
English 1080 English 1110 (1101, 1102 or 1103)

*Students registered in Chemistry 1050 must also be registered in Mathematics 1000 (not 1090).
**Students pursuing a geophysics specialization within earth sciences will be required to complete Physics 1051.  Students who complete Physics 1020 with at least 65 per cent should take Physics 1051.  Otherwise, they should take Physics 1050.  Students registered in Physics 1050 must also be registered in Mathematics 1000 (not 1090).
***Students completing Mathematics 1090/1000 will be required to complete Mathematics 1001 as well.

Notes:

1. To be formally admitted to major programs in earth sciences, you must have successfully completed three first-year credit hours in each of the following departments: English, mathematics, chemistry, physics, earth sciences.  Students are encouraged to declare their major in earth sciences in the second semester of their first year.

2. Registration for the core second-year courses in earth sciences normally requires that all of the first-year courses be completed.  It is possible to take Mathematics 1001 as a corequisite.  It is essential that students plan their first year of study with care and should consult the department web page at www.esd.mun.ca.

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Major in economics
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Students pursuing a B.Sc. with a major in economics will normally take the following courses in first year:

Semester I Semester II
Computer Science 1700* Appropriate second-year course or Computer Science 1700 or science elective
Economics 2010 Economics 2020
Mathematics 1000 (1090)** Mathematics 1001 (1000)**
English 1080 English 1101 (1102, 1103 or 1110)
Elective Elective
*Computer Science 1700 has a co-requisite of Mathematics 1090 or Mathematics 1000.
**Students completing Mathematics 1090/1000 will be required to complete Mathematics 1001 as well.

Note: A co-operative program is available to majors in economics.  For more information, please see the Faculty of Arts section of this Guide.

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Major in geography
www.mun.ca/geog/

Students pursuing a B.Sc. with a major in geography will normally take the following courses in first year:

Semester I Semester II
Mathematics 1090* Mathematics 1000*
Geography 1050 Geography 2000 level**
English 1080 English 1101 (1102, 1103 or 1110)
First of two courses in a first science discipline Second course in a first science discipline
First of two courses in a second science discipline Second course in a second science discipline

*or Mathematics 1000 and an elective or Mathematics 1050 and 1051.  Students should be aware that a B.Sc. degree requires six credit hours in mathematics.  The completion of Mathematics 1000 as one of these mathematics courses will allow for greater choice in the selection of geography courses, particularly physical geography courses.
** Please refer to the Description of Courses section of this Guide for descriptions of 2000-level geography courses.

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Major in applied mathematics/pure mathematics/statistics
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Students pursuing a B.Sc. with a major in applied mathematics, pure mathematics or statistics will normally take the following courses in first year:

Semester I Semester II
Physics 1050 (or 1020)* Physics 1051
Mathematics 1000 (or 1090)** Mathematics 1001 (or 1000)**
English 1080 English 1101 (1102, 1103 or 1110)
Science elective Science elective
Elective Elective

*For applied mathematics majors only.  Pure mathematics and statistics majors may substitute another science elective in place of physics.  Applied mathematics majors will be required to complete Physics 1051.  Students registered in Physics 1050 must also be registered in Mathematics 1000 (not 1090).  Students who complete Physics 1050 with at least 50 per cent or Physics 1020 with at least 65 per cent should take Physics 1051.  Otherwise, they should take Physics 1050.
**Students completing Mathematics 1090/1000 are also required to complete Mathematics 1001.

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Major in nutrition/dietetics
www.mun.ca/biochem/

Students pursuing a B.Sc. with a major in nutrition or dietetics will normally take the following courses in first year:

Semester I Semester II
Chemistry 1010 (1050)* Chemistry 1011 (1051)
Physics 1020 (1050)** Physics 1021 (1051)
Biology 1001 Biology 1002
Mathematics 1090 (or 1000)*** Mathematics 1000 or elective
English 1080 English 1110 (1101, 1102 or 1103)

*Students registered in Chemistry 1050 must also be registered in Mathematics 1000 (not 1090).
**Students registered in Physics 1050 must also be registered in Mathematics 1000 (not 1090).
***Students admitted directly to Mathematics 1000 may take an elective in the second semester.

Notes:

1. Entry to the nutrition majors program is based on academic standing.  To be considered for admission you must have at least 30 credit hours and have successfully completed the following courses with a minimum overall average of 60 per cent:

a)English 1080, 1110 (or equivalent)

b)Mathematics 1090, 1000 (or Mathematics  1000 and an elective)

c)Chemistry 1010, 1011 (or 1050, 1051)

d)six credit hours in first year physics or Biology 1001, 1002

2. Applicants to the nutrition major are strongly recommended to apply for admission by June 30.

3.There will be a competition for admission to the dietetics program for the 2006-07 academic year.  Applications must be received in the Biochemistry office by April 30, 2006.  Further admissions beyond the 2006-07 academic year depend on an academic program review.

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Major in psychology
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Students pursuing a B.Sc. with a major in psychology will normally take the following courses in first year:

Semester I Semester II
Biology 1001 Biology 1002
Chemistry 1010 (1050) or Physics 1020 (1050)* Chemistry 1011 (1051) or Physics 1021 (1051)
Mathematis 1090** Mathematics 1000**
Psychology 1000 Psychology 1001
English 1080 English 1101 (1102, 1103 or 1110)

*Students registered in Chemistry 1050 must also be registered in Mathematics 1000 (not 1090).  Students registered in Physics 1050 must also be registered in Mathematics 1000 (not 1090).
**or Mathematics 1000 and an elective

Notes:

1. Admission to the major program is competitive and selective.  To be eligible for admission,  you must have completed 24 credit hours with an average of at least 65 per cent in Psychology 1000/1001 and an overall average of at least 60 per cent in the following courses:

a) English 1080, 1101 (or equivalent)

b) Mathematics 1000, or 1090 and 1000, or two of 1090, 1050 and 1051 (Students pursuing a B.Sc. must complete Mathematics 1000.)

c) Psychology 1000, 1001

Meeting these minimum criteria does not guarantee admission to the program.

2. Students intending to major in psychology must submit a departmental application form to the department by June 1 for fall semester or October 1 for winter semester.

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Major in behavioural neuroscience
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Students pursuing a B.Sc. with a major in behavioural neuroscience will normally take the following courses in first year:

Semester I Semester II
Chemistry 1010 (1050)* Chemistry 1011 (1051)
Biology 1001 or Physics 1020 (1050)** Biology 1002 or Physics 1021 (1051)
Mathematics 1000 (or 1090)*** Mathematics 1001 (or 1000)***
Psychology 1000 Psychology 1001
English 1080 English 1101 (1102, 1103 or 1110)

*Students registered in Chemistry 1050 must also be registered in Mathematics 1000 (not 1090).
**Students registered in Physics 1050 must also be registered in Mathematics 1000 (not 1090).
***Students completing Mathematics 1090/1000 will be required to complete Mathematics 1001 as well.

Notes: 

1. Admission to the program is competitive and selective.  To be eligible you must have completed 24 credit hours with an average of at least 65 per cent in Psychology 1000/1001 and an overall average of at least 60 per cent in the following courses:

a) English 1080, 1101 (or equivalent)

b) Mathematics 1000, or Mathematics 1090 and 1000

c) Psychology 1000, 1001

Meeting these minimum criteria does not guarantee admission to the program.

2. Students intending to major in behavioural neuroscience must submit a departmental application form to the Psychology Department by June 1 for fall semester or Oct. 1 for winter semester.

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