Joint degrees of bachelor of arts and bachelor of science

Students who wish to simultaneously pursue a bachelor of arts (BA) and a bachelor of science (BSc) may do so by completing a minimum of 135 credit hours in courses. A minor program is not required; however, you may complete the requirements for a minor, or an additional (third) major. The joint degree is available to all major programs offered by the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Careful planning of courses is crucial to ensure timely completion of the program. If you are pursuing a major outside of computer science, economics, geography, psychology, mathematics or statistics you should pay special attention to course planning and selection to ensure that the major requirements are met within the required 135 credit hours.

Students enrolled in this joint degree program, or who plan to enroll in this program, are strongly encouraged to consult regularly with appropriate academic advisors in both the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

You must satisfy all program requirements before you may be granted either the bachelor of arts degree or the bachelor of science degree, and must graduate with both degrees at the same convocation.

Admission requirements

You may apply for admission into the Faculty of Science by indicating bachelor of science on the undergraduate application for admission. Direct entry into the faculty is subject to meeting the general admission requirements for Memorial University, including appropriate courses in mathematics and a laboratory science.

Once admitted to the university, you should email the Office of the Registrar to request the BA be added to your student record as a secondary program.

Entry into a specific major normally requires the completion of at least 10 three-credit courses at the university level and some majors are competitive for a limited number of placements. Upon completion of the required courses, normally at the end of your first year, you can apply for a major.

Sample first year

Wondering what courses you would take in your first year? Check out a sample of suggested courses for students pursuing a joint arts and science degree.