Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Below are the requirements students will have to complete in order to complete a BASc in Health. The requirements typically take four years of academic study to complete. It is recommended that students consult with Academic Advising throughout their degree to ensure program requirements are met.

Foundation Year

The first year will be comprised of the following courses: 12 credits in Introductory level natural science courses (Biology and Chemistry), 12 credits in Introductory level social sciences courses (Sociology and Psychology), and 6 credits of health core courses.

Core Courses

Students are required to complete 24 credits of core health courses (3 credits per semester). These are courses that take an interdisciplinary lens to health topics. They will serve as an anchor point for students as they complete courses in cognate disciplines.

Other Specific Course Requirements

In addition to the courses outlined in the foundation year and the core courses listed below, students will be required to take Statistics 101- Introductory Statistics and HLTH 203- Introduction to Health Research Methods.

Concentrations

Courses included in each Concentration are taken from a list of designated courses from various departments in 3 Faculties (Arts, Science and Business). Students in the BASc in Health will complete two concentrations, one in Biomedical and one in Social Determinants and Health Equity. Courses in each concentration provide students with a better understanding of health, whether by dealing with the field from a specific disciplinary perspective, or by providing disciplinary skills and knowledge that can then inform one’s understanding of health.

Specific Requirements

100-level restriction

Students may apply 100-level courses towards fulfilling the requirements of their Concentration A and B (as well as their electives). This is to help students gain the pre-requisites necessary to enroll in upper-level courses that are available in each concentration. In the case of Concentration A, students may complete a maximum of 18 credits at the 100-level (in addition to Statistics 101), and in the case of Concentration B, students may complete 12 credits at the 100-level.

3/400-level requirement

All students taking the BASc degree must complte 12 credits of core coures and the 300- and 400- level. In addition, students must also complete 300- and 400- level courses in their concentrations the number of credits required at each level varies between the Major and Honours pattern (see below).

     Major

Major students will need to compelte 9 credits of 300- and 400- level courses in the n their Concentration A. They will also need to complete 3 credits of 300- and 400- level courses in their Concentration B. The total number of 300- and 400- level credits needed for Honours students in the BASc, including core courses is: 24 Credits.

     Honours

Honours students are required to complete 15 credits of 300- and 400- level courses in their Concentration A. They will also need to complete 3 credits of 300- and 400- level courses in their Concentration B. The total number of 300- and 400- level credits needed for Honours students in the BASc, including core courses is: 30 Credits.

Arts Requirement

Students are required to complete a minimum of 24 credits from the Faculty of Arts.

Science Requirement

Students are required to complete a minimum of 24 credits from the Faculty of Science. 12 of these credits must include a laboratory component at the 200-level or above.

Humanities Requirement

Recognizing StFX’s identity as a liberal arts university and the importance that the humanities hold in developing a holistic understanding of an interdisciplinary subject matter, all students in the BASc will be required to complete 12 credits of Humanities in addition to the above-mentioned Arts requirement as per the definition of humanities in the StFX Academic Calendar. Students in the BASc in Health must select their humanities courses from the Health Humanities designated course list.

Electives

In keeping with other degree patterns at the university, students are provided with electives. BASc major students will benefit from a total of 12 credits over the course of their degree.

Honours

The requirements are the same as those for the program above, with the following exceptions:

a) HLTH 490 is required in the primary concentration, for a total of 54 credits.

b) There are 6 credits of open electives.

c) The honours program requires a combined minimum of 18 credits of 300-and/or 400-level courses (including HLTH 490) in the primary and secondary concentrations.

 

Summary Program Requirements

 

Major

  • HLTH 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 401, 402                                                                                    24 Credits
  • CHEM 101, 102, BIOL 111, 112, PSYC 101, 102, SOCI 101, 102, STAT 101, HLTH 203                                      30 Credits
  • Designated Courses                                                                                                                      54 Credits
  • Open electives                                                                                                                              12 Credits

 

Honours

  • HLTH 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 401, 402, 490                                                                             30 Credits
  • CHEM 101, 102, BIOL 111, 112, PSYC 101, 102 SOCI 101, 102, STAT 101, HLTH 203                                      30 Credits
  • Designated Courses                                                                                                                      54 Credits
  • Open electives                                                                                                                                6 Credits