Registration Guide: BASC Climate and Environment

Welcome to the Bachelor of Arts and Science in Climate and Environment!

First-year course selection for the Bachelor of Arts and Science in Climate and Environment is very simple.

First-Year Course Pattern

In total, you will be taking 5 courses each term.

First term:
CLEN 101 – Introduction to the Climate System - 3 credits
ECON 101 – Introductory Microeconomics - 3 credits
SOCI 101 – Foundations of Sociology - 3 credits
MATH 106 – Calculus I - 3 credits
  Or CSCI 161 – Introduction to Programming - 3 credits
CHEM 101 – General Chemistry I - 3 credits 
  Or PHYS 101 – Physics for Life and the Health Sciences I - 3 credits (with MATH 107 in 2nd term)
  Or PHYS 101 – Physics for Life and the Health Sciences I - 3 credits (with PHYS 102 in 2nd term)

Second term:
CLEN 102 – Introduction to Environmental Systems - 3 credits
BIOL 112 – Diversity of Life - 3 credits
SOCI 102 – Key Issues in Contemporary Sociology - 3 credits
CHEM 102 – General Chemistry II - 3 credits
  Or MATH 107 – Calculus II - 3 credits (with PHYS 101 in 1st term)
  Or PHYS 102 – Physics for Life and the Health Sciences II - 3 credits (with PHYS 101 in 1st term)

Final 3-credit second term course: It is important to ensure your course schedule is balanced between first and second terms. You want to have 5 courses each term, and not 4 courses in one term with 6 courses in the other.  There are 3 options for the final course in your first year:  PSCI 101, PSCI 102, PGOV 101. However, this year, PSCI 101 and PGOV 101 are both first term classes, and you already have 5 courses in first term.  Therefore we strongly recommend that you take the PSCI 102 option, a second-term course, this year.  Again, your options for your remaining 3-credit course:
PSCI 102 – Introduction to Comparative and Global Politics - 3 credits (2nd term) - Our Recommendation
  Or  PSCI 101 – Introduction to Power and Politics - 3 credits (1st term)
  Or PGOV 101 – Modern Challenges for Public Policy & Governance - 3 credits (1st term)

If you plan to concentrate in Environment, CHEM 101/102 could be beneficial in the future with prerequisite requirements.

If you plan to concentrate in Climate, MATH 106, MATH 107 and PHYS 101 could be beneficial in the future with prerequisite requirements.

Feel free to browse through the "Academic Subjects" pages, found under the "Helpful Resources" link.  They will provide more information about the courses in which you will be registered in the coming year.

Question You Might Have

Is it possible to take fewer than 30 credits this year?

If you wish to take a reduced course load, you should meet with an academic advisor before classes start, or during the first week of classes.  If you plan to do your degree over 5 years rather than over 4 years, there will be no problem, but you will still need to plan your program carefully.  If you plan to do a reduced course load for this one year only, and then take the normal full course load in subsequent years, an advisor can assist you with the best complement of courses for the coming year that will allow you to complete your degree within the four-year period.  This will, of course, require your taking spring and/or summer courses over the next three years.