# First Year Tips

Welcome to Western Science! To help you start navigating your academic path here at Western Science, we have compiled several course suggestions for first-year students based on different areas of interest. We have also compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding first-year course registration. If you still have questions we encourage you to connect with us through our **Academic Counselling Help Portal**; we're here to help!

### First Year Course Selection Tips

### Actuarial Science and Financial Modelling

- Calculus 1000A/B or 1500A/B, and Calculus 1501B or 1301B (with a mark of at least 85%)
- Mathematics 1600A/B
- Economics 1021A/B and 1022A/B [1]
- 2.5 additional courses at the 1000 level*

*Actuarial Science 1021A/B, Business Administration 1220E, Philosophy 1200 are recommended but not required courses

**Note:** Economics 1021A/B and 1022A/B, Philosophy 1200, plus Computer Science 1026/B and /or Computer Science 1027A/B are recommended but not required for students interested in Financial Modelling

[1] This requirement can be postponed to year 2, 3 or 4 but is recommended to be taken in year 1 whenever possible

### Applied Mathematics

- Calculus 1000A/B or 1500A/B, and Calculus 1501B or 1301B (with a mark of at least 85%)
- Mathematics 1600A/B
- 1.0 course from category A or B at the 1000 level
- 2.5 additional courses at the 1000 level

### Biology

- Biology 1001A and 1002B
- Chemistry 1301A and 1302B
- 1.0 mathematics course from the math list (Applied Mathematics 1201A/B, Calculus 1000A/B, 1500A/B, 1301A/B, 1501A/B, Mathematics 1225A/B, 1228A/B, 1229A/B, 1600A/B, or Statistical Sciences 1024A/B) [2]
- 0.5 course from Physics 1201A or 1501A
- 1.0 course from category A or B at the 1000 level
- 0.5 additional course at the 1000 level

*Note**: HSP Animal Behavior also requires Psychology 1000 and HSP Genetics and Biochemistry requires 1.0 first year Physics courses*

[2] This requirement can be postponed to year 2 but is recommended to be taken in year 1 whenever possible.

### Chemistry

- Chemistry 1301A and 1302B
- Physics 1201A or 1501A
- Physics 1202B or 1502B
- 0.5 course from Calculus 1000A/B or 1500A/B
- 0.5 course from Applied Math 1201A/B, Calculus 1301B, 1501B, Mathematics 1225A/B, 1229A/B, 1600A/B
- 1.0 course from category A or B at the 1000 level
- 1.0 additional course at the 1000 level

*Note: **Students interested in a combination of Chemistry and Biochemistry should also take Biology 1001A and 1002B*

### Computer Science

- Computer Science 1025A or 1026A and Computer Science 1027B
- 0.5 course from: Calculus 1000A/B or 1500A/B
- 0.5 course from: Applied Math 1201A/B, Calculus 1301B or 1501B, Mathematics 1600A/B
- 1.0 course from category A or B at the 1000 level
- 2.0 additional courses at the 1000 level

*Note: **Students interested in Bioinformatics should also take: Biology 1001A and 1002B, plus Chemistry 1301A and 1302B.*

### Earth Science for Professional Registration

- Chemistry 1301A and 1302B
- Physics 1201A or 1501A
- Physics 1202B or 1502B
- 0.5 course from: Calculus 1000A/B or 1500A/B or Mathematics 1225A/B
- 0.5 course from: Earth Sciences 1022A/B, or 1023A, or 1070A, or 1081A/B or 1083F
- 1.0 course from: Applied Math 1201A/B, Biology 1001A, 1002B, Computer Science 1025A/B, 1026A/B, 1027A/B, Calculus 1301B or 1501B, Mathematics 1228A/B, 1229A/B, 1600A/B, Statistical Sciences 1023A/B, 1024A/B
- 1.0 course from Category A or B at the 1000 level

### Earth Science - Geology

- Chemistry 1301A
- 1.5 courses from: Earth Sciences 1022A/B, 1023A, 1070B, 1081A/B or 1083F, Biology 1001A, 1002B, Chemistry 1302B, Physics 1201A, 1501A, 1202B or 1502B
- Calculus 1000A/B or 1500A/B or Mathematics 1225B, plus one of: Applied Math 1201A/B, Calculus 1301B or 1501B, Mathematics 1228A/B, 1229A, 1600A/B, or Statistical Sciences 1024A/B [3]
- 1.0 course from Category A or B at the 1000 level
- 1.0 additional course at the 1000 level

[3] This requirement can be postponed to year 2 but is recommended to be taken in year 1 whenever possible.

### Earth Science - Geology & Biology or Environmental Geoscience

- Chemistry 1301A and 1302B Biology 1001A and 1002B
- 1.0 course from category A or B at the 1000 level
- 1.0 additional course at the 1000 level

For Geology & Biology:

- 1.0 course from Calculus 1000A/B, 1500A/B and one of: Applied Math 1201A/B, Calculus 1301B, 1501B, Mathematics 1600A/B, Statistical Sciences 1024A/B OR BOTH OF Mathematics 1225A/B and 1229A/B [4]

For Environmental Geoscience:

- 0.5 course from: Calculus 1000A/B, 1500A/B or Mathematics 1225A/B 0.5 course from: Applied Math 1201A/B, Calculus 1301A/B, 1501A/B, Math 1229A/B, 1600A/B, or Statistical Sciences 1024A/B

[4] This requirement can be postponed to year 2 but is recommended to be taken in year 1 whenever possible.

### Earth Science - Geophysics

- 1.0 course from: Earth Sciences 1022A/B, 1023A, 1070A/B 1081A/B or 1083F,
- Chemistry 1301A, 1302B, Mathematics 1600A/B
- Physics 1201A or 1501A
- Physics 1202B or 1502B
- Calculus 1000A/B or 1500A/B and Calculus 1301B or 1501B
- 1.0 course from category A or B at the 1000 level
- 1.0 additional course at the 1000 level [at least 0.5 Earth Sciences course is recommended]

### Environmental Science

- Biology 1001A and 1002
- Chemistry 1301A and 1302B
- 0.5 course from: Environmental Science 1021F/G, or a 1000-level half course in Geography, or Earth Sciences 1022A/B, 1023A/B, 1081A/B, or Physics 1201A, 1202B, 1501A, 1502B
- 1.0 course from: Applied Mathematics 1201A/B, Calculus 1000A/B, 1500A/B, 1301A/B, 1501A/B, Mathematics 1225A/B, 1228A/B, 1229A/B, 1600A/B, or Statistical Sciences 1024A/B
- 1.0 course from category B at the 1000 level [recommended]
- 0.5 additional course at the 1000 level

### Integrated Science

WISc admitted students need to pick the following courses (5.5 courses in year 1):

- 2.0 Integrated Science 1001X
- 0.5 Integrated Science 1000Z
- 0.5 Calculus 1000A/B or 1500A/B
- 0.5 Chemistry 1301A/B
- 0.5 Physics 1201A or 1501A
- 0.5 additional Science course*
- 1.0 course from category A or B at the 1000 level

* HSP in Integrated Science with Biology, the HSP in Integrated Science with Environmental Science, or the HSP in Integrated Science with Genetics take** Biology 1001A**. HSP in Integrated Science with Mathematics take **Mathematics 1600A/B**. HSP in Integrated Science with** Computer Science take CS 1026A**.

### Mathematics

- Calculus 1000A/B or 1500A/B, and Calculus 1501B or 1301B (with a mark of at least 85%)
- 1.0 course from category A or B at the 1000 level
- 3.0 additional courses, with no mark in these principal courses below 60%. It is recommended the Mathematics 1600A/B and/or Mathematics 1120A/B be taken in first-year. If taken in first-year, the course(s) will count toward the 3.0 principal courses.

### Neuroscience

- Biology 1001A and 1002B
- Chemistry 1301A and 1302B
- 1.0 Mathematics courses from: Applied Mathematics 1201A/B, Calculus 1000A/B, 1500A/B, 1301A/B, 1501A/B, Mathematics 1225A/B, 1228A/B, 1229A/B, 1600A/B, or Statistical Sciences 1024A/B
- Physics (1201A or 1501A) and Physics (1202B or 1502B)[5]
- Psychology 1000

[5] This requirement can be postponed until year 2 but is recommended to be taken in year 1 whenever possible.

### Physics & Astronomy

- Physics 1201A or 1501A
- Physics 1202B or 1502B
- Calculus 1000A/B (or 1500A/B) and 1501B or 1301B (with a mark of at least 85%)
- Mathematics 1600A/B (can be done in second-year)
- 1.0 course from category A or B at the 1000 level
- 1.5 additional courses at the 1000 level (0.5 must be from the Faculty of Science)

**Note**: Students interested in Materials Science should also take Chemistry 1301A and 1302B.

### Statistics

- Calculus 1000A/B or 1500A/B, and Calculus 1501B or 1301B (with a mark of at least 85%)
- Mathematics 1600A/B
- Statistical Sciences 1023A/B (recommended only)
- 1.0 course from category A or B at the 1000 level
- 2.0 additional courses at the 1000 level

**Note**: Major in Applied Statistics requires 1.0 course from: Psychology 1000, Biology 1001A, 1002B, Sociology 1020

### Medical Sciences 1

- Biology 1001A and 1002B
- Chemistry 1301A and 1302B
- Calculus 1000A/B or 1500A/B
- 0.5 course from: Applied Math 1201A/B, Calculus 1301A/B, 1501A/B, Mathematics 1600A/B
- Physics (1201B or 1501B) and Physics (1202B or 1502B)[6]
- 1.0 course from category A or B at the 1000 level

[6] This requirement can be postponed until year 2 but is recommended to be taken in year 1 whenever possible.

### Unsure of what you want to do?

Keep your options open as much as possible! Many first-year courses are offered in the summer if you realize you need something else for the module you want in year 2. Yes, you can change your mind after first-year and switch to a different module!

### Considering an Ivey Dual Degree?

Students interested in or considering a **combined degree with IVEY** are strongly encouraged to take their 1.0 first-year course from **Category B** to avoid having to overload or take it in the summer. BUS 2257 will count as Category A.