|Length:||3-4 years (English); 3 years (French)|
The word “liberal” in the program name refers to the concept of a liberal education, which develops a broad-based maturity. It is based more on breadth than on the depth of coverage found in a traditional Bachelor of Science degree. This is the most flexible science degree program at Laurentian and students tailor it to suit their particular career goals. It is geared to students who want to obtain a science related degree but who do not necessarily intend to become working scientists. Students are advised to round out the liberal science degree by specializing in one area to ensure a well-balanced education.
• Three-year or four-year (Honours) program leads to a Bachelor of Science (Liberal)
• Combination of courses in biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics and physics
• Courses in ethics, philosophy, religious studies, environment, law, ethics, psychology and languages may also be included
First-year course overview
Six (6) credits from three (3) of the science disciplines below (for a total of 18 credits in three (3) science disciplines):
BIOL 1506 – Biology I + lab
BIOL 1507 – Biology II + lab
CHMI 1006 – Chemistry I + lab*
CHMI 1007 – Chemistry II + lab
COSC 1700 – Introduction to Computers and Application Software or COSC 1046 – Computer I and COSC 1047 – Computer II
GEOL 1006 – Intro. to Geology I + lab and
GEOL 1007 – Intro. to Geology II + lab or GEOL 1021 – Understanding the Earth I and
GEOL 1022 – Understanding the Earth II
MATH 1036 – Calculus I** and MATH 1037 – Calculus II or MATH 1056 – Discrete Mathematics and
MATH 1057 – Linear Algebra
PHYS 1006 – Intro. Physics I + lab and
PHYS 1007 – Intro. Physics II + lab or PHYS 1095 – General Astronomy
+ electives*** (12 cr) in humanities, social sciences or sciences
* Students without Grade 12 U-level chemistry or the equivalent must take CHMI 1041 – Chemical Concepts prior to CHMI 1006 – Chemistry I
** Students with a grade of 60% or less in Grade 12 U-level calculus or the equivalent must take MATH 1912 – Elementary Calculus prior to MATH 1036 – Calculus I
*** Students are required to take 3 credits of Math and 3 credits of Computer Science. If Math and/or Computer Science are one of your chosen three disciplines, you need not take an extra three credits in each. However, if Math and/or Computer Science are not one of your three chosen disciplines, you should include 3 credits of Math and 3 credits of Computer Science in your electives.
Admission requirements based on Grade 12 4U/M courses:
• 1 English or 1 Français (depending on language of study)
• 5 other courses
• Minimum average of 70%
Teaching (elementary and secondary), public relations, science communication, health sciences sector, civil service (provincial and federal), academic/school board, medical school, optometry, degree completion program (x-ray technologists)…
Credit transfer opportunities are available from other recognized postsecondary institutions and are typically evaluated on an individual basis. Some fast-tracking opportunities also exist.
Formal collaborative agreements with Cambrian College are also in place for this program.