Bachelor of Science
The Science of Life. From modelling patterns in entire ecological systems to defining atomic behaviour, scientists use analytical procedures, critical thinking abilities, and a drive to problem-solve to ultimately contribute to our understanding of the world.
Guelph’s Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Program offers you access to some of the world’s most respected scientists, teachers, and researchers as well as outstanding research and teaching facilities. Our well-rounded program will give you a solid foundation in the biological, physical, chemical, computing and mathematical sciences. This common first year core will give you the flexibility to explore and transfer between majors even after first year.
Animal Biology emphasizes the science underlying the practical husbandry of animals, primarily those used for food products but also companion and exotic species. You will acquire a broad overview of animal production systems and a detailed understanding of how these rely increasingly on our emerging knowledge in fields such as genetics, molecular biology, reproductive technology, nutrition, environmental physiology, behaviour and welfare. By appropriate selection of elective courses, you may choose to pursue one of the above areas in further depth at the senior undergraduate level. The program also provides excellent preparation for students interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.
Helpful hints for BSc Animal Biology Majors
This is meant to guide you through the potential pitfalls you face when registering for your next semester. Always be aware that when you choose to deviate from the program of studies outlined in the calendar you started on, there may be ramifications later on in your program you haven't considered which may restrict your choice of courses or even delay your graduation date. If we are forced to or choose to make changes to the courses offered or schedule of studies that pertain to your degree, then it becomes our responsibility to ensure that you complete your degree in a satisfactory and timely manner.
- Use the calendar you started on to guide you through the whole of your degree program. Changes made subsequent to your arrival usually do not affect your ability to follow the prescribed studies you began with, and in those circumstances where they do, we will be sure to inform you of your options so you can graduate in a straightforward and timely manner.
- Don't rely on hearsay information from other students when planning your courses - what is relevant to them is not automatically relevant to you. Though in the same class with you, they may be in a different year or even a different degree program. Your options as to the number of courses to take in a semester will be affected by whether or not you plan to use your grades to apply to the veterinary program. Some students may have transferred from other programs or other institutions, which might affect which courses they need.
- The computer information and other aids available to help you select courses should be correct. However, errors do occur. If you think you are getting conflicting information, check out the story by e-mailing or visiting your counselor rather than guessing what might be the right story.
- The most straightforward way to approach course selection is to prioritize: CORE courses for your program must be addressed first, RESTRICTED ELECTIVES second and FREE ELECTIVES last of all. This means you may have to compromise on which restricted and free electives you get to take in some cases. In the Animal Biology program the core courses are clearly indicated by semester in your calendar of studies. Failing to take them in the specified order and semester may result in timetable conflicts which cannot be resolved without further restricting your elective options or even delaying your graduation.
- Restricted electives belong in two categories:
- ARTS & SOCIAL SCIENCE RESTRICTED ELECTIVES: BSc ABIO students must take a minimum of 2.0 credits in these areas. Students entering the BSc ABIO Program in the Fall of 2012 onwards can count the core course ANSC*1210 Principles of Animal Care and Welfare as 1.0 credit towards this 2.0 credit minimum. The maximum is 4.0 credits of the 20 needed for your degree since you must also complete a minimum of 16 science credits. A list of acceptable courses is available on-line at the BSc home page or from Ira Mandell, who is also happy to advise on which could be selected to meet your interests. Typically the minimum of 2 credits should be completed no later than semester 5.
- SCIENCE RESTRICTED ELECTIVES: At least 4.5 credits must come from courses listed as restricted electives following the program of studies by semester in the calendar. Most are taught by faculty in Animal and Poultry Science. Since these courses usually have a prerequisite requirement, you won't be eligible to take them usually until semester 5 at the earliest, with most being taken in semesters 6 through 8. In some cases it is possible to take a restricted elective in this category concurrently with the prerequisite. However you are strongly advised to have completed at least 1.0 credits in this area by the end of semester 6, since trying to take 2.5 or 3 credits in your final year may lead to timetabling problems.
- It is a surprise to some students to find that after they have met the core science, Arts & Social Science restricted elective and Departmental restricted elective requirements, that still only adds up to 18.0 of the minimum of 20 credits needed to graduate, depending on which specific Animal Biology calendar you are following. The remaining FREE electives are just that - other than a few minor restrictions these can come from across the entire calendar. The minor restrictions are that you must do enough science courses to bring you up to the minimum of 16 science credits noted earlier (again a list of approved science courses for BSc students is available on-line or from Dr Ira Mandell) and no more than 7 credits of your final 20 can be from 100 level courses. To meet this free elective requirement you might just take a mixture of more Arts & Social Science courses and Departmental restricted elective courses, or strike out in new directions with other science or business courses.
If you have any questions, which need to be addressed concerning course options, Dr Ira Mandell, the Animal Biology degree departmental counselor, is available for consultation. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit him during his weekly office hours. These are posted on his office door (Room 155 in the Animal Science/Nutrition building) and are given on his phone message system (x53337) at the start of each week.