BASc Electives

What are Electives?

How to Pick an Elective

Suggested Electives for:

Suggested Electives for Special Interests

 

What are Electives?

An elective is a course, acceptable within the program but chosen at the discretion of the student, meaning you are free to take courses that are of interest to you.  The number of electives you need to complete is determined by your BASc major (AHN, CSTU and FSHD). They can be at any level in any area.  In the BASc program there isn’t a limit to the number of 1000 level electives you can take. There are some conditions though -- first year students are advised to choose courses that are offered at the first year, 1000 level. Some courses may also have restrictions or prerequisites that you need to satisfy before you can register for the course. You cannot double count a course as both a major requirement and an elective.  A restricted elective, means that you must select an elective from a specified list of electives.

To see the courses available and their descriptions you can search either WebAdvisor, or the course descriptions in the Academic Calendar.

How to Pick an Elective

If you’re not sure what to pick for an elective, try a variety of subjects in first year. 

For Breadth and Fun: One way to view electives is to see them as a fun break from your major and a something to give more breadth to your studies and make you a well rounded person.  For example, first year students can take a first year seminar as an elective.  If this is how you view electives, then you can pick an area that interests you and that is that is compatible with your strengths so that you will be more motivated, learning will be easier, and success more likely.  If you are not sure what your stengths are here is a link to help you develop a profile of yourself.  

For Jobs: On the other hand, many students pick electives because they think they will be useful and help them get a job. The Government of Canada Job Bank website that tells you about many different jobs - e.g. what that job does, what skills and education you need etc.   To that end, students with this view of electives will often declare a minor so they have an extra credential to put on their resume. Declaring a minor means that you will use your electives to follow a prescribed list of courses in a specific area.

For Graduate School: Students also pick electives that will help them get into the graduate program they would like to pursue.  To find out what courses you need to take for graduate school, look at the admissions requirements for that graduate program.  For example, students interested in teaching or the rehabilitative sciences (e.g. occupational therapy, speech language pathology) can find admissions requirements on the OUAC website.  If you have questions about what University of Guelph courses meet those admissions requirements, the best person to talk to is the Admissions counsellor for that specific graduate program.

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Suggested Electives for all BASc Majors (AHN, CSTU, FSHD)

Note: Course offerings are subject to change. Courses may have scheduling changes, restrictions, Priority Access. Please check WebAdvisor for information on the delivery format. Also, when planning electives, carefully check the course description in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar as the course may have additional prerequisites or a co-requisite other than what is required in the major.  Below are some suggestions to give you ideas, but
there may be other course offerings across campus that would also be a good fit for you.

ANTH*2660 Contemporary Indigenous Peoples of Canada
BIOL*1500 Humans in the Natural World   
BOT*1200 Plants and Human Use   
CLAS*2000 Classical Mythology
FRHD*1100 Life: Health and Well Being   
GEOG*1200 Society and Space 
GEOG*1220 Human Impact on the Environment   
MCS*2100*DE Personal Financial Management   
PSYC*2390 Sensation and Perception 
PSYC*2740 Personality

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Suggested Electives for AHN

AGR*2150 Plant Agriculture for International Development    
ANTH*1120 Biological Anthropology   
ANTH*1150 Introduction to Anthropology   
EDRD*3140 Organizational Communication 
ENVS*2130 Eating Sustainably in Ontario   
ENVS*2210 Apiculture and Honey Bee Biology   
FARE*1300 Poverty, Food & Hunger  
FRHD*1010 Human Development   
FRHD*2060 Adult Development and Aging   
FRHD*2100 Development of Human Sexuality   
FRHD*2260 Infant Development  
HORT*1120 Grape and Wine Science  
HORT*1130 Science of Gardening  
MBG*1000 Genetics and Society 
MCS*1000 Introductory Marketing 
NUTR*3150 Aging and Nutrition  
NUTR*3330 Micronutrients, Phytochemicals and Health   
NUTR*3500 Research Internship 
NUTR*4090 Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals 
NUTR*4120 Applied Clinical Skills 
NUTR*4210 Nutrition, Exercise and Energy Metabolism   
NUTR*4320 Nutrition and Metabolic Control of Disease  
NUTR*4850 Field Experience in Nutrition Education 
PATH*3610 Principles of Disease  
PHIL*2030 Philosophy of Medicine  
PSYC*2410 Behavioural Neuroscience I 
PSYC*2450 Developmental Psychology 
PSYC*2650 Cognitive Psychology 
PSYC*3110 Topics in Health Psychology 
PSYC*3480 Psychology of Sport 
SOC*2760 Homicide 
SOC*4420 Sociology of Food 
THST*1040 Introduction to Performance  
WMST*1000 Introduction to Women's Studies 
WMST*2000 Women and Representation

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Suggested Electives for CSTU

ARTH*1510 Art Historical Studies I
ARTH*1520 Art Historical Studies II
CIS*1000 Introduction to Computer Applications
EDRD*3120  Educational Communication
ENGL*1030 Effective Writing
ENGL*1200 Reading the Contemporary World
ENGL*2190 Queer Literatures and Cultures
ENGL*2740 Children’s Literature
ENVS*1060 Discovering Planet Earth
FRHD*3500 Research Internship
HIST*2260 Religion and Society
HIST*3020 Sexuality and Gender in History
HIST*3130 Popular Culture and Punishment 1700-1900
HIST*3200 Youth in History
HIST*3240 Food History
HIST*3640 Madness and Psychiatry
LING*1000 Introduction to Linguistics
MUSC*2030 Music in Canada
MUSC*2150 Music and Popular Culture
NUTR*2050 Nutrition Through the Life Cycle
PHIL*1010 Social and Political Issues
PHYS*1600 Contemporary Astronomy
POLS*1150 Understanding Politics
POLS*2150 Gender and Politics
PSYC*2310 Social Psychology
PSYC*2330 Principles of Learning
SOAN*2290 Identities and Cultural Diversity
SOAN*2400 Introduction to Gender Systems
SOC*1500 Crime and Criminal Justice
THST*1040 Introduction to Performance
WMST*1000 Introduction to Women’s Studies
WMST*2000 Women and Representation

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Suggested Electives for FSHD

ANTH*2660 Contemporary Indigenous Peoples of Canada
ANTH*3770 Kinship, Family and Power
ARTH*1510 Art Historical Studies I
ARTH*1520 Art Historical Studies II
BIOL*1080 Biological Concepts of Health
CIS*1000 Introduction to Computer Applications
EDRD*3120  Educational Communication
EDRD*3500 Recreation and Tourism Planning
ENGL*1030 Effective Writing
ENGL*1200 Reading the Contemporary World
ENGL*2190 Queer Literatures and Cultures
ENGL*2740 Children’s Literature
FRHD*3060 Principles of Social Gerontology
FRHD*3500 Research Internship 
FRHD*4200 Issues in Human Sexuality
FRHD*4290 Practicum II: Adult  
FRHD*4810 Thesis I 
FRHD*4910 Thesis II
HIST*2260 Religion and Society
HIST*3020 Sexuality and Gender in History
HIST*3240 Food History 
HIST*3640 Madness and Psychiatry
HROB*2010 Foundations of Leadership
HROB*2090 Individuals and Groups in Organizations 
MCS*1000 Introductory Marketing
NUTR*2050 Nutrition Through the Life Cycle
NUTR*3150 Aging and Nutrition
NUTR*4070 Nutrition Education
PHIL*1010 Social and Political Issues
PHYS*1600 Contemporary Astronomy
POLS*1150 Understanding Politics
POLS*2150 Gender and Politics
PSYC*2310 Social Psychology
PSYC*2330 Principles of Learning
PSYC*3110 Topics in Health Psychology
PSYC*3300 Psychology of Gender
PSYC*3570 The Psychology of Death and Dying
SOAN*2290 Identities and Cultural Diversity
SOAN*2400 Introduction to Gender Systems
SOAN*3100 Gender Perspectives on Families and Households
SOC*1500 Crime and Criminal Justice

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Electives for Special Interests

Aging and Health

BIOL*1080 Biological Concepts of Health
FRHD*1100 Life, Health and Well-Being 
FRHD*3060 Principles of Social Gerontology
FRHD*4290 Practicum II: Adult 
HIST*3240 Food History 
HIST*3640 Madness and Psychiatry
NUTR*2050 Nutrition Through the Life Cycle
NUTR*3150 Aging and Nutrition
NUTR*4070 Nutrition Education    
PSYC*3110 Topics in Health Psychology
PSYC*3570 The Psychology of Death and Dying

Business and Management 
HROB*2090 Individuals and Groups in Organizations 
EDRD*3500 Recreation and Tourism Planning
HROB*2010 Foundations of Leadership
MCS*1000 Introductory Marketing
MCS*2100 Personal Financial Management

Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care
FRHD*2260 Infant Development
FRHD*2270 Development in Early and Middle Childhood
FRHD*2280 Adolescent Development
PHIL*2030 Philosophy of Medicine
PSYC*2450 Developmental Psychology
PSYC*3570 Psychology of Death and Dying

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion
UNIV*2010 Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Oppression
FRHD*2110 Children and Youth with Exceptionalities
SOAN*2290 Identities and Cultural Diversity

Family
ANTH*3770 Kinship, Family and Power
SOAN*3100 Gender Perspectives on Families and Households

Law
POLS*3130 Law, Politics and Judicial Process 
PSYC*3020 Psychology of Law 
SOC*1500 Crime and Criminal Justice 
SOC*3490 Law and Society

Occupational Therapy 
BIOM*2000  Concepts in Human Physiology
PSYC*2390 Sensation and Perception
PSYC*2410 Behavioural Neuroscience

Physiotherapy
BIOL*1080 Biological Concepts of Health
PSYC*2390 Sensation and Perception
PSYC*2410 Behavioural Neuroscience

Research 
FRHD*3500 or NUTR*3500 Research Internship 
FRHD*4810 or NUTR*4810 Thesis I 
FRHD*4910 or NUTR*4910 Thesis II 

Sex Therapy
FRHD*4200 Issues in Human Sexuality
FRHD*4290 Practicum II: Adult 
PSYC*2740 Personality 
PSYC*3300 Psychology of Gender

Sexuality and Gender 
ENGL*2190 Queer Literatures and Cultures
FRHD*4200 Issues in Human Sexuality
FRHD*4290 Practicum II: Adult  
HIST*3020 History in Sexuality and Gender in History
POLS*2150 Gender and Politics
PSYC*3300 Psychology of Gender
SOAN*2400 Introduction to Gender Systems
SOAN*3100 Gender Perspectives on Families and Households

Social Work
FRHD*3090 Poverty and Health
FRHD*4020 Family Theory
PSYC*2310 Social Psychology
PSYC*3570 The Psychology of Death and Dying

Speech/Language Pathology
LING*1000 Introduction to Linguistics
SPAN*3240 Topics in Hispanic Linguistics
PSYC*2390 Sensation and Perception
PSYC*2410 Behavioural Neuroscience

Teachers College

Look at the admission requirements for your college of interest.

EDRD*3120  Educational Communication   
PSYC*2330 Principles of Learning
PSYC*3800  Psychology and Education 
PSYC*3850  Intellectual Disabilities
SOAN*2290  Identities and Cultural Diversity

Primary/junior Level (K-6)

Courses in Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Math, English/French, Drama/Visual arts/Instrumental Music, History. For example:
ENGL*1200 Reading the Contemporary World 
GEOG*2510 Canada: A Regional Synthesis
MUSC*2150 Music and Popular Culture
SART*1150*DE Contemporary Artistic 
THST*1040 Introduction to Performance 
HIST*1010 The Early Modern World
HIST*2100 Histories of Canada to 1867

Intermediate/Senior Level (7-10)

Courses in a teachable subject. For example:
Family Resource Management (Consumer Economics)
MCS 2100 Personal Financial Management
Foods and Nutrition
NUTR 2050 Nutrition Through the Life Cycle
HTM 2740 Cultural Aspects of Food
NUTR 4070 Nutrition Education
Child and Family Development
FRHD 4020 Family Theory
FRHD 4400 Youth, Risk and Resilience

Therapeutic Recreation
PSYC*2020 Abnormal Psychology 
PSYC*3480 Psychology of Sport 
EDRD*3500 Recreation and Tourism Planning

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