Minors are an optional opportunity to add a secondary area of study to your major. They are 5 credits (usually 10 courses) that you take over your 8 academic semesters. Minors give a good foundation and introduction to the subject. They also go on your transcript and are an officially recognized credential. Here is a list of minors offered at the University of Guelph. The course requirements of minors are listed in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar under the specific degree program.
Minors are optional but some students like having the extra credential of a minor on their resume and feel it gives them an edge in the job market. Other students feel that taking a variety of electives gives them more breadth and makes them a well-rounded individual which is also attractive to employers. Whether or not you declare a minor depends on your interests and career goals. For example, students who want to teach elementary school might not declare a minor because they will be teaching a variety of courses. In contrast, students who want to teach in high school might want to declare a minor to help them meet the requirements for a second teachable.
If you select a minor, it should fit your interests and goals. Despite this, many students ask what the common minors are for students in the BASc. Common minors for BASc students include: biology, French, human resources, psychology, marketing, neuroscience, nutritional and nutraceutical sciences, and sociology.
If you are interested in adding a minor, please note:
- Double counting courses: You are permitted to double-count (or share) a maximum of 50% of the required courses between your major and minor. Minors are 5.0 credits so the maximum number of credits that can be double-counted is 2.5. If the number of double-counted required courses between the major and minor exceeds 50%, you cannot add the minor. For this reason, CSTU and FSHD majors cannot have a minor in Family and Child Studies (FCS).
- Timing: Depending on the timing of course offerings, you may also need to complete additional semester(s) to satisfy the requirements of your minor so plan out your minor courses to see they fit in your schedule.
- Pre-requisites & course planning: As most minors require courses to be completed in sequence, the sooner you declare a minor the better. Most students declare minors in 2nd year to give themselves time to complete the minor but you can declare later but it may delay your graduation. Familiarize yourself with prerequisites and the timing of course offerings. Minors, unlike majors, do not have a schedule of studies, so we recommend that you map out all the required courses for both your major and minor. Note that some minors may also require the completion of additional prerequisites in order to access courses required for the minor. Any questions about minors should be directed to the Faculty Advisor for the department offering the minor.
- Conflicts with major courses: Should a required course for your major be scheduled in the same time-slot as a required course for your minor, we strongly suggest that you give preference to the course required for your major. Failure to complete your major courses when specified in your schedule of studies may extend the length of time required to complete your degree.
- AHN majors with or without an area of emphasis in dietetics can declare a minor. Just know that if you are enrolled in the Area of Emphasis in Dietetics and would also like to declare a minor, it may take longer to complete your degree depending on the number of credits required and the overlap between the major and minor.
- FCS minor: Effective May 1, 2023, the Family and Child Studies minor is suspended. Any students who complete the three foundational core courses (FRHD*1010, FRHD*1020, and NUTR*1010) required to add the minor with a cumulative 70% average in the three foundational courses by the end of summer 2023 will still be allowed to add the minor. Bachelor of Arts and Science students who wish to add the minor as part of their required program of study will still be allowed to add the minor. Students currently enrolled in the minor will be able to continue in the minor.
To declare a minor, fill and submit this online Schedule of Studies Change Request Form.
Here is a sample of a completed form for a BASc student following the 2023 academic calendar who wants to declare a Psychology minor.
Note that when filling the form your:
- degree program is Bachelor of Applied Science
- No we do not have coop in BASc
- specialization usually means minor or area of emphasis
- calendar is the year you started your program NOT the current year. Minors usually follow the same calendar as your major.
Here is how to declare an Area of Emphasis in Dietetics if you are an AHN student.