Concurrent Degree in Arts + Science (BA/BSc)

To be admitted to the Arts and Science program, students must meet the entrance requirements of both BA and BSc degrees given in the Admission Requirements Table of Section B.

The concurrent BA/BSc program is designed as a five year-program. To receive both degrees, students need a major (or honours) in an Arts discipline and in a Science discipline - for example, BA (History) and BSc (Physics).

Within Science, students can specialize in one of Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Psychology. Within Arts, students can concentrate in any of Anthropology, Classics and Ancient History, Classical Studies, Economics, English, French, German, History, Multimedia Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Sociology, Spanish, World Literature and Culture Studies. In addition, interdisciplinary programs in International Development Studies, Law in Society, and Women's Studies are available as part of a double major.

This is an ideal program for students with a strong interest in one of the Sciences and one of the Arts disciplines. It is also a demanding program, which requires a serious commitment from the student from the outset and throughout the degree. The breadth of the program makes it an excellent pre-professional program to prepare for studies in dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, optometry and physiotherapy.

Students who enter the Arts and Science program may opt to move into either Arts or Science, or the combined Arts and Science (BAS) program at any stage. With the exception of labs, all courses taken during the first two years can be counted towards either a BA or a BSc (or both). Approved specialized Science labs count towards the BSc degree.

Students in the joint program are able to count many of their courses toward the requirements of both degrees so it is important to select courses carefully from the outset. Advice and pre-approval must be sought from departmental/faculty advisors of both faculties at every level from pre-entry enquiries through to graduation.


First Year

  1. ARTS 1000 Development of Western Thought
  2. 6 term lecture courses in first year science ( MATH 1003 or 1053 included), 4 accompanied by labs. The choice of lecture courses and labs is dictated by the particular science degree program intended
  3. 6 ch (in any one discipline) chosen from either Humanities (Classics, English, History, Philosophy, World Literature and Culture Studies), Languages (French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish) or Social Sciences (Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology)

Students will select their Science specialization at this point. Throughout the program, advice is available on the options and course requirements. Students should have written pre-approval from the appropriate Arts and Science advisors for all programs and course selection.

Second Year

  1. Two more term lecture courses in first year science. These need be accompanied by labs ONLY if the student’s particular Science program requires them.
  2. 12 ch (6 ch in each of 2 disciplines) chosen from Arts, including at least one discipline from a group (Humanities, Languages, Social Sciences) not chosen in the first year.
  3. At least 18 ch of science courses (certain science programs may require more than the minimum) chosen with pre-approval from the student’s Science program advisor of the respective department.

Students will select their Arts major (s) or honours at this time. Your advisor can discuss the options with you and introduce you to specialized advisors in each Arts program.

The exact content of years 3, 4 and 5 will depend upon the particular Arts and Science disciplines chosen. Students take advanced courses to give them a thorough understanding of their specializations and prepare them for an immediate career or further work at graduate school. Students who elect to take honours in Arts and/or Science may extend their program beyond the five years, depending on the subjects chosen.

Third, Fourth and Fifth Years

  1. A minimum of 54 ch in Science will be chosen in consultation with, and pre-approved by, your Science advisor to meet the requirement of a Science Major degree.
  2. A total of 54ch of courses chosen in consultation with, and pre-approved by, your Arts major(s) advisor, 36 ch of which must be of upper-levels.

Students should note that at least half the advanced-level credits counted towards a Major/Honours/Minor in an Arts subject must be from courses taken at the University of New Brunswick. The same regulation also applies to Science courses. Exceptions may be considered by the Dean of Arts and the Dean of Science, respectively.