The Faculties of Arts and Science at UNB in Fredericton are co-operating to make it possible for a student to combine Arts and Science in this four year degree program.

This Joint Program is primarily aimed at three groups of students. The first is those students who are undecided as to their chief area of interest, and who would like to experience academic work in both faculties before committing themselves to a specialization. The second includes students who are confident of their intended specialization, but who would nevertheless like a broader and more systematic exposure to disciplines outside that area. The third consists of students pursuing degree programs the regulations of which permit or encourage a broader distribution of courses. Such programs include the General Science Program and various pre-professional programs leading to study in dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, optometry, and physiotherapy.

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

To earn a BAS degree, students must complete the requirements of a Supplementary Major in an Arts subject and a Specialization in a Science subject. The requirements for a supplementary major are the same as those for one subject taken as part of a Double Major.

Within Science, students can specialize in one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Psychology (unless already selected as an Arts program). Within Arts, students can select a supplementary major in any of the following areas: Anthropology, Classics, Economics, English, French, German, History, Multimedia Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Sociology, Spanish, World Literature and Culture Studies, International Development Studies, Law in Society, and Women's Studies.

Program of Study

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 (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish) or Social Sciences (Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology)

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, e.g. the Pre-Professional program.
  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 chosen in consultation with and pre-approved by the Science faculty advisor.

Students will normally select a supplementary Major in Arts and a Specialization in Science at this time. Your advisors will discuss the options with you.

Third and Fourth Years

The exact content of years 3, and 4 will depend upon the particular Arts and Science areas 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 a single Major or Honours in Arts and/or Science may extend their program beyond the four years, depending on the subjects chosen.

  1. A minimum of 36 ch total in Science chosen in consultation with, and pre-approved by, your Science advisor. At least half of these courses must be of upper levels (3xxx and 4xxx).
  2. 36 ch total chosen in consultation with, and pre-approved by, your Arts major(s) advisor, 18 ch of which must be of upper levels courses.

Students should note that at least half the advanced-level credits counted towards the BAS degree must be from courses taken at the University of New Brunswick. Exceptions may be considered by the Deans of Arts and Science, respectively.

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

Instead of a BAS, students may continue for a fifth year to earn both a BA and a BSc, two degrees, with major(s) (or honours) in Arts disciplines and in a Science discipline - for example, BA (History) and BSc (Physics). See the following section for the concurrent degree program in Arts and Science.

For further detail on subjects in Arts, see "Bachelor of Arts" portion of the Fredericton Programs section in the UNB Undergraduate Calendar.