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Lakehead Science One/Honours Bachelor of Science (Undecided) (TB)

The Lakehead Science One / HBSc (Undecided) program is available on both Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses.  There are different options for the two campuses but it is possible to start at one campus and transfer to the other campus.

This program is intended for students who have not yet fully decided on their major within the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies.  The program options allow first-year students to explore a range of scientific disciplines while keeping options open for selecting a major in second year.

Students will have the opportunity to choose courses from a variety of science-based disciplines including:

Anthropology
Biology
Bioinformatics
Chemistry
Computer Science
Economics
Environmental Studies
Geoarchaeology
Geography
Geology
Mathematics
Physics
University Seminar (Science)

The Lakehead Science One / HBSc (undecided) program is not a 4-year program, but rather a pathway for students to explore their broad interests in Science and Environmental Studies.  The aim is to help students focus their interests and then transfer to another science program and complete that within a four-year time period.  There may be instances, however, depending on the program selected in year 2 that additional time may be needed to fulfill all degree requirements of the destination degree.

Listed below are five options for students who pursue an HBSc (undecided) as their choice for first-year.  These are Physical Science, Life Sciences, Geo-environmental Sciences, Science and Policy, and Science Foundations options.  The intent of these options is to give some focus to the student’s interests, in one of these broad themes so that students can readily transfer to year 2 within one of the identified majors.  All Lakehead Science One students will take a first-year seminar course (University Seminar 1015) in which the professor will explore topics from a multidisciplinary approach and facilitate the exposure of students to a variety of scientific fields and careers.

Over the course of year 1, students will consult with the designated Lakehead Science One advisor and transfer to year 2 in one of the ‘destination degrees’ indicated.  The intent is that students will have met the prerequisites needed in year 2 for each of these destination degrees.  Alternatively, there are other programs within FSES and other faculties at Lakehead you might opt to choose for year 2. 

(i) Physical Science option

The Physical Sciences principally deals with the study of non-living systems and includes the natural sciences such as chemistry, geology, physics, astronomy, and computing.

First Year (Fall Term)

Physics 1113
Chemistry 1110
Geology 1111 or Math 1271(note 1)
Math 1171
University Seminar 1015
0.5 FCE open elective

First Year (Winter Term)

Two of Physics 1133, Computer Science 1411 or Chemistry 1130
1.5 FCE open electives (note 2)

Second Year Program Options

Student will work with a dedicated advisor over their first year and transfer to a major for their second year. Some recommended program options for the Physical Science option are:

HBSc (Bioinformatics)
HBSc (Chemistry)
HBSc (Computer Science)
HBSc (Geology)
HBSc or HBA (Math)
HBSc (Physics)

Notes:

1) For students interested in a Math or Computer Science degree program, they should take Math 1271 in First Year (Fall term) and for students interested in a Geology degree program they must take Geology 1111 in First Year (Fall term).

2) Students are advised to select winter term electives in consultation with their designated program advisor that might complement program requirements for the program into which they plan to enter in year 2.

(ii) Life Science option

Life sciences focus on the study of living systems and include areas of study such as biology, organic chemistry, physiology, microbiology, botany, anthropology, and zoology.

First Year (Fall Term)

Biology 1130
Chemistry 1110
Anthropology 1032
University Seminar 1015
0.5 FCE open elective

First Year (Winter Term)

Biology 1110
Chemistry 1130
Anthropology 1034 or Math 1171(notes 3 and 4)
1.0 FCE open electives (note 5)

Second Year Program Options

Student will work with a dedicated advisor over their first year and transfer to a major for their second year. Some recommended program options for the Life Science focus are:

HBSc (Applied Life Sciences)
HBSc (Biology)
HBSc (Chemistry)
HBSc or HBA (Anthropology)

Notes:

3) Students interested in an Anthropology degree program should take Anthropology 1034 while students interested in Applied Life Sciences, Biology, and Chemistry programs should take Math 1171 in Year 1 (Winter term).

4) The Indigenous Content Requirement will be met by taking Anthropology 1034.

5) Students are advised to select winter term electives in consultation with their designated program advisor that might complement program requirements for the program into which they plan to enter in year 2.

(iii) Geo-environmental Science option

Students will be exposed to introductory courses that look at the natural world from ecological, geological, and environmental perspectives.

First Year (Fall Term)

Biology 1130
Geography/Environmental Studies 1170
Geology 1111
University Seminar 1015
0.5 FCE open elective

First Year (Winter Term)

Geography/Environmental Studies 1190(note 6)
Geology 1131
1.5 FCE open electives (note 7)

Second Year Program Options

Student will work with a dedicated advisor over their first year and transfer to a major for their second year. Some recommended program options for the Geo-environmental Science focus are:

HBESc (Biology)
HBESc, HBES, or HBA (Geography)
HBESc (Earth Science)

Notes:

6) The Indigenous Content Requirement will be met by taking Geography/Environmental Studies 1190.

7) Students are advised to select winter term electives in consultation with their designated program advisor that might complement program requirements for the program into which they plan to enter in year 2. Students interested in a Biology degree program should take Biology 1110 in Year 1 winter term.

(iv) Science and Policy option

Students will be exposed to courses in mathematics, economics, environmental science, and geography who have career interests in how governments and other interest groups are informed by science.

First Year (Fall Term)

Economics 1100
Geography/Environmental Studies 1170
University Seminar 1015
1.0 FCE open elective (recommended Political Science 1100)

First Year (Winter Term)

Economics 1100 (continued)
Geography/Environmental Studies 1190(note 8)
0.5 FCE in Math(note 9)
1.0 FCE open electives (note 10)

Second Year Program Options

Students will work with a dedicated advisor over their first year and transfer to a major for their second year. Some recommended program options for the Science and Policy focus are:

HBA (Economics)
HBA (Economics and Political Science)
HBSc (Resource and Environmental Economics)
HBES, or HBA (Geography)

Notes:

8) The Indigenous Content Requirement will be met by taking Geography/Environmental Studies 1190.

9) For students interested in an Economics program, Math 1171 is recommended.

10) Students are advised to select winter term electives in consultation with their designated program advisor that might complement program requirements for the program into which they plan to enter in year 2.

(v) Science Foundations option

This option is open for students who are interested in a science degree but would like to refresh their foundational knowledge in one or more scientific disciplines. This provides the most flexibility to students. It will enable students to keep their options open with the ability to create a more customized first year experience.

Students in Science Foundations option are recommended to consult their dedicated program advisor on a regular basis to establish a set of ten courses, including UNIV 1015, for their first year. It is recommended that students explore a balance of courses from the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies with up to two courses from outside the faculty. Students can pursue this option as a part-time or full-time student.

First Year (Fall Term)

University Seminar 1015
1.5 FCE Type C courses offered by the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies
0.5 FCE open elective

First Year (Winter Term)

2.0 FCE Type C courses offered by the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies
0.5 FCE open elective