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Breadth and depth requirements 2015-2016

Many of the checklists have an "Elective Breadth and Depth" requirement that includes Humanities, Social Sciences, Pure Sciences, and Pure and Applied Sciences. The following chart indicates which category each subject area is classified under.*

Some depth examples are at the bottom of this page.

For the breadth and depth requirements for previous years, see Major plan requirement checklists.

Subject Description Humanities Social Sciences Pure Sciences Pure and Applied Sciences
ACTSC Actuarial Science        
AFM Accounting and Financial Management   Checkmark    
AHS Applied Health Sciences        
AMATH Applied Mathematics        
ANTH Anthropology   Checkmark    
APPLS Applied Language Studies   Checkmark    
ARBUS Arts and Business   Checkmark    
ARCH Architecture       Checkmark
ARTS Arts Checkmark      
AVIA Aviation        
BIOL Biology     Checkmark Checkmark
BUS Business (WLU)   Checkmark    
BET Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology   Checkmark    
BASE Bridge to Academic Success in English        
CHEM Chemistry     Checkmark Checkmark
CHINA Chinese Checkmark      
CLAS Classical Studies Checkmark      
CM Computational Mathematics        
CMW Church Music and Worship Checkmark      
CO Combinatorics and Optimization        
COMM Commerce   Checkmark    
CROAT Croatian Checkmark      
CS Computer Science        
DAC Digital Arts Communication Checkmark      
DRAMA Drama Checkmark      
DUTCH Dutch Checkmark      
EARTH Earth Sciences     Checkmark Checkmark
EASIA East Asian Studies Checkmark      
ECE Electrical and Computer Engineering        
ECON Economics   Checkmark    
ENBUS Environment and Business        
ENGL English Checkmark      
ENVS Environmental Studies       Checkmark
ERS Environment and Resource Studies       Checkmark
ESL English as a Second Language        
EFAS English for Academic Success        
FINE Fine Arts Checkmark      
FR French Studies Checkmark      
GENE General Engineering        
GEOG Geography and Environmental Management   Checkmark    
GER German Checkmark      
GERON Gerontology       Checkmark
GRK Greek Checkmark      
GBDA Global Business and Digital Arts        
HIST History Checkmark      
HLTH Health       Checkmark
HRM Human Resources Management   Checkmark    
HUMSC Human Sciences Checkmark      
INDEV International Development   Checkmark    
INTEG Knowledge Integration        
INTST International Studies   Checkmark    
INTTS International Trade   Checkmark    
IS Independent Studies        
ISS Interdisciplinary Social Science   Checkmark    
ITAL Italian Studies Checkmark      
ITALST Italian Studies Checkmark      
JAPAN Japanese Checkmark      
JS Jewish Studies Checkmark      
KIN Kinesiology       Checkmark
KOREA Korean Checkmark      
LAT Latin Checkmark      
LS Legal Studies   Checkmark    
MATBUS Mathematical Business        
MATH Mathematics        
MEDVL Medieval Studies Checkmark      
MSCI Management Sciences   Checkmark    
MNS Materials and Nano-Sciences       Checkmark
MTHEL Mathematics Electives        
MUSIC Music Checkmark      
NATST Native Studies   Checkmark    
OPTOM Optometry       Checkmark
PACS Peace and Conflict Studies   Checkmark    
PHARM Pharmacy       Checkmark
PHIL Philosophy Checkmark      
PHYS Physics     Checkmark Checkmark
PLAN Planning       Checkmark
PMATH Pure Mathematics        
POLSH Polish Checkmark      
PORT Portuguese Checkmark      
PSCI Political Science   Checkmark    
PSYCH Psychology   Checkmark    
REC Recreation and Leisure Studies   Checkmark    
REES Russian and East European Studies Checkmark      
RS Religious Studies Checkmark      
RUSS Russian Checkmark      
SCBUS Science and Business   Checkmark    
SCI Science     Checkmark Checkmark
SE Software Engineering        
SI Studies in Islam Checkmark      
SMF Sexuality, Marriage, and Family   Checkmark    
SOC Sociology   Checkmark    
SOCWK Social Work   Checkmark    
SDS Social Development Studies   Checkmark    
SPAN Spanish Checkmark      
SPCOM Speech Communication Checkmark      
SPD Spirituality and Personal Development   Checkmark    
STAT Statistics        
STV Society, Technology and Values   Checkmark    
SWREN Social Work (Bachelor of...)   Checkmark    
UNIV University        
VCULT Visual Culture Checkmark      
WS Women's Studies   Checkmark    

*Subjects with yellow checkmarks indicate subjects that will also be accepted for students who follow the 2015-2016 calendar.

The "Depth" requirement can be met in two ways:

  • 3 courses (1.5 units) that have the same subject with at least one of them (0.5 units) at the third-year level or higher, or
  • 3 courses (1.5 units) with the same subject forming a prerequisite chain of length three

Here are some examples of prerequisite chains of length three. In each case, course Z has course Y as a prerequisite and course Y has course X as a prerequisite.

  • BU 121, followed by BU 352, followed by BU 362
  • ECON 101, followed by 201, followed by one of 301, 332, 341, 342, 355, 357, 361, etc.
  • ECON 101 and 102, followed by 202, followed by 302 (note that 2 courses are required before taking 202 but they do not form a chain)
  • JAPAN 101R followed by 102R, followed by 201R
  • PHYS 121, followed by 122, followed by one of 226, 234, 242, 256, 263, 358, 375, 380, 383
  • PSYCH 101 followed by 207, followed by one of 306, 307, 308, 320

Many subject areas do not have prerequisite chains. Students interested in these areas should use the first option for satisfying the requirement.