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Breadth and depth requirements 2017-2018

Many of the checklists have a non-math Breadth and Depth requirement that includes Humanities (Hum)Social Sciences (SS)Pure Sciences (PS), and Pure and Applied Sciences (PAS). The following chart indicates which category each subject area is classified under for students using a 2017/2018 calendar.

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

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.
  • 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.