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Breadth and depth requirements 2014-2015

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   X    
AHS Applied Health Sciences        
AMATH Applied Mathematics        
ANTH Anthropology   X    
APPLS Applied Language Studies      
ARBUS Arts and Business        
ARCH Architecture      
ARTS Arts      
AVIA Aviation        
BIOL Biology    
BME Biomedical Engineering        
BUS Business (WLU)      
BET Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology        
BASE Bridge to Academic Success in English        
CHE Chemical Engineering        
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      
ENBUS Environment and Business        
ENGL English      
ENVE Environmental Engineering        
ENVS Environmental Studies      
ERS Environment and Resource Studies      
ESL English as a Second Language        
EFAS English for Academic Success        
FINE Fine Arts      
FR French Studies      
GENE General Engineering        
GEOE Geological Engineering        
GEOG Geography and Environmental Management      
GER German      
GERON Gerontology      
GRK Greek      
GBDA Global Business and Digital Arts        
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 Studies      
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        
MSCI Management Sciences      
MNS Materials and Nano-Sciences        
MTHEL Mathematics Electives        
MTE Mechatronics Engineering        
MUSIC Music      
NATST Native Studies      
NE Nanotechnology Engineering        
OPTOM Optometry        
PACS Peace and Conflict Studies      
PHARM Pharmacy        
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      
SCBUS Science and Business        
SCI Science    
SE Software Engineering        
SI Studies in Islam      
SMF Sexuality, Marriage, and Family      
SOC Sociology      
SOCWK Social Work      
SDS Social Development Studies        
SPAN Spanish      
SPCOM Speech Communication      
SPD Spirituality and Personal Development      
STAT Statistics        
STV Society, Technology and Values      
SWREN Social Work (Bachelor of...)        
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.

  • BUS 121W, followed by BUS352W, followed by BUS 362W
  • ECON 101, followed by 201, followed by one of 301, 333, 341, 342, 355, 357, 361
  • ECON 101 and 102, followed by 202, followed by one of 301, 302 (note that 2 courses are required before taking 202 but they do not form a chain)
  • ECON 101 and 102, followed by 231, followed by one of 334, 335 (note that 2 courses are required before taking 231 but they do not form a chain)
  • JAPAN 101R followed by 102R, followed by 201R
  • PHYS 121, followed by 122, followed by one of 222, 226, 234, 246, 252, 256, 263, 358, 375, 380, 381
  • PSYCH 101 followed by 207, followed by one of 304, 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.