Joint Major Requirements

Minimum Grades

The Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences requires a minimum 120 units, which includes at least 45 units of upper division coursework.

Note: Students enrolled in HSCI major or minor programs must have a grade of C- or better in all required and pre-requisite courses. Courses taken in other departmetns (i.e. Stats) may require higher than C-. Please be aware of the Writing/Quantitative/Breadth (WQB) requirements when choosing electives.

Health Sciences & Philosophy Joint Major Requirements

Courses used toward the upper division philosophy requirements may not be used as part of health sciences credit requirements, and vice versa. Any lower division course that counts toward the separate requirements for philosophy and health sciences may be counted toward both.

Students are required to satisfy the prerequisites of all courses (upper and lower division) that are taken within this joint major and should consult regularly with the program advisors regarding course selection.

Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

Lower Division Health Sciences Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 15 units, including all of

  • HSCI 100 - Human Biology (3)
  • HSCI 130 - Foundations of Health Science (4)

and at least two of

  • HSCI 211 - Perspectives on Cancer, Cardiovascular, and Metabolic Diseases (3)
  • HSCI 212 - Perspectives on Infectious and Immunological Diseases (3)
  • HSCI 214 - Perspectives on Mental Health and Illness (3)
  • HSCI 215 - Perspectives on Disability and Injury (3)
  • HSCI 216 - Ecological Determinants of Human Growth, Development and Health (3)

and one of

  • STAT 201 - Statistics for the Life Sciences (3)
  • STAT 203 - Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences (3)

Lower Division Philosophy Requirements

In selecting lower division courses, students are advised to consider the prerequislte structure for upper division courses in philosophy.

Students complete a minimum of 12 units, including at least one of

  • PHIL 100W - Knowledge and Reality (3)
  • PHIL 120W - Moral Problems (3)
  • PHIL 121- Global Justice (3)
  • PHIL 144 - Introduction to the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (3)
  • PHIL 150 - History of Philosophy I (3)
  • PHIL 151 - History of Philosophy II (3)

and one of

  • PHIL 110 - Introduction to Logic and Reasoning (3)
  • PHIL 210 - Natural Deductive Logic (3)

and two of

  • PHIL 201 - Epistemology (3)
  • PHIL 203 - Metaphysics (3)
  • PHIL 221- Ethical Theory (3)

Upper Division Health Sciences Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 18 upper division health sciences units, including all of

  • HSCI 305 - The Canadian Health System (3)
  • HSCI 319W - Applied Health Ethics (3)
  • HSCI 327 - Global Health Ethics (3)
  • HSCI 330 - Exploratory Strategies in Epidemiology (3)
  • HSCI 340 - Social Determinants of Health (3)

and three additional upper division health sciences units.

Upper Division Philosophy Requirements

Students complete a total of 19 upper division philosophy units, including at least one of

  • PHIL 320 - Social and Political Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL 321 - Topics in Moral Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL 322 - History of Ethics (3)

and at least one of

  • PHIL 302 - Topics in Epistemology and Metaphysics (3)
  • PHIL 341 - Philosophy of Science (3)
  • PHIL 343 - Philosophy of Mind (3)
  • PHIL 344 - Philosophy of Language (3)

and at least one of

  • PHIL 322 - History of Ethics (3) *
  • PHIL 350 - Ancient Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL 352 - 17th Century Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL 356 - 18th Century Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL 357 - Topics in the History of Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL 358- 19th Century Philosophy (3)

and at least one 400 division philosophy course.

* if not taken in satisfaction of requirement above

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Major Requirements

For all Bachelor of Arts (BA) programs (except those in the honours program), students will complete 120 units, which includes

  • Min. 60 units that must be completed at SFU
  • At least 45 upper division units, of which at least 30 upper division units must be completed at SFU
  • At least 65 units (including 21 upper division units) in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses
  • Satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth (WQB) requirements
  • An overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0, and a program (major, joint major, extended minor, minor) CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to SFU beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing/Quantitative/Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit