Program Planning

The modular degree structure at Western allows you to combine modules within a department, or across different departments and even faculties. Your options are vast, which is why program planning is such an important part of the process. Before you can begin, you need to have some module options in mind. If you are undecided on your module(s), begin by researching our programs and modules in Social Science. If you are considering a combined module, you can start by looking at the Approved Module Combinations for Degrees on the academic calendar.

Once you have narrowed down your program and module options, this is when our Counsellors can start assisting you with the planning process. The next step is to research the module requirements. These can be found on the department websites and the academic calendar. If you are having difficulty, reach out to one of our Counsellors through the Help Portal.

Degree Requirements

In addition to module requirements, you also need the degree requirements outlined below to graduate. Here are a few things to remember as you calculate your credits:

Count credits, not courses when looking at requirements.            
⇒ There can be overlap between module requirements and degree requirements.
⇒ In addition to the requirements listed below, all students must complete 2.0 essay designated credits, at least 1.0 of which must be taken at the 2000-level or above. Essay courses end with the suffix E, F or G. An essay course can also count as part of your breadth requirements.

Progression Requirements

The table below shows the minimum progression requirements to continue as a student at Western and to remain "in good standing". 

Year 1 (you have attempted 7.5 courses)
In Good Standing ≥ 55%
On Probation 50 - 54%
Required to Withdraw < 50%
Years 2 & Above (you have attempted 8 or more courses)
In Good Standing ≥ 60%
On Probation 55 - 59%
Required to Withdraw < 55%

The table below outlines the minimum progression requirements to remain in a BMOS degree program, the IVEY advanced entry opportunity (AEO), and to attain a high academic standing in any Social Science program. For all other modules in Social Science, please refer to the department's website to find the module requirements.

BMOS Honours Refer to DAN Management Program Information
BMOS Specializations 65% cumulative average
Re-entering BMOS 70% average on last 5.0 credits since exiting BMOS and a 65% cumulative average
Year 1/Year 2 Refer to Ivey AEO Student Handbook
High Academic Standing
Honours Progression 70% (may be higher for limited enrollment programs - confirm with the Department)
Dean's Honour List 80%
Graduation With Distinction 80% cumulative average, with no mark less than 70%

Breadth Requirements

Social Science students need at least 1.0 credit from both Category B and Category C to graduate. In their first year, students must complete 1.0 credit from either Category B or Category C to meet first-year progression requirements.

Category B

Arts and Humanities

Art History, Arts and Humanities, Classical Studies, Comparative Literature and Culture, Creative Arts, Digital Humanities, English, Film Studies, French Studies, Global Great Books, Intercultural Communications, Italian Studies, Linguistics, Medieval Studies, Museum and Curatorial Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Speech, Studio Art, Theatre Studies, Theological Studies, Visual Arts History, Visual Arts Studio, Western Thought and Civilization, Women's Studies, World Literatures and Cultures, Writing


Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Category C


Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Science, Green Process Engineering, Integrated Engineering, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Mechatronic Systems Engineering, Software Engineering

Medical Science

Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biostatistics, Chemical Biology, Epidemiology, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Medical Biophysics, Medical Health Informatics, Medical Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience, One Health, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Physiology and Pharmacology


Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Astronomy, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, Differential Equations, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, History of Science, Integrated Science, Linear Algebra, Materials Science, Mathematics, Physics, Planetary Science, Science, Statistical Sciences


Communication Sciences and Disorders, Financial Modelling

NOTE: First-year students are also required to complete 1.0 credit in Category A, which includes all Social Science programs. More information can be found on the academic calendar.

Course Options for Category C - Science Requirement

Below are some examples of courses that can be taken to fulfill this requirement. It is your responsibility to look up the courses you are considering in the academic calendar to verify prerequisites and antirequisites. Don’t forget to check your program/module requirements too!

NOTE: Some of these courses are not sufficient to prepare you for senior level courses in the same subject. If you intend to take senior level science courses, make sure you review the course description and prerequisites for those senior level courses.

Courses that do not Require a Science Background

Astronomy 1021
Biology 1225, 1229F/G
Chemistry 1027A/B
Earth Science 1022A/B, 1023A/B, 1081A/B, 1083F/G, 1086F/G, 1089F/G
Environmental Science 1021F/G
Physics 1021
Astronomy 2021A/B, 2022A/B
Biology 2001A/B
Earth Science 2123A/B
History of Science 2200E
Physics 2032A/B, 2065A/B, 2070A/B
Statistical Science 2037A/B

First Year Courses

Astronomy 1011A 
Biology 1001A, 1002B, 1201A, 1202B
Calculus 1000A/B, 1201A/B, 1301A/B, 1500A/B, 1501A/B
Chemistry 1301A/B, 1302A/B
Computer Science 1011A/B, 1025A/B, 1027A/B
Mathematics 0110A/B, 1120A/B, 1225A/B, 1228A/B, 1229A/B, 1600A/B
Physics 1028A/B, 1029A/B, 1301A/B, 1302A/B, 1501A/B, 1502A/B
Statistical Science 1023A/B, 1024A/B

Senior Level Courses

Actuarial Science 2053
History of Science 2151F/G, 2220

Introductory Statistics Requirement

Statistics courses are a common requirement for Social Science modules. It is your responsibility to look up the courses you are considering in the academic calendar to verify prerequisites and antirequisites. Don’t forget to check your program/module requirements too! Exercise caution when choosing your course because all senior level statistics courses will be antirequisite to one another.

Students enrolled in 2 modules that each require a senior statistics credit will register in only one department’s course(s). Since all senior level statistics courses will be antirequisite to one another, a course substitute is required. Refer to the academic calendar or department websites to review how to select course substitutes. If you still need help, contact the Department Advisor.

From Social Science

Economics 2122A/B (Econometrics I)
Economics 2222A/B (Intermediate Econometrics I)
Geography 2210A/B (Introduction to Spatial Analysis)
MOS 2242A/B (Statistics for MOS)
Psychology 2811A/B, 2812A/B (Statistics for Psychology)
Psychology 2820E (Research Methods and Statistical Analysis in Psychology)
Psychology 2830A (Research in Psychology) offered at Huron
Psychology 2850A/B, 2851A/B (Statistics for Psychology I & II) or the former Psychology 2885 (Psychological Measurement and Statistics) offered at Brescia
Sociology 2205A/B (Statistics for Sociology)

From Science

Biology 2244A/B (Analysis & Interpretation of Biological Data)
Statistical Sciences 2035 (Statistics for Business and Social Sciences)
Statistical Sciences 2122A/B (Statistics for Science)
Statistical Sciences 2141A/B (Applied Probability and Statistics for Engineers)
Statistical Sciences 2143A/B (Applied Statistics and Data Analysis for Engineers)
Statistical Sciences 2244A/B (Statistics for Science)
Statistical Sciences 2858A/B (Probability and Statistics II)

From Health Sciences

Health Sciences 3801A/B (Measurement and Analysis in Health Sciences) 

From Social Work

Social Work 2205 (Research Methodology and Statistics in Social Work)

The following are not considered “Introductory Statistics”

Psychology 2840 F/G (Research Methods in Psychology)
Statistical Sciences 1024 A/B (Introduction to Statistics)
Statistical Sciences 1023 A/B (Statistical Concepts)

NOTE: All of the senior level courses listed above are antirequisite to STATS 1024 A/B, meaning if a student takes STATS 1024 A/B after any of those courses the credit will be lost to the senior level STATS course. STATS 1024 A/B may be taken prior to any of those courses, but not afterward.