This program is designed to prepare students to teach at the intermediate-senior level (grades 7-12) only. Entry into this program begins after completion of a first year in the Faculty of Science, and may be limited.
The Honors Specialization will combine courses that comprise a Major and a Minor module offered by the Faculty of Science, in two approved science subjects, and a group of courses specified by the Faculty of Education. One of the science subjects must be Physics and the second science subject must be selected from Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Statistical and Actuarial Science.
Completion of first-year requirements with an overall average of at least 75% on 5.0 courses that include Calculus 1000A/B and 1501A/B (with a mark of 60% or greater), the prerequisites for the science modules selected, and 1.0 course in Sociology or Psychology at the 1000 level.
Students also are required to develop a degree plan that will fulfill the requirements for entry into the identified science subjects and have a satisfactory rating on the Faculty of Education's Experience Profile.
Graduation with Honors will require a minimum average of 75% in each course group in the program with no mark below 60% in any course and will guarantee acceptance to the BEd program, Intermediate/Senior stream, at the Faculty of Education at Western. Students are guaranteed admission only in the combination of teachable subjects approved at the time of entry to the Honors Specialization in Science and Education. Students graduating without Honors will receive a Bachelor's degree and may apply to the Faculty of Education, but are not guaranteed admission.
Students who fail to meet the graduation requirements of the Honors Specialization in Science and Education will graduate with a four-year bachelor's degree (BSc). Such students may apply to take additional courses to complete the courses required for two majors in science subjects and could then graduate with an Honors BSc.
Courses Specified by the Faculty of Education