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DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Degree Requirements for:

  1. an Honours Bachelor of Arts (Hon. B.A.); an Honours Bachelor of Science (Hon. B.Sc.);
  2. a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.); a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) SEE NOTE IMMEDIATELY BELOW.

PLEASE NOTE: Effective for all students registered for the first time in a degree program in the Faculty of Arts and Science for the Summer 2001 academic session and thereafter, the St. George Campus of the Faculty has discontinued the 15 course (three-year) B.A. and B.Sc. degrees. Students registered in a degree program in the Faculty before Summer 2001 may still choose a 15-course (three-year) degree.

In the requirements below the word “course” means a “full course” or two “half-courses”; in Section FIVE (Programs and Courses) “full courses” are listed as Y-courses, and “half-courses” are listed as H-courses.

I. To qualify for an Hon. B.A. or Hon. B.Sc. you must:

  1. Obtain standing (i.e., receive 50% or more) in at least 20 courses that meet the following criteria:
    1. No more than six courses may be 100-series;
    2. At least six courses must be 300+series courses (no more than one 300+series transfer credit may be  ounted towards these six);
    3. No more than fifteen courses may have the same three-letter designator (“AST”, “ENG”, etc.).
  2. Complete ONE of the following program requirements (whether you receive an Hon. B.A. or an Hon. B.Sc. depends on the Program(s) you complete; see 3. in Program Requirements below):
    1. one Specialist Program; or
    2. two Major Programs, which must include TWELVE different courses; or
    3. one Major and two Minor Programs, which must include TWELVE different courses; or
    4. students registered in the Faculty BEFORE the 2000-2001 session may also complete three Minor Programs, which must include TWELVE different courses; this option is discontinued for students registering for the first time in 2000-2001 and thereafter.
  3. Complete the Distribution Requirement (see following pages)
  4. Obtain a Cumulative GPA of 1.85 or more by the time of graduation.

2. (For students registered in the Faculty BEFORE 2001-2002 ONLY!) To qualify for a B.A.* or B.Sc.*, you must:

  1. Obtain standing (i.e., receive 50% or more) in at least 15 courses that meet the following criteria:
    1. No more than six courses may be 100-series;
    2. At least three courses must be 300+series courses (no more than one 300+series transfer credit may be counted towards these three);
    3. No more than ten courses may have the same three-letter designator (“AST”, “ENG”, etc.).
  2. Complete ONE of the following program requirements (whether you receive a B.A. or a B.Sc.depends on the Program(s) you complete; see 3. in Program Requirements below):
    1. one Major Program; or
    2. two Minor Programs; the two Minors must include EIGHT different courses.
  3. Complete the Distribution Requirement(see following pages);
  4. Obtain a Cumulative GPA of 1.50 or more by the time of graduation.

*Students with a B.A. or B.Sc. who return to upgrade that degree to an Hon. B.A. or Hon. B.Sc. may exchange the B.A. or B.Sc. for an Honours degree. A B.A. leads only to an Hon. B.A.; a B.A. CANNOT be upgraded to an Hon. B.Sc., and a B.Sc. CANNOT be upgraded to an Hon. B.A. Students who upgrade to an Honours degree are not eligible to attend the convocation ceremony for the upgrade. Five courses taken towards one degree may, on petition, be counted towards a different degree (see below under ‘Second Degree’ Requirements).

Different degree regulations apply to students who first registered in the Faculty before Winter Session 1992; these students should consult their College Registrar.

Graduation

Students who expect to graduate at the end of the Fall-Winter or Summer Session must use the student telephone service or student Website to confirm their intention to graduate by the dates specified in the Calendar.

“Second Degree” Requirements

Students beginning a second degree are normally exempted from the first year of the degree requirements by being granted five (5.0) credits, four 100-level and one 200-level, regardless of the number of previous degrees held. Students are governed by the rules of the Faculty in place at the time they commence their second degree. Students who already hold a degree from the Faculty of Arts and Science or from Scarborough College may complete a second degree only of an alternate type (i.e. if a student has a B.A. degree then he/she may not complete a second B.A. degree).

NOTE:
In biological and science programs there may be occasions when scientific observations are made by students on themselves or on fellow students. These include common diagnostic or immunization procedures. Unless a valid reason exists, students are expected to participate in such exercises. If any investigative work involving student participation does not form part of the program, participation is voluntary.

B.A. and B.Sc: DEGREE and PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Requirements of Programs of Study for B.A., Hon. B.A., B.Sc., Hon. B.Sc.:

Completion of a Program of Study (also known as a Subject POSt) is only a part of Degree Requirements. Variations made in Program details for individual students do not in any way affect Degree Requirements (see above).

Program Definitions: programs are groupings of courses in one or more disciplines; these groupings are in Section V under each college or department entry. Types of programs are:

  • Specialist Program: a sequence of between 9 and 16 courses* in one or more disciplines (out of the total of 20 courses needed for an Hon. B.A. or Hon. B.Sc.). Specialist programs must include at least four 300+series courses, one of which must be a 400-series course.
  • Major Program: a sequence of between 6 and 8 courses* in one or more disciplines (out of the total of 15 courses needed for a B.A. or B.Sc.; program combinations including Majors may also be used to qualify for an Honours degree; see 3. below). Major programs must include at least two 300+series courses.
  • Minor Program: a sequence of 4 courses* in one or more disciplines (out of the total of 15 courses needed for a B.A. or B.Sc.; program combinations including Minors may be used to qualify for a degree; see 3. below. Minor programs must include at least one 300+series course.

*courses may have prerequisites not listed in the Program but which must be taken

Program Requirements:

  1. You must enrol in at least one and no more than three programs (of which only two can be Majors/Specialists), in the Fall-Winter or Summer session in which you pass your fourth course (see Registration Handbook and Timetable, Section E, for details; students admitted with transfer credit for four courses or more must do this immediately upon admission.)
  2. You must meet any enrolment requirements for a program as stated in the Calendar; if you do not meet these requirements, you may be subsequently removed from the program
  3. The Program(s) you complete determine(s) whether you receive a science or an arts degree upon graduation. In Section V each Program indicates the type of degree to which it leads - e.g., “ENGLISH (B.A.)”, or “GEOLOGY (B.Sc.)” etc. To receive an Hon. B.Sc., for example:
  • One Specialist in a B.Sc. area leads to an Hon. B.Sc.;
  • One Major in a B.Sc. area plus one Major in a B.A. area leads to either an Hon. B.Sc. or an Hon.B.A. - your choice (two Majors must include TWELVE different courses);
  • In combinations of one Major + two Minors, two of the three programs must be in B.Sc. areas for an Hon. B.Sc. (combinations must include TWELVE different courses);
  • Similarly, if two Minors are being used to receive a B.A. or B.Sc, both Minors must be in a B.Sc. area for a B.Sc. (two Minors must include EIGHT different courses).

Notes and Abbreviations used in the Programs of Study

  • “Specialist Program (X full courses or their equivalent)”; “X” is the number of courses required for that program out of the total of 20 courses needed for an Hon. B.A. or Hon. B.Sc.
  • “Major Program (X full courses or their equivalent)”; “X” is the number required for that program out of the total of 15 courses needed for a B.A. or B.Sc.
  • “First Year”, “Second Year”, etc.: Sequences of courses are given as guides, but need not be followed in the exact order listed, provided all pre- and co-requisites are observed.
  • Higher Years = Second, Third and Fourth Years
  • An oblique stroke (“/”) means “or”. A comma and a semi-colon both mean “and”.
  • 200-series = courses numbered in the 200’s ONLY;
  • 200+series = courses in the 200’s or 300’s or 400’s
  • 300+series = courses numbered in the 300’s or 400’s
  • Approved = approved by the college or department sponsoring the program
  • Group = a group of related courses; Groups are at the end of the relevant program listings
  • Courses = full courses or the equivalent in full and/or half courses. The letter Y or H in a course code in this Calendar indicates the credit value:
  • Y = a full course, for which one credit is given, e.g., ANT 100Y1;
  • H = a half course, for which one-half credit is given, e.g., HIS 321H1.

Self-Designed Programs

Students may design their own Programs, which must be substantially different from any Program in this Calendar. Such a Program, if formally adopted by the student’s College on the basis of its academic rigour and coherence, and if approved by the Committee on Academic Standards, will be accepted as fulfilling the degree requirement for certification in a Program (transcripts indicate only “Completed Self-designed Programs approved by ’X’ College”). Since the approval process is necessarily a long one, students following this alternative must discuss this process with their College Registrar immediately after completion of the fourth course in the Faculty.

BACHELOR OF COMMERCE (B.COM.) DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

To qualify for a Bachelor of Commerce degree, a student must:

  1. Complete twenty full-course equivalents, including no more than six 100-series courses;
  2. Complete the Commerce and Finance Program (see below);
  3. Complete the Faculty Distribution Requirement for B.Com. students (see below);
  4. Complete five full course equivalents from disciplines outside of Management (MGT) and Economics (ECO); and Commerce (COM); (courses taken to fulfill (b) and (c) may be also counted towards meeting this requirement; see also III.3 in Commerce and Finance Program below).
  5. Obtain standing (i.e., complete with a grade of 50% or more) in at least six 300- or 400-series courses, including at least one 400-series course.
  6. Achieve a cumulative GPA of 1.85 or more by the time of graduation.

GRADUATION

Students who expect to graduate at the end of a given session must notify their College Registrars in writing or use the student telephone service to make their degree requests by the dates specified in the Calendar. Prospective graduands should receive the following documents from the University:

  • a Program of Study Assessment form (late April/late August) from the program sponsor;
  • a letter from the Office of Statistics, Records and Convocation providing details of the convocation ceremony (late March/mid-October);
  • a Statement of Results (or letter for non-registered students) from the Office of the Faculty Registrar confirming degree eligibility (early June/early September).

FACULTY DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENT FOR B.COM. STUDENTS

As part of the degree requirements for the B.Com., STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE ONE FULL COURSE EQUIVALENT IN EACH OF THE HUMANITIES, THE SOCIAL SCIENCES AND THE SCIENCES AREAS as defined below:

  1. ONE full course equivalent must be from the Humanities (see Page 11).
  2. ONE full course equivalent must be from the Social Sciences (MGT courses may be used to meet this requirement with the exception of MGT 120H, 121H and COM 110H, which have NO Distribution Requirement status; see Page 37).
  3. ONE full course equivalent must be from the Sciences (see Page 11), with the following exceptions:
  • All 100-series courses in CSC, MAT, STA; STA 250H, 255H, 257H, 352Y.

NOTE: transfer students from Erindale or Scarborough must meet the St. George Distribution Requirement.



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