Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2013/2014
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Progression Requirements

Progression and Graduation Requirements: Degree Programs

Students in a general BA/BSc degree program without designation may progress and graduate if they achieve an overall grade point average (GPA) of 4.00. A student whose cumulative GPA is less than 4.00 but not less than 2.00 (D) will be allowed to proceed on academic probation for 4.0 further credit attempts. Refer to the Academic Probation: General BA/BSc Degree Programs section which follows.

A student whose cumulative GPA is less than 2.00 must withdraw from the university.

Academic decisions are made at the completion of each full year of study in May or upon completion of 4.0 credit attempts (passed or failed attempts).

Students who fail more than 5.0 credits (or equivalent, including repeated courses) will be required to withdraw from the university.

 
Academic Probation: General BA/BSc Degree Programs

An undergraduate student (registered in an honours or general degree program) is placed on academic probation in the general degree program without designation when they have completed 4.0 credits at Laurier, and achieve a grade point average (GPA) between 2.00 (D) and 3.99.

In order to clear probation, students must raise the cumulative GPA to at least 4.00 (C-) by the end of the probationary period, which will extend to the end of the term (May, June, August, December) in which they complete a fourth 1.0-credit attempt (or equivalent) after being placed on probation. The cumulative GPA calculated to determine whether or not the student has cleared probation will include all (be there 4.0 or more) credits completed by the end of the probationary period. A student who fails to clear probation after completing 4.0 credits will be required to withdraw from the university. Exceptions to this rule are described below.

A student who has been placed on probation and who at the end of the probationary period obtains a GPA of at least 5.00 (C) on a minimum of 4.0 credits taken after being placed on probation, but whose cumulative GPA is less than 4.00 will have until the end of an additional probationary period to raise the cumulative GPA to 4.00.

If a student's cumulative GPA falls below 4.00 (C-) after probation has been cleared, the student will be required to withdraw from the university.

While on probation in general degree programs, students in the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, and Brantford Campus(excluding students registered in the Bachelor of Business Technology Management) will be allowed to register in a maximum of 2.0 full-credits (four 0.5-credit courses) per term. The restriction will be lifted and students will be able to proceed with a regular course load once they have cleared probation. During this period, students are required to contact an academic advisor for guidance.

Students on academic probation in the General BA and BSc (except adult probation) may not cross-register in courses at the University of Waterloo, nor attend another university on a Letter of Permission.

Students who fail more than 5.0 credits (or equivalent, including repeated courses) will be required to withdraw from the university.
 
Progression and Graduation Requirements: Honours Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science - Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Human & Social Sciences, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Faculty of Science and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
Bachelor of Arts, Applied Economics - School of Business & Economics

Effective for honours degree programs offered by the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Faculty of Human & Social Sciences, Faculty of Science and the Applied Economics program in the School of Business & Economics, these are the grade point average (GPA) requirements:

BA students progress from year to year in an honours subject, if they achieve a GPA of 5.00 (C) overall and 5.00 in that honours subject. Students in an honours BA degree are able to graduate in an honours subject if they achieve a grade point average of 5.00 overall and 7.00 (B-) in that honours subject.

BSc students progress and graduate in an honours subject, if they achieve a grade point average of 5.00 (C) overall and 5.00 in that honours subject.

Students who fail more than 5.0 credits (or equivalent, including repeated courses) will be required to withdraw from the university.

Notwithstanding the preceding, in those departments offering both BA and BSc degree programs in an honours subject (Departments of Biology, Geography & Environmental Studies, Kinesiology & Physical Education, Mathematics, Physics & Computer Science, and Psychology), the departments will choose for each program to have students either:

(A) progress and graduate in the honours subject if they achieve a grade point average of 5.00 (C) overall and 5.00 in their honours subject: The Departments of Biology, Mathematics and Physics and Computer Science have applied Option A to the BA and BSc honours programs.

(B) progress from year to year if they achieve a grade point average of 5.00 (C) overall and 5.00 in the honours subject, and graduate if they achieve a grade point average of 5.00 overall and 7.00 (B-) in the honours subject. The Departments of Geography & Environmental Studies, Kinesiology & Physical Education and Psychology have applied Option B to the BA and BSc honours programs.**

**Exceptions to these GPA requirements are detailed in the Honours BA Communication Studies, Honours BSc Health Sciences, Honours BA/BSc Psychology Research Specialist, Honours BA/BSc Psychology Comprehensive, and the joint Honours BSc Biology and Psychology programs.

Bachelor of Business Administration

Progression to Year 2:
Requires completion of all 5.0 required and elective credits of Year 1 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 7.00 (B-) in all Business courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.00 (C) in all non-business courses. Course and GPA requirements for Business and non-Business courses must be achieved by August 31. Total course repeats may not exceed a maximum of 1.0 credit exclusively during Year 1. All credits taken during Year 1 will be included in the GPA requirements for progression into Year 2.

Progression to Year 3:
Requires completion of all 5.0 required and elective credits of Year 2 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 7.00 in all Business and a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.00 in all non-business. These course and GPA requirements must be achieved by August 31. Course repeats may not exceed a maximum of 2.0 credits for the duration of the program, including repeats from Year 1.

Progression to Year 4:
Requires completion of all 5.0 required and elective credits of Year 3 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 7.00 in all Business and a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.00 in all non-business. Regular stream students must achieve the course and GPA requirements by August 31 and co-op stream students by December 31. Course repeats may not exceed a maximum of 2.0 credits for the duration of the program, including repeats from Year 1.

Graduation:
Requires completion of all 5.0 required and elective courses of Year 4 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 7.00 in all Business and a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.00 in all non-business. Students who have not met the course and GPA requirements to graduate must meet the requirements within one calendar year. If they do not do so, they must re-apply to enter the Honours Business Administration program. Course repeats may not exceed a maximum of 2.0 credits for the duration of the program, including repeats from Year 1. A student who has passed all the courses of the BBA program but who has not obtained the necessary GPA may elect to receive a Bachelor of Arts General degree without major notation.

Bachelor of Business Technology Management

Refer to School of Business & Economics, BBTM Program

Bachelor of Arts - Honours Economics Programs

Progression requirements for the Honours BA Economics, Honours BA Economics and Accounting, Honours BA Economics and Administration, and Honours BA Economics and Financial Management programs are stated in the School of Business & Economics chapter, Economics section. The Honours BA Applied Economics requirements are also stated at the beginning of this subsection.

Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Therapy

Progression requirements for these honours programs will be based on grade point averages obtained from all courses taken and will be calculated on a cumulative basis. For progression from Year 1 to Year 2 the requirement will be a minimum GPA of 6.00 (C+) in each of the honours subject(s) of specialization and a minimum GPA of 4.00 (C-) overall. The requirement for progression to Year 3 and Year 4, and for graduation, will be a minimum GPA of 7.00 (B-) in each of the honours subject(s) of specialization and a minimum GPA of 6.00 overall.

For progression in the Bachelor of Music Therapy program to Year 4 and for graduation, a minimum cumulative GPA of 7.00 in all Music courses, a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.00 is required in all Psychology courses, and a minimum overall GPA of 6.00 is required.  

 
Academic Probation: Honours Degree Programs

Students enrolled in honours BBA, BBTM, BMus, BMusTh programs (Year 1 BBA students are excluded), who fail to achieve the standing required for admission to the subsequent year of their program, may upon the recommendation of the chair and the appropriate dean, proceed on academic probation. The terms of the probation will be determined by the chair and the dean. The approval for academic probation will be communicated to the student on LORIS by the Office of the Registrar. An honours student in the above degrees may proceed on probation only once.

NOTE: Students enrolled in Honours BA or BSc programs, or students completing Year 1 in the Honours BBA program are excluded from progressing in honours on probation.

Students in honours BA and BSc programs who do not meet the area of specialization GPA progression requirement for their current program, must revise their specialization, or progress in the General degree program without designation. If the overall GPA is deficient for the honours program, the student must revise their degree to the general program without designation. Students with an overall  GPA between 2.00 (D) and 3.99 will be placed in the General program on academic probation. Those with an overall GPA below 2.00 on a minimum of 4.0 attempted credits are required to withdraw from the university.

Students who fail more than 5.0 credits (or equivalent, including repeated courses) will be required to withdraw from the university.

 
Additional Requirements for Options

Refer to the options, including the Children's Education and Development Option, in the Laurier Brantford chapter. Also, refer to the descriptions of the Management, and Environmental Science Options in the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science chapters and the Applied Mathematics Option and the Honours Mathematics: Finance and Accounting Option in the Faculty of Science chapter, for progression regulations.

 
Admission to Limited Enrolment Honours Programs: Arts & Science

There may be instances where student demand for entry or progression into Year 2 of an honours program in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science exceeds the availability of student spaces. Students who meet the minimum criteria for progression from Year 1 to Year 2 will be considered for admission.

A student's overall GPA calculated from all courses taken at Wilfrid Laurier University will be used to determine admission to these limited enrolment honours degree programs. Departments which intend to use other methods of determining GP(A) criteria for entry to honours programs will so advise students no later than October 1 in the fall term of the student's first year.

 
Unclassified Studies

The regulations for the general degree programs will apply except where additional requirements are specified.

Students who fail more than 5.0 credits (or equivalent, including repeated courses) will be required to withdraw from the university.

 

Senate/Editorial Changes

Senate Revision March 6, 2013: Change to Honours Communication Studies Year 2 progression requirement detailed in Faculty of Arts chapter, Communication Studies program section; effective September 1, 2013.

Editorial Revisions June 17, 2013: Revised Brantford Campus to Faculty of Human & Social Sciences and Faculty of Liberal Arts; effective July 1, 2013.

Senate Revision May 28, 2013: Progression and graduation for Honours BA (Biology, Mathematics and Physics & Computer Science) programs and Honours BSc (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics & Computer Science) programs - GPA raised to 5.00; effective September 1, 2013.