Regulations for All Honours Programs
All students registered in honours programs offered by the Faculty of Science are subject to the following regulations:
- An honours program must consist of a minimum of 20.0
credits (or equivalent), including at least 9.0 senior credits in the
area of specialization or at least 6.0 senior credits in each of two
areas of specialization at the honours level. Individual departments
may require more than this minimum. Students may elect to take a joint
Honours BSc program (available combinations are described in the Faculty of Science - Departments
section) or a combined Honours BA program. In cases where program
descriptions of each of the constituent parts of a combination
stipulates a different number of courses required for the combination,
the larger total will apply.
- Effective September 2005, progression requirements for the honours
BSc program will be based on grade point averages (GPA) obtained from
all courses taken and will be calculated on a cumulative basis. For
progression and graduation, the requirement will be a minimum GPA of
4.00 in each of the honours subject(s) of specialization and a minimum
overall GPA of 4.00.
This honours BSc program regulation also applies to honours BSc and BA programs in the Departments of Biology and Mathematics.
September 2005, progression requirements for the honours BA program
will be based on grade point averages (GPA) obtained from all courses
taken and will be calculated on a cumulative basis. For progression,
the requirement will be a minimum GPA of 5.00 in each of
the honours subject(s) of specialization and a minimum overall GPA of
5.00. For graduation, a minimum cumulative GPA of 7.00 in each area of
specialization and a minimum overall GPA of 5.00 is required.
This honours BA program regulation also applies to all honours BSc and BA programs in the Departments of Geography & Environmental Studies, Kinesiology & Physical Education and Psychology (with the exception of the Honours Psychology Research Specialist and Honours Biology and Psychology joint programs).
Some programs have additional progression requirements stated in the program description. Refer to Regulation 3.
Honours students enrolled in majors, minors and options must
satisfy the progression and graduation requirements for those programs.
Effective for new students admitted in September 2007, general major
designation will no longer be available to students in honours
- Where student demand for entry or progression into Year 2
of an honours program in science or arts 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 on the basis of their overall GPA from
all courses taken at Wilfrid Laurier University. Departments that
intend to use other forms of GPA calculation must so advise students by
- Students enrolled in honours programs who have failed to
achieve the standing required for admission to the subsequent year of
their program must proceed to the general program or may be required to withdraw if general progression regulations are not met. Honours BA and BSc programs are excluded from academic probation regulations.
- Unless other department regulations apply, students who have
failed a course may proceed in the honours program, provided they have
the required average. (For calculation of a GPA involving a repeated
course, refer to the section, Grades, in the Undergraduate University Regulations
chapter.) Such a student must repeat a failed course if it is a
required course. If it is not a course required for the program, the
student may repeat the course, or take an additional course. No course
may be attempted more than twice.
- At the end of Year 1, students may transfer into an honours
program from either a general major or another honours program at the
discretion of the department. Thereafter, students may not transfer
unless they have maintained the progression requirements. In
departments where there is a distinction between honours and general
level courses, students may count a maximum of 2.0 senior general
credits toward their honours course requirements. All transfers after
the end of Year 1 must have the approval of both the department and the
- Students in honours programs and combination or joint honours
programs must have their entire program approved by their honours
department(s) by the beginning of each academic year.
- Any exceptions to the honours regulations require the written
approval of both the department and the dean. Exceptions that would
make the number of credits required for graduation fewer than 20.0 are
- Effective September 2005, at the end of Year 4 in a BSc or BA
honours program, students who are registered in
an honours program, meet all progression requirements and successfully
complete all credits of that program, but who cannot graduate from that
honours program because their GPA is insufficient, have the option of
receiving a general degree that notes an area of specialization in the
subject area(s) of their honours programs. The grade point average and
other relevant graduation requirements for a general degree must be
met. (Note: honours degrees will not recognize unsuccessful attempts at
honours subjects taken in combination: students in a combined honours
program who are unsuccessful in meeting the GPA requirements of one of
their honours subjects do not have the option of receiving a degree which
certifies completion of a single honours subject and a "general-level"
area of specialization.
Academic & Related Dates 2005/2006