Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2005/2006
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Progression Requirements

Progression and Graduation Requirements: General Degree Programs

Effective September 2005, students in a general BA degree program without a major may progress and graduate if they achieve an overall grade point average of 4.00 (C-).

Effective September 2005, students in a general BSc degree program without a major, may progress and graduate if they achieve an overall grade point average of 3.00 (D+). A student whose cumulative GPA is less than 3.00 but not less than 2.00 (D) will be allowed to proceed on academic probation for 4.0 further attempts. Refer to the Academic Probation: General BSc Degree Programs section which follows.

Students admitted prior to September 2007, may proceed in a General BA or BSc program with a major, if they maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 4.00 (C-). 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 attempts. A student whose cumulative GPA is less than 2.00 must withdraw from the university. Refer to the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science chapters for graduating GPA requirements with a major.

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Academic Probation: General BA Degree Programs

Students are placed on academic probation 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.

Students enrolled in general degree programs who are on academic probation require written permission from the dean to take more than five 0.5-credit courses or equivalent in any term.

Students on academic probation (except adult probation) may not cross-register in courses at the University of Waterloo.

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

 
Academic Probation: General BSc Degree Program with No Major

Effective September 2005, BSc students are placed on academic probation when they have completed 4.0 credits at Laurier, and achieve a grade point average (GPA) between 2.00 (D) and 2.99.

In order to clear probation, students must raise the cumulative GPA to at least 3.00 (D+) 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 3.00 will have until the end of an additional probationary period to raise the cumulative GPA to 3.00.

If a student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.00 after probation has been cleared, the student will be required to withdraw from the university.

Students enrolled in general degree programs who are on academic probation require written permission from the dean to take more than five 0.5-credit courses or equivalent in any term.

Students on academic probation (except adult probation) may not cross-register in courses at the University of Waterloo.

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 in the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Science

Effective September 2005, for honours degree programs offered by either the Faculty of Arts, including the Brantford Campus, or the Faculty of Science, the following grade point average (GPA) requirements take effect:

BA students progress from year to year in an honours subject, if they achieve a GPA of 5.00 (C) overall and 5.00 (C) 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 (C) 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 4.00 (C-) overall and 4.00 (C-) in that honours subject.

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 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 4.00 (C-) overall and 4.00 (C-) in their honours subject: The Departments of Biology and Mathematics have applied Option A to the BA and BSc honours programs.
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(B) progress from year to year if they achieve a grade point average of 5.00 (C) overall and 5.00 (C) in the honours subject, and graduate if they achieve a grade point average of 5.00 (C) 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.

 

Bachelor of Arts - Honours Economics Programs, 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 (C+) overall.

 

Bachelor of Business Administration

Progression to Year 2 requires completion of the 5.0 required and elective credits of Year 1 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 7.00 (B-) in Business courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.00 (C) in non-business courses. GPA requirements must be achieved in Business courses, without repeat, by April 30, and for all other courses by June 30. Total course attempts may not exceed a maximum of 6.0 credits.

Progression to Year 3 requires completion of the 5.0 required and elective credits of Year 2 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 7.00 in Business and a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.00 in non-business. These GPAs must be achieved by August 31 and course attempts may not exceed a maximum of 12.0 credits.

Progression to Year 4 requires completion of the 5.0 required and elective credits of Year 3 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 7.00 in Business and a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.00 in non-business. Regular-stream students must achieve the GPAs on course attempts that may not exceed a maximum of 17.0 credits by August 31 and by co-op stream students by December 31.

Graduation requires completion of the 5.0 required and elective courses of Year 4 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 7.00 in Business and a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.00 in non-business. Students who have not met the required GPA 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. 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.

 
Academic Probation: Honours Degree Programs

Students enrolled in an honours BBA, BBSc, BMus, BMusTh, degree program (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 probationary approval will be communicated to the student on LORIS by the Office of the Registrar. An honours student may proceed on probation only once.
Effective September 2005, students enrolled in the Honours BA or BSc program or Year 1 students in the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration program are excluded from the academic probation regulations.

 
Additional Requirements for Options

Refer to the Children's Education and Development Option in the Laurier Brantford chapter. Also, refer to the descriptions of the Administration 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.