Academic Regulation 16 – Requirements for Graduation

16.1 – Three-Year Degrees

                16.1.1 – GPA Requirements

The awarding of the B.A., B.Sc., B.Cmp., B.F.A. and B.P.H.E. degrees is conditional on receiving a minimum Cumulative GPA of 1.60 in the career in which the student is registered at the time of graduation, and a minimum GPA of 1.60 on the courses used towards the General Plan requirements of the degree.

16.1.2 - Total Unit Requirement

The awarding of the B.A., B.Cmp., B.F.A., B.P.H.E. and B.Sc. degrees in conditional on the successful completion of a minimum of 90.0 units.

16.1.3 – Applying Transfer Credits

No more than 42.0 units in the Program and no more than the following number of units in the Plan may be transfer credits (grade of TR) from outside Queen’s University:
(i)              For the General Arts (B.A.) Plans, 12.0 units excluding supporting courses
(ii)              For the General Science or Computing (B.Sc. or B.Cmp.) Plans, 18.0 units excluding supporting courses
(iii)             For the General Fine Art (B.F.A) Plan, 24.0 units excluding supporting courses
(iv)             For the General Physical and Health Education (B.P.H.E.) Plan, 24.0 units excluding supporting courses

16.2 – Honours Degrees

16.2.1 – GPA Requirements

The awarding of the B.A.(Hons.), B.Sc.(Hons.), B.Cmp.(Hons.), B.F.A.(Hons.), B.P.H.E.(Hons.) and B.Mus. degrees is conditional on receiving a minimum Cumulative GPA of 1.90 in the Undergraduate Career and a minimum GPA on the courses used towards the Plan requirements of the degree as follows:
(i)                For Specialization and Major Plans, a minimum GPA of 1.90.
(ii)              For Major-Minor Plan combinations, a minimum GPA of 1.90 on the Major Plan requirements, and a minimum GPA of 1.60 on the Minor Plan requirements.
(iii)             For Medial Plan combinations, a minimum GPA of 1.90 on the requirements of each of the Medial Plans.

16.2.2 - Total Unit Requirement

The awarding of the B.A. (Hons.) degree is conditional on the successful completion of a minimum of 114.0 units.

The awarding of the B.Cmp.(Hons.), B.F.A.(Hons.), B.P.H.E.(Hons.) and B.Sc.(Hons.) degrees is conditional on the successful completion of a minimum of 120.0 units.

The awarding of the B.Mus. degree is conditional on the successful completion of a minimum of 126.0 units.

16.2.3 – Applying Transfer Credits

No more than 54.0 units in the Program (60.0 for the B.Mus. Program) and no more than the following number of units in the Plan(s) may be transfer credits (grade of TR) from outside Queen’s University:
(i)                For Specialization Plans, one-half less 6.0 units of the total required for the Plan
(ii)              For Major Plans, 24.0 units excluding supporting courses
(iii)             For Medial Plans, 18.0 units
(iv)             For Minor Plans, as per the corresponding General Plan requirements noted above in Academic Regulation 16.1.3.

16.3 – Degrees with Distinction

               16.3.1 – Requirements for Degree with Distinction

Graduation with Distinction recognizes the highest level of academic performance at Queen’s. A Degree with Distinction will be awarded to students who have achieved the following:
(i)                a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.50 in the Undergraduate and Distance Studies Careers; and
(ii)              a minimum GPA of 3.50 on the courses used towards all the Plan requirements of the degree; and
(iii)             no failed grades, no outstanding IN or GD grades, and no repeated classes during their Undergraduate and Distance Studies Careers.

16.3.2 – Applying Transfer Credits

As per Academic Regulation 10, Transfer credits (grade of TR) are not used towards the calculation of any GPA.  Therefore, for students offering courses from other universities to meet the Queen’s degree requirements, the GPA is calculated on Queen’s courses only.

16.4 - Course Requirements

All courses required to fulfill the program and Plan requirements for the degree must be completed, including appropriate core, option, supporting and elective requirements, as well as Plan overlap rules as detailed in the Academic Degree Programs section of this Calendar. In exceptional cases, departments may permit the substitution of other core, option and/or supporting course requirements in the Plan.  In no circumstances may Plan overlap restrictions be waived.

16.5 - Appeal of Decisions on Requirements for Graduation

As decisions related to this regulation are solely dependent on particular levels of academic performance, no part of Academic Regulation 16 can be appealed.

16.6 - Application to Graduate

A degree candidate must apply to graduate during the final year of the degree program, or at least by 30 April for Spring convocation and by 15 October for Fall convocation.