the Faculty’s acceptance of an applicant as a student


student who attends a course with the consent of the instructor; formal registration required but student does not receive credit for course and is not entitled to submit exercises or write examinations

classa particular offering of a given course


a requirement that must be fulfilled concurrently with another course


a proscribed set of study and evaluation, used for academic credit towards a degree Program.

corea course that is required, or is selected from an extremely limited list of courses, in a Plan


a course freely chosen by the student

equivalencya pair of courses of equal unit value, one of which is no longer offered, which are considered to be similar enough that one may serve interchangeably for the other in terms of prerequisites, corequisites, exclusions, and plan and program requirements.  Credit will only be given for one of the pair.


a list of two or more courses that are considered similar enough that credit will only be given for a defined subset of courses from that list.  Usually, holding credit for an excluded course(s) will prevent registration of the remaining courses on the list

GPA (grade point average)the unit-weighted average grade in a set of courses


determined by the number of passed units completed:

0.0 - 23.9 (level 1)

24.0 - 47.9 (level 2)

48.0 - 83.9 (level 3)

84.0 and above (level 4)

level in program

determined by the number of passed credits completed toward the requirements of the concentration, as specified by the Department

one-way exclusiona course that will prevent registration if taken with or before another course


a course chosen from a limited list of courses specified in a Plan.  The degree of choice may vary according to the Plan

part-time student

may do at most 3.0 credits in the Fall-Winter Session; may do at most 1.5 credits in either Fall or Winter Terms

planan approved set of courses required to focus in an area of study.  The depth of focus may vary according to Plan type.  More than one Plan may be required to obtain a degree


a requirement that must be met prior to registration in a course


an approved set of courses leading to a degree


a student’s enrolment in a course or courses

sessionan academic period within a Term. Start and end dates for each Session are published annually under Sessional & Key Dates
subjecta defined area of study

supporting course

a course in a Plan that complements the area of study; some Plans have required supporting courses (e.g. mathematics courses in a Physics Plan); others do not


an academic period during the calendar year.

There are three terms:
Winter (January-April)
Summer (May-August)

Start and end dates for each Term are published annually under Sessional & Key Dates

unitthe academic value of a course

Course Hours

Hours per week follow opposite the course title, for example:

BCHM-102/3.0 Introduction to Biochemistry 3L;1T

L = lecture, S = seminar, T = tutorial, P = practical (e.g. laboratory, workshop, studio, etc.)

So BCHM 102/3.0 has three lecture hours and one tutorial hour per week. Normally a 6.0-unit course involves 72 hours of classroom time (laboratories and tutorials may also be required); a 3.0-unit course involves 36 hours.

Course Weights

These follow the course number and are separated by a stroke, for example, HIST 121/6.0 for a full-unit course, CISC 121/3.0 for a half-unit course. Some courses have weights that are percentages or multiples of 6.0, for example, MICR 499/9.0 or BIOL 537/12.0.

Independent Study

Exceptionally qualified students entering their third or fourth year may take a program of independent study provided it has been approved both by the Associate Deans (Studies) and by the Department or Departments principally involved.

Requests for such a program must be received by the Office of the Associate Deans (Studies) one month before the start of the first term in which the student intends to undertake the program. Requests must include i) a detailed outline of the project, including its aims, the topics to be studied, and a preliminary list of readings; ii) the names of the faculty members supervising the project, including the principal coordinator; iii) the number of credits for which the project is to substitute; and iv) the method by which the student's performance is to be evaluated, and the method by which the grade or grades will be assigned.

The Associate Deans (Studies) may, in consultation with the student and faculty members involved, propose modifications in the project, particularly with respect to the number of course credits to be assigned to it. The Associate Dean (Studies) may require an interview with the student.

Course numbers assigned to independent study are specified under Numbering of Courses in this chapter. The departmental code assigned to the course will be that of the department which is closest to the material studied, provided it has agreed to take academic responsibility for the project.

A Department may approve an independent study program without permitting it to be counted toward a concentration in that Department. It is, consequently, the responsibility of students taking such programs to ensure that the concentration requirements for a degree will be met.

Numbering of Courses

Courses numbered from P01 to P09 are pre-university level courses offered at the discretion of the Department, and are primarily intended for students who do not have Ontario 4U or equivalent standing in the subject. Unless otherwise indicated, these courses are offered for credit as electives in any degree program.

Courses numbered P10 to P99 are intended primarily as electives and normally do not lead to further courses in the subject, unless under special conditions laid down by the Department.

Courses numbered 100 to 199 are introductory courses, normally taken in first year. They may be differentiated by method and/or intention, but all lead to further work.

Courses numbered 200 to 299 are normally taken in the second year and usually require a previous course in the subject. They are standard second-year courses for all concentrations.

Courses numbered 300 to 399 are normally taken in the third year and have prerequisites determined by the Departments. They are required in the third year of four-year programs, but are not necessarily required in three-year programs.

Courses numbered 400 to 499 are normally taken in fourth year and are primarily intended as senior courses in the four-year programs. However, they are open to all students who meet the prerequisites.

Courses numbered 500 to 590 are reading or undergraduate thesis courses.

Courses numbered 591 to 593 are general examinations in the honours programs.

Course numbers for independent study include the following: 594/3.0 - 3.0-unit course; 595/6.0 - 6.0-unit course; 596/12.0 - 2.0-unit course; 597/18.0 - 18.0-unit course; 598/9.0 - 9.0-unit course.

When a course number is changed, the former number for the course will appear under Exclusions following the course description for five years subsequent to the change. Students who take longer than five years to complete a degree program are advised to consult departmental academic advisers to ensure that the courses they select do not duplicate work previously completed.

Language Courses

Credit will be allowed for successful completion of courses in languages other than English and other than those offered at Queen’s provided that:

  • The course is in a modern language, defined as one that is currently used by an existing culture;
  • The course is offered by an accredited university, a school affiliated with such a university or by one of the language schools historically recognized by Queen’s;
  • Criteria for determining credit equivalency will be by parameters currently in use for all courses, that is, a grade determined by the host institution, number of contact hours, learning objectives/outcomes, type and number of assignments; and
  • The student has the course approved prior to departure by means of an International Letter of Permission, and supplies appropriate evidence of the above on return.

Credit for such language courses will transfer as LANG P10/3.0, for a first course in a modern language, LANG P11/3.0 for a continuation of LANG P10, LANG 120/3.0, for an advanced-level course in a modern language and LANG 121/3.0 for a continuation of LANG 120/3.0. LANG credits will not be assessed above the 100 level.



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