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Arts and Science Academic Regulations and University Policies Regulation 2     Number of Credits in a Term or Session


Regulation 2     Number of Credits in a Term or Session
FULL-TIME STUDENTS
a    Full-time students in most Arts and Science programs normally take 5.0 credits. (The normal load for students in B.Mus., B.A.(Hons.)/B.Ed. and B.Sc.(Hons.)/B.Ed., is greater than 5.0 credits.) Students in the Collaborative Program B.Sc.(Gen.) LISC XRAY should take the prescribed 5.0 credit program in each of years 1 and 2.
 
i    In any Fall-Winter Session, students may carry from 4.0 to 6.0 credits to be considered full-time. (A sixth credit should not be sought for the purpose of making up a deficiency due to past failure, or if the student's past academic average is less than 60 per cent. First-year students in most disciplines are not encouraged to attempt 6.0 credits.) Only 5.0 credits may be requested during the summer course selection period. A student must obtain written permission from the Office of the Associate Dean (Studies) in order to take more than 6.0 credits in the Fall-Winter Session (or more than 3.0 credits in any one term). Students who wish to appeal a negative decision to take more than 6.0 credits (or 3.0 in any one term) must appeal to the Board of Studies in writing (see Appeal of Academic Decisions, section IIIc).
 
ii    In any Fall-Winter Session, full-time students may choose to register in a part-time load of fewer than 4.0 credits and retain their right to return to full-time study in a future session.
 
iii    In any Fall-Winter Session, students who are registered in a full-time course load may drop below 4.0 credits and retain their right to full-time study in a future session provided that courses are dropped by the published deadlines for withdrawal without academic penalty.
 
b    The number of Applied Science courses which may be taken by Arts and Science students is limited, and may not exceed the number of Arts and Science courses taken in a given term.
 
i    For Applied Science courses listed in the Arts and Science Calendar, Arts and Science students may register in up to two courses per term.

ii    For Applied Science courses not listed in the Arts and Science Calendar, Arts and Science students may, with permission of the instructor and the Associate Deans of both Applied Science and Arts and Science, register for a maximum of two such courses over the course of their Arts and Science degree.
 
PART-TIME STUDENTS
c    Part-time students may take a maximum course load of 3.0 credits over the Fall-Winter Session. A maximum of 1.5 credits may be taken in any one term.
 
d    Students admitted under the Mature Student Regulation may take a maximum course load of 0.5 credit per term or 1.0 credit over the Fall-Winter Session, as per Admission section 12. Regulation 2d may not be appealed.
 
e    Part-time students on a degree program are eligible to transfer to full-time study if they meet one of the following sets of conditions:

i    Complete a minimum of 4.0 Queen’s credits, excluding repeated courses;
 
ii   Achieve a minimum overall average of 65 per cent on all courses passed (including those completed while not on a degree program if applicable); and

iii   Have no failures in the most recent year.

OR

i    Complete a minimum of 3.0 Queen’s credits, excluding repeated courses;

ii   Achieve a minimum overall average of 75 per cent on all courses passed (including those completed while not on a degree program if applicable); and

iii   Have no failures in any year.
 
Such students will be admitted to full-time study automatically. Students will be notified by letter and a ruling will appear on the students’ academic record to reflect the students’ eligibility for full-time study. Once admitted, students may elect to register in a full-time load in accordance with Regulation 2a. (See Admission, section 15d)
 
SPRING-SUMMER SESSION
f    Students normally take no more than two courses per term during the Spring-Summer Session. This is considered equivalent to a full-time load. Students on probation, with a number of previous failures or with outstanding work from a previous term should not exceed this course load. Students in good standing taking more than two courses should closely monitor their ability to keep up with assigned readings, complete assignments on time and achieve a satisfactory academic standing in all work in each course. Students should be aware of the established deadlines for dropping courses without academic penalty and are expected to drop courses, if necessary, before these deadlines. Taking on more than two courses per term does not constitute sufficient grounds for an academic appeal to drop courses after the deadline.
Arts and Science Academic Regulations and University Policies Regulation 2     Number of Credits in a Term or Session
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