Academic regulation I-3 - Program of studies

(Approved by the Senate on May 4, 2009)

All courses and programs of studies, as well as their requirements, are recommended by the faculties in question and approved by the Senate of the University.

When program requirements are modified, faculties must ensure that the changes involved do not penalize students already registered in the programs in question.

3.1. Categories of Offered Programs (since 2006)

(Approved by the Senate on December 4, 2006 and revised February 27, 2017)

Bachelor's

An undergraduate degree requiring the equivalent of three or four years of studies and, respectively, 90 or 120 units with the required cumulative grade point average (CGPA). Offered in Arts, Science and Social Sciences, the bachelor’s provides a basic university education in either of two streams: bachelor’s with or without a minor or bachelor’s with a major or a double minor).

Honours bachelor's 

An undergraduate degree requiring the equivalent of four years of studies and at least 120 units with the required cumulative grade point average (CGPA)and diploma grade point average (DGPA), except in specific cases approved by the Senate (i.e. Bachelor in Journalism). There are six types of honours bachelor’s degrees:

a) Honours bachelor's

This degree is conferred upon completion of a program requiring in-depth training in a single discipline or in an interdisciplinary area of studies with a minimum of 54 units in the discipline or interdisciplinary area.

b) Honours bachelor's with a minor

This degree is conferred upon completion of the honours bachelor’s as defined above, and of a minor, which introduces students to a field of studies and consists of 30 units, unless otherwise indicated.

c) Honours bachelor's with double major

This degree is conferred upon completion of a program involving intensive training in two main disciplines or two areas and consisting of 42 units in each discipline or area, unless otherwise indicated.

d) Honours bachelor's with major and minor

This degree is conferred upon completion of a program involving both intensive training in one discipline or in one interdisciplinary area and an introduction to a field or sub-field within a discipline or subject.

e) Joint honours bachelor's

This degree is conferred upon completion of a program allowing students to specialize in two related disciplines or fields and consisting of at least 42 units in one discipline or field and 36 units in the other.

f) Other honours bachelor's programs

An honours bachelor’s degree is also conferred upon completion of the following programs:

Multidisciplinary program
An undergraduate program requiring students to take courses in at least three disciplines.

Multidisciplinary program with a minor
An undergraduate program requiring students to take courses in at least three disciplines and to which a minor can be added.

Specialized programs in the Faculty of Arts (e.g. Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor in Music), Faculty of Engineering (e.g. Bachelor of Applied Sciences), Faculty of Health Sciences (e.g. Bachelor of Science in Nursing), Faculty of Law (Licence en droit), and the Telfer School of Management (e.g. Bachelor of Commerce).

Certificate and diploma

The certificate is an independent undergraduate program requiring at least 30 units and entitling the student to a diploma called “undergraduate certificate” and conferred by the Senate of the University.

A diploma is a program for which the admission requirements include at least a bachelor’s degree.

3.2 Specific types of programs

(Approved by the Senate on February 28, 2017)

A major involves intensive training in a main discipline or field of study. It consists of at least 42 units in the discipline or field of study, of which 18 for courses at the 3000 level or above and at least 6 units at the 4000 level.

A minor provides introductory-level training in a branch or sub-branch of a particular discipline or subject. It consists of 30 units, of which at least 6 at the 3000 level or above.

Integrated program

A program in which the degree requirements of two separate bachelor's degrees are completed, thus leading to two separate diplomas.

French Immersion studies

An academic stream offered in certain honours bachelor's programs and where a specific number of courses must be taken in one’s second language (French), with or without a accompanying language course.

Cooperative education

An academic stream offered in certain honours bachelor's programs where academic terms alternate with paid work terms (placements);

For an overview of options and minimal requirements, please consult the table of program structures and discipline - specific requirements for bachelor's degrees

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