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General Information


Student Academic Resources

3200 Maggie Benston Student Services Centre,
9 am - 7:30 pm Monday to Thursday, 9 am - 4:30 pm Friday, 778.782 4356 Tel, 778.782 4969 Fax, acadvice@sfu.ca Email, www.reg.sfu.ca

Academic Advising

Student Academic Resources provides academic advice for newly admitted and continuing first and second year students who have not declared a specialization (a term used to describe a major, minor, double major, joint major or an honors program - see below). Academic advisors, both professionals and student peers, assist students with course selection and program planning in any of our five faculties (Applied Sciences, Arts, Business Administration, Education and Science).

Special advisors are also available to assist students in academic difficulty. These advisors are trained to provide assistance to students about policies related to academic standing and continuance, withdrawing from courses, readmission after being required to withdraw due to poor academic performance and applications for retroactive withdrawals.

Academic Records, Registration and Administrative Services

Through its affiliation with the Office of the Registrar, Student Academic Resources also provides students with various other administrative services including the following.

Student documents

official and unofficial transcripts of academic record

letters of confirmation of registration

letters of permission to take courses at another institution

ID/Library cards

Changes to personal student data

changes of address and/or telephone numbers

changes to names

changes to immigration status

Course outlines for lower division courses (all credit courses numbered 001 to 299) and for all evening courses are available for pick up on the lower level of the Maggie Benston Student Services Centre, 0100.

Programs of Study

Simon Fraser University offers three main types of undergraduate programs: honors programs leading to an honors degree, general programs leading to a general degree, and an extended minor degree. Most departments offer all of these types of programs.

To be granted a degree, a student must satisfy certain requirements which ensure a depth of study and a coherent combination of courses. These requirements, called a degree program, are expressed in terms of the number of credit hours in lower and upper division courses to be taken in and outside the subject(s) of concentration. Depending on the extent of concentration in a subject area, a degree program may offer an honors program, a major program, a minor program, or certain combinations.

Students are encouraged to sample a wide range of courses before focusing on a particular area of concentration, but normally must commit themselves to their area(s) before entering the second half of the degree program. Students should be aware of any prerequisite studies for their programs that they may need to undertake in the first four levels. (See the Definitions section following.)

Honors Program

An honors degree requires completion of at least 132 credit hours, completion of an honors program and completion of approximately 4850 credit hours of credit in specified upper division courses in the honors subject or field, normally taken in the upper divisions. Different honors programs have varying credit hour requirements in the lower division courses. (See faculty and departmental requirements.)

Joint Honors Program

A joint honors degree requires completion of at least 132 credit hours of credit and completion of a specific joint honors program, which would normally consist of a total of at least 50 credit hours of credit in upper division courses taken in two or more disciplines, as specified. Different joint honors programs have varying credit hour requirements in the lower division courses. (See faculty and departmental requirements.)

Major Program

A general degree requires at least 120 credit hours and, normally, completion of a major program. A major program requires approximately 28 to 30 credit hours of credit in upper division courses as specified in the major subject or field. Varying credit hour requirements are needed in the lower division courses for different major programs. (See faculty and departmental requirements. With special approval, two minors may be substituted for a major on the bachelor of education degree. The bachelor of general studies degree has broad requirements.)

Joint Major Program

A general degree may be obtained by completion of 120 credit hours of credit and completion of a joint major program. The specific joint major requires at least 30 credit hours of credit in upper division courses taken in two or more disciplines, as specified. Credit hour requirements in the lower division courses vary for different joint major programs. (See faculty and departmental requirements.)

Double Major Program

A general degree may include completion of two major programs. The student must complete the following.

This permits study for two majors within a single faculty or across faculties. The bachelor's degree awarded will be determined according to the faculty for which all requirements have been met or, if the requirements of more than one faculty have been met, then from which one of the faculties the student selects. (See MajorMinor Program following.)

Minor Program

A minor requires completion of at least 14 to 18 upper division credit hours as specified in the subject concerned. To qualify for a specific minor, at least seven credit hours of the upper division credit used toward the minor must have been completed through Simon Fraser University courses. A minor program also requires meeting any stipulated lower division requirements and may be used toward meeting the requirements of a degree program.

Extended Minor Program

This program consists of the lower division requirements for a major, and the upper division requirements for a minor. A student must have their program approved by the extended minor program advisor.

Major - Minor Program

A general degree may include the completion of a major program and of a minor program. The student must complete at least 28 hours of upper division courses as specified in the major subject and at least 14 to 18 hours of upper division courses as specified in the minor subject. The same upper division course may not be used for formal credit in both the major and the minor. The student must complete the lower division requirements for the major subject selected, all other requirements of the major department, the lower and upper division requirements for the minor selected, and the requirements of the faculty in which the student will receive the degree. This permits the undertaking of a major and of a minor within a single faculty or across faculties.

Double Major and Major - Minor Programs

Credit Value of Courses

In order to give sufficient weight to both majors in a double major program, the student may not apply the same upper division course for formal credit in both majors. Similarly, a student in a majorminor program may not use the same upper division course for formal credit in both the major and the minor. Also, a student undertaking a program consisting of more than one minor may not use the same upper division courses for credit toward more than one minor.

Where one course fulfills the content requirements of two related areas, additional replacement credits in upper division work satisfactory to one of the departments or program committees must be taken in order to fulfill the overall credit requirements for the double major or majorminor program.

For lower division requirements, one course could fulfill both content and credit requirements as a prerequisite, but no course can carry double credit value toward the total needed for a degree. In a number of combinations possible in the bachelor of arts or bachelor of general studies degree, certain constraints exist on the use of both lower and upper division courses.

Degree Requirements

Students are cautioned to refer carefully to overall requirements of the faculties for degree requirements, as the requirements for a specific degree must be fulfilled. If in doubt, seek advice from Student Academic Resources. Some departments require specific prerequisite courses for entry to some upper division courses, and some faculties require completion of a minimum number of upper division courses taken in the upper divisions of study to fulfill degree conditions. Some faculties require completion of a minimum number of credits within the faculty to qualify for a degree. In some instances, therefore, a student seeking a double major or a majorminor involving subjects in more than one faculty may need more than 120 credit hours to fulfill the requirements of the general degree.

Changing Programs

A student who elected to take a double major or a majorminor program may change his/her decision and graduate with a major only, provided that the normal requirements for the major and requirements of the faculty concerned have been fulfilled. Notification of such changes must be filed with the departments concerned and the Office of the Registrar.

Second Bachelor's Degrees

A student who already holds a bachelor's degree (or degrees) may complete a second or subsequent bachelor's degree at the University, subject to the following conditions and regulations.

Normal admission policies apply to all applicants for further bachelor's degrees. First bachelor's degrees from certain jurisdictions may qualify the applicant to proceed to a first bachelor's degree only. For more information, please contact the admissions office, Office of the Registrar.

The basic requirement for any further degree shall not be less than 60 credit hours of credit for a general degree, and not less than 72 credit hours of credit for an honors degree.

Of the minimum 60 credit hours required for a further general degree, not less than 4445 credit hours must be upper division credit. Of the minimum 72 credit hours required for a further honors degree, not less than 60 credit hours must be upper division credit.

The department or program in which the further degree is being taken has the right to require completion of prerequisite lower division courses in addition to the minimum conditions specified above.

General University regulations covering a first bachelor's degree apply to further bachelor's degrees unless otherwise stated or clearly implied. These include, but are not limited to:

General faculty and departmental regulations apply, including completion of any group requirements not completed in a previous degree.

A student may not enrol in a further bachelor's degree program in a subject in which she/he already holds a degree. A student who has a minor (or equivalent) in a particular subject may enrol in a further degree with a major or honors program in that subject.

Credit earned towards a previous degree or diploma may not be used toward the further bachelor's degree. However, recognition may be given for the content of such previous work. In such cases, students will be required to obtain credit in appropriate courses in lieu of those for which exemption or advance standing has been granted.

Post Baccalaureate Diploma Program

A diploma program should, in general, consist of regular upper division university courses; graduate courses may be included. The study program should be the equivalent of one full year or more of university study (30 or more credit hours). Credit applied to one diploma may not be applied to another Simon Fraser University certificate, diploma or degree, and vice versa. A first university degree or the equivalent is normally a prerequisite, but, if stipulated, mature applicants whose experience makes them particularly suited to a program may also be admitted.

Certificate Program

A certificate program should consist mainly of regular lower division courses. Upper division courses may be included. The study program should be the equivalent of between one half and one full year of university study (18 to 30 credit hours). See the Continuing Studies Office for further information regarding individual certificate programs. Credits applied to one certificate may be applied also to major programs or minor programs or to a bachelor's degree under the normal regulations governing these programs, but may not be applied to another Simon Fraser University certificate or diploma.

Cooperative Education

A cooperative education program consists of four or five work terms to be completed while doing regular academic terms. See "Cooperative Education"..

Obligation to Declare Majors, Minors or Other Areas of Specialization

Students are expected to obtain formal approval to enter an area of specialization by the time they have earned 60 credits. `Specialization' is a term used to cover programs such as majors, minors, double majors, honors, minors, extended minors, etc., and `department' refers to the faculty or department or school or unit responsible for a program. There are some other programs (e.g., post baccalaureate diplomas, certificates) which may have some additional instruction regarding procedure since the students in these programs fall outside the usual flow of credit hours.

With regard to the area of specialization, students will be classified according to the following categories: Undecided, Intended, Conditionally Approved, Approved or Undeclared.

Undeclared

This category will be used for any student who, prior to the successful completion of the 61st credit hour, has not recorded an intended specialization or who has not been granted conditionally approved or approved entry to a specialization. `Undeclared' will not be recorded for any student who has successfully completed 61 or more credit hours.

Academic advising for undeclared students is the responsibility of Student Academic Resources.

Intended

This category identifies the specialization(s) the student aspires to enter later in his/her studies at this University. This declaration may be made at the discretion of the student up to the 60th successfully completed credit hour but, at the discretion of the department responsible for the specialization, a student may be removed from this designation. A student so removed would require approval from the department to reinstate the `intended' designation. Intended specialization(s) will not be recorded for any student who has successfully completed 61 or more credit hours.

Conditionally Approved

This category identifies a student who will be approved for entry to a specialization upon satisfactory completion of some stated condition(s). Use of this category is at the discretion of a department and will usually be limited to those cases where the student has very limited deficiencies and is taking immediate action to remove them. In granting conditional approval, the department or signing authority will set out to the student, in writing, the condition(s) that must be satisfied for approved entry to the specialization. Students who satisfy the condition(s) will be advised that they have been approved for entry to the specialization. Students who have tried unsuccessfully to complete the condition(s) may be advised that their conditional approval has been withdrawn, or, at the discretion of the academic department, the student may be conditionally approved for an additional semester (or semesters).

Academic advising for conditionally approved students is the responsibility of the department offering the particular specialization(s).

Approved

This category identifies the specialization of a student who has been formally approved by the department or signing authority for that specialization and may be granted at the discretion of a department or signing authority.

Academic advising for approved students is the responsibility of the department offering the approved specialization(s).

Undecided

This category will be automatically recorded for any student who, upon the successful completion of the 61st (or higher) credit hour, has neither an approved nor conditionally approved specialization. A student who transfers to the University and in the first semester exceeds 61 credit hours may have one semester to obtain approved or conditionally approved status. At the discretion of a faculty, option A or option B will be applied to resolve the student's status.

Option A

In the event that undecided status is applied to a student's record (i.e. there is no approved or conditionally approved program recorded), all references to degree/diploma objectives and faculty affiliation will be removed from the student's record.

Academic advising for undecided students so designated under option A is the responsibility of Student Academic Resources, but undecided students will be encouraged to approach a department directly, to discuss requirements for conditional or approved entry to a program or specialization.

Option B

In the event that undecided status is applied to a student's record (i.e. there is no approved or conditionally approved program recorded) the existing degree/diploma objectives and faculty affiliation will be retained but the student will be required to discuss his/her program objectives with the appropriate faculty advisor before further registrations are permitted with this status. The faculty advisor may allow the student to proceed with undecided status. If, in the opinion of the faculty advisor, the student's program objectives are unacceptable or unrealistic, the faculty advisor may have the degree/diploma objectives and faculty affiliation removed from the student's record, and the student may be referred to the Student Academic Resources office for further advising.

Academic advising for undecided students designated under option B with degree/diploma objectives and faculty affiliation is the responsibility of the appropriate faculty advisor. Academic Advising for undecided students with no degree/diploma objectives or faculty affiliation is the responsibility of Student Academic Resources.

Graduation Requirements

Each candidate for a degree, certificate or diploma must formally apply to graduate. Details on deadlines and how to initiate the graduation process are contained in the Course Timetable and Exam Schedule published each semester. (See also the requirements as noted in the individual faculty sections.)

General Degree

For students enrolled at the University before fall 1991, the minimum requirement for graduation in a general degree program is a graduation grade point average of 2.00 calculated on the entire required 120 credit hours used for degree credit, or on the 60 credit hours of the final four levels for courses used for degree credit, including the normal 45 credit hours in upper division courses. The average is computed by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credit hours assigned for those courses, excluding duplicate courses. A GPA of not less than 2.00 is required in courses comprising the major studies.

The minimum requirements for graduation changed for students who enrolled at the University beginning in fall 1991 or thereafter. These students must achieve both a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00 and a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 calculated on all upper division courses. This GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of grade points earned in upper division courses by the total number of semester credit hours assigned for those courses, counting only the higher grade in courses that have been duplicated.

Individual faculties and departments may, with senate approval, maintain their own supplementary graduation requirements; therefore, students are advised to check individual faculty and departmental listings in case these have a higher minimum GPA or other additional requirements for graduation.

Honors Degree

For students enrolled in the University before fall 1991, the minimum requirement for graduation in an honors degree program is a graduation grade point average of 3.00. If the graduation grade point average is 3.50 or higher, the designation `first class' will apply. The average is calculated on the entire required 132 credit hours in courses passed and used for credit toward the degree, or on the required final 60 credit hours of 300 and 400 division courses taken and used for credit toward the degree, with the exception of duplicate courses.

The minimum requirement for graduation in an honors program changed for students who enrolled in the University beginning in fall 1991 or thereafter. These students must achieve both a minimum CGPA of 3.00 and a minimum GPA of 3.00 calculated on all upper division courses taken at the University. This GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of grade points earned in upper division courses by the total number of semester credit hours assigned for those courses, counting only the higher grade in courses that have been duplicated. If a student has both an upper division CGPA and a CGPA of 3.50 or higher, the designation `first class' applies.

Individual faculties and departments may, with senate approval, maintain their own supplementary graduation requirements; therefore, students are advised to check individual faculty and departmental listings in case these have a higher minimum GPA or other additional requirements for graduation.

Convocation

Convocation is held in June and October annually. Students who fulfill their degree requirements during the fall or spring semesters may attend the June ceremony. Graduates of the summer semester convocate in October. For specific dates, see "Academic Calendar of Events"..

Application for Graduation/Granting of Degree, Certificate or Diploma

Each candidate for a degree, certificate, diploma, or cooperative education must formally apply for graduation. Details on how to initiate the graduation process are contained in the Course Timetable and Exam Schedule published each semester. See "Academic Calendar of Events". for deadlines to apply for or to cancel applications to graduate.

Notification of Award by Senate

Following senate approval, each student who has been awarded a degree, certificate or diploma will receive a letter of confirmation from the registrar.

Convocation Procedure

In late April, an information package is sent to each graduand who has been awarded a degree by senate in the previous fall semester, or who has applied for graduation in the current spring semester. Graduands who apply for summer semester graduation are sent information in late August.

Definitions

Students

Simon Fraser University does not classify students as either full time or part time although there are varying course load requirements for many types of financial aid. For further information, see "Financial Assistance and Awards"..

Qualifying Student

See the see "Graduate General Regulations"..

Regular Student

A regular student is one proceeding to a degree, diploma or certificate in any faculty. A regular student may already hold one or more bachelor's degrees.

Special Audit Student

Students who do not apply for admission to the University under the general admission regulations but who wish to audit credit courses may be given entry as special audit students. Special application procedures apply; see "Continuing Studies". for complete information.

Special Student

A student already holding a first degree may, as a special student, register in undergraduate courses only. Credit for these courses may not be applied toward completion of any certificate, diploma, undergraduate or graduate credential at Simon Fraser University. First time applicants wishing to enrol as special students and students holding a first degree who have previously attended Simon Fraser University should see "Admission and Readmission". Admission and Readmission section.

Visiting and Exchange Students

A visiting student is one who, as a bona fide student of another accredited institution, is permitted to take courses for credit only toward a degree, certificate or diploma at the home institution. Applicants who wish to become visiting students must meet all requirements for regular admission. In addition, students must submit a letter of permission from the registrar of the home institution. A visiting student wishing to become a regular student at Simon Fraser University must reapply and meet any admission requirements in effect at that time.

Academic Year

Trimester

Simon Fraser University offers three full regular semesters of study within the twelve month calendar year.

Semester

The calendar year is divided into three academic terms of sixteen weeks each, called `semesters.' Each semester has its own registration and final examinations. All academic courses in this Calendar are one semester long or fall into one of the shorter sessions, such as intersession or summer session. Students may enter at the beginning of any semester and attend one, two or three semesters within a calendar year. By attending continuously, it is possible for a student who entered from BC high school grade 12 (or equivalent) into the fall 1997 semester to graduate with a bachelor's degree at the end of the spring 2000 semester. Semesters are referred to by numbers or by names:

Example 1998
Semester 1

spring, January to April, spring 1998 (19981)

Semester 2

summer, May to August, summer 1998 (19982)

Semester 3

fall, September to December, fall 1998 (19983)

To increase the accessibility of the summer program (MayAugust) to teachers and other members of the community, the summer semester has been enriched by two, twomonth sessions, namely intersession (MayJune) and summer session (JulyAugust). These programs are offered in addition to the regular four month summer semester.

The following illustrates an academic year at SFU.

fall semester: September - December

spring semester: January - April

summer semester: May - August

intersession: May - June

summer session: July - August

Levels

Undergraduates in Canada are traditionally classified as first year (Freshman), second year (Sophomore), third year (Junior), or fourth year (Senior) students. Since `year' does not apply to the trimester system, the student's progression is expressed in terms of levels. `Level' refers to the status of a student's program. Each level would normally equal one semester's work with a full course load; a typical four year bachelor's degree program consists of eight levels. The first four (i.e., the first 60 credit hours of credit) are lower divisions. Levels 5 and above are upper divisions. The term `level' is not used for graduate programs.

Usually students in levels 1 and 2 take 100 series courses; those in levels 3 and 4 take 200 series courses; those beyond level 4 take 300 and 400 series courses.

Courses

Subject

A subject (or `discipline') is a body of knowledge with arbitrary boundary lines, e.g. philosophy, chemistry or psychology. For convenience, professors of a subject are usually grouped together in a department.

Prerequisite

A prerequisite is a requirement needed to register in a course.

Corequisite

A corequisite is a course to be taken at the same time as another course.

Division

`Division' relates to undergraduate courses: those numbered 001 to 299 inclusive are lower division courses; those numbered 300 to 499 are upper division courses. Graduate courses are numbered in the 500 to 999 series. In certain instances, upper division courses may be taken in the lower divisions and lower division courses in the upper divisions. Refer to specific regulations pertaining to requirements for degrees, certificates or diplomas.

Numbering of Courses

Each subject is divided into courses usually offered in semester length units, e.g., GEOG 2123, Geography of Natural Hazards. Each course is identified by a subject name followed by a course number, the number of credit hours of credit, and the course title, e.g. ENGL 1033, Introduction to Drama. The first course number digit represents the level of the course; the fourth digit indicates the credit hours of credit. For example, ENGL 1033 is a first level course offering three credit hours of credit.

Lectures, Tutorials and Laboratories

Although there are variations among departments, instruction in lower division courses combines a large lecture section with small tutorial groups. The large lecture enables as many students as possible to hear the very best teachers. The small tutorial groups provide more personal instruction and an opportunity for discussion of readings and lecture material. A typical course consists of two lectures and one tutorial a week. Notable exceptions are the sciences and languages, where a laboratory may be involved.

Credit Courses

These courses carry credit hours of credit and count toward the total required for a degree, certificate or diploma, subject to the regulations governing the credential.

Credit Hours

Credit hours are assigned to each course; most courses have three credit hours. A normal course load for a student in full attendance in a semester is 15 credit hours. Credit hours are also called semester hours, credits, hours or credit hours of credit. Requirements for credentials (e.g., degrees, diplomas and certificates) are partially expressed as credit hours of credit.

The credit hour weight is shown for each course as follows.

Subject: Mathematics (MATH)

Course Number: 232

Credit hours: 3

CreditFree Courses

These courses carry no credit and do not count toward a degree, certificate or diploma. At times, they are termed `noncredit courses.'

Distance Education Courses

Many courses are available as distance education courses. The majority of these are print-based. Some may also have audio and/or video support. Increasingly, educational technologies (e.g. computer conferencing) are being incorporated as courses are developed and revised. The program parallels the campus semester system of the University, with the same sixteen week period for course completion.

Four Year General Degree Program

Level
Credit Hours
Traditional Terms
Lower Levels
1
15
1st year/freshman
2
15
3
15
2nd year/sophomore
4
15
Upper Levels
5
15
3rd year/junior
6
15
7
15
4th year/senior
8
15
Total 120 credit hours

Four Year Honors Degree Program

Level
Credit Hours
Traditional Terms
Lower Levels
1
15
1st year/freshman
2
15
3
15
2nd year/sophomore
4
15
Upper Levels
5
18
3rd year/junior
6
18
7
18
4th year/senior
8
18
Total 132 credit hours


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