Science Student Handbook: Important Degree Information

Know the junior course limit

200-level courses are called junior courses. Up to 48 units (16 courses) can be 200 level.

If you take more than 48 units of junior courses they will not count towards your degree for credit.

Keep track of how many junior-courses you have taken!

Know courses and units

Units are a value or weighting assigned to a course.

1 course = 3 units.

Courses that run for a full year (Fall and Winter terms) are normally worth 6 units.

Know your Major Field

Major Field is typically all the courses directly related to your major.

Your can find your major field courses in the calendar and Academic Requirements.

Minimum for non-Honours: 48 units.
Maximum: 66 units.

Minimum for Honours: 54 units.
Maximum: 78 units.

Know the number of courses in your degree

All single science degrees are 120 units.

Double majors are a minimum of 120 units.  

Combined degrees are a minimum 150 units.

Know the course limits

You can take up to 36 units in any one subject outside of your major field. There are exceptions to this rule (check the Academic Calendar or speak with a Program Advisor). If you are trying to transfer keep this in mind. You’ll be  blocked if you approach or exceed the limit.

Know the D limit

Maximum D/D+ grades allowed in a degree: 18 units.

Maximum D/D+ grades allowed in your major field: 6 units.

Ds cannot be used as a pre-requisite so if you get a D in one of your major field courses you may need to repeat the class.

Know the transfer credit limit

Maximum allowable transfer credit: 60 units.

Maximum allowable transfer credit toward the major field: 24 units.