Data Science, B.Sc. Major
Data Science Major Entrance, Continuation, and Graduation Requirements
To enter the Major Degree program in Data Science, a student must have completed at least 24 credit hours with a minimum DGPA of 2.00, and also obtained a minimum grade of “C+” in each of COMP 1020, MATH 1232 (or MATH 1700 or MATH 1710), and [(STAT 1150 or STAT 2220) (or a minimum grade of "B" in STAT 2000)].
To continue in the Data Science Major Degree program, students must maintain a minimum DGPA of 2.00.
To graduate with the Bachelor of Science (Major) in Data Science, a student must obtain passing grades on all courses, obtain a minimum DGPA of 2.00, and a minimum grade of "C" in all required and optional courses that contribute to the Major.
Major Co-operative Option
A co-operative education option is available. Students should refer to the Co-operative Education for further information on the Co-op programs.
The course and minimum grade requirements for entry and continuation in the Co-operative Option are the same as those required for the regular Major program. However, the entry and continuation DGPA requirement is set at a minimum of 2.5.
Before beginning their first co-op work term, students are required to complete the first and second year requirements of the program.
Four Year Major (Including Co-operative Option if Selected)
|COMP 1012||Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers 1||3|
|COMP 1020||Introductory Computer Science 2 (C+)||3|
|MATH 1220||Linear Algebra 1 1||3|
|MATH 1230||Differential Calculus 1||3|
|MATH 1232||Integral Calculus (C+) 1||3|
|MATH 1240||Elementary Discrete Mathematics 1||3|
|STAT 1150||Introduction to Statistics and Computing (C+) 1||3|
|6 credit hours from the Faculty of Arts, which should include the required "W" course||6|
|3 credit hours of electives||3|
|COMP 2140||Data Structures and Algorithms||3|
|COMP 2150||Object Orientation||3|
|COMP 2160||Programming Practices||3|
|DATA 2010||Tools and Techniques for Data Science||3|
|MATH 2720||Multivariable Calculus 1||3|
|MATH 2740||Mathematics of Data Science||3|
|STAT 2150||Statistics and Computing||3|
|STAT 2400||Introduction to Probability 1||3|
|6 credit hours of electives||6|
|COMP 3380||Databases Concepts and Usage||3|
|COMP 4360||Machine Learning||3|
|DATA 3010||Data Science with Real World Data Sets||3|
|DATA 4010||Data Science Capstone Project 2||6|
|STAT 3100||Introduction to Statistical Inference||3|
|STAT 3150||Statistical Computing||3|
|STAT 3450||Linear Models||3|
|3 credit hours from:||3|
|Analysis of Algorithms|
|Introduction to Parallel Computation|
|Introduction to Data Mining|
|3 credit hours from:||3|
|Graph Theory 1|
|Introduction to Analysis|
|Linear Algebra 2|
|Real Analysis 1|
|Linear Algebra and Matrix Analysis|
|3 credit hours from:||3|
|Principles of Data Collection|
|Introduction to Probability 2|
|Introduction to Stochastic Processes|
|Nonlinear Regression Models|
|Bayesian Analysis and Computing|
|3 additional credit hours from the Faculty of Science 3||3|
|21 credit hours of electives 3||21|
|The above 33 credit hours must include at least 12 credit hours of Faculty of Science courses taken at the 3000 or 4000 level.|
|Co-op Requirements (if selected):|
|SCI 3980||Co-operative Education Work Term 1||0|
|SCI 3990||Co-operative Education Work Term 2||0|
|SCI 4980||Co-operative Education Work Term 3||0|
|SCI 4990||Co-operative Education Work Term 4 (if a 4th work term is selected)||0|
The following substitutions are allowed:
Should be taken in graduating year.
Courses may be chosen from COMP, MATH, or STAT courses included in the course lists in the program grid provided the courses have not been used toward another program requirement.
(Letters in brackets indicate minimum prerequisite standing for further study.)
(Lab required) An introduction to the field of data science with an emphasis on the fundamental tools and techniques that underlie the field of data science.
PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisites: [one of MATH 1240, MATH 1241, or COMP 2130] and [one of MATH 1220, MATH 1210 (B), MATH 1211 (B), MATH 1300, or MATH 1301] and [one of MATH 1232, MATH 1700, MATH 1701, or MATH 1710]. Pre- or corequisites: COMP 2140 and STAT 2150.
(Lab Required) This course will expose students to real-world data sets in the study of data science.
PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: DATA 2010.
A project course where students apply the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier coursework to a substantial data science problem. It will enable the development of soft skills, and explicit consideration of important topics including Ethics, Communication, Data Privacy, Data Presentation and Insight Delivery, all of which are key elements for a training in Data Science, beyond the technical content. This course is restricted to Faculty of Science students in the Data Science Major or Major Co-op. Students are expected to take this course in their final year.
PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisites: DATA 3010 and permission of the instructor.
- Admission to the Faculty of Science
- Academic Regulations
- B.Sc. (General) Degree Academic Regulations
- B.Sc. (Major) Degree Academic Regulations
- B.Sc. and B.C.Sc. (Honours) Academic Regulations
- Minors: Academic Regulations for Science Students
- Dean’s Honour List, Degree with Distinction, First Class Honours
- Faculty of Science Academic Awards
- Academic Advising
- Requirements for Dual Credit High School Students
Faculty Academic Regulations
Admission to the Faculty of Science
Direct Entry Admissions Requirements
To enter the Faculty of Science directly from high school, a student must have:
- Manitoba high school graduation with five full credits at the Grade 12 level in courses designated S, G, or U.
- A minimum 80% average over the following, with no less than 60% in each course:
- English 40S
- Pre-Calculus Mathematics 40S (recommended) or Applied Mathematics 40S
- One of Biology 40S, Chemistry 40S, Computer Science 40S, or Physics 40S
- One additional (academic) 40S course
Students admitted as a Direct Entry student will be assigned to the 4-Year undeclared Major Program. See Major (Degree) Academic Regulations for details.
Entrance to Science from University 1: Transiting
Students may transit to the Faculty of Science from University 1, prior to Fall Term registration only. The transit function is available on Aurora Student. There are no fees for transiting and there is no application form required.
To be eligible to transit a student must have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00 on 24 credit hours. Students who have completed more than 24 credit hours at the point of transit must have achieved a minimum Adjusted Grade Point Average (AGPA) of 2.00. The AGPA calculation will be on the best graded 24 credit hours at the point of transit.
Students who do not meet the minimum transit eligibility requirements should refer to Admission to Faculties, Schools and Colleges Following University 1 in the Undergraduate Calendar for information regarding how to establish their eligibility.
When a student transits from University 1 to the Faculty of Science, they may choose to transit to a 4-year Major program for which they qualify, or they may choose to transit to the General Degree. If a student wishes to enter an Honours program in the Faculty of Science they should contact the Faculty of Science office for assistance. Students intending to enter a four year Major or Honours program should refer to the program grids for courses required for entry into each program. Completion of these courses in University 1 will prepare a student to complete a four year Major or Honours program in four calendar years.
For further information please contact a Faculty of Science Academic Advisor and/or refer to the Faculty of Science applicant information brochure and the University Admissions website.
Students who wish to transfer to the Faculty of Science from another faculty at the University of Manitoba, or another recognized post-secondary institution, must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours of post-secondary courses and have achieved a minimum adjusted grade point average (AGPA) of at least 2.00 to be eligible.
If a student has completed 24 - 29 credit hours, the AGPA is calculated using all post-secondary course work including original grades of repeated courses.
If a student has completed 30 - 71 credit hours the AGPA is calculated by excluding the lowest credit hours of university level course work in accordance with the following table:
|Credit Hours Completed||Credit Hours Dropped|
If a student has completed 72 credit hours or more the AGPA is calculated on the most recent 60 credit hours of university level course work, and the worst 12 credit hours will be dropped from the calculation from within those 60 credit hours.
Students on academic suspension as a result of work completed at another post-secondary institution, or in another unit at the University of Manitoba, will not normally be considered for admission to the Faculty of Science until the suspension has been served.
Transfer of Credit
External: Please refer to the Admissions website or the Admissions section in the calendar. Courses completed at an external institution ten years prior to registration in the Faculty of Science are not considered for transfer credit. Students should contact a Science Academic Advisor regarding departmental transfer credit policies. All courses acceptable to the Faculty of Science must be transferred.
Second Degree Students
Students possessing a first degree from a recognized university program and who have a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.00 (or a 2.30 adjusted grade point average – see applicant information bulletin for details on AGPA) on all previous university work are eligible for admission as Second Degree students.
Second degree requirements may be shortened by up to 60 credit hours, and once admitted to a Second Degree Program, students will be expected to conform to all continuation, residency and graduation requirements as indicated below.
Specific information on requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree following the completion of a degree in another faculty or school, or at another university, is available in the general office.
After Degree Special Students
Students who have successfully completed a first degree from a recognized university program with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.00 or better are eligible for admission as Special Students.
Students who wish to audit courses must have written permission from the instructor of the desired course before they can register. Auditing students must register by contacting the Faculty of Science General Office. Students given permission to audit a course will be registered in their course(s) after the initial access period for registration.
Returning to Science after an Extended Leave
Students who have been away from Science for more than a year are blocked from using Aurora Student. They must consult with a Science Academic Advisor. If the student has not attended another post-secondary institution, they are eligible to return. The advisor will determine academic progress, registration date and time, and discuss degree plans. Students planning a return to studies are strongly urged to contact an Advisor well in advance of the start of registration.
Students who have attended elsewhere since their last registration in Science must normally re-apply for admission and be academically competitive for admission on all of their previous academic work. Deadlines for application may be found on the Admissions website.
Students who have graduated must re-apply (Applicable deadlines may be found on the Admissions website) and be academically competitive for admission.
Admission as a Dual Credit High School Student
Dual credit courses in high schools may be offered in partnership with school divisions and high schools. This opportunity is designed for students with particular interest in receiving equivalent to university-level training in a subject area and in receiving university-level credit for the training they receive at the high school level. To complete particular courses for university credit prior to their high school graduation by writing a challenge exam, some students may qualify for admission to the Faculty of Science under our Dual Credit High School Student Admissions Category.
Note that courses offered as dual credit may vary from year to year. Interested high schools should consult the Faculty of Science Dean’s Office for course availability and information on the dual credit course approval processes.
All prospective students must provide the following to be eligible for admission as a Dual Credit High School Student:
- evidence of full-time registration in a Manitoba high school,
- written recommendation of academic ability from their high school principal (or designate) confirming that they are academically in good standing and academically prepared to take equivalent to university-level courses,
- written approval of the Department offering the course that they are seeking to challenge and the Faculty of Science Dean’s Office,
- completion of course pre-requisites as approved by Senate.
The provisions of the "General Academic Regulations" and "University Policies and Procedures" apply to all students. In addition, the Faculty of Science has regulations and requirements published below that apply specifically to its students.
Repeating a Course
Permission to repeat a course or a direct equivalent is not required. To take a course that is listed as "mutually exclusive" (see course descriptions) with a previously completed course requires a registration override. Please contact the Faculty of Science General Office prior to registration.
Science students are subject to the University of Manitoba regulations (see General Academic Regulations, Repeating a Course) and the Faculty of Science degree regulations regarding eligibility to repeat a course. See below for information on Limited Access.
Repeating a course will not result in the removal of the first attempt and grade in that course from the student’s record. The course will appear on the transcript as many times as it has been repeated. The grade in all attempts of a course will be calculated as part of the student's GPA.
There is a limit on the number of "F" grades permitted in the 4-year Major and Honours programs. All courses with "F" grades that are repeated count towards the limit of "F" grades permitted in a Science degree. See B.Sc. Major and B.Sc. Honours Academic Regulations.
Students who wish to repeat a course for which they have obtained a grade of "C" or better are encouraged to discuss their choice to do so with a Science Academic Advisor prior to registration.
Note: In most cases, professional Faculties and Schools have specific rules governing the way repeated courses are treated in their admission process. Check the applicant information bulletin of the appropriate Faculty or School, or with the Admissions Office (424 University Centre), or with a Science Academic Advisor for information regarding how different professional programs treat repeated courses in determining admission.
The responsibility for initiating withdrawals rests solely with the student. When eligible to do so, Voluntary Withdrawals must be done through Aurora Student. No withdrawals will be permitted after the deadlines posted in the Academic Schedule. See information on Limited Access.
There is no limit on the number of Voluntary Withdrawal hours a student can accumulate.
In exceptional circumstances, Authorized Withdrawals may be permitted on presentation of appropriate documentation. See the "General Academic Regulations," on "Withdrawal from Courses and Programs" or consult a Science Academic Advisor for information.
Limited Access will not affect registration for the current Academic Year, which includes Fall, Winter, and Summer terms. See University Policy and Procedures – Repeat Course Policy – Section 2.5 (a) Limited Access.
Limited Access is a registration rule that allows students who have never before completed, or voluntarily withdrawn, from a course (or its equivalent) the opportunity to register for the course before students who are repeating or have previously withdrawn from the course.
If a student has previously taken a course and received a final grade, or voluntarily withdrawn from the course (VW)1, any future attempt to take that course or its equivalent is considered a repeated course.
A previous VW is only considered a repeat if the student voluntarily withdrew in Winter 2017 or later.
Limited Access will prevent a student from registering or placing themselves on the waitlist for a course (or equivalent) being repeated until the "Limited Access Term Expiry Date" has passed.
Limited Access applies for three consecutive terms following the term that the course in question was last completed or voluntarily withdrawn (VW).
During these three terms of Limited Access, a student may register to repeat a course, without permission, only when the Limited Access Term Expiry Date has passed.
Once the three terms of Limited Access has expired, any student wishing to repeat a course must request permission to do so from the Faculty of Science General Office prior to registration.
Students wishing to complete courses at another institution for credit at the University of Manitoba must apply for written permission from the Registrar's Office prior to registering at the other institution. Students should apply for the Letter of Permission well in advance of the term in which they wish to register at the other institution, processing time can take up to 8 weeks.
To be eligible to take courses on a Letter of Permission, a Faculty of Science student must:
- Be in good standing, and not be currently assessed as Academic Warning, On Probation, On Suspension, or Required to Withdraw.
- Not be under investigation for academic misconduct.
Students who attend other post-secondary institutions without a Letter of Permission must reapply for admission to the Faculty of Science before the application deadline and be academically competitive for admission. Similarly, students registered in the Faculty of Science may not be registered at another academic institution at the same time unless they are registered elsewhere on a Letter of Permission. The penalty for unauthorized or undisclosed attendance may be disciplinary withdrawal or academic suspension.
For more information on Letters of Permission, please refer to the website.
Academic misconduct is intentional cheating, fabrication, impersonation, or plagiarism. It is also knowingly or inadvertently helping or attempting to help others to be dishonest. Academic misconduct lowers scholastic quality and defrauds others who will eventually depend on their own knowledge and integrity.
Plagiarism or any other form of cheating on examinations, term tests, or assignments is subject to academic penalty as serious as suspension or expulsion from the faculty or university.
Students who are unsure of what constitutes academic misconduct should refer to the regulations in General Academic Regulations, Academic Integrity, and consult with a Science Academic Advisor or a faculty member. Information about academic penalties for academic misconduct is available on the Faculty of Science website.
Each student in the Faculty of Science who has completed a minimum of 12 credit hours will have their academic performance assessed at the end of each term in which they receive a final grade in a minimum of 1 credit hour.
Notations will appear on a student’s transcripts based on their performance. The five categories are: Minimum Met, Academic Warning, On Probation, On Suspension, Required to Withdraw.
Students who achieve a minimum DGPA of 2.0 at the point of assessment will receive the Minimum Met notation on their transcript. This indicates that the student’s performance is satisfactory. This does not mean a student has satisfied the specific requirements in their program of study. Students should consult the Undergraduate Academic Calendar for the specific requirements of their program of study.
Students who do not achieve a minimum DGPA of 2.0 will be placed in one of the following assessment categories: Academic Warning, On Probation, On Suspension, or Required to Withdraw.
Students who have completed 12-23 credit hours at the point of assessment and have a DGPA less than 2.0 will be assessed as on Academic Warning.
A student who receives an Academic Warning assessment will be permitted to register for classes and will be assessed at the end of each term in which they register.
A student who receives an assessment of Academic Warning will be encouraged to meet with an advisor and connect with campus resources.
Students who have completed 24 credit hours or more at the point of assessment and have a DGPA less than 2.0 will be assessed as On Probation.
The first term a student receives an assessment of On Probation, a registration hold will be placed on their student account. To have the hold lifted the student will need to meet with an academic advisor and/or participate in interventions developed for students on probation. This may include required follow up meetings with an academic advisor, participation in skill building workshops, and referrals to student support resources.
A student who receives an On Probation assessment will be permitted to register for classes. Once the student has achieved a DGPA of 2.0, they will be assessed as Minimum Met and the student will no longer be on probation.
If at the point of assessment, the student's DGPA is still below 2.0, they must have achieved a minimum Term GPA (TGPA) of 2.0 or higher to continue to register in a subsequent term. If a student does not achieve a minimum TGPA of 2.0 while on probation, the student will be placed On Suspension for a period of 1-year.
A student who receives an Academic Suspension assessment from the Faculty of Science is not normally permitted to register in any other faculty or school at the University of Manitoba. If a student completes courses at another post-secondary institution while serving a suspension, the student will be required to reapply for admission to the University of Manitoba and meet admission requirements. In addition, the student will need to provide evidence that they have served their suspension (i.e. evidence that they have spent the duration of their suspension away from post-secondary studies). Students should consult Other Admission Categories and Attendance at Other Institutions for more details.
Students who are on academic suspension may not use courses taken at another institution during the period of suspension, for credit towards a Science degree at the University of Manitoba.
Returning from 1-Year Suspension
If a student has intentions to return to the Faculty of Science following a 1-year suspension, the student will be required to contact a Faculty of Science academic advisor before returning.
Upon return from a 1-year suspension, a student will resume studies On Probation. The student will be required to meet the requirements outlined above for students on probation. Failure to achieve a minimum TGPA of 2.0 will result in an assessment of Required to Withdraw.
Required to Withdraw
The second time a student assessed as On Probation fails to achieve a minimum TGPA of 2.0 they will be required to withdraw from the Faculty of Science. A student assessed as Required to Withdraw will not be permitted to register as a Faculty of Science student at the University of Manitoba, or in Faculty of Science courses at the University of Manitoba, for a period of 5 calendar years.
Returning to Science after being Required to Withdraw
After 5 calendar years a student assessed as Required to Withdraw may return to the Faculty of Science.
If the student has completed other post-secondary studies at the University of Manitoba, or at another institution, they must reapply to the Faculty of Science and meet the admission requirements. Students who are assessed as Required to Withdraw may not use courses taken at another institution during the required to withdraw period for credit towards a Science degree at the University of Manitoba.
If the student has not completed other post-secondary studies and intends to return to the Faculty of Science after 5 calendar years, the student will be required to contact a Faculty of Science academic advisor before returning. The student will be given the following irreversible options:
- Resume Studies – A student choosing this option will keep all previously completed coursework and their DGPA will remain the same, thus the student will be continuing On Probation. A student who chooses this option must meet all the requirements of a student On Probation, as outlined above. Failure to meet these requirements will result in a Required to Withdraw assessment.
- Start Afresh – A student choosing this option may request to bring in up to 30 credit hours of previously completed course work in which they have achieved a “C” or better. Students in this situation will only have the courses which they choose to use as part of their “Start Afresh” as part of their DGPA and will be assigned an initial assessment of Minimum Met. A student who chooses this option will be subject to the academic assessment regulations outlined above.
In either case, this does not mean that the previous coursework will be removed from the student history or transcript.
Students who are registered in spanned courses will be assessed at the end of each term in which they are registered. It is possible for a student to be placed on probation prior to completing a spanned course; however, an assessment of Academic Suspension or Required to Withdraw will not occur while a student is registered in a spanned course. Students on probation who are registered in spanned courses will continue On Probation until the spanned course is complete, at which time, official assessment will take place, based on the number of credit hours completed and the GPA achieved at that point in time.
A student who has satisfied degree requirements for their program of study and is eligible for graduation will be allowed to graduate, regardless of the status of their end-of-term assessment of academic standing. If the assessment category is one of On Probation, On Suspension, or Required to Withdraw, the notation will be removed from the final term of the student’s transcript.
Required to Withdraw from Major or Honours
If a student's last assessment was “Required to Withdraw from the Honours or the Major program,” they must consult a Science Academic Advisor prior to registration. An advisor will review new degree plans, determine eligibility for a desired program, and update any affected university records.
Students on “Hold”
If a student is on “Hold”, they are prevented from any registration transaction (including Voluntary Withdrawals) until they have cleared this status. The student must contact the Faculty of Science within the normal deadline to withdraw from a course while on “Hold”.
Term Work and Debarment
A student is responsible for the completion of laboratory work, assignments, tests and other class work as prescribed by departments. A student who does not meet term work requirements to the satisfaction of a department may receive a warning to this effect from the department or the general office. If this warning is ignored, a student may be debarred from the course. Any student debarred from a course receives an automatic grade of “F” in that course.
Students unable to write a final examination because of illness, disability, or for compassionate reasons, must file an application with the Faculty of Science general office for a deferred examination. The application must be filed within 48 hours of the missed examination. In a case where more than one examination is missed, students must apply within 48 hours of the scheduled date of the last exam. Appropriate documentation must be provided, which may include the "Self-Declaration Form for Brief or Temporary Absence." Students may be asked to provide additional documentation. Deferred exam requests should not be submitted in advance of a scheduled exam, except in the instances outlined below.
Students unable to write an examination due to a known condition, such as participation in an inter-university, provincial, inter-provincial, national or international scholastic or athletic event, religious obligations, or medical condition, should normally file the deferred examination application twenty (20) working days in advance of the scheduled examination. Vacation or holiday plans are not acceptable grounds for the granting of a deferred examination.
A deferred examination is offered in a manner prescribed by the head of the department concerned. This would normally be written within 30 working days of the last examination in that series. Any other consideration would be determined by the department head.
A deferred examination is not granted to a student who has written the final examination.
Further information related to deferred exams is available in the University of Manitoba Deferred and Supplemental Examinations Procedures.
Supplemental Examinations are not permitted in Faculty of Science courses.
Appeals Involving Academic Regulations
The Committee on Student Standing in Science considers appeals from students who request special consideration in respect of rules and regulations governing their programs of study and qualification for graduation.
Appeals should be addressed to: The Secretary, Committee on Student Standing, General Office, Faculty of Science, 230 Machray Hall.
Appeal for Authorized Withdrawal
Students who have valid and documented reasons for withdrawal, such as medical illness or compassionate circumstances, may be authorized to withdraw without penalty. Requests for authorized withdrawals must be submitted in writing to a Faculty of Science Academic Advisor. Student Advocacy located at 520 University Centre (204-474-7423, firstname.lastname@example.org) is available to provide information and assistance.
Statute of Limitations
Students who intend to appeal matters concerning regulations or decisions of the Faculty which may affect their registration must arrange to submit a written appeal, including pertinent documentation to the Secretary of the Faculty of Science CSS, normally within three months following the term in which the course was taken or from the date of the academic decision. Appeals will not be considered beyond three years after the end of the course, or from the date of the academic decision.
Appeal for other Academic Concessions
Students who believe they have grounds for academic concessions based on their personal circumstances should consult with a Science Academic Advisor. Student Advocacy located at 520 University Centre (204-474-7423, email@example.com) is available to provide information and assistance.
If a course requires registration in both a lecture and a separate appropriate laboratory section, Aurora Student will not permit a student to register in that course unless they register for both.
Students who think they are eligible for a laboratory exemption must check with the department offering the course to obtain formal consent of this. Once received, deliver the written permission to their faculty or school office, as an override may be required on their academic record. They must register for the laboratory exempt section.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they are eligible for a laboratory exemption. If they register for one of these courses and it is subsequently determined that they are not entitled to exemption, they will be required to register for a laboratory section. If no space remains available in the laboratory, they will be required to withdraw from the course.
Certain Chemistry and Microbiology courses require that students check out of the laboratory before they withdraw or change lab sections. It is the student's responsibility to check with the departmental office prior to making any changes to their laboratory registration. Failure to check out of the laboratory may result in the student's academic records being placed on HOLD.
B.Sc. (General) Degree Academic Regulations
B.Sc. (General) Three Year Degree
The three-year General program is intended to provide diversified training in Science. The program provides students with broad exposure to the major areas of Science at the introductory level with a requirement for more advanced studies in one or more areas of Science.
This program is not intended for students who desire to practice in some field of specialization in the Sciences. Students with that intent are recommended to pursue the Honours or the four-year Major program.
Students are required to have the equivalent of high school Mathematics 40S (either pre-calculus or applied mathematics) and at least one of high school Chemistry 40S or Physics 40S.
B.Sc. General Academic Regulations
A student must complete 90 credit hours with passing grades (“D” or better) in each course. Please note higher grades are usually required for prerequisite purposes. See course descriptions for details. A student must obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.00 on the 90 credit hours, which constitute the degree to qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Science (General).
B.Sc. General Degree Minimum Performance Requirements
Students in the B.Sc. General Degree program are subject to academic assessment regulations as specified in the Regulations Applicable to all Programs section of the Faculty of Science general Calendar.
B.Sc. General Degree Residence Requirements
There are two ways in which students may fulfill the minimum requirement of credit hours that must be taken at the University of Manitoba: by taking at least 48 credit hours at the University of Manitoba; or by taking at least the final 30 credit hours at the University of Manitoba. The courses used to satisfy the residence requirement must be acceptable for credit in the Faculty of Science. Residency requirements apply to both first and second degree students.
Faculty of Science Direct Entry students are admitted to a 4-Year undeclared Major program. While in the undeclared Major, students will take courses to allow them to declare a specific Major or enter an Honours program. To declare a specific Major or enter an Honours program students will need to satisfy the entry requirements as outlined in each program in the Faculty of Science.
Following the completion of 24-30 credit hours students will declare their Major program, or enter the Honours program, or they may choose to enter the B.Sc. General degree. Students who do not qualify for a specific Major or Honours program will be required to move into the B.Sc. General degree. Students who wish to be in a Major or Honours program but did not qualify can complete the outstanding requirements while in the B.Sc. General degree program and enter the program upon completion of the requirements.
Students must complete the university written English and Mathematics requirements as described in the General Academic Regulations.
B.Sc. (Major) Four-Year Degree
The four-year Major programs provide in-depth study in a specific discipline and enable graduates to function competently in a career in their chosen subject area.
While this program is not intended for students pursuing graduate studies, most programs allow students to do so with a minimum of difficulty.
The four-year Major program may be pursued on a part-time basis, although it must be recognized that under those conditions students would require more than four years to complete degree requirements.
B.Sc. (Major) Academic Regulations
To qualify for the degree Bachelor of Science (Major), a student must complete 120 credit hours or more, with minimum grades of “C” on Major Program Specific courses (as specified by the department), “D” or better on the remaining courses, and a minimum Degree Grade Point Average of 2.00 (2.50 for Computer Science).
Program Specific courses are those identified by the department as being core to the given degree. Please refer to the specific departments for clarification.
At least six credit hours must be taken from outside the Faculty of Science. Students admitted to a Major program must complete six credit hours of courses from the Faculty of Arts. Students in the Major degree programs may take a maximum of 36 credit hours from outside the Faculty of Science.
B.Sc. (Major) Entrance Requirements
To enter a specific four-year Major program, a student must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours, and must normally have achieved a minimum grade of “C+” in at least one introductory course designated by the department(s). One of the entry routes to the Physics & Astronomy Major program, has a more rigorous entry requirement than listed above; please see the calendar entry for more details.
Any student who, prior to being admitted to a four-year Major program that has completed more than 30 credit hours will be allowed to apply those excess credit hours which meet the specifications of the program to the four year Major program.
Students must attain a Degree Grade Point Average of at least 2.00 (2.50 for entry to Computer Science) regardless of the point of entry, and must meet continuation requirements as outlined below.
B.Sc. (Major) Continuation Requirements
To continue in the program, a student must maintain a Degree Grade Point Average of 2.00 (2.50 for Computer Science) at each point of assessment. Students who do not meet this minimum will be required to withdraw from the Major program.
There is no minimum term course load requirement for the Major program.
Any student that exceeds 18 credit hours of failing grades after entering a Major program will be required to withdraw from that program. Students are also subject to the academic assessment policy, Regulations Applicable to all Programs.
A student will be required to repeat those failed courses specified as required courses for the program; however, a student may substitute a new course for any elective course failed.
Major students reverting to the B.Sc. General program must fulfil all academic requirements of that degree.
B.Sc. (Major) Residence Requirement
To satisfy the Faculty of Science residency requirements, a student must successfully complete at least 60 credit hours at the University of Manitoba. The courses used to satisfy the requirement must be acceptable for credit in the Faculty of Science. Residency requirements apply to both first and second degree students.
B.Sc. Double Major Programs
Students may wish to pursue a Double-Major program in the Faculty of Science. Consultation with, in addition to specific course selection and approval from, the departments involved must occur prior to the commencement of any Double-Major program. Students must also consult with a Faculty of Science Academic Advisor prior to the start of any Double-Major program.
The Honours programs in the Faculty of Science are study in specific disciplines and the most heavily concentrated programs offered in the faculty. These programs lead most directly to graduate study and are in most cases prescribed extensively by the departments. A student is required to pursue this degree full-time and may be required to achieve higher grade standards than in other degree programs. The programs are regarded as professional training.
Students graduating from the Honours program in Computer Science receive the degree designation Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours), also noted as B.C.Sc. (Honours).
A student electing an Honours program will normally begin Honours work in second year and must meet the entrance requirements set out below. Honours work will consist of three years of study in prescribed courses beyond the first year and will lead to the B.Sc. (Honours) or the B.C.Sc. (Honours).
Students must complete the university written English and Mathematics requirements as described in the General Academic Regulations.
Students admitted to Honours programs must complete six credit hours from the Faculty of Arts. Because many Honours programs in the Faculty of Science do not have room for electives in Years 2, 3 and 4, these six credit hours, including the three credit hours of written English, should be completed in Year 1.
Honours Entrance Requirements
To enter an Honours degree program, a student must have completed at least 24 credit hours, have a minimum DGPA of 3.00 (3.5 for entry to Psychology), and a grade of “B” or better in at least one course designated by the department(s). Please refer to each department for specific information on entrance requirements.
Another way to gain entry to the Faculty of Science Honours programs is through the Second Year Entry Route. If a student finds himself/herself ineligible to enter a desired Honours program following the completion of 24 or more credit hours, eligibility to enter Honours via the second year entry route can be established by taking a minimum of 18 credit hours over consecutive Fall and Winter Terms with a minimum of 9 credit hours in each term. The 18 credit hours chosen must be applicable to the program the student wishes to enter, and the student must achieve at least a “B” average on those 18 credit hours. If a student chooses to attempt more than 18 credit hours over the consecutive Fall and Winter terms, the best applicable 18 credit hours will be used to calculate whether or not the “B” average has been achieved for the purpose of assessing eligibility for entrance to the Honours program of choice. Note: Students wishing to enter an Honours program using the Second Year Entry Route must also have an overall DGPA of at least 3.00 (a 3.5 for Psychology).
Honours Continuation Requirements
To continue in an Honours degree a minimum Degree Grade Point Average of 3.00 (a minimum 3.5 is required for Psychology) is required at each point of assessment.
Students must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours in each Fall and Winter Term (or equivalent for students in the Co-operative option).
Students who do not meet the above minimum requirement will be required to withdraw from the Honours program and may be eligible to pursue the B.Sc. Major program or the B.Sc. General degree program.
Students who accumulate more than 15 credit hours of failed courses after entering the Honours degree program (regardless of the origin of the grade or if the course has been repeated) will be required to withdraw from the program. Students required to withdraw from the Honours program may be eligible to pursue the B.Sc. Major program or the B.Sc. General degree program. Students are also subject to the academic assessment policy, Regulations Applicable to all Programs.
Honours Graduation Requirements
To qualify for the degree, Bachelor of Science (Honours), a student must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours or more with a minimum grade of C on all courses contributing to the credit hours that satisfy the program requirements. The Actuarial Mathematics, the Joint Honours in Statistics and Actuarial Mathematics, and the Joint Honours in Mathematics and Physics & Astronomy have more rigorous requirements; please refer to specific unit for more details.
Additionally, students must have a minimum degree grade point average of 3.00.
Honours Residence Requirement
A student must successfully complete a minimum of 60 credit hours at the University of Manitoba. The courses used to satisfy the requirement must be acceptable for credit in the Faculty of Science. Residency requirements apply to both first and second degree students.
Withdrawal from Honours
Honours students reverting to an alternate degree program must fulfil all academic requirements of that degree.
Double Honours Programs
Double Honours programs may be available as specified under departmental headings. Other programs may be arranged in consultation with the departments concerned.
Minors: Academic Regulations for Science Students
Students in B.Sc. Major and Honours programs may, if they wish, declare and complete a Minor from any department or interdisciplinary program at the University of Manitoba which offers a listed Minor. In the Faculty of Science Minors are listed in the program lists for each department and interdisciplinary program. Other available Minor requirements can be found within the appropriate departmental/school/faculty program lists. Completion of a Minor in a B.Sc. Major or Honours program is entirely optional. Students may not, however, declare both their Major and Minor from the same department/interdisciplinary program. It should be noted that for Honours students any consideration of completing a Minor should be made early on, due to restricted opportunities in later years of their programs. Completion of a Minor may require that a student take more than the minimum number of credit hours required for graduation. If they wish, students may choose to complete and declare multiple Minors in the four year Major and Honours degree programs.
The Minor is not available to students in the B.Sc. General Degree program.
A Minor will normally consist of a minimum of 18 credit hours specified by the department(s) offering the Minor. Courses required in a student’s specific Honours or Major degree program are acceptable for use in a chosen Minor, subject to the Faculty of Science regulation stating that students may not declare both their Major and Minor from the same department or interdisciplinary program.
Minors not offered by the Faculty of Science can be selected from the following list. For further information about courses required for the completion of a specific Minor, please refer to the section of the calendar that relates to the chosen area.
- Animal Systems
- Crop Production
- Food Science
- Plant Biotechnology
- Soil Science
- Art History
- Asian Studies
- Canadian Studies
- Catholic Studies
- Central and East European Studies
- Film Studies
- Labour Studies
- Medieval and Early Modern Studies
- Indigenous Studies
- Indigenous Languages
- Judaic Studies
- Political Studies
- Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Studies
- Women’s and Gender Studies
- Earth Sciences
- Physical Geography
- Environmental Science
- Environmental Studies
- Health Sciences
- Health Studies
- Human Nutrition and Metabolism
- Family Social Sciences
- Leadership for Business and Organizations2
- Recreation Studies
Faculty of Management/Asper School of Business: For entry to the Minor, the prerequisite is a grade of “C” or better in the first 6 hours of Business courses. The Management Minor will consist of any 18 hours of credit in courses offered by the Asper School of Business. Enrolment in this program will be limited to 20 students annually. Students planning to enrol in this minor must consult a Faculty of Science Academic Advisor.
Students planning to enroll in this minor must consult a Faculty of Science Academic Advisor.
Dean’s Honour List, Degree with Distinction, First Class Honours
Dean’s Honour List (All Programs)
Students who complete 12 credit hours or more, who achieve a Term Grade Point Average of 3.75 or higher will be placed on the Dean’s Honour List. The Dean’s Honour List will be calculated after each term.
Degree with Distinction (4-Year Major Degree and 3-Year General Degree)
To obtain a Degree with Distinction a student must achieve a final minimum Degree Grade Point Average of 3.80. The term “Degree with Distinction” will appear on the student’s parchment and the student’s transcript of marks.
First Class Honours (Honours Degree Only)
To graduate with First Class Honours the student must achieve a final minimum Degree Grade Point Average of 3.80. The term “First Class Honours” will appear on the student’s parchment and on the student’s transcript of marks.
Faculty of Science Academic Awards
Refer to the University's Award Database for information on awards available to Faculty of Science Students.
To be eligible for any award granted exclusively on the basis of academic performance, a student must be enrolled in 100% of a full program as defined by the department.
Science General Office: 230 Machray Hall
Telephone: (204) 474 8256
Toll-Free: 1 800 432 1960, extension 8256
Science Advisor Availability: sci.umanitoba.ca/students/undergraduate-students/academic-advisors
Students must ensure that they are selecting the correct courses that will enable them to satisfy their degree requirements. Specific degree requirements are listed in the program grids found in the departmental/program sections. Final completion of specific degree requirements is the student’s responsibility. Academic Advisors are available to answer any questions regarding a student’s academic progress.
Aurora Student will not check degree requirements. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements of their degree. Consult with a Science Academic Advisor for advice and assistance if uncertain about degree requirements.
Aurora Student will not prevent a student from registering in two (or more) courses that are designated as not to be held for credit with one another. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are not registered for courses that are ineligible to be held for credit with one another. Read the course descriptions carefully. If unsure about a course you have selected, check with a Science Academic Advisor prior to the revision deadline. No academic concessions will be granted in this regard.
Students cannot add or change a course classification through Aurora Student. Therefore, if an undergraduate student wishes to take a course as a Special Student in their degree, as an Auditor, or as a Challenge for Credit, they must add this course by contacting the Science General Office within the normal deadlines for such activity.
General Degree Program
Students in the B.Sc. General program are not required to contact a Science Academic Advisor before registration; however, they are strongly advised to do so. A Science Academic Advisor can answer any questions about degree progress and entry to professional faculties that may affect registration.
Students reverting from a Major or Honours program to the B.Sc. General program must consult a Science Academic Advisor prior to registration, so that their university records may be changed.
Science Academic Advisors may check students' degree progress periodically. These checks are completed after registration. Reminder: It is the student’s responsibility to know and satisfy all degree requirements.
Honours, Major, and Co-operative Options
Honours students are required to register in a minimum of 9 credit hours during each Fall and Winter Term in which they are registered. Prior to declaring graduation, Honours, Major, and Co-op students are encouraged to have their programs checked by Science Academic Advisors on a regular basis.
Students entering or changing a program must see a Science Academic Advisor so that eligibility can be checked and university records updated
Important Course Selection Information
The courses required to complete the specific Honours, Major, General and Minor programs in Science are listed in the program grids found within each department or program entry.
Not all courses included in the course description sections are currently offered. The course schedule for the current academic year is available through Aurora Student. Students should note that space in Honours and Major specific courses may be reserved for students in those programs.
All Honours and Major Degree Programs (4-year degrees) offered by the Faculty of Science satisfy the University “M” (Mathematics) requirement.
Students registered in the 3-Year General Degree programs are responsible for ensuring that they successfully complete a course that will satisfy the University’s “M” (Mathematics) requirement.
Students in all programs are responsible for ensuring that they successfully complete a course that will satisfy the University’s “W” (Written English) requirement. It is strongly recommended that this requirement be completed in Year 1.
For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the University’s “W” and “M” requirements refer to the General Academic Regulations.
In the Faculty of Science, unless otherwise noted, a minimum grade of “C” is required in any course listed as a prerequisite. See course descriptions.
Equivalent courses offered through Université de Saint-Boniface may be used in lieu of the specified courses identified in the degree program grids. See course descriptions in Aurora Student for information on course equivalencies; Université de Saint-Boniface courses are taught in French and end in odd numbers, eg: BIOL 1021.
Note: Course prerequisites may be waived with written consent of the department.
Courses Offered in Other Faculties and Schools
All courses acceptable for credit in any degree program at the University of Manitoba are acceptable for credit in Science (excluding Pass/Fail courses) subject to overall degree requirements. All courses will be included on admission to the Faculty and will be applied toward the elective requirement in all degree programs offered in Science. For course descriptions, including any prerequisites and/or restrictions, please refer to the course descriptions found in each department.
Students are reminded that normally a maximum of 30 credit hours (General Degree) or 36 credit hours (Major Degree) from courses offered by Faculties or Schools other than the Faculty of Science can contribute to degree requirements.
Requirements for Dual Credit High School Students
Students admitted as dual credit high school students will be required to demonstrate their competencies in a course by challenging the university final exam.
Challenge exams will be scheduled by the relevant Department and may be invigilated either on the University of Manitoba campus or at the student’s high school. The University of Manitoba faculty member who is responsible for the delivery of the course will determine the structure and duration of the exam.
High schools will be responsible for delivering the appropriate content to ensure students are prepared for the examinations. If they are willing to do so, a UM faculty member will work with each high school to ensure that high school instructors are provided with the course content equivalent to the content of the corresponding courses offered at the University of Manitoba. Such support includes supplying course outlines, textbook information, and where appropriate, sample midterms and final examinations. These arrangements must be approved by the Department Head within the unit that is responsible for these course offerings at the University of Manitoba.
Students admitted will be subject to the same regulations concerning voluntary withdrawals and appeal procedures as all other students admitted to the Faculty of Science. Limited access restrictions will apply to university courses from which students have voluntarily withdrawn while enrolled as a Dual Credit High School student.
In addition to the university requirements listed above, all dual credit high school courses must adhere to requirements outlined in the provincial dual credit policy. Contact the Faculty of Science Student Services office for information on available courses and for information regarding which high schools may offer dual credit for their students as an option.
Co-operative Education Option Academic Regulations: B.Sc. (Major) & B.Sc. and B.C.Sc. (Honours)
Co-operative education is a form of experiential learning which integrates the academic education (classroom-based learning) of interested and qualified students with relevant, supervised, and paid work experience (work-based learning) with employers. Co-op students gain valuable skills to guide them through their academic education and prepare them for future careers after graduation.
The Faculty of Science offers a Co-operative Education Option in the following Major programs:
- Biological Sciences
- Computer Science
- Data Science
- Physics & Astronomy
The Honours programs offering a Co-operative Education Option are:
- Biological Sciences
- Computer Science
- Physics & Astronomy
- Joint Computer Science – Mathematics
- Joint Computer Science – Physics and Astronomy
- Joint Computer Science – Statistics
- Joint Mathematics – Physics and Astronomy
- Joint Statistics – Mathematics program.
Co-operative education is optional and supplementary to academic requirements of the chosen degree. All regulations governing regular Major and Honours programs apply to the Co-operative Education Option. In addition, the following variations apply:
To enter the Co-operative Education Option a student must be eligible to enter the Major or Honours program offered by the department. At the time of application, students must have a minimum Degree Grade Point Average (DGPA) of 2.5 for the Major and 3.0 for the Honours Programs. For Psychology, students must have a minimum Degree Grade Point Average (DGPA) of 3.0 for the Major. Co-op is not available for students in the Honours Psychology Program.
The normal point of entry to the Co-operative Education Option is following the completion of second year in the Faculty of Science. Students seeking admission will submit an application during their second year and complete an intake process with the appropriate departmental Co-op Coordinator. Application deadlines are established by the Science Co-op Office.
Students are advised that satisfying the entrance requirements does not guarantee a place in the Co-operative Education Option. The Science Co-op Office reserves the right to determine and select the best-qualified applicants.
Students admitted into the Co-operative Education Option will complete pre-employment training, including workshops, prior to the start of their first co-op work term. The structure and content of this training is developed by the Science Co-op Office. Attendance and completion of this training is mandatory.
Structure and Sequencing
The Co-operative Education Option consists of both academic terms and co-op work terms.
Each academic term can be either four months in duration or eight months in duration, as designated by the Major or Honours department.
Each co-op work term can be either four months in duration or eight months in duration, as designated by the Science Co-op Office. An eight month work term would be counted as the equivalent of two 4 month terms.
Each academic term and each co-op work term will commence in January, May or September.
The sequence of academic terms and co-op work terms is variable to suit the needs of each department, and is designated by the Science Co-op Office in conjunction with each Major or Honours department. All Faculty of Science Co-operative Education Options must end on an academic term.
Students are expected to follow the academic/co-op work term sequence defined by their Major or Honours department from admission through to graduation.
Co-op Work Term Requirements
All Co-operative Education Options require participating students to complete at least three (3) 4-month co-op work terms for a total of a minimum of 12 months’ work experience. Each co-op work term is completed with one employer.
Students are required to register in the appropriate co-op work term course and pay the work term fee prior to starting their co-op work term.
Co-operative Education Option students are required to submit a work term report at the end of each co-op work term. These reports are due at times designated by the Science Co-op Office. In order to remain in the Co-operative Education program, a student must obtain a grade of "Pass" for each work term report. The Science Co-op Office will provide students with instructions regarding the content and format requirements of the work term reports.
While on a co-op work term, students are not permitted to take more than six hours of academic credit, and may not take more than one course at a time.
Academic Term Requirements
Coursework requirements of the Co-operative Education Option are equivalent to the coursework requirements of the four-year Major program. For students completing an Honours program, the coursework requirements of the Co-operative Education Option are equivalent to the coursework requirements of the Honours program with the exception of the Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology programs.
Co-operative Education Option students are required to maintain full-time study while registered for an academic term.
To continue in a four year Major Co-operative Education Option, students must maintain a minimum DGPA of 2.50 at each point of assessment; except for students in Psychology where a minimum DGPA of 3.00 must be maintained at each point of assessment. A student’s performance will be evaluated following each academic term. In addition, the student must meet all individual course prerequisites for further study and departmental continuation and graduation requirements. Please see department entries for further information. Continuation in the Major Co-operative Education Option is also contingent upon satisfactory performance during co-op work terms.
To continue in an Honours Co-operative Education Option a student must maintain a minimum DGPA of 3.00 or higher at each point of assessment. A student’s performance will be evaluated following each academic term. In addition, the student must meet all individual course prerequisites for further study and departmental continuation and graduation requirements. Please see department entries for further information. Continuation in the Honours Co-operative Education Option is also contingent upon satisfactory performance during co-op work terms.
Students may be required to withdraw from the Co-operative Education Option for any of the following reasons:
- Failure to maintain the minimum academic requirements of the Faculty of Science and/or Major/Honours program.
- Failure to maintain the minimum credit hour requirements of the academic term in the co-op option.
- Unsatisfactory performance during a co-op work term.
- Failure to submit a co-op work term report or the submitted report does not achieve a “Pass” grade.
- Failure to observe the policies outlined in university governing documents related to Behavioural Policies and Academic Misconduct.
- Having consulted with the Co-op Director and/or Faculty Advisor, in the opinion of the Co-op Coordinator, the student does not possess sufficient ability, skills, aptitude, attitude, diligence or motivation to successfully complete the Co-operative Education Option.
Students who wish to voluntarily withdraw from the Co-operative Education Option must obtain the written approval from their Co-op Coordinator and the Science Co-op Director. Students must submit their withdrawal request to their Co-op Coordinator and receive approval by the withdrawal dates set by the Science Co-op Office for each co-op work term.
Students are not normally permitted to withdraw from the Co-operative Education Option once they have secured a position for their co-op work term; whether the position was obtained through the Science Co-op Office or through students’ own self-directed job search. Enrollment in the applicable co-op course(s) will be maintained and students are responsible for all assessed fees for the duration of the co-op work term and for meeting all academic requirements.
Students who accumulate more than 18 credit hours of failed courses after entering the four-year Major program (regardless of the origin of the grade or if the course has been repeated) will be required to withdraw from the Major Co-op program. Students are also subject to the academic assessment policy found in the Faculty Academic Regulations.
Students who accumulate more than 15 credit hours of failed courses after entering the Honours degree program (regardless of the origin of the grade or if the course has been repeated) will be required to withdraw from the Honours Co-op program. Students required to withdraw from the Honours program may be eligible to pursue the B.Sc. Major program or the B.Sc. General degree program. Students are also subject to the academic assessment policy found in the Faculty Academic Regulations.
Four year Major Co-operative Education Option students who are required to withdraw, or voluntarily revert to an alternative degree program must fulfil all academic requirements of that degree.
Honours Co-operative Education Option students who are required to withdraw or voluntarily revert to an alternative degree program must fulfill all academic requirements of that degree.
- Residence and Written English and Mathematics Requirements
- Course Identification
- Grades and Grade Point Average Calculation
- Academic Evaluation
- Academic Integrity
- Appeals of Grades
- Attendance and Withdrawal
- Deferred and Supplemental Examinations
- Final Examinations
- Hold Status
- Graduation and Convocation
- Personal Information
This chapter contains the regulations and requirements that apply to all students, regardless of faculty or school.
Each faculty and school has its own supplementary regulations and requirements. These are published in the faculty or school chapters of the Academic Calendar. Some faculties and schools also have additional regulations and requirements governing their programs; these are available from the faculty or school.
It is the responsibility of each student to be familiar with the academic regulations and requirements of the University of Manitoba in general and of the specific academic regulations and requirements of their faculty or school of registration. Accordingly, students are asked to seek the advice of advisors in faculty and school general offices whenever there is any question concerning how specific regulations apply to their situations.
Residence Requirements For Graduation
Each faculty and school recommends to the Senate the number of credit hours each student must complete in order to graduate from its programs. Senate also requires each student to complete a minimum number of credit hours at the University of Manitoba -- this is called the “residence requirement.”
Unless otherwise stated in faculty and school chapters, the minimum residence requirement of the University of Manitoba is the work normally associated with one year in the case of programs of three years’ duration, and two years for programs of four years’ duration. Some faculties and schools may have additional residence requirements specified in their program regulations. However, in all cases, the residence requirement is assessed following an appraisal of the educational record of the student applying to transfer credits from another institution or applying to earn credits elsewhere on a letter of permission. The residence requirement is not reduced for students whose “challenge for credit” results in a passing grade.
University English and Mathematics Requirements for Undergraduate Students
All students are required to complete, within the first 60 credit hours of their programs, a minimum of one three credit hour course with significant content in written English, and a minimum of one three credit hour course with significant content in mathematics.
Some degree programs have designated specific written English and mathematics courses to fulfil this requirement.
Price Faculty of Engineering have their own written English requirements.
Some degree programs require that the written English and/or mathematics requirements be completed prior to admission.
See the program descriptions in the faculty and school chapters of the Academic Calendar for details.
Exemptions to the Written English and Mathematics Requirement
- All students with completed baccalaureate degrees and who transfer into any program to which these requirements apply.
- Registered Nurses entering the Bachelor of Nursing Program for Registered Nurses.
- Students admitted before the 1997-98 Regular Session.
- Written English exemption only: Students transferring from Université de Saint-Boniface who have completed a written French requirement (at the university) before transferring to the University of Manitoba will be deemed to have met the written English requirement.
Approved English and Mathematics Courses
A complete list of all courses which satisfy the university written English and mathematics requirement is provided below. (When searching for courses in Aurora, students may search Course Attributes for courses that satisfy the written English and Mathematics requirements).
Note that some programs may restrict the choice of English or Mathematics courses. See the program descriptions in the faculty and school chapters of the Academic Calendar for details.
|AGRI 2030||Technical Communications||3|
|ANTH 2020||Relatedness in a Globalizing World||3|
|ARTS 1110||Introduction to University||3|
|ASIA 1420||Asian Civilizations to 1500 (B)||3|
|ASIA 1430||Asian Civilization from 1500 (B)||3|
|CATH 1190||Introduction to Catholic Studies||3|
|CATH 2010||Literature and Catholic Culture 1||3|
|CATH 2020||Literature and Catholic Culture 2||3|
|CLAS 2612||Greek Literature in Translation||3|
|CLAS 2622||Latin Literature in Translation||3|
|ENGL 0930||English Composition||3|
|ENGL 0940||Writing About Literature||3|
|ENGL 1XXX||All English courses at the 1000 level|
|ENGL 2XXX||All English courses at the 2000 level|
|ENGL 3XXX||All English courses at the 3000 level|
|ENGL 4XXX||All English courses at the 4000 level|
|ENVR 2810||Environmental Critical Thinking and Scientific Research||3|
|FAAH 2930||Writing about Art||3|
|FILM 2280||Film and Literature||6|
|FORS 2000||Introductory Forensic Science||3|
|GEOG 2900||Geography of Canadian Prairie Landscapes (A)||3|
|GEOL 3130||Communication Methods in the Geological Sciences||3|
|GMGT 1010||Business and Society||3|
|GMGT 2010||Business Communications||3|
|GPE 2700||Perspectives on Global Political Economy||3|
|GRMN 1300||Masterpieces of German Literature in English Translation (C)||3|
|GRMN 1310||Love in German Culture in English Translation (C)||3|
|GRMN 2120||Introduction to German Culture from 1918 to the Present (C)||3|
|GRMN 2130||Introduction to German Culture from the Beginnings to 1918 (C)||3|
|GRMN 2500||Special Topics in German in English Translation (C)||3|
|GRMN 2510||German Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm to Hollywood (C)||3|
|GRMN 2520||Spies: Stories of Secret Agents, Treason, and Surveillance (C)||3|
|GRMN 2530||My Friend the Tree: Environment and Ecology in German Culture in English Translation (C)||3|
|GRMN 3262||Representations of the Holocaust in English Translation (C)||3|
|GRMN 3270||Studies in Contemporary German Cinema (C)||3|
|GRMN 3282||Sex, Gender and Cultural Politics in the German-Speaking World in English Translation (C)||3|
|GRMN 3390||German Representations of War (C)||3|
|GRMN 3510||Special Topics in German in English Translation (C)||3|
|GRMN 3530||Special Topics in Comparative German and Slavic Studies (C)||3|
|HIST 1XXX||All History courses at 1000 level|
|HIST 2XXX||All History courses at 2000 level|
|HNSC 2000||Research Methods and Presentation||3|
|INDG 2020||The Métis in Canada||3|
|INDG 2110||Introduction to Indigenous Community Development||3|
|INDG 2530||Introduction to Indigenous Theory||3|
|KPER 2120||Academic Skills in Kinesiology and Recreation Management||3|
|LABR 1260||Working for a Living||3|
|LABR 1290||Introduction to the Canadian Labour Movement||3|
|LABR 2200||Labour History: Canada and Beyond (C)||3|
|LABR 2300||Workers, Employers and the State||3|
|LABR 4510||Labour Studies Field Placement Seminar||3|
|LAW 1540||Legal Methods||5|
|LAW 2650||Introduction to Advocacy||3|
|LING 2740||Interpretation Theory||3|
|PHIL 2612||A Philosophical History of Science||3|
|PHIL 2614||Philosophy of Science||3|
|PHIL 2790||Moral Philosophy||6|
|PHIL 3220||Feminist Philosophy||3|
|POL 1900||Love, Heroes and Patriotism in Contemporary Poland||3|
|POL 2600||Polish Culture until 1918||3|
|POL 2610||Polish Culture 1918 to the Present||3|
|POL 2660||Special Topics in Polish Literature and Culture||3|
|POLS 1502||Introduction to Political Studies||3|
|PSYC 2500||Elements of Ethology||3|
|PSYC 3380||Nature, Nurture and Behaviour||3|
|PSYC 4520||Honours Research Seminar||6|
|RLGN 1440||Evil in World Religions||3|
|RLGN 2032||Introduction to the Study of Religion||3|
|RLGN 2036||Introduction to Christianity||3|
|RLGN 2052||Conservative Christianity in the United States||3|
|RLGN 2112||Medicine, Magic, and Miracle in the Ancient World||3|
|RLGN 2116||Cognitive Science and Religion||3|
|RLGN 2140||Introduction to Judaism||3|
|RLGN 2160||Hebrew Bible (Tanakh/"Old Testament")||3|
|RLGN 2162||Great Jewish Books||3|
|RLGN 2170||Introduction to the New Testament||3|
|RLGN 2222||The Supernatural in Popular Culture||3|
|RLGN 2590||Religion and Social Issues||3|
|RLGN 2770||Contemporary Judaism||3|
|RLGN 3102||Myth and Mythmaking: Narrative, Ideology, Scholarship||3|
|RUSN 1400||Masterpieces of Russian Literature in Translation||3|
|RUSN 1410||Love in Russian Culture in English Translation||3|
|RUSN 2280||Russian Culture until 1900||3|
|RUSN 2290||Russian Culture from 1900 to the Present||3|
|RUSN 2310||Exploring Russia through Film||3|
|RUSN 2410||Russian Literature after Stalin||3|
|RUSN 2600||Special Topics in Russian Culture in English Translation||3|
|RUSN 2740||Literature and Revolution||3|
|SLAV 3530||Special Topics in Comparative German and Slavic Studies||3|
|SOC 3100||Practicum in Criminological/Sociological Research||6|
|SOC 3350||Feminism and Sociological Theory||3|
|UKRN 2200||Ukrainian Myth, Rites and Rituals||3|
|UKRN 2410||Ukrainian Canadian Cultural Experience||3|
|UKRN 2590||Ukrainian Literature and Film||3|
|UKRN 2600||Special Topics in Ukrainian Studies||3|
|UKRN 2770||Ukrainian Culture until 1900||3|
|UKRN 2780||Ukrainian Culture from 1900 to the Present||3|
|UKRN 2820||Holodomor and Holocaust in Ukrainian Literature and Culture||3|
|UKRN 3970||Women and Ukrainian Literature||3|
|WOMN 1500||Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies in the Humanities||3|
|WOMN 1600||Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies in the Social Sciences||3|
|WOMN 2560||Women, Science and Technology||3|
|WOMN 3520||Transnational Feminisms||3|
|AGRI 2400||Experimental Methods in Agricultural and Food Sciences||3|
|ECON 2040||Quantitative Methods in Economics||3|
|FA 1020||Mathematics in Art||3|
|GEOG 3810||Quantitative Research Methods in Geography (TS)||3|
|MATH 1XXX||All Mathematics courses at 1000 level|
|MATH 2XXX||All Mathematics at 2000 level|
|MATH 3XXX||All Mathematics at 3000 level|
|MATH 4XXX||All Mathematics at 4000 level|
|MUSC 3230||Acoustics of Music||3|
|PHIL 1300||Introduction to Logic||3|
|PHIL 2200||Intermediate Logic||3|
|PHYS 1020||General Physics 1||3|
|PHYS 1030||General Physics 2||3|
|PSYC 2260||Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology||3|
|SOC 2294||Understanding Social Statistics||3|
|STAT 1XXX||All Statistics courses at 1000 level|
|STAT 2XXX||All Statistics courses at 2000 level|
|STAT 3XXX||All Statistics courses at 3000 level|
|STAT 4XXX||All Statistics courses at 4000 level|
Credit Hours (Cr.Hrs.)
Each faculty and school develops courses for its degree credit programs, subject to Senate approval, and assigns a credit hour value to each course.
The credit hours for a course are expressed as a number associated with the course which indicates its relative weight. There is a correlation between class hours and credit hours (i.e. 6 credit hours = 3 hours a week, two terms; and 3 credit hours = 3 hours a week, one term).
For the purposes of registration, courses taught over both the Fall and Winter Terms have been divided into two parts. The credit hour value of the course are divided equally and applied to each part of the course. For example: for a six credit hour spanned course each of the Fall and Winter Term parts of the course will be assigned the value of three credit hours. Students registering for term spanning courses will receive one grade for the course and only when the second part is completed. The course grade will be applied to both the Fall and Winter parts of the course.
Prerequisite and Co-requisite Courses
Prerequisite: If a course is prerequisite for a second course, the prerequisite must be met in order to begin the second course. To determine whether or not a course has a prerequisite, see the course descriptions in the chapter of the faculty or school offering the course. Normally, a minimum grade of “C” is required in all courses listed as prerequisites, except as otherwise noted in the course descriptions.
For some courses, the prerequisite may be completed before registering for the second course or may be taken concurrently with the second course. To determine if a course may be taken concurrently, see the course descriptions in the chapter of the faculty or school offering the course.
Co-requisite: If a first course is a co-requisite for a second course, the first course must be completed in the same term as the second course. To determine if a course has a co-requisite, see the course descriptions in the chapter of the faculty or school offering the course.
First Two to Four Characters
The two, three or four characters in every course number are a shortened version of the subject of the course.
Last Four Digits
At the University of Manitoba the last four digits of the course number reflect the level of contact with the subject.
ECON is the code for Economics.
1210 indicates that it is an introductory or entry level course.
If the course requires a laboratory, this will be shown following the credit hours immediately following the title.
BIOL 3242 (lab required)
The 2000, 3000, 4000 course numbers indicate the second, third, and fourth levels of university contact with a subject.
Numbers in the 5000 range are normally associated with pre-Master’s work or courses in the Post Baccalaureate Diploma and the Post-Graduate Medical Education programs.
Courses numbered 6000-8000 are graduate courses of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Course numbers in the 9000 series are used to identify courses taken at the University of Winnipeg by students in the University of Manitoba/University of Winnipeg Joint Master’s Programs. The 9000 numbers do not indicate the level of the course taken (see Graduate Calendar or University of Winnipeg Calendar).
In most cases, some correlation exists between the course number and a student's year of study; that is, students in the third year of a program will generally carry course loads comprised primarily of 3000-level courses.
Other course numbering information
Courses with numbers that end in 0 or an even number are taught in English, most of which are offered on the Fort Garry or Bannatyne campuses or through Distance and Online Education.
Courses with numbers that end in odd numbers are taught in French at Université de Saint-Boniface.
Grades and Grade Point Average Calculation
Final grades in most courses are expressed as letters, ranging from F, to A+ the highest. A grade of D is the lowest passing grade, however the minimum grade required to use a course as credit toward a degree or diploma program may be set higher by a faculty or school. Refer to faculty and school regulations. Each letter grade has an assigned numerical value which is used to calculate grade point averages. Grading scales used to determine the final letter grade may vary between courses and programs.
Some courses are graded on a pass/fail basis and because no numerical value is assigned to these courses, they do not affect grade point averages. Courses graded in this way are clearly identified in course descriptions and program outlines.
The Letter Grade System
|Letter Grade||Grade Point Value||Description|
The grade of “D” is regarded as marginal in most courses by all faculties and schools. It contributes to decreasing a term, degree or cumulative Grade Point Average to less than 2.0. Courses graded “D” may be repeated for the purpose of improving a GPA. Note that some faculties and schools consider a grade of “D” as unacceptable and will not apply the course toward the program as credit. In most cases the course will need to be repeated to attain the acceptable grade. Refer to faculty and school regulations.
The University of Manitoba will report cumulative and term grade point averages for all students through Aurora Student.
Please also refer to the Grade Point Averages Policy found in the University Policies and Procedures..
The quality points for a course are the product of the credit hours for the course and the grade point obtained by the student; e.g., 3 credit hours with a grade of “B” (3.0 points) = 3 credit hours x 3.0 = 9.0 quality points.
Quality Point Total
The quality point total is the sum of quality points accumulated as students proceed through their program of studies.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
The grade point average (GPA) is the quality point total divided by the total number of credit hours.
|Course||Credit Hours||Grade||Grade Points||Quality Points|
Grade point average: 240 Quality Points / 15 Credit Hours = 3.20
Poor Grades and Program Progression
A course in which a “D” standing is obtained may need to be repeated by probationary students in certain faculties or where a minimum grade of “C” is required in a prerequisite subject or to meet degree requirements.
Students in doubt as to the status of their record should consult an advisor in their faculty or school.
For minimum grade levels, especially as they affect progression requirements, see the faculty or school regulations in the Academic Calendar or consult an advisor.
Students qualify for the Honour List (Dean’s, Director’s, University 1) when they achieve qualifying grade point averages, as specified by the faculty/school or program regulations.
In addition, outstanding academic achievement will qualify students for other honours and awards. These include:
- the University Gold Medal, which is awarded at graduation in each faculty or school to the student with the most outstanding academic record;
- program medals, which are awarded by faculties and schools to the best student graduating from a specific program;
- graduation “with distinction”, which is recorded on the transcripts of all students who attain a qualifying grade point average;
- and other medals and prizes that are specific to programs or disciplines.
Methods of Evaluation
Students shall be informed of the method of evaluation to be used in each course, as specified in the Responsibilities of Academic Staff with Regard to Students Policy, found in the University Policies and Procedures.
In departments where a course is offered in more than one section, the department offering the course endeavours to provide instruction so that all sections cover similar topics and that all students achieve a similar level of competency in the topic. However, there will be differences in evaluation as well as in teaching style, readings and assignments from one section to another. Students may contact the department for additional information before registration.
Credit for Term Work
In subjects involving written examinations, laboratories, and term assignments, a student may be required to pass each component separately. If no final examination is scheduled in a course, the student’s final grade will be determined on the basis of the method of evaluation as announced in the first week of lectures.
If credit is not given for term work, the student’s final grade will be determined entirely by the results of the final written examination. Where the final grade is determined from the results of both term work and final examinations, the method of computing the final grade will be as announced within the first week of classes. Should a student write a deferred examination, term grades earned will normally be taken into account as set out in the immediately preceding paragraph.
A course in which a “D” standing is obtained may need to be repeated by probationary students in certain faculties or where a minimum grade of “C” is required in a prerequisite subject or to meet degree requirements.
Elective courses graded “F” may either be repeated or another elective substituted. All electives in a program must be approved by the faculty or school.
Probation and Academic Suspension
Failure to meet minimum levels of performance as specified in the regulations of the faculty or school will result in a student being placed either on probation or academic suspension in accordance with the faculty or school regulations.
A student’s status is determined, following final examinations, at the end of each term (Fall, Winter or Summer terms) or at the end of an academic session as specified in faculty regulations. A student placed on probation is advised to discuss his/her program prior to the next registration with a representative of the dean or director to determine which courses, if any, should be repeated.
A student placed on academic suspension will normally be permitted to apply for re-entry to the faculty or school after one year has elapsed, but reinstatement is not automatic and individual faculty or school regulations must always be consulted.
While on suspension, students are not normally admissible to another faculty or school.
Other Forms of Earning Degree Credit
Letter of Permission for Transfer of Credit
Students in degree programs at this university may take courses at other recognized colleges or universities for transfer of credit provided such courses are approved at least one month prior to the commencement of classes at the other institution by the faculty or school in which they are currently registered. The approval is subject to individual faculty/school regulations and is granted in the form of a Letter of Permission. The student must obtain a Letter of Permission whether or not the course/s being taken are for transfer of credit to the University of Manitoba. Failure to obtain a Letter of Permission may have serious academic implications.
To obtain a Letter of Permission, application must be made to the Registrar’s Office as early as possible and at least one month prior to when required at the other institution.
Each application must be accompanied by the appropriate fee. The fees are for each application and a separate application is required for each session and institution regardless of the number of courses being considered. Students planning to seek permission to take courses elsewhere for transfer of credit to the University of Manitoba are cautioned to check the current Academic Calendar for the residence and degree requirements of the degree programs in which they are enrolled.
Transferred courses will be given assigned credit hour values and grades. The transferred grade will be included in the student's degree and cumulative GPA.
Challenge for Credit
The purpose of Challenge for Credit is to provide students of the university with some means of obtaining academic credit in University of Manitoba courses (not otherwise obtainable as a transfer of credit from other institutions) for practical training and experience, or reading and study previously completed. Students who have registered to challenge would normally not attend classes or laboratories. Courses which have previously been taken at the University of Manitoba may not be challenged for credit.
To be eligible to challenge for credit a student must first be admitted to a faculty or school of the University of Manitoba. Eligible students will be required to demonstrate their competence in the courses which they are challenging for credit. Where formal, written examinations are required, these will be generally scheduled during the regular examination sessions in April/May, June, August, or December.
For information regarding requirements, procedures, applications and fees a student should contact the office of the faculty or school in which the student is enrolled, or in the case of new students, the faculty or school to which the new student has been admitted.
Application of Course Credit when transferring between Programs within the University of Manitoba
When students transfer into program from another faculty or school within the University of Manitoba, some course credits previously earned may be applied to the new program. The credit hour value assigned by the faculty or school that offers the course is used. That is, there can only be one credit weight designated for a course with a particular course number.
With the exception of decisions on admissions or disciplinary matters, all academic appeals from decisions of faculty or school appeals committees at the University of Manitoba or by the Comiteé d’appels at Université de Saint-Boniface shall be heard by the Senate Appeals Committee regardless of the institute of registration of the student concerned.
The complete terms of reference for the Senate Committee on Appeals as well as an Appeal Form may be obtained from the Office of the University Secretary, 312 Administration Building or Student Advocacy/Student Resource Services, 519 University Centre.
The University of Manitoba takes academic integrity seriously. As a member of the International Centre for Academic Integrity, the University defines academic integrity as a commitment to six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility and courage. (International Centre for Academic Integrity, 2014)
To help students understand the expectations of the University of Manitoba, definitions for the types of prohibited behaviours are in the Student Academic Misconduct Procedure and provided below.
"Academic Misconduct" means any conduct that has, or might reasonably be seen to have, an adverse effect on the academic integrity of the University, including but not limited to:
(a) Plagiarism – the presentation or use of information, ideas, images, sentences, findings, etc. as one’s own without appropriate attribution in a written assignment, test or final examination.
(b) Cheating on Quizzes, Tests, or Final Examinations – the circumventing of fair testing procedures or contravention of exam regulations. Such acts may be premeditated/planned or may be unintentional or opportunistic.
(c) Inappropriate Collaboration – when a student and any other person work together on assignments, projects, tests, labs or other work unless authorized by the course instructor.
(d) Duplicate Submission – cheating where a student submits a paper/assignment/test in full or in part, for more than one course without the permission of the course instructor.
(e) Personation – writing an assignment, lab, test, or examination for another student, or the unauthorized use of another person’s signature or identification in order to impersonate someone else. Personation includes both the personator and the person initiating the personation.
(f) Academic Fraud – falsification of data or official documents as well as the falsification of medical or compassionate circumstances/documentation to gain accommodations to complete assignments, tests or examinations.
Note that the above applies to written, visual, and spatial assignments as well as oral presentations.
Over the course of your university studies, you may find yourself in situations that can make the application of these definitions unclear. The University of Manitoba wants to help you be successful, and this includes providing you with the knowledge and tools to support your decisions to act with integrity. There are a number of people and places on campus that will help you understand the rules and how they apply to your academic work. If you have questions or are uncertain about what is expected of you in your courses, you have several options:
- Ask your professor, instructor, or teaching assistant for assistance or clarification.
- Get support from the Academic Learning Centre or Libraries:
- Visit the Academic Integrity site for information and tools to help you understand academic integrity.
- Make an appointment with the Student Advocacy office. This office assists students to understand their rights and responsibilities and provides support to students who have received an allegation of academic misconduct.
Appeals of Grades
Appeal of Term Work
Students may formally appeal a grade received for term work provided that the matter has been discussed with the instructor in the first instance in an attempt to resolve the issue without the need of formal appeal. Term work grades normally may be appealed up to ten (10) working days after the grades for the term work have been made available to the student.
The fee which is charged for each appealed term work grade will be refunded for any grade which is changed as a result of the appeal.
Appeal of Final Grades
Final grades are not released to students who are on “Hold Status”; the deadline for appeal of assigned grades will not be extended for students who were unable to access their final grades due to a hold.
These regulations expand on the Final Grades Procedures found in the University Policies and Procedures.
Attendance at Class and Debarment
Regular attendance is expected of all students in all courses.
An instructor may initiate procedures to debar a student from attending classes and from final examinations and/or from receiving credit where unexcused absences exceed those permitted by the faculty or school regulations.
A student may be debarred from class, laboratories, and examinations by action of the dean/director for persistent non-attendance, failure to produce assignments to the satisfaction of the instructor, and/or unsafe clinical practice or practicum. Students so debarred will have failed that course.
Withdrawal from Courses and Programs
The registration revision period extends two weeks from the first day of classes in both Fall and Winter terms. Courses dropped during this period shall not be regarded as withdrawals and shall not be recorded on official transcripts or student histories. The revision period is prorated for Summer terms and for parts of term.
After the registration revision period ends, voluntary withdrawals (VWs) will be recorded on official transcripts and student histories.
The following dates are deadlines for voluntary withdrawals:
- The Voluntary Withdrawal deadline shall be the 48th teaching day in both Fall and Winter term for those half-courses taught over the whole of each term;
- The Voluntary Withdrawal deadline for full-courses taught over both Fall and Winter term shall be the 48th teaching day of the Winter term; and
- The Voluntary Withdrawal deadline for full-and-half courses taught during Summer terms or during some other special schedule shall be calculated in a similar manner using a pro-rated number of teaching days.
The exact Voluntary Withdrawal dates that apply to courses offered in the current academic session are published in the Academic Schedule.
Subject to the provision of satisfactory documentation to the faculty of registration, Authorized Withdrawals (AWs) may be permitted on medical or compassionate grounds.
Required Withdrawal from Professional Programs
Senate, at the request of some faculties and schools, has approved bylaws granting them the authority to require a student to withdraw on the basis of unsuitability for the practice of the profession to which the program of study leads.
This right may be exercised at any time throughout the academic year or following the results of examinations at the end of every year.
This right to require a student to withdraw prevails notwithstanding any other provisions in the academic regulations of the particular faculty or school regarding eligibility to proceed or repeat.
Where Senate has approved such a bylaw, that fact is indicated in the Academic Calendar chapter for that faculty or school. A copy of the professional unsuitability bylaw may be obtained from the general office of the faculty or school.
These regulations expand on the Deferred and Supplemental Examinations Procedures found in the University Policies and Procedures.
Accepting Standing in Course without Examination
In the event that a student is unable to write a deferred examination as it has been scheduled, a grade may be assigned without examination (please refer to the Deferred and Supplemental Examinations Procedures). A student who accepts standing in a course without examination may not, at a later date, request permission to write a deferred examination in the course.
Supplemental Examinations are offered by some faculties to students who have not achieved the minimum result in required courses.
Students who are granted supplemental privileges are normally required to sit the examination within thirty (30) working days from the end of the examination series in which the supplemental grade was received, unless the progression rules of a faculty or school require the successful completion of an entire academic year before a student is eligible to proceed into the next. In this case, students are obliged to sit the examination at the next ensuing examination period.
These regulations expand on the Final Examinations and Final Grades Policy and Procedures found in the University Policies and Procedures.
General Examination Regulations
Students (with the exception of students auditing courses) are required to write all final examinations. Those who absent themselves without an acceptable reason will receive a grade classification of “NP” (No Paper) accompanied by a letter grade based on term work completed, using a zero value for incomplete term work and for the final examination. If no credit for term work is involved, a grade of “F” will be assigned. Under certain conditions a student may apply for a deferred examination; see Deferred and Supplemental Examinations.
For most faculties, schools and colleges, final examinations are normally conducted in December for Fall Term courses; in April/May for Winter Term and Fall/Winter Term spanned courses; and in August for Distance and Online Education Summer Term courses. Exact dates for the exam period can be found in the Academic Schedule.
The Schedule of Final Exams for Fall and Winter is made available by the Registrar’s Office approximately one month after the beginning of the term. This schedule is made available on the Registrar’s Office Website and includes finalized dates and times for each exam. Exam locations are added to the schedule at a later date. Summer Term courses, final exam details will be made available at the time of registration.
Students must remain available until all examination and test obligations have been fulfilled. Travel plans are not an acceptable reason for missing an exam.
A student who arranges for another individual to undertake or write any nature of examination for and on his/her behalf, as well as the individual who undertakes or writes the examination, will be subject to discipline under the university’s Student Discipline Bylaw, which could lead to suspension or expulsion from the university. In addition, the Canadian Criminal Code treats the personation of a candidate at a competitive or qualifying examination held at a university as an offence punishable by summary conviction.
More details about being on Hold can be found online on the Registrar's Office website.
Students will be placed on "Hold Status" if they incur any type of outstanding obligation (either financial or otherwise) to the university or its associated faculties, schools, colleges or administrative units.
Some typical reasons for holds are:
- Program/course selection must be approved
- U1 student must transit into the Faculty of Arts or Science
- Required Major, Minor and/or Concentration declaration
- Transcripts or documents required from other institutions
- Unpaid tuition and/or other university fees
- Outstanding library books and/or fines
- Parking fines
- Pending disciplinary action
Depending on the reason for the hold, limited or no administrative or academic services will be provided to students on Hold Status until the specific obligations have been met.
Students must clear their holds prior to registration by contacting the appropriate office. Students with outstanding financial obligations to the university will not be permitted to register again until the hold has been cleared or permission to register has been obtained from the Office of the Vice-President (Administration).
Advisor and Program Holds
Students enroled in some programs are required to discuss their course selections and program status with an advisor prior to registration. Advisor and Program Holds normally only restrict registration activity; other administrative services remain available.
Students can verify whether their program requires consultation with an advisor by checking their faculty/school section of the Academic Calendar, or by viewing their Registration Time and Status in Aurora.
Graduation and Convocation
Students may graduate from the University of Manitoba in May/June, October, and February of each year. (Convocation ceremonies are held in May/June and October only).
Students are eligible to graduate when they have completed all of the requirements for their degree program in accordance with the regulations described in the chapter General Academic Regulations and the regulations available from the general offices of their faculties and schools.
It is the responsibility of each student to be familiar with the graduation requirements of the program in which they are enrolled. Consultation with academic advisors is advised to ensure that graduation requirements are met.
Please refer to the Registrar’s Office website for Frequently asked Questions about Graduation and Convocation.
Application for Graduation
Every candidate for a degree, diploma or certificate must make formal application at the beginning of the session in which he/she expects to complete graduation requirements.
Application is to be made through Aurora Student. (Log into Aurora Student; click Enrolment and Academic Records, then Declarations, then Declare Graduation Date.)
Changing a Graduation Date
If you need to change your graduation date after you have made your declaration, you must contact the general office of your faculty, college, or school as soon as possible.
Receipt of Information about Graduation
After you have declared your graduation, you will be sent a series of e-mails to your University e-mail account, requesting you to verify your full legal name, asking you about your attendance at convocation, providing convocation information, and so on. It is imperative that you activate your University of Manitoba email account and check it regularly.
Convocation ceremonies are held in May/June and October of each year.
February graduates are invited to attend the May/June ceremonies.
Graduating students are encouraged to attend with their families and friends because it is the one ceremonial occasion that marks the successful conclusion of their program of studies.
Graduates who wish to attend Convocation, verify their attendance at the Convocation ceremony by reserving their academic attire through the University approved supplier.
Students who, for any reason, do not attend Convocation will receive their degrees in absentia.
The Registrar’s Office will hold unclaimed parchments for a maximum of twelve months after graduation when any unclaimed parchments will be destroyed. These will include those not given at Convocation, those that were to be picked up in person but not claimed, those that were mailed but returned to the Registrar’s Office by the postal outlet or courier depot, those that were not issued due to a financial hold on a student’s records, and those that were reprinted immediately after convocation due to corrections.
It is critical that you update your address, phone number and email through Aurora whenever changes occur. Note that any changes made with the Alumni Association are not reflected in your University of Manitoba student records.
If you do not receive your parchment, it is your responsibility to follow up with the Registrar’s Office within a twelve-month period. Any requests for parchments after this time will be processed as replacements; there is a fee charged for replacement parchments.
Students are responsible for making arrangements to reserve their academic attire through the University approved supplier. Rental fees apply. Details will be provided via e-mail once Convocation planning begins.
Information on Convocation may be found on the Graduation/Convocation website.
In order to receive University mail, it is essential that you to provide the Registrar’s Office with your current address. All mail will be directed to the address you provide. You may change your mailing address and phone number by accessing Aurora Student and then selecting Personal Information.
Change of Name
If you have changed your name since you were first admitted or if the name on your record is incomplete or inaccurate, official evidence of the name change or correction must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office along with a completed Request for Change of Name form. The University of Manitoba uses your full legal name on its records, transcripts, and graduation documents (a full legal name, for example, includes all names on your birth certificate - first, middle, and last - or on your study permit). Abbreviated names, Anglicized names, or initials should not be used unless they have been proven with appropriate documentation.