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Faculty of Science Regulations


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Faculty Overview

The Faculty of Science offers degrees in Applied Mathematics, Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences  (Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology; Integrative Physiology; and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology), Chemistry, Cell Biology, Computing Science, Computing Science with Business Minor, Environmental Earth Sciences, Geology, Geophysics, Immunology and Infection, Mathematical Physics, Mathematics, Mathematics (Computational Science) Mathematics and Economics, Mathematics and Finance, Neuroscience, Paleontology, Pharmacology, Physics, Physiology, Psychology, and Statistics.

A Business Minor, an Arts Minor, a Native Studies Minor, and an Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences minor are available in the BSc General program.

A Science Internship Program (SIP) is available to Faculty of Science BSc students to enhance their studies and provide relevant work experience. Students must complete an 8-, 12- or 16- month work experience term at the end of their third year to receive SIP designation on their degree parchment. For more details, please see Science Internship Program.

Degrees

The Faculty offers three programs leading to the Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree: Honors, Specialization, and General.

The Faculty also offers a Bachelor of Science with Specialization in Science Education which is part of a five year BSc/BEd combined degrees program.

The four-year Honors programs are primarily for students who seek careers in scientific research. In addition, they prepare students for admission to graduate school, leading to a Master of Science (MSc) or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.

The four-year Specialization programs do not concentrate on one subject to the same extent as the Honors programs. This allows students to choose from a broader range of courses and to take a greater number of courses in a secondary area of interest. They can provide the background necessary for admission to graduate schools, in some cases, and permit attainment of professional status in others.

The four-year General program provides a general education with a scientific emphasis for students who seek careers in business, teaching, medicine, dentistry, etc.

In many cases, transfer from one degree program to another can be easily arranged to suit students’ changing ambitions, needs, or academic qualifications.

Regulations governing the Honors, Specialization, and General degree programs are found in Programs , followed by descriptions of each degree program under the subject headings.

Admission

General admission requirements for the University are set out in Programs of Study  and General Undergraduate Admission Requirements . Specific admission information for the Faculty of Science is detailed in Faculty of Science Admission Requirements .

Note: The Bachelor of Science degree framework has undergone a major renewal. Starting Fall 2024 students will choose from two pathways, BSc (Major) versus BSc (Honors). Admission to the General and Specialization programs will be suspended effective Fall 2024. Please see Faculty of Science Admission Requirements  for information regarding admission into the new Bachelor of Science degree program.

Transfer Credit

In determining the AGPA of any applicant, all attempted courses are deemed ‘transferable’ if they are transferable to the University of Alberta.

Transfer credit will be given for university transferable coursework with a minimum grade of C- as applicable to the applicant’s degree program in the Faculty of Science. If an applicant has repeated a course in which they previously obtained a passing grade at any institution, the repeated instance is not considered for transfer credit.

Credit by Special Assessment

A student who has completed systematic studies equivalent to a 100- or 200-level course that would be eligible for credit in the Faculty of Science may apply for credit by special assessment. Certain IB and AP courses or completion of online courses, for instance, may qualify a student for consideration for credit by special assessment. The application process is initiated through the department offering the course. The department may require the student to write a regular final examination covering the material of the course being assessed. With the exception of students who are eligible for consideration as a result of having completed IB and AP courses [see Applicants from International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum  and Applicants from Advanced Placement (AP) Curriculum  ], credit by special assessment is normally not available in laboratory courses. A fee for credit by special assessment will be levied by the Office of the Registrar except in the case of IB and AP courses. Credit by Special Assessment is not offered in courses in which a student has previously received a failing grade. See Credit by Special Assessment  for further information.

Definitions

The following terms, definitions, and abbreviations are used throughout this section of the Calendar. Also see the Calendar’s Glossary .

  1. Approved Option
    In the Faculty of Science section, the term “approved option” appears only within the description of Honors and Specialization programs. For students registered in an Honors or Specialization BSc program, an “approved option” is a course (from Arts, Science, or another Faculty) approved in writing by the department directing the student’s program.
    General program students interested in taking courses from Faculties other than Arts or Science should see Selection of Courses.
  2. Arts Option
    Those courses offered by the Faculty of Arts for which the student is eligible, Christian Theology courses and Native Studies courses listed in Course Listings . Note: Students registered in the Faculty of Science may not take SOC 210 , SOC 315  for degree credit.
  3. Courses Attempted
    Refers to university or university transfer courses completed with a final grade and excludes courses from which a student has withdrawn with permission.
  4. Courses Successfully Completed
    Refers to university courses with a final grade of D or higher.
  5. Course Weight
    A unit of course weight indicates the instructional credit assigned to a course. Units of course weight form a part of the degree requirements and are also used to calculate a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA).
  6. Fall/Winter
    The instructional period of September to April.
  7. Two-term Course
    A two-term course is a single course worth 6 units of course weight.
  8. Term
    The instructional periods from September to December (Fall) and January to April (Winter). In Spring/Summer, the instructional periods of May/June (Spring) and July/August (Summer).
  9. Single-term Course
    A single-term course is a single course worth 3 units of course weight.
  10. Junior Courses
    Those courses numbered 199 or lower.
  11. Normal Course Load
    A normal, full academic course load is 30 units of course weight during Fall/Winter.
  12. Option
    The term “option” where it appears in programs means a course chosen by the student from offerings by the Faculties of Arts or Science if the necessary prerequisites have been met.
  13. Outside Option
    Those courses offered by Faculties not including the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Arts.
  14. Science Option
    Those courses offered by the Faculty of Science for which the student is eligible. Note: Not all courses offered by the Faculty of Science are available to students registered in the Faculty of Science.
  15. Spring/Summer
    The instructional periods of May/June (Spring Term) and July/August (Summer Term).
  16. Year of Program
    Year of program, as referred to throughout the Science section, is defined below. Students who are applying to, or continuing in, the Faculty of Science are considered to be in
    1. Year 1 if they have successfully completed up to 29 units of course weight of their degree program;
    2. Year 2 if they have successfully completed between 30 and 59 units of course weight of their degree program;
    3. Year 3 if they have successfully completed between 60 and 89 units of course weight of their degree program;
    4. Year 4 if they have successfully completed at least 90 units of course weight of their degree program.

Academic Standing

  1. Academic standing is used to determine the eligibility of students to continue or graduate from their programs. The academic standing of all students in the Faculty of Science is assessed annually on the basis of the Grade Point Average (GPA) calculated on all coursework attempted in the Fall/Winter. Spring and Summer work is not included. The assessment of students in BSc Specialization and BSc Honors programs also takes into consideration the minimum course load requirements of the particular program, as well as any specific grade or GPA requirements.
    For students not in their final Fall/Winter in the BSc General program, the Faculty may defer the assessment of academic standing for one Fall/Winter for students who attempt less than 9 units of course weight. In such cases, the academic standing assigned at the last assessment remains in effect until the conclusion of the next Fall/Winter.
  2. Academic Standing Assessment
    1. First Class Standing, also referred to as the Dean’s Honor Roll, is assigned to students who successfully complete at least 24 units of course weight and achieve a minimum 3.5 GPA. First class standing is also assigned to students who, as a result of participation in Education Abroad or SIP Work Experience, attend only one term of a Fall/Winter and successfully complete at least 12 units of course weight with a minimum 3.5 GPA.
    2. Satisfactory Standing is assigned to students in the BSc General program who achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0. Satisfactory standing is assigned to students in BSc Specialization and BSc Honors programs who meet the minimum continuation requirements for their program, including Fall/Winter GPA, course load and any course specific grade or GPA requirements. (Refer to the specific sections covering each BSc Specialization and BSc Honors program in Bachelor of Science Specialization  to Bachelor of Science Honors )
      Students in satisfactory standing may continue in, and when requirements met, graduate from, their programs.
    3. Marginal Standing is assigned to students with a GPA between 1.7 and 1.9 on a minimum 9 units of course weight attempted. Students meeting these criteria who do not have in their postsecondary education a prior requirement to withdraw, an academic warning, a probation period or their equivalents may be permitted to continue on academic warning in the BSc General program. Students in BSc Honors and BSc Specialization programs who meet the criteria for marginal standing may not continue in their current programs, but must apply to transfer to the BSc General program in order to continue on academic warning.
      To clear academic warning and return to satisfactory standing, students must attend the subsequent Fall/Winter and must obtain a minimum 2.0 GPA. Students who fail academic warning are required to withdraw.

      Students who have been placed on academic warning and wish to interrupt their studies must obtain the written permission of the Associate Dean, Undergraduate prior to August 15 of the year in which marginal standing was assigned. Students who interrupt their studies without permission will need to requalify in order to be considered for future readmission (see Requalify).
      Academic warning may be offered once only. To remain in satisfactory standing students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in all subsequent Fall/Winters. Students with a GPA below 2.0 and who have in their postsecondary education a prior requirement to withdraw, an academic warning, a probation period or their equivalents are required to withdraw.
      Academic warning is not offered to Special Students or to students in BSc Specialization and Honors After Degree programs who are upgrading a previous degree with a major in the same discipline. Students in these programs with marginal standing will be required to withdraw.
    4. Unsatisfactory Standing is assigned to students whose GPA on a minimum 9 units of course weight is below 1.7. It is also assigned to students with a GPA below 2.0 who have in their postsecondary education a prior requirement to withdraw, an academic warning, a probation period or their equivalents. Students with unsatisfactory standing are required to withdraw.
      Students with two or more prior requirements to withdraw or equivalents are not eligible to continue in the Faculty of Science and do not have the option to appeal.
  3. Requirement to Withdraw and Readmission
    Students who are required to withdraw cannot continue or register in subsequent terms beyond Spring. If they wish to continue studies in the Faculty of Science, they must choose one of the following mutually exclusive options. Admission to the Faculty of Science is competitive. The number of readmissions to the Faculty is limited. Presentation of the minimum admissions requirements does not assure admission.
    1. Fresh Start Program: is available by recommendation of the Faculty to students whose GPA is between 1. 3 and 1.6 and have taken less than 60 units of course weight of postsecondary work. Students who have been on probation or have more than one requirement to withdraw or their equivalents, or who have been sanctioned for any academic-related disciplinary offence at this University or elsewhere are not eligible for the Fresh Start program. A minimum of 24 units of course weight with a competitive AGPA must be successfully completed in the Fresh Start program to be considered for readmission to the Faculty of Science. The Faculty may also specify course requirements to be fulfilled. Students who successfully complete the Fresh Start program may apply for readmission as transfer students (see Postsecondary Transfer Students ).
    2. Discontinue Studies and Apply for Fall Readmission: Students in the Faculty of Science who are being required to withdraw for the first time in their academic record may elect to discontinue studies for a minimum period of one year and then apply for Fall readmission. Should any coursework be attempted at any institution during this period, the grades may be taken into consideration for readmission purposes, but transfer credit will not be granted.
      Students in the Faculty of Science who have failed probation or been twice required to withdraw or equivalent by Faculty of Science standards may discontinue their studies for a period of five years from the date of last attendance and seek consideration for Fall readmission by writing a letter of petition to the Associate Dean, Undergraduate. Readmission, if offered, will be on probation, subject to conditions specified by the Associate Dean, Undergraduate.
      Students who have been required to withdraw three times or equivalent are ineligible for readmission to the Faculty of Science.
    3. Requalify: Students who are being required to withdraw for the first time in their academic record may elect to requalify by taking further postsecondary work. Subsequent to having been required to withdraw, such applicants must present 24 units of course weight transferable to the University of Alberta with a competitive AGPA to be considered for admission or readmission.
  4. Probation Probation is granted to Faculty of Science students who are required to withdraw and successfully appeal or to Faculty of Science students who are readmitted after studies were discontinued for academic reasons. Probation is completed in the BSc General program. When placed on probation, a student must fulfill specific conditions specified by the Associate Dean, Undergraduate at the time of readmission. To clear probation and return to satisfactory standing, students must normally successfully complete a minimum of 24 units of course weight during the Fall/Winter, obtain a minimum 2.0 GPA, and successfully fulfill all other conditions of the probation. Students who fail to satisfy any of the conditions fail Probation, and are required to withdraw without the option of appeal. Students who fail a second period on probation are ineligible for readmission to the Faculty of Science.

Scholarship, First-Class Standing

  1. Scholarship
    The basis for scholarship consideration is passing grades in all courses on load of at least 30 units of course weight.
  2. First-Class Standing
    First-class standing in a given Fall/Winter is awarded to any student who obtains a GPA of not less than 3.5 and successfully completes a minimum of 24 units of course weight during that Fall/Winter. Students who attend only one term of Fall/Winter as a result of enrolment in ABROD, EXCH or WKEXP are eligible if they successfully complete at least 12 units of course weight with a minimum GPA of 3.5. This is also referred to as the Dean’s Honor Roll.

Graduation Year

Students who have completed 120 units of course weight or more and who have either not applied to graduate, or who have applied but have not met graduation requirements, are permitted to register only in those courses necessary to complete their current program as quickly as possible. Such students must have the written approval of the Associate Dean of Science for every course beyond 120 units of course weight in which they register. Students in Honors or Specialization programs must also have the written approval of their Departmental Advisor.

Reexamination

Reexaminations are not normally permitted in the Faculty of Science. Students seeking a reexamination for a course offered by the Faculty of Science must, in addition to meeting the requirements set out in Reexaminations , also meet the following conditions:

  1. Students must provide evidence of a medical condition or similarly compelling circumstance existing at the time of the writing of the final examination; and
  2. provide evidence that the student’s performance in the final examination was so affected by circumstances as shown in (1) that there was a substantial difference between the final examination results and the term work; and
  3. excluding the final exam, must have completed at least one-half of the term work.

Note: Registrants in BSc degree programs in the Faculty of Science who fail to meet the graduation requirements may be granted a reexamination in one passed or failed Science course taken in the final Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer (last 30 units of course weight or less) provided the maximum number of reexaminations (12 units) has not been previously taken. Such courses must qualify for reexamination, according to Reexaminations .

Courses

  1. Selection of Courses
    Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with program requirements and limitations as specified in the Calendar, for ensuring their programs are properly planned in accordance with degree specifications, and for the completeness and accuracy of their registration. Please read the Calendar carefully before registering in courses, and if you are in doubt about any regulations pertaining to your program, consult the Faculty of Science Office (1-001 CCIS) for clarification.
    Students registered in the Faculty of Science must complete Science courses and Arts courses as specified by their program. Students may also take courses from other Faculties, but must adhere to the program-imposed limits for such Outside options. Note: Anatomy courses are offered by the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and are considered Outside options.
  2. Selection of First-Year Courses
    Beginning first-year students who have completed no credits toward their programs normally restrict their registration to junior courses. First year students contemplating taking senior level courses should be careful to ensure that they have completed any prerequisites.
  3. Withdrawal from Courses
    Courses from which the student withdraws up to and including the last day for registration in the Fall and Winter Terms will not appear on the student’s record. Courses from which the student withdraws after the last day of registration and up to the withdrawal deadline will appear with a grade of “W” (Withdrew with permission) on the transcript.
    Deadlines for withdrawing from courses are listed in Academic Schedule .
  4. Prerequisites
    Courses with prerequisites may only be used for degree credit if the prerequisite requirements are met.
    A grade of D is the minimum grade acceptable in a course which is to be used as a prerequisite.
    Where a prerequisite is stated, it is understood that equivalent courses may be used to satisfy the requirement. In addition, the department offering a course with prerequisite requirements may waive the prerequisite in writing. (Prerequisite waiver forms are available from the Faculty of Science office and the Department offices).
    Students who are unsure if they meet the prerequisite requirements in a course, or who wish to obtain permission to have a prerequisite waived, should consult the department offering the course.
  5. Repeating Courses
    No student will be permitted to repeat any University course, whether a failed course or a course having a grade of W, more than once except for reasons deemed sufficient by the Council of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled. For Science students, the Faculty will withhold credit or indicate the course is extra to degree on any course that contravenes this regulation.
    Normally, a student will not be permitted to repeat a course in which a grade of D or more has been received.
    Only two exceptions are permitted, and each requires written approval of the Dean or designee:
    1. When a higher grade is necessary for a course that is required in the student’s current degree program.
    2. When a student in Satisfactory Standing in the last year of a degree program repeats one course to raise the GPA to the level required by the degree program
      A student who repeats a course in which a grade of D or more has been received, without written permission of the Faculty of Science, will have the grade attained on the initial passing of the course used for the purpose of meeting degree requirements, and no credit will be assigned to the repeated course.
  6. Course Load Limits
    Students are limited to 15 units in each of Fall and Winter terms and 6 units in each of Spring and Summer terms. When a student wishes to go beyond these limits, written approval is required from the Faculty of Science. Approval is contingent on having obtained a GPA of at least 3.0 on a course load of 30 units in the previous Fall/Winter at the University of Alberta.

Internal Changes to Program and/or Subject Area

Note: This section pertains only to the new Bachelor of Science degree programs coming into effect Fall 2024. To preview the new program requirements, please see Bachelor of Science (Major and Honors) - Effective Fall 2024 .

This section applies to students currently registered in the Faculty of Science. Students not currently registered in the Faculty of Science should see Faculty of Science Admission Requirements .

Declaration of and changes to a student’s Major, Honors and/or Minor subject area are considered once a year. Students must submit a Statement of Major/Honors/Minor Form via SciForms by March 1. If approved, the change in program/subject area will come into effect the Fall term of the same calendar year.

Declaring/Changing Major/Honors Subject Area

Students whose Major/Honors subject area is Undeclared must declare their Major/Honors subject area prior to accumulating 60 units towards their program. However, it is to a student’s advantage to declare their subject area as soon as possible.

Changing a Major subject area or an Honors subject area, or changing from a Major subject area to an Honors subject area (or vice versa), is not normally permitted once 90 units have been accumulated toward the degree program.

See Minimum Grade Point Averages and Additional Criteria  for eligibility.

Notes:

  1. Certain Major/Honors subject areas are under enrolment management and therefore are competitive. Presentation of the minimum GPA does not guarantee acceptance into these subject areas.
  2. Acceptance to the Honors Planning or Honors Psychology subject area is contingent upon securing a research supervisor by June 15. Students planning to declare or change to the Honors Planning or Honors Psychology subject area should contact the respective department.

Declaring/Changing/Undeclaring Minor Subject Area

Students choosing to complete a Minor are not normally permitted to declare or change their Minor subject area after having accumulated 90 units towards their program. Students may undeclare their Minor prior to graduation.

  • Minor in Business
    The Minor in Business requires at least one year of study and is competitive. To be considered for the Minor in Business, students must present:
    • An AGPA of at least 2.3 and
    • An average of at least 2.3 on the following courses, which must have been successfully completed:
      • 6 units in junior ENGL or 3 units in junior ENGL and 3 units in junior WRS
      • ECON 101  and ECON 102  
      • One of MATH 117 , MATH 134 , MATH 144  or MATH 154  
      • 3 units in additional Mathematical Sciences (Mathematics, Computing Science, or Statistics)
      • 6 units chosen from Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Physics or Science Psychology.

In ranking students to meet the quota, 40% weight is given to the student’s AGPA and 60% weight to the student’s average on the required courses listed above. If a student has repeated a course, the first passing grade is used to calculate the student’s ranking. This ranking is normally completed at the end of Year 1, and preference is given to students who request the Minor in Business at that point in their program. With the exception of ECON 101 , students who do not have all the required prerequisites noted, but who have a competitive GPA, may make up any course deficiencies during the first Fall/Winter after being allowed into the Minor in Business.

Graduation

  1. Application for Graduation
    Students must be in satisfactory standing in their program (i.e., meet the continuation requirements in their final Fall/Winter) in order to graduate. Students who intend to receive a BSc (General, Specialization, or Honors) Degree must apply for the Degree on Bear Tracks by February 1 for Spring Convocation or by September 1 for Fall Convocation. If degree requirements have been met and the student has not applied to graduate, the Faculty may apply on their behalf. All official transcripts from other postsecondary institutions are due by May 1 for Spring Convocation or by October 1 for Fall Convocation.
    Students who intend to apply for admission to an alternate degree program in the Faculty of Science for convocation purposes only must meet all of the admission, continuation, residency and graduation criteria for that BSc program.
  2. Degree Requirements
    All BSc Degrees require a minimum of 120 units of course weight. Courses with weights of 0 units are offered for credit only, and, although they may be required in specific degree programs, cannot be used to meet the minimum units of course weight requirement in any degree program.
  3. Convocation
    All requirements for graduation at Spring Convocation must be met by the end of Fall/Winter. Those completing degree requirements during Spring/Summer will graduate at the Fall Convocation.
  4. First-Class Honors
    First-Class Honors Degrees are awarded to any student in an Honors program who obtained a GPA of at least 3.5 and no failing grades on the last 60 units of course weight, excluding courses declared extra-to-degree. If determination of the last 60 units of course weight requires consideration of one or more courses from a given term then all work from that term is included in the calculation for the purposes of qualifying for First-Class Honors. Normally, only U of A courses will be used in the calculation of the GPA for the last 60 units of course weight of the program.
  5. With Distinction
    Degrees With Distinction are awarded to any student in a General or Specialization program who obtained a GPA of at least 3.5 and no failing grades on the last 60 units of course weight, excluding courses declared extra-to-degree.
    If determination of the last 60 units of course weight requires consideration of one or more courses from a given term then all work from that term is included in the calculation for the purposes of qualifying for With Distinction. Normally, only U of A courses will be used in the calculation of the GPA for the last 60 units of course weight of the program.
    Further regulations regarding academic standing, promotion, and graduation vary from program to program within the Faculty of Science, and are therefore given in Programs  below. Regulations for Honors, Specialization, and General programs are found in Faculty of Science .

Appeals and Grievances

A copy of Faculty of Science regulations regarding appeals on grades, academic standing and practicum intervention may be obtained from the Faculty of Science Student Services Office (1-001 CCIS) and on the Faculty of Science website. Certain academic standing decisions made by the Faculty Academic Appeals Committee may be appealed to the General Faculties Council Academic Appeals Committee. Appeals of decisions made by the Faculty Practice Review Committee may be appealed to the General Faculties Council Practice Review Board. See Appeals and Grievances .

Note: Deadlines exist for submission of appeals and are described in the appeals policy document.

Visiting Student Status

Permission to attend another institution as a Visiting Student depends on the student remaining in good academic standing in the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta.

A student while registered in the Faculty of Science cannot attend two postsecondary institutions at the same time and will not receive permission to register as a Visiting Student at another institution if the equivalent course is given on campus in the same term, except in the case of formal exchange programs. Transfer credits will not be awarded if a student attends another postsecondary institution without first obtaining a current Letter of Permission from the Faculty of Science.

Study Abroad

The Faculty of Science encourages all full-time students who have completed at least 15 units of course weight at the University of Alberta, who are in satisfactory standing in their program with a CGPA of at least 2.5 and have a GPA of at least 2.7 in their most recently completed term, to consider a period of study abroad. This program is administered by University of Alberta International and details of this competitive program can be found on the University of Alberta International website.

Where possible, credit for courses successfully completed in study abroad programs will be granted transfer credit by the Faculty of Science. However, there may be courses required in a program where there is no substitute available elsewhere. Thus a period of study abroad may extend the time required to complete a BSc degree. Science students should maintain satisfactory standing during study abroad however they will not be held to the course load and GPA expectations of their individual programs. The thesis-based independent research project required in many honors programs must be completed at the University of Alberta.

Science Internship Program

The Science Internship Program (SIP) offers science undergraduate students work experience opportunities in addition to their academic courses.

To be eligible to register in this program a student must:

  1. Have successfully completed a minimum of 48 units of course weight, and not more than 105 units of course weight, of a Science General, Honors or Specialization degree program with a declared major.
  2. Be in good standing and have a minimum 2.3 GPA in the previous Fall/Winter Terms.

Students accepted into the program will receive access to approved position descriptions from employers wishing to hire SIP students. Employers are responsible for interviewing and selecting students for the positions. The internship may begin in May, September or January and must be of at least 8 months duration, but may extend to up to 16 months.

Students are limited to one 8 (may consist of two separate 4 month placements), 12 (continuous) or 16 (continuous) month internship placement during their undergraduate degree. Work during the internship period is full time, for which the student is paid by the employer at competitive rates. The student, employer and the Faculty must agree to terms of the internship. During the period of the internship, the student registers in a work experience (WKEXP) course each term and is considered a full-time student at the University of Alberta. All students must register in a minimum of two WKEXP courses that have associated fees.

To successfully complete the SIP, students must complete a minimum of eight months of the following WKEXP courses: WKEXP 955 , WKEXP 956 , WKEXP 957  and WKEXP 958 . An eight month placement may be comprised of two four month placements. Students who have completed one four month WKEXP and are not able to secure a second will receive acknowledgment of one WKEXP course on their transcript but will not receive the SIP designation. The ultimate responsibility for securing work rests with the student and there is no guarantee that all qualified students will be placed.

Work experience courses are assigned no units of course weight and are graded credit/no credit. Grades are determined by the student’s job performance as evaluated by the employer, and/or by the successful completion of assignments as assigned by the Faculty or designate.

The Science Internship Program Coordinator maintains contact at approximately four-month intervals with the student and the person designated by the employer to be responsible for the student’s progress. During this time if the student’s performance is not satisfactory as evaluated by the employer, the internship may be terminated and the student would then return to classes at the next available opportunity. Following completion of the work experience students return to the university to complete their degree program of studies.

Students should be aware that under the Protection for Persons in Care Act, all new employees, volunteers and other people engaged for services by designated agencies (hospitals, nursing homes, lodges, group homes, etc.) must complete a Police Information Check (also known as a Criminal Record Check, Security Clearance Check, or Police Clearance), which must include a Vulnerable Sector Check. In addition, certain other agencies, organizations, and educational facilities may require students to present a Police Information Check prior to entering a practicum, work placement term, internship, or field experience placement. Students who have concerns related to their ability to provide a clear Police Information Check should consult with the Associate Dean, Undergraduate. Students will be informed of the need for a Police Information Check prior to specific practicum (field experience) placement. See Requirement for Police Information Checks for more information on the general requirements concerning Police Information Checks and the fees associated with them.

Detailed information about the Science Internship Program is available at uab.ca/ScienceInternship.

Science After Degrees

  1. All of the admission, program, academic standing and graduation standards that apply to a regular Bachelor of Science degree also apply to After Degree programs, except as noted in Graduation Year.
  2. All students in After Degree programs must follow the program to which they have been admitted and must demonstrate progress towards completion of the degree in each Fall/Winter (see Graduation Year).
  3. To complete an After Degree, a minimum 30 units of course weight will be required if the student holds a BSc degree from the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta, and a minimum of 60 units of course weight will be required if the student holds an undergraduate degree from another Faculty or University. The actual number of credits required to complete an After Degree is dependent on the coursework that was completed prior to the After Degree program and will be determined at the time of admission.
  4. In a BSc General After Degree program, students with a previous BSc General degree from the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta must complete a minimum of 9 senior units of course weight in their major and a minimum of 6 senior units of course weight in their minor while registered in the After Degree program. Students holding a degree from outside the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta must complete a minimum of 18 senior units of course weight in their major and a minimum of 12 senior units of course weight in their minor while registered in the After Degree program.
  5. In a BSc Specialization or BSc Honors After Degree program, students with a previous undergraduate degree from the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta must complete a minimum of 15 senior units of course weight in the area of concentration of the new degree while registered in the After Degree program. Students holding a degree from outside the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta must complete a minimum of 24 units of course weight in the area of concentration of the new degree while registered in the After Degree program.