Fall 2015 – Summer 2016
All required and complementary courses used to fulfil program requirements, including the Freshman program, must be completed with a grade of C or better. If you fail to obtain a satisfactory grade in a required course, you must either pass the supplemental examination in the course or do additional work for a supplemental grade, if these options are available, or repeat the course. Course substitution will be allowed only in special cases; students should consult their academic adviser.
Normally, you are permitted to repeat a failed course only once. (Failure is considered to be a grade of less than C or the administrative failures of J and KF.) If a required course is failed a second time, you must appeal to the Director of Advising Services, Science, for permission to take the course a third time. If permission is denied by the Director of Advising Services and/or by the Committee on Student Standing of the Faculty of Science, on appeal, you must withdraw from the program. If the failed course is a complementary course required by the program, you may choose to replace it with another appropriate complementary course. If you choose to substitute another complementary course for a complementary course in which a D was received, credit for the first course will still be given, but as an elective. If you repeat a required course in which a D was received, credit will be given only once.
The B.A. & Sc. degree includes a required integrative course (BASC 201, 3 credits), plus electives (10–15 credits).
For a list of all programs available to B.A. & Sc. students, and full details of the course requirements for all programs as well as the locations of departmental advisory offices, program directors, and telephone numbers for further information, see Overview of Programs Offered.
You will not receive additional credit toward your degree for any course for which you have already received credit at McGill, CEGEP, at another university, or as a result of Advanced Placement, Advanced Level, International Baccalaureate, or French Baccalaureate exams. It is your responsibility to consult the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) or the department offering the course as to whether or not credit can be obtained and to be aware of exclusion clauses specified in the course description in this publication.
Please refer to the following website for specific information about Advanced Standing credits and McGill course exemptions: www.mcgill.ca/students/transfercredit.
Sometimes two different departments offer the same course. Such courses are called "double-prefix" courses. When such courses are offered simultaneously, you should take the course offered by the department in which you are obtaining your degree. For example, in the case of double-prefix courses CHEM XYZ and PHYS XYZ, Chemistry students take CHEM XYZ and Physics students take PHYS XYZ. If different departments offer a double-prefix course in alternate years, you may take whichever course best fits your schedule.
Credit for computer science and statistics courses will be given with the stipulations specified in Faculty of Science > Undergraduate > Faculty Degree Requirements > Course Requirements > Course Overlap.
The following regulations apply to students in the B.A. & Sc. who want to take courses outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science:
ESL courses are only open to students whose primary language is not English and who have studied for fewer than five years in English-language secondary institutions. As a student in the B.A. & Sc., you may take a maximum of 12 credits, including academic writing courses for non-anglophones, from the list of ESL courses published at www.mcgill.ca/science/student/continuingstudents/basc/conted.
Registration for First-Year Seminars is limited to students in their first year of study at McGill, i.e., newly admitted students in U0 or U1. These courses are designed to provide a closer interaction with professors and better working relations with peers than is available in large introductory courses. These seminars endeavour to teach the latest scholarly developments and expose participants to advanced research methods. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. The maximum number of students in any seminar is 25, although some are limited to even fewer than that.
You may take only one First-Year Seminar during your first year at McGill. If you register for more than one, you will be obliged to withdraw from all but one of them.
A list of First-Year Seminars is available at Faculty of Arts > Undergraduate > Faculty of Arts Degree Requirements > Course Requirements > First-Year Seminar Courses and Faculty of Science > Undergraduate > Faculty Degree Requirements > Course Requirements > Registration for First-Year Seminars.