Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find a selection of frequently asked questions regarding registration and course selection, special permissions, and program planning tools.

General Program and Degree Questions

What are the essential modules for 3 year or 4 year degrees?

Information on all modules offered at Western Science can be found on our Modules and Degrees page. The following options are available in terms of degrees:

Degree Type Module Combinations
Honors Bachelor Degree
(4 Years/20 Courses)
  • Honors Specialization
  • Honors Specialization–Major
  • Honors Specialization-Minor
  • Major-Major
Bachelor Degree
(4 Years/20 Courses)
  • Specialization
  • Specialization–Major
  • Specialization–Minor
  • Major–Major
  • Major
  • Major–Minor
  • Major–Minor–Minor
Bachelor Degree
(3 years/15 Courses)
  • Major
  • Major–Minor
  • Minor–Minor

What is an anti-requisite?

Courses that overlap sufficiently in course content that both cannot be taken for credit.

Can you repeat a course?

Yes, both marks are on your record but only the second mark counts.

For more information, see the Current Western Academic Calendar.

What is the maximum number of first-year courses that can be used towards a degree?

The maximum number of first-year courses is 7.0

For more information, see the Current Western Academic Calendar.

What are designated essay courses? Do they have to be taken at Western?

E or F/G/Z are designated essay courses that have to be taken at Western.

For more information, please see the Current Western Academic Calendar.

How many courses can you take in the same subject?

No more than 2.0 in your first year. For a 3 year degree, no more than 9; for a 4-year degree, no more than 14.

For more information, see the Current Western Academic Calendar.

How many courses can you take in each term?

2.5 in each semester.

For more information, see the Current Western Academic Calendar.

How many courses can you take at the Affiliated Colleges?

Only 1.0 per year and only if the course is not offered on the main campus.

What do I need to pass?

All grades below 50% are considered failed grades.  To remain in good standing at Western you need a 55% average in the first year and 60% in the second year. You need higher marks for some programs.

Special Permission Specific Questions

Should you require a special permission or have questions regarding special permissions please review this page.

Program Planning Tool Specific Questions

I have checked my Program Plan online and it indicates that I have not met some course requirements but an Academic Counsellor had confirmed that I had fulfilled the course/program requirements. Why is there a contradiction to the Program Planning Tool?

The automated Program Planning Tool checks are unable to recognize the following situations:

  • Special Permissions from Departments for course substitutions or permission to register in a course without the prerequisite.
  • courses that have been transferred from another university.
  • repeated courses or anti-requisites.

In the case of conflicting assessments, view Special Permissions in the Student Center under Academic Records for any special permissions and, if in doubt, consult an Academic Counsellor.