Computer Science

Lassonde School of Engineering

Collège universitaire Glendon

Location: Lassonde Building, EECS main office: Tel.: 416-736-5053
Undergraduate Office: 1012M Lassonde Building, Tel.: 416-736-5334
Graduate Office: 1012T Lassonde Building, Tel.: 416-736-5053
Chair: P. H. Cribb
Professors: R. Allison, A. An, A. Asif, M. S. Brown, P. W. Dymond, J. Edmonds, J. Elder, P. Faloutsos, J. Gryz, R. Hornsey, M. R. M. Jenkin, H. Jiang, Y. Lian, J. Ostroff, G. Tourlakis, J. Tsotsos, F. van Breugel
Associate Professors: M. Aboelaze, J. Amanatides, M. Baljko, A. Eckford, P. Godfrey, M. Kyan, Y. Lesperance, M. Litoiu, B. Ma, S. MacKenzie, S. Magierowski, A. Mirzaian, U. T. Nguyen, S. Pisana, E. Ruppert, A. M. Sodagar, M. Spetsakis, Z. Stachniak, A. Toptsis, V. Tzerpos, N. Vlajic, R. P. Wildes, J. Xu
Assistant Professors: M. A. Brubaker, S. Datta, H. Farag, E. Ghafar-Zadeh, G. Grau, A. Hooshayar, G. J. Gotshalks, J. Jiang, H. Kassiri, J. Lam, E. Papangelis
Senior Lecturers: P. H. Cribb, H. Roumani
Assistant Lecturer: J. A. Smith
Sessional Assistant Professor: J. Hofbauer

Offered by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the computer science program is the study of processes involving the storage, transmission and transformation of information in the context of modern electronic technology. Both theoretical and applied areas of computer science are represented in the courses offered by the department.

The introductory courses (two for majors, several for non-majors) are concerned largely with programming as the primary tool used for understanding and controlling computation. The higher-level courses deal with theoretical foundations and limitations of computing, the practical design of hardware and software, and a variety of application areas including robotics, graphics and visualization, multimedia and computer music, database systems, artificial intelligence, programming languages, operating systems, computer networks, user interfaces, signal processing, and computer vision.

Computer Science programs include three international programs that are described in detail under Programs of Study - International BA Honours (iBA), International BSc Honours (iBSc) and a Dual Specialized Honours Degree (two degrees are obtained in the space of four years).

Exigence de résidence à l'échelle de l'Université

Au moins 30 crédits d’un programme à York et 50 % des crédits exigés dans la majeure et la mineure doivent être complétés à Glendon.

University-Wide Residency Requirement

A minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

Exigences de diplôme à l'échelle de la faculté

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty-Wide Degree Requirements

Specialized Honours Bachelor of Arts (Specialized Honours BA)

Graduation: minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.

Honours Bachelor of Arts (Honours BA)

Graduation: minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Graduation: minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 4.00 (C) over all courses completed.

Upper-level credits: at least 18 credits at the 3000 level or above.

Honours International Bachelor of Arts (Honours iBA)

Graduation: minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.

Specialized Honours Bachelor of Science (Specialized Honours BSc)

Graduation: minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.

Upper-level credits: at least 42 credits at the 3000 level or above.

Honours Bachelor of Science (Honours BSc)

Graduation: minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Graduation: minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 4.00 (C) over all courses completed.

Upper-level credits: at least 18 credits at the 3000 level or above.

Honours International Bachelor of Science (Honours iBSc)

Graduation: minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.

General Prerequisite

Most 2000-, 3000-, and 4000-level EECS courses require the following general (that is, common) prerequisite, in addition to other course-specific prerequisites: a cumulative grade point average of 4.50 or better over all completed major EECS courses.

Note: "Major" courses are all EECS courses with second digit other than 5 and include LE/EECS 1028 3.00 (cross-listed to: SC/MATH 1028 3.00) and LE/EECS 1019 3.00 (cross-listed to: SC/MATH 1019 3.00).

Exigences de programme spécifique

Program-Specific Degree Requirements

The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department offers courses leading to a bachelor of arts (BA), a bachelor of science (BSc) and an international bachelor of arts and bachelor of science (iBA and iBSc). For the BSc and iBSc, students must take courses in foundational science.

Courses in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

A supplemental calendar detailing courses and topics to be offered is available from the department office by April and also on the webpage under Program Information: http://eecs.lassonde.yorku.ca/current-students/undergrads-courses/

For the purpose of satisfying departmental degree requirements, the major credits taken outside the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science may not exceed six credits in core areas (here defined to be 1000- and 2000-level major courses, 3000-level major courses satisfying the breadth requirement and, for Specialized Honours students, any required 3000- and 4000-level major courses) and 12 credits in total.

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science does not permit any student to take more than three major computer science courses per term except in the BEng degree programs (four major courses are allowed per term) during the fall and winter terms. A lower upper limit (two major courses, three for BEng candidates) applies during the summer term. Students who work full-time are strongly advised to take no more than two major courses in any term.

Course numbering: We follow the convention that courses with 5 as the second digit of the course number may be used as Electives (with some restrictions as detailed in the University and in the Department’s supplemental calendars) but do not count as major credits. In the case of Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Software Engineering Programs, 3000- and 4000-level EECS courses are divided into four areas as follows: theory and numerical computation (second digit is 1), systems (second digit is 2), software development (second digit is 3) and applications (second digit is 4). Courses with second digit 6 are technical courses in electrical engineering.

Courses in the department typically have three class hours per week, and many also have mandated weekly or biweekly Labs for one term, for a credit value per course of 3 or 4 (indicated by course numbers ending in 3.00 or 4.00 respectively), unless otherwise indicated.

The Program Core

The computer science program core is defined as these 32 computer science credits and 9 mathematics credits:

Note: to satisfy computer science degree requirements, SC/MATH 1013 3.00 may be taken in lieu of SC/MATH 1300 3.00; SC/MATH 1014 3.00 may be taken in lieu of SC/MATH 1310 3.00; SC/MATH 1021 3.00 or SC/MATH 2221 3.00 may be taken in lieu of SC/MATH 1025 3.00.

BA Programs

All BA, Honours BA and Honours iBA degree candidates must comply with the BA general education requirement: 21 credits chosen from humanities, natural science and social science courses, with the constraint that at least 6.00 credits must be chosen from each of humanities, social science and natural science areas, but no more than 9.00 credits should be in any one of the three areas. In addition, all computer science Honours and Specialized Honours BA degree programs (except the Honours minor BA program), require the successful completion of at least 30 credits which are outside computer science, mathematics, statistics and information technology.

All BA, Honours BA, Specialized Honours BA and Honours iBA degree candidates must choose at least 18 elective credits outside the major. Moreover, these elective credits may not be part of the general education or any other named requirements (such as MATH requirements). Honours double major and major/minor programs automatically meet this regulation. The various BA program degree and standing requirements are specified below.

Bachelor Program (BA)

To graduate in a bachelor program. A minimum overall grade point average of 4.00 (C) is required in order to be eligible to graduate with a BA degree (bachelor program).

  • The program core, as specified above;
  • the BA general education requirements, as specified above;
  • at least three credits from LE/EECS 3221 3.00, LE/EECS 3215 4.00;
  • at least three credits from LE/EECS 3401 3.00, LE/EECS 3421 3.00, LE/EECS 3461 3.00;
  • at least six additional credits from computer science courses at the 3000 level, for an overall total of at least 44 credits from computer science courses;
  • additional elective credits, as required for an overall total of at least 90 credits, of which at least 18 credits are at the 3000 level or higher, including at least 12 credits in the major.

Honours Programs (Honours BA)

To graduate in an Honours program requires successful completion of all Faculty requirements and departmental required courses and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.

Specialized Honours BA Program
  • The program core, as specified above;
  • the BA general education requirements, as specified above;
  • SC/MATH 1025 3.00; SC/MATH 2030 3.00;
  • LE/EECS 3000 3.00;
  • at least three credits from LSE/EECS 3221 3.00, LE/EECS 3215 4.00;
  • at least three credits from LE/EECS 3401 3.00, LE/EECS 3421 3.00, LE/EECS 3461 3.00;
  • at least three additional credits from computer science courses at the 3000 level;
  • at least 12 credits from computer science courses at the 4000 level, including LE/EECS 4101 3.00 or LE/EECS 4111 3.00 or LE/EECS 4115 3.00;
  • at least six additional credits from computer science courses at the 3000 or 4000 level, for an overall total of at least 62 credits from computer science courses;
  • additional elective credits, as required for an overall total of at least 120 credits, including at least 36 credits at the 3000 or higher level, of which at least 18 credits must be at the 4000 level and at least 30 credits which are outside computer science, mathematics, statistics and information technology.
Specialized Honours BA Program (Software Development Stream)
Honours Major, Honours Double Major and Honours Major/Minor Programs

An Honours Major in computer science may be taken standalone in an Honours Major BA degree program or combined with an Honours Major in another subject area in an Honours Double Major BA degree program, or with an Honours Minor in another subject area in an Honours Major/Minor BA degree program. The Honours Double Major BA programs described below may be pursued jointly with any other Honours bachelor degree program in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Health, Lassonde School of Engineering, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies or in the following programs in the Faculty of Science: applied mathematics, mathematics, mathematics for education, statistics. Possible subject combinations are listed under Undergraduate Degree Programs in the Lassonde School of Engineering Undergraduate Degree and Certificate Programs section.

The Honours BA programs described below may be pursued jointly with any Honours Minor bachelor degree program in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Health, Lassonde School of Engineering, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies or Science.

The following are the minimum requirements:

  • the BA general education requirements, as specified above;
  • the computer science Honours Major requirements below;
  • the course requirements for the possible second major or the minor;
  • additional elective credits, as required for an overall total of at least 120 credits, at least 36 credits at the 3000 or higher level, of which at least 18 credits must be at the 4000 level and at least 30 credits which are neither computer science nor mathematics.

It is recommended that students in the Honours Major, Honours Double Major or Honours Major/Minor programs, where computer science is the major, take a linear algebra course such as SC/MATH 1025 3.00 among their electives.

Honours Major Program (Honours BA)
  • The program core, as specified above;
  • the BA general education requirements, as specified above;
  • SC/MATH 2030 3.00;
  • LE/EECS 3000 3.00;
  • at least three credits from LE/EECS 3221 3.00, LE/EECS 3215 4.00;
  • at least three credits from LE/EECS 3401 3.00, LE/EECS 3421 3.00, LE/EECS 3461 3.00;
  • at least 12 credits from computer science courses at the 4000 level, for an overall total of at least 53 credits from computer science courses;
  • additional elective credits, as required for an overall total of at least 120 credits, including at least 36 credits at the 3000 or higher level, of which at least 18 credits must be at the 4000 level and at least 30 credits which are outside computer science, mathematics, statistics and information technology.
Honours Minor BA Program

Notes:

  • In order to obtain an Honours BA (120 credits) students must take a total of at least 18 credits at the 4000 level, including at least 12 credits at the 4000 level in each Honours Major or Specialized Honours major.

International Bachelor of Arts (Honours iBA)

Honours Major (Honours iBA)

Degree candidates must comply with general regulations specified in the Lassonde School of Engineering Regulations Governing Undergraduate Degree Requirements section by completing the following (in addition to the computer science and mathematics courses from the program core):

  • a total of 120 credits;
  • the BA general education requirements, as specified above;
  • 30 required credits outside the major, consisting of:
    • at least 18 credits of language study in one of the modern languages offered at York University, including the Advanced I university-level course in the chosen language;
    • at least 12 credits of internationally-oriented courses chosen outside the major;
    • at least one full term abroad as a full-time student at one of York University’s exchange partners.

To graduate in an Honours program requires successful completion of all Faculty requirements and departmental required courses and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.

  • the program core, as specified above;
  • the BA general education requirements, as specified above;
  • SC/MATH 2030 3.00;
  • LE/EECS 3000 3.00;
  • at least three credits from LE/EECS 3221 3.00, LE/EECS 3215 4.00;
  • at least three credits from LE/EECS 3401 3.00, LE/EECS 3421 3.00, LE/EECS 3461 3.00;
  • at least 12 credits from computer science courses at the 4000 level, for an overall total of 53 credits from computer science courses;
  • additional elective credits, as required for an overall total of at least 120 credits, at least 36 credits at the 3000 or higher level, of which at least 18 credits must be at the 4000 level.

Note: SC/MATH 1025 3.00 is recommended.

The Honours Major described above may also be pursued as the major in a Major/Minor program.

For further details on the international bachelor of arts, refer to the International Bachelor of Arts and International Bachelor of Science in the Programs of Study section.

BSc Programs

Bachelor Program (BSc)

A. General education:

B. Major requirements:

C. Science breadth: 24 credits in science disciplines outside the major, of which three credits must be at the 2000 level or above. 15 of these 24 credits are satisfied by the general education requirement.

D. Upper level requirement: a minimum of 18 credits at the 3000 level or higher.

E. Additional elective credits, as required, for an overall total of 90 credits.

F. Standing requirements: a minimum overall grade point average of 4.00 (C) is required in order to be eligible to graduate with a BSc degree (bachelor program).

Honours Programs (Honours BSc)

Specialized Honours BSc Program

A. General education:

B. Major requirements:

Specialized Honours BSc Program (Software Development Stream)

C. Science breadth: 24 credits in science disciplines outside the major, of which three credits must be at the 2000 level or above. 21 of these 24 credits, including 3 credits at the 2000 level, are satisfied by the above requirements.

D. Upper level requirement: a minimum of 42 credits at the 3000 level or higher.

E. Additional elective credits, as required, for an overall total of 120 credits.

F. Standing requirements: to graduate requires successful completion of all Faculty requirements and departmental required courses and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.

Honours Major, Honours Double Major and Honours Major/Minor Programs

An Honours Major in computer science may be taken standalone in an Honours Major BSc degree program or combined with an Honours Major in another subject area in an Honours Double Major BSc degree program, or with an Honours Minor in another subject area in an Honours Major/Minor BSc degree program. Possible subject combinations are listed under Undergraduate Degree Programs in the Lassonde School of Engineering Undergraduate Degree and Certificate Programs section. Students should consult the departmental undergraduate handbook or a departmental advisor to plan their studies in order to meet the requirements for both majors, or for the minor.

  • The general education requirements, as specified below and including choices appropriate for the possible second major or the minor;
  • the computer science Honours Major requirements below;
  • the course requirements for the possible second major or the minor;

It is recommended that students in the Honours Major, Honours Double Major or Honours Major/Minor programs, where computer science is the major, take a linear algebra course such as SC/MATH 1025 3.00 among their electives.

Honours Major BSc Program

A. General education:

B. Major requirements:

  • the program core, as specified above;
  • SC/MATH 2030 3.00;
  • LE/EECS 3000 3.00;
  • at least three credits from LE/EECS 3221 3.00, LE/EECS 3215 4.00;
  • at least three credits from LE/EECS 3401 3.00, LE/EECS 3421 3.00; LE/EECS 3461 3.00;
  • at least 12 credits from computer science courses at the 4000 level, for an overall total of at least 53 credits from computer science courses;
  • at least 30 credits which are outside computer science, mathematics, statistics and information technology. 18 of these 30 credits are satisfied by the general education requirement;
  • the course requirements for the second major or the minor, if such a program is chosen.

C. Science breadth: 24 credits in science disciplines outside the major, of which three credits must be at the 2000 level or above. 18 of these 24 credits, including 3 credits at the 2000 level, are satisfied by the above requirements. Not required if the other major or minor is another science discipline.

D. Upper level requirement: a minimum of 42 credits at the 3000 level or higher.

E. Additional elective credits, as required, for an overall total of 120 credits.

F. Standing requirements: to graduate requires successful completion of all Faculty requirements and departmental required courses and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.

Honours Minor

International Bachelor of Science Program (Honours iBSc)

Honours Major (Honours iBSc)

All iBSc degree candidates must complete the following:

A. General education:

B. Major requirements:

In addition, the following must be completed for the international component:

  • a minimum of 12 credits of language study in one of the languages offered at York University;
  • a minimum of 12 credits of non-science courses with an international component (refer to sample list of courses in International Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in the Programs section); this may also serve to meet the non-science requirement of the BSc general education component;
  • an additional six credits of language study or non-science international component courses for a total of 30 credits;
  • one to two exchange terms abroad as a full-time student at an institution with which York has a formal exchange agreement.

C. Science breadth: 24 credits in science disciplines outside the major, of which three credits must be at the 2000 level or above. 21 credits, including 3 at the 2000 level, are satisfied by the above requirements.

D. Upper level requirement: a minimum of 42 credits at the 3000 level or above.

E. Additional elective credits, as required, for an overall total of 120 credits.

F. Standing requirements: to graduate in an Honours program requires successful completion of all Faculty requirements and departmental required courses and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.

For further details of the international bachelor of science, refer to the International Bachelor of Arts and International Bachelor of Science in the Programs of Study section.

International Dual Degree in Computer Science (BSc and Honours BSc)

In collaboration with the Departments of Computer Science in the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (BRSU) and the University of Crete (UOC), the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers an International Dual Degree program in Computer Science (BSc and Specialized Honours BSc only). This program is demanding and will be of interest to students with high academic standing, measured by a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 6.00 (B) or higher overall computer science (EECS) courses completed (major GPA) by the time where approximately 60 total credits are completed (end of the second year of study at York).

Students in the program, after two years of study at York, but before the completion of the York degree requirements, will be eligible, subject to the aforementioned GPA requirement, to continue their studies as York international exchange students in the EU for a full year of study, divided between BRSU in the fall term and UOC in the winter term. UOC will provide specialized computer science courses and will be the location where a research internship and an undergraduate thesis will be completed. The thesis and internship activities will be conducted in English. Study at two universities in distinct geographic and linguistic/cultural settings adds value to the exchange and broadens the learning experience.

The program of study is precisely regulated as dictated by the need to meet both the degree requirements of York University and BRSU. At the end of Year 3, the exchange year, students who have progressed normally will have met both the BRSU Bachelor of Science in Informatik (equivalent to York’s BSc 90-credit degree) requirements as well as those of the BSc in computer science (York) and may graduate with both of these degrees from the respective institutions. York students will return and complete a fourth year of study at York University to fulfill their BSc Specialized Honours degree requirements and graduate with the Honours degree. York International administers all exchanges under this program in collaboration with the International Offices in BRSU and UOC.

Reciprocally, BRSU students will spend a full year of study at York to conclude their third year BRSU requirements taking York University degree-specific substitute courses. Upon successful completion of Year 3, these students will have met both the BRSU and York degree requirements and will be eligible to earn the York BSc degree in computer science (as well as the bachelor of science in Informatik from their home university). All BRSU students in this Dual Degree program must satisfy a modified non-science requirement in lieu of the non-science requirements of the Lassonde School of Engineering, as follows: they must complete at BRSU, normally prior to arrival at York, 18 ECTS (the equivalent of nine York credits) of courses in English, microeconomics, intercultural communications, and law.

Reciprocally, all York students in this Dual Degree program must satisfy a modified non-science requirement in lieu of the current non-science requirements of the Lassonde School of Engineering, as follows: they must complete at York University six further non-science credits in addition to the earned 12 credits in language and culture courses.

Bachelor Program (BSc)
(Not available to York students; applies to BRSU students in the Dual program)

A. General education:

B. Major requirements:

C. Science breadth: 24 credits in science disciplines outside the major, of which three credits must be at the 2000 level or above.

D. Upper level requirement: a minimum of 18 credits at the 3000 level or above.

E. Additional elective credits as required, for an overall total of 90 credits.

F. Standing requirement: a minimum overall grade point average of 4.00 (C) is required in order to be eligible to graduate with a BSc degree (bachelor program).

Specialized Honours BSc Program
(Applies to York students in the Dual program)

A. General education:

B. Major requirements:

C. Science breadth: 24 credits in science disciplines outside the major, of which three credits must be at the 2000 level or above; 21 of these 24 credits, including three at the 3000 level, are satisfied by the above requirements.

D. Honours breadth: At least 30 credits which are outside computer science, mathematics, statistics and information technology.

E. Upper level requirement: at least 42 credits at the 3000 or higher level.

F. Additional elective credits, as required for an overall total of at least 120 credits.

G. Standing requirement: a minimum overall grade point average of 5.00 (C+) is required in order to be eligible to graduate with a BSc Honours.

Note: for an up-to-date list of York-substitute courses offered at BRSU and UOC, for advice on the degree requirements and on possible study progression plans within the dual program, and for an outline of funding opportunities, please contact the undergraduate office of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Pre-departure academic advising is mandatory.

  • Undergraduate Degree and Certificate Programs
  • Undergraduate Degree Programs

    Specialized Honours Bachelor of Engineering (Honours BEng)

    The Specialized Honours Bachelor of Engineering (Honours BEng) program requires at least four years of full-time study and at least 140 credits, and involves study in one of the seven program areas of engineering: civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, geomatics engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering or space engineering. The engineering program areas may be combined with the international development studies Bachelor of Arts (BA) dual degree (Honours BEng and BA).

    Honours and Specialized Honours Bachelor of Arts (Honours BA and Specialized Honours BA)

    Honours and Specialized Honours Bachelor of Arts (Honours BA and Specialized Honours BA) programs requires at least four years of full-time study and at least 120 credits:

    • Specialized Honours with one declared major in, computer science, computer security or digital media. Specialized Honours programs may not be combined with other majors or minors.
    • Honours Major with one declared major in computer science. Honours Double Major (intra-Faculty) with a declared major in computer science and a second major in earth and atmospheric science.
    • Honours Double Major (Lassonde/Environmental Studies inter-Faculty) with a declared major in computer science, and a second major in environmental studies.
    • Honours Double Major (Lassonde/Fine Arts inter-Faculty) with a declared major in computer science and a second major in one of dance, film, music, theatre, visual arts.
    • Honours Double Major (Lassonde/Health inter-Faculty) with a declared major in computer science and a second major in one of health studies, kinesiology and health science or psychology.
    • Honours Double Major (Lassonde/Liberal Arts and Professional Studies inter-Faculty) with a declared major in computer science, and with any second major in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies with the exception of information technology.
    • Honours Double Major (Lassonde/Science inter-Faculty) with a declared major in computer science and a second major in one of applied mathematics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, mathematics for education, physics and astronomy, science and technology studies or statistics.
    • Honours Major/Minor (intra-Faculty) with a declared major in computer science, and a minor in earth and atmospheric science.
    • Honours Major/Minor (Lassonde/Environmental Studies inter-Faculty) with a declared major in computer science, and a minor in environmental studies.
    • Honours Major/Minor (Lassonde/Fine Arts inter-Faculty) with a declared major in computer science, and a minor in one of dance, film, music, theatre, visual arts.
    • Honours Major/Minor (Lassonde/Health inter-Faculty) with a declared major in computer science, and a minor in one of health informatics, health management, health policy, kinesiology and health science or psychology.
    • Honours Major/Minor (Lassonde/Liberal Arts and Professional Studies inter-Faculty) with a declared major in computer science, and with any minor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies with the exception of information technology.

    Honours International Bachelor of Arts (Honours iBA)

    Honours International Bachelor of Arts (Honours iBA) program, which requires at least four years of full-time study, at least 120 credits, and one or two exchange terms abroad as a full-time student at an institution with which York has a formal exchange agreement:

    • Honours with one declared major in computer science.
    • Honours Major/Minor with a declared major in computer science, and a minor in earth and atmospheric science. In addition, the declared major in computer science may be taken with an inter-faculty minor from the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, or Science.
    • Students should consult with their Undergraduate Program Director for more information.

    Bachelor of Arts (BA)

    Bachelor of Arts (BA) programs, which are usually completed in three years of full-time study, require at least 90 credits and involve a concentration in only one declared subject area:

    • Bachelor with one declared major in computer science.

    Honours and Specialized Bachelor of Science (Honours and Specialized Honours BSc)

    Honours and Specialized Bachelor of Science (Honours and Specialized Honours BSc) programs, which are usually completed in four years of full-time study, require at least 120 credits and may involve varying degrees of concentration in one or two declared subject areas:

    • Specialized Honours with one declared major in computer science, computer security, earth and atmospheric science, international dual degree-computer science.
    • Honours Major with one declared major in computer science or earth and atmospheric science.
    • Honours Double Major (intra-Faculty) with declared science majors in computer science and earth and atmospheric science.
    • Honours Double Major (Lassonde/Health inter-Faculty) with a declared science major in computer science or earth and atmospheric science and a declared health major in health studies, kinesiology and health science or psychology.
    • Honours Double Major (Lassonde/Liberal Arts and Professional Studies inter-Faculty) with a declared science major in computer science or earth and atmospheric science and any declared Liberal Arts and Professional Studies major with the exception of information technology.
    • Honours Major/Minor (intra-Faculty) with a declared science major in one of computer science or earth and atmospheric science, and a declared science minor in one of computer science or earth and atmospheric science.

    Note: major/minor combinations with the major and minor in the same subject area are not permitted.

    • Honours Major/Minor (Lassonde/Environmental Studies inter-Faculty) with a declared science major in one of computer science or earth and atmospheric science, and a declared minor in environmental studies.
    • Honours Major/Minor (Lassonde/Fine Arts inter-Faculty) with a declared science major in one of computer science or earth and atmospheric science, and a declared fine arts minor in one of dance, film, music, theatre, visual arts.
    • Honours Major/Minor (Lassonde/Health inter-Faculty) with a declared science major in one of computer science or earth and atmospheric science and a declared health minor in health informatics, health management, health policy, kinesiology and health science or psychology.
    • Honours Major/Minor (Lassonde/Liberal Arts and Professional Studies inter-Faculty) with a declared science major in one of computer science or earth and atmospheric science and any declared liberal arts and professional studies minor with the exception of information technology.
    • Honours Major/Minor (Lassonde/Science inter-Faculty) with a declared science major in one of computer science or earth and atmospheric science, and a declared minor in one of applied mathematics, biology, chemistry, environmental biology, mathematics, mathematics for education, physics and astronomy, science and technology studies, and statistics.
    • Honours Science with no declared major.

    Note: Choice of major and minor is subject to timetabling constraints. Some combinations may require more than 120 credits.

    Honours International Bachelor of Science (Honours iBSc)

    Honours International Bachelor of Science (Honours iBSc) programs, which require at least four years of full-time study, at least 120 credits, and one or two exchange terms abroad as a full-time student at an institution with which York has a formal exchange agreement:

    • Honours Major with one declared major in computer science. Honours International Bachelor of Science programs may not be combined with other majors or minors.

    Bachelor of Science (BSc)

    Bachelor of Science (BSc) programs, which are usually completed in three years of full-time study, require at least 90 credits and usually involve limited concentration in only one declared subject area:

    • Bachelor of Science with one declared major in computer science, earth and atmospheric science,international dual degree - computer science.
    • Bachelor of Science with no declared major.

    Program Combinations with Other Faculties

    Inter-Faculty Double Major and Major/Minor Programs

    The Lassonde School of Engineering jointly offers Honours Double Major programs with the following Faculties: Environmental Studies (with BA options only), Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Science, and the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (with BA options only). The Lassonde School of Engineering also jointly offers Honours Major/Minor programs with the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Science, and the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design.

    A student in the Lassonde School of Engineering who has completed 24 credits in an Honours program and satisfies the Lassonde School of Engineering academic standards to proceed in Honours may combine the study of a major in the Lassonde School of Engineering, and a major or minor in the other Faculty. All Honours programs require a minimum of 120 credits which can normally be completed in four years of full-time study.

    For a list of possible subject combinations, refer to Undergraduate Degree Programs below. For details of the major or minor requirements in the Lassonde School of Engineering, refer to the Lassonde School of Engineering Programs of Study section. For details of the major or minor requirements in the other Faculty, refer to the Programs of Study section of the appropriate Faculty.

    Lassonde and Education

    A student wishing to obtain the professional certification required to teach in Ontario schools may take both teacher training and an undergraduate academic program concurrently. This does not shorten the time required to gain the qualification but provides a better chance for the student to relate theory and practice and to have more opportunity to gain practical experience than is possible in a one-year program.

    Students interested in the entering the BSc or BA through the Lassonde School of Engineering concurrently with the BEd through the Faculty of Education can apply to both programs as a high school applicant or as a current student in the Lassonde School of Engineering. The specific study program of each student is subject to the approval of both Faculties. For more detailed information on the concurrent BEd program, please consult the Faculty of Education's academic calendar or website.

    Upon successful completion of the course requirements for the degree in the Lassonde School of Engineering, and of the required education courses, a coregistered student is awarded a BSc, Honours BSc, BA or Honours BA and a BEd.

    Certificate Programs

    York University undergraduate certificate programs are open to all undergraduate students, subject to student eligibility and course availability. The following certificates are offered by departments affiliated in the Lassonde School of Engineering and can be taken concurrently with an Honours BSc degree program. Several of the certificates can also be taken concurrently with a BSc degree program. Some are open to visiting students. Refer to the information below.

    Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology (BEST) Concurrent Certificate

    Concurrent Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing

    Concurrent Certificate in Meteorology

    See Certificate Programs in the Lassonde School of Engineering Undergraduate Degree and Certificate Programs section of this calendar.

  • Advising, Enrolment, Registration, Graduation and Other Administrative Procedures
  • Student Responsibility

    Every effort is made in the Lassonde School of Engineering to ensure that each student receives academic advice and sufficient information to guide in course selection and program choice. Within this context, the student is responsible for the following:

    • ensuring that the courses chosen meet all program (refer to the Lassonde School of Engineering Programs of Study section) and degree (refer to the Lassonde School of Engineering Regulations Governing Undergraduate Degree Requirements section) requirements for graduation;
    • verifying the accuracy of registration records, including all course changes;
    • fulfilling the requirements, including course pre-/co-requisite requirements, and being aware of academic progress in their program of study and in all registered courses; attending class and submitting all required course work;
    • understanding and adhering to the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty, as well as other relevant Senate Policies;
    • noting and abiding by the sessional deadline dates published on the Current Students webpage each year, especially course add/drop deadline dates;
    • ensuring that you create a conflict-free timetable.

    Advising

    New Students

    Newly-admitted Lassonde School of Engineering students will have the opportunity to meet with an advisor to discuss program and degree requirements. New students are required to book an enrolment appointment that takes place in-person or online to be able to enrol into their courses. It is the responsibility of all students to familiarize themselves with both the requirements of their individual programs of study (refer to the Lassonde School of Engineering Programs of Study section) and the regulations governing their degree requirements (refer to the Lassonde School of Engineering Regulations Governing Undergraduate Degree Requirements section).

    During the enrolment appointment, an advisor will:

    • assist with course selection and familiarization of degree requirements
    • explain Transfer Credit Statements (if applicable)
    • orient the student to York University and Lassonde School of Engineering services and important online resources
    • familiarize students with Lassonde School of Engineering rules and regulations

    Current Students

    Current students at the Lassonde School of Engineering are able to contact the Lassonde Student Welcome and Support Centre throughout the year for guidance and information on topics such as, but not limited, academic progress, degree programs and requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the Lassonde Student Welcome and Support Centre academic advisors for support throughout the academic year.

    All continuing students should attend their required program group advising session, meet with an Academic Advisor or the Undergraduate Program Director of their program at least once each session prior to enrolling in courses for the next session.

    Enrolment

    Students enrol in courses via the Web enrolment system. Information on how to use the system is provided on the Enrolment and Registration Guide website. Students are strongly recommended to seek individual support regarding course selection and enrolment from Academic Advisors at the Lassonde Student Welcome and Support Centre.

    In preparation for enrolment, and at the advising appointment, the following should be considered:

    Lassonde School of Engineering degree requirements and regulations. Refer to the Lassonde School of Engineering Regulations Governing Undergraduate Degree Requirements section.

    Prerequisites/corequisites. Most courses have prerequisite and/or corequisite requirements. These may be specific courses (indicating specific required background knowledge) or they may be general prerequisites (e.g., a minimum required GPA or specific course grade prior to enrolment in higher-level courses).

    As indicated in the Lassonde School of Engineering Regulations Governing Undergraduate Degree Requirements section, it is the student's responsibility to enrol in only those courses for which the student has successfully completed all designated prerequisites and to take concurrently all specified corequisites not already completed successfully, regardless of whether the course is a degree requirement. Students who lack the stated prerequisites but have reason to believe that they can succeed in a course must obtain written permission of the department concerned (consult the department office regarding the procedure to be followed) before enrolling.

    Course credit exclusions. Students should avoid enrolling in any two courses which are designated as course credit exclusions. For more information regarding course credit exclusions, refer to Course Credit Exclusions in the Lassonde School of Engineering Regulations Governing Undergraduate Degree Requirements section.

    Credit Load: A maximum of 33 credits in total may be taken during a fall/winter session (39 credits for the BEng degree).

    A maximum of 15 credits in total may be taken during a summer session at York University and/or at another institution.

    BEng Enrolment Guidelines: Students registered in the Bachelor of Engineering program are required to enrol in LE/EECS courses that are categorized as Section E or Section Z only.

    Transfer Credit

    Transfer credit towards a York University degree may be granted for courses taken at other accredited postsecondary institutions prior to registration at York University.

    Transfer credit assessments for the Lassonde School of Engineering are specific to the program and subject area(s) in which the student plans to enrol at York University. If the student does not enrol in the program(s) and subject area(s) specified on the admission application or, subsequent to first registration, changes subject area(s) and/or program(s), the transfer credit must be reassessed. Students requiring assistance with their Transfer Credit should contact the Lassonde Student Welcome and Support Centre.

    Letters of Permission

    A student wishing to take a course at an external accredited institution at any time for credit towards a degree program in the Lassonde School of Engineering is required to obtain a letter of permission from York University prior to taking the course. Students should follow the instructions on the Registrar’s Office Letter of Permission website.

    Changes in Program/Subject Area(s)

    Students can apply for a program change at various times throughout the year. All requests are subject to review and approval depending on program requirements and space considerations. In addition, application procedures and requirements vary by program and type of change (e.g. change of major, degree or Faculty). For program-specific requirements and application procedures contact the Lassonde Student Welcome & Support Centre. Transfer credit assessments must be reviewed after any change in program/subject area.

    Course Changes

    Course changes are permitted, but only for limited periods of time, and in accordance with the sessional dates in the enrolment guides. Written permission of the course instructor(s) may be required. Students should consult their advisors regarding the effect course changes may have on the fulfillment of program and degree requirements, but it is the responsibility of the student to recognize the consequences of course changes on academic progress. Students are responsible for verifying their enrolment during each academic session. Students should be aware that adding or dropping courses could have financial implications.

    Reactivation

    A student who has been absent from the University for a fall/winter session must apply to the Registrar’s Office for reactivation.

    Note: this does not apply to students who have been debarred from York University; all such students must apply, through the Admissions Office, to be re-admitted to York University.

    Graduation

    Students should apply to graduate in the session in which they expect to qualify for the degree, irrespective of whether or not they plan to attend the graduation ceremony. The application to graduate can be found on the Apply to Graduate website.

    The deadline dates for graduation ensure that all potential graduates’ records are assessed in a timely fashion.

    A student registered in an Honours program may apply to graduate with a bachelor degree, provided bachelor program requirements are met.

    Degree Reclassification

    A student who has completed a York University bachelor degree in the Lassonde School of Engineering may continue, after graduation, in an Honours program in the same subject area or in an Honours Double Major or Honours Major/Minor program including the same subject area, provided the grade point average required for the Honours program has been satisfied.

    A student who wishes to pursue a second degree in a different field of study must apply to the Admissions Office for admission as a second degree candidate.

  • Regulations Governing Examinations and Academic Standards
  • Grading System

    Refer to Grades and Grading Schemes within the Academic Information section of this publication.

    Pass/Fail Grading Option

    A pass/fail grading option is available to Lassonde School of Engineering students under the following guidelines.

    Academic standing. This option is available only to students who are in good standing (i.e. not under academic or debarment warning).

    Minimum number of courses completed. Students must have successfully completed at least 24 credits before they may apply to take a course under this option.

    Restrictions. The following types of courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis: courses in the major and minor subject area(s), courses taken to satisfy general education or certificate requirements (refer to the Regulations Governing Undergraduate Degree Requirements section), required 1000-level science courses, non-major courses required to satisfy program requirements.

    Maximum number of pass/fail credits:

    • Honours program: a maximum of 12 (passed) credits from pass/fail graded courses may be counted towards an Honours program.
    • Bachelor program: a maximum of six (passed) credits from pass/fail graded courses may be counted towards a bachelor program.

    Grade point average calculations. The grade obtained (passed or failed) in a pass/fail graded course is not included in grade point average calculations in the Lassonde School of Engineering.

    Deadline to select pass/fail option. Eligible students may exercise the option within the first two weeks (10 class days) of the term in which the course begins. They must obtain the signature of the course director on a form available from the Pass/Fail Option website and return the form to the Lassonde Student Welcome and Support Centre.

    Deadline to change from pass/fail back to the letter-grade system. At the student's request, the student may change the designation of a course from pass/fail back to the letter-grade system until the last day for withdrawal without academic penalty from the term in which the course is offered. Formal notification, with the student's and course director's signatures, must be received by the Lassonde Student Welcome and Support Centre by this deadline.

    Repeated Courses

    Students may repeat a passed or failed course twice for academic degree or certificate credit, for a maximum of three (3) attempts at a course. Students should note that course availability and space considerations may preclude the possibility of repeating a course in the session they choose.

    When a student repeats a course for academic degree or certificate credit, the grade of the latest attempt will be the grade of record and the only grade calculated in the student’s grade point average (Major, Sessional and Cumulative). A course shall be credited only once towards the satisfaction of degree or certificate academic credit requirements.

    The record of each attempt will appear on the student’s transcript, with the prior attempt(s) designated as ‘No Credit Retained’. The grade awarded in the prior attempts will continue to appear on the transcript beside the NCR designation but will not be included in the calculation of the student’s grade point average.

    Cross-listed courses and course credit exclusions count as a course repeat and are subject to the above.

    Students who have been conferred a degree may repeat courses counted towards their degree thereafter as a Non-Degree Student. Such courses will have no impact on the student’s completed degree program or the grade point average on record.

    Students assigned an F or lowered grade as the permanent grade of record as a penalty for a breach of the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty will have that grade remain as the one grade of record for the course, even if the course is repeated.

    A student must be declared eligible to proceed in a degree or certificate program in order to be eligible to repeat a course. That is to say, when a student fails to achieve sufficient standing to proceed in a degree or certificate program, or when they are required to withdraw, they would not be eligible to repeat a course or courses.

    Academic Standards for Bachelor and Honours Programs

    Bachelor Programs

    A minimum overall grade point average of 4.00 (C) is required in order to be eligible to graduate in an undergraduate bachelor program.

    Students in a bachelor program who have passed 90 credits in accordance with Faculty and program requirements, but whose cumulative overall grade point average is below 4.00 (C), may attempt to raise their average by taking up to 12 additional credits, to a maximum of 102 credits. These courses must be above the 1000 level and must be taken at York University. Regulations on equivalent and excluded courses apply.

    Honours Programs (BSc, iBSc, BA, iBA)

    Subject to the selection criteria of the major departments, students will be registered in the Honours program who, upon completion of each academic session, have a cumulative average as follows:

    Credit Range Cumulative Overall Average Required
    0 to 23 4.00
    24 to 53 4.25
    54 to 83 4.80
    84 or higher 5.00

    Students who have taken 84 credits, and who wish to proceed in an Honours program must have a cumulative grade point average of 5.00 overall. If a student does not achieve a 5.00 OCGPA on the completion of their 84th credit (or higher), they must petition to waive Honours standing for consideration to be in and/or return to an Honours program.

    To graduate in an Honours program requires successful completion of all Faculty, departmental and program requirements, and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses taken. Some programs may require a higher standard - consult the program of study requirements in the Lassonde School of Engineering Programs of Study section.

    Honours Programs (BEng)

    Subject to the selection criteria of the major departments, students will be registered in the Honours program who, upon completion of each academic session, have a cumulative average in credits taken as follows:

    Credit Range Cumulative Overall Average Required
    0 to 35 4.00
    36 to 71 4.25
    72 to 107 4.80
    108 or higher 5.00

    Students who have taken 108 credits, and who wish to proceed in an Honours program must have a cumulative grade point average of 5.00 overall. If a student does not achieve a 5.00 OCGPA on the completion of their 108th credit (or higher), they must petition to waive Honours standing for consideration to be in and/or return to an Honours program.

    To graduate in an Honours program requires successful completion of all Faculty, departmental and program requirements, and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses taken. Some programs may require a higher standard - consult the program of study requirements in the Lassonde School of Engineering Programs of Study section.

    Academic Standing Requirements for Visiting Students

    Individuals who wish to enrol in undergraduate credit courses, but who do not intend to complete a degree or a certificate may be admitted to York as a visiting student (refer to the Admissions section for more information). There are three categories of visiting students:

    1. those who hold an undergraduate degree (three-year bachelor’s degree minimum) from an accredited university/university-level institution;
    2. those who do not hold an undergraduate degree but wish to enrol in York courses to fulfill the academic, upgrading or professional development requirements of a professional designation;
    3. those who are currently attending another recognized university and wish to take York courses on a letter of permission issued by their home institution.

    Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

    Students in categories (1) and (2) whose overall cumulative grade point average (OCGPA) falls below 4.00 on at least 24 credits attempted will not be allowed to enrol in any subsequent session as visiting students. Students who are not permitted to re-enrol must apply for re-admission through the Admissions Office.

    Note: repeated course legislation does not apply to visiting students but only to academic degrees and certificates. Therefore, all courses attempted or taken will count in the OCGPA.

    Credit Limits

    Students in category (2) who have maintained on OCGPA of 4.00 throughout their studies and who have completed 30 credits will not be allowed to enrol in subsequent sessions and must either reactivate to proceed as visiting students or may choose to apply for admission to a degree or certificate program.

    Designation of Honours or Bachelor Program

    Automatic Honours designation. Students are automatically considered to be in an Honours program provided they achieve and maintain the minimum grade requirements for Honours described under the Academic Standards for Bachelor and Honours Programs section above.

    Automatic Bachelor designation. Depending on the program, students are automatically considered to be in a Bachelor program if they fail to achieve or maintain the minimum grade requirements for Honours described under the Academic Standards for Bachelor and Honours Programs section above. Students who have been exited from their Honours program and not automatically switched to a Bachelor program (e.g., exited Engineering students) must consult the Lassonde Student Welcome and Support Centre to discuss their program options moving forward.

    Option to graduate with a Bachelor program. Students registered for an Honours degree may opt to graduate with a Bachelor degree if they fulfill Bachelor program requirements. Refer to Graduation in the Lassonde School of Engineering Advising, Enrolment, Registration, Graduation and Other Administrative Procedures section for details.

    Examinations

    Most courses in the Lassonde School of Engineering schedule three-hour final examinations. Examinations are scheduled during day and evening hours, including weekends.

    Students are admitted to the examination hall five minutes before the scheduled start time and are required to present their YU-card with a photo or their YU-card without a photo plus a photo-bearing form of identification such as a driver’s licence or passport, when writing final examinations. Unauthorized aids may not be taken into the examination halls. No student may leave the examination hall within 15 minutes of the end of the scheduled examination period. All students must remain seated at the conclusion of the examination period until all examination answer sheets/booklets have been collected by the invigilators. Examination booklets, used and unused, must be submitted intact, with no insertions and no pages removed.

    A student observed deriving assistance from any unauthorized source is subject to the procedures and penalties defined under the Senate regulations regarding academic honesty (refer to the University Policies and Regulations section).

    Students must maintain a standard of work in their courses of instruction satisfactory to the departments or divisions concerned, and must attend the required examinations, unless prevented by illness or by some other special circumstance.

    A student who writes a final examination under duress, or who is prevented from attending an examination by illness or by some other special circumstance, must file a request for a deferred examination within the stated time limits and provide appropriate written evidence for consideration (refer to Deferred Examinations below).

    Final examination answer sheets/booklets become the property of the teaching unit. Students have the right to review their graded tests and examinations once the grades have been published by the Registrar’s Office. Students may request a copy at cost from the teaching unit.

    Deferred Examinations / Aegrotat Standing

    A student may request aegrotat standing, permission to write deferred examinations (in respect of final examinations only) or permission to submit a final assignment after the Faculty's deadline for submission of term work, on the grounds of sickness or misfortune.

    It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that full documentation (medical or other) is provided in support of requests for deferred standing or aegrotat standing. A request submitted on the grounds of illness must include the attending physician's statement form completed by the petitioner's physician. Appropriate forms and guidelines are available from the Deferred Standing website.

    Deferred standing agreement. In the Lassonde School of Engineering, deferred standing may be arranged with the course director by means of a form called a deferred standing agreement (DSA). The DSA form and supporting documentation must normally be submitted within one week (7 calendar days) following a missed examination or the last day to submit coursework.

    Deferred standing petition. A petition for deferred standing may be submitted if the course director indicates on the DSA form a refusal to approve deferred standing. The petition application, together with other written evidence to be taken into consideration, must normally be submitted to the Lassonde Student Welcome and Support Centre within two weeks (14 calendar days) following a missed examination or the last day to submit coursework.

    Aegrotat standing petition. In exceptional circumstances, a petition for aegrotat standing may be submitted in cases where a student cannot be expected to complete coursework. If granted, the phrase AEG "aegrotat standing" (from the Latin for "she/he is ill") is substituted for the grade on the transcript. Aegrotat standing is seldom granted in respect of final examinations; instead, the student may be granted permission to write deferred examination(s).

    Term Work

    All final grades, including those assigned after deferred examinations, are calculated in a way which assigns a specific weighting to the term work done in addition to the final (or deferred) examination. The weighting is set by the course director and must be announced and available in writing within the first two weeks of classes. If possible, information about assignments and grades for all courses should be made known to students at or before the first class meeting. A previously announced marking scheme for a course may be changed by the course director with the consent of students enrolled in the course; the new marking scheme must also be distributed in written form.

    Prior to the final date to withdraw from a course without receiving a grade, some graded feedback worth at least 15 per cent of the final grade for fall, winter or summer term and 30 per cent for ‘full year’ courses offered in the fall/winter session is received by students in all courses (excepting the following: those senior undergraduate courses, such as honours theses, where course work consists of a single piece of work, practicum courses, ungraded courses, courses in Faculties where the drop date occurs within the first three weeks of classes, courses which run on a compressed schedule). Students who, in the absence of recognized extenuating circumstances, fail to complete such course work cannot use the lack of feedback as grounds for withdrawal.

    No examinations or tests collectively worth more than 20 per cent of the final grade in a course will be given during the final 14 calendar days of classes in a term. The exceptions to the rule are classes which regularly meet Friday evenings or on Saturday and/or Sunday at any time, and courses offered in the compressed summer terms.

    All tests in a given section of a course must be given during the class or tutorial times listed in the lecture schedule for that section of the course. The only exception is the scheduling of common tests administered to multiple-section courses; in such cases students with a conflict must be given reasonable accommodation.

    Term work in any course may not be submitted later than the first day of the final examination period for the course. Earlier final dates for the submission of term work may be set at the discretion of the department/division concerned.

    The student is responsible for ensuring that all written term work is received by the instructor concerned.

    Reappraisal of Final Grades

    Students may, with sufficient academic grounds, request that a final grade in a course be reappraised. Students are normally expected to first contact the course director to discuss the grade received and to request that their tangible work be reviewed. Further information may be obtained from the department/division offering the course. Students applying to have a grade reappraised in a Lassonde School of Engineering course should note the following:

    • requests for reappraisal must be filed with the unit offering the course within 21 calendar days of the release of the final grade in the course;
    • students may request the review of specific pieces of work, or the overall course grade. Normally, however, only written work can be reassessed;
    • when a student asks for reappraisal, an original grade may be raised, lowered or confirmed;
    • students wishing to request the reappraisal of a final grade should fill out the appropriate form available from the department/division offering the course and return it to the department/division offering the course;
    • the decision of the department/division may be appealed to the Lassonde School of Engineering Academic Petitions and Appeals Committee only on grounds of procedural irregularity.

    For complete details including deadlines, see Petitions and Grade Reappraisals in the Policies and Regulations section of the calendar.

    Recognition of Excellence

    Dean's Honour Roll

    The annual Dean's Honour Roll recognizes academic excellence by assigning the notation "Member of Dean's Honour Roll" to the grade report and transcript of a student who achieves a sessional credit-weighted grade point average of 7.50 or higher on a minimum of 24 credits, or, in the final year of study, a minimum of 18 credits.

    Students coregistered in the Faculty of Education, who are registered in a minimum of 24 credits overall (of which at least 18 credits are for the bachelor or Honours degree in the Lassonde School of Engineering) and who achieve a sessional credit-weighted grade point average of 7.50 or higher on their credits for the bachelor or Honours in the Lassonde School of Engineering, are also eligible to be on the Lassonde School of Engineering Dean's Honour Roll.

    First-Class Degrees

    The Lassonde School of Engineering rewards exceptional students by designating their degrees "first class" or "first class with distinction".

    First-class standing is normally awarded to students whose cumulative overall credit-weighted grade point average is 7.50 or higher.

    With distinction is normally added to the first class degree of students whose cumulative overall credit-weighted grade point average is 8.00 (A) or higher.

    Warnings and Sanctions

    Students whose academic record does not meet the degree standards are subject to the academic penalties of academic warning, required withdrawal, debarment warning, debarment and academic probation, as set out below. In sum, students on Academic Warning who do not meet the GPA requirements, in the first instance will be Required to Withdraw from the University for 12 months. Students who return to the University after a required withdrawal, via the reactivation process, or via an approved academic petition, are placed on Debarment Warning. Failure to meet the GPA requirements while on debarment warning will result in students being Debarred for 24 months. Students who wish to return to the University after a debarment decision may petition to continue their studies or must apply to be re-admitted after the 24-month debarment period. Students who return to the University after debarment, via the re-application process, or via an approved academic petition, are placed on Academic Probation.

    Academic Warning

    Students whose cumulative overall grade point average falls below 4.00 (C), but is equal to or greater than 2.50, at the end of any session receive an academic warning. Students who enter the Faculty with a grade point average equivalent to less than 4.00 (C) receive an academic warning.

    Academic Warning Conditions

    Students on academic warning must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 4.00 within the next 24 credits taken, or earn a sessional grade point average of at least 5.00 in the session in which that 24th credit is taken and in each subsequent session until the cumulative grade point average reaches 4.00, or be required to withdraw. Students whose cumulative grade point average is below 2.50 after at least 24 York credits have been taken will be required to withdraw for 12 months.

    Required Withdrawal

    Students whose academic record shows marked weakness will be required to withdraw from their studies for twelve months, during which they are encouraged to identify and remedy any problems which may have contributed materially to their failure to perform up to their potential, and to reflect on their reasons for pursuing a university education. The following regulations apply to required withdrawal:

    • Grade point average below 2.50: Students whose cumulative grade point average is below 2.50 after at least 24 York credits have been taken will be required to withdraw for 12 months.
    • Failure to satisfy Academic Warning conditions: students who have received an academic warning for a cumulative grade point average below 4.00, but equal to or greater than 2.50, must satisfy the academic warning conditions as specified above or be required to withdraw for 12 months.

    Petition to Continue without Interruption

    Students who have been required to withdraw may submit a petition to the Lassonde Academic Petitions and Appeals Committee requesting permission to continue their studies on Debarment Warning.

    Reactivation after Required Withdrawal

    Students who have been required to withdraw may apply for reactivation after the requisite period of absence by submitting a request via the Reactivation website. Students who return to their studies after such a Required Withdrawal receive a Debarment Warning.

    Debarment Warning

    Students who have been required to withdraw in the Lassonde School of Engineering, or the equivalent in another Faculty at York University or elsewhere, receive a Debarment Warning upon continuing their studies in the University.

    Debarment Warning Conditions

    Students on Debarment Warning must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 4.00 within the next 24 credits taken or earn a sessional grade point average of at least 5.00 in the session in which the 24th credit is completed and in each subsequent session until the cumulative average reaches 4.00, and must then maintain this average in order to continue.

    Debarment

    Students whose academic record continues to show marked weakness will be debarred from their studies for 24 months, during which they are encouraged to continue to identify and remedy any problems which may have contributed materially to their failure to perform up to their potential.

    Petition to Continue without Interruption

    Students who have been debarred may submit a petition to the Lassonde Academic Petitions and Appeals Committee requesting permission to continue their studies on academic probation.

    Reapplying after Debarment

    Students who have been debarred and who wish to resume their studies must apply for admission through the Admissions Office, and must provide persuasive evidence that they are ready and able to complete a degree program. Students who are re-admitted continue on Academic Probation.

    Academic Probation

    Students who have been debarred and who subsequently resume their studies in the University, whether by petitioning to continue without interruption or by applying for readmission, receive an Academic Probation. Students on Academic Probation must meet the Debarment Warning Conditions outlined above; otherwise, they will be debarred again.

    Academic Honesty

    The Lassonde School of Engineering fosters a culture of academic integrity, honesty and trust, and expects all students to read, understand and abide by the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty. Suspected breaches of the Policy are taken seriously, as the integrity of our academic community is of paramount importance.

    The Lassonde Committee on Examinations and Academic Standards oversees academic honesty investigations in the Lassonde School of Engineering. For further information contact the Lassonde Student Welcome and Support Centre.

    Note: students cannot drop any courses in which they have been penalized for a breach of academic honesty.

    Petitions

    Students may petition on reasonable grounds, in writing, a Lassonde School of Engineering regulation. Students may not petition departmental-level rules (e.g., prerequisites) nor accreditation guidelines (e.g., E/Z section rules for Engineering). In some instances, circumstances affecting a student’s performance in initial University course work will be accepted as grounds for petition. All enquiries about regulations and petition procedures should be addressed to the Lassonde Student Welcome and Support Centre.

    For information regarding petitions for deferred examinations, refer to Deferred Examinations in this section of the calendar. Petition forms must be submitted to the Lassonde Student Welcome and Support Centre.

    Normally petitions for late withdrawal from a course will only be considered if they are submitted within 60 days of the last day of classes of the relevant course. Such petitions may be considered for a period of up to one year if they are based on special circumstances. For information regarding petitions to remove a course from the transcript, refer to the Withdrawal from Course (“W”) Policy and Guidelines.

    Appeals Procedures

    Appeals by students and/or faculty members against rulings of the Academic Petitions and Appeals Committee must be filed in writing and submitted to the Lassonde Student Welcome and Support Centre, within 15 calendar days of the date of official notification of the decision.

    Appeals against rulings of the Academic Petitions and Appeals Committee will be heard by an independent panel comprised of at least two eligible faculty members and one eligible student representative.

    Members shall disqualify themselves if they are involved as a party or witness in the case, or believe that they could not be impartial. Where members disqualify themselves, alternate members will replace them.

    Appeals are heard only on the following grounds:

    1. new evidence; i.e., evidence that, through no fault of the appellant, could not reasonably have been presented at an earlier level (as a guide, events or performance subsequent to the decisions of the Academic Petitions and Appeals Committee are not to be construed as new evidence);
    2. evidence of procedural irregularity in the previous consideration of the case by the Academic Petitions and Appeals Committee. This may be understood to include actions taken by the Lassonde School of Engineering, its officers, committees or members with respect to the case which would violate or nullify any of the following:
      • normal and written procedures of the Faculty;
      • recognized custom of the Faculty;
      • the principles of natural justice and fairness.

    If the route of appeal has been exhausted at the Faculty-level, further appeals may be made to the Senate Appeals Committee.

    Appeals against rulings of the Committee on Examinations and Academic Standards (e.g., academic honesty rulings) must be filed directly to the Senate Appeals Committee. There is no Faculty-level appeals process with respect to academic honesty rulings. Enquiries about appeals of this sort, and the grounds upon which they may be filed, should be directed to the University Secretariat at room 1050 Kaneff Tower.

  • Regulations Governing Undergraduate Degree Requirements
  • The Credit System

    The Lassonde School of Engineering operates under a credit system in which a prescribed number of credits, intended to reflect total workload, is associated with each course offered by the University. One academic credit is defined as one lecture/laboratory hour per week per term. For York University course (with the exception of some courses offered by the Faculty of Education), the number of credits in each course is indicated by the number which follows the four-digit course number.

    Year of Study Equivalents

    When it is necessary to equate credits earned with year level, the following guidelines are used for all Lassonde degrees (except BEng):

    Year Level Credit Range
    Year 1 0 to 23
    Year 2 24 to 53
    Year 3 54 to 83
    Year 4 84+

    For BEng, the following guidelines are used:

    Year Level Credit Range
    Year 1 0 to 35
    Year 2 36 to 71
    Year 3 72 to 107
    Year 4 108+

    Residence Requirement

    In order to qualify for a York University degree in any bachelor or Honours program, a student must have successfully completed a minimum of 30 credits at York University and at least half (50 per cent) of the requirements in each major/minor.

    Time Limit

    There is no time limit for completion of degree requirements in the Lassonde School of Engineering. Students taking a course load of approximately 30-39 credits per fall/winter session can expect to complete a bachelor degree in three fall/winter sessions or an Honours degree in four fall/winter sessions. A limited number of courses are also available during the summer session.

    Although there is no minimum number of credits in which a student must enrol in any session, students who do not enrol in any courses in a fall/winter session must formally apply to have their files reactivated before resuming their studies in a subsequent session (refer to Reactivation in the Lassonde School of Engineering Advising, Enrolment, Registration, Graduation and Other Administrative Procedures section).

    Since the curriculum is constantly evolving through the introduction of new course requirements and/or prerequisites, students are strongly advised to complete their degree requirements in a reasonable time period.

    Course Credit Exclusions

    The University offers some courses in which at least part of the content is similar to that presented in other courses. To ensure that credit is not granted more than once for similar content, the Lassonde School of Engineering designates such courses as course credit exclusions. The exclusion(s) for a particular course are listed in the course description.

    If a student in the Lassonde School of Engineering enrols in and successfully completes two courses which are designated as exclusions of each other, credit is given for only one. Both courses appear on the student's official York University transcript.

    A course (or combination of courses) designated as an exclusion for another course may be substituted for the latter (for the purposes of satisfying prerequisite and/or degree requirements) only with Faculty/department/division/program approval. Information regarding approved substitute courses may be found in the program of study requirements in the Lassonde School of Engineering Programs of Study section, in the prerequisite requirements listed for courses in this publication or in the departmental supplementary calendars.

    Non-Science Requirement

    The non-science requirement provides a broad perspective on current scholarship and the diversity of human experience. These courses are also expected to enhance students' critical skills in reading, writing and thinking, and contribute to their preparation for post-university life.

    BEng Requirement

    Complementary Studies Requirement (General Education):

    A total of 12 credits of complementary studies courses must be taken, as identified below by thematic area. 3 of the 12 credits must be taken in the humanities or social sciences, defined by the following areas: Anthropology, Humanities, English, History, Linguistics and Languages, Philosophy, Social Science, Modes of Reasoning and Women's Studies. (Asterisked courses below are also considered to meet this requirement.)

    Entrepreneurship

    Plus: 3.00 credits in HUMA/SOSC

    Environmental Studies

    6.00 credits from the areas of:

    1. Environmental Management: Policy Resources and Conservation:
    2. Urban and Regional Environments
    3. Environmental Politics: Development, Globalization and Justice:
    4. Environment and Culture

    Plus: 3.00 credits in HUMA/SOSC

    Fine Arts

    9.00 credits from:

    Plus: 3.00 credits in HUMA/SOSC

    Global Engineer

    Languages (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish)

    • 12.0 credits in languages and culture courses with the same rubric, with a minimum of 6.0 credits of language skills and a minimum of 3.0 credits culture course (counts as HUMA)

    French Studies

    • 12.0 credit certificate in French or French for Business, plus 3.0 credits in HUMA/SOSC. Note: these pure language courses do not count for social science or humanities under the CEAB regulations, so this option requires students to complete 15.0 credits instead of 12.0 credits.

    General Studies

    Students may choose 12.00 credits from all the courses listed in the other areas, subject to prerequisites, HUMA/SOSC requirements, and some other restrictions.

    AP/ECON 1000 3.00 & AP/ECON 1010 3.00 and other specified courses may also be taken.

    Law

    • Up to 9.00 credits of Osgoode ‘Perspectives’ courses, such as LW/LAW 3040X 3.00 (Comparative Law: Privacy & Access to Information)

    Plus: 3.00 credits in HUMA/SOSC

    Public Policy

    Choose one of three areas:

    1. The Canadian State and Public Administration:
    2. Public Law
    3. Science, Technology and Public Policy:

    Plus: 3.00 credits in HUMA/SOSC

    Science & Technology Studies

    6.00 credits from:

    Plus: 6.00 credits from (counts as HUMA requirement):

    Restrictions & Notes

    • The following course(s) contain a substantial overlap in content with engineering core material and hence may not be taken for degree credit by BEng degree candidates: AP/PHIL 2100 3.00 Introduction to Logic.
    • No more than 6.0 credits may be taken at the 1000-level.
    • Quantitative courses focusing on techniques of mathematics or statistics cannot count as general education courses.

    Note: Many 3000-level course are eligible for complementary studies credit, but students must have the required prerequisites and be confident of their ability to handle course work in that subject area at the third-year level, i.e., at the same level as third-year majors in that subject area.

    Requirements for BSc, Honours BSc, iBSc Candidates

    All degree candidates in the above programs must complete a minimum of 12 credits from two different areas of study, including at least three credits from each area, subject to the restrictions noted below.

    For the purposes of this regulation “different area” means offered by different academic units such as divisions, departments or Faculties.

    Non-science course areas

    Subject to the restrictions listed below, courses in the following areas may be taken in the Faculties of Glendon or Liberal Arts and Professional Studies:

    • anthropology
    • classical studies*
    • English
    • economics
    • French studies*
    • gender and women’s studies***
    • geography
    • history
    • humanities (courses not cross-listed with science and technology studies (STS))
    • languages, literature and linguistics*
    • modes of reasoning
    • philosophy
    • political science
    • social science (courses not cross-listed with science and technology studies (STS))
    • sociology

    The following courses offered by the Faculty of Environmental Studies may be taken to satisfy this requirement:

    The following courses offered by the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design may be taken to satisfy this requirement:

    Restrictions (for BEng, BSc, Honours BSc, iBSc Candidates)
    1. Courses which are cross-listed as SC courses or which are eligible for SC credit cannot count towards this requirement.
    2. *Courses whose major focus is increased facility in the use of a language cannot count towards this requirement. Such courses are offered in the areas marked with an * above.
    3. Quantitative courses focusing on techniques of mathematics or statistics cannot count towards this requirement. For example, this applies to some economics courses.
    4. **Geography courses cannot be used to satisfy the requirement for students majoring in geography.
    5. ***Excluding gender and women's studies courses which are cross-listed with natural science courses.
    6. Humanities and social science courses cross-listed with science and technology studies (STS) courses cannot count towards this requirement.
    Notes:
    1. Courses taken in fulfilment of this requirement may not be taken on a pass/fail basis (refer to Pass/Fail Grading Option in the Lassonde School of Engineering Regulations Governing Examinations and Academic Standards section).
    2. Students may not take for credit any more than three humanities/social science foundations courses (27 credits).
    3. Non-science courses are normally taken at the 1000 or 2000 level, but higher-level courses are acceptable, subject only to prerequisites and course access specifications for enrolment.
    4. Permission may be granted via an approved academic petition to the Lassonde Academic Petitions and Appeals Committee on an individual basis, for a student to take a course outside the areas and/or Faculties listed above in fulfilment of the requirement subject to the course fulfilling the Lassonde School of Engineering breadth and critical skills requirements, the student having the appropriate prerequisites and the course access specifications permitting enrolment.

    General Regulations

    Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree Programs

    In order to graduate with a bachelor of arts:

    a) All students are required to observe the regulations of the University. Unless otherwise stated, any changes in regulations become effective as announced. This policy is not meant to disadvantage students as they proceed through their studies, including those who have completed a number of courses. It is intended to ensure that their preparation for courses is appropriate and current. Students should consult closely with departments and the Faculty through the advising process.

    b) It is the student's responsibility to enrol in only those courses for which the student has successfully completed all designated prerequisites and to take concurrently all specified co-requisites not already completed successfully. See also prerequisites/co-requisites under Advising in the Lassonde School of Engineering Advising, Enrolment, Registration, Graduation and Other Administrative Procedures section.

    BA Degree Options/Requirements Minimum Credit Requirements
    Minimum Number of Major or Minor Credits:
    (including, where applicable, iBA options)
    BA Major 30 credits; including 12 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level.
    Honours BA Major 42 credits; including 12 credits at the 4000 level.
    Specialized Honours BA major2 54 credits; including 12 credits at the 4000 level.
    Honours Double Major Interdisciplinary BA 36 credits; including 6 credits at the 4000 level in each major.
    Honours Major/Minor BA 42 credits, including 12 credits at the 4000 level in the major and 30 credits, normally including 6 credits at the 4000 level, in the minor.
    Upper-Level Requirements:
    90-credit BA 18 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level including 12 credits in the major as above.
    120-credit Specialized Honours BA and Honours BA degrees 36 credits at the 3000 or 4000-level including at least 18 credits at the 4000-level. This includes the 3000 and 4000 level credits in the major and minor listed above.
    General Education Requirement 21 credits chosen from humanities, natural science and social science courses, with the constraint that at least 6.00 credits must be chosen from each of humanities, social science and natural science areas, but no more than 9.00 credits should be in any one of the three areas.
    Outside the Major Discipline Requirement(s) At least 18 credits outside the major3. Not applicable to double major and major/minor programs.
    Residency Requirement A minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per-cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University4.

    c) Satisfy the Senate academic standards for bachelor programs - refer to Academic Standards for Bachelor and Honours Programs in the Lassonde School of Engineering Regulations Governing Examinations and Academic Standards section.

    d) Satisfy the program of study requirements specified in the Lassonde School of Engineering Programs of Study section for the bachelor program declared.

    Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree Programs

    In order to graduate with a bachelor of science:

    a) All students are required to observe the regulations of the University. Unless otherwise stated, any changes in regulations become effective as announced. This policy is not meant to disadvantage students as they proceed through their studies, including those who have completed a number of courses. It is intended to ensure that their preparation for courses is appropriate and current. Students should consult closely with departments and the Faculty through the advising process.

    b) It is the student's responsibility to enrol in only those courses for which the student has successfully completed all designated prerequisites and to take concurrently all specified co-requisites not already completed successfully. See also prerequisites/co-requisites under Advising in the Lassonde School of Engineering Advising, Enrolment, Registration, Graduation and Other Administrative Procedures section.

    BSc Degree Options/Requirements Minimum Credit Requirements
    Minimum Number of Major or Minor Credits:
    (including, where applicable, iBSc options)
    BSc Major 30 credits; including 12 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level.
    Specialized Honours BSc Major 54 credits; including 18 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level, with at least 12 credits at the 4000 level.
    Honours BSc Major 42 credits; including 18 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level, with at least 12 credits at the 4000 level.
    Honours Double Major BSc 42 credits; including 18 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level, with at least 12 credits at the 4000 level.
    Honours Major/Minor BSc 42 credits, including 12 credits at the 4000 level in the major and 30 credits, normally including 6 credits at the 4000 level, in the minor.
    Upper-Level Requirements:
    90-credit BSc 18 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level including 12 credits in the major as above.
    120-credit Specialized Honours BSc and Honours BSc degrees 42 credits at the 3000 or 4000-level including at least 18 credits at the 4000-level. This includes the 3000 and 4000 level credits in the major and minor listed above.
    Laboratory Requirement 6 credits from courses with laboratories at the 1000-level in any of the following areas: biology, chemistry and physics (Biology, Chemistry and Physics programs require 6 additional credits outside the major).
    General Education Requirement 27 credits in total as follows:
    • 12 credits in human enquiry outside of science disciplines;
    • 6 credits in math at the 1000 level (excluding remedial courses);
    • 3 credits in computer science at the 1000 level;
    • 6 credits from courses with laboratories at the 1000-level in any of the following areas: biology, chemistry and physics.
    Science Requirement Outside the Major Program:
    90-credit BSc

    24 credits, including at least 3 credits at the 2000 level or higher, in science disciplines outside the major. Current science disciplines are: biology, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, computer science, earth and atmospheric science, geography, kinesiology and health science, mathematics and statistics, physics and astronomy, psychology, science and technology studies. Note: the following will not count towards this requirement: SC/BIOL 1500 3.00, SC/CHEM 1500 4.00, SC/PHYS 1510 4.00. These 24 credits may include science credits in the general education requirement that are not in the major, and science credits required by the major that are not in the major discipline.

    120-credit Specialized Honours BSc and Honours BSc degrees
    Not applicable to double major and major/minor programs

    24 credits, including at least 3 credits at the 2000 level or higher, in science disciplines outside the major. Current science disciplines are: biology, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, computer science, earth and atmospheric science, geography, kinesiology and health science, mathematics and statistics, physics and astronomy, psychology, science and technology studies. Note: the following will not count towards this requirement: SC/BIOL 1500 3.00, SC/CHEM 1500 4.00, SC/PHYS 1510 4.00. These 24 credits may include science credits in the general education requirement that are not in the major, and science credits required by the major that are not in the major discipline.

    Residency Requirement A minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per-cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

    c) Satisfy the Senate academic standards for bachelor programs - refer to Academic Standards for Bachelor and Honours Programs in the Lassonde School of Engineering Regulations Governing Examinations and Academic Standards section.

    d) Satisfy the program of study requirements specified in the Lassonde School of Engineering Programs of Study section for the bachelor program declared.

    Interim Dean: R. Hornsey
    Interim Vice Dean: R. Allison
    Associate Dean: S. Pagiatakis
    Office of the Dean: Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, 416-736-5484
    Assistant Dean, Students: A. Gaukel
    Lassonde Student Welcome and Support Centre: Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, 416-650-8215