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IMPORTANT NOTE:

Revisions to this Faculty’s curricular content and rules for the 2021-2022 academic year were approved by the University Senate on May 27, 2021.

If you have questions about academic program requirements and Faculty Rules for the 2021-2022 program entry year, please contact an academic advisor at the Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) within the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (website: euc.yorku.ca/students/resources-and-services; email: euadvise@yorku.ca).

Environmental Arts and Justice

(Environmental Arts and Justice)

Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change

Location:137 Health Nursing and Environmental Studies Building (HNES), Tel.: 416-736-5252
Dean:A. J. Hovorka
Associate Deans:J. Podur, P. F. Kelly
Undergraduate Program Director:G. S. Fraser
Professors:M. J. Bunch, R. Das, S. Flicker, G. S. Fraser, L. Gilbert, A. Gosine, J Hyndman, I. Kapoor, P. Kelly, R. Keil, A. Kusno, U. Lehrer, J. Mensah, F. Montoya-Greenheck, P. R. Mulvihill, L. Peake, P. E. Perkins, V.A. Preston, L. A. Sandberg, C. A. H. Sandilands, P. Vandergeest, M. Winfield, P. Wood, K. L. Young
University Professors Emeriti:G. A. P. Carrothers, F. J. Fletcher, W. C. Found, P. F. Wilkinson
Professors Emeriti:A. M. Armour, D. Barndt, G. Desfor, B. Greer-Wootten, H. P. M. Homenuck, W. Mahaney, L. Molot, A. L. Murray, G. Norcliffe, G. P. Penz, J. Radford, B. L. Rahder, R. A. Rogers, R. L. Salter, R. D. Schwass, J. Seager, E. S. Spence, N. Sturgeon, P. A. Victor, G. R. Wekerle
Associate Professors:A. Bain, R. Basu, R. L. Bello, K. Birch, M. D. Campbell, T. Drezner, J. Etcheverry, L. K. Fawcett, H. Ford-Smith, J. Foster, J. Haritaworn, C. E. Hoicka, S. Kipfer, E. M. Lunstrum, R. MacRae, C. McAllister, D. McGregor, J. Podur, T. Remmel, D. N. Scott, L. Taylor, G. W. Thiemann, P. C. Timmerman, W. S. Tufts, A. Zalik
Associate Professors Emeriti:F. Handy, B. L. Kettel, R. G. Macdonald, R. L. Peterson, B. M. Rutherford
Assistant Professors:S. Colla, J. Korosi, L. Myers, S. Rotz, L. Sotomayor, M. Stiegman, T. Warkentin

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.

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.

Faculty-Wide Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES)

General Education

The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change is committed to ensuring that all students are exposed to the Humanities, the Social Sciences and the Natural Sciences through ensuring a robust General Education requirement. The general education requirement provides a broad perspective on current scholarship and the diversity of human experience. We strive to provide a broader general education curriculum that provides students with the foundation of interdisciplinary knowledge, breadth, methods and the approaches necessary for successful professional education. These courses are also expected to enhance students' critical analytical skills in reading, writing, speech and thinking, and contribute to their preparation for post-university life.

To fulfill the Environmental and Urban Change general education requirements students must take 18 general education credits as follows:

  • 6.00 credits in Natural Science (NATS), which may be satisfied by taking EU/GEOG 1401 3.00 and EU/GEOG 1402 3.00 or any other 1000-level natural science general education course (at least 6 credits) not listed as either satisfying the Humanities or the Social Science requirement.
  • 6.00 credit course in Humanities(HUMA), which may be satisfied by taking EU/ENVS 1010 3.00 and EU/ENVS 1100 3.00 or any other 1000-level Humanities general education course (at least 6 credits) not listed as satisfying the Social Science requirement.
  • 6.00 credit course in Social Science (SOSC) which may be satisfied by taking EU/GEOG 1000 6.00 or any other 1000-level social sciences general education course (at least 6 credits) not listed as satisfying the Humanities requirement.

Guidelines for General Education Courses

It is strongly recommended that students successfully complete (pass) their general education course within the first 24 credits. All general education courses must be completed within the first 48 credits.

Where a credit might count towards either the general education requirement or the major requirement, it may only count towards one or the other and not both.

All general education courses are offered at the 1000 level.

General education course substitutions may be offered by any school or department in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LAPS). Please refer to the listing of approved general education courses for Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.

Note: All approved LA&PS general education courses will be entered in the university repository with the following language added to their course descriptions "Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit."

Major Credits

In addition to taking courses which contribute to their broad knowledge, students are required to specialize in a specific subject . Students may choose to major in a specific subject when they enter the University, or they may wait until they have completed up to 24 credits. At this point, students must choose a major, but subsequent changes are possible. In selecting courses, students who are undecided are recommended to take introductory courses in a number of potential major subjects. This will allow them to proceed in their eventual major of choice while minimizing delay.

Cross-listed courses may not be double counted in order to fulfil major requirements. For example, if EU/ENVS 3891 3.00 is cross-listed to AP/HIST 3891 3.00, it may be counted as a environmental studies course or a history course, but not as both.

Upper-level Credits

The Faculty also considers it good educational practice to ensure that students take a number of credits at the 3000 level and/or 4000 level. Though it may vary by program, students must take at least 18 credits at the 3000 level or 4000 level. (A course's level is indicated by the first digit of its number.)

Credits Outside the Major

Credits outside the major are courses which are intended to broaden the educational experience of students beyond their area of specialization. Credits outside the major include most courses which are not used to fulfil the general education requirements or major/minor requirements, and include free electives. Please refer to the Programs of Study section for program-specific information.

Minimum Requirements by Program Type

The following minimum requirements apply to all Environmental and Urban Change students. Each program of study (major) may stipulate additional requirements. For details of individual programs, refer to the Programs of Study section. Also consult the section on Academic Standing.

In order to graduate with a BES degree, students must achieve satisfactory academic standing to enter, proceed and graduate and must successfully complete (pass) a minimum of 90 credits which fulfil all of the following requirements.

  • 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;
  • Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 90 credits that meet the Faculty's degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 4.00;
  • General education: 18 credits;
  • Major credits: as defined by the program; a minimum of 27 including core and faculty credits.
  • Additional upper-level major credits: as defined by the program; at least 18 credits at the 3000 level and 4000 level.

Double Major Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Double Major BES)

To graduate with the Honours Double Major BES, a student must complete the following:

  • 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 double major must be taken at York University;
  • Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits which meet the Faculty's degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.00;
  • General education: fulfill the Environmental and Urban Change general education requirements as outlined in the Program of Study section;  
  • Major credits: as defined by the specific programs; a minimum of 42 credits must be earned in each of the major subject areas;
  • Upper-level credits: a minimum of 24 credits must be at the 3000 and 4000 level, including at least 12 credits at the 4000 level;
  • Credits outside the major: students who graduate in the double major program are deemed to have fulfilled this requirement;
  • In a double major program, a course may count for major credit towards only one major;
  • Satisfy the program of study requirements specified in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change Programs of Study section for the declared Honours program and major subject areas;
  • Students should consult carefully with departments and the Faculty through the advising process;
  • It is the student’s responsibility to enrol only in those courses for which they have successfully completed all designated prerequisites.


Major/Minor Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Major/Minor BES)

To graduate with the Honours Major/Minor BES, a student must complete the following:

  • 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 double major must be taken at York University;
  • Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits which meet the Faculty's degree and program requirements with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 5.00;
  • General education: fulfill the Environmental and Urban Change general education requirements as outlined in the Program of Study section;  
  • Minor credits: as defined by the specific programs: a minimum of 30 credits in the minor must be earned in each of the major subject areas.
  • Upper-level credits: a minimum of 12 credits must be at the 3000 and 4000 level, including at least 6 credits at the 4000 level;
  • Credits outside the major: students who graduate in this program are deemed to have fulfilled this requirement;
  • In a major/minor program, a course may count for major credit towards only one major;
  • Satisfy the program of study requirements specified in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change Programs of Study section for the declared Honours program and major subject areas;
  • Students should consult carefully with departments and the Faculty through the advising process.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to enrol only in those courses for which the student has successfully completed all designated prerequisites.

Program-Specific Degree Requirements



Note: Course offerings may vary from year to year.

Honours BES: 120 Credits

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.

Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits which meet the Faculty's degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.00.

General education: to fulfill the environmental and urban change general education requirements students must take 18 credits general education credits as follows:

  • 6.00 credits in Natural Science (NATS) which may be satisfied by taking EU/GEOG 1401 3.00 (cross-listed to SC/GEOG 1401 3.00) and EU/GEOG 1402 3.00 (cross-listed to SC/GEOG 1402 3.00) or any other 1000-level natural science general education course (at least 6 credits) not listed as either satisfying the Humanities or the Social Science requirement.
  • 6.00 credit course in Humanities (HUMA), which may be satisfied by taking EU/ENVS 1010 3.00 and EU/ENVS 1100 3.00 or any other 1000-level humanities general education course (at least 6 credits) not listed as satisfying the social science requirement.
  • 6.00 credit course in Social Science (SOSC) which may be satisfied by taking EU/GEOG 1000 6.00 or any other 1000-level social sciences general education course (at least 6 credits) not listed as satisfying the Humanities requirement.

Major credits: students will take at least 24 credits in environmental studies, including

  • EU/ENVS 1122 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 1300 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 2122 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 2125 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 2327 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3100 3.00 or EU/ENVS 3327 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3160 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4311 3.00

Faculty Requirements: 6 credits to be selected in accordance of:

  • 3.00 credits chosen from among: EU/GEOG 2420 3.00; EU/GEOG 3520 3.00 or EU/ENVS 3010 3.00
  • 3.00 credits of capstone experiential education chosen from among: EU/ENVS 4000 6.00; EU/ENVS 4001 3.00 (cross-listed to EU/GEOG 4001 3.00); EU/ENVS 4001 6.00 (cross-listed to EU/GEOG 4001 6.00); ENVS 4800 3.00; or EU/GEOG 4000 6.00.

Additional Major credits: students will take at least 27 credits, 9 credits must be at the 3000 level and 18 credits must be at the 4000 level chosen from among:

  • EU/ENVS 3120 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3122 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3140 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3150 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3170 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3301 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3302 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3303 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3320 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3340 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4011 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4122 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4140 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4161 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4310 3.00 (integrated to: EU/ENVS 5070 3.00)
  • EU/ENVS 4420 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4421 3.00 (integrated to: EU/ENVS 5061 3.00)
  • EU/ENVS 4326 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4350 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4750 3.00

Upper-level credits: at least 18 credits in the major must be at the 4000 level. This requirement is met by satisfying the Additional Major Credits requirement, above.

Credits outside the major: at least 45 credits. (Note: students who are completing a double major or major/minor are deemed to have fulfilled some of this requirement.

To enrol in the research-based course EU/ENVS 4000 6.00 or EU/GEOG 4000 6.00, students must successfully complete (pass) six credits of methods courses requirements with a B+ (7.00) overall cumulative grade point average by the end of their third year (completion of 84-90 credits) to be approved in June prior to enrolling in this course.

Honours Double Major BES

A Double Major option in Environmental Arts and Justice can be pursue jointly with an Honours program in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, the Faculty of Health, the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, the Faculty of Science, the School of Arts, Performance, Media and Design, Glendon College or where a Double Major is offered to students whose degree program allows completion of a Double Major.

Major credits: students will take at least 24 credits in environmental studies, including

  • EU/ENVS 1122 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 1300 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 2122 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 2125 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 2327 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3100 3.00 or EU/ENVS 3327 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3160 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4311 3.00

Additional Major credits: students will take at least 18 credits; 6 credits must be at the 3000 level and 9 credits must be at the 4000 level chosen from among:

  • EU/ENVS 3120 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3122 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3140 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3150 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3170 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3301 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3302 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3303 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3320 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3340 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4011 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4122 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4140 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4161 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4310 3.00 (integrated to: EU/ENVS 5070 3.00)
  • EU/ENVS 4420 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4421 3.00 (integrated to: EU/ENVS 5061 3.00)
  • EU/ENVS 4326 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4350 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4750 3.00

Note: in a double major program, a course may count only once toward major credit. Students should be aware that in order to complete the requirements of the Honours double major programs it may be necessary to complete more than 120 credits.

Honours Major/Minor BES

The Honours BES Environmental Arts and Justice program described above may be pursued jointly with approved Honours Minor degree program in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, the Faculty of Health, the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, the Faculty of Science, the School of Arts, Performance, Media and Design, Glendon College or where a Major/Minor is offered to students whose degree program allows completion of a Minor.

Note: in a major/minor program, a course may count only once toward major credit or minor credit. Students should be aware that in order to complete the requirements of the Honours major/minor programs it may be necessary to complete more than 120 credits.

Honours Minor BES

Major credits: students will take at least 24 credits in environmental studies, including

  • EU/ENVS 1122 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 1300 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 2122 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 2125 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 2327 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3100 3.00 or EU/ENVS 3327 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3160 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4311 3.00

Additional Major credits: students will take at least 6 credits chosen from among:

  • EU/ENVS 3120 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3122 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3140 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3150 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3170 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3301 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3302 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3303 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3320 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3340 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4011 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4122 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4140 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4161 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4310 3.00 (integrated to: EU/ENVS 5070 3.00)
  • EU/ENVS 4326 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4350 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4420 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4421 3.00 (integrated to: EU/ENVS 5061 3.00)
  • EU/ENVS 4750 3.00

Note: in a major/minor program, a course may count only once toward major or minor credit. Students should be aware that in order to complete the requirements of the Honours major/minor programs it may be necessary to complete more than 120 credits.

BES: 90 Credits

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.

Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 90 credits which meet the Faculty's degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 4.00.

General education: to fulfill the environmental and urban change general education requirements students must take 18 credits general education credits as follows:

  • 6.00 credits in Natural Science (NATS) by taking EU/GEOG 1401 3.00 (cross-listed to SC/GEOG 1401 3.00) and EU/GEOG 1402 3.00 (cross-listed to SC/GEOG 1402 3.00) or any other 1000-level natural science general education course (at least 6 credits) not listed as either satisfying the Humanities or the Social Science requirement.
  • 6.00 credit course in Humanities (HUMA) by taking EU/ENVS 1010 3.00 and EU/ENVS 1100 3.00 or any other 1000-level humanities general education course (at least 6 credits) not listed as satisfying the Social Science requirement.
  • 6.00 credit course in Social Science (SOSC) by taking EU/GEOG 1000 6.00 or any other 1000-level social sciences general education course (at least 6 credits) not listed as satisfying the Humanities requirement.

Major credits: students will take at least 24 credits in environmental studies, including

  • EU/ENVS 1122 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 1300 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 2122 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 2125 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 2327 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3100 3.00 or EU/ENVS 3327 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3160 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4311 3.00 (integrated to: EU/ENVS 5070 3.00)

Faculty Requirements: 3 credits chosen from among:

  • EU/ENVS 3010 3.00
  • EU/GEOG 2420 3.00
  • EU/GEOG 3520 3.00

Additional Major credits: students will take at least 18 credits at the 3000-level (or 4000-level courses' subject to space availability and approval from the program) chosen from among:

  • EU/ENVS 3120 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3122 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3340 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3140 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3150 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3170 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3301 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3302 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3303 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 3320 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4011 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4140 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4161 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4122 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4310 3.00 (integrated to: EU/ENVS 5070 3.00)
  • EU/ENVS 4326 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4350 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4420 3.00
  • EU/ENVS 4421 3.00 (integrated to: EU/ENVS 5061 3.00)
  • EU/ENVS 4750 3.00

Upper-level credits: at least 18 credits in the major must be at the 3000 level. This requirement is met by satisfying the Additional Major Credits requirement, above.

Credits outside the major: at least 27 credits.

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Academic Advising Services

In the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (EUC), the Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) provides EUC students with supportive services and resources to reach their utmost success.

OSAS works closely with other campus associates and colleagues to establish and maintain a welcoming and enthusiastic experience for our students as they progress through their program at York University. OSAS provides a confidential and safe environment for students to receive the assistance they require.

Academic Advising in the EUC is an interactive process in which the student with the help of the Advisor, will set and achieve their academic and professional goals, learn and utilize the relevant information and services to assist them, and to make responsible decisions consistent with interests, goals, and degree requirements. The Academic Advisor may also make referrals for student concerns to other campus services.

Academic Advisor(s) in EUC will:

  • Assist all incoming and current students to develop their academic plan to graduate.
  • Review student course selections in relation to completing their program, degree requirements and goals for the future.
  • Provide accurate information so that students may make informed decisions about their program.
  • Provide opportunities to discuss academic standing, cumulative GPA academic regulations, integrity concerns, petition and program change requests.
  • Explain the petition procedure and interpret the Senate regulations.
  • Inform the student about the various resources and services available on campus as well.

The Advisor(s) is available from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding holidays. The Advisor can be reached at eucadvise@yorku.ca.

Student Responsibilities

Students are expected to:

  • Familiarize themselves with the academic policies, procedures and requirements for their program for the year they entered the program at calendars.students.yorku.ca/
  • Continually monitor their progress towards graduation.
  • Ensure the courses they choose meet the requirements for their degree.
  • Ensure that the courses they choose are not course credit exclusions of other courses already taken and meet prerequisites.
  • Note and observe deadlines and processes (fees refund schedule, add/drop courses).
  • Keep themselves up-to-date on their academic progress in each and every course.
  • Review their program requirements on the EUC website and the York student responsibilities on the York website.
  • Ensure they are familiar with the University Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Ensure they understand University Academic Integrity provisions (secretariat-policies.info.yorku.ca/policies/academic-honesty-senate-policy-on/).

Academic Standards

Academic standing depends on several factors, including the number of courses a student has passed, the grade point average achieved during a particular session (sessional grade point average) and the overall grade point average (cumulative grade point average).

Change of program. Students may request to change their program of study after completion of their first academic session in the Faculty, provided they meet the minimum academic standards and entry requirements for the program requested. Students must follow requirements of the program in place at the point of entry. A Program Change Request, available on the Program Change web page at myacademicrecord.students.yorku.ca/program-change, must be submitted. Some programs may require school/department approval. For details of individual programs, refer to the Programs of Study section. Also consult the section on Academic Standing.

Honours BES/BA/BSc Degree (120 credits)

Qualifying for Honours: Students with no Previous Postsecondary Education: Students who are admitted to the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change with no prior experience at a postsecondary educational institution (such as a university or college) are automatically enrolled in an Honours program.

Transfer Students: Students who are admitted to the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change with prior experience at a postsecondary educational institution are required to enrol in the Honours program if their prior cumulative grade point average (including failed courses) is at least the equivalent of 5.00 (C+) on the York scale.

Note: courses taken at other postsecondary institutions are not calculated as part of the student’s grade point average at York, nor do they appear on the York University transcript.

Honours Progression Requirements: Honours Standing

To continue in an Honours program, students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 5.00 (C+). Students whose cumulative grade point averages fall below 5.00 (C+) during the course of their studies may proceed in an Honours program, on warning, provided that they meet the year level progression requirements as set out below.

cGPA required to progress on warning in Honours programs in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change

YEAR LEVEL

CREDIT RANGE

CGPA

1

0 to 23

4.00

2

24 to 53

4.25

3

54 to 83

4.80

4

84 to 120

5.00

Students must successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits, meet Faculty and program requirements, and achieve a CGPA of 5.00 (C+) for all courses taken to satisfy their program in order to graduate with an Honours degree. Students who are permitted to continue in an Honours program on warning will be required to attend an advising appointment with their adviser prior to enrolling.

Courses Taken Beyond the Normal Maximum

Students in an Honours BES/BA/BSc program who successfully complete more than 120 credits and whose cumulative grade point average is at least 5.00 (C+) will have all credits counted towards their Honours BES/BA/BSc and their cumulative grade point average.

Graduating in Honours BES/BA/BSc

To graduate from an Honours program, students must successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits which meet the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change' program requirements. The cumulative grade point average for all courses taken must be at least 5.00 (C+).

Ineligibility to Continue in Honours BES/BA/BSc

Students who do not meet the conditions outlined above may continue their studies only in the Bachelor’s 90 credit degree program. Students will be automatically transferred to the Bachelor’s program.

Re-entering Honours: Students may re-enter Honours BES/BA/BSc if they raise their cumulative grade point average to 5.00 or above by the time they have successfully completed (passed) their 90th credit. No extra courses may be taken in a subsequent session in an effort to raise the grade point average to qualify for Honours. Please refer to the Academic Warnings and Penalties section.

Opting to Graduate in the BES/BA/BSc Program – 90 credit

Students who are enrolled in the 120-credit Honours program may opt to graduate with a 90-credit degree program if they fulfill those program requirements. Students who wish to take advantage of this option should complete the relevant online application form on the York Convocation website (convocation.students.yorku.ca/preparing/apply/)

Bachelor - BES/BA/BSc Degree (90 credits)

Students must successfully complete (pass) at least 90 credits which meet the BES/BA/BSc program requirements. The cumulative grade point average for all courses taken must be at least 4.00 (C).

Transferring to Honours

Students in the BES/BA/BSc 90-credit program who become eligible for the Honours program due to their  higher grade point average, will automatically be transferred to an Honours BES/BA/BSc degree program. For this to occur, students at the point of enrolment in a new academic session can declare via the enrolment system if they wish to proceed in the BA or Honours BA degree.

Students who have graduated from the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change with a 90-credit BES/BA/BSc degree and whose record makes them eligible for an Honours BES/BA/BSc may apply to the Faculty to pursue the Honours degree.

Courses Taken Beyond the Normal Maximum

Students in the BES/BA/BSc program who successfully complete more than 90 credits and whose cumulative grade point average is at least 4.00 (C) and less than 5.00 (C+) will have all credits counted towards their BES/BA/BSc degree and their cumulative grade point average.

Additional Credits to Raise Cumulative Grade Point Average to Meet the Requirements for Graduation

Students in the BES/BA/BSc program who have passed 90 credits in accordance with the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change program requirements, but whose cumulative grade point average is below 4.00 (C), will be allowed a maximum of 12 additional credits beyond the 90 credits to a maximum of 102 credits, in an effort to increase their cumulative grade point average to qualify to graduate.  These courses must be above the 1000 level and a minimum of six credits must be taken in EUC; regulations on equivalent and excluded courses apply. New courses, repeated courses, passed courses and failed courses will count towards the total maximum number of attempted credits. These courses must be taken at York University.

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 (see the Admissions section for more information). futurestudents.yorku.ca/requirements/visiting

Academic Warnings and Penalties

Students whose academic record does not meet Faculty standards are subject to the academic penalties of academic warning, required withdrawal, debarment warning, debarment and academic probation.

Academic Warning

Students whose overall cumulative grade point average falls below 4.00 (C) at the end of any session or who enter the Faculty with a grade point average equivalent to less than 4.00 (C) on the York University undergraduate grading scheme, receive an academic warning. Students who receive an academic warning must achieve an overall cumulative grade point average of at least 4.00 (C) within the next 24 credits taken or must earn a sessional grade point average of at least 5.00 (C+) in the session in which the 24th credit is completed and in each subsequent session until the cumulative average reaches 4.00 (C) or be required to withdraw for 2 academic sessions (SU and FW or FW and SU).

Required Withdrawal BES/BA/BSc

Students whose academic record show marked weaknesses may be required to withdraw from their studies for one year, during which time they are encouraged to identify and remedy any problems which may have contributed 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 withdrawals for 2 academic sessions (SU and FW or FW and SU).

Grade Point Average Below 3.00 (D+)

Students whose cumulative grade point average on at least 24 credits is below 3.00 must withdraw for 12 months.

Grade Point Average Below 4.00 (C) and Greater than or equal to 3.00 (D+)

Students who have received an academic warning for a cumulative grade point average below 4.00 (C) must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 4.00 (C) within their next 24 credits taken or earn a sessional grade point average of at least 5.00 (C+) in the session in which the 24th credit is completed and in each subsequent session until the cumulative average reaches 4.00 (C); otherwise, they must withdraw for 12 months. Should the student’s cumulative grade point average fall below 3.00 (D+) at any time after completion of 24 credits, they will be required to withdraw.

Petition to Continue Without Interruption

Students who have been required to withdraw may submit a petition to the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change requesting permission to continue their studies without interruption. Students granted such a petition would be allowed to continue their studies on debarment warning. For further information, contact the Office of Student and Academic Services, 137 HNES.

Reactivation after Required Withdrawal

Students who have been required to withdraw may apply for reactivation (to continue their studies) after the requisite period of absence by submitting a request online at the Reactivation Web page (registrar.yorku.ca/enrol/reactivate). Students who return to their studies after such a required withdrawal (as well as those who have been allowed to continue their studies by virtue of a petition to the EUC Petitions Committee) will receive a debarment warning.

Debarment Warning

Students who have been required to withdraw from the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change or from another Faculty at York or elsewhere receive will a debarment warning upon returning or continuing their studies in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change. Students on a debarment warning must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 4.00 (C) within the next 24 credits taken or earn a sessional grade point average of at least 5.00 (C+) in the session in which the 24th credit is completed and in each subsequent session until their cumulative average reaches 4.00 (C), and must then maintain this average. Students who do not fulfill these conditions will be debarred from the University. Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.00 (D+) at any time while on a debarment warning will be debarred.

Debarment

Students who have already been required to withdraw because of their unsatisfactory academic record and whose record does not show improvement will be debarred from the University. Debarment, the minimum period for which is normally two years, means that a student is no longer a student at York University.

Petition to Continue Without Interruption

Students who have been debarred may submit a petition to the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change Petitions Committee requesting permission to continue their studies without interruption. For further information, contact the Office of Student and Academic Services, 137 HNES.

Reapplying After Debarment

Students who have been debarred and who wish to resume their studies must apply for re-admission through the Admissions Office futurestudents.yorku.ca and must provide persuasive evidence that they are ready and able to complete a degree program. Students who are re-admitted (as well as those who have been allowed to continue their studies by virtue of a petition) receive an academic probation

Academic Probation

Students who have been debarred and who subsequently resume their studies in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change by petitioning to continue without interruption or by reapplying for admission - receive an academic probation. The conditions for continuing on an academic probation are the same as those for a debarment warning.

Debarment warning conditions

Students who have been debarred may submit a petition to the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change Undergraduate Pedagogy, Academic Standards, and Awards Committee (UG PASA) requesting permission to continue their studies without interruption. Students granted such a petition would be allowed to continue their studies on academic probation warning. For further information, contact the Office of Student and Academic Services, 137 HNES.

Certificate Regulations

While working towards the completion of the BA or BES or BSc degree, students may opt to pursue a certificate in addition to their degree program. Students can choose from Climate Solutions and Sustainable Energy (CCSE); Cultural and Artistic Practices for Environmental and Social Justice (CAP); or Geomatics: Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (GIS). In order to do so, students are required to complete a number of required and elective courses, in addition to completing other degree requirements. Please refer to Programs of Study section for certificate program-specific information. Contact the Faculty at euadvise@yorku.ca for more information on applying to these certificate programs.

Minimum Requirements for Multiple Certificates

Students may acquire more than one certificate during the course of their studies, provided that at least 18 credits in each certificate program are unique to the specific certificate.

Residency Requirements

York University's residency requirement for undergraduate certificate programs is 18 credits for certificate programs requiring up to 36 credits, and 50 per cent of the required credits for certificates comprising more than 36 credits. Normally, for undergraduate certificate programs requiring 18 credits or less, all credits are completed at York.

Admission/Graduation Application and Transcript Notation

Students seeking direct entry to a certificate program must submit a written application when applying for admission to the University. Students already enrolled in an undergraduate degree program are also expected to apply for entry to a certificate program, normally prior to completion of 36 credits of their undergraduate degree program. Students must also submit an application to graduate from a certificate program. Applications should be obtained from and filed with the unit administering the certificate program. Transcript notation that the requirements for a certificate have been completed will be made once the Registrar’s Office has received notice from the unit administering the program. Certificates will not be conferred until candidates have successfully completed an undergraduate degree program if they are simultaneously enrolled in a degree and a certificate program.

Certificates in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change

There are multiple certificates associated with the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change:

Certificate in Climate Solutions and Sustainable Energy (CCSE)

Certificate in Cultural and Artistic Practices for Environmental and Social Justice (CAP)

Certificate in Geomatics: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing

Deferred Standing, Academic Petitions and Appeals

Deferred Standing

Please refer to the Policies and Regulations section of the Undergraduate Calendar for further information about deferred standing, academic petitions and appeal guidelines. calendars.students.yorku.ca

In some cases, students may be eligible for deferred standing (an extension) allowing additional time to write a test or final examination or to complete an assignment after the University's deadline for submission of term work. Senate policy states that students must request deferred standing through the department responsible for the course within one week following a missed examination or the last day to submit course work.

Students are responsible for ensuring that full documentation (medical or other) is provided in support of a petition for deferred standing. Application forms are available online at the Deferred Standing Web page (myacademicrecord.students.yorku.ca/deferred-standing).

Note: When students do not or cannot write a mid-term examination (not held during the formal examination period), alternate arrangements to write the mid-term examination should be made within the duration of the course with the course director and individual student, at the discretion of the course director. The Deferred Standing Agreement does not apply.

Religious Accommodation for a Final Exam

York University is a secular institution, committed to sustaining an inclusive, equitable community in which all members are treated with respect and dignity.

Because of religious commitment, students who cannot write a formally scheduled final examination on the date scheduled should refer to the appropriate guidelines regarding the Religious Observance Policy and Accommodation Guidelines at calendars.students.yorku.ca

Aegrotat Standing

In cases where a student cannot be expected to complete the work for a course, the phrase "aegrotat standing" (from the Latin for "she/he is ill") is substituted for a grade on the transcript. Aegrotat standing is seldom granted, and only in exceptional circumstances where deferred standing is inappropriate. For more information, please contact your course director.

Academic Petitions and Appeals

Academic Petitions

The purpose of academic regulations is to allow students to develop their interests and talents to the fullest in ways consistent with the philosophy and standards of the Faculty. In establishing academic regulations, the Faculty also recognizes that instances will arise where it makes sense, in the context of a student's academic career, to waive regulations which would otherwise apply. The purpose of a student academic petition is to request an exemption from a Faculty regulation or deadline. Being unfamiliar with regulations or deadlines does not constitute a valid reason for an academic petition.

Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the University guidelines and principles regarding academic petitions before taking any steps which may have repercussions or affect their academic progress. calendars.students.yorku.ca

Students’ Responsibilities in the Academic Petition/Appeals Process

The University has established regulations, procedures and deadlines through its legislative bodies to which students must adhere. Students are expected to monitor their progress in courses, taking into account their personal and academic circumstances, and to make the necessary adjustments to their workload to meet the requirements and deadlines. The University recognizes, however, that specific circumstances may justify waiving the regulations/requirements/deadlines on an individual basis. Request for a waiver of a regulation/requirement/deadline are initiated by an academic petition.

Students opting to initiate an academic petition should be assured that confidentiality is a hallmark of this process.

While it is the University's responsibility to provide students with proper information, guidance and advice, it is incumbent upon students to:

  • be aware of and adhere to all Faculty and program regulations, requirements and published deadlines;
  • familiarize themselves with their Faculty's written academic petition/appeal procedures and make requests in a timely fashion;
  • provide all documentation to support their academic petition/appeal and to do so in a timely fashion;
  • indicate and document all their relevant circumstances upon submitting their academic petition in the first instance.

For further petition/appeal information, please refer to myacademicrecord.students.yorku.ca/academic-petitions.

Petition Appeal

An appeal is a written request for the alteration of the decision taken on a petition.  The decision of the Undergraduate Pedagogy, Academic Standards, and Awards Committee (UG PASA) shall be final and may be appealed to the UG PASA Appeals Sub-Committee and will be permitted only on the grounds of:

  1. new evidence not available at the time of original submission of the petition, or
  2. evidence of procedural irregularity in the committee's consideration of the case.

Field Placement Opportunities

Placement Opportunities

The placement course is offered every term throughout the year and is open to third & fourth year students in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban change who meet the eligibility requirements.

Placement Course Description:

The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change placement is an experiential education course designed to provide BA, BES and BSc students and Certificate in Cultural and Artistic Practices for Environmental and Social Justice (CAP) students with the opportunity to apply their classroom learning in a workplace environment. Through these placement opportunities, students will gain confidence in field-related knowledge, and acquire employable skills, and valuable work experience. When requirements are fulfilled, eligible students will enrol for either three or six credits depending on the number of hours approved for the placement. To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria.

BA/BES/BSc Honours students:

Students are encouraged to book an appointment with the Experiential Education Coordinator at euc_ee@yorku.ca for guidance and resources to help them successfully secure a placement

  1. Be enrolled in full-time studies and in their third year of study in EUC;
  2. Successfully completed between 60 and 90 credits (or will have completed 60 credits by April of their third year);
  3. Achieved a minimum overall Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of a B (6.00);
  4. Attended the following Career Centre workshops in preparation for experiential work placement prior to enrolling in EU/ENVS 4001 3.00 (cross-listed to EU/GEOG 4001 3.00) or EU/ENVS 4001 6.00 (cross-listed to EU/GEOG 4001 6.00) Placement Course;
  • Résumé & Cover Letter Writing workshop
  • Job Search Strategies that Work workshop
  • Polish Your Interview Skills workshop

BA/BES/BSc Bachelor’s (90 credits) students:

Have a placement secured and received approval by the Experiential Education Coordinator and the Course Director of EU/ENVS 4001 3.00 (cross-listed to EU/GEOG 4001 3.00) or EU/ENVS 4001 6.00 (cross-listed to EU/GEOG 4001 6.00)

Student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.50 or higher

Students who do not meet the required CGPA must meet with the EE Coordinator to discuss options and possible petition, which would outline:

  • the circumstances which prevented them from attaining
  • how the placement course will be beneficial to them
  • If approved, they will have to work closely with the EE Coordinator for professional development coaching.

Requirements for CAP students:

Part A:

  1. Must declared and be enrolled in the CAP certificate;
  2. Must have completed 6.0 credits of artistic practice;
  3. Must have completed three workshops from the career centre:
  • Résumé & Cover Letter Writing workshop
  • Job Search Strategies that Work workshop
  • Polish Your Interview Skills workshop

Part B:

  • Be in contact with the Course Director of EU/ENVS 4001 3.00 (cross-listed to EU/GEOG 4001 3.00) or EU/ENVS 4001 6.00 (cross-listed to EU/GEOG 4001 6.00);
  • Have an approved placement secured by the Course Director of EU/ENVS 4001 3.00 (cross-listed to EU/GEOG 4001 3.00) or EU/ENVS 4001 6.00 (cross-listed to EU/GEOG 4001 6.00).
  • Students who enroll in an approved placement may receive 3 or 6 credits towards their degree upon the successful completion of the placement. Approved placements require a minimum of 120 hours of work and are generally 8–12 weeks in duration (3 credits) or a minimum of 240 hours of work over 8–12 weeks (6 credits). Course/tuition fees will be subject to the student’s fee status as approved by York University. Placements will be carried out each semester throughout the year.

In order to receive academic credit, students must enrol and register online for the course, using the York Enrolment System, go out on a pre-approved placement and fulfill the deliverables of the course. Students will be graded on a pass/fail basis, which will be recorded on the student's transcript; the grade will not be included in the calculation of the student's Grade Point Average.

Students are encouraged to participate in paid placements. However, financial compensation is not guaranteed by York University and students should be aware that the majority of placement providers do not provide financial compensation. Students are also responsible for any incurred costs associated with the placement (e.g. licensing or travel) or any additional requirements (e.g., vaccinations). The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board has information on "unpaid trainees" which is relevant.

Career & Experiential Education Coaching

The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change provides students with hands-on experiences in the classroom which develop essential skills for the workforce. Students are encouraged to book an appointment with the Experiential Education (EE) Coordinator if they are interested in:

  • Placement & Internship Inquiries
  • Exploring EUC career paths and resources
  • Learning how to translate their classroom experience onto their resumes
  • Professional development advising
  • Resume & Cover Letter Feedback
  • Job Search Skills
  • Mock Interviews
  • Networking Advice
  • LinkedIn Guidance

The EE Coordinator is available 8:30-4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday excluding holidays. Requests for appointments can be made by email to euc_ee@yorku.ca

General Information

The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change has been created as a call to action to respond to the most pressing challenges facing people and the planet.  Join us as we strive to create a more just and sustainable future!

The following regulations apply to students taking courses in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change. Applicants seeking admission are referred to the Regulations Governing Admission to the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University.

All students are required to:

  • observe the regulations of the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change and York University;
  • maintain a satisfactory standard of work;
  • have discharged all financial liability to the University prior to graduation.

Undergraduate Degrees

Candidates admitted to a Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change degree program are required to:

  • have been admitted to York University as degree students;
  • satisfy all the corequisite(s) and prerequisite(s) for courses selected for enrolment;
  • satisfy the program and degree requirements for one of the following degrees:
    • bachelor of arts
      • Honours BA
      • BA
    • bachelor in environmental studies
      • Honours BES
      • BES
    • bachelor of science  
      • Honours BSc
      • BSc

Candidates for Reclassifying a Bachelor Degree as an Honours Degree

Students who have graduated and wish to reclassify their degree to Honours must at the point of completing 90 passed credits have met the minimum academic standing for Honours (grade point averages) and maintained that standing upon graduation.

Grading in Courses

Grading

The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change follows the York University undergraduate grading scheme which awards letters ranging from A+ to F and assigns a point value from 0 to 9 to each letter grade. Where percentages are used as a means of reporting grades on individual pieces of work, the conversion table below is to be used in converting percentage grades to letter grades, unless alternative provisions for scaling and/or conversion are announced to students in writing within the first two weeks of classes.

  1. All course grades, including those assigned after a deferred examination(s) are derived from an evaluation of examination and term work, unless otherwise decided.
  2. With the exception of courses explicitly required for certification by a professional body, or other exceptions agreed to by Senate, students pass or fail a course on the basis of final course average, without the additional requirement of having to obtain a passing grade on a final examination. (This does not preclude the possibility of a final examination representing more than 50 per cent of the final grade in a particular course or the requirement that a student pass a specific course lab component.)
  3. Unless Senate agrees to explicit exemptions, eligibility to proceed in or graduate from an undergraduate degree program will not be based on a minimum grade requirement for each major course. It should be noted that this does not preclude setting requirements for a minimum cumulative grade point average in a major subject area. Nor does this preclude setting individual course grade requirements when a course is a prerequisite for upper-level courses or as part of a core requirement. Course grades are not official until released by the University.
  4. The letter-grade system is the fundamental system of assessment of performance in undergraduate programs at York University. In courses where percentages are used as a means of reporting grades on individual pieces of work, the following conversion table is to be used in converting percentage grades to letter grades, unless alternative provisions for scaling and/or conversion are announced to students in writing within the first two weeks of classes.
The relationship between letter grades, grade point values, percentage ranges and performance definitions

Grade

Grade
Point
Value

Percent

Definition

A+

9

90-100%

Exceptional: Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques and exceptional skill or great originality in their use

A

8

80-89%

Excellent: Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques and a high degree of skill and/or some elements of originality

B+

7

75-79%

Very Good: Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques and a fairly high degree of skill in their use

B

6

70-74%

Good: Good level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques and considerable skill in their use

C+

5

65-69%

Competent: Acceptable level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques and reasonable skill in their use

C

4

60-64%

Fairly Competent: Acceptable level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques and some ability in their use

D+

3

55-59%

Passing: Slightly better than minimal knowledge of concepts and/or techniques and some ability in their use

D

2

50-54%

Barely Passing: Minimum knowledge of concepts and/or techniques needed to satisfy course requirements

E

1

40-49%

Marginally failing

F

0

0-39%

Failing

Repeated Passed or Failed 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.

Credit towards your degree will only be counted once for repeated courses taken at York or elsewhere. All repeated passed or failed attempts are subject to the University Senate Policy on Repeating Passed or Failed Courses For Academic Credit.

Alternate Grading Methods

Pass/Fail

Students in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change can request a pass/fail option. Courses taken under the pass/fail option will be annotated on their transcript as P (pass) or F (fail). Neither of these grades will be calculated into their grade point average. Detailed information on pass/fail option is available at myacademicrecord.students.yorku.ca/

Credit/No Credit

The notations Credit and No Credit will be used when an entire course is being offered on an ungraded basis. No Credit will count as an earned failing grade of F in the grade point average.

Marking Scheme

Announcement in class:

The means of determining the final grade in a course shall be provided to students by the course director within the first two weeks of class. Such information must include the types of assignments, essays, examinations, and other components, which make up the grade, their relative weight(s), and any other procedures, which enter into the determination of the final grade.

Subsequent changes:

In exceptional circumstances, a previously announced marking scheme for a course may be changed, but only with the consent of the majority of students and the approval of the undergraduate program director. The course director must distribute the new marking scheme in written form to the students.

Feedback during course:

Course directors are obliged to provide a mechanism by which students can be apprised of their progress in a course and that the grading scheme (i.e. kinds and weights or assignments, essays, exams etc.) be announced, and be available in writing, within the first two weeks of class. Under normal circumstances, 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 term, be received by students in all courses prior to the final withdrawal date from a course without receiving a grade, with the following exceptions:

  • graduate or upper-level undergraduate courses where course work typically or at the instructor's discretion, consists of a single piece of work and/or is based predominantly (or solely) on student presentations (e.g. honours theses or graduate research papers not due by the drop date etc.);
  • 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 (a course which accomplishes its academic credits of work at a rate of more than one credit hour per two calendar weeks).

Note: under unusual and/or unforeseeable circumstances which disrupt the academic norm, course directors are expected to provide grading schemes and academic feedback in the spirit of these regulations, as soon as possible.

Grade Reappraisals

Please refer to the Policies and Regulations section of the Undergraduate Calendar for further information about grade reappraisals. calendars.students.yorku.ca

Reappraisal of Final Course Grades

Students may, with sufficient academic grounds, request that a final grade in a course be reappraised (which may mean the review of specific pieces of tangible work). Non-academic grounds are not relevant for grade reappraisals; in such cases, students are advised to petition to their home Faculty. Students are normally expected to first contact the course director to discuss the grade received and to request that their tangible work be reviewed. Tangible work may include written, graphic, digitized, modeled, video recording or audio recording formats, but not oral work.

Students need to be aware that a request for a grade reappraisal may result in the original grade being raised, lowered or confirmed.

In the event that students are still not satisfied with the final grade or the course director is not available to review the work, they may submit in writing a formal request for a grade reappraisal to the department or unit in which the course is offered*. The Senate approved deadline for submitting grade reappraisals is within three weeks of the release of final grade reports in any term. Exercising discretion about minor delays in meeting the deadline which result from slow mail delivery or extraordinary circumstances is reasonable.

*The exceptions are as follows:

  • For courses offered by Osgoode Hall Law School, Schulich School of Business and the Faculty of Education, the requests for reappraisal are submitted to the office of the relevant associate dean.
  • If the condition of sufficient academic grounds has been met, the relevant department committee, department Chair, associate dean or graduate/undergraduate program director will be responsible for ensuring that the work is reappraised by an appropriate faculty member, ensuring anonymity of both the student and the reappraiser and for communicating the result of the reappraisal (including the reappraiser’s comments) and the route of appeal to both the student and the course director. The reappraiser will be given the nature of the assignment and the rationale for the original grade. It is expected that every effort will be made to render the decision within 30 days of the reviewer having received the work.

Date by Which to Request a Grade Reappraisal

Requests for grade reappraisals must be submitted by the scheduled date for the term in which a course is completed and the grade released.

In the event that students is not satisfied with the final grade or the course director is not available to review the work, students may submit in writing a formal request for a grade reappraisal to the department or unit in which the course is offered*. The Senate-approved deadline for submitting grade reappraisals is February 15 for fall term grades, June 15 for fall/winter session and winter term grades, September 30 for summer session grades, or a minimum of 21 days from the release of grades, whichever is later. When a submission deadline occurs on a weekend or holiday, requests will be accepted up until the end of the next available business day. Exercising discretion about minor delays in meeting the deadline, resulting from slow mail delivery or extraordinary circumstances, is reasonable.

Whenever the grade reappraisal reflects a grade change it will be annotated on the student's transcript. All grade reappraisal is subject to the University policy on grade reappraisal myacademicrecord.students.yorku.ca/

Further Appeal for Reappraisal of a Final Course Grade

If the student is not satisfied with a reappraised final course grade, the procedure shall be as follows:

  • the course director, if available, and the student shall discuss the matter with the undergraduate program director, who may or may not arrange another reappraisal;
  • if the matter remains unresolved, with sufficient academic grounds, request that a final grade in a course be reappraised (which may mean the review of specific pieces of tangible work. Tangible work may include written, graphic, digitized, modelled, video recording or audio recording formats, but not oral work. Non-academic grounds are not relevant for grade reappraisals; in such cases, students are advised to petition.
  • the student may appeal the grade by submitting an official grade reappraisal  request on the appropriate form provided by the Office of Student and Academic Services to the Undergraduate Pedagogy, Academic Standards, and Awards Committee (UG PASA), clearly stating the grounds for appeal and the assignment(s) to be reassessed;
  • the decision of the Undergraduate Pedagogy, Academic Standards, and Awards Committee (UG PASA) shall be final and may be appealed to the UG PASA Appeals Sub-Committee only on grounds of procedural irregularity.

Reappraisal of Grades Other Than Final Course Grades

If a student is not satisfied with any grade—other than a final course grade—received from an instructor or teaching assistant, the student is expected to discuss the matter (and at such time may request a reappraisal) with the person from whom the student received the grade, normally within two weeks. A reappraisal may result in a lower, higher or unchanged grade. If the student is not satisfied with the result of the reappraisal, the instructor or teaching assistant (where appropriate) shall discuss the matter with the course director. The course director shall decide whether or not to reappraise the student’s work and the decision is final for all grades other than final course grades.

Grandparenting Rules for Students Admitted Prior to Fall/Winter 2021-2022

Information for Continuing Students in a Grandparented Program (Admitted Prior to Fall/Winter 2021-2022)

Students who were registered in a degree and program formerly in the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies (BA) and the former Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (BES) have been moved to the newly-created Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change. Grandparenting provisions have been developed for students continuing in these degrees and programs. Continuing students who are moved to the new Faculty will be permitted to complete their existing degrees and programs of study under the grandparenting rules.

The University is committed to ensuring a minimum disruption to students through adherence to grandparenting principles. The grandparenting rules outlined below will be in effect until Summer 2026, with Fall 2026 convocation being the final sunset date. Students who have not completed the requirements of their grandparented program by the end of the Summer 2026 session will be required to follow the program adopted in the new Faculty. Consequently, all students enrolled in the Fall/Winter 2026-2027 session will be following new Faculty requirements.

Enrolment in new Faculty

The academic year of 2025-2026, which includes the Fall/Winter 2025-2026 and the Summer 2026 sessions, is the final year in which students may complete their programs of study under the grandparented rules of their former Faculty. The Summer 2023 session is the final session in which students from the former Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change and from the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies can be reactivated into their current programs under the grandparented rules. Students reactivating in subsequent sessions will be required to follow the rules implemented by the new Faculty.

Grandparenting requirements

University and Faculty-level degree requirements include the number of credits for the degree, general education requirements, breadth requirements (if any), grade point average (overall, cumulative and sessional) requirements and residence/in-Faculty requirements. Program of study requirements include rules about program-specific regulations such as the number of courses for a Major/Minor, the number of courses at a particular level, and specific individual course requirements. At the course level, grandparenting rules will take into consideration course levels, course content and course substitutes. It is assumed that, if necessary, discretion will be used in order to accommodate any students inadvertently disadvantaged by the rules implemented by the new Faculty.

University, Faculty-level and program of study requirements

BA and BES students who have been moved to the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, will not be able to transfer back to the former Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change or the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, since those units no longer exist. However, current students will be permitted to continue in their existing degrees and programs of study in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change following grandparented rules.

Students will be able to follow grandparented rules until the end of the Summer 2026 session with Fall 2026 being the final convocation for programs under grandparented rules. Students who have not completed programs with grandparented rules by the end of Summer 2026 session will be required to complete degrees and programs under rules implemented by the new Faculty.

Students who are moved to the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change will be transferred into a program of study that corresponds to the program of study they were pursuing in the former Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change or Department of Geography in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Students who opt to change their program of study in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change once moved will follow the new program rules. Students who are declaring their Major effective for the Fall/Winter 2021-2022 session must choose a program of study in the new Faculty rather than choosing from the set of grandparented programs. Students who change from a program of study with a single Major to a new program of study with a Double Major or a new program with a Major/Minor option will follow the rules established for the new program of study. Students who are inadvertently disadvantaged by the rules of the new program of study at the time of graduation will be accommodated by the rules of the new program of study.

Faculty transfers

Students transferring from units other than the former Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change and the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies to the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change effective September 1, 2021 will be required to follow the new rules implemented by the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change.

Reactivation for grandparented rules

Previous students from the former Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change and the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies who have been away for fewer than four consecutive sessions (2 academic years or less) and who reactivate before the Summer 2023 session will be eligible to follow grandparented rules from their original program. Students will be able to follow these grandparented rules until convocation in Fall 2026; Summer 2026 will be the final academic term for the grandparented rules. Students who have not completed their program requirements under the grandparented rules as of the Summer 2026 session will be required to complete their degrees and programs under the rules implemented by the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change.

Reactivations to new rules

Previous students from the former Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change and the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies who have been away for more than four consecutive sessions (2 academic years or less), or who reactivate after the Summer 2023 session will follow the rules in place at the time of reactivation.

Residence requirements/in-Faculty requirements

For students moved to the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, courses taken in the former Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change and in the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies will be deemed to count towards the residence or in-Faculty requirements.

Courses

The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change will develop a clear policy for grandparented programs of study with regard to course-level requirements and course substitutes. Students completing degrees and programs of study under grandparented rules will have their previous courses' levels and substitutes honoured.

Previous Courses

Course Substitutions

EU/ENVS 1000 6.00

EU/GEOG 1000 6.00

EU/ENVS 1200 6.00

EU/ENVS 1010 3.00 and EU/ENVS 1100 3.00

EU/ENVS 1500 6.00

EU/ENVS 1500 3.00 and (EU/GEOG 1401 3.00 or EU/GEOG 1402 3.00 or *SC/NATS 1840 6.00)

*students cannot double count: If SC/NATS 1840 6.00 is being used for EU/ENVS 1500 6.00


EU/ENVS 1800 6.00

EU/ENVS 1122 3.00  and  EU/ENVS 2327 3.00  (or any equivalent HUMA 6.00 substitutions across the University)

EU/ENVS 2100 6.00

*EU/ENVS 1122 3.00  and (EU/ENVS 1300 3.00 or EU/ENVS 2327 3.00

*students cannot double count: If EU/ENVS 1122 3.00 is being used for EU/ENVS 1800 6.00 replacement.

EU/ENVS 2000 6.00

*EU/ENVS 1122 3.00 and (EU/ENVS 1300 3.00 or EU/ENVS 2327 3.00). *students cannot double count: If EU/ENVS 1122 3.00 is being used for EU/ENVS 1800 6.00 replacement.

EU/ENVS 2009 3.00

EU/GEOG 2420 3.00

EU/ENVS 2200 6.00

EU/ENVS 2200 3.00 and (EU/ENVS 2201 3.00 or EU/GEOG 2220 3.00)

*students cannot double count: if EU/ENVS 2201 3.00 replace either EU/ENVS 3740 3.00 or EU/ENVS 2200 6.00

EU/ENVS 2400 6.00

EU/ENVS 1400 3.00 and (EU/ENVS 2401 3.00 or EU/ENVS 2403 3.00)

EU/ENVS 3010 3.00

EU/GEOG 3520 3.00

EU/ENVS 3151 3.00If not offered: EU/ENVS 3340 3.00 or EU/ENVS 3302 3.00
EU/ENVS 3226 3.00If not offered: EU/GEOG 3040 3.00
EU/ENVS 3401 3.00If not offered:  EU/ENVS 3400 3.00

EU/ENVS 3402 3.00

EU/ENVS 2420 3.00- for the purpose of degree requirements, this course will be counted as a 3000-level course.

EU/ENVS 3510 3.00

EU/ENVS 2510 3.00 - for the purpose of degree requirements, this course will be counted as a 3000-level course.

EU/ENVS 3520 3.00

EU/GEOG 3340 3.00

EU/ENVS 3521 3.00

EU/GEOG 3440 3.00

EU/ENVS 3740 3.00

EU/ENVS 3301 3.00 or EU/GEOG 3280 3.00  or (EU/ENVS 2201 3.00 - for the purpose of degree requirements, this course will be counted as a 3000-level course)  

*students cannot double count: if EU/ENVS 2201 3.00 replace either EU/ENVS 3740 3.00 or EU/ENVS 2200 6.00

EU/ENVS 4215 3.00If not offered: EU/ENVS 4311 3.00
EU/ENVS 4225 3.00If not offered: EU/ENVS 4800Q 3.00
EU/ENVS 4401 3.00If not offered: EU/ENVS 4402 3.00

EU/ENVS 4520 3.00

EU/GEOG 4340 3.00

EU/ENVS 4521 3.00

EU/GEOG 4440 3.00

EU/GEOG 1400 6.00

EU/GEOG 1401 3.00 and EU/GEOG 1402 3.00

Recognition of Academic Excellence

Academic Achievement or Distinction List

The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change recognizes the academic excellence of its students by means of the following honours which are recorded on a student's transcript.

Sessional Dean's Honour Roll

The Dean's Sessional Honour Roll recognizes a student’s academic achievements in each session based on the following criteria:

  • students taking 12 to 17 credits in each session and who have attained a sessional grade point average of 8.00.
  • students taking 18 or more credits in a given session and who have attained a sessional grade point average of 7.50.

Graduating Honours

Students with high grade point averages are eligible for the following honours upon graduation from the Faculty:

Honours BES/BA/BSc Degree - 120 Credits
  • Summa cum laude: cumulative grade point average 8.00+
  • Magna cum laude: cumulative grade point average 7.80 to 7.99
  • Cum laude: cumulative grade point average 7.50 to 7.79
  • Member of the Dean's Graduating Honour Roll: cumulative grade point average 7.00+
BES/BA/BSc Degree - 90 Credits
  • With Distinction: cumulative grade point average 8.00+
  • With Merit: cumulative grade point average 7.50 to 7.99

Rules and Regulations

Breach of Academic Honesty

Conduct that violates the ethical or legal standards of the University community is a serious matter. In particular, any breach of academic honesty is a most serious offence to both the University community and the academic enterprise. Therefore, all faculty members are required to treat any breach of academic honesty, no matter how small the breach may appear, as a most serious matter demanding most thorough investigation. The rules embodied in the University Senate Policy on Academic Honesty apply to all BES/BA/BSc students and are described in the Policies and Regulations section of this publication.

In the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change it is a serious offence against academic honesty, among other things, to cheat, to impersonate, to plagiarize or misappropriate the work of others, to practice improper research procedures, to be dishonest in publication, to aid and abet academic misconduct or to undertake any other action that runs counter to academic honesty. In addition, some forms of breach of academic honesty might constitute offences under the Criminal Code of Canada. While the pressures of school may be such that a student may feel pressured to breach academic honesty, students must completely resist such pressures. Students who are unsure of what may constitute a breach of academic honesty should consult with the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty (in the Policies and Regulations section) or with the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change Office of Student and Academic Services.

Faculty Transfers

Students who were last registered in an undergraduate degree program in another Faculty of York University and who wish to transfer to the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change must submit a Program Change Request, available on the Program Change Web page at myacademicrecord.students.yorku.ca/program-change. Refer to the Academic Standing section for degree/program academic standing requirements.

Course Load

Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change students are subject to the following course load constraints:

Fall/Winter Session

  • Fall/Winter session (September–April): Students are advised to take no more than 30.00 credits (fifteen credits per term). Students may take a maximum of 36.00 credits (18.00 credits per term) without petitioning.
  • Students with substantial academic difficulties and/or financial responsibilities and/or personal circumstances are advised to take fewer courses than indicated in a session.

Summer Session

  • Summer session (May–August): Students may take a maximum of 18 credits overall without petitioning
  • Students with substantial academic difficulties and/or financial responsibilities and/or personal circumstances are advised to take fewer courses than indicated in a session.

Courses Taken at York University

Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change degree candidates may enrol in courses offered by other York University Faculties provided they meet the publicized corequisite(s) and/or prerequisite(s). Students are responsible for ensuring that out-of-Faculty courses meet the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change degree and program requirements. Out-of-Faculty courses are credited at the level at which they are taken.

EUC also offers York University courses at international campuses.

Undergraduate students will be permitted to take graduate courses at the 5000 level and subject to the Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations (i.e., valuate the student's record and provide specific details of extraordinary circumstances. The student must have a cumulative GPA of B+ or higher over the past two years and must require the course to complete undergraduate degree requirements) and the undergraduate pass/fail grading scheme will apply.

Independent study, directed reading are also offered. Students interested in arranging such courses should inquire at the relevant department/school. programs. Individual programs may place restrictions on the number and nature of courses taken.

Cross-listed Courses

Some courses in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change are cross-listed. Cross-listed courses are offered jointly by two or more teaching units (such as departments or divisions), or teaching units in two or more different Faculties. Regardless of the offering Faculty or discipline identified by the course prefix of a cross-listed course, every offered section of a cross-listed course is substantially the same as every other and all are therefore recognized as instances of the "same" course.

  1. Cross-listed courses may not be double counted in order to fulfill degree requirements.
  2. Cross-listed courses may not be used to fulfill degree requirements of credits required outside the major in the programs offering the cross-listing.

Letters of Permission (LOP) - Taking Courses at another University

If you wish to enrol at another university (host) and have credits completed there transferred toward your York degree/certificate, you must first request a letter of permission (LOP) and receive approval from the Registrar's Office. While you are pursuing your York degree/certificate, transfer credit will not be granted for work completed at another university without the LOP. Further information is available on the Letters of Permission webpage at registrar.yorku.ca/enrol/lop.

Audit a Course

With the permission of a course director, an auditor attends classes and participates in a course in the same way as other students but does not submit assignments or write tests or examinations. Restrictions may apply. Further information about admissibility, application procedures, courses available and fees may be obtained at Registrarial Services.

Requirements for Directed Reading and Directed Study Courses

Undergraduate Directed Reading and Directed Study courses are only for students in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change who wish to pursue intensive individual work with a particular EUC faculty member on a specific topic of study that is not offered in the undergraduate curriculum.

Such independent courses are entertained only for a topic that is not offered as a lecture/seminar or special topics course in a particular academic session. Directed Reading and Directed Study courses are subject to the following guidelines:

  • Students may request enrolment in Directed Reading and/or Directed Study courses only after having successfully completed (passed) 24 credits in EUC.
  • A faculty member must agree to supervise a Directed Reading/Study course.
  • Students in the honours BES/BA/BSc programs may take a maximum of 12 credits.
  • Students in the bachelor's BES/BA/BSc program may take a maximum of 6 credits.

The student and Faculty member must agree, at the time of enrolment in the course, on a written description of the course, its objectives, its content, the expected learning outcome, the form and frequency of contact between the student and Faculty member, and the form of its evaluation. Both instructor and student must follow the university policy on grading and course feedback secretariat-policies.info.yorku.ca/policies/grading-scheme-and-feedback-policy.

  • This description/contract must be submitted to the Office of Student and Academic Services for approval by the Undergraduate Program Director; the student and the Faculty member should each retain a copy.
  • Restrictions: Students may take a maximum of two full-course equivalents (12.00 credits) of Directed Reading and/or Directed Study courses with the same Faculty member as Course Director.

Placement Opportunities

The placement course is offered every term throughout the year and is open to third & fourth year students who meet the eligibility requirements.

Placement Course Description

The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change placement (hereinafter "placement") is an experiential education course designed to provide BA and BES students and Certificate in Cultural and Artistic Practices for Environmental and Social Justice (CAP) students with the opportunity to apply their classroom learning in a workplace environment. Through these placement opportunities, students will gain confidence in field-related knowledge, general employability skills, and valuable work experience. When requirements are fulfilled, eligible students will enrol for either three or six credits depending on the number of hours approved for the placement. To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria.

BES/BA/BSc Honours students

Students are encouraged to book an appointment with the Experiential Education Coordinator at euc_ee@yorku.ca for guidance and resources to help them successfully secure a placement.

  1. Be enrolled in full-time studies and in their third year of study in EUC;
  2. Successfully completed between 60 and 90 credits (or will have completed 60 credits by April of their third year);
  3. Achieved a minimum Overall Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of a B (6.00);
  4. Attended Career Education and Development workshops in preparation for experiential work placement prior to enrolling in EU/ENVS 4001 3.00 or EU/ENVS 4001 6.00 Placement Course
    1. Résumé & Cover Letter Writing workshop
    2. Job Search Strategies that Work workshop
    3. Polish Your Interview Skills workshop

BES/BA/BSc Bachelor's (90 credits) students

Students are encouraged to book an appointment with the Experiential Education Coordinator at euc_ee@yorku.ca for guidance and resources to help them successfully secure a placement.

  1. Be enrolled in full-time studies and in their third year of study in EUC;
  2. Successfully completed 54 credits or higher;
  3. Student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.50 or higher. Students who do not meet the required CGPA must meet with the EE Coordinator to discuss options and possible petition which would include points:
    1. circumstances which prevented them from attaining
    2. how the placement course will be beneficial to them
    3. if approved, they will have to work closely with the EE Coordinator for professional development coaching.
  4. Attended Career Education and Development workshops in preparation for experiential work placement prior to enrolling in EU/ENVS 4001 3.00 or EU/ENVS 4001 6.00 Placement Course:
    1. Résumé & Cover Letter Writing workshop
    2. Job Search Strategies that Work workshop
    3. Polish Your Interview Skills workshop

CAP students

  1. Have declared the CAP certificate;
  2. Have completed 6.00 credits of artistic practice;
  3. Take three workshops from Career Education and Development:
    1. Résumé & Cover Letter Writing workshop
    2. Job Search Strategies that Work workshop
    3. Polish Your Interview Skills workshop
  4. Be in contact with the Course Director of EU/ENVS 4001 3.00 or EU/ENVS 4001 6.00;
  5. Have an approved placement secured by the Course Director of EU/ENVS 4001 3.00 or EU/ENVS 4001 6.00

Students who enroll in approved placements may receive 3 or 6 credits towards their degree upon the successful completion of the placement. Approved placements require a minimum of 120 hours of work and are generally 8–12 weeks in duration (3 credits) or a minimum of 240 hours of work over 8–12 weeks (6 credits). Course/tuition fees will be subject to the student's fee status and as approved by York University. Placements will be carried out each semester throughout the year.

In order to receive academic credit, students must enrol and register online for the course, using the York Enrolment System, go out on a pre-approved placement and fulfill the deliverables of the course. Students will be graded on a pass/fail which will be recorded on the student's transcript; the grade will not be included in the calculation of the student's Grade Point Average.

Students are able and encouraged to participate in paid placements. However, financial compensation is not guaranteed by York University and students should be aware that the majority of placement providers do not provide financial compensation. Students are also responsible for any incurred costs associated with the placement (e.g., licensing or travel) or any additional requirements (e.g., vaccinations). The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board has information on "unpaid trainees" which is relevant.

Note: EU/ENVS 4001 3.00 or EU/ENVS 4001 6.00 and/or EU/ENVS 4002 3.00 are not automatically counted as Area of Concentration courses, students who take these courses must receive approval by petition from the Undergraduate Program Director.

EUC Career & Experiential Education Coaching

EUC provides students with hands on experiences in the classroom which develop essential skills for the workforce. Student are encouraged to book an appointment with the Experiential Education (EE) Coordinator if they are interested in:

  • Placement &Internship Inquiries
  • Exploring EUC career paths and resources
  • Learning how to translate their classroom experience onto their resumes
  • Professional development advising
  • Resume &Cover Letter Feedback
  • Job Search Skills
  • Mock Interviews
  • Networking Advice
  • LinkedIn Guidance

The EE Coordinator is available 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday excluding holidays. Requests for appointments can be made by email to euc_ee@yorku.ca.

Information for Continuing Students in a Legacy Program

Continuing students who are enrolled in the program and returning students will be permitted to complete their existing degree and program of study including Area of Concentration under the legacy program rules.

As part of changes implemented in 2016 to BES areas of concentration, we have legacy program provisions for students who entered into the program prior to FW 2017-2018 academic session. Environment and Culture and Environmental Politics students can choose to either fulfill the obligations of the retired Area of Concentrations or opt for the new Area of Concentration (Environmental Justice, Politics and Arts). For either choice, students need to complete their program following the policy and regulations of the program they declare prior to Fall/Winter 2017-2018. This includes all degree requirements including general educations requirements, Area of Concentration requirements, out of faculty requirements, upper level requirements as well as free electives.

The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change is committed to ensure minimum disruption to students through adherence to legacy program principles. The legacy program rules will be in effect until Fall 2020 with February 2021 convocation being the final date. Students who have not completed the requirements of their legacy program by the end of Fall 2020 session will be required to follow the program new requirements. Accordingly, new students admitted in Fall 2017-2018 session will follow new program requirements. At the course level, legacy program rules will need to take into consideration course levels, course content and course substitutes. It is assumed that, if necessary, discretion will be used in order to accommodate any students inadvertently disadvantaged by the rules implemented.

Legacy program provisions for BA Geography, BA Geography & Urban Studies, and BES Environmental Studies - Effective Fall 2021

These programs offered in the former Faculty of Environmental Studies and the Department of Geography, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies have been transferred to the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change. The following legacy program rules for these programs will be in effect until 2026 convocation:

Students who are moved into the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change will be coded into a program of study that corresponds to the program of study they were pursuing at the Faculty of Environmental Studies and the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Student who opt to change their program of study once moved will follow the new program rules implemented by the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change and will be coded into a new program of study. It is intended that this change will not create hardship for students but rather allow for the most clarity in terms of programs of study options.

Students who are declaring their Major effective for the Fall/Winter 2021-2022 session must choose a program of study in the new Faculty rather than choosing from the set of legacy programs. Students who change from a program of study with a single Major to a new program of study with a Double Major or a new program with a Major/Minor option will follow the rules established for the new program of study. It is assumed that the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change will use discretion at the time of graduation to accommodate any students inadvertently disadvantaged by the rules of the new program of study.

Previous students from the Faculty of Environmental Studies and the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies who have been away for less than four consecutive sessions (2 academic years or less) and who reactivate before the Summer 2023 session will be eligible to follow legacy program rules from their original Faculty (Faculty of Environmental Studies or Department of Geography in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies). Students will be able to follow these legacy program rules until convocation exercises in October 2026; Summer 2026 will be the final academic term for the legacy program rules. Students who have not completed programs with the legacy program rules as of the Summer 2026 session will be required to complete their degrees and programs under the rules implemented by the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change.

Students who have been away for more than four consecutive sessions (2 academic years or less); or previous students from the Faculty of Environmental Studies and the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies who reactivate after the Summer 2023 will follow the rules in place at the time of reactivation.

Simultaneous Enrolment Guidelines

The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change does not permit students to enrol in courses that are conflicting with each other. Students cannot enrol in two or more courses in the same term that are offered on the same day and time.

Students who undertake such schedules should be advised that there will be no special arrangements and/or support by Course Directors. Course Directors are under no obligation to grant extensions for assignments/exams and/or tests that conflict as a result of double course enrolment. Students are expected to be in class regularly, hand in assignments on time and write the exam/test on its scheduled time. A petition to undertake such schedules in which course conflicts occur or to seek accommodation for such conflicts will not be supported by the Faculty.

Pathway to Success

The Pathway to Success program is designed to support students' academic success through a series of prescribed workshops and seminars that complement the BES/BA/BSc program. The aim is to provide assistance early in the student's academic career to help them succeed and enjoy the full benefits of completing their BES/BA/BSc degree at York University.

Students will be placed on the Pathway to Success program, if:

  • in their first year of study, their midterm marks in each course are below a grade of "C"
  • they are a continuing student and their cumulative grade point average (CGPA) falls below "C" (4.00).

Through this program, each student's approach to enhancing their academic skills will be individualized according to the student's needs for academic support. Some of the workshops and seminars prescribed may be taken through the University Learning Skills Services department and the Library. Students can contact the Student Success Coordinator at eucadvise@yorku.ca for more information and to learn more about the program.

Term Work, Tests and Examinations

Term Work

Term work includes reports, assignments, essays, tests, and other written and oral work assigned in a course, with the exception of final examinations, as outlined in the approved course syllabus. Course directors set the deadlines for submission of term work. All term work must be submitted by the last day of classes of the term in which the course ends. Term work submitted after the last day of classes of the term in which the course ends will not be accepted for grading. Notwithstanding that term work will not be accepted after the last day of classes of the term in which the course ends, assignments received later than the due date will be penalized five per cent of the value of the assignment per day that their assignments are late. Exceptions to the lateness policy for valid reasons such as illness, compassionate grounds etc. will be entertained by the course director only when supported by written documentation (e.g. a doctor's letter).

Ethical Review of Undergraduate Course Research Involving Human Participants: EUC Procedures

York students are subject to the York University Policy for the ethics review process for research involving human participants. All research activity with human participants and minimal risk as part of this course has to undergo ethical review. Please consider the following definitions:

  1. Human participants in research will be defined as persons who provide data or information to the researcher which are typically not part of their professional capacity.
  2. The draft definition of funded research from the Human Participants Review Sub-Committee [HPRC] is: “‘Funded’ will refer to all research that is receiving money that is in response to a specific proposal and administered by the university. Research using monies not administered by the University, and/or not in response to a specific proposal, will be considered ‘unfunded’.”
  3. The definition of minimal risk being used is the one given in the SSHRC/NSERC/CIHR Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct for Research involving Humans 2 (2018): “’minimal risk’ research is defined as research in which the probability and magnitude of possible harms implied by participation in the research are no greater than those encountered by participants in those aspects of their everyday life that relate to the research.”

Tests and Examinations

Tests and examinations may be held in any EUC  course in such form and manner as decided by the course director and as described in the approved course syllabus. Tests and examinations are an essential part of the learning and evaluation process. They must be conducted under fair conditions which allow students to analyze, synthesize, and demonstrate what they have learned. Disruptions or attempts to obtain an unfair advantage are offences against due academic processes and carry severe penalties: refer to the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty and the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities at secretariat-policies.info.yorku.ca. The following regulations apply to tests and examinations (secretariat-policies.info.yorku.ca/policies/conduct-of-examinations-policy-guidelines/).

End of term restrictions:

The total value of any test(s) or examination(s) given during the final 14 calendar days of classes in a term must carry a combined weighting of no more than 20 per cent of the final mark for the course. Note: exceptions are made for some third- and fourth-year courses, such as seminars that often have one or two major assignments due at the end of the term.

Scheduling of tests:

Except where testing is conducted during individual appointments which accommodate a student's schedule (e.g. individually scheduled make-up tests), tests or examinations given during the term must be held within the hours regularly scheduled for the course in question. Any exceptions must be communicated within the first two weeks of classes and on the course outline.

Students' rights of refusal:

Students who are asked to write tests or examinations in contravention of the preceding two regulations may refuse to do so without academic penalty. They also have the right to raise the matter with the undergraduate program director of the department or the school in which the course is offered or with the associate dean of students.

General Regulations for Tests and Examinations

Identification

Students who are being tested or examined are required to present a valid York University photo identification card or other acceptable form of photo identification and to sign the attendance roster for the examination. Acceptable forms of photographic identification include a valid driver's license with photograph attached, a valid passport or other certificate of citizenship with photograph attached.

Answer Booklets

Answer booklets are the property of the University. Test papers, examination booklets and other answer forms remain the property of the University unless they are released by an instructor. Students may not remove them from the test or examination room without permission; nor may they possess blank examination booklets.

Students’ Right to Review

Students may always have the opportunity, under properly controlled conditions, to review and discuss their graded test and examination answers, but final examination answer booklets (and at the discretion of the course director, other examination booklets) remain the property of the University, and are retained by the teaching unit for a certain period of time before they are destroyed.

Final examination period

There is a final examination period at the end of each term. The dates and times of formally scheduled examinations are listed on the York Courses website at w2prod.sis.yorku.ca/Apps/WebObjects/cdm.woa/wa/curexam. Examinations may last two or three hours. Students are responsible for making themselves aware of the appropriate examination details.

Missed examinations

In accordance with University policy and procedure, a student who misses an examination should contact the course director and the department/school of the examination as soon as possible. A student who wishes to write a make-up examination must request deferred standing in the course. Please refer to the section on Deferred Standing/Academic Petitions and Appeals or the Deferred Standing web page at myacademicrecord.students.yorku.ca/deferred-standing

Religious Accommodation Guidelines

Students who, because of religious commitment cannot write a formally scheduled examination (December and April or Summer examination periods) on the date scheduled, should contact the course instructor no later than three weeks prior to the start of the examination period to arrange an alternative examination date. A Religious Accommodation form is available for this purpose online at w2prod.sis.yorku.ca/Apps/WebObjects/cdm.woa/wa/regobs.

Rewriting of examinations

The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change has no provision for rewriting of a final examination. Once an exam   been written or the major paper submitted, the course is completed. Examinations or papers cannot be rewritten to improve a final grade. There shall be no rewriting to improve a mark.

Assessment of Students in EUC Courses

The course director shall assess students enrolled in each EUC course considering the requirements set at the beginning of the course as articulated in the course syllabus. These assessments shall be based on a combination of tests or formal examination(s), participation in classes, term work submitted, and other evidence as determined by the course director.

Subsequent Changes

In exceptional circumstances, a previously announced marking scheme for a course may be changed, but only with the consent of all students and the approval of the Undergraduate Program Director. The Course Director must distribute the new marking scheme in written form to the students.

In courses where percentages are used as a means of reporting grades on individual pieces of work, the conversion table is used in converting percentage grades to letter grades, unless alternative provisions for scaling and/or conversion are announced to students in writing within the first two weeks of classes.

Feedback During Course

Course Directors are obliged to provide a mechanism by which students can be apprised of their progress in a course. The grading scheme (i.e. kinds and weights of assignments, essays, exams, etc.) will be announced, and be available in writing, within the first two weeks of class. Under normal circumstances, graded feedback worth at least 15% of the final grade for Fall, Winter or Summer Term, and 30% for ‘full year’ courses offered in the Fall/Winter Term, will be received by students in all courses prior to the final withdrawal date from a course without receiving a grade, with the following exceptions:

  1. Graduate or upper-level Undergraduate courses where coursework typically, or at the Instructor's discretion, consists of a single piece of work and/or is based predominantly solely) on student presentations (e.g. Honours theses or Graduate research papers not due by the drop date, etc.).
  2. Practicum courses
  3. Ungraded courses
  4. Courses in Faculties where the drop date occurs within the first 3 weeks of classes
  5. Courses which run on a compressed schedule (which accomplishes its academic credits of work at a rate of more than one credit hour per two calendar weeks)

Note: Under unusual and/or unforeseeable circumstances which disrupt the academic norm, Course Directors are expected to provide grading schemes and academic feedback in the spirit of these regulations, as soon as possible.