Degree Requirements

Trent University offers the following degree and diploma programs:

Degree Programs Diploma Programs
• Bachelor of Arts (Honours and General) • Canadian Studies
• Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) • Foundations of Indigenous Learning
• Bachelor of Education Consecutive Program • Indigenous Management & Economic  Development
• Bachelor of Environmental Science/Studies (Honours)* • Kanyen’keha (Mohawk) Language
• Bachelor of Science (Honours and General)  
• Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science  
• Bachelor of Science in Nursing  

      * pending Ministry approval
    •   The University encourages students in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs to plan an Honours degree. The Honours degree is the basic qualification for entry to graduate programs and generally enhances employment opportunities.
    •   The Honours Degree programs and the Bachelor of Science Degree programs in Nursing and in Forensic Science are 20 credit programs, normally requiring four years of full-time study.
    •   The General Degree programs are 15 credit programs, normally requiring three years of full-time study.
    •   The Diploma programs are one or two years of full-time study.

Applicable Calendar for Degree Completion
The regulations in force in the year in which a student applies to graduate are normally the ones listed in that year’s Calendar. It is the responsibility of students to consult the Calendar each year and to follow regulations as stated.

Requirements for all Bachelors degrees
For requirements for the Consecutive Bachelor of Education program see p. 100. Requirements for all other programs consist of:
1. requirements for specific programs as outlined in the Academic Programs section of this calendar
2. at least three credits leading to majors in different disciplines
3. no more than seven 100-level credits
4. a minimum grade of C- (60%) in a required introductory course for the degree, if there is one
5. a maximum of three credits with D grades (50 to 59%)      
6. a maximum of one credit with a D grade (50 to 59%) in courses for a major; not applicable to students enrolled in Forensic Science or Nursing

  Honours Arts & Science Honours Business Admin. General Arts & Science Nursing Forensic Science
7.   total credits required   20 20 15 20 20
8.  minimum cumulative average required in Honours program 65   70  n/a n/a 65
9.  minimum credits required beyond the 2000-level (200-level)
–   in some programs 2000- and 3000-level (200- 300-level)         courses are equivalent
7 7 4 4 7
10. maximum credits unsuccessfully attempted in Honours program
 – includes D (50 to 59%) grades not for credit and F grades
6 6 n/a n/a 3
11. maximum credits allowed in a discipline  13 13 8 n/a n/a
12. maximum credits which can be required in each discipline of a joint-major 8 8 6 n/a n/a

    •   The minimum cumulative average required for Honours (see 8 above) includes only courses for which credit has been earned: neither F grades nor D grades beyond the maximum allowed for credit (see 5 and 6 above) are included in the average. Students in the Honours program who do not maintain this average, or who exceed the maximum of six credits unsuccessfully attempted, will be awarded a General degree, assuming they meet the requirements for the degree.
    •   The same course may not simultaneously satisfy the requirements of both programs in a joint-major degree.
Students must complete a minimum of 10 credits at Trent University to qualify for a Trent University Honours degree, and a minimum of 7.5 credits to qualify for a Trent University General degree. Five of the last seven credits must be completed at Trent University.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree
Some programs lead to a B.Sc. degree. Other programs lead either to a B.A. or a B.Sc. degree, depending on the courses taken; for these programs, students must indicate on the Application to Graduate if they wish to be awarded a B.Sc.
                B.Sc.                                                          B.A./B.Sc.
                Biochemistry & Molecular Biology               Anthropology
                Biology                                                       Computing Systems              
                Chemical Physics                                        Information Systems (joint-major only)
                Chemistry                                                   Economics
                Computing Systems & Physics                    Environmental & Resource Science
                Environmental Chemistry                           Geography            
                Mathematical Computer Science                Psychology
                Mathematical Economics
                Mathematical Physics
                Physics & Astronomy
•   Fourteen science credits (including one in Mathematics, but not MATH 2080, 2084H or 2085H) are required for the Honours degree.
•   Eleven science credits (including one in Mathematics, but not MATH 2080, 2084H or 2085H) are required for the General degree.
•   For science courses in the B.A./B.Sc. programs, see individual entries.
•   The Forensic Science degree (B.Sc.F.S.) and Nursing degree (B.Sc.N.) are standalone professional degrees in science and are not subject to the same B.Sc. major requirements as the Programs noted above. Please see these Departments’ specific degree requirements.

Requirement for a minor
    Students who have fulfilled the requirements for a single-major or joint-major Honours degree may apply to the Office of the Registrar for a minor in a different subject. See individual department and program entries for details.