All programs offered by the Faculty of Science have a fixed number of places for students. For any given program, whenever demand exceeds capacity enrolment will be limited and students will be admitted on the basis of descending ranked academic performance until that capacity is met. Specified selection criteria are described in A.5 Undergraduate Admission Requirements.
Direct entry is possible to most Science Major programs. Entry to most Science Honours programs is possible only after successful completion of at least 30 credits. A limited number of programs offer direct entry into a Science Honours program for highly qualified high school students. These programs are Biochemistry; Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology; Ecology; Neuroscience; Plant Biology; and Zoology. Students who do not enter an Honours program at the time of admission, can be considered following the completion of at least 30 credits.
Repeated courses may only be counted once in a student’s degree program but all instances (that fall within the group of courses used to calculate admission) are used in the calculation of the admission grade point average.
Change of Program
Students may transfer from one program to any other for which they are eligible.
Note that Indigenous students applying for a change of program can be considered under Section A.5.6 Indigenous Admissions.
Continuing University of Calgary students may request a change of program online using the Student Centre. Changes in program include transfer to a program in the Faculty of Science, either from another faculty or from within the Faculty of Science, including transfer from a Major to an Honours program, and designation of a Minor, Concentration or Embedded Certificate. If an application is unsuccessful, a new application must be submitted in the following year.
Change of programs are processed effective for the Fall Term only. The deadline to apply is February 1 of the application year.
Students changing programs from a Faculty outside of Science will be required to present the high school courses required for admission by the February 1 deadline. Required Courses for Admission are listed in A.5.3.1.
Students who have not completed 12 units of university course work by the end of the Fall Term in their application year, will be evaluated based on high school admission requirements, as listed in A.5 in the Admissions section of this Calendar.
Students who have completed 12 or more units of university course work by the end of the Fall Term in their application year will be evaluated based on transfer student admission requirements, as listed in A.5 in the Admissions section of this Calendar. Change of program admission GPA will be calculated using the most recent course work to a maximum of 30 units of graded courses. Courses taken and awarded credit on an alternative grading system (e.g. Completed Requirements (CR), Credit Granted (CG), pass, complete) will not be used as part of the 30 units to calculate the admission average.