Honours Programs & Grade-Point Average

A student interested in Chemistry will usually derive much more from an Honours BSc degree program than from a 3-year BSc degree program, but entrance and continuation in all Honours programs is dependent on meeting the academic standards set out by the Faculty of Science (FSc).

  • To enter Specialized Honours in Chemistry requires successful completion of at least 24 credits with a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade-point average (gpa) of 5.5 over all courses completed.
  • Since Fall 2009 and thereafter, continuation in each year of a Specialized Honours BSc Chemistry program requires a minimum cumulative credit-weighted gpa of 5.5 over all courses completed. To graduate in a Specialized Honours BSc program in Chemistry requires successful completion of all Faculty requirements, and Department-required courses, and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted gpa of 5.5 over all courses completed.
  • For the Specialized Honours Biochemistry program, that minimum is 5.5 over all SC courses and 5.0 overall.
  • For the Honours Major program, that minimum is 5.0 over all courses.
  • For the Chemistry-Biology Double Major degree or for the Major Biology/Minor Chemistry program, the minimum gpa is 6.0 over all BIOL courses and 5.0 overall, to declare, proceed and graduate.
  • For other Double Major or Major-Minor programs with Chemistry as a Major, the minimum gpa is 5.0 over all, in order to declare, proceed and graduate.
  • Graduation in the 3-year BSc degree is dependent on achieving an overall cumulative grade-point average of 4.0 (C).

You may be required to transfer to another degree program if your gpa falls below the required minimum. 
[What do I do if my GPA drops below the minimum?] Students in Honours programs falling just under the minimum may seek permission to proceed on an Honours Waiver.  [ What is an Honours waiver?]

The cumulative grade-point average (gpa) is the credit-weighted average of the grade points corresponding to the letter grades that you earn. York University operates on a 9-point scale. See the Grading page for the grade point values of the letter grades and the numerical % range to which they correspond.

Refer to the York Undergraduate Calendar for a full description of the academic standards for these degree programs.