Academic Regulations

In addition to the general policies and regulations set out in Policies and Regulations, the following academic regulations listed apply to undergraduate students in this program.

Repeating/Failed Courses

Except in special cases, no student may repeat a course more than once.

Students wanting to repeat a course more than once must submit a written request to the Dean’s Office in the faculty delivering their concentration.

The highest grade achieved will be used in the determination of the student's graduation standing, though all grades remain on the student's academic record.

Supplemental Examinations

The Bachelor of Sustainability degree program does not offer supplemental examinations in any courses.

Major or Honours Programs

Students in the Bachelor of Sustainability are not permitted to complete a major or honours program in addition to their B.Sust.

Dean's List

Students who complete 24 credits or more in a Winter Session with an overall average of 85% or higher on all credits attempted will receive the notation "Dean's List" on their permanent records for that specific Winter Session.

Promotion Requirements

Promotion is dependent on successful completion of a minimum number of credits as listed below.


First Year 0–23 credits
Second Year 24–47 credits
Third Year 48–77 credits
Fourth Year 78 or more credits

Academic Standing and Continuation Requirements

Supplementary to the University's policy on Academic Standing, the regulations below are applicable to B.Sust. students.

On Academic Probation

On Academic Probation will be assigned to a student who, while not falling under the provisions for Failed standing, has:

  • earned a sessional cumulative average of less than 55%; or
  • enrolled in 18 or more credits in a session and passed fewer than 60% of those credits; or
  • enrolled in fewer than 18 credits in a session and passed fewer than 50% of those credits.

A student placed On Academic Probation at the end of the Winter Session will normally be allowed to register in a maximum of 9 credits in the following term. This restriction may be waived at the discretion of the Faculty. The credit restriction will only be enforced if the student is notified before the subsequent term begins.

On Academic Probation is changed to In Good Standing if a student's cumulative average in the term in which he or she was on Academic Probation is 55% or higher.

Failed Standing

A student placed on Failed standing for the first time will normally be required to discontinue his or her studies for a period of one academic year (12 months) prior to resuming his or her program of study. A student who already has a Failed standing on his or her academic record (from any UBC program) will be required to withdraw from the University and may only be readmitted under the Advancement Regulations. Failed standing will be assigned at the end of the Winter Session (April) based on performance in that session. The evaluation will consider all courses taken in the session. Failed standing will be assigned to a student who has:

  • a sessional cumulative average less than 50%, passing fewer than 50% of the credits attempted in that session; or
  • a sessional cumulative average of less than 45%.

Courses taken in the Summer Session are not taken into consideration for assigning Failed standing, although they are applicable for On Academic Probation.

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