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Academic Regulations

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Applications for admission to the Bachelor of Environmental Design program will no longer be accepted effective the 2020 Winter Session.

Dean's Honour List

A student with a Sessional Academic Average of 80% or better while taking 30 credits in any Winter Session will be recognized with the notation "Dean's Honour List" on the student’s academic record.

Degree with Distinction

A student with an overall academic average of 80% or better on all core and elective requirements while registered in the B.En.D. program will be granted a Degree with Distinction upon graduation that will be notated on the student’s academic record.

Design Studio Requirement

A grade of 60% is required as a passing grade for all design studio courses [ENDS 301, 302, 401, 402] or any substituting courses. Students must register in a design studio course in each term of the Winter Session.

Academic Standing and Promotion Requirements

Academic Standing will be determined by the student’s Sessional Academic Average at the end of each Winter Session. One of three academic standings will be assigned as a result of a Sessional Academic Evaluation: In Good Standing, On Academic Probation, or Failed.

Good Standing

A student first admitted to the program is in Good Standing. To remain in Good Standing, a student must achieve a Sessional Academic Average and a grade of 60% or better in any design studio course (ENDS 301, 302, 401, 402 or any substituting course). A student in Good Standing will be eligible to continue.


A student will be promoted from third to fourth year if in Good Standing or on Academic Probation and the student has successfully completed 90 UBC or equivalent credits. A student must also have completed all required first- and second-year courses.

Academic Probation

If a student achieves a Sessional Academic Average or grade between 50% and 59% in any design studio course (ENDS 301, 302, 401, 402 or any substituting course), that student will be placed on Academic Probation. During the probationary term, a student on Academic Probation must register in a schedule of courses including a design studio course, the schedule of which must be approved by the Chair of Environmental Design.

Returning to Good Standing from Probation

In order to return to Good Standing from Probation, the student must achieve a studio grade of 60% or better, a passing grade in all coursework and a sessional average of 60% or better on an approved schedule of courses during the probationary term. The schedule of courses is arrived at in consultation with the Environmental Design Student Services Coordinator and on approval by the Chair of Environmental Design.

A student may only be placed on Academic Probation for a single term while in the program.

If the student fails to meet these requirements, a Failed Standing will be assigned to the student.

Failed Standing

A student may be assigned a Failed Standing either by failing to meet the requirements of a probationary term as noted above or by achieving a Sessional Academic Average or grade of less than 50% in any design studio course (ENDS 301, 302, 401, 402 or any substituting course). A student assigned a Failed Standing will be required to withdraw from the program.

Returning and Readmission After Failed Standing

The earliest a student may be readmitted to the Bachelor of Environmental Design program after being required to withdraw due to a Failed Standing is twelve months following the requirement to withdraw.

In seeking to return after the failed standing, the student must submit an application for readmission by the stated UBC deadline. Students seeking to return will be considered for readmission based on a combination of

  • Space availability;
  • Strength of the application against the current applicant pool;
  • A letter of appeal outlining how the student has prepared to succeed in further studies at UBC; and
  • Two reference letters pertaining to the student’s academic and/or work experience since withdrawing from the program.

A student planning to apply for readmission is required to meet with the Student Services Coordinator in Environmental Design well in advance of the application in order to develop a plan for readmission.

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