Graduation

Calculation of Graduation Standing:

A Graduation Standing is calculated for each student graduating with the BSc degree. Faculty of Science regulations govern the calculation of this standing, as described in the UBC Calendar:

“In an Honours or Combined Honours program the categories of degree are Class 1 and Class 2, calculated on the basis of a minimum of 42 credits of courses, numbered 300 or above, designated as part of the program by the department, and approved by the Dean.

In a Major or Double Major program the graduation standing is based on a minimum of 30 credits of courses, numbered 300 or above, designated as part of the program by the department(s), and approved by the Dean.”

To eliminate any irregularity in calculating this standing, the Biochemistry Department uses the same required courses for all students in a particular program. For your information, the courses used in determining the graduation standing are listed below. If you have any questions, please contact one of the biochemistry advisers.

Honours: Biochemistry Major: Biochemistry
Course(s) Credits Course(s) Credits
BIOC 301, 303 9 BIOC 301, 303 9
BIOC 402, 403, 410 9 BIOC 402, 403 6
BIOC 404, 420 6 BIOC 410 3
BIOL 334 or 3351 3 BIOL 334, 335 6
CHEM 304, 305, 313, 3332 6 CHEM 304, 305, 313, 3332 6
BIOC 421 and/or 4493 3, 6 or 9
Biochemistry Electives1,4 9, 6 or 3
Total Credits: 45 30
1The course(s) with the highest mark(s) are selected.
2The two chemistry courses with the highest marks are selected.
3Both are selected if taken by the student.
4Additional courses to make a total of 45 credits, selected from the following courses: BIOC/BIOL 435; 300/400-level CHEM electives; MICB 302, 306, 405, 409; PHYL 301.
Combined Honours: Biochemistry and Chemistry2
Course(s) Credits
BIOC 301, 303 9 Note: Biochemistry 420, 421 and 449 are also included in the Biochemistry average if they are taken.
BIOC 402, 403, 410 9
BIOC 404 3
BIOL 334 or 3351 3
Total Credits: 242
1The course with the highest mark is selected.
2Biochemistry calculates an average based on the 24 credits of life science courses specified above; chemistry calculates an average based on 21 credits of chemistry courses. The graduation average is obtained by combining the two departmental averages.

Please note that when a course is taken more than once, the mark used in calculating the graduation standing will be the original mark achieved in the course (when it was first taken). If a student fails a course used in the calculation, then passes it on a subsequent occasion, a mark of 50% will be used when calculating the standing.

Degree Categories:

The categories of degree granted upon graduation are dependant on graduation standing and are as follows:

Major Graduation Standing Honours
Class 1 80% to 100% Class 1
Class 2 65% to 79% Class 2
Pass 50% to 64%

Please note that students in Honours programs may not graduate with “Pass” standing. Biochemistry Honours students whose calculated graduation standing is less than 65% will normally be permitted to graduate in the Major program, but must also meet the ‘Outside Major’ elective requirements of the Major program.

Double Degrees and Biochemistry Degrees with Minors:

When a double degree is granted (for example, Major Biochemistry and Major Mathematics), the graduation average is determined as follows:

  • Biochemistry calculates an average on a minimum of 30 credits of biochemistry program courses, as specified above.
  • The second department calculates an average on a minimum of 30 credits of that department’s courses.
  • The graduation average is determined by averaging the two departmental averages.

When a Minor program is completed in combination with a Biochemistry Major or Honours degree (e.g. Minor in Arts or Commerce), the graduation average is based only on the biochemistry program average, as determined above.