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Need to Know

Required Advising refers to annual advising to be completed by all Lassonde students. Required Advising is self-paced.

Required Advising is an opportunity for you to become aware of any changes to your curriculum, remind you of specific rules for your program, and update you about any changes to the University’s policies, procedures and resources.

Complete Required Advising before your enrolment window opens for each session (i.e., Fall/Winter and Summer) so that you have the information you need to enrol in the correct courses and complete your degree requirements.
All Lassonde students.

The only exception: If you are a brand new York University student starting this Summer 2024, Fall 2024 or Winter 2025, you do not need to complete Required Advising. Review your MyFile account for the course enrolment information you need.
Prior to enrolling in Summer and Fall/Winter courses.
You can enrol in courses when all of the following conditions are satisfied:

– you have completed Required Advising, and
– you are in good academic standing, and
– you are in good financial standing, and
– your enrolment window has opened.

To check when your enrolment window opens for upcoming Summer or Fall/Winter sessions:

– visit the Current Students website
– select “Academics” from the main menu
– select “Registration and Enrolment”
– select “Check your Enrolment Date
– select “My Enrolment Access Times”

You do not need to notify anyone after you complete Required Advising.

Section 1: Your Academic Standing

Before you can enrol in courses, it is important to understand your current academic standing. This involves knowing where to find your grade report, knowing your GPA, and your latest academic decision.

Knowing these elements about your university experience helps you to:

– gauge your academic progress
– set realistic goals
– identify areas for improvement
– make informed decisions about your education and future opportunities

To complete this section of Required Advising, proceed to our Academic Standards website and select your current program.

Section 2: Your Degree Requirements

Where can I find my degree requirements?

1. Academic Calendar (official Senate-approved degree requirements)
2. Program Checklists (helpful guide to course selection year by year)
3. Degree Progress Report (helpful guide to visualize what is satisfied, potentially satisfied, or not yet satisfied)
4. Curriculum Updates (summary of course changes per program over the years)

Alert: The Degree Progress Report is meant to be a useful tool to assist students in understanding their degree requirements, but is not an official degree audit for graduation purposes. It may contain errors and does not check EECS course sections (relevant for Computer, Electrical, and Software Engineering students).

Which Academic Calendar and Program Checklist do I follow?

Typically, students follow the Academic Calendar associated with the year they entered their major. BA/iBA and BSc/iBSc students enter their major upon admission. BEng students enter their major in their second year once their major has been officially declared. 

If you are unsure which Academic Calendar you are following, connect with an Academic Advisor.
Where can I find the criteria for the BSc Non-Science requirement OR BA General Education requirement OR BEng Complementary Studies requirement?

The list of eligible courses and subject areas are available for you in the “Faculty Rules > Regulations Governing Undergraduate Degree Requirements” section of your Academic Calendar.

For your convenience, the following resources are available:

BSc/iBSc: Approved BSc Non-Science Courses and Subject Areas

BEng: Approved BEng Complementary Studies Courses and Subject Areas

BA/iBA: 21.00 credits chosen from humanities (AP/HUMA), natural science (SC/NATS) and social science (AP/SOSC) courses, with the constraint that at least 6.00 credits must be chosen from each of humanities, social science and natural science areas, but no more than 9.00 credits should be in any one of the three areas.

Digital Media students:
– your 1900-series AMPD (FA) credits (not including FA/DATT 1900) count towards the humanities requirement
– your COMN and STS credits count towards the social science requirement
Students registered in Computer, Software, and Electrical Engineering are required to enrol in and pass LE/EECS courses that are categorized as section E, F, G, H, I, or V, X, Y, Z. This is reflected in the Academic Calendar as well.

Exceptions:

– LE/EECS 1028 3.00 may be completed in any section.
– In the case of Computer, Software, and Electrical Engineering programs, if an upper year technical elective course is offered in an E, F, G, H, I, or V, X, Y, Z section, the course should be completed in one of these sections. If the course is not offered in an E, F, G, H, I, or V, X, Y, Z section, any section may be taken.

Alert: Completing the incorrect section of an LE/EECS course can result in graduation ineligibility unless or until the course is repeated and passed in an approved Engineering section. There are no exceptions.
Sometimes degree requirements are updated to include new or different courses. Curriculum updates refer to these kinds of changes. Curriculum updates are reviewed and approved by Undergraduate Program Directors (UPDs).

Curriculum updates by program:

Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Science and Computer Security
Digital Media
Earth and Atmospheric Science
Electrical Engineering
Geomatics Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Software Engineering
Space Engineering

Additional topics of interest:

BSc Science (“General Science”)
BSc Science Breadth Requirements
Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (BEST) Certificate

Review Curriculum Updates regularly as they can and do evolve throughout the year.

Section 3: Enrolment and Advising Troubleshooting

Prerequisite: A course or courses to be completed prior to another course. For example, SC/MATH 1300 3.00 or SC/MATH 1013 3.00 is the prerequisite to SC/MATH 1310 3.00 or SC/MATH 1014 3.00.

Prerequisites can also refer to minimum grade requirements. For example, an EECS GPA of 4.50 (between C and C+) is required to enrol in most EECS courses at the 2000-level and higher.

Corequisite: A course or courses to be completed at the same time as or prior to another course. For example, SC/PHYS 1801 3.00 lists SC/MATH 1014 3.00 as the corequisite.

Course Credit Exclusion: This means that a set of courses are similar, not the same. Unless specified in your Academic Calendar or in Curriculum Updates, a course credit exclusion is not the same as an approved course substitute for a degree requirement.
Most 2000-, 3000-, and 4000-level EECS courses require a cumulative GPA of 4.50 or better (i.e., between C and C+) over all EECS major courses in addition to other course-specific prerequisites. Maintaining an EECS GPA of 4.50 or higher enables you to progress in EECS courses.

My EECS GPA is below 4.50. What can I do?

Identify the issues that caused you to receive a grade below the minimum 4.50 (C to C+) threshold. Proceed to repeat EECS courses where your grades are low (especially courses where you earned a grade of D+, E, or F).

Use resources available in your courses:
– ask Teaching Assistants questions in labs
– go to Instructors’ office hours for extra help
– make use of supplementary readings or course resources
– participate in peer-assisted study sessions (e.g., Excel Lassonde)

If you are unsure about what courses you should re-take, connect with an Academic Advisor.
Students ask great questions. The Lassonde Academic Advising team wants to make sure you have answers easily accessible, year-round, without the need to wait. To support students, we regularly update our Enrolment and Advising Questions and Answers website.

Topics on the Enrolment and Advising Questions and Answers website include:

– Course Enrolment Troubleshooting
– Adding, Dropping, Withdrawing, and Repeating Courses
– Course and Campus Expectations (including Labour Disruption updates)
– Degree Requirements
– Pre-Approved Course Substitutions
– GPA Requirements and Additional Support
– Program Changes

Work with major corporations, non-profit, and public sector organizations to expand your career options with a Lassonde co-op or internship.

For complete details, proceed to the Lassonde Co-op website.

Feeling extra curious? Jump straight to Eligibility Criteria and Registration.

In addition to the Lassonde Co-op information above, we invite all students to connect with York University’s Career Education and Development team. Explore their events calendar today!
As a professional school, the Lassonde School of Engineering adheres to the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty. What does this mean for you? Learn All About Academic Integrity at Lassonde.

For additional details, proceed to the Lassonde Academic Integrity website now.
We all contribute to a mentally well and healthy campus environment and need to look out for ourselves and others. The Lassonde Academic Advising team wants to ensure you have resources accessible, should you or a peer be struggling.

Need help? Proceed to Well-being Resources now.
The Lassonde Academic Advising team would like to take this opportunity to remind students to complete and submit their Student Financial Profile (SFP) at the start of each Fall/Winter session and at the start of each Summer session if enrolling in Summer courses.

The SFP is one of the ways in which York University students can apply for and be considered for a number of scholarships, awards, and bursaries. There are opportunities for everyone, regardless of GPA or background.

Every application you submit increases your chances of receiving financial support!

Are you Ready to Graduate?

Congratulations on all of your hard work to date. As you complete your degree requirements, you may have questions about how and when to apply to graduate. Review our Preparing to Graduate webinar for answers to frequently asked questions we receive from students in their final terms of study.

Remember that you will continue to encounter new experiences as a Lassonde graduate. Take time now to learn more about what to expect as you Transition from University.

Review graduation application deadlines:

– If you plan to graduate in October, submit your application to graduate by August 1
– If you plan to graduate in February, submit your application to graduate by November 1
– If you plan to graduate June, submit your application by February 1 (for BEng students) or March 1 (for BA/iBA/BSc/iBSc students)

If you are planning to graduate with a Certificate in addition to your undergraduate degree, you must contact the department offering the Certificate to ensure you are on track to meet the Certificate requirements (e.g., for the BEST Certificate, contact Maedeh Sedaghat, Manager, BEST Program, at maedeh@yorku.ca).

Lastly, remember that no question is too big or too small. Connect with our Academic Advising team. We are happy to review your progress to date and address any questions or concerns you may have as you head into your final term(s) of study.

Section 6: Student Responsibilities

Every effort is made in the Lassonde School of Engineering to ensure that each student receives academic advice and sufficient information to guide them in course selection and program choice. Within this context, student responsibilities include but are not limited to:

– ensuring that the courses chosen meet all program and degree requirements for graduation;
– verifying the accuracy of registration records, including all course changes;
– fulfilling the requirements, including course pre-/co-requisite requirements, and being aware of academic progress in their program of study and in all registered courses;
– attending class and submitting all required course work;
– understanding and adhering to the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty, the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities, as well as other relevant Senate Policies;
– noting and abiding by the sessional deadline dates published on the Important Dates webpage each year, especially course add/drop/withdrawal and refund deadline dates;
– creating a conflict-free timetable.

After Completing Required Advising

Congratulations! Reviewing the above material can be confusing at times. We expect that many students will have questions specific to their unique circumstances. This is normal!

For questions specific to your circumstances, connect with a Lassonde Academic Advisor now.
After completing Required Advising, you do not need to notify an Academic Advisor. You may proceed to enrol.

You can enrol in courses when all of the following conditions are satisfied:

– you have completed Required Advising, and
– you are in good academic standing, and
– you are in good financial standing, and
– your enrolment window has opened.

To check when your enrolment window opens for upcoming Summer or Fall/Winter sessions:

– visit the Current Students website
– select “Academics” from the main menu
– select “Registration and Enrolment”
– select “Check your Enrolment Date
– select “My Enrolment Access Times”
Practice makes perfect! Here are some resources to support you with the technical side of enrolling in courses:

1. York Courses Website (review course offering formats, prerequisites, corequisites, etc.)
2. Visual Schedule Builder (VSB) (create a mock schedule)
3. Registration and Enrolment Guide (learn how to add, drop, transfer, and exchange courses, and log into REM)
4. Lassonde’s “New Students” Website (an introduction to almost everything!)

Questions? Just Ask!

Some students enjoy reviewing their degree requirements independently and at their own pace. This is great!

Some students enjoy working with an Academic Advisor to better understand their degree requirements. Our team is here for you! If you would prefer to learn more about the above material with the support of an Academic Advisor, join us throughout the Summer for weekly live guided tours of Required Advising material.

Stay tuned for our schedule of live sessions occurring throughout the Summer.
We expect that many students will have questions specific to their unique circumstances. This is normal!

For questions specific to your circumstances, connect with a Lassonde Academic Advisor now.