Undergraduate science academic advising
Welcome to the Faculty of Science undergraduate academic advising page. We are excited to help you make the most out of your academic journey. Take advantage of the valuable resources provided on this page and thoroughly review them before seeking guidance from advisors, ensuring you're well-prepared for a productive discussion.
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Who we are
The Faculty of Science Advising Team is here to help you navigate your educational journey. We are experts in the programs offered by the Faculty of Science and are knowledgeable about opportunities and resources available to help students be successful.
What we can help with
- Program planning
- Course selection
- Registration assistance
- Explaining university policies and procedures
- Support and success strategies
- Supporting you if you experience difficulties that affect your studies
- Referrals to helpful campus resources
- Understanding academic assessment regulations
Help us help you!
- Follow through on any referrals that we are recommending – we are suggesting them for your benefit!
- Read all communications sent to you by the Faculty of Science – not everything will apply to you and your program, but you don’t want to miss out on important information.
- Understand that there may be limits to the options available to you based on your academic situation. We will do our best to help you, but we are also required to follow the rules and regulations of the Faculty of Science and the University of Manitoba.
- Be aware of, and follow, the University of Manitoba’s Respectful Workplace and Learning Environment Policy. Treating the Advising staff with respect and courtesy is expected, as we will do the same for you.
Whether you are coming straight from high school or from another faculty or institution, we are happy you have decided to join the largest faculty on the University's campus.
First-year students (direct entry from high school)
- The First Year Centre has all of the best information for all first-year students.
- The First Year Planning Guide is your number-one resource for all program planning and course selection.
- The registration and program planning tutorials will get you acquainted with the university systems and guide you on how to take the steps toward registration.
- The Academic Calendar includes details on each program at the university, all of the degree requirements and regulations.
- Attend New Student Orientation for your official welcome to the University of Manitoba and important information to get you started.
View How to be Successful in the Faculty of Science Fall 2023
Advanced-entry students (transit from U1, transfer from another faculty or institution)
- The Academic Calendar includes details on each program at the University of Manitoba, all of the degree requirements and regulations.
- UM Achieve is the degree audit system used for all degree planning at the University. Run your declared program audit or run a "What If" audit for a program you are working towards.
- Students seeking a second degree are required to complete at least a brand new 60 credit hours at the University of Manitoba.
- As each student’s first degree and future studies are different, a specific plan must be made with the assistance of an advisor to ensure that all requirements and regulations are being met.
- Please make sure to also review the "Transfer credit information" on the University's website.
UM Achieve cannot be used to track second degrees in the Faculty of Science.
There are 3 degree options in the Faculty of Science: Honours, Major, General. There are over 50 program options within those degrees spread across the departments within the Faculty of Science.
There are many tools at your disposal to help you plan your degree:
Each student in the Faculty of Science who has completed a minimum of 12 credit hours will have their academic performance assessed at the end of each term in which they receive a final grade in a minimum of 1 credit hour.
Notations will appear on a student’s transcripts based on their performance. The five categories are Minimum Met, Academic Warning, On Probation, On Suspension, and Required to Withdraw.
|Credit Hours Completed||DGPA||Assessment|
|Less than 12 credit hours||All GPA||Less than minimum|
|12 credit hours and above||≥ 2.0||Minimum met|
|12 – 23 credit hours||< 2.0||Academic warning|
|24+ credit hours||< 2.0||On probation|
Questions regarding probation
What does it mean to be on probation?
Students are assessed as on probation if they have attempted 24 credit hours or more and have a DGPA of less than 2.0.
Students on probation will be contacted by the advising team each term, regarding their assessment. During their first term on probation, a student will have a hold preventing future registration until the completion of an online program in UMLearn that covers study skills, time management and managing personal issues. The hold will be removed upon completion of this program which takes approximately 2 hours for students to complete.
Students assessed as on probation must obtain a Term GPA (TGPA) of 2.0 or higher, in future terms. This means that while On Probation, a student must obtain a GPA in each term of 2.0 or higher.
Can students take classes while “on probation”?
While a student is on probation they may register or remain registered in courses (as long as they have completed the mandatory UMLearn course). They will be allowed to keep registering as long as they maintain a TGPA of 2.0 or higher each term while they are on probation. Their DGPA does not have to be above 2.0 as long as their TGPA is 2.0 or higher each term.
Over time, a student’s DGPA may reach 2.0 or higher with continued success each term while On Probation. At that time, the student will clear probation and be assessed as "minimum met".
What if a student does not obtain a TGPA of 2.0 while on probation?
Students assessed as on probation who do not achieve a minimum Term GPA (TGPA) of 2.0, upon subsequent registrations, will be assessed as on suspension and will be suspended from the Faculty of Science and not permitted to register for courses. The duration of the suspension, along with the notation on the transcript, will depend on whether this is a first or a second suspension. Students in this situation are encouraged to meet with an advisor. Start here, choose "Current students" and follow the prompts.
What is "Required to withdrawal"?
The second time a student assessed as On Probation fails to achieve a minimum TGPA of 2.0 they will be required to withdraw from the Faculty of Science. A student assessed as Required to Withdraw will not be permitted to register as a Faculty of Science student at the University of Manitoba, or in Faculty of Science courses at the University of Manitoba, for a period of 5 calendar years.
Final exams and academic integrity
There is a final exam period at the end of each term. Students are expected to remain available for the entire exam period, as their exams can be scheduled at any time during the period.
Check out the final exam information on the Registrar's Office website.
Students unable to write a final examination because of illness, disability or for compassionate reasons, must file an application for a deferred examination.
File an application for a deferred exam
- Start here, choose "Current students" and follow the prompts.
- The application must be filed within 48 hours of the missed examination.
- Appropriate documentation must be provided that verifies that the incapacity existed at the time the examination was to be written.
More information can be found in the Academic Calendar.
Statement on academic misconduct
The Faculty of Science and The University of Manitoba regard acts of academic misconduct in quizzes, tests, examinations, laboratory reports, or assignments as serious offences and may assess a variety of penalties depending on the nature of the offence. Acts of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to bringing unauthorized materials into a test or exam, copying from another individual, using answers provided by tutors, plagiarism, and examination personation. Note: Cell phones, smart watches, PDAs, MP3 units, or electronic translators are explicitly listed as unauthorized materials and must not be present during tests or examinations. Penalties that may apply, as provided for under the University of Manitoba’s Student Discipline By-Law, range from a grade of zero for the assignment or examination or failure in the course to expulsion from the university.
Learn more about Academic integrity.