Academic Programs Committee of Council

For specific advice, information or assistance email: academicprograms.committee@usask.ca

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference

Membership
Eleven members of the General Academic Assembly, at least five of whom will be elected members of Council, normally one of whom will be chair.  At least one member from the General Academic Assembly with some expertise in financial analysis will be nominated.
One sessional lecturer
One undergraduate student appointed by the U.S.S.U.
One graduate student appointed by the G.S.A.

Ex Officio
Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning
The University Registrar and Director of Student Services
The Vice-president (Finance & Resources) or designate (non-voting member)
The President (non-voting member)
The Chair of Council (non-voting member)

Resource Personnel (Non-voting members)
The Director of Enrolment and Student Affairs
The Director of Institutional Planning
The Director of Budget Planning

Administrative Support 
The Office of the University Secretary


The Academic Programs Committee of University Council is responsible for:

  1. Recommending to Council policies and procedures related to academic programs and sustaining program quality.
  2. Recommending to Council on new programs, major program revisions and program deletions, including their budgetary implications.
  3. Approving minor program changes, including additions of new courses and revisions to or deletions of existing courses and reporting them to Council.
  4. Considering outreach and engagement aspects of programs.
  5. Reporting to Council processes and outcomes of academic program review, following consultation with Planning and Priorities and other Council committees as appropriate.
  6. Undertaking the academic and budgetary review of proposals for the establishment, disestablishment or amalgamation of any college, school, department or any unit responsible for the administration of an academic program and forwarding recommendations to the Planning and Priorities Committee.
  7. Undertaking the academic and budgetary review of the proposed or continuing affiliation or federation of other institutions with the University and forwarding recommendations to the Planning and Priorities Committee.
  8. Reporting to Council on the academic implications of admission standards .
  9. Approving the annual academic schedule and reporting the schedule to Council for information and recommending to Council substantive changes in policy governing dates for the academic sessions.
  10. Approving minor changes (such as wording and renumbering) to rules governing examinations and reviewing and recommending to Council substantive changes.
  11. Recommending to Council classifications and conventions for instructional programs.
  12. Designating individuals to act as representatives of the committee on any other bodies, when requested, where such representation is deemed by the committee to be beneficial.
  13. Carrying out all the above in the spirit of a philosophy of equitable participation and an appreciation of the contributions of all people, with particular attention to rigorous and supportive programs for Aboriginal student success, engagement with Aboriginal communities, inclusion of Indigenous knowledge and experience in curricular offerings, and intercultural engagement among faculty, staff and students.

Membership

Membership 2017-18

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

  • Reviews and approves curriculum changes from all college; recommends major curriculum changes to Council; oversees policies relating to students and academic programs.
  • Membership comprises 11 members of the GAA, at least 5 of whom will be elected members of Council; at least 1 member from the GAA is to have some expertise in financial analysis; 1 sessional lecturer
Council Members
Terry Wotherspoon (Chair)       Sociology                                            2020
Shelley Spurr                          Nursing                                               2020
Kathleen Solose                      Music                                                   2019
Nathaniel Osgood                   Computer Science                                2018
Tammy Marche                       Psychology, STM                                 2018
Susan Detmer                        Veterinary Pathology                            2020
 
General Academic Assembly Members
Longhai Li                                Math and Stats                                    2019
Sina Adl                                   Soil Science                                        2018
Jeff Park                                  Curriculum Studies                              2018
Ken Fox                                   Accounting                                          2020   
 
Sessional Lecturer
Clayton Beish                          Linguistics and Religious Studies           2018
 
Other members
Patti McDougall           [Provost designate] Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning (ex officio)
Russell Isinger             University Registrar and Director of Student Services (ex officio)
Lucy Vuong                 [VP Finance designate] FSD – Budget and Special Projects (ex officio)
Jessica Quan               VP Academic Affairs [USSU designate]
Naheda Sahtout          [GSA designate]         
 
Resource members
Alison Pickrell             Director of Enrolment and Student Affairs
John Rigby                  Interim Associate Provost, Institutional Planning and Assessment   
CeCe Baptiste             Financial Analyst, Institutional Planning and Assessment
Secretary:  Amanda Storey, Office of the University Secretary

The President and the Chair of Council are also ex-officio non-voting members of all University Council committees.

Schedule

Academic Programs Committee Meeting Dates 2017-2018 

DATE                                             TIME                                       LOCATION

September 13                          3:00pm to 5:00pm                             PMB 206

October 4                                 3:00pm to 5:00pm                             PMB 238

October 25                               3:00pm to 5:00pm                             PMB 206

November 15                            3:00pm to 5:00pm                             PMB 238

December 6                              3:00pm to 5:00pm                             PMB 206

January 10                              3:00pm to 5:00pm                             PMB 238

January 31                              3:00pm to 5:00pm                             PMB 206

February 28                             3:00pm to 5:00pm                             PMB 206

March 14                                 3:00pm to 5:00pm                             PMB 238

April 4                                     3:00pm to 5:00pm                             PMB 238

April 25                                   3:00pm to 5:00pm                             PMB 206

May 16                                    3:00pm to 5:00pm                             PMB 238

May 30                                    3:00pm to 5:00pm                             PMB 238

Reports

Reports to University Council

Admissions Template reports

2015 - Admission Templates 2015-16
2014 - Admissions Templates 2014-15  Report to Council
2013 - Admissions Templates 2013-14  Report to Council
2012 - University of Saskatchewan Admissions Policy

Reports to University Council 2017-18

Reports to University Council 2016-17

June 2017

Request for Decision - Revisions to Academic Courses Policy

Request for Decision - Revisions to Nomenclature Report

Request for Decision - Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in Applied Economics

Request for Decision - Admissions Qualifications Change for Educational Administration Graduate Programs

Request for Decision - Deletion of the Sequential Program for the Bachelor of Education (B. Ed.)

Request for Decision - English Proficiency Policy - Minimum English Proficiency Requirements for the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Report for Information - Graduate Programs Review 2014-14 and 2015-16

Report for Information - Deletion of the Vaccinology and Immunotherapeutics Field of Study for the Master of Arts (M.A.) Program

Report for Information - Annual Report of the Academic Programs Committee for 2016-17

May 2017

Request for Input - Academic Courses Policy

Request for Input - Nomenclature Report

Report for Information - Graduate Programs Review 2014-15 and 2015-16

Report for Information - Deletion of the Vaccinology and Immunotherapeutics field of study for the Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree

Report for Information - Annual Report of the Academic Programs Committee

March 2017

Request for Decision - Changes to the Admissions Qualifications of the College of Education ITEP and SUNTEP programs

Request for Decision - Changes to the Admissions Qualifications for the College of Medicine

Request for Decision - Direct-entry Doctor of Philoso[hy (PhD) program in Kinesiology with an 85% Admissions Average

Request for Decision - Changes to the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Dual Degree Policy to include cotutelle agreements

Report for Information - Project option for the Master of Science (M.Sc.) in the Small Animal Clinical Sciences Program

February 2017

Report for Information - Changes to the Master of Nursing (M.N.) Course-Based Program in Educational Leadership

Report for Information - Credit Reduction for the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Sociology Project-Based Program

Report for Information - Terminations in the College of Arts and Science (Northern Studies Field of Study, and Public Administration Field of Study)

Report for Information - Second Degree Option for the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Kinesiology (Exercise and Sport Studies)

January 2017

Request for Decision - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Indigenous Studies

Request for Decision - College of Medicine - Changes to Approved Grading System

Request for Decision - Retroactive Approval of Changes to Approved Grading System in the College of Dentistry

December 2016

Report for Information - Academic Calendar 2017-2018

Report for Information - Curricular Changes - College of Education Direct Entry Program

                                     - Full Report

November 2016

Report for Information - Nunavut Offering of the Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program

Report for Information - Admissions Templates 2016-2017

Report for Information - Recent Approvals By the Academic Programs Committee:                   

  • Project-option in the Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Large Animal Clinical Sciences
  • Changes to the Nurse Practitioner Graduate Programs – Master of Nursing (M.N.) and Postgraduate Degree Specialization Certificate (PGDSC)
  • Deletion of the Soil Science Field of Study for the Master of Agriculture (M.Ag.) and Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) Programs

October 2016

Request for Decision - Changes to the Admissions Qualifications of the College of Education

Reports to University Council 2015-16

June, 2016

Request for Decision - Nomenclature Report

Request for Decision - Academic and Curricular Change Authority Chart

Request for Decision - Admissions Templates for Student Mobility Categories

Request for Decision - Kanawayihetaytan Askiy ("Let us take care of the Land") Diploma in Aboriginal Resource Management

Request for Decision - Kanawayihetaytan Askiy ("Let us take care of the Land") Diploma in Aboriginal Lands Governance

Report for Information - French Common Law Option

Report for Information - Approval of Special Topics Course

Report for Information - Changes to Academic Calendar 2016/17

May, 2016

Request for Input - Nomenclature Report

Request for Input - Changes to the Academic and Curricular Change Authority Chart

Report for Information - Annual Report to Council

March, 2016

Request for Decision - Certificate of Proficiency in One Health

January, 2016

Request for Decision - Certificate in Professional Communication in the College of Engineering

Request for Decision - Addition of the GRE as an Admission Qualification to the Master of Arts (M.A.) in economics

Request for Decision - Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Leadership in Post-secondary Education

December, 2015

Request for Decision - Post Degree Certificate in Career and Guidance

Request for Decision - Post Degree Certificate in English as an Additional Language Education

Request for Decision - Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition

Report for Information - Kanawayihetaytan Askiy Certificate ("Take Care of the Land")

Report for Information - 2016-2017 Academic Calendar

November, 2015

Request for Decision - Cross-departmental Ph. D. in the College of Education

Report for Information - 1) Changes to the D.V.M Program 2) Deletion of the Project Option for the Master of Public Administration program 3) Deletion of the Veterinary Microbiology Field of Study in the Master of Veterinary Science program.

(Full DVM Report to APC)       (Full MPA Deletion Report to APC)       (Full VTMCinMVetSci Deletion Report to APC)

Report for Information - Thesis Option for the Master of Public Health Program

(Full MPA - T Report to APC)

October, 2015

Request for Decision - English Proficiency Policy

Reports for Information - Revision of Bachelor of Music in Music Education Programs in the College of Arts and Science, and Physical Education Studies stream in the College of Kinesiology

September, 2015

Request for Input - English Proficiency Policy

Reports to University Council 2014-15

January 28, 2014 - APC response to Planning and Priorities Committee regarding TransformUS reports: request   response   table of results

June, 2015

Request for Decision: Academic Courses Policy

Request for Decision: Master of Water Security (M.W.S.)

Request for Decision: Master of Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (M.G.E.N.I.A.)

Request for Decision: M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (M.A. TESOL)

Report of Information: APC Year-end report

May, 2015

Request for Decision: Certificate of Leadership in Post-secondary Education

Request for Input: Academic Courses Policy

Report for Information: M.A. project option in Political Studies

Report for Information: Revisions to the Proposal for Curricular Change Form

April, 2015

Request for Decision: College of Education Direct Admission

Request for Decision: Termination of the International Business Administration Certificate

March, 2015

Request for Decision: Certifcate of Proficiency in Indigenous Languages

Report for Information: 2015-16 Admissions Template

Report for Information: Termination of the Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science

February, 2015

Request for Decision: M.A. in Applied Linguistics

Request for Deicsion: Transfer Credit and Articulation Policy

Report for Information: Certificate Programs

Report for Information: Item for Information (MPA Program modifications; B.Ed. Termination of Industrial Arts and Home Economics teachings area; Approval of Certificate of Proficiency in Applied and Professional Ethics; Approval of Certificate of Proficiency in Ethics, Justice, and Law)

January, 2015

Request for Decision: Graduate Certificate in One Health

Request for Decision: Certificate in Practical and Applied Arts

Request for Decision: Graduate Certificate in Social Economy and Co-operatives

Request for Input: Transfer Credit and Articulation Policy

Report for Information: Item for Information ( (Native Students Program Name Change; Mining Options in Engineering; Termination of PGD in French; Termination of M.Agr non-thesis option; Termination of Jazz Minor; Termination of 4-year B.Sc. in Computing; Termination of Post-degree specialization Certificate in Computer Science)

December, 2014

Request for Decision: Certificate of Proficiency in Classic and Medieval Latin

Report for Information: Academic Calendar 2015-16

November, 2014

Request for Decision: Termination of Bachelor of Science in Biologicakl Engineering

Report for Information: Change to Approved Academic Calendar in the College of Dentistry

October, 2014

September, 2014

Reports to University Council 2013-14

June, 2014

Request for Input: Academic Courses Policy
Request for Input: Proposed Recommendations on Program Evaluation and Approval Practices

May, 2014

Request for Decision: Arts & Science - Termination of 4 year General Honours degree

April, 2014

Request for Decision: Arts & Science - Termination of 4 year and Honours degrees in Biology and Biotechnology
Request for Decision: Arts & Science - Termination of 4 year and Honours degrees in Biomolecular Structure Studies

February, 2014

Request for Decision: CGSR - MN:NP and PGDSC:NP - change to admission qualifications

January, 2014

Request for Decision:  CGSR - MA in Women's, Gender and Sexualities Studies
Request for Decision:   Arts & Science - BA&Sc in Health Studies
Request for Decision:   Medicine - MCAT admission qualification
APC response to Planning and Priorities Committee regarding TransformUS reports: request   response   table of results

December, 2013

Request for Decision: College of Dentistry admission qualifications changes
Item for Information:  Academic Calendar 2014-15

November, 2013

Request for Decision:  College of Medicine replacement program
Request for Decison: SENS Certificate in Sustainability

October, 2013

Item for Information:  Resolution of Challenge 

September, 2013

Request for Decision:  Engineering enrollment increase

Reports to University Council 2012-13

June, 2013

Report for Decision:  Arts and Science - Certificate in Criminology and Addictions
Report for Decision: Nursing - Replacement Program Post Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Report for Decision: Arts and Science - termination of BA programs in Community Planning and Native Studies
Report for Information:  Annual Report 2012-13

May 2013

Report for Decision: Arts and Science - Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics
Report for Decision: Arts and Science - Certificate in Global Studies
Report for Decision: CGSR - program termination for Master of Continuing Education
Report for Information:  Open Studies and minor curricular changes

March, 2013

Report for Decision:  College of Medicine admission qualification changes
Report for Decision:  Changes to the Academic Courses Policy

February 2013

Report for Information: Vet Med course change; Admissions Report for 2013-14 

January 2013

Request for Decision: Curricular approval process revisions
Request for Decision: Termination of Bachelor of Arts in Studies in Religious Traditions 
Items for Information:  New concentration in Language and Speech Sciences and name change for existing concentration to General and AppliedLinguistics in the BA Four-year in Linguistics;  New concentration in Conducting/Music Education in the Masterof Music;  Name change to Religion and Culture in BA programs of theDepartment of Religion and Culture 

December, 2012

Request for Decision:  Change to College of Dentistry admission qualifications
Request for Decision:  Change to College of Graduate Studies and Research admission qualifications to allow departments to offer direct-entry PhD programs
Items for Information:  Academic Calendar 2013-14;  Double-listing for DENT and MED courses 

November, 2012

Request for Decision: Template for Certificate programs in Arts and Science

September, 2012

Items for Information:  Veterinary Medicine academic calendar change; English Proficiency criteria clarification

Academic Programs Committee archives 

University: Programs

University of Saskatchewan Academic Programs List

September, 2016

Following is a list of degrees and certificates approved by University Council.  For a list of all areas of study at the U of S, see Fields of Study.

For more information:
Prospective students please visit http://explore.usask.ca/ 
Current students please visit http://www.usask.ca/programs/

Degrees

Graduate level:
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Master of Agriculture (M.Agr.)
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)
Master of Environment and Sustainability (M.E.S.)
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.).
Master of Governance and Entrepreneurship in Norther and Indigenous Areas (M.G.E.N.I.A.)
Master of International Trade (M.I.T.)
Master of Laws (LL.M.)
Master of Mathematics (M.Math.)
Master of Music (M.Mus.)
Master of Northern Governance and Development (M.N.G.D.)
Master of Nursing (M.N.)
Master of Physical Therapy (M.P.T.)
Master of Professional Accounting (M.P.Acc.)
Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)
Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.)
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Master of Sustainable Environmental Management (M.S.E.M.)
Master of Veterinary Science (M.Vet.Sc.)
Master of Water Security (M.W.S.)

Undergraduate level:
Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A.&Sc.)
Bachelor of Arts Three-year (B.A.)
Bachelor of Arts Four-year (B.A.)
Bachelor of Arts Honours (B.A.)
Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.)
Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.)
Bachelor of Music in Music Education [B.Mus.(Mus.Ed.)]
Bachelor of Science Three-year (B.Sc.)
Bachelor of Science Four-year (B.Sc.)
Bachelor of Science Honours (B.Sc.) 
Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness [B.Sc.(Agbus.)]
Bachelor of Science in Renewable Resource Management [B.Sc.(R.R.M.)]
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.S.A.)
Bachelor of Science in Animal Bioscience [B.Sc.(An.Biosc.)]
Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E.)*
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology [B.Sc.(Kin.)]
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N)
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition [B.Sc.(Nutr.)]
Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (B.S.P.)

Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.)
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)

Juris Doctor (J.D.)

*Engineering degrees are awarded in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Environmental Engineering, Geological Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

Diplomas and Certificates of Proficiency

Graduate level:
Postgraduate Diploma (P.G.D.)
Postgraduate Degree Specialization Certificate (P.G.D.S.C.)

Graduate Certificate in One Health
Graduate Certificate in Social Economy and Cooperatives

Undergraduate level:
Aboriginal Business Administration Certificate
Aboriginal Teacher Associate Certificate
Certificate in Aboriginal Theatre
Certificate in Applied and Professional Ethics
Certificate in Classical and Medieval Latin
Certificate in Criminology and Addictions
Certificate in Ethics, Justice, and Law
Certificate in Global Health
Certificate in Global Studies
Certificate in Indigenous Languages
Certificate in Indigenous Studies
Certificate in Jazz
Certificate in One Health
Certificate in Practical and Applied Arts
Certificate in Professional Communication

Certificate in Secondary Technical Vocational Education (C.S.T.V.E.)
Certificate in Sustainability
Certifcate of Leadership in Post-Secondary Education

Kanawayiketaytan Askiy Certificate

Post-Degree Specialization Certificate (P.D.S.C.)
Post-Degree Certificate in Career and Guidance Studies
Post-Degree Certificate in English as an Additional Language
Post-Degree Certificate in Education: Special Education

Diploma level:
Diploma in Agribusiness
Diploma in Agronomy

Other programs

Certificate of Successful Completion
Business Administration Certificate
Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education
Certificate in English for Academic Purposes
Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language
Executive Business Administration Certificate
Prairie Horticulture Certificate
Graduate Pathways Certificate 
Graduate Professional Skills Certificate (G.P.S.C.)

Certificate of Attendance
Certificate of Art and Design
Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Certified Crop Science Consultant 
Master Gardener Certificate

Fields of Study

University of Saskatchewan Fields of Study List

September, 2015

The following table indicates the Fields of Study available at the University of Saskatchewan.  It also shows what programs or depth of study (certificate, minor, major, honours, degree or other credential) is available in that field, whether other Program Options are available (such as internships), which college(s) and department(s) offer that field, and the home college for that department. Please note some of our fields are available only at the graduate level, through the College of Graduate Studies and Research.

Please see Colleges & Departments for more information about each program.

Colleges and Fields of Study Programs and Depth of Study available Program Options Undergraduate Degree College Department Home College
Agriculture and Bioresources
[College of Agriculture and Bioresources/College of Graduate Studies and Research]        
Aboriginal agriculture and land management PGD   Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics AGRI
Agribusiness Diploma
BSA (minor), BSc (Agbus) (major, honours); BSc RRM Minor
  AGRI Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics AGRI
Agribusiness entrepreneurship BSA (minor)   AGRI Dean's Office AGRI
Agricultural biology BSA (major, honours) AGRI Biology A & S
Agricultural economics BSA (minor, major, honours), PGD, MAgr, MSc, PhD. AGRI Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics AGRI
Agronomy Diploma
BSA (major)
  AGRI Interdisciplinary AGRI
Animal and poultry science MAgr, MSc, PhD   AGRI Animal and Poultry Science AGRI
Animal science BSA (minor, major); BSc RRM minor AGRI Animal and Poultry Science AGRI
Applied microbiology PGD, M.Agr, MSc, PhD   Food and Bioproduct Sciences AGRI
Applied plant ecology BSA (minor, major) AGRI Plant Sciences AGRI
Biotechnology BSA (minor), focus on biotechnology available in M.Agr, MSc, and PhD programs   AGRI Animal and Poultry Science/ Food and Bioproduct Sciences/  Plant Sciences AGRI
Crop science BSA (major) AGRI Plant Sciences AGRI
Domestic animal biology  BSc (AnBiosc) [Animal Bioscience]   AGRI Animal and Poultry Science AGRI
Environmental science BSA (major) AGRI   AGRI
Field crop production BSA (minor), BSc (AgBus) minor AGRI AGRI
Food and bioproduct sciences BSA (minor, major), MAgr, MSc, PhD. AGRI Food and Bioproduct Sciences AGRI
Food science BSc (4 major, honours), BSc (Nutr.) (minor)   AGRI Food and Bioproduct Sciences AGRI
Horticultural science BSA (major) AGRI Plant Sciences AGRI
Indigenous people's resource management Certificate of Proficiency   AGRI   AGRI
Nutrition BSA (minor)   AGRI PHARM & NUTR
Plant Sciences BSA (minor, major, honours)
Poultry science BSA (minor)   AGRI  Animal and Poultry Science AGRI
Rangeland resources BSA (minor), BSc RRM minor AGRI Plant Sciences AGRI
Resource economics & policy BSc Renewable Resource Management major   AGRI Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics AGRI
Resourse science BSc Renewable Resource Management major   AGRI Soil Science AGRI
Soil science BSA (minor, major), BSc RRM minor, PGD, MAgr, MSc, PhD AGRI Soil Science AGRI
Toxicology BSA (minor), BSc (RRM) (minor)   AGRI Toxicology A & S
 
Colleges and Fields of Study Programs and Depth of Study available Program Options Undergraduate Degree College Department Home College
Arts and Science
[College of Arts and Science/College of Graduate Studies and Research]        
Aboriginal Public Administration BA (4 major/honours)   A & S Interdisciplinary (Political Studies) A & S / Law
Aboriginal Theatre Certificate A & S Drama A & S
Anatomy and cell biology BSc (3/4 major, honours, double honours), MSc, PhD.   A & S Anatomy & Cell Biology MED
Anthropology minor, BA (3/4 major, honours, double honours), MA   A & S Archaeology & Anthropology A & S
Applied mathematics minor, BSc (3/4 major, honours) A & S Mathematics & Statistics A & S
Applied and professional ethics certificate of proficiency A & S Philosophy
Archaeology minor, BA (3/4 major, honours, double honours),BSc (4 major, honours, double honours), MA   A & S Archaeology & Anthropology A & S
Art history minor, BA (3/4 major, honours, double honours)   A & S Art & Art History A & S
Astronomy minor   A & S Physics & Engineering Physics A & S
Biochemistry BSc (3/4 major, honours, double honours), PGD, MSc, PhD.   A & S Biochemistry MED
Biochemistry and Biotechnology BSc (4 major, honours) A & S Biochemistry MED
Bioinformatics BSc (4 major, honours) A & S Biochemistry / Computer Science MED, A & S
Biology minor, BSc (3/4 major, honours), PGD, MSc, PhD.   A & S Biology A & S
Biotechnology, microbiology and immunology BSc (4 major, honours) A & S Microbiology and Immunology MED
Business economics BA (4 major, honours)   A & S Economics A & S
Canadian literature in English minor   A & S English A & S
Catholic studies minor   A & S Dean's Office St. Thomas More College
Chemistry minor, BSc (3/4 major, honours, double honours), MSc, PhD   A & S Chemistry A & S
Classical and Medieval Latin Certificate of proficiency A & S History A & S
Classical, medieval and renaissance studies BA (minor, 4 major honours, double honours)   A & S History A & S
Classics minor   A & S History A & S
Computer science BSc (minor, 3/4 major, honours, double honours), PDSC - specialization in software engineering, PGD, MSc, PhD. Professional Internship Option A & S Computer Science A & S
Computing BSc (4 major)   A & S Computer Science A & S
Corrections see Evidence-based practice in corrections    
Crime, Law & Justice Studies Minor   A & S Sociology A & S
Criminology & Addictions Certificate A & S Sociology A & S
Critical perspectives on social justice and the common good minor   A & S Division of Social Sciences A & S
Digital culture and new media minor A & S Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity A & S
Drama BA (3/4 major, honours) in theatre history, BFA in acting or design. A & S Drama A & S
Economics minor, BA (3/4 major, honours), PDSC, PGD, MA. Career Internship Program A & S Economics A & S
English BA (3/4 major, honours, double honours), MA, PhD.   A & S English A & S
Entrepreneurship minor A & S Edwards School of Business
Environmental biology BSc (4 major, honours).   A & S Biology A & S
Environmental earth sciences BSc (4 major, honours).   A & S interdisciplinary (Geological Sciences) A & S
Environment and society BA&Sc (4 major, honours) A & S Geography & Planning A & S
Ethics, Justic and Law Certificate of Proficiency A & S Philosophy A & S
Evidence-based practice in corrections PGDSC [Post graduate degree specialization certificate]     Psychology; Centre for Forensic Behavioural Sciences and Justice Studies CGSR
Food science BSc (4 major, honours);
S
  A & S Food & Bioproduct Sciences AGRI
French recognition, minor, BA (3/4 major, honours, double honours), MA   A & S Languages & Linguistics A & S
Geography

MA, MSc, PhD

A & S Geography & Planning A & S
Geological Sciences PGD, MSc, PhD. Geological Sciences A & S
Geology BSc (minor, 3/4 major, honours)   A & S Geological Sciences A & S
Geomatics minor A & S Geography & Planning A & S
Geophysics BSc (4 major, honours)   A & S Geological Sciences A & S
German recognition, minor   A & S Languages & Linguistics A & S
Global Studies Certificate A & S Political Studies A & S
Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas Masters (MGENIA) A & S International Centre for Northern Governance and Development CGSR
Health Studies BASc, BASc (honours) Specializations in: Biology, Development and Health; Individual, Society, and Health; Culture, Environment and Health. A & S A & S
History minor, BA (3/4 major, honours, double honours), MA, PhD.   A & S History A & S
Indigenous Studies minor, BA (3/4 major, honours), MA A & S Indigenous Studies A & S
Interactive System Design BA&Sc (4 year major) A & S Computer Science, Psychology, Art & Art History A & S
International studies BA (4 major, honours)   A & S Interdisciplinary (Political Studies) A & S
Jazz Cerrtificate of Proficiency A & S Music A & S
Jewish and Christian Origins minor   A & S Religion and Culture A & S
Linguistics BA (3/4 major, honours), MA   A & S Religion and Culture A & S
Mathematical Physics BSc (honours)   A & S Mathematics & Statistics, and Physics & Engineering Physics A & S
Mathematics BSc (minor, 3/4 major, honours, double honours),  Concentrations in Pure Mathematics and in Applied Mathematics   A & S Mathematics & Statistics A & S
Mathematics and Statistics MMath, MSc, PhD.   A & S Mathematics & Statistics A & S
Microbiology and Immunology BSc (3/4 major, honours, double honours), MSc, PhD   A & S Microbiology & Immunology MED
Modern Languages BA (3/4 major) A & S Languages & Linguistics A & S
Music

BA (3/4 major, honours), BMus, MA, MMus

Concentrations for BMus in Musicology. Individualized Performance (Honours) and Composition & Theory

Performance Option A & S Music A & S
Music education BMus (MusEd) (4 major, honours) A & S Music A & S
Northern governance and development Masters (M.N.G.D)   International Centre for Northern Governance and Development A&S
Northern studies BA (3/4 major, honours)   A &S Interdisciplinary (Dean's Office) A&S
Palaeobiology BSc (4 major, honours)   A & S Interdisciplinary (Biology) A & S
Philosophy minor, BA (3/4 major, honours), MA MA thesis and course-based Program Options A & S Philosophy A & S
Physics BSc (3/4 major, honours, double honours), Specializations in Astronomy; Atmospheric, Space & Plasma Science' Materials Science; Nuclear Science; Theoretical Physics Professional Internship Program A & S Physics & Engineering Physics A & S
Physics and engineering physics MSc, PhD Physics & Engineering Physics A & S
Physiology and pharmacology

BSc (3/4 major, honours).

MSc and PhD available in Physiology and in Pharmacology

  A & S Physiology/ Pharmacology MED
Political studies minor, BA (3/4 major, honours, , double honours), MA Career Internship Program A & S Political Studies A & S
Psychology BA (3/4 major, honours), BSc (4 major, honours), MA, PhD   A & S Psychology A & S
Public administration (see also School of Public Policy) BA (4 major, honours)   A & S Interdisciplinary (Political Studies) A & S
Regional and urban planning BA (4 major, honours) Cooperative Education Program A & S Interdisciplinary (Geography & Planning) A & S
Religion and culture minor, BA (3/4 major, honours, double honours),MA   Religion & Culture A & S
Sociology BA (3/4 major, honours, double honours), MA, PhD Aboriginal Justice and Criminology Program for Native Students A & S Sociology A & S
Spanish recognition, minor   A & S Languages & Linguistics A & S
Statistics minor, BSc (4 major, honours, double honours)   A & S Mathematics & Statistics A & S
Studio art minor, BA (3/4 major), BFA, double honours, MFA
Toxicology BSc (4 major, honours), BSA (minor), PGD, MSc, PhD   A & S, and AGRIC Interdisciplinary VET MED
Ukrainian recognition A & S Languages & Linguistics A & S
Ukrainian studies minor   A & S Political Studies STM
Urban planning minor   A & S Geography & Planning A & S
Water science minor   A & S Geography & Planning A & S
Women's and gender studies minor, BA (3/4 major, honours), MA   A & S Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity A & S
Writing MFA     Interdisciplinary Centre for Creativity & Culture A & S
 
Colleges and Fields of Study Programs and Depth of Study available Program Options Undergraduate Degree College Department Home College
Business
[N. Murray Edwards School of Business/College of Graduate Studies and Research] Cameco Business Cooperative Education Program      
Accounting BComm (major), MPAcc, MSc   BUS Accounting BUS
Aboriginal business administration Certificate of Proficiency   BUS    BUS
Business administration Certificate of Successful Completion, MBA   BUS   BUS
Executive business administration Certificate of Successful Completion
Finance BComm (major), MSc   BUS Finance & Management Science BUS
Human resources BComm (major)   BUS Human Resources & Organizational Behaviour BUS
Management BComm (major) BUS BUS
Marketing BComm (major), MSc   BUS Management & Marketing BUS
Operations management BComm (major)   BUS Finance & Management Science BUS
 
Colleges and Fields of study Programs and Depth of Study available Program Options Undergraduate Degree College Department Home College
Centre for Continuing and Distance Education
[CCDE]
Adult and continuing education Certificate of Successful Completion CCDE
Art and Design Certificate of Attendance CCDE
Certified Crop Science Consultant Certificate of Attendance CCDE
English for Academic Purposes Certificate of Successful Completion CCDE
Master Gardener Certificate of Attendance CCDE
Prairie Horticulture Certificate of Successful Completion CCDE
Teaching English as a foreign language Certificate of Attendance CCDE
Teaching English as a second language Certificate of Successful Completion CCDE  
Colleges and Fields of Study Programs and Depth of Study available Program Options Undergraduate Degree College Department Home College
Dentistry
[College of Dentistry]          
Dentistry DMD   DENT   DENT
 
Colleges and Fields of Study Programs and Depth of Study available Program Options Undergraduate Degree College Department Home College
Education
[College of Education/College of Graduate Studies and Research]        
Aboriginal teacher associate certificate Certificate of Proficiency    EDUC Indian Teacher Education Program EDUC
Continuing education MCEd (inactive)     Educational Foundations EDUC
Curriculum studies PGD, MEd Course-based Option; Project Option; Thesis Option   Curriculum Studies EDUC
Education BEd elementary/middle years option; secondary option EDUC EDUC
Educational administration PGD, MEd, PhD Course-based Option; Thesis Option   Educational Administration EDUC
Educational foundations

MEd 

Concentrations in Land-based indigenous education; Critical enrivonmental education; Lifelong learning

Course-based Option; Project Option; Thesis Option

  Educational Foundations  
Educational psychology and special education

MEd

Concentrations in Special education; Measurement and evaluation.

Course-based Option; Thesis Option   Educational Psychology & Special Education  
Educational technology and design MEd  Project Option; Thesis Option   Curriculum Studies  
Indigenous Languages

Certificate of Proficiency

EDUC Curriculum Studies
Kinesiology/Education

BSc (Kin)/BEd

BEd concentration in Physical education and teacher education

  EDUC / Kinesiology    
Methods of teaching heritage languages Certificate of Successful Completion (inactive)     Centre for Continuing and Distance Education/College of Education EDUC
Music education see Arts and Science, Music education  
Practical and Applied Arts Certificate of Proficiency EDUC Curriculum Studies EDUC
School and counselling psychology MEd     Educational Psychology & Special Education  EDUC
Secondary technical vocational education Certificate of Proficiency EDUC EDUC
Special education Post-degree Certificate in Education (Special Eduction) (Certificate of Proficiency) EDUC Centre for Continuing and Distance Education/Educational Psychology & Special Education EDUC
Special programs Indian Teacher Education Program; Northwest Territories Teacher Education Program; Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program; Northern Teacher Education Program   EDUC   EDUC
 
Colleges and Fields of Study Programs and Depth of Study available Program Options Undergraduate Degree College Department Home College
Engineering
[College of Engineering/College of Graduate Studies and Research] Engineering Professional Internship program (all majors) Professional Communications Option (all majors) Engineering Entrepreneurship Option (all majors)      
Biological engineering BE (major), PGD, MSc, MEng, PhD   ENGR Chemical and Biological Engineering ENGR
Biomedical engineering MEng, PGD, MSc, PhD     Interdisciplinary ENGR
Chemical engineering BE (major), PGD, MEng, MSc, PhD Option in biochemical, petroleum, mineral processing ENGR Chemical and Biological Engineering ENGR
Civil engineering BE (major), PGD, MEng, MSc, PhD   ENGR Civil and Geological Engineering ENGR
Computer engineering BE (major)   ENGR Electrical and Computer Engineering ENGR
Electrical engineering BE (major), PGD, MEng, MSc, PhD   ENGR Electrical and Computer Engineering ENGR
Engineering physics BE (major),PGD, MSc, PhD   ENGR Physics and Engineering Physics A & S
Environmental engineering BE (major), PGD, MEng, MSc, PhD     Interdisciplinary ENGR
Geological engineering BE (major), PGD   ENGR Civil and Geological Engineering ENGR
Mechanical engineering BE, PGD, MEng, MSc, PhD   ENGR Mechanical Engineering ENGR
 
Colleges and Fields of Study Programs and Depth of Study available Program Options Undergraduate Degree College Department Home College
Environment & Sustainability
[School of Environment & Sustainability/ College of Graduate Studies and Research]      
Sustainability Certificate of Proficiency Focus Areas: Natural Resources and Sustainability; Community and Sustainability.
Environment and sustainability MSc, PhD     Interdisciplinary School of Environment and Sustainability
Sustainable environmental management Masters     Interdisciplinary School of Environment and Sustainability
           
Colleges and Fields of Study Programs and Depth of Study available Program Options Undergraduate Degree College Department Home College
Graduate Studies & Research
[College of Graduate Studies and Research]        
Individual interdisciplinary graduate programs PGD, MA, MSc, PhD        
Colleges and Fields of Study Programs and Depth of Study available Program Options Undergraduate Degree College Department Home College
Kinesiology
[College of Kinesiology /College of Graduate Studies and Research]      
Entrepeneurship minor KINE Edwards School of Business
Exercise and sport studies BSc (Kin), BSc (Kin) (Honours)   KINE   KINE
Kinesiology MSc, PhD   KINE   KINE
Kinesiology/Education BSc (Kin)/BEd   KINE Kinesiology/ Curriculum Studies KINE / EDUC
Nutrition minor KINE Pharmacy & Nutrition
Physical education studies BSc (Kin)   KINE   KINE
 
Colleges and Fields of Study Programs and Depth of Study available Program Options Undergraduate Degree College Department Home College
Law
[College of Law/College of Graduate Studies and Research]        
Law Juris Doctor, LLM   LAW   LAW
Colleges and Fields of Study Programs and Depth of Study available Program Options Undergraduate Degree College Department Home College
Medicine
[College of Medicine /College of Graduate Studies and Research]        
Anatomy and cell biology BSc (3/4 major, honours), MSc, PhD   A & S Anatomy and Cell Biology MED
Biochemistry BSc (3/4 major, honours), PGD, MSc, PhD   A & S Biochemistry MED
Biological psychiatry MSc, PhD     Psychiatry MED
Community and population health science MSc., PhD     Community Health and Epidemiology MED
Continuing medical education and professional development non-degree level programs       MED
Global health Certificate of Proficiency     Interdisciplinary MED
Health Sciences MSc, PhD     Community Health and Epidemiology MED
Medicine MD   MED Interdisciplinary MED
Microbiology BSc (3/4 major, honours)   A & S Microbiology & Immunology MED
Microbiology and immunology MSc, PhD     Microbiology & Immunology MED
Obstetrics and gynecology MSc, PhD     Obstetrics & Gynecology MED
Pathology MSc, PhD     Pathology MED
Pharmacology MSc, PhD     Pharmacology MED
Pharmacology & physiology BSc (3/4 major, honours)   A & S Physiology, Pharmacology MED
Physiology MSc, PhD   Physiology MED
Surgery MSc     Surgery MED
 
Colleges and Fields of Study Programs and Depth of Study available Program Options Undergraduate Degree College Department Home College
Nursing
[College of Nursing/College of Graduate Studies and Research]        
Nursing BSN, MN, PhD
Post-Degree BSN Option
Nursing   Nursing
Nurse practitioner MN Option; Post Graduate Degree Specialization Certificate (Certificate of Proficiency) Nursing
 
Colleges and Fields of Study Programs and Depth of Study available Program Options Undergraduate Degree College Department Home College
Pharmacy and Nutrition
[College of Pharmacy & Nutrition/College of Graduate Studies and Research]        
Nutrition and dietetics BSc (Nutr), MSc, PhD   PHARM & NUTR   PHARM & NUTR
Pharmacy BSP, MSc, PhD.   PHARM & NUTR   PHARM & NUTR
 
Colleges and Fields of Study Programs and Depth of Study available Program Options Undergraduate Degree College Department Home College
Physical Therapy
[School of Physical Therapy/ College of Graduate Studies & Research]        
Physical therapy MPT     School of Physical Therapy MED
 
Colleges and Fields of Study Programs and Depth of Study available Program Options Undergraduate Degree College Department Home College
Public Health
[School of Public Health/ College of Graduate Studies & Research]        
Biostatistics MSc, PhD School of Public Health
Epidemiology PhD     School of Public Health  
Public health Master of Public Health     School of Public Health  
Vaccinology & Immunotherapeutics MSc, PhD     School of Public Health  
 
Colleges and Fields of Study Programs and Depth of Study available Program Options Undergraduate Degree College Department Home College
Public Policy
[Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy/ College of Graduate Studies & Research]        
International trade Master of International Trade     School of Public Policy  
Public administration Master of Public Administration     School of Public Policy  
Public policy Master of Public Policy, PhD School of Public Policy
 
Colleges and Fields of Study Programs and Depth of Study available Program Options Undergraduate Degree College Department Home College
Veterinary Medicine
[College of Veterinary Medicine/College of Graduate Studies and Research]        
Large animal clinical sciences MVetSc, MSc, PhD     Large Animal Clinical Sciences VET MED
Small animal clinical sciences MVetSc, MSc, PhD     Small Animal Clinical Sciences VET MED
Veterinary biomedical sciences M.Sc, PhD
Veterinary medicine DVM PGD   VET MED Interdisciplinary VET MED
Veterinary microbiology PGD, MVetSc, PhD     Vet Microbiology VET MED
Veterinary pathology PGD, MVetSc, MSc, PhD     Vet Pathology VET MED

Curricular Changes

University of Saskatchewan procedures
for making Academic Unit and Curricular Changes

  1. Review the Year at a Glance Memo to familiarize yourself with deadlines for the various committee approvals.
  2. Complete any required curricular changes forms
  3. Consult with your department and college about their review and approval procedures
  4. Check the Curricular Changes Authority Chart (below) to determine whether university-level notices and approvals are also required (through Council, Academic Programs Committee, or University Course Challenge).
  5. For changes requiring university-level approval, please submit any required forms through the Academic and Curricular Changes Portal. If you require assistance with the Portal, please contact seanine.warrington@usask.ca.  If you require assistance with the curricular change process, please contact amanda.storey@usask.ca.

Forms and Examples: 

Program Deletions:
Information Guide for Course and Program Deletion
Report form for program termination

Other curricular changes:

Academic Courses policy on course delivery, examinations and assessment of student learning 
Admission to Degree Programs policy 
Certificates and Diplomas: definitions and procedures 
Criteria for evaluation of program proposals and APC Worksheet
Double-listing of courses: definitions and procedures
Academic and Curricular Nomenclature
Special Topics Courses: procedures for approval
University Course Challenge procedures; Moribund Courses procedures
Viable Enrolments Report 2007


Academic and Curricular Changes Authority Chart

for approval of academic unit and curricular changes

By Authority       Chart in PDF version

Questions or issues about the appropriate level of approval required for a curricular change can be reviewed by the Academic Programs Committee of Council.

By Authority 

Level of Curricular Change
 
Type of change
 

University Approval Level

General Principles: Existing programs, curricular innovations and changes will maintain reasonable consistency in academic standards, program requirements and expectations, and student experience. NOTE: All new programs and curricular revisions with tuition adjustments are not considered to be final until Board of Governors’ approval is secured. See the University of Saskatchewan Act (1995) (Part Five, Section 48)

UNIVERSITY COUNCIL

Principles and Procedures: Council approves academic matters which establish university precedents, set policies, or affect allocation of university resources. Council requires recommendations from the Academic Programs Committee on the proposal's academic merit, budget implications, and academic priority.

 

Additions or deletions

  • Addition of a new degree program.
  • Addition of a new degree-level program, such as a diploma or certificate of proficiency, when an approved template does not exist.
  • Addition of a dual or combined degree program that involves the creation of a new degree or a new field of study.
  • Addition of a joint degree program.
  • Addition of a new field of study for an existing degree program when an approved template does not exist.
  • Addition of a new template for a degree or degree-level program.
  • Deletion of a degree or degree-level program or template.
  • Deletion of a field of study which has significant academic or financial implications.
  • Establishment or disestablishment of a college or department. (See Guidelines for establishing departments, Guidelines for establishing centres and Guidelines for disestablishing a department)

Program changes

  • Change in the qualifications for admission to a program.*
  • Enrolment management plan for a college.*
  • A change to the name of a college, department, or school.
  • A change to the name of a degree or degree-level program.
  • A change to the template for a degree or degree-level program.
  • Changes to the majority of courses and requirements in an existing program (this is often referred to as a “Replacement Program”).
  • Program revisions which are significant enough that university budgetary support is requested or likely to be required.
  • Changes to university policies on curriculum, admission, courses, and examinations.
  • Exceptions to the University Council-approved percentage grading system.
*These changes also require confirmation of University Senate.
ACADEMIC PROGRAMS COMMITTEE (APC)

Principles and Procedures: APC ensures that the application and interpretation of University Council policies, procedures and nomenclature relating to academic standards, program requirements and student experience is reasonably consistent across programs. APC can consult with other committees if required.

 

.

Additions or deletions

  • Addition of a new degree-level program, such as a certificate of proficiency or diploma for which an approved template exists.
  • Addition of a new field of study for which an approved template exists.
  • Addition of a greater depth of study (for example, honours, Ph.D.) in an existing field of study.
  • Deletion of a field of study, unless this has significant academic or financial implications. These require University Council approval. See above.
  • Addition or deletion of a project, thesis, or course-based option.

Program changes

  • A change to the name of a field of study.
  • A change to the total number of credit units required for an approved degree program when this change affects tuition or overall program length for students.
  • Changes to tuition amounts for existing courses and programs.
  • Double-listing of courses (after prior approval through University Course Challenge).
  • Approval of the annual Academic Calendar, including changes to the Academic Calendar.
  • Resolution of challenges submitted through the University Course Challenge process.
  • Changes to university procedures for administration of policies on curriculum admission, courses and examinations.
  • A combined or second degree program that involves changes to the existing program requirements.
  • Changing the administrative authority of a program when this change involves more than one college.
UNIVERSITY COURSE CHALLENGE (UCC)

Principles and Procedures: University Course Challenge is appropriate for approval of straightforward curricular changes to existing programs, including those which may affect students and programs in other colleges. However, if the APC determines that curricular changes submitted to UCC have significant financial impact they will be referred to university budgetary authority for review prior to approval.

Deadlines: The January UCC is the deadline for any change for the next Course and Program Catalogue; the April UCC is the deadline for any new classes for the next year; the May UCC is the deadline for any prerequisite or other course change for the next year.

 

Additions or deletions

  • Addition of a new course or deletion of a course (unless deleted by the Moribund Course Archive policy).
  • Addition or deletion of a lesser depth of study (such as a minor or concentration) in a field of study still taught as a major.
  • Addition or deletion of a cross-college minor.
  • Addition or deletion of a work experience or internship option.
  • Addition or deletion of a concentration.
  • Addition or deletion of a teaching area.

Program changes

  • Change to the name of a minor, concentration, or teaching area.
  • Straightforward program changes. These would include:
    -substitution of a different course for an existing course in a program
    -addition or deletion of a requirement in a program
    -changes to the concentrations in a program
    -minor changes to the total number of credit units required in a program if this changes does not affect overall tuition or program length
    -any changes to the required courses in a program, regardless of whether or not they involve courses from colleges outside the sponsoring unit
  • Changes to the lists of elective courses in a program if these changes affect the program or courses offered by another college.
  • Curricular changes that affect more than one academic unit within the College of Graduate Studies and Research require University Course Challenge approval.

Course changes

  • Prerequisite or corequisite changes including adding or removing permission or restrictions on a prerequisite if the changes affect another college.
  • Determining equivalent courses and mutually exclusive courses in cases where courses are under the authority of different colleges.
  • Reduction or increase of the number of credit units for a course. Note that changing the credit unit value of a course also requires that a new course number be assigned.
  • Interdisciplinary use of a subject code in a course label.
  • Changes to the administrative authority of a course when this involves more than one college.
  • Any other changes to an approved course if the changes if the changes involve courses outside the sponsoring college.
  • Academic cross-listings if they involve more than one college.

College Approval Level

General Principles: Colleges are responsible for organizing and administering delivery of approved programs and for ensuring that progression and graduation standards reflect the specific academic and professional standards and requirements of the degree programs offered by that college.

COLLEGE

Principles and Procedures: Colleges approve most straightforward changes in courses which do not affect students or programs in other colleges. Colleges also approve changes to academic rules which affect student selection, progression and graduation. Course changes which will be of interest to students and faculty advisors in other colleges can be posted as an information item in the UCC.

Additions

  • Addition of a double honours program in two existing fields of study with honours programs.

Program changes

  • A change to the standards required for promotion, graduation or residency.
  • Double-counting or multiple-counting of courses
  • A change in the selection criteria for admission to a program.
  • Authority to restrict or control registration in any course.
  • Management of enrolment in accordance with an approved plan.
  • Changes to the list of elective courses in a program if the changes do not affect another college.
  • An agreement between colleges to offer 2 or more existing programs concurrently. This involves scheduling courses to accommodate the concurrent enrolment, but does not involve making changes to the existing program.

Course changes

  • Determining equivalent courses and mutually exclusive courses within the college.
  • Course changes provided they do not affect another college. These would include:
    -Prerequisite or corequisite changes including adding or removing permission or restrictions unless this affects another college.
    -Changes to label, number, level, title, Course and Program Catalogue description, course content, lecture hours, evaluation.
    -Changes to the practicum/laboratory, tutorial, seminar/discussion requirements of lecture hours of a course.
    -Changes to the methods of evaluation (this involves assessment of students within the university’s established grading system, for example: exam exemptions, take-home examinations, etc.)
    -Splitting a course into two 3 cu courses or combining two 3 cu courses into one 6 cu course. This will not be considered as a "new course" as defined for Challenge, but a new course number will be assigned.
  • Academic cross-listings that do not involve more than one college.
  • Any such course changes that affect another college must be posted for approval through the University Course Challenge.
  • Changing the administrative authority (ie. departmental authority) of a course or program within a single college.
COLLEGE OF GRADUATE STUDIES AND RESEARCH

Principles and Procedures: University Council has delegated special authority to the College of Graduate Studies and Research to make program changes in graduate thesis programs which streamline those programs and enhance research productivity. The curricular changes made by CGSR under this delegated authority should be submitted annually to APC and forwarded to Council for information.

 

 

Additions or deletions

  • Addition of a new concentration for an Interdisciplinary Studies graduate program.
  • Addition of a new direct-entry Ph.D. program in an existing field of study (with APC to be updated for information on an annual basis)
  • Addition or deletion of a P.G.D. program in a field where a Master's program exists.
  • Addition or deletion of a Special Case graduate program at the P.G.D., Master's or Ph.D. level.
  • Addition or deletion of a dual degree arrangement that does not involve the creation of a new degree program, new field of study, or changes to existing degree program requirements. After college approval, Registrarial Services must be informed so that parchments and transcripts can be adjusted to reflect the dual nature of the program awarded.

Program changes

  • Changes, within prescribed limits, to the minimum course requirements for a Master's (thesis) program or a PhD program. These are limited to:
    • reduction of Master’s credit unit requirement to 9 or greater, plus seminar (thesis program)
    • reduction of Ph.D. course requirements (requires Graduate Council approval only)

Other Approval Levels

General Principles: Curricular approvals for non-degree-level programs has been delegated to academic officers, on the principle that while such programs make use of university administrative capacity and expertise, they are cost-recovery, service or adjunct programs only and do not require ongoing oversight by University Council.

VICE-PRESIDENT ACADEMIC AND PROVOST

Principles and Procedures: University Council has delegated to the Provost the authority to approve Certificates of Successful Completion. Contact Registrarial Services Office to complete a Consultation with the Registrar Form.

 

Additions or deletions

  • Certificate of Successful Completion (non-degree level, ie. comprised of non-degree level courses numbered 010-099): A standard of proficiency, achievement or promotion appropriate for post-secondary training.
DEAN

Principles and Procedures: University Council has delegated to the Dean the authority to approve Certificates of Attendance. Contact Registrarial Services Office to complete a Consultation with the Registrar Form.

Additions or deletions

  • Certificate of Attendance (community-level, non-academic programs that are below the level of certificates of proficiency and successful completion, ie. comprised of courses numbered 001-009): Satisfactory attendance at a course or program of courses.
FEE REVIEW COMMITTEE
Principles and Procedures: The Provost's Committee on Integrated Planning (PCIP) has delegated to the Fee Review Committee authority over ancillary service fees. All new or revised course and class fees outside of standard tuition and fees must be approved by the Fee Review Committee. Please see the Tuition and Fees Authorization Policy.

 

Additions or deletions

REGISTRAR

Principles and Procedures: University Council has delegated to the University Registrar authority for registration, the student information system, and course delivery so that academic programs may be administered in an orderly manner. The Consultation with the Registrar Form must be completed for all new programs and other curricular items that are meant to be listed on academic records.

  • Oversight of academic terminology through the Academic & Curricular Nomenclature.
  • Oversight of course delivery, examination policies, and assessment of student learning through the Academic Courses Policy.
  • Content and format of parchments.
  • Content and format of transcripts.
  • Content and format of University Catalogue (this includes the Course and Program Catalogue, Academic Calendar, as well as information pertaining to admission, registration, and tuition and fee policies).
  • Addition or deletion of subject codes.
  • Addition or deletion of placeholder courses (non-academic courses).
Registrarial Services must be informed of dual and joint degree programs after approval, so that parchments and transcripts can be adjusted to reflect the dual/joint nature of the programs awarded.

Forms: All required forms can be found on the Forms and Guidelines page on the University Secretary's website.

Deadlines: Deadlines are outlined in the Year at a Glance Memo.




Examples

Approval procedures approved 1998, revised 2002, 2012, 2016

Certificates policy approved 2000
Moribund Course policy approved 2001
Chart updated June, 2003; editorial revisions March 2008, September 2008. June 2009  December 2010, September, 2011 to reflect changes in university nomenclature; updated effective February 1, 2013
Clarifications regarding enrolment management authority for Council and for colleges were added November, 2013 in accordance with legal advice regarding previous changes to Council bylaws  approved June, 2012.

Course Challenge

University Course Challenge Postings

Year at a Glance Memo for 2017/18 (August, 2017)

2017-18

College Submission Deadline

UCC Posting Date

Date of effective approval if no challenge received

August 15

August 17

August 31

September 12

September 14

September 29

October 13

October 17

October 31

November 14

November 16

November 30

December 12

December 15

January 4

January 12

- all program changes for the 2018-19 Course and Program Catalogue should be submitted by this date

- last date for any prerequisite or other course changes for Spring and Summer terms (201805 and 201807)

January 16

January 31

February 12

February 14

March 1

March 13

March 15

March 30

April 12

April 16

April 30

May 14

- last date for any prerequisite or other course changes for 2018-19 Fall and Winter terms (201809 and 201901)

May 16

May 31

June 12

- after students have started registration in June, changes to courses for 2018-19 Fall and Winter terms (201809 and 201901) will not be implemented unless approved by the registrar

June 14

June 29

2016-17

Year at a Glance Memo for 2016/17 (August, 2016)


College Submission Deadline

Following college approval, submit UCC curricular changes through the Academic and Curricular Change Portal

Scheduled University Course Challenge Posting Date  Date of effective approval if no challenge received 
August 15

August 17

Challenge Resolution (August 31, 2016)

August 31
September 14 September 16 September 30
October 13 October 17 October 31
November 14

November 16

Challenge Resolution (November 30, 2016)

November 30
December 12 December 15 January 4, 2017
January 13, 2017
-all program changes for the 2017-18 Course and Program Catalogue should be submitted by this date
-last date for any prerequisite or other course changes for Spring and Summer terms (201705 and 201707)
January 17 January 31
February 14 February 16 March 2
March 14 March 16 March 31
April 13 April 17 May 1
May 12
- last date for any prerequisite or other course changes for 2017-18 Fall and Winter terms (201709 and 201801) 
May 16 May 31
June 13
- after students have started registration in June, changes to courses for 2017-18 Fall and Winter terms (201709 and 201801) will not be implemented unless approved by the Registrar 

June 15

June Challenge Resolution (July 24, 2017)

June 30

2015-16

Year at a Glance Memo for 2015/16 (August 14, 2015)

 College Submission Deadline

Following college approval, submit UCC curricular changes through the Academic and Curricular Change Portal 

Scheduled University Course Challenge Posting Date  Date of effective approval if no challenge received 
August 12 August 14 August 31
September 10 September 14 September 30
October 14 October 16 October 30
November 12 November 16 December 1
December 11 December 16 January 8, 2016

January 12, 2016
- all program changes for the 2016-17 Course and Program Catalogue should be submitted by this date- last date for any

prerequisite or other course changes for Spring and Summer terms (201605 and 201607)

January 15 January 29
February 11 February 16 March 2
March 14 March 16 March 31
April 13 April 15 May 2
May 11
- last date for any prerequisite or other course changes for 2016-17 Fall and Winter terms (201609 and 201701) 
May 16 May 31

June 13
- after students have started registration in June, changes to courses for 2016-17 Fall and Winter terms

(201609 and 201701) will not be implemented unless approved by the Registrar 

June 15 June 30

2014-15

Year at a glance memo for 2014-15

 College Submission Deadline

Following college approval, submit UCC curricular changes through the Academic and Curricular Change Portal 

Scheduled University Course Challenge Posting Date  Date of effective approval if no challenge received 
August 13, 2014 August 15 August 29
September 11 September 16 September 30
October 14 October 17 October 31
November 13 November 17 December 1
December 13 December 17 January 7, 2015
January 13, 2015
- all program changes for the 2015-16 Course and Program Catalogue should be submitted by this date- last date for any prerequisite or other course changes for Spring and Summer terms (201505 and 201507)
January 16 January 30
February 12 February 16 March 2
March 12 March 16 March 30
April 14 April 16 April 30
May 12
- last date for any prerequisite or other course changes for 2015-16 Fall and Winter terms (201509 and 201601) 
May 15  May 29
June 11
- after students have started registration in June, changes to courses for 2015-16 Fall and Winter terms (201509 and 201601) will not be implemented unless approved by the Registrar 
June 15 June 29

2013-14

Year at a glance memo for 2013-14

 College Submission Deadline

Following college approval, submit UCC curricular changes through the Academic and Curricular Change Portal 

Scheduled University Course Challenge Posting Date  Date of effective approval if no challenge received 
August 14, 2013 August 19 August 30
Additional challenge August 21 Sepember 4
September 12 September 16 September 30
Additional challenge September 18 October 2
October 15 October 17 October 31
Additional challenge October 18 November 1
November 13 November 18 December 2
December 13 December 17 January 7, 2014
January 15, 2014
- all program changes for the 2014-15 Course and Program Catalogue should be submitted by this date- last date for any prerequisite or other course changes for Spring and Summer terms (201405 and 201407)
January 17 (with addendum January 21) January 31
February 12 February 14 February 28
March 13 March 17 March 31
April 14 April 16 April 30
May 14
- last date for any prerequisite or other course changes for 2014-15 Fall and Winter terms (201409 and 201501) 
May 16 (with addendum May 21) May 30
June 12
- after students have started registration in June, changes to courses for 2014-15 Fall and Winter terms (201409 and 201501) will not be implemented unless approved by the Registrar 
June 16 (with correction) June 30

2012-13

 College Submission Deadline

Scheduled University Course Challenge Posting Date  Date of effective approval if no challenge received 

August 15

August 17 

August 31 

September 12

September 14

September 28

October 12

October 17

October 31

November 14

November 16 (as corrected)

November Information Attachment

November 20

November 30

 December 4

December 13

December 17 (as corrected)

December Information Attachment

January 7

January 14, 2012

-all program changes for the 2013-14 Course and Program Catalogue should be submitted by this date
- last date for any prerequisite or other course changes for Spring and Summer terms (201305 and 201307)

January 17 [with addendum]

January 31

February 12

February 14

based on revised approval authority chart

March 1

March 12

March 15

March 29

April 12 April 17

April 16  April 22 (as corrected April 29)

April 30  May 6

Resolution of Challenge (October, 2013)

May 14 
- last date for any prerequisite or other course changes for 2013-14 Fall and Winter terms (201309 and 201401)

May 17

May 21 addendum

May 31

June 11
- after students have started registration in June, changes to courses for 2013-14 Fall and Winter terms (201309 and 201401) will not be implemented unless approved by the Registrar

June 14 as corrected

June 28

University Course Challenge archives

Urgent items can also be posted at any time.

How to Challenge a proposed course or program change

  • When a new University Course Challenge has been posted, an email is sent to all Deans, Associate Deans, Assistant Deans, Department Heads, and academic advisors to alert them to the Challenge post.  Anyone wishing to challenge a proposal will have approximately two weeks to do so. 
  • A Challenge to a proposed course or program change may emanate from any person (faculty, student, University officer), Department, College and/or committee.
  • In the case of minor program changes, lack of consultation with other affected units will be sufficient basis for initiation of a Challenge to the proposal. 
  • Written or email notice of a Challenge accompanied by reasons for the Challenge will be addressed to the Office of the University Secretary with a copy to the College sponsoring the proposed change (email seanine.warrington@usask.ca AND amanda.storey@usask.ca
  • The Office of the University Secretary, in consultation with the Provost, shall ascertain whether the challenge can be resolved between the parties concerned.
  • If a challenge is not resolved, the Office of the University Secretary shall have the challenge placed before the Academic Programs Committee for resolution at its next scheduled meeting and shall notify the Dean of the College proposing the change and the person, unit, or committee proposing the challenge. 
  • The Academic Programs Committee shall decide whether a challenge is frivolous; an appeal from such a decision shall be entertained by the University Council.

About the University Course Challenge

The University Course Challenge was adopted by the University of Saskatchewan in 1997 as a collegial procedure for rapid approval of many curricular changes. The Challenge submissions have been posted on this website since 2002. The procedure is managed by the Office of the University Secretary.  Some colleges now also use their own challenge procedure for dealing with curricular changes at the college level. These procedures should not be confused with the University Course Challenge, which is used for final approval of the following curricular changes:

Additions or deletions

  • Addition of a new course or deletion of a course (unless deleted by the Moribund Course Archive policy).
  • Addition or deletion of a lesser depth of study (such as a Minor, Cross College Minor or Concentration) in a field of study still taught as a major.
  • Addition or deletion of a Work Experience or Internship option.

Program changes

  • Changes to the list of elective courses in a program if these changes affect the program or courses offered by another college
  • Change in name for a Minor or Concentration
  • Straightforward program changes.  These would include:
    - Substitution of a different course for an existing course in a program
    - Changes to a majority of courses in a program (structure, content, scheduling)
    - addition of deletion of a requirement in a program
    - Changes to the Concentrations in a program
    - Minor changes to the total number of credit units require in a program if this changes does not affect overall tuition or program length.

Course changes 

  • Prerequisite or corequisite changes including adding or removing permission or restrictions on a prerequisite if the changes affect another college. 
  • Determining equivalent courses and mutually exclusive courses in cases where courses are from different colleges.
  • Reduction or increase of the number of credit units for a course. Note that changing the credit unit value of a course also requires that a new course number be assigned.
  • Interdisciplinary use of a subject code in a course label
  • Any other changes to an approved course if the changes affect the program or courses offered by another college.

Questions or concerns?  Email amanda.storey@usask.ca

For more information:

Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) 2010 conference presentation on course challenge.

Fornssler, Cathie M. The Course Challenge Procedure: A Fast but not Furious Way to Update University Curriculums, in CELT Collected Essays on Teaching and Learning, Volume II, 2009.  Based on Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) 2008 conference presentation Materials, Handouts, Presentation 

Course Challenge and Moribund Courses policy and procedures

University Nomenclature Report