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University of Calgary Calendar 2023-2024 Faculty of Science 3. Faculty Regulations 3.5 Course Selection and Registration
3.5 Course Selection and Registration
A. Accuracy of Registration

Students are responsible for ensuring that their annual course selections are in accord with all Calendar requirements, including the completion of prerequisite courses with a satisfactory grade and registration in corequisite courses as appropriate. If registration in any course(s) is contrary to regulations, the Faculty may cancel such registration any time after the beginning of the term. Registration at all times must be appropriate to the degree program being followed. Students with wholly inappropriate course selections in their registration may have their registration cancelled by the Associate Dean (Undergraduate), or designate. Students should seek advice from that Associate Dean, the staff of the Undergraduate Science Centre, or from the Department or Program concerned.

Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet degree and program requirements. While the Undergraduate Science Centre endeavours to assist all students as they proceed in the various programs, a final and thorough check is not done until application for graduation. Any departure from standard requirements must receive prior authorization in writing from the Associate Dean (Undergraduate), or designate. It is strongly recommended that students consult with the Associate Dean before submitting their final registration.

First-year students in the Faculty of Science who wish to register in senior courses should be aware that in addition to stated prerequisites, senior courses offered by other faculties often require completion of 18 units at the junior level.

Students must be admitted to a program before they will be allowed to register in more than 36 units from the Department offering that program or in any group of courses required for that program.

First-year students should visit the Enrolment Services website ( for registration details from the Office of the Registrar.

B. Introductory Courses for Science Degree Programs

All programs have introductory course requirements. Since these courses are often the prerequisites for more advanced courses, students are advised to take the introductory courses in the manner depicted in Section 4 (Program Details) "Suggested Program Sequences." By so doing, students make it possible to complete their programs in a timely fashion.

C. Prerequisites

A student may not register in a course unless a grade of at least "C-" has been obtained in each prerequisite course, except with a letter of permission from the Head of Department (or designate). It is the responsibility of students to ensure that they meet all prerequisite requirements. Students who do not meet the exact prerequisites/corequisites and do not have Departmental permission to waive those requirements will have their registrations cancelled automatically by the Faculty after the deadline for student change of registration.

D. Withdrawal from Courses

Students will not be permitted to withdraw more than once from a particular course.

Students will be required to withdraw from the Faculty of Science if they have accumulated a total of more than 30 units withdrawals while in attendance at the University of Calgary.

Since students could jeopardize their programs by withdrawing from courses, they should be aware of all potentially adverse consequences of such actions. If after having sought out and weighed all the information, a student still decides to proceed, withdrawal from a course must be done before the deadline specified in the Academic Schedule.

E. Repetition of Courses

A student will be permitted to repeat a particular course only once. This regulation applies not only to individual courses, but also to sets of courses where it is stated that credit for more than one of the sets is not allowed. For example, a student may not take Mathematics 265 twice and then attempt Mathematics 249.

F. Course Load

While five courses taken concurrently represent a full load, some programs prescribe additional courses. Students may elect to take up to six courses in a term, but an extra course represents a substantial burden and may adversely affect overall performance. Undergraduates may register in 600-level courses only with the permission of the Department offering the course and the Associate Dean (Undergraduate).

G. Opportunities to Take Courses at Another Institution for Transfer of Credit

Students may be authorized to take some program course work at another university if registration as a visiting student is acceptable to that university. Students with poor academic performance, such as being on probation or having a large number of withdrawals, will not be afforded this opportunity.

Students may apply online for such authorization by requesting a Letter of Permission through their online Student Centre. Students should check with Program Advisors in the Undergraduate Science Centre to ensure that such transfer credits advance their particular programs. Once approved, students will be advised officially as to how the proposed courses will transfer and an appropriate letter will be sent to the Registrar of the other university. The Letter of Permission must be obtained before the student registers for the courses at the other institution.

It will be the responsibility of the student to ensure that an official transcript of grades is forwarded directly to the Registrar of this University in order that appropriate credit may be officially recorded.

Many grade-point-average calculations used by the Faculty of Science do not include transfer courses.

H. Credit in Courses by Special Assessment

Students who feel that they know the material covered in a course without having received formal University credit for that course may apply for special assessment in such a course. Departments are free to determine which, if any, of their courses may be taken by special assessment, by any particular student, and to determine the nature and scheduling of the examination or assessment procedures involved. If special assessment is allowed, students should obtain the form headed "Permission to Take Courses by Special Assessment" from the Office of the Registrar and submit their application to the Department offering the course. A course in which the student was previously registered may not be taken subsequently by special assessment, nor may any course be attempted more than once in this way.

The Faculty will not allow more than 30 units completed by special assessment to count towards a degree.

See also B.13 in Academic Regulations for the general University regulations concerning special assessment.