Undergraduate services

Office of Undergraduate Studies' team

Office of Undergraduate Programs' team

The Office of Undergraduate Programs is pleased to welcome you at the Faculty of Science.

Our academic advisors and academic assistants are committed to provide you with guidance throughout your studies so that your learning experience here proves as stimulating and enriching as possible. Your success is our number one priority! We encourage you to come see us for any questions or concerns you may have.

Until then, we wish you all the best in your studies. Looking forward to meeting you!

Your success is our top priority!

At the Faculty of Science, we recognize that the transition from high school or CEGEP to university represents a major challenge for you. That's why we have support services for our new students.

An example is the one-week mathematics workshop in August to review the high school material you need for your first-year math courses. Help centres in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biochemistry are at the disposal of students who need help in those courses. They are in classrooms, staffed by consultants who can answer all your questions.

In addition, the Faculty asks professors who teach first-year courses to test new students early in the trimester and forward their interim grades to the coordinator of the Centre for Academic Success. The coordinator - a former high-school science teacher - studies the files, then meets with students who may be encountering difficulties in their courses and discusses possible solutions with them (time management, counselling, tutorials, etc.).

Bridging Courses in Science – Summer 2017

List of courses offered – intensive session – July 17 to August 28, 2017

  • MAT1318 – Functions

This course will not be offered during the Summer 2017 term. It is possible to complete the equivalent course MHF4U (Ontario High School) at the Independent Learning Center.

  • MAT 1339 – Introduction to Calculus and Vectors (course equivalent to MCV4U)

It is also possible to complete the equivalent course MCV4U (Ontario High School) at the Independent Learning Center.

Complete descriptions and course timetable are available on the Office of the Registrar website.

Registration procedure

Registration for summer courses starts on April 6, 2017 for students currently registered in a program of study. Students newly admitted to the University of Ottawa for the Fall 2017 semester will be able to register to the summer semester as Special students on April 20, 2017.

Course registration can be done in person, by mail or by fax at the following address:

Infoservice
Tabaret Hall
75 Laurier Ave. E.
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Telephone: (613) 562-5700
Toll-free phone: 1-877-868-8292
Fax: (613) 562-5323

No course registration by email will be accepted.

Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. From June 1st to August 31, offices hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

How to register

To register, students must complete the Special student registration form (PDF), available at InfoService or on the Office of the Registrar website.

At all times, students must provide proof that the prerequisites have been completed.

Tuition fees

To avoid late payment fees and interest, tuition fees must be paid by July 31, 2017. Students who have not paid their tuition fees will be withdrawn from their current session.

For further information, please visit the Financial Resources web site

Secondary V Quebec students only (or Cegep)

The following is intended for Secondary V Quebec students only (or Cegep) admitted with the condition to complete bridging courses in mathematics (MAT1318 and MAT1339).

In order to complete the admission requirements, please consider the following options:

MAT1318

Option 1: Self-Evaluation Test

  • Test to be completed online (25 questions). If a successful grade is obtained (17/25), you are exempted from completing the course MAT1318 and you may register to MAT1339 or its equivalent.
  • To access the test site, you are required to buy a license at the cost of $24.95 + tx ($28.20). The license will be valid for one year and will also give you access to the MAT1320, MAT1330, MAT1322 and MAT1332 homework.

Option 2: Complete the courses or its equivalent

MAT1339

Option 1: Challenge exam

  • Exam written at the University (on campus) at a fixed date and time in August.
  • You prepare for the exam on your own during the summer.  You will have access to the course website (course outline, copies of practice tests and exams, textbook used, etc.) as well as the e-mail address of the professor should you have any questions regarding the course content. (Permission to write the challenge exam must be confirmed by the Faculty of Science).
  • 2017: exam will take place during the August 29-30 exam period (date and time will be posted (mid-May) on the Faculty web site)
  • Passing grade is "65%". Should you obtain a mark lower than 65%, you will be required to complete the course during the Fall term.

Option 2: Complete the course or its equivalent

NB: MAT1318 must be completed before starting MAT1339

If you have any further questions about courses in mathematics at the University of Ottawa, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We wish you excellent success in your studies at the University of Ottawa!

Frequently asked questions

I intend to write the Self-Evaluation Test for MAT1318 this summer. What happens if I do not obtain the passing grade?

  • The student who does not obtain at least 17/25 on the test will have to complete the course or its equivalent.
  • The result obtained in the Self-Evaluation Test (MAT1318) is used only to exempt (or not) from taking the make-up course MAT1318. It does not appear on the transcript and it is not included in the average.

I intend to write the challenge exam for MAT1339 this summer. What happens if I do not obtain the passing grade?

The student who does not obtain at least 65% on the challenge exam will have to complete the course or its equivalent.

The satisfactory (S) grade obtained for the challenge exam (MAT1339) is used to fulfill the admission condition. Consequently, it will appear on an official transcript but will not count in the average.  If the challenge exam is not successful, no grade will be entered until you complete the course.  The final mark received (satisfactory (S) or not satisfactory (NS)) for the course is considered official and will appear on the transcript.  In both cases, it does not count in the average.

I intend to take the course MAT1318 and/or MAT1339. Will my final mark(s) count in my average?

  • No. As these are admission requirements, while the marks (satisfactory (S) or not satisfactory (NS)) will show on an official transcript, they will not be used in the calculation of the average.

If I decide to write the challenge exam in MAT1339 in August, but later change my mind and wish to register to the course in the Fall instead, can I do it?

  • Yes. Simply let us know by email as soon as possible (infosci@uOttawa.ca) – before the exam date - and we will make the required changes in your file.

I intend to write the challenge exam for MAT1339 in August. Why are you registering me to the course for the Fall term?

  • Registration is required to follow-up on the admission condition. If however we were to register you for the summer term, this would entail summer tuition fees even though you would not be attending it. Since the fees as a full-time student (minimum 12 credits) are the same whether you have four or more courses registered, by adding this course to your Fall term, your tuition fees remain unchanged.

MAT1339 shows up on my official fall schedule even though I successfully completed the challenge exam. Does this mean I have to attend that course?

  • No. Even if it appears in your schedule, you do not need to attend. A successful challenge exam in MAT1339 means the course is completed.  A grade of S (satisfactory) will appear in your file.
CEGEP Students

The following is intended for CEGEP students entering a program in Science or Engineering who have completed a CEGEP course in Linear Algebra (201-NYC, 201-704 or equivalent course code)

The CEGEP courses in Algebra are unfortunately not equivalent to MAT1341 (Introduction to Linear Algebra), which is a required course in many programs in Science and Engineering. MAT1341 is also a prerequisite to several second year courses you may need to take.

So as not to unduly delay your studies, and taking into account the significant content of the CEGEP Algebra courses, please consider the following options open to you:

  1. The course MAT1341 is offered at the University of Ottawa in the spring-summer term. Completing the course over the summer could allow you a seamless transition to your second-year studies. Please consult the schedule of the course.
  2. If your CEGEP Algebra course covered additional material (in particular, eigenvalues, eigenvectors and diagonalization), you may be in a position to request to write a challenge exam for credit in the first week of August. Contact the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for details.
  3. Provided that you successfully completed a CEGEP Algebra course you can take MAT1341 in the fall term and you will be permitted to register in the fall as well for any of the following courses which are required for your program:
  • MAT2122 : Multivariable Calculus
  • MAT2322 : Calculus III for Engineers
  • MAT2362 : Foundations of Mathematics.

On the other hand, you must complete MAT1341 before you may take any of the following courses:

  • MAT2141 : Linear Algebra I
  • MAT2324 : Ordinary Differential Equations and the Laplace Transform
  • MAT2342 : Introduction to Applied Linear Algebra
  • MAT2384 :Ordinary Differential Equations and Numerical Methods.

If you have any further questions about courses in mathematics at the University of Ottawa, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We wish you excellent success in your studies at the University of Ottawa!

Rafal Kulik
Chair, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Email

Math Workshops

August 21-25, 2017

Welcome to mathematics at the University of Ottawa.  We are here to help you succeed!

First-year math courses can be a stumbling block for many students. With regular work habits and a bit of foresight and preparation, you can make sure that you will succeed. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics wants to help you in every possible way.

  1.  Take a self-diagnostic test.  This self-scored test is carefully designed by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to help you assess your readiness for the introductory University level Calculus and Algebra courses in your program. 
  2. Enroll in our August Math Workshops. These workshops are aimed at students who earned less than 80% in high school mathematics, or have been away from mathematics for a while, or who struggled with the self-diagnostic test.  The workshops run from August 21 to 25, 2017; details below.
  3. In September, choose to take advantage of the many opportunities available to you to help you strengthen your mathematical skills. Principal among these are review sessions and diagnostic tests offered in your classes, the Math Help Centre, formal and informal study groups, and – of course!- your classes, DGDs (tutorials) and your professor’s office hours.

August Math Workshop Details:

  • Workshop 1: for students registering in MAT 1320, MAT 1330 and/or MAT 1341. This workshop will be held in Desmarais Hall, 55 Laurier East, room 1160.
  • Workshop 2: for students registering in MAT 1300, MAT 1302 and/or MAT 1308 (Economics, Management or Social Sciences). This workshop will be held in Desmarais Hall, 55 Laurier East, room 1140

Each workshop is led by an experienced instructor whose goal is to help you review your high school mathematics and improve your transition to university mathematics studies.  Following a careful curriculum, the morning sessions (9:00 to 12:00) focus on theory and examples while the afternoon sessions (from 1:00 to 3:30) give you the opportunity to practice by working on exercises with the guidance of your instructor.

The number of places is limited, we encourage you to book a place by registering early.  The workshop fee is $75. and is non-refundable.

Upon receipt of your registration form (PDF), the workshop fee will be added to your statement of account online. Go to Finances and Jobs in uoZone to access your statement of account.

Your registration to the workshop must be received by August 18, 2017.

A few rooms are available in residence by calling 1-888-564-4545 or emailing, reserve@uottawa.ca .

Science Preparatory Workshop

August 28 to September 1, 2017

Meeting point for Monday, August 28: To be determined.

You will begin your studies at the University of Ottawa in September, and we want to help you succeed!

This four day workshop focuses on key abilities and knowledge to help you succeed when you begin your university studies in the Faculty of Science at the University of Ottawa. All students can benefit from this workshop.

You will learn and/or develop:

  • How to find and, importantly, how to use the resources available on campus such as Student Academic Success Service, help centers, and library.
  • How to take notes and how to study effectively for your upcoming classes
  • How to conduct research for your science courses
  • How to write at a university level (lab reports, etc)
  • Critical thinking abilities
  • How to apply your essential subject matter knowledge to your upcoming university courses (algebra, atomic structure, acids and bases, etc)
  • How to manage your time, stress, and workload.

Testimonials

Matt Alteen, alumni of the Biopharmaceutical Science Program, executive member of the Science Students’ Association 2008 – 2011 (president 2010-2011):

“The transition from high school to a university science degree is both exciting and challenging.  Get a head start - take advantage of this week so that you’re prepared to succeed right from the first day of class!"

Joëlle, Biology graduate:

“I graduated from high school with a very high average. I was certain that I could maintain a similar average at university by using the same study methods. However, the transition to university studies was a period of great adaptation. We have to adjust to big changes: first time without parents, new friends, new city, new campus, etc. All these changes can be very exciting. If we want to fully benefit from this new environment while maintaining good marks, we need very efficient study habits and excellent time-management skills. When I started in first year, this workshop was not available, but the university did offer one in math. Since I had finished with high marks in high school, I didn’t think that I needed a preparatory course. However, I realized, after a few months, that this would have helped me. My marks would undoubtedly have been higher, I would have been better prepared and I would have had more free time. The goal of this workshop is to help students adapt to this new workload while leading a balanced lifestyle. It’s a golden opportunity to ensure scholastic success!”

Workshop options

The workshop is offered in English and in French (your choice). A recorded copy of each presentation will be posted online approximately one day after each session is held.

We encourage you come to campus for the workshop, because you will meet your classmates, student mentors, and some professors in person, get a tour of the campus (and find your classrooms) before the first day.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot by registering early.

Registration

Registration starts this spring. More information to come. 

Questions

If you have any questions, please send us an email.

Accommodations

Students who will stay in residence during the school year have the option to move-in early for the period of the workshop at a cost of $40 per night. To make arrangements, please contact the residences either by phone at (613) 562-5885 or by email and use the group reservation number 32476.

For those who will stay off campus during the school year, a few rooms are available on the 20th floor of the 90 University residence, however availability is very limited. You can obtain further information by calling 1-888-564-4545 or by email. You can also reserve a room at one of Ottawa’s hotels. For further information regarding hotels, we invite you to visit the Ottawa Tourism’s website.

Get started on the right foot in your university science courses!

Your Science Buddies

From January 16th to April 6th, 2017*

Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm

Gendron building, room 170

Your Science Buddies is another very useful service. It is a great place for new students to meet and chat with senior students who will answer questions and share their experiences.

To contact us

For more information on the support services offered by the Faculty of Science, please contact:

Charles Wolfe
Gendron Building, room 170
Tel : 613-562-5800, extension 6751
Email


*Closed during Study Week (February 19-25, 2017)

Biochemistry Help Centre

Help for students taking BCH 2333/2733 courses

From January 16th to April 21st, 2017*

Tabaret Hall, room 116A

Day Time
Tuesday (Help available in French only)

11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Friday 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

*Please note that the Biochemistry Help Centre will be close from February 19th to 25th, 2017 (reading week)

Chemistry Help Centre

Help for students taking first and second year chemistry courses

From January 16th to April 21st, 2017*

Tabaret Hall, room 116

Some students may have trouble understanding concepts introduced in Chemistry courses. The Help Centre is staffed by expert consultants who can help you and is open to all students registered to the first and second year courses.

Days Time
Monday 9:00 - 14:00
Tuesday 9:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 8:00 - Noon
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00

*The Chemistry Help Centre will close from February 20-24, 2017

Physics Help Centre

Help for students taking first-year physics courses

From January 16th to April 20th, 2017*

Tabaret Hall, room C116

Days Time
Monday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

and

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Thursday 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

* The Physics Help Centre will be closed during Study Week (February 20-24, 2017)

Mathematics and Statistics Help Centre

Help for students taking first-year mathematics courses

From January 16 to April 27, 2017*

Tabaret Hall, room C-115

Some students may have trouble understanding concepts introduced in mathematics or statistics courses. If you are in this situation, you have many options to get help. The Mathematics and Statistics Help Centre is one of these. The Help Centre is staffed by expert consultants who can help you.

The Help Centre is open to all students registered to the first and second year courses listed below.

Courses serviced by the help center - Mathematics
  • MAT1300 - Mathematical Methods I
  • MAT1302 - Mathematical Methods II
  • MAT1308 - Introduction to Calculus
  • MAT1318 - Functions
  • MAT1320 - Calculus I
  • MAT1322 - Calculus II
  • MAT1330 - Calculus for the life science I
  • MAT1332 - Calculus for the life science II
  • MAT1339 - Introduction to Calculus and Vectors
  • MAT1341 - Introduction to Linear Algebra
  • MAT1348 - Discrete Mathematics for Computing
Time Schedule of the Help Center for these courses
From January 16 to April 7, 2017*
Day Time
Monday to Wednesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
From April 10 to April 27, 2017*
Day Time
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

*The Help Center will be close on April 14 and April 17 for Easter Break.


Help for students taking first-year statistics courses

From January 16 to April 27, 2017*

Tabaret Hall, room C-116

Courses serviced by the help center - Statistics
  • MAT1371 - Descriptive Statistics
  • MAT2377 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers
  • MAT2379 - Introduction to Biostatistics
Time Schedule of the Help Center for these courses
From January 16 to April 7, 2017*
Day Time
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
From April 10 to April 27, 2017*
Day Time
Wednesday, April 19 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday, April 20 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday, April 21 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

*The Help Center will be close on April 14 and April 17 for Easter Break.


Instructions

To get some help from the staff at the Help Centre, you should first carefully read the following instructions:

  1. The first thing to do when you arrive at the Help Centre is to write in the registration book your name, the name of your faculty, and the name and number of the course for which you need help.
  2. Wait for us to call on you.
  3. Be prepared: To avoid wasting time, put bookmarks at the pages relating to your questions, make a list of the questions you want to ask, etc. Prepare precise questions if possible.
  4. Try to describe as precisely as you can the problems that you have. To do this, it is very useful to show to the consultant a sample of what you have tried to do so that he or she may try to diagnose your problems.
  5. When trying to solve a problem, try to find similarities between your problem and other exercises or examples done in class, and think of all methods of solution that you know.
  6. The consultants are there to help you -- They are not there to do your homework. When a consultant asks you what you think of this or that method, you should take it as a hint on how to solve your problem.

Generally, there is no time limit on individual consultations. However, when the Help Centre is crowded, it may happen that we limit individual consultations to 10 or 15 minutes. In this case, you are welcome to sign up for another consultation immediately after ending your consultation. Moreover, when there are a lot of students, we often do group consultations, answering all questions relating to a given course.

The following table gives the location and schedule of the Help Centre. The location and schedule may be modified between semesters and even during a semester. Please, consult on a regular basis the following table for the latest modifications. The Help Centre is also open during the period for the final exams. The schedule of the help center during the period for the final exams will be added to this table a few weeks before the beginning of this period.

Important note: The help center is not currently accessible to persons with limited mobility. Please call the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to arrange a meeting at another location.

Study Groups

From January 23rd to April 7th, 2017*

FSS Building, room 14005

Need some extra help with your Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics course?

Student Academic Success Services (SASS), in collaboration with the Faculty of Science, is offering free study groups for students registered in the above-mentioned courses. 

These study groups will closely reflect the material learned in class each week and will give you an opportunity to work through problems that resemble evaluations and assignments.

A student mentor will lead the study groups.

Here is the schedule and the location of each study group:

Course Code

Student Mentor

Schedule

BIO1140

Heidi

Wednesday, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

CHM1321

Isabel

Tuesday, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

MAT1332

Aida

Thursday, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

PHY1322

Abhi

Monday, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Hope to see you there.

* The study groups won't be available during Study Week (February 19-25, 2017)

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