Science 101

Office of Undergraduate Studies' team

Office of Undergraduate Studies' team

Welcome to the Faculty of Science!

Consult your UOZONE frequently to be on top of everything!

ALWAYS use your uOttawa email address or have it forwarded to your personal email address.

Important academic dates and deadlines

Important academic dates and deadlines website

Fall 2017

  • Aug. 28 to Sept. 15: U-Pass distribution by SFUO
  • September 6: Courses begin
  • September 22: Last day to change course selection
  • September 29: Last day to delete a course/activity and receive financial credit
  • October 22 to 28: Reading week
  • November 17: Last day to withdraw from a course with no financial credit
  • December 6: Courses end
  • December 7: Study break
  • December 8 to 21: Final exam period
  • February 18 to 24, 2018:
    • Deferred exam period for faculties of Arts, Science, Engineering, and Civil Law
    • Supplemental exam period for faculties of Engineering and of Science (1000-level courses)
    • Deferred and supplemental exam period for 1000-level anatomy (ANP) courses

Winter 2018

  • January 8: Courses begin
  • January 26: Last day to change course selection
  • February 2nd: Last day to delete a course/activity and receive financial credit
  • February 18 to 24: Reading week
  • March 23: Last day to withdraw from a course with no financial credit
  • March 30th to April 2nd: Easter break
  • April 11: Courses end
  • April 12: Study break
  • April 13 to 26: Final exam period
  • July 3rd to 9:
    • Deferred exam period for faculties of Arts, Science, Engineering, and Civil Law
    • Supplemental exam period for faculties of Engineering and of Science (1000-level courses)
  • To be determined: Deferred and supplemental exam period for 1000-level anatomy (ANP) courses
Structure of programs

Types of Baccalaureates in Science

Addition of 2nd component after having completed 24 units

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) to maintain

Placed on probation

Honours (120 units)

Optional addition of a minor from any discipline

5.0

CGPA is under 5.0 - 24 additional units allowed to raise CGPA to 5.0.

Honours with major (120 units)

Compulsory addition of a 2nd major or a minor from any discipline

5.0

CGPA is under 5.0 - 24 additional units allowed to raise CGPA to 5.0.

Honours (multidisciplinary) (120 units)

Biopharmaceutical Science, Environmental Science, Financial Mathematics and Economics, Ophthalmic Medical Technology

No 2nd component can be added

5.0

CGPA is under 5.0 - 24 additional units allowed to raise CGPA to 5.0

Honours Biomedical Science
(120 units)

Minor from any discipline can be added only if no option chosen

5.0

CGPA is under 5.0 - 24 additional units allowed to raise CGPA to 5.0

Joint Honours
(120 units)

No 2nd component can be added

5.0

CGPA is under 5.0 - 24 additional units allowed to raise CGPA to 5.0

Honours Physics / Electrical Engineering (159 units)

No 2nd component can be added

5.0

CGPA is under 5.0 - 24 additional units allowed to raise CGPA to 5.0

Honours Biochemistry / Chemical Engineering (Biotechnology) (189 units)

No 2nd component can be added

6.0

CGPA is under 6.0 - 24 additional units allowed to raise CGPA to 6.0

Full-time status versus part-time status

  • Registration to 12 units per term (4 or more courses) = full-time
  • Registration to less than 12 units per term = part-time

Students with an admission scholarship or any other scholarship and students who have financial aid must be full‑time during the fall and winter terms (summer being excluded). Before dropping a course, please consult the Financial Aid and Awards Office, 55 Laurier Avenue East, DMS 3156. Students in the Coop option must also be registered full-time.

Permitted Calculators

The ONLY calculators allowed during final examinations of the Faculty of Science are:

  • Texas Instruments TI-30 , TI-34,
  • Casio fx-260, fx-300.
Deferred and supplemental exams
  • Supplemental exams are offered only in courses at the 1000-level in the faculties of Science and Engineering, as well as 1000-level anatomy (ANP) courses and only if a student obtains a final mark of E (40‑49%).
  • If you decide to write the supplemental exam, you must register to the supplemental exam and there is a non-refundable fee of $44. There are no fees for deferred exams.
  • The grade obtained on the supplemental examination will replace the final examination grade. Only the grade obtained after the supplemental examination appears on the student’s transcript and is used in the calculation of averages. However, a note on the transcript will indicate that this grade was obtained as a result of a supplemental exam.
Absence from exams

Justification of absence from an examination (mid-term, final, supplemental or deferred) or from a test, or of late submission of assignments

Absence from any examination or test, or late submission of assignments due to illness, psychological problems or exceptional personal circumstances must be justified; otherwise, students will be penalized.

Reasons such as travel, employment, and errors in reading the examination timetable are not acceptable reasons for missing an examination.

  1. Medical grounds
    1. Students must directly notify their professor or the academic secretariat of the faculty where they are registered, before the exam or before the assignment deadline.
    2. Before accepting the student’s justification, the professor or the faculty’s academic secretariat has the right to request a medical certificate from the attending physician (including the student’s name, the date of both the absence and the return to studies, the medical consultation date, and the physician’s signature).
    3. If the authenticity of the medical certificate is in question, the professor or the faculty’s academic secretariat may request that it be validated by the University of Ottawa’s Health Services.
    4. If the medical problem is not foreseeable, students must notify their professor or the academic secretariat of the faculty where they are registered and submit a medical certificate bearing the date of the absence within five working days of the exam date or the assignment deadline, except if extenuating circumstances prevent them from doing so; these circumstances must be documented.
    5. Students who write an examination during the period of disability specified on the medical certificate cannot later plead illness to appeal their examination results.
  2. Psychological problems
    1. Students must directly notify their professor or the academic secretariat of the faculty where they are registered, before the exam or before the assignment deadline.
    2. Before accepting the student’s justification, the professor or the faculty’s academic secretariat has the right to request either a certificate from the attending physician or from a psychologist (including the student’s name, the date of both the absence and the return to studies, the consultation date, and the physician’s or psychologist’s signature) or a supporting letter issued by the University of Ottawa’s Counselling and Coaching Service.
    3. If the authenticity of the certificate is in question, the professor or the faculty’s academic secretariat may request that it be validated by the University of Ottawa’s Health Services.
    4. If the psychological problem is not foreseeable, students must notify the professor or the academic secretariat of the faculty where they are registered and submit a certificate bearing the date of the absence within five working days of the exam date or the assignment deadline, except if extenuating circumstances prevent them from doing so; these circumstances must be documented.
    5. Students who write an examination during the period of disability specified on the certificate cannot later plead psychological problems to appeal their examination results.
  3. Exceptional personal circumstances

Absence from an examination or test and the late submission of assignments due to exceptional personal circumstances must be justified in writing within five working days of the date of the examination or test or the assignment deadline. The academic unit and the faculty concerned reserve the right to accept or reject the reasons presented.  Reasons such as travel, work and misreading of examination schedules are not accepted, except in exceptional and properly documented circumstances.

Academic regulations

Administration and Governance website

Mandatory withdrawal from a program or from the faculty:

  • CGPA below 3.0 after having taken 24 units, successfully or not
  • Two failures in compulsory work term
  • Condition of admission not fulfilled
  • CGPA belowtheminimumaveragerequiredafterbeingplacedon academic probation and after having taken (successfully or not) 24 additional units, in accordance with the conditions of the student’s academic probation

Possibility to repeat courses:  all courses, whether passed or failed, can be repeated only once. Only the second grade obtained is used in the calculation of averages. A failing grade can replace a passing grade.

Plagiarism and fraud

Each year, professors of the faculty report fraud cases – we deal with them and we impose sanctions that can vary from zero for the work, F for the course, expulsion from the Faculty, expulsion from the University… It is a very serious matter! Think about it as it can be very costly.

For more information on the matter, please consult the following website.

Available services

Faculty of Science Academic Advisors and Senior Officer of Academic Development and Operations

Office of Undergraduate Programs
30 Marie Curie - GNN 172
infosci@uOttawa.ca

Buying textbooks

Your Science Buddies

30 Marie Curie - GNN 170

Your Science Buddies are experienced undergraduate students who mentor first-year science students and who will provide study tips, time management skills and general advice to facilitate your transition to university life. Starting in early-September, Your Science Buddies will be happy to meet with you from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, no appointment necessary. They can also provide answers to 2nd-, 3rd-, and 4th-year science students who have questions regarding their academic path, their career plan, whether it is for graduate studies or the job market.

Faculty of Science Help Centers

Science Study Group Program

This program is offered by undergraduate students as a free service to all students registered in: BIO1130, CHM1311, MAT1330 and PHY1321/1331 during the Fall and BIO1140, CHM1321, MAT1332, PHY1322 during the Winter. Check your uOttawa email address regularly for more details.

SASS – Student Academic Success Service

The Student Academic Success Service (SASS) helps University of Ottawa students persevere in their studies while contributing to their academic, personal and professional success.

The start of a university program of studies is an exciting experience. Whatever your learning difficulties, Access Service specialists will work with you to achieve your academic goals.

The Academic Writing Help Centre is a teaching service. In working with our writing advisors, you will be able to acquire the abilities, strategies and writing tools that will enable you to meet the requirements of your assignments and lab reports.

Whether you experience personal obstacles or you need help to overcome certain barriers, our specialists can accompany you through the transitions of your development.

Career Development Centre

85 University - UCU 312

Begin building your professional skills early in your studies. The skills you develop now will go a long way in helping you get that dream job once you graduate.

Health Services

Visit their web site for more information on services and programs offered for our students

Michaëlle Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement

550 Cumberland - TBT 304

Community Service Learning is a form of experiential learning that enhances classroom teaching. This innovative pedagogical model allows students to contribute to their community by participating in projects related to their program of study.

Take a look at all the courses available during the academic year

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