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.
Your success is our top priority!
Help Centres and Study Groups
Chemistry Help Centre
Help for students taking first and second year chemistry courses
From September 9 to December 13, 2019*
STEM Complex - 150 Louis-Pasteur, room 207
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.
|Monday||9 am - 2 pm|
|Tuesday||11 am - 4 pm|
|Wednesday||8 am - 1 pm|
|Thursday||Noon - 4 pm|
*The Chemistry Help Centre will be closed during Reading Week (October 13-19, 2019)
Mathematics and Statistics Help Centre
Help for students taking first-year mathematics courses
From September 9 to November 29, 2019*
STEM Complex, room 207
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.
|Monday||10 am - 7 pm|
|Tuesday||10 am - 7 pm|
|Wednesday||10 am - 7 pm|
|Thursday||10 am - 5 pm|
|Friday||10 am - 3 pm|
*Study and Exam period (December 2-18): Open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 3 pm daily
The Help Centre is open to all students registered to the first and second year courses listed below.
|Tuesday||10 am - 3 pm|
|Thursday||10 am - 3 pm|
*Study and Exam period (December 2-18): December 3, 10 and 17 from 10 am to 3 pm.
To get some help from the staff at the Help Centre, you should first carefully read the following instructions:
- 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.
- Wait for us to call on you.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Physics Help Centre
Help for students taking first-year physics courses
From September 16 to December 12, 2019*
STEM Complex - 150 Louis-Pasteur, room 207
|Monday||2:30 pm - 5:30 pm|
|Tuesday||5:30 pm - 8:30 pm|
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
|Thursday||4:00 pm - 7:00 pm|
*The Help Centre will be closed during Reading Week (October 14-18, 2019)
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.
Hope to see you there.
*The study groups won't be available during Study Week (October 14-18, 2019)
Workshops and Bridging Courses
Bridging Courses in Science – Summer 2019
List of courses offered – intensive session – July 15 to August 26, 2019
- MAT1318 – Functions
This course will not be offered during the Summer 2019 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
The course will be offered (web version) during the Summer 2019 term. 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.
Regular students: registration for summer courses starts on April 4, 2019 for students currently registered in a program of study (online registration).
New students: students newly admitted to the University of Ottawa for the Fall 2019 term will be able to register to the summer term as a special student (online) starting April 17, 2019. Please refer to the Special students enrolment page.
To avoid late payment fees, tuition fees must be paid by July 15, 2019. 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: Summary of the possible options
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.
Option 2: Complete the courses or its equivalent) refer to the Bridging Courses in Science section)
NB: MAT1318 must be completed before starting MAT1339
Option 1: Challenge exam
- Exam written at the University (on campus) in August – see more details below.
- You will need to prepare for the exam on your own during the summer. You can revise the material from you High School mathematics, visit the MAT1339: Calculus Material and MAT1339: Vectors Material websites. You can also test your knowledge with the diagnostic test for incoming students.
- Passing grade is "65%". Should you obtain a mark lower than 65%, you will be required to complete the course during the Fall term.
- Two exam dates are available (summer 2019):
- August 28-30, 2019 exam period: Date and time will be posted (mid-May) on the Faculty of Science website
- Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (location to be confirmed)
Option 2: Complete the course or its equivalent
If you have any further questions about courses in mathematics at the University of Ottawa, please do not hesitate to contact your Faculty. We wish you 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 the 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 the 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 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 do I need to register 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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
Chair, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
This section is for international applicants only who must write the MAT1339 challenge exam (mandatory for Moroccan candidates) or complete the MAT1339 make-up course to fulfill the admission conditions. To be eligible to write the challenge exam, you must first register to the MAT1339 course in your first study term.
Mandatory registration to MAT1339 course
Course registration is done online and starts in May (see enrolment).You must first have accepted your offer of admission in order to be able to enroll to courses.
Once you have completed the course registration, you will be able to register for the challenge exam.
- Exam written at the University (on campus) at a fixed date at the end of August.
- You need to prepare for the exam on your own during the summer.
- Passing grade is 65%. Should you obtain a mark lower than that, you will be required to complete the MAT1339 course during your first study term.
Frequently asked questions
- How can I prepare for the challenge exam?
You can revise the material from your High School mathematics, visit the MAT1339: Calculus Material and MAT1339: Vectors Material websites. You can also test your knowledge with the diagnostic test for incoming students.
- What happens if I do not obtain the passing grade? Will my offer of admission be cancelled?
The offer of admission will remain but the student who does not obtain at least 65% on the challenge exam will have to complete the MAT1339 course or its equivalent. However, you must fulfil all other admission conditions.
The satisfactory (S) grade obtained for the challenge exam is used to fulfil the admission condition. Consequently, it will appear on your 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.
- MAT1339 shows up on my official fall schedule even though I successfully completed the challenge exam. Does this mean I have to attend the 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 eventually be posted in your file.
- I have completed the equivalent course in High School, can I be exempted?
If the challenge exam is one of your admission conditions, you cannot be exempted even if you believe you have completed all components of MAT1339.
- Why do I have to write a challenge exam?
The challenge exam will be used to confirm your knowledge in mathematics and determine if you can be exempted from completing the course. If you do not succeed in the exam, you will need to complete the course.
- I do not want to write the challenge exam, I want to complete the course.
You need to inform Admissions by email (Moroccan candidates only). All other candidates can register to the make-up course (and not register to the challenge exam).
August 19th to 23rd, 2019
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.
- 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.
- 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 19th to 23rd, 2019; details below.
- 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 the Social Science Building, 120 University Private, room 2005 (FSS 2005).
- 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 the Social Science Building, 120 University Private, room 1030 (FSS 1030).
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) and afternoon sessions (1:00 to 3:30) will have a mix of theory, examples and 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 16th, 2019.
A few rooms are available in residence by email or by calling 1-888-564-4545.
If you have any questions, you can contact the Faculty of Science Undergraduate Office at by email or by phone at (613) 562-5727.
Science Preparatory Workshop
Tuesday, August 27 to Friday, August 30, 2019
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 studies in the Faculty of Science at the University of Ottawa. All students taking a science program can benefit from this workshop.
The goal of the workshop is to help you:
- Get familiarized with the campus, find your classrooms, and learn how to find and use the resources available such as the Student Academic Success Service (SASS), the Science Students’ Association (SSA), help centres, and the library.
- Get tips on how to take notes, study, and prepare for exams effectively in your upcoming courses.
- Learn what to expect from your studies in terms of workload and required time commitment, as well as how to manage your time and stress.
- Meet other incoming students to the Faculty of Science as well as upper year student mentors and some of your future professors.
- Learn about the many opportunities that exist such as research programs and extracurricular activities.
- Familiarize yourself with university level laboratories by attending introductory lab sessions.
“The Science preparatory workshop was very beneficial. I learned new study methods that I used throughout my whole first year at University. We received a lot of extremely useful information on the resources offered by the Faculty. I met and built great friendship with other students.”
- Niève Séguin, 4th year biomedical science student
“The workshop was overall amazing. I do not regret spending my money on it! I had lots of fun, met new people and learned a lot about uOttawa. Thank you for everything!”
- Anonymous survey response
“The Science Preparatory workshop have mentally prepared me and informed me of what to come. I really liked the fact that students that have gone through what we have soon to come (mentors) presented most of the workshop.”
- Anonymous survey response
“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!”
- Joëlle, Biology graduate
The workshop is offered in English and in French (your choice). The Powerpoint slides from each presentation will be posted online approximately one day after each session is held, however we encourage you to come to campus for the workshop because the presentations will be accompanied with many other activities.
Space is limited, so reserve your spot by registering early.
Please complete and submit the form, by Friday, August 16, 2019. The registration fee is $65.00 (non-refundable, $57.52 plus 13% HST).
Cheques should be made to the University of Ottawa; please write your name and the name of the workshop on your cheque and mail it to:
Science Preparatory Workshop
Faculty of Science
Office of Undergraduate Programs
30 Marie Curie, room 172
Ottawa, ON, Canada K1N 6N5
Students who will stay in residence during the school year have the option to stay on campus in a reserved block of rooms in the residence complex 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 that will be available shortly.
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!