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
Biochemistry Help Centre
Online help for students taking BCH 2333/2733 courses
From January 18 to April 15, 2021*
Exlusively online via Zoom
Zoom links available on the Brightspace platforms of your BCH courses. Ask your instructors.
|Wednesday||2:30 pm - 6 pm|
|Thursday||2:30 pm - 6 pm|
|Friday||2:15 pm - 6 pm|
*The Centre is closed the week of February 15-19, 2021.
Chemistry Help Centre
Online help for students taking first and second year chemistry courses
From January 18 to April 15, 2021*
Exlusively online via Zoom
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.
Zoom links available on the Brightspace platforms of your CHM courses. Ask your instructors.
|Monday||10 am - 3 pm||Dan|
|Tuesday||10 am - 3 pm||William|
|Wednesday||10 am - 12:30 pm||Dan|
|Wednesday||12 pm (noon) - 5:30 pm||Alex|
|Thursday||11:30 am - 2 pm||Dan|
*The Centre is closed the week of February 15-19, 2021.
Mathematics and Statistics Help Centre
Physics Help Centre
Help for students taking first-year physics courses
From January 18 to April 26, 2021*
*The Help Centre will be closed during Reading Week (Feb. 15-19, 2021).
1 Wei will not be available from Feb. 8 to March 4, 2021
2 Paul will not be available from March 8 to March 25, 2021
3 Jeremy will not be available from January 18 to Feb. 4, 2021
4 Evan will not be available from January 18 to January 28 and from March 15 to April 19, 2021
5 Peter will not be available from January 18 to March 11, 2021
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 courses mentioned below.
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 online study groups. Join the appropriate study group on the Academic GPS.
Hope to see you there.
From January 18 to April 14, 2021*
|BIO1140||Thursday||7 pm -8:30 pm|
|BIO1540||Thursday||7 pm -8:30 pm|
|BIO2133||Wednesday||5:30 pm - 7 pm|
|BIO2533||Tuesday||4 pm - 5:30 pm|
|BCH2333||Thursday||5:30 pm - 7 pm|
|BCH2733||Wednesday||4 pm - 5:30 pm|
|CHM1321||Wednesday||7 pm -8:30 pm|
|CHM1721||Wednesday||7 pm -8:30 pm|
|MAT1332||Monday||7 pm -8:30 pm|
|MAT1362||Tuesday||2:30 pm - 4 pm|
|MAT1732||Monday||7 pm -8:30 pm|
|MAT1762||Wednesday||1 pm - 2:30 pm|
|PHY1322||Tuesday||5:30 pm - 7 pm|
|PHY1722||Tuesday||5:30 pm - 7 pm|
*The study groups won't be available during Study Week (Feb. 15-19 2021)
Workshops and Bridging Courses
Bridging Courses in Science – Summer 2021
List of courses offered – intensive session – July 12 to August 23, 2021
- MAT1318 – Functions
This course will not be offered during the Summer 2021 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 2021 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 March 31, 2021 for students currently registered in a program of study (online registration).
New students: students newly admitted to the University of Ottawa for the Fall 2021 term will be able to register to the summer term as a special student starting April 14, 2021. Please refer to the Special students enrolment page. For registration, send the registration form to Infoservice@uottawa.ca.
To avoid late payment fees, tuition fees must be paid by July 23, 2021. 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 in MAT1339 or its equivalent.
- Information and registration to the Self-Evaluation Test is available on virtual campus (Brightspace). Select the course MAT1318- Self- Evaluation Test (You will need your uoAccess ID and password).
- NOTE: Access to the course will be activated starting June 1st. You must accept your Offer of Admission before it can be activated (delay of 24 to 48 hours).
- To access the test site (Möbius), you are required to buy a license for the cost of $25 + tx ($28.25). The license will be valid for one year and this software is used in most of your first year mathematics courses.
- It is highly recommended to take the test once your High School mathematics course is completed.
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 online on August 24th, 2021 from 2 pm to 5 pm – see more details below. You must inform your faculty of your intention to write the challenge exam no later than August 13th.
- You will need to prepare for the exam on your own during the summer. You can revise the material from you High School mathematics, consult the MAT1339: Calculus Material (PDF) and MAT1339: Vectors Material (PDF). 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.
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 units) 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.
Can I use the MAT1318 and MAT1339 courses towards the requirements of my program of studies ?
No, since these courses are upgrading courses, they cannot count towards any program requirements.
Students having completed at least 17 admissible courses from Cegep can receive up to 30 units in advanced standing at admission in program offered by the Faculty of Science. Students having completed less than 12 admissible courses cannot receive advanced standing.
The following equivalent courses are usually granted for students having completed the Cegep Science Program according to the requirements of their program of studies.
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
Mathematics Make-up Courses
This section is intended only for International applicants who must complete the mathematics make-up course MAT1339 or an Intensive Make-up course (admission condition). Make up courses in mathematics are primarily designed to upgrade the concepts of mathematics prerequisites to the program of study.
All the Intensive make-up courses in mathematics combine concepts of the prerequisite calculus course MAT1339 (Introduction to Calculus and Vectors) and the first year university calculus course required in the program of studies in one unique course to be taken during the first study term. (No delay in the course sequence)
The mandatory make-up course listed on the Offer of Admission will automatically be added to your first term schedule.
Mathematics Make-up Course
- MAT1339 (Introduction to Calculus and Vectors) – admission prerequisite and first-year calculus prerequisite.
Note: The course make up course MAT1339 must be completed before taking your first-year calculus course.
Mathematics Intensive Make-up Courses
- MAT1321 (Intensive Calculus I) replaces MAT1320 (Calculus I) – Engineering programs, Mathematics and Physics)
- MAT1327 (Intensive Calculus for the Life Sciences I) replaces MAT1330 (Calculus for the Life Sciences I) – Science programs (excluding Mathematics and Physics) and Human Kinetics (B.Sc.).
- MAT1329 (Intensive Mathematical Methods I) replaces MAT1300 (Mathematical Methods I) – Programs in Management and Social Sciences.
Note: Combined make-up courses in mathematics have a weekly additional lecture (for a total of 4.5 hrs / week). In addition, the course MAT1321 includes a mandatory discussion group (DGD) of 1.5 h/week. MAT1327 and MAT1329 have an optional discussion group (DGD) of 1.5 h /week.
Frequently asked questions
I have completed the equivalent of the prerequisite calculus course in High School, can I be exempted?
If one of the mathematics make-up courses is part of your condition of admission, you cannot be exempted even if you believe you have completed all components of MAT1339. No exception. By accepting the Offer of Admission, the student agrees to complete the indicated make-up course.
What happens if I do not obtain the passing grade? Will my offer of admission be cancelled?
Students who do not pass the make-up course with a minimal grade of 50% will be permitted to repeat the course once in the following study term. A failure in the second attempt may result in a Faculty withdrawal.
Is it possible to write a challenge exam to be exempted from the prerequisite calculus course component (MAT1339)?
No. The challenge exam for the MAT1339 is not offered to International Students. The new intensive make-up courses in mathematics were designed specifically for International Students who lack certain mathematical concepts.
Will the grade of the intensive make-up course count in the average?
Yes. The grade will be calculated in the average like all other courses in the program of studies. The course is evaluated on the same grading scale as a regular course.
Will the grade of the MAT1339 make-up course count in the average?
No. The grade (Satisfactory (S) or Non-satisfactory (NS) will not be calculated in the average and will not count for credits in the program of studies (additional course). The course and the grade will appear on the transcript.
Science Preparatory Workshop
Wednesday, September 1st to Friday, September 3rd, 2021
Your first year at the University of Ottawa will be an exciting time marked by big changes and great adaptation. Especially given the rapidly changing pandemic situation, we want to help you get a head start on a smooth transition to university life in the Faculty of Science!
This three-day virtual workshop focuses on key skills and knowledge to help you succeed in the Faculty of Science. All students taking a science program can benefit.
This workshop includes a variety of interactive sessions featuring a combination of live and recorded lectures with professors, words from upper-year students and engaging activities. The wide range of topics will answer all your questions and help you prepare for your first-year courses.
The goal of the workshop is to help you learn about:
- How to take notes, write lab reports and prepare for exams effectively.
- Workload and required time commitment, as well as time and stress management.
- The online learning environment used in your classes (take part in introductory lectures from first-year professors).
- Enriching your university experience through extracurricular or social activities, volunteering and research opportunities.
- University level laboratories (take part in virtual introductory lab sessions).
- Resources available to you, such as the Student Academic Success Service (SASS), the Science Students’ Association (SSA), academic help centres and the library.
You will also meet other incoming students to the Faculty of Science, as well as upper-year student mentors and some of your future professors.
“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.”
“The Science Preparatory Workshop mentally prepared me and informed me of what was to come. I really liked the fact that students (mentors) that have gone through (the program) 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!”
The workshop is offered in English and in French. If you can’t attend any of the sessions, the PowerPoint slides and recordings from each presentation will be posted after each session.
Information to come.
If you have any questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Start off on the right foot!
We look forward to seeing you at the Science Preparatory Workshop.
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