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Students should also refer to the University's detailed registration information and other guidance at Current Students.

Students are encouraged to register on their assigned date of registration. Enrolment in the Faculty is limited and admission to the Faculty does not guarantee that space will be available in any specific program, course, or section. Where the limitation of enrolment becomes necessary, the criteria for implementation normally are academic standing in the preceding Winter Session and grades in prerequisite courses. Students are encouraged to consult individual department or program offices for details of any restrictions on enrolment.

Students may not attend courses for which they have not registered or attend sections of courses other than those in which they are registered.

It is the responsibility of students to determine that they are registered and have selected courses for which they have the prerequisite. Students who are registered on wait-lists are expected to check online to determine whether they have been placed in the course by the department; such changes in registration may occur after classes start. Students may not register themselves in conflicting course activities. Any conflicts created by course administrators must be resolved by dropping one of the courses. If uncertainties arise, students should consult the administrative office of the department that offers the course.

Prerequisites are courses that must be successfully completed before taking a course. Prerequisites can be fulfilled with equivalent courses or exempted with the permission of the instructor.

Credit excluded courses are courses that have sufficient overlap in content that credit will be given for only one course or combination of courses listed in the Credit Exclusion Lists. Credit excluded courses are not equivalent, so permission of a program advisor is required for substitution of a required course with a course from the Credit Exclusion Lists.

Corequisites are courses that must either be taken concurrently with another course or be successfully completed before taking the other course.

Recommended courses provide background that would be helpful for the student when taking a course, but are not required.

Students registered in any science course that has a laboratory must attend their first scheduled laboratory class in that course. Failure to do so may result in termination of the student's registration in the course. Students who are unable to attend their first scheduled laboratory class in a course must notify the administrative office of the department concerned within 48 hours of the time affixed for that class or have their registration in the course terminated.

In general, students who pass a course can use it as a prerequisite for a subsequent course in that subject. However, departments do have the right to bar entrance to their programs and to third-year courses by students who obtain only a minimum passing grade in their first- or second-year prerequisite course or courses.

After two weeks of lectures, students (full-time or part-time) are not permitted to change the program for which they are registered except in special circumstances and with the permission of the Assistant Dean Students in Science Advising.

Within time limits students may drop or withdraw from courses using Workday. After these dates, students are not normally permitted to withdraw from courses but may apply for Academic Concession (see Calendar Chapter V).


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