Registration for Courses

When to register for courses?

Courses at the University of Guelph run on a semester system. Course selection for the Winter semester occurs in October. Course selection for the Summer semester or the following Fall semester takes place in March. There are also various Add Periods where students can make changes to their class schedules. Information about exact dates for course selection will be sent to your University of Guelph e-mail account. Incoming (new) students will select courses for the Fall semester during a special period from mid May to early July.

When to Register Course Period
Monday August 21 - Friday, September 15, 2017 All students: Fall 2017 Course Add Period
Wednesday October 11 - Thursday November 2, 2017 In-course students: Winter 2018 Course Selection Period
Monday December 11, 2017 - Friday January 12, 2018 Winter 2018 Course Add Period
Monday March 5 - Monday March 26, 2018 In-course students: Course Selection Period for Summer 2018 and Fall 2018
mid May - early July, 2018 New Students and Transfer students only: Fall 2018 Course Selection Period


How to register for courses?

Students have two options for course registration - WebAdvisor - or by registering in person using an Undergraduate Course Request form (PDF). WebAdvisor is highly recommended because you can easily access WebAdvisor from any computer with an Internet connection and you receive immediate feedback on section availability and your class schedule. All students must ensure that their classes fit together without conflict. Refer to the New Student Registration Handbook for detailed instructions on how to use WebAdvisor.

Undergraduate Course Request forms are also available from Enrolment Services, (third floor of the University Centre), or your Program Counsellor's office.

Which courses do I take?

Most B.Sc. students will normally take a maximum of 2.5 credits a semester (usually, but not always, this equates to 5 courses per semester - 0.5 credits each). The Schedule of Studies for majors in the Honours B.Sc. or for the General B.Sc. degree program are detailed in the Undergraduate Calendar. Most majors list the required courses, semester by semester, sequenced in a specific order, which will fulfill prerequisite requirements. The Schedule of Studies will provide a three or four year plan to follow during course selection periods. You can also check your Program/Academic Evaluation in WebAdvisor to see what required courses you still need to complete for your degree.

Most majors within the Honours B.Sc. degree programs require a minimum of 20.0 credits (approx. 40 courses) in order to graduate with an area of specialization (e.g. Human Kinetics, Plant Science, Biological Science, etc.). Of these 20.0 credits, a certain number of credits or courses are core requirements or restricted electives that must be completed for each specialization. The remainder of the courses are usually either Arts/Social Science Electives or Free Electives, which also need to fall within the overall program/degree requirements. For example there is a maximum of 7.0 credits at the 1000 level allowed for the B.Sc. degree.

The Schedule of Studies or Program/Academic Evaluation can help in figuring out how many free electives are allowed. Students may also want to consult with their Program Counsellors or Faculty Advisors regarding course requirements.

The list of approved Science Electives and Arts/Social Science Electives for B.Sc. students is available on the Approved Electives page.

Course Descriptions

Information is provided in the Course Description section of the Undergraduate Calendar related to general course content and course offering information. For example, lecture and lab/seminar hours required [(3-2)], semester offerings [F,W,S], credit weight eg. [0.5], and most importantly any required prerequisites or course restrictions.

For more in-depth information about a course (for example, lecture content, specific projects, assignment information, etc.) you can try searching on-line for a Course Outline (syllabus) on departmental websites. The Department responsible for offering the course is usually indicated in the Course Description found in the Undergraduate Calendar (please see previous paragraph). Many - but not all - Departments will post Course Outlines for the courses that they offer. If you are unable to locate a Course Outline, please contact the Department directly, or the Professor who is teaching the course for more information.

Adding or Dropping Courses

Adding courses:

Students can add courses for the current semester up to and including the first week of classes. There are two ways to add courses: WebAdvisor or using the Undergraduate Course Request form (see "How to register for courses" above).

When adding a course on WebAdvisor, please double-check to make sure that the course times and section numbers are correct and don't forget to click submit. A confirmation page should appear stating that your course request has been accepted. Always check your class schedule in WebAdvisor to ensure that the correct course and section has been added. Students must ensure that their class schedule is conflict-free.

When should you drop a course?

You really need to weigh the pros and the cons of dropping a course.
Can you successfully complete the course based on your interim marks? If you drop the course on or before the fortieth class day there is no academic penalty.

Please note: no portion of tuition is refunded past 30 days.

You should ask yourself these questions when thinking about dropping a course: How much of the course work have you completed, is this a core course or an elective, if this is a core course when can you take it again, is this course affecting your other courses?

Finally, go talk to your Program Counsellor, they are an impartial person who can help you decide what is best for you.

How do I drop a course?

Students can normally drop a course up to the 40th class day of the semester. Please see the Schedule of Dates in the Undergraduate Calendar for the exact date each semester. When dropping courses on WebAdvisor, the drop is not complete until the form is submitted and a confirmation of drop appears. Always check your class schedule in WebAdvisor immediately after to make sure that the correct course was dropped. If by chance you dropped a course that was not suppose to be dropped and it is outside of a course add period, contact your Program Counsellor immediately for assistance.

For students who receive OSAP (student loans) there could be financial consequences to dropping a course, so it is best to check with Student Financial Services before doing so.

If you are on Academic Probation or are on special status it is recommended that you see your Program Counsellor for advice before you drop a course.

Students who are under investigation for academic misconduct may not drop the course that the student is being investigated. These students must also obtain signatures from Program Counsellors to drop any course.

Important Dates

For an official list of important dates, please see the Schedule of Dates section in the Undergraduate Calendar.