Frequently Asked Questions


The course outline usually provides information about the course, labs and contact information. If your instructor is using D2L for your course, the outline will usually be available there.

Contact your instructor or the course coordinator as listed in the course outline. The instructor and coordinator usually are the same person, but not always.

For questions about the lab component of a course, contact your teaching assistant, course coordinator, or lab coordinator (if different than the course coordinator).

Fall 2018

  • BIOL 305 (will be offered in spring or summer)
  • MRSC 321
  • ZOOL 435

Winter 2019

  • BCEM 551
  • BCEM 561
  • BCEM 575
  • BCEM 577
  • BIOL 307
  • BIOL 375
  • CMMB 543
  • ECOL 419 (Please note that ECOL 417 is offered in fall 2018. ECOL 417 and 419 are offered in alternate academic years.)
  • ECOL 527
  • ZOOL 567
  • ZOOL 571
  • ZOOL 575
  • ZOOL 577

Information about program structure and courses offered can be found in the academic calendar

For counselling on how to best design your program, contact an academic advisor or program advisor. A list of program advisors can be found here.

You may also speak with the associate head undergraduate if you feel your circumstances are beyond straightforward interpretation of normal program guidelines. Contact our office to make an appointment.

Students with aspirations to enter professional schools should refer to the school specific admission requirements. For medicine with the University of Calgary, please visit

Your first approach should be to contact the course instructor, coordinator, your teaching assistant or the lab coordinator, depending on circumstances. You have 15 days after receiving your grade to discuss this with them. If you do not feel that a satisfactory resolution has been reached then you should immediately submit a formal appeal to the department (that offers the course). If still not satisfied, you must submit a formal appeal through the Faculty of Science office within 15 days of receiving the unfavourable decision from the department.


Forms for requesting waivers of prerequisites under exceptional circumstances can be obtained here. These should be completed and submitted to the office. If you have questions about completing the forms, contact the department's main office.

Your primary source of information is the official academic calendar. A summary of course requirements for all departmental programs, both major and honours, can be obtained here.

In addition, the Undergraduate Science Centre  can provide you with advice about where you stand regarding credits earned and what you still require to graduate; they are an excellent resource.

Student Services

Many students require additional resources to help overcome physical and psychological challenges they face in pursuing coursework and exams. These can range from impairments in hearing or vision, to more subtle difficulties in concentrating during exams or experiencing unmanageable stress. Student accessibility services is your first line of contact when you want to talk with someone about potential difficulties and solutions. Please note that your professors, instructors and academic advisors may talk with you about such issues, but they are not trained to provide professional advice about disabilities, nor are they authorized to provide accommodations to assist with disabilities. For such issues and authorization for accommodations, you must contact student accessibility services.

The Biology Students’ Association (BSA) is an undergraduate forum for students to help other students. They offer presentations, social events, advice on applying to medical/graduate programs, opportunities for becoming involved in student governance, examination packages, field trips, outings, special speakers, etc. 

The student counselling centre offers courses in exam preparation, avoiding burnout, effective study skills, time management. It also offers counselling and advice for anxiety, depression, decision making, etc.

If you are in an emergency/crisis, contact the centre immediately (220-5893). If the office is closed, call Campus Security (220-5333), the UCalgary health clinic (220-5765), or the Calgary Distress Centre (266-1605).

The wellness guide can be found here.

UCalgary's student wellness services is a confidential, student-friendly source of health information and treatment.

Health and recreation centre provides programs in stress management, physical activity and how to remain in good shape to be a good student.

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