Faculty of Science - Information about Fall 2021

This page will provide you with updates throughout the summer as you plan your Fall 2021 term. We will update this page as more information becomes available over the coming months.  Please check back regularly and check the Fall 2021 FAQ page

For up-to-date information about UCalgary’s COVID-19 protocols and return to campus, check the COVID-19 Response webpage


What we know

  • The University of Calgary will be returning to campus this Fall and more classes will be held in-person. Classes held in-person will require on-campus attendance.  NOTE:  You will be notified should safety recommendations related to COVID-19 necessitate a return to online-only learning.  Please monitor your email and UCalgary COVID-19 Updates for more information.  
  • Web-based components:  These components will remain online and will not require in-person attendance; this includes the final exams.  
  • Timeline:
    • August 30 to September 3:  Block Week
    • September 2 and 3rd:  Undergraduate Student Orientation (Online)
    • September 6:  Labour Day
    • September 7:  Start of Classes
    • September 16:  Last day to drop a class without financial penalty (F21)
    • September 17:  Last day add or swap a course (F21)

Things We're Working On

  • We are working on creating a comprehensive list of on-campus study spaces.
  • We are investigating which computer labs or other resources will be available for use, if you do not have technology of your own to use while on-campus for your Web-Based course components.

Course Delivery Methods

You may see some new terms in Schedule Builder for the courses you are enrolled.  Here’s what they mean.

Blended Learning

  • Combination of in-person and online activities planned for the course. This will look a bit different for each course component.
  • On-campus, in-person attendance will be expected in the room listed in your schedule for approximately 50% or more of the course hours for that component - whether it is a lecture, lab, tutorial, or seminar.
  • The remainder of the course hours will have online, web-based activities.
  • NOTE: There is a possibility that some components currently set as Blended Learning may shift to Web-Based or In-Person before the start of Fall term.
  • Monitor all notes in your schedule, course outline, and your email for information on course instruction format.
  • FOR EACH COURSE:  Check the course outline as soon as it is available. This is where you will find the most detailed information and specifics about how the course will be offered.
Bio 435 example

In Person

  • On-campus, in-person attendance is expected.
  • NOTE: There is a possibility that some components currently set as In-Person may shift to Web-Based or Blended Learning before the start of Fall term.
  • Monitor all notes in your schedule, course outline, and your email for information on course instruction format.
  • FOR EACH COURSE:  Check the course outline as soon as it is available. This is where you will find the most detailed information and specifics about how the course will be offered.
CMMB 403 Example

Web-Based Instruction

  • On-campus attendance is not required for the course hours during the term and final exam
  • NOTE: Course components currently set as Web-Based Instruction can be expected to stay as Web-Based for the course hours and any exams.
  • Monitor all notes in your schedule, course outline, and your email for information on course instruction format.
  • FOR EACH COURSE:  Check the course outline as soon as it is available. This is where you will find the most detailed information and specifics about how the course will be offered.
CMMB 461 Example