Frequently Asked Questions
Familiarize yourself with the Faculty of Science and Department of Geoscience regulations in the University of Calgary undergraduate calendar. Check out the undergraduate pages on the Department of Geoscience website.
The Undergraduate Science Centre (USC) will normally be your first point of contact for program advising. Specific inquiries regarding geoscience courses can also be directed at one of the advisors in the Department of Geoscience.
Course restrictions exist to give first priority to majors, who need particular courses to fulfill their program requirements. Other courses are listed as high demand – these are courses that have strict enrolment limitations. All restricted courses are listed on the enrolment services website.
This can be tricky. There are very few courses in geoscience with multiple lecture sections, but could ask the course instructor to post a class-wide message on D2L for you. For lab or tutorial sections the easiest (and perhaps only) way is to attend the section that you would like to join, and announce/ask if there are any students that are interested in changing to the section that you are in. If so, you need to contact Rofina Groebmair (email@example.com) to let her know which two students are involved in the swap and she will carry out the change.
If one of your courses is a field school that runs before or after classes start, you should be able to register for a sixth class. The system should allow it, but if you run into any issues please contact an advisor in the Undergraduate Science Centre for assistance.
If the sixth course you are wishing to take is not a field school, please make an appointment with Dr. Jennifer Cuthbertson (Associate Head, Undergraduate) to present your case.
Contact Rofina Groebmair (firstname.lastname@example.org) to check your prerequisites. If you are good-to-go, you must obtain confirmation from a faculty member willing/able to act as your supervisor for the course. Ultimately, to register you must obtain and complete the GLGY 510 or GOPH 509 form available on the department’s website or from the main office. Return your completed form, along with a short project proposal, to the main office one week before the add/drop date.
Prerequisites and corequisites
Our department policy is to enforce prerequisites, hence prerequisites are waived only in truly exceptional circumstances. To apply for a prerequisite waiver, send an email to Dr. Jennifer Cuthbertson (Associate Head, Undergraduate), giving your name, ID number, email address, phone number, and details regarding the waiver request. Requests to waive a prerequisite in which a grade below C- was obtained, or to take a prerequisite as a corequisite, will generally not be granted.
If you took course XXX and received permission from the department to use it in lieu of course YYY for prerequisite and graduation purposes, the system will not recognize it automatically. Every time you want to take a course that has course YYY as a prerequisite, you will have to contact the undergraduate program coordinator, Rofina Groebmair, at email@example.com for assistance with enrolment.
You will have to take the course again. Undergraduate policy stipulates that students must achieve a C- or better in all courses that are required for their program. Please see the calendar for a full description.
You generally cannot take the required prerequisite course at the same time as program course. If you have a legitimate reason to think that your case constitutes an exception, send an email to Dr. Jennifer Cuthbertson (Associate Head, Undergraduate), giving your name, ID number, email address, phone number, and details regarding the waiver request.
You are allowed to attempt the course again as soon as the next semester in which it is offered. However, you can only attempt a course twice. You need special permission from the associate dean of student advising for the Faculty of Science to attempt it a third time.
Program advice and graduation check
Graduation checks and general program questions about geoscience, option and non-science option courses should be directed to the Undergraduate Science Centre (USC). Specific inquiries regarding geoscience courses can also be directed to Dr. Jennifer Cuthbertson (Associate Head, Undergraduate).
For general courses, students should first contact the Undergraduate Science Centre (USC). For geoscience courses, be prepared to send a detailed course description to Dr. Jennifer Cuthbertson (Associate Head, Undergraduate).