Frequently asked questions

The undergraduate calendar for Mathematical Optimization, OR specialization lists the following requirements:

  • five additional non-math courses (2.5 units),
  • two additional math courses (1.0 units),
  • four additional free-choice courses (2.0 units).

These courses are implied by the table one requirements for all math students. The list does not intend to add an additional course load to Math Opt/OR students.

I need a course override, what do I do?

See the course instructor for prerequisite, time conflict, permission, class limit overrides. The Associate Chair, undergraduate studies can only override unit loads (I want a sixth course) and some blocks.

I'm new to campus and do not understand all of the terminology and abbreviations used, how can I learn quickly?

Never hesitate to ask anyone in the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization to help clarify any confusion over new terminology and abbreviations. We are guilty of using them often but will do our best to help you! To get a head start on the new jargon of campus, check out this terminology guide with details about campus and life in Waterloo.