Confirming course details for fall term

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
  • We are confirming detailed plans for fall term for every faculty.
  • Most classes will happen online with select labs and other activities available in person.
  • We are sharing plans on the COVID-19 Information website.

Dear Warriors,

I know many of you still have questions about what fall term will look like. With change happening so quickly, I want to share more detail about our plan for the fall term so you can plan for September with confidence.

As of today, you can view details of every faculty’s plan for instruction for the fall term on our website.

While a lot of our courses will be available to you online, many of you will want to come to Waterloo in the fall. We want you to know that we are putting steps in place to keep you safe when you are on our campus including detailed physical distancing plans for classrooms, labs and other shared spaces.

If you plan to live in residences, you should know that our residences will be fully operational including residence-life programming, selected academic support, and food services. Learn more about how we’re changing to create a safe space for you. We’ll also be making some places like libraries, study spaces and other spots on campus available so you can live and learn here in Waterloo.

In short: if you want or need to be in Waterloo, we will be here to support you and we will have measures in place to keep you safe.

Here’s a brief summary of our plans by faculty, but please check your faculty’s page for details of your own courses.

  • Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
    • We will deliver all undergraduate courses online for fall 2020.
  • Faculty of Arts
    • We will deliver all undergraduate courses online for fall 2020.
  • Faculty of Engineering
    • We will deliver all undergraduate courses online for fall 2020.
    • Specific labs in Chemical Engineering and Nanotechnology Engineering will happen in person.
  • Faculty of Environment
    • We will deliver all undergraduate courses online for fall 2020.
    • We are planning optional in-person office hours for some courses.
  • Faculty of Mathematics
    • We will deliver all undergraduate courses online for fall 2020.
    • Some 1A math courses will also be available on campus.
    • We are planning optional in-person components for some courses.
  • Faculty of Science
    • We will deliver all 100-, 200- and 300-level undergraduate and professional lecture courses online for fall 2020.
    • Some fourth-year lecture courses with fewer than 30 students will be offered in-person.
    • We will deliver some 200- and 300-level lab courses in person or in a hybrid format; other lab courses will be delivered remotely for fall 2020.
    • Optometry clinic and clerkships will proceed in third and fourth year following rigorous safety protocols.
    • We will offer fourth-year Honours Thesis Project courses in person as research activities resume on campus.

If your course is delivered online, it may have real-time activities like online seminars and tutorials. If these elements are part of your course, we have asked our instructors to make sure that no students in the class are disadvantaged if they are unable to participate in real time.

We want to do everything we can to make sure you get the best experience of Waterloo no matter where you are studying. If you have any questions about your courses, please reach out to your academic advisor.