Course selection, enrolment and electives

What is the difference between course selection period and drop/add period?

Course selection period is useful for students and the departments offering the courses. Course selection period requests allow the University to assess course demand and make provisions for high-demand courses. This results in reduced scheduling conflicts and fewer students being excluded from classes. While course selection period does not guarantee that the student will get all their desired courses, it does help to ensure as few conflicts as possible.

Drop/Add period allows the student to log into Quest to view the results of the process and their timetable that results from "course selection period" requests. If the course selection period request is not granted, students will have an opportunity to register in an alternate elective course during the drop/add period.

When do I register?

If you missed the course selection period, then you will have to wait until the drop/add period to enrol in a course. Read more about registering for courses as well as courses and exams.

Undergraduate Class Registraton

  • Students currently enrolled in 1A will automatically be registered for their 1B core courses.
  • Students who must choose an elective are expected to sign on to Quest to add a course to their study list.
  • Refer to the Important dates to find the dates for the add/drop period.
  • View course descriptions in the Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar.
  • Check class availability for space on Schedule of Classes.

What course should I choose?

You should select a course from one of the Complementary Studies Elective List.

What is the Complementary Studies Course Requirement?

A current complementary studies course list is maintained as courses are approved at committee levels. Program specific information is also available in the Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar. To summarize, the Complementary Studies component of the student's program must satisfy the following:

  1. At least one course must be taken that deals with the Impact of Technology on Society. Courses which satisfy this requirement appear in List A-Impact Courses.
  2. At least one course must be taken in Engineering Economics. Courses which satisfy this requirement appear in List B-Engineering Economics Courses. Note that core components of the plan (e.g., Civil Engineering, Systems Design Engineering) contain a course from this list.
  3. At least two courses must be taken that deal with the central issues, methodologies, and thought processes of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Courses that satisfy this requirement appear in List C-Humanities and Social Sciences Courses.
  4. A minimum number of courses must be taken as required by a plan (e.g., Geological Engineering). The exact requirements vary according to program; for details, see individual program regulations. Courses which appear in Lists A, B, C, and D may be used to meet these requirements.
  5. Provision must be made to develop the student's ability to communicate adequately both orally and in writing. The exact manner in which this requirement is satisfied varies according to plan (e.g., Computer Engineering); for details, see individual plan regulations.

Options in Engineering 

Use this resource if you are interested in obtaining information on the various available options in Engineering and their requirements.