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Course selection & enrolment

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The course selection period is the creation of a wish list of courses you want to take during the next academic term. Your wish list of courses will be used to create a conflict-free class schedule for you, if you are successfully enrolled in the courses.

During the course enrolment period, also known as Drop/Add Period, students are provided with specific enrolment appointments in which they can add or drop any courses and further refine their schedule.

Before selecting courses, you can prepare by familiarizing yourself with your degree requirements in the Undergraduate Calendar to make sure you're on track for graduation. The Course Descriptions Index and Schedule of Classes compiled by the university are also great resources for planning ahead. If you have any questions regarding your course selection, you can always contact the Math Undergraduate Office (MUO).
 
New first-year math students should refer to the new math students course selection webpage. New ELAS students should visit the ELAS course webpage.
 

Course enrolment issues 

If Quest will not let you enroll in a course, there are a couple of reasons as to why there may be an issue. Firstly, you can take a look at the Schedule of Classes to ensure that the course is being offered this term. Also, read through the common enrolment error messages web page created by the Registrar's Office for further steps on what to do.

Course Selection Override Form can be used if you do not have the necessary requisites. For instance, if you have MATH 117 instead of MATH 137, you will need a Course Selection Override Form. Please talk to the appropriate advisor or department for these overrides. This should be used during course selection period. 

Course Override Form is used in the event a student cannot enroll themselves into a course during course enrolment period for the following reasons:

  • Class full
  • Reserve seat requirement not met
  • Instructor consent required/ Department consent required
  • Time scheduling conflict

Please note that there is no guarantee that you will be granted a course override. If you can’t get into a course, you should start by enrolling in an alternative course. By selecting an alternative course, you ensure that you at least have a “second choice” option if you cannot get an override.

For specific subject enrolment inquiries, you can locate the course override contact below:

Course Subject Description

Actuarial Science (ACTSC)


For all ACTSC course override requests, please email the Actuarial Science office remember to include your name, student ID number, and requested course and section number. 

Applied Mathematics (AMATH)


For AMATH course overrides you can directly email the instructor listed on the Schedule of Classes with your name, student ID number, and requested course and section number. 

Business (BUS) at Laurier


For information about access to business courses at Wilfrid Laurier University, visit the business courses webpage. 


Combinatorics & Optimization (CO)


For CO course overrides you can directly email the instructor listed on the Schedule of Classes with your name, student ID number, and requested course and section number.

Commerce (COMM)


Please email the Math Business Administration advisors remember to include your name, student ID number, and requested course and section number.

Computer Science (CS)


If you are unable to enroll in a CS course, please refer to the School of Computer Science's Course Enrolment webpage.

Mathematical Business (MATBUS)


Please refer to the Math Undergraduate Calendar for your degree plans as MATBUS courses are only offered to particular students. Please email the Math Business Administration advisors remember to include your name, student ID number, and requested course and section number.


Mathematics (MATH)



Mathematics Electives (MTHEL)

Pure Mathematics (PMATH)


For PMATH course overrides you can directly email the instructor listed on the Schedule of Classes with your name, student ID number, and requested course and section number. 


Statistics (STAT)


For all STAT course override requests, please email the Actuarial Science office. Remember to include your name, student ID number, and requested course and section number.

Non-Math Courses

For the Faculty of Arts courses you may review the Arts Course Overrides instructions.