First day of classes - lectures begin
- Fall 2020 term (September - December): Tuesday September 8
The first day of classes is the beginning of your adventure of learning, work, good times, and life-long memories at UWaterloo.
Your UWaterloo Math 137 - Calculus course (on-campus version only) is on Monday - Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:30 - 9:20 am.
Due to the COVID-19 all ELAS courses will be delivered online. On the first day of the term/classes our Conestoga College representatives will provide you with details on how to access your ELAS course details. Some of you ELAS courses will be held in 'real-time'. Details will be provided about the book list details to purchase, plus obtain information about Conestoga College.
ELAS Meet & Greet: Date - To be determined (webinar presentation)
You will be introduced to important people that have and will be part of your Math & ELAS program experience. We are available to provide support, help with any of questions, as you make the transition into university.
The Waterloo campus of Conestoga College is located at, 108 University Avenue East, Waterloo, ON, N2J 2W2. Phone: 519-885-0300.
View a University of Waterloo campus map.
Visit the New Math Students website for additional details.
You must log into the course selection site to make your (1) Math course selection during June 11 -19, 2020.
You are automatically scheduled into five (ELAS) English language courses and will provide details on how to access your ELAS class schedule and further details, on the first day of classes from Conestoga College representatives (Waterloo campus).
Fall term: Tuesday September 8th
Beginning July 30 check your UWaterloo MATH course (MATH 137) on our online enrolment system – Quest. See instructions for course registration from the Registrar's Office.
Note: ELAS courses not posted on our Quest system. You will have separate access from Conestoga College.
Basic formation of your schedule for your first term
Calculus (MATH 137 or MATH 135)
Waterloo-Conestoga College campus (level four courses):
English Language Studies
ELS1380 - Written Communication Skills IV, 90 hours
ELS1160 - Reading Comprehension IV, 60 hours
ELS1200 - Listening and Speaking IV, 60 hours
ELS1120 - Pronunciation IV, 45 hours
*LIB1540 - Student Success for Higher Learning, 45 hours
*You will also take one elective course, which will allow you to put into practice your newly acquired English language skills in post-secondary setting.
We will follow up with you by mid-September for your future term course enrolment. (see below future course selection and enrolment)
See course selection.
The textbook for your UWaterloo Mathematics course (MATH 137 – Calculus 1 for Honours Mathematics), is Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 8th Edition, by James Stewart. (ISBN: 978-1-285-74155-0).
Visit the UWaterloo Bookstore to look up the math textbook.
Textbooks for English language courses (ELAS) can be purchased at Conestoga College-Waterloo campus, on the first few days of classes. You will receive the book listing on the first day of classes.
During the term
You are here because you have worked hard and need to improve your English. You will be studying with top students from around the world! If you continue to do your best – work hard – attend your classes, do your assignments – you will succeed!
During the term, I will be in contact with our Math/ELAS students, mainly by your UWaterloo email. I will stay in close contact with Conestoga College, your teachers/instructors about your progress.
The majority of the term you will learning through Conestoga College to improve your English skills. It is important that you monitor both institutions accounts (UW and CC) that you have received and attend all your Mathematics and ELAS classes/sessions to succeed.
Organize your time around classes as well as study periods. Give yourself lots of time to accomplish the things you need to do. If you keep up with your homework and assignments, you will still have time for social activities.
Make sure you get enough sleep and lead a balanced lifestyle.Your performance this term, will determine your future post-secondary studies, here at UWaterloo. Remember – you are still meeting admission requirements to satisfy our English language level for full-time degree studies in the Faculty of Mathematics.
As you adjust to your new surroundings and settle in, you may find that things are very different from your previous home and institutions. It is not uncommon for students to encounter academic difficulties when making the transition from high school to university.
By mid-to-late October (fall term) all students should perform a reality check, especially after receiving their tests and/or midterm exams back.
Talk to your teacher(s) at Conestoga College, your UWaterloo professor/instructor, or an academic advisor. They are here to help.
Plan your time effectively - attend classes regularly. Complete all tests and assignments. Don’t get behind in your work!
Always bring your student ID with you during midterm and final exams.
Do not rely on your friends responses or answers! You have to be responsible for yourself and your own actions.
Speak with your English language teachers, your UWaterloo instructor/professor, or an academic advisor, for additional assistance.
At UWaterloo we have two counsellors – for non-academic concerns, who are available in the Math & Computer Building. Counselling is free, voluntary and confidential - but you must contact Counselling Services to set up an appointment located in Needles Hall 2080, ext. 32655.
Our professional trained counsellors provide individual counselling services for a wide range of personal, academic, career and financial concerns.
Counsellors provide Study-Skills help and other workshops, and Group Therapy - on a variety of topics i.e.: public speaking anxiety, test anxiety, self esteem, stress, relaxation, suicide prevention. ALL IS STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL
All students should make themselves aware of our policies, academic offenses, and what your academic standing means for you as a student.
You are expected to attend all meets of courses for which you are registered. Program regulations include attendance for evaluation purposes.
Missed assignments or tests while you are absent may jeopardize your final grades and future status.
If you will be away from any of your classes for more than a few days, (due to health, physical, mental reasons, or family concerns, etc.) you must inform, the Program Coordinator (Judy Reidt) at the University of Waterloo-Faculty of Mathematics or the ELAS coordinator (Janice Bennett) at Waterloo-Conestoga College as to your status. Details will be held in strict confidence, and may be included with your file.
Contact your teacher(s) and inform them of any reasons for absences you may have, as soon as possible (or within 48 hours).
If you missed tests/examinations or assignment deadlines, because of illness, you should inform your course instructor(s) and submit the proper medical documentation as soon as possible thereafter. Math's Verification of Illness - details and instructions.
Refer to If things go wrong
Final examination schedule - Registrar's Office
Your ELAS final exams will be predetermined each term at Waterloo Conestoga College.
If you are unable to write a midterm or final exam due to serious illness, Health Services will provide the medical assessment and verification of illness form - at time of illness.
You MUST inform/contact your course instructor(s) as soon as possible (within 48 hours), also inform the ELAS Program Coordinator - Judy Reidt.
Grounds of illness with proper medical documentation should be submitted as soon as you are feeling well enough directly to the Math Undergrad Office.
The Faculty may take the illness into consideration when determining your academic standing for your eligibility to continue.
Note: If you do not successfully complete the Math/ELAS program, you will not be permitted to continue studies at UWaterloo.
Upon successful completion of the Math/ELAS program:
- you will begin your full-time studies in the next term after completing Math/ELAS in the Faculty of Mathematics.
- you will be enrolled in a full-time "regular" plan, as indicated in your Offer of Admission letter.
- you will receive a course credit for Calculus 1 - MATH 137*; it will count toward your BMath or BCS degree.
* Students who have received transfer credit(s) may be placed in MATH 135 (or MATH 138, if applicable).
Note: The Math/ELAS program may not be used to meet admission or transfer requirements to other UWaterloo plans.
Refer to after Math/ELAS details.
Future course selection and enrolment
Depending on your plan (after completion of Math/ELAS), you will find the core or required Math courses already placed on your course list.
We will automatically place you into your next future core courses:
- MATH 135 (Algebra)
- MATH 138 (Calculus 2)
- CS 115 - Computer Science course (CS 135 is chosen for CS majors - only)
- Communications course (EMLS 102R /or 101R are normally recommended for Math/ELAS students). Watch YouTube video of a UWaterloo Math student. English for Multilingual Speakers courses
- a non-math course ★ (if applicable)
- select a non-math course of your choosing, if proceeding into Mathematics or Computer Science plan. See plans chart for plans starting in first year and 2A to make your non-math course selection.
- automatically be enrolled in ALL your core courses, if proceeding into Mathematics/Business Administration or Math/Financial Analysis and Risk Management plan.
See our how do I select courses for a future term page for step-by-step instructions or follow the steps below.
- Go to Academics.
- Select Course Selection (Undergrad only).
- Select Course selection.
- Select Add courses.
NOTE: An EMLS/ESL or a communication course will be required even to apply for co-op.
If you have any problems or need assistance, please contact the Math Undergraduate Office (MC 4022) at firstname.lastname@example.org or (519) 888-4567, ext. 33905
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions (Math/ELAS)
Contact for more information
For questions about Math/ELAS, please contact Ms. Judy Reidt.