First day of classes - lectures begin
- Fall 2017 term (September - December): Thursday September 7
- Winter 2018 term (January - April): Wednesday January 3
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 course is on Monday - Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:30 - 9:20 am.
On the first day of the term/classes you will need to proceed to the Conestoga College's Waterloo campus for 10:30 am located at 108 University Avenue East (a few blocks west of the University of Waterloo). Signs will be posted at Conestoga College for our ELAS students.
You will pick up your ELAS courses schedule and book list details to purchase, plus obtain information about Conestoga College.
Fall ELAS Open-House/Drop-in: TBD and Announced, Math & Computer bldg.
You are invited to drop by to meet important people that 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.
Winter Math Orientation: TBD in MC 4020
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.
Your courses for the Math/ELAS program, will automatically be selected and scheduled for you. A place in those classes has been reserved just for you.
You will pick up your ELAS class schedule on the first day of classes at Waterloo-Conestoga College. (Fall term: Thursday September 7th beginning at 10:30 am Winter term: Wednesday January 3rd beginning at 10:30 am)
You do not need to enrol into courses yourself for your first term as this will be done automatically for you. You may be able to pre-select your future non-math course during Course Selection period for your next term.
Your future course enrolment, we will follow up with you during your Math/ELAS term about the enrolment and selection process and instructions. (see below future course selection and enrolment)
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.
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 be at Conestoga College to improve your English skills. It is important that you attend both campuses and attend all your Mathematics and ELAS classes 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) or mid-to-late February (winter 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!
Don’t come to university with high school expectations! Judge your performance on tests, exams, etc. according to the class average.
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 Room MC 4019C. 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.
Refer to If things go wrong
Remember you are still meeting our English language admission requirements for eligibility to full-time degree status.
You are expected to attend all meets of courses for which you are registered (Math/ELAS). Program regulations include attendance for evaluation purposes. Your performance this term, will determine your status for future post-secondary studies here at UWaterloo.
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.
Grounds of illness with proper medical documentation should be submitted as soon as possible (or within 48 hours) after the examination, to the course instructor and MUST inform the Program Coordinator - Judy Reidt.
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.
After passing the Math/ELAS program students will then enrol into full-time courses. As part of your degree requirements all students are expected to take two communication courses.
- Math/ELAS students should enrol in an English for Multilingual Speakers (EMLS) course during their 1A term (first full-time term) from List I.
Note: formerly listed as ESL-English as a Second Language
- Achieve a minimum of 60% in a communication course.
- An EMLS/ESL or a communication course will be required even to apply for co-op.
- If you have not passed a communication course by the end of your 1B term, you will be restricted in your enrolment for your 2A term to three courses (two math courses and one communication course)
- Students are encouraged to complete the second communication course by the end of term 2A from List II.
- Visit Undergraduate Calendar Degree Requirements for all Math students.
List I: First Course
The first course must be chosen from one of the following:
EMLS 101R Oral Communication for Academic Purposes
EMLS 102R Correction in Academic Writing
EMLS/ENGL 129R Written Academic English
ENGL 109 Introduction to Academic Writing
SPCOM 100 Interpersonal Communication
SPCOM 223 Public Speaking
List II: Second Course
Any other course listed in the First Course list:
EMLS 103R Phonetics for Effective English Pronunciation
EMLS 104R Reading and Listening for Academic Purposes
EMLS 110R Critical Expression in Canadian Academic Contexts
ENGL 101A Introduction to Literary Studies
ENGL 101B Introduction to Rhetorical Studies
ENGL 108D Digital Lives
ENGL 119 Communications in Mathematics and Computer Science
ENGL 251A Criticism 1
SPCOM 225 Interviewing
SPCOM 227 Leadership
SPCOM 228 Public Communication
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 will be chosen 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.
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.