Why won’t Quest let me enrol in a course?

When adjusting your schedule, do not drop your courses! Use the swap classes and swap components (tutorials and some labs) functions so you don't lose the spots you already have.

If Quest will not let you add a course, there might be a couple of reasons as to why there is an issue. Take a look at the common enrolment error messages web page created by the Registrar's Office for more information on what to do.

Enrolling in courses at another institution

Students looking to take a course at another institution (including Wilfrid Laurier University) should visit the Registrar's page on the drop/add period under "What do I need to do to take courses at another institution?"

Effective Winter 2015, these Laurier chemistry courses will not be given equivalence to specific Waterloo chemistry courses:

    CH 202 is not equivalent to CHEM 266, CHEM 266L
    CH 204 is not equivalent to CHEM 266
    CH 203 is not equivalent to CHEM 267, CHEM 267L
    CH 205 is not equivalent to CHEM 267

These courses will be treated as 200-level chemistry courses, anti-requisite for the Waterloo courses.

Course Overrides

Course Override Form is used in the event a student cannot enrol themselves into a course for the following reasons:

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

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 choosing an alternative course, you ensure that you at least have a “second choice” option if you cannot get an override.

If you have a signed Course Override Form, you can bring it to the Science Undergraduate Office (STC 2031) for processing.

If you would like to swap your lab section and all other sections are full, you need to find someone who is in the section you would like to swap into, and agrees to swap with you. You and that person should then go to the Science Undergraduate Office (STC 2031) where staff can process this change.

For specific subject enrolment inquiries, please review the instructions below:

Biology
  • Contact the instructor listed on the Schedule of Classes
  • For full courses, it's best to monitor Quest and enrol if there's an opening
  • For lecture courses with a lab component, you should contact the lab instructor, not the lecture instructor
  • If no instructor is listed, contact Sue Whyte
  • BIOL 273 online, please monitor quest for openings. No waiting list
  • Select students who started UW studies in Fall 2018:
    • Biology/Biomedical Sciences are to complete BIOL 273 on campus in either Winter 2020 or Spring 2020
    • Biomedical Sciences/Biology – Animal Biology specialization students are to complete BIOL 273L in Winter 2020 or Spring 2020
  • If override permission is requested through email, all biology overrides must be sent to biology.overrides@uwaterloo.ca. The email subject line, must include the course being requested (e.g. BIOL 241). The text of the email, please include ID#, name, course information and if swapping, please include all components for new and old course(s)

Chemistry
  • Contact the instructor listed on the Schedule of Classes
  • Many CHEM courses have specific add deadlines. You can view this on the Schedule of Classes
  • For full courses, it's best to monitor Quest and enrol if there's an opening
  • If no instructor is listed, contact Julie Shikaze
  • CHEM 120/CHEM 120L (fall term) is only available to students who require it; if you are looking for an elective, it should be requested in the winter or spring term.
Earth Sciences
Materials and Nanoscience
Physics
  • Contact the instructor listed on the Schedule of Classes for all full lectures or labs
  • PHYS 131L can substitute for PHYS 121L if necessary; they are identical
  • Upper-year labs, contact the instructor
Science and Business
  • Only Science and Business students can take SCBUS courses. No exceptions will be made
  • Contact Kashif Memon for assistance. 
Science
Non-Science courses

Faculty of Arts courses:

Faculty of Mathematics courses: