Are you looking to change or modify your program? There may be multiple steps which need to be completed depending on what you wish to do. Here is some general information applicable for any changes you plan to make:

  • Make sure you have the appropriate advisor signatures before submitting the form for processing. Please note this may delay any changes to your program.
  • Any approved changes will be made to your Quest account in approximately 2 – 3 weeks unless the change cannot happen until current term grades are official.


Within a Science program

Changing Science program (first-year student)

Steps before form submission Email science.advisor@uwaterloo.ca for more details.
Advisors to consult Consult with a Science Undergraduate Office academic advisor regarding the program you want to transfer to make sure that you are eligible.
Deadline

Requests can be reviewed for the current term if submitted prior to the following dates: 

  • October 31 (Fall)
  • January 31 (Winter)
  • June 30 (Spring)

After the deadline, please wait until grades for the current term are available to complete the plan modification form. An exception is:

  • Registration in program is needed for upcoming course selection or enrolment
Form to submit

Plan Modification Form must be submitted prior to enrolment for next academic term.

How to submit approved forms Email science.advisor@uwaterloo.ca for more details.
Additional notes Decisions are usually made once term grades are available. If approved, the Registrar's Office will then change your program on Quest.
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Changing Science program (upper-year student)

Steps before form submission N/A
Advisors to consult Consult with a program advisor for the program you want to transfer to confirm eligibility.
Deadline

Requests can be reviewed for the current term if submitted prior to the following dates: 

  • October 31 (Fall)
  • January 31 (Winter)
  • June 30 (Spring)

After the deadline, please wait until grades for the current term are available to complete the plan modification form. An exception is: The exceptions, where a change can be made to the subsequent term of registration, are:

  • No active courses, e.g. spring term off, work term.
  • Moving from co-op to regular
  • Registration in program is needed for upcoming course selection or enrolment
Form to submit

Plan Modification Form must be submitted prior to enrolment for next academic term.

How to submit approved forms Fill out the Plan Modification form and email to advisor of desired program for their approval. If requiring more than one approval, send to one advisor at a time for their e-signature. Once the form is completed, the signing academic advisor will submit your request via email for you OR you can submit it to The Centre as per the form instructions.
Additional notes Decisions are usually made once term grades are available. If approved, the Registrar's Office will then change your program on Quest.
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 Changing co-op streams

Steps before form submission Ensure that program and classes requirements will be met with the change in co-op streams.
Advisors to consult

FALL 2020 - review the Fall 2020 Co-operative Education changes.

Consult with your program advisor before agreeing with an employer to make a change to your sequence, and obtain approval.

Deadline Sequence changes are review on a case by case basis. Please speak with your program advisor for additional details.
Form to submit Complete the Sequence Change Form.
How to submit approved forms Your program advisor will forward on the documents to the appropriate Co-operative Education advisors.
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Changing from regular to co-op

Steps before form submission
  1. Understand the co-op process, fees, and preparation for working as a co-op student.
  2. Academic averages (overall, science, subject) of 80% or higher are required.
Advisors to consult

Consult with the academic advisor for the co-op program you are requesting.

If obtaining the academic advisor signature is not possible, the form may be submitted unsigned.

Deadline

May 31 - or the preceding Friday if May 31 falls on a Saturday or Sunday.

Form to submit
How to submit approved forms Once the form is completed, the signing academic advisor will submit your request via email for you OR you can submit it to The Centre as per the form instructions.
Additional notes There should be no incomplete (INC) courses. Decisions will be made in June after the winter term (1B) grades are official and winter academic standings are available. Students must be at the 1B term-level at the time they apply, and students beyond 1B will be considered on a case by case basis as there is a need to ensure a viable work and study sequence.
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Declaring or changing specialization

Steps before form submission N/A
Advisors to consult Consult with the academic advisor for the program with the specialization.
Deadline

These changes can be done anytime and can be approved immediately.

Form to submit

Complete the Plan Modification Form and email it to the appropriate advisor for their approval. 

How to submit approved forms Once the form is completed, the signing academic advisor will submit your request via email for you OR you can submit it to The Centre as per the form instructions.
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Adding a minor or option

Steps before form submission Review degree requirements on the Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar. Typically, at least two courses for the minor/option need to be completed before the request can be reviewed.
Advisors to consult Approval must be granted from the academic advisor from the department which the minor/option is being taken.
Deadline This type of Plan Modification can be submitted anytime. 
Form to submit

Complete the Plan Modification Form

How to submit approved forms Once the form is completed, the signing academic advisor will submit your request via email for you OR you can submit it to The Centre as per the form instructions.

*Students interested in a joint honours program should consult the Undergraduate Calendar for more details.

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Withdrawing from a term

Steps before form submission N/A
Advisors to consult Consult with your program advisor or with an advisor in the SUO.
Deadline The withdrawal form outlines details around timing.
Form to submit

Complete and submit the Undergraduate Notice of Withdrawal Form

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Outside of a Science program

Transferring to Science from a different faculty

Steps before form submission
Advisors to consult Science transfer advisor - Lori Labelle
Deadline Transfers for the next term will be considered up to the final day of classes of the current term.
Form to submit The web form associated with the Transferring to Science page must be submitted before any conversation can take place.
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Transferring from Science to a different faculty

Steps before form submission
  • Understand your motivations to transfer out of Science
  • Determine which Faculty and program you want to take
  • Review admission requirements for your chosen Faculty and program
Advisors to consult First speak with the Science transfer advisor – Lori Labelle, then the transfer advisor from the new faculty, or advisor for the program.
Deadline Expect there to be a timeline to follow, established by the desired faculty.
Form to submit Complete Faculty Transfer form.
How to submit approved forms

Look for instructions on the web, whether by faculty or program. More details can be found on the transfer pages for AHS, Arts, Engineering, Environment, and Math respectively.

Additional notes A decision will be made once your current term grades are available. You will then be notified of the decision and can proceed, if approved, to choose your courses during your enrolment appointment.
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