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Specific Admission Requirements and Recommendations for Year One Programs 1996-1997


The following section details the admission requirements of the University expressed in terms of the Ontario secondary school curriculum. For each program, important admission information is described under the headings, Program/OUAC Application Code, Requirements, Recommendations and Other Useful Information.

Program/OUAC Application Code:
The Ontario Universities Application Code is stated with the program name to assist in completing the application.
Requirements:
The required Ontario Academic Courses (OAC) are stated. Note, required courses are used in the calculation of the admissions average.
Recommendations:
Additional advice is provided about useful courses which would complement required courses. Those who do not present a recommended course will not be disavantaged.
Other Useful Information:
General information appears here.

Select the subject of interest from the following alphabetical index to jump to the appropiate faculty:

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - O - P - R - S - T - U - W - Z

Or jump directly to the faculty of interest:

[Applied Health Sciences] - [Arts] - [Engineering] - [Environmental Studies] - [Independent Studies] - [Mathematics] - [Science]


Applied Health Sciences


Program/OUAC Application Code
Honours Co-op Health Studies - WF
Honours Regular Health Studies - WF

Requirements
Six Ontario Academic Courses including:
Biology
Chemistry.

Recommendations
OAC Physics and Calculus are strongly recommended for applicants considering the Pre-Health-Professions Option.

Other Useful Information
Applicants planning to enter the Joint Honours program in Health Studies/Kinesiology must fulfill the Kinesiology admission requirements. Applicants are encouraged to complete a 'Personal Information Form'.


Program/OUAC Application Code
Honours Co-op Kinesiology - WK
Honours Regular Kinesiology - WK

Requirements
Six Ontario Academic Courses including:
Calculus
Chemistry
one of Biology or Physics.

Recommendations
OAC Physics is especially recommended.

Other Useful Information
Special consideration will be given to applicants on the basis of strength in OAC Calculus, Chemistry and Biology or Physics. The Kinesiology program includes required university courses in Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Psychology and Sociology. Applicants are encouraged to complete a 'Personal Information Form'.


Program/OUAC Application Code
Honours Co-op Recreation and Leisure Studies - WX
Honours Regular Recreation and Leisure Studies - WX

Requirements
Six Ontario Academic Courses.

Recommendations
Applicants are encouraged to include OAC English and one OAC Mathematics in their program.

Other Useful Information
Applicants should be aware that, although this is a social science program, courses in Computer Science and Statistics are included in the program. Applicants are encouraged to complete a 'Personal Information Form'.


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Arts


Program/OUAC Application Code
All Programs

Recommendations
All applicants are expected to complete and submit the Arts 'Admission Information Form' which will be sent when receipt of an application is acknowledged.

Other Useful Information
When the admissions committee considers an application individually, it bases its decision on the overall average, the average in arts-related subjects, particularly OAC English, and information provided on the Arts 'Admission Information Form'.

Program/OUAC Application Code
Honours Arts (Regular)
OUAC Codes:

Requirements
Six Ontario Academic Courses including English and one other Arts-related course.

Recommendations
Applicants are expected to choose their other Arts-related course(s) from OAC courses such as English, History, Languages, Social Sciences, Fine and Performing Arts. Although not required for admission, an OAC Mathematics course is strongly recommended for applicants who are considering social science programs such as Psychology and Geography. OAC Calculus is particularly recommended for those considering an Economics program.

Other Useful Information
Entry to General, Honours, and major programs, including departmental Co-op, occurs following Year One and is based on academic performance in Year One.


Program/OUAC Application Code
Renison - Social Development Studies (Regular) - WRS

Requirements
Six Ontario Academic Courses including English and one other Arts-related course.

Recommendations
Applicants are expected to choose their other Arts-related course(s) from OAC courses such as English, History, Languages, Social Sciences, Fine and Performing Arts. Although not required for admission, an OAC Mathematics course is strongly recommended.

Other Useful Information
Applicants who are not admitted to Social Development Studies are considered for Honours Arts Regular through Renison.


Program/OUAC Application Code
Honours Accountancy Studies (Co-op) - WAA

Requirements
Six Ontario Academic Courses including English and one other Arts-related course.

Recommendations
Applicants are expected to choose their other Arts-related course(s) from OAC courses such as English, History, Languages, Social Sciences, Fine and Performing Arts. Applicants should include OAC Accounting, Calculus and one other OAC Mathematics course, preferably Finite Mathematics, in their program. Students who do not take these OAC courses will not be disadvantaged when being considered for admission but will be required to take introductory courses in these subjects in Year One.

Other Useful Information
Applicants not admitted to Arts Accountancy Studies (Co-op) will be considered for admission to Honours Arts Regular only, when interest in this alternative is well-supported on the Arts 'Admission Information Form'.


Program/OUAC Application Code
Honours Applied Studies (Co-op) - WQ

Requirements
Six Ontario Academic Courses including English and one other Arts-related course.

Recommendations
Applicants are expected to choose their other Arts-related course(s) from OAC courses such as English, History, Languages, Social Sciences, Fine and Performing Arts, and are also strongly encouraged to include courses from OAC Mathematics and Science.

Other Useful Information
Applicants not admitted to Arts Applied Studies, may be considered for the Honours Arts Regular program.


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Engineering


Program/OUAC Application Code
Chemical - WC
Civil - WE
Computer - WWJ
Electrical - WWF
Environmental (Chemical) - WEC
Environmental (Civil) - WEE
Geological - WWG
Mechanical - WWH
Systems Design - WD

Requirements
Six Ontario Academic Courses including:
Algebra and Geometry
Calculus
Physics
Chemistry
English 1.

Recommendations
Applicants are encouraged to take the OAC in Finite Mathematics although it is not an admission requirement; also, it is strongly recommended that applicants include one or two Computer programming courses in their secondary school background.

It is important that applicants complete and return promptly the 'Personal Information Form' sent to them with the acknowledgement of their application. The 'Personal Information Form' has significant weight in making admission and scholarship decisions.

Other Useful Information
Applicants are considered on the basis of additional factors such as evidence of a strong aptitude and interest in Engineering, extensive involvement in extra-curricular activities, additional background beyond the minimum six OAC courses, and performance on the Descartes Mathematics Contest. Applicants with high averages who are missing any of the required courses must contact the Director of Admissions for Engineering no later than December (for admission the following September) for advice on the course of action required to meet the admission requirements.

Applicants not offered admission to their first choice program will be considered for other Engineering programs that they specify on their Personal Information Form. This form is sent to all applicants when receipt of the application is acknowledged.


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Environmental Studies


Program/OUAC Application Code
Architecture
(pre-professional program) - WR

Requirements
Six Ontario Academic Courses including:
English or Français
Physics
Calculus
Algebra and Geometry.
An interview is also required (see "Other Useful Information").

Recommendations
Independent art studies, secondary school art programs or other creative fields of study are strongly recommended.

Other Useful Information
Selected applicants are normally required to come to the University for an interview as part of the admission process. Selection for the interview is based on secondary school records including university-entrance courses. Admission is based on the results of the interview, the applicant's portfolio, an English précis-writing exercise and secondary school achievement.


Program/OUAC Application Code
Honours Regular Environment and Resource Studies - WER

Requirements
Six Ontario Academic Courses including English.

Recommendations
Applicants are encouraged to include OAC courses in Science, Geography and Mathematics in their program.

Other Useful Information
It is important that applicants complete the 'Personal Information Form' sent to them with the acknowledgement of their application. Admission to Co-op Environment and Resource Studies occurs in Year Two.


Program/OUAC Application Code
Honours Co-op Geography - WG
Honours Regular Geography - WG

Requirements
Six Ontario Academic Courses including English and Geography.

Recommendations
Applicants are encouraged to include OAC courses in Mathematics in their program.

Other Useful Information
It is important that applicants complete the 'Personal Information Form' sent to them with the acknowledgement of their application. Applicants not admitted to Honours Co-op will considered for the Honours Regular program.


Program/OUAC Application Code
Urban and Regional Planning - WP

Requirements
Six Ontario Academic Courses including English. An interview is normally required (see "Other Useful Information").

Recommendations
It is recommended that applicants include OAC Finite Mathematics and an OAC Science, preferably Biology. Students who do not take these OAC courses will not be disadvantaged when being considered for admission.

Other Useful Information
Selected applicants are normally required to come to the University for an interview as part of the admission process. Selection for the interview is based on the secondary school record including Ontario Academic Courses. Admission is based on the results of the interview, letters of reference, a 'Personal Information Form', and secondary school achievement. Admission to Co-op Urban and Regional Planning occurs in Year Two.


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Independent Studies


Program/OUAC Application Code
Independent Studies - WI

Requirements
Applicants should be: capable of doing university-level work; strongly motivated to work on their own; planning studies that can be done at the University of Waterloo. Admission is determined by an Admissions Committee which normally interviews applicants.


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Mathematics


Program/OUAC Application Code
Honours Co-op Computer Science - WCS
Honours Co-op Mathematics Accounting Options - WN
Honours Co-op Mathematics - WM
Honours Mathematics/Business - WBM
Honours Regular Computer Science - WCS
Honours Regular Mathematics - WM
All other Mathematics Programs - WM

Requirements
Six Ontario Academic Courses including:
Algebra and Geometry
Calculus
English
with a minimum grade of 60% in each of the required courses.

Recommendations
All applicants are expected to complete and submit the Mathematics 'Personal Information Form' which will be sent when receipt of an application is acknowledged.

Applicants are encouraged to develop as much breadth as possible by choosing courses from the arts, humanities, social sciences and physical sciences. It is recommended that all applicants include OAC Finite Mathematics and take at least one Computer Science course at some point in their secondary school studies. Applicants to Mathematics/ Accounting presenting OAC Accounting will be excused from taking Introductory Accounting, thereby avoiding the necessity of taking an extra course to satisfy program requirements.

Other Useful Information
The Admissions Committee also considers other evidence, as presented on the 'Personal Information Form', such as performance in the Descartes Mathematics Contest, teachers' recommendations, the number and variety of OAC credits and involvement in extracurricular activities. Applicants not offered admission to the program of their choice are considered for all other Mathematics programs.

The Faculty administers an English as a Second Language Program for students with exceptional Mathematics skills who do not meet normal English admissions requirements.

Those interested in the Co-op Mathematics Teaching Option should apply to Honours Co-op Mathematics or Honours Co-op Computer Science in Year One. Admission occurs in Year Two on the basis of two interviews and satisfactory academic and work-term performance.


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Science


Recommendations
Applicants, who choose not to apply to a major program, should include both OAC Chemistry and Physics in order to keep as many options as possible open in the Faculty of Science. Applicants are encouraged to develop strong writing skills.

Other Useful information
Those not admitted to the program of their choice, are automatically considered for other programs in Science for which they qualify.


Program/OUAC Application Code
Honours Regular Science - WS
Honours Regular Science and Business - WSB

Requirements
Six Ontario Academic Courses including:
two Science credits from Biology, Chemistry, Physics
two Mathematics credits, one of which must be Calculus, and the second from Algebra and Geometry or Finite Mathematics

Recommendations
Applicants are encouraged to include OAC Biology if they are considering the Pre-Health-Professions Option.


Program/OUAC Application Code
Honours Co-op Biology - WU
Honours Regular Biology - WU
Honours Co-op Environmental Science - WSE
Honours Regular Environmental Science - WSE

Requirements
Six Ontario Academic Courses including:
Chemistry
one additional Science credit from Biology or Physics
two Mathematics credits, one of which must be Calculus, and the second from Algebra and Geometry or Finite Mathematics.

Recommendations
Applicants are encouraged to include OAC Biology if they are considering the Pre-Health-Professions Option. Those considering Environmental Science Program 2 are encouraged to include OAC Physics.


Program/OUAC Application Code
Honours Co-op Biochemistry - WYW
Honours Regular Biochemistry - WYW
Honours Co-op Applied Earth Sciences - WYS
Honours Regular Earth Sciences - WYS

Requirements
Six Ontario Academic Courses including:
Chemistry
Physics
two Mathematics credits, one of which must be Calculus, and the second from Algebra and Geometry or Finite Mathematics.

Recommendations
Those considering the Geophysics Option within Honours Co-op Applied Earth Sciences are encouraged to include Algebra and Geometry.

Other Useful Information
Minimum marks required for Honours Co-op Biochemistry - 70% in Chemistry and 70% in Mathematics.


Program/OUAC Application Code
Honours Co-op Applied Chemistry - WH
Honours Regular Chemistry - WH

Requirements
Six Ontario Academic Courses including:
Chemistry
Physics
Algebra and Geometry
Calculus

Recommendations
Applicants are encouraged to include Finite Mathematics if they are considering Honours Co-op Applied Chemistry.

Other Useful Information
Minimum marks required for Honours Co-op Applied Chemistry - 70% in Chemistry and 70% in Mathematics courses.


Program/OUAC Application Code
Honours Co-op Applied Physics - WY
Honours Regular Physics - WY

Requirements
Six Ontario Academic Courses including:
Physics
one additional Science credit from Biology or Chemistry
two Mathematics credits, one of which must be Calculus, and the second from Algebra and Geometry or Finite Mathematics.

Recommendations
Applicants are encouraged to include both Algebra and Geometry and Finite Mathematics.

Other Useful Information
Minimum marks required for Honours Co-op Applied Physics - 75% overall in Physics and Mathematics with at least 70% in each of Physics and Calculus.


Program/OUAC Application Code
Optometry - WB
Application is made after completion of at least one year of university Science.


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