Undergraduate Program Counselling

Last updated Tuesday September 21st.

Fall 2021 Office Hours

We continue to be available to help with academic decisions and course selection. Please email Sarah and Greg at cscouns@uoguelph.ca. Try to briefly explain how we can help or what the trouble is so we can help you sooner.

For now Greg has virtual office hours Monday through Friday 1PM to 4PM on Microsoft Teams. You can download the application and log in using your uoguelph account, or log in to GryphMail and use the Teams application in the browser (which needs microphone permissions). Then start a text chat with Greg Klotz.

If you can't use email or Microsoft Teams then please call me and leave a very detailed message, including your phone number and student number. Extension 52711.


General Academic Guidelines

I would like to declare a minor

Email cscouns@uoguelph.ca from your UofG email account using this template:

Email subject: your last name, first name, student number, [minor you would like] Minor

Email body: Hello, My name is firstName lastname and my student number is studentNumber. I would like to declare a yourMinor minor.

How do I register for courses?

Check the Registration Guide. WebAdvisor had an update so even returning students may need to skim the Tutorial. Add courses one at a time, starting with required CIS ones. Search results can have multiple pages of sections. You might have to "page" through them.

Where can I find more details on the CIS courses offered this fall?

Most course outlines are available on the School of Computer Science Wiki. If you are having trouble logging in email help@socs.uoguelph.ca. Having read the course outline, if you have further questions about the course please email the professor.

Minor or Area of Application?

Bachelor of Computing students in CS or SENG need to take some electives outside of computing. There are two options.

Minors. Minors are 5 credits (usually 10 courses) you take over your 8 academic semesters. These give a good foundation and introduction to the subject. They also go on your transcript, and are an officially recognized credential.

The other option is an Area of Application. This is for students who find minors too restricted and want more flexibility in choosing electives. It requires 8 courses in a subject other than CIS, 2 of those at the 3000 level. It’s unofficial, and not recognized on the transcript. It does let students combine subjects into a custom learning plan, for example Math and Music. Again, spread over the eight academic semesters.

If you’re not sure what you like, try a variety of subjects in first year, then start focusing on one starting in second year.


Note: the links below are for the 21/22 calendar only. Your major and minor must follow the same calendar year. To access past calendars, visit Undergraduate Calendars.

Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

These keep changing. The Undergraduate Calendar is the official source.

* addition of these minors requires approval of the Faculty Advisor for the Specialization.

What happened to April?

April has moved to a different position within the University. She is now the Bachelor of Applied Science Program Counsellor.

I have a completely different question. Who can I ask?

If your question is about the Bachelor of Computing degree or CIS courses email Sarah and Greg at cscouns@uoguelph.ca