Undergraduate Program Counselling

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, which Calendar year [e.g. 2020]

Email body: Hello, My name is firstName lastname and my student number is studentNumber. I would like to declare a yourMinor minor as listed in the [2020] Calendar.

The Calendar year is usually the same as the one for your major as shown on WebAdvisor. If the minor was not available then or has changed and you would like the new minor requirements you can declare the newer 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?

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 4.0 credits (normally 8 courses) in a subject other than CIS of which 1.0 credits must be at the 3000 level or higher. 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 22/23 calendar only. 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.

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

If your question is about the Bachelor of Computing degree, CIS courses, or you are a Computing student who has academic advising questions, please email Sarah and Greg at cscouns@uoguelph.ca