The admission categories, requirements and procedures for all programs are outlined in detail in "Admission" of this Calendar. The following points emphasize some of the admission requirements which relate specifically to programs in the Faculty of Environmental Studies.
Applicants to Environment and Resource Studies, Geography and Planning are required to present an Ontario Academic Course (OAC) credit in English. Geography also requires an OAC Geography.
Because of the increasing use of statistics and quantitative methods in environmental research it is recommended, but not required, that students present at least one Ontario Academic Course credit or equivalent in Mathematics for admission to programs in Environmental Studies. For applicants to the School of Architecture, English or Français, Physics, Calculus, Algebra and Geometry (OAC) or equivalent are required. Finite Mathematics is recommended.
Students being seriously considered for admission to the School of Architecture are normally required to participate in an interview as part of the admissions process. In addition, a test in the form of a précis will be required of applicants on the day of their scheduled interview. A portfolio of creative work must also be submitted at the time of the interview. Contact the School of Architecture for further details.
Selected applicants to the School of Urban and Regional Planning are normally required to come to the University for an interview as part of the admission process. Selection for the interview is based on Grade 12 and university-entrance level academic records. Admission is based on the results of the interview, letters of reference, a 'Personal Information Form', and secondary school achievement. Contact the School of Urban and Regional Planning for further details.
Generally transfer credit is given for courses in which a grade of 60.0% (C-) or better was obtained. Students transferring from other institutions may have their transferred courses count toward the University of Waterloo degree as determined by the admissions officer of the particular program. Marks obtained in these courses will not be included in the calculation of the student's average.
Students transferring from Faculties within the University, or former University of Waterloo students returning after an absence, generally have the option of either transferring previous UW courses with 60.0% (C-) or better without including these in the cumulative average or transferring all relevant courses passed and including all courses passed and failed in the cumulative average. The specific transfer credit policies vary with each program or Faculty and students are advised to refer to the program or Faculty sections in the Calendar for detailed regulations.
Courses at Other Universities (Letter of Permission)
Students may request to take a course(s) at other universities for credit towards a UW degree by Letter of Permission. A Letter of Permission is granted only to students who have successfully completed a minimum of four University of Waterloo term courses and who are in good standing; that is, they have satisfied the minimum cumulative average requirements for their current program. A maximum total of 10 term courses may be taken on a Letter of Permission basis. Courses taken on a Letter of Permission at other institutions (except Wilfrid Laurier University) will appear on UW records as transfer credits (marks of CR) if a minimum grade of C- (60%) or equivalent is attained. Commencing Fall 1993, courses taken at Wilfrid Laurier University will appear on UW records as graded courses and the grades attained will be included in average and credit calculations.
A Letter of Permission must be approved by the student's advisor prior to enrolling at the host institution and is subject to departmental regulations. You may obtain the necessary form from the Registrar's Office. More information about the Letter of Permission Policy and Procedures is given on the reverse side of the form.
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