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Faculty of Science
The First Year and Common Science Office (FYCSO)
The Ryerson Athletic Centre entrance in the quad, view from Kerr Hall

The First Year and Common Science Office (FYCSO) is an independent administrative unit that handles the academic and administrative responsibilities related to all first-year science student affairs (except Computer Science) and also provides support to all upper-year students in Contemporary Science. The FYCSO was created to help make students’ transitions from high school to university smooth, pleasant, and successful. We invite students to visit us whenever they have questions, concerns, or comments of any sort. To answer questions and deal with concerns, we have assembled a highly experienced team of professionals, including an Academic Co-ordinator, a Counsellor, and an Administrative Assistant.

Some of our services include

  • Adding courses to and/or dropping courses from students' timetables;
  • Administration of applications to change science programs; and
  • Providing advice, academic or other, to all first-year science students and to all upper-level contemporary science students.
Support for Incoming Science Students:
Need to speak to an Academic Advisor? Book an appointment!

 

Information for First Year Science Students

The Undergraduate Calendar is your official source for curriculum and course information at Ryerson. The Calendar is updated each spring for the next academic year. The Student Guide is a companion to the Calendar that lists the policies, fees, services and administrative procedures that you’ll need to know as a Ryerson student. 

Find useful links and contact information in the FYCSO Online Handbook

Find out how courses relate to each other and in which order to take them in the Prerequisite Tables.  

Understand how to read the Academic calendar, select the right courses and keep track of your progress towards you degree with these helpful Curriculum Advising Tutorials.

First Year Science Transition Courses

First Year Science courses are offered twice each year so that students who drop or fail a course can take it again before starting second year.  Click here for more information.

contact information
first year and common science office

Dr. Marcus Santos
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Science
Programs and Student Affairs

416-979-5000 x 7921
m3santos@ryerson.ca

Dr. Andrew McWilliams
Academic Coordinator
416-979-5000 x 4102
amcwilli@ryerson.ca



Alina Velieva
Administrative Assistant, FYCSO
416-979-5000 x 4101
alina@ryerson.ca

Matthias Kaay
Counsellor
Faculty of Science
Centre for Student Development and Counselling
416-979-5000 x4104
matthias.kaay@ryerson.ca

undergraduate students and program offices

Dr. Marcus Santos
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Science
Programs and Student Affairs

416-979-5000 x 7921
m3santos@ryerson.ca

Rose Tam
Administrative Assistant
416-979-5000 x 4224
rosetam@ryerson.ca

Alina Velieva
Administrative Assistant, FYCSO
416-979-5000 x 4101
alina@ryerson.ca

Dr. Andrew McWilliams
Academic Coordinator, FYCSO
Program Director, Contemporary Science

416-979-5000 x 4102
amcwilli@ryerson.ca

Dr. Emily Agard
Coordinator, The Office of Science Outreach and Enrichment
416-979-5000 x 2057

Eric Ambroise
Health & Safety Officer
416-979-5000 x 2134

Matthias Kaay
Counsellor
Faculty of Science
Centre for Student Development and Counselling
416-979-5000 x 4104 
matthias.kaay@ryerson.ca

program directors

Dr. Martina Hausner
Program Director, Biology
416-979-5000 x 6553
martina.hausner@ryerson.ca

Dr. Jeffrey Fillingham
Program Director, Biomedical Science
416-979-5000 x 2123
jeffrey.fillingham@ryerson.ca

Dr. Noel George
Program Director, Chemistry
416-979-5000 x 6552
n3george@ryerson.ca

Dr. Isaac Woungang
Program Director, Computer Science
416-979-5000 x 6972
iwoungan@ryerson.ca

Dr. Andrew McWilliams
Program Director, Contemporary Science
416-979-5000 x 4102
amcwilli@ryerson.ca

Dr. Lawrence Kolasa
Program Director, Mathematics
416-979-5000 x 4871
lkolasa@ryerson.ca

Dr. Jahan Tavakkoli 
Program Director, Medical Physics
416-979-5000 x 7535
jtavakkoli@ryerson.ca

 

research and graduate studies

Dr. Michael Kolios
Interim Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies
416-979-5000 x 7065
mkolios@ryerson.ca

Stacey Park
CRC Administrative Assistant
416-979-5000 x 4605

Stephanie Suckling
Research Support Officer
416-979-5000 x 4866

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