First Year Science
As a new undergraduate in the Faculty of Science, there’s lots to learn and to get used to. You may have already chosen a particular academic program, but during this initial year, First Year Science will be your home department.* We’re here to help you make a successful transition into university life.
*NOTE: The only exception is the Department of Computer Science. If you’re a first-year computer science student, the Computer Science Department can answer your questions and provide support.
First Year Services
During your first year, the First Year Science office will communicate regularly with you through various methods. You can also turn to us anytime you have questions or need support on the following;
- Important dates, deadlines and announcements
- Enrolment, course selection and intentions
- Transfer credits, course exceptions
- Academic advice
- Curriculum information: program requirements, liberal offerings, minors, etc
- Midterm intervention for at-risk academic performance
- Probationary and Required to Withdraw (RTW) Standings
- Ryerson policies, services and resources
Workshops for Incoming Students
Even before the school year starts, our Step Ahead program helps new undergraduates prepare for university studies. These workshops help you review or relearn some of the fundamental concepts you’ll encounter in your first-year courses.
When: Offered in late summer
Who Can Attend: Students who have been out of high school for a while, need a refresher, or lack a certain high school subject that will be useful for your chosen program.
Format: A mixture of online and in-class resources
If you drop or fail a course during first year, the Transition Program lets you repeat the course and transition to second year with the required prerequisites in place.
These courses are offered twice per year. You are allowed to take or repeat First Year Science courses through the day school (as opposed to the Chang School). During Spring transition, we recommend that students take only one or two of these courses at a time. Course are offered in condensed format over 6 weeks instead of 12. Delivery is intense, and the workload is doubled compared to Fall and Winter terms.
NOTE: Transition courses are not available through Course Intentions, but only through direct enrollment during Priority and Open Enrollment at the start of the semester.
Contact the First Year Science Office for general inquiries and more information.
|Open Enrollment||May 12-21, 2021|
|First Day of Spring Classes||May 17, 2021|
|Final Date to Add or Swap a Course||May 21, 2021|
|Final Date to drop course(s) with full refund||May 21, 2021|
|Final Date for full fees payment||May 21, 2021|
|University Closed for Victoria Day||May 24, 2021|
|Final Date to drop course(s) with 50% refund||May 28, 2021|
|Final Date to drop course(s) without refund||June 28, 2021|
|Final day of classes||June 28, 2021|
|Spring Final Examination Period||June 29 - July 2, 2021|
|Grades Due||July 12, 2021|
|Grades posted on RAMSS||July 14, 2021|
|Final date to submit an appeal for Spring grades||July 28, 2021|
All Spring 2021 Science Transition courses are delivered online.
Enrollment is always via Ryerson's Administrative Management Self Service (RAMSS) via the my.ryerson.ca platform. For technical support and a step-by-step enrolment guide, visit the RAMSS Support website.
Once in the systems, fill your Shopping Cart with classes you want to enrol in. Take the following steps to build your class schedule:
- Search for classes offered in your program
- Add them to your Shopping Cart
- Check that class pre-requisites and the schedule fit your needs. This is the validation step.
- If a class does not fit your schedule or you have not met the requisites, select another class and continue until all selected classes validate.
- Once you have successfully built your class schedule, proceed to enrol in these classes.
The Student Learning Support centre provides services and programs to help you succeed academically. Access tutoring, guides/tools, videos and workshops on skills such as writing, math and study strategies. Visit the Student Learning Support website to browse available services.
The centre also hosts supported learning groups (SLG). These drop-in groups are led by upper-year student facilitators, and feature discussions on specific courses. Check out google docSLG schedules, external link.
Find a Peer Mentor
Get peer-level help to navigate your first year. Ask anything and an upper-year science student can guide you — from questions about your program and swapping courses to getting around campus and the best places to eat. Mentors are available starting from summer before you begin first year. Check out this year's Faculty of Science mentors.