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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is my registration timeslot?

    For information on your registration timeslot, please see this website from the Faculty of Arts and Science

    What do I do if I am missing a pre-requisite?

    If you are missing a pre-requisite you will need to wait until Open Enrollment.  Students with the required prerequisite get first priority for the course.  After Open Enrollment, if there is still space you may request permission from the instructor and based on other courses and experience, they may feel that you will be able to succeed in the course without the prerequisite.  An email from the instructor would need to be sent to

    with the course and your student number included.

    Please note that pre-requisite overrides are at the discretion of the instructor, and cannot be granted by the Undergraduate Office.

    How do I register for a remote course that would regularly be offered on campus?

    For some courses, you will need to switch from “undergraduate” to “undergraduate online” from the SOLUS drop down menu.

    I need registration help—what do I do?

    The best place for support with SOLUS is the Faculty of Arts and Science. You can learn more here:

    What is the “AAR”?

    The AAR is the Academic Advisement Report. It is a handy tool that overviews what you have satisfied so far with respect to your degree plan requirements. You can learn more about it here:

    There is space in a course, how come I can’t register?

    Some courses are reserved for students who require the course for their degree plan (concentrators).

    NOTE:  All reserve capacities will expire for open enrollment. If you meet the pre-requisites for a course, and there is space, you will be able to register at that time.

    Can you explain waitlists?

    SOLUS has a waitlist process so that you can be placed on a waitlist in the event a spot opens up. You can go on a waitlist prior to open enrollment. If there is space at open enrollment, you will be automatically enrolled into the course (as long as you have space in your schedule).

    For more information on waitlists, please see here:

    Why are winter courses listed as “TBD” in SOLUS?

    Queen’s is working hard with public health to make sure that we are safe, and have the best timetable possible in the winter. As soon as these details are finalized, they will be made available. Please view the winter schedule as a ‘list of courses to be offered’ that term. You can and should proceed to register in winter courses with the understanding that scheduling details (e.g., times and locations) may change, and you will have an opportunity to make adjustments to their schedule later in the fall term if you need to. Details on how to make adjustments to your schedule will be communicated once this process is finalized.

    We know that this is strange—it is for us, too. We are with you every step of the way, and will be communicating widely through our undergraduate newsletter as we get information.

  • When will I get my enrollment appointment time? 

    • In July you will be able to access the Student Centre to view your enrollment time.

    When will the timetable be available? 

    • Beginning of June

    When can I begin to load courses to my shopping cart? 

    • Beginning of July.  However, remember that loading courses in your shopping cart does not mean that you are in the course.  You must register for the course starting with your enrollment appointment time and going to the end of enrollment July 28.

    When is Class Selection I (Enrollment Restrictions enforced)? 

    • Please see your enrollment appointment time on SOLUS.

    When is Class Selection II (Open, no Restrictions enforced)? 

    When does the next Open Enrollment open? 

    • Mid-August. Please check  Faculty of Arts & Sciences website for specific dates. You will be allowed to add up to 18 units per term.

    Registration Hiatus for administrative staff: 

    • Beginning of August, please check  Faculty of Arts & Sciences website for specific dates . At this time there is nothing we can do to help you with courses etc.  Please do not contact staff at this time.
  • I didn’t select all my courses and now the system will not allow me to add anymore courses. What do I do?

    • You will now have to wait until open enrollment.

    Can I be added before the open enrollment period as I want to be sure to get in the course?

    • No.

    Will there still be room in the course if I have to wait until September?

    • There are no guarantees.

    The system tells me I cannot take the course because I don’t have the pre-requisites, but I do have them. What do I do?

    • Email us and we will look at your situation and if you are able to take the course we will email you a permission number so you can add the course on SOLUS.

    What if I took the pre-requisites over the summer and the marks are not showing on my transcript yet? How do I get in the course I want/need?

    • Once you have your unofficial mark, send this to us and we will give you a permission number so you can add the course on SOLUS. 

    What do I do if two of the courses I want conflict? Is there a way that the schedule can be changed?

    • You will need to look at which of the courses is a core course to your program and ensure you take that course. The scheduling is done by the timetabling office and we cannot change it. 


Instructors are currently working on the final details of courses for Fall 2020, and so current syllabi are not yet available. We do have past syllabi available at the following links:

Be sure to check both the “on campus” and “undergraduate online” career options in SOLUS to ensure you are seeing all courses offered this year.

Some courses are not offered every year. If you see a course in the Academic Calendar that is not listed in SOLUS through either “career” in SOLUS, it is not offered this year.

Up dates for plan selection for 1st year students going in to 2nd year will come in the Spring.

Please check Arts & Sciences website and our newsletter,  for more information.


Please refer to the important dates calendar on the Arts & Sciences website, for tuition dates.

I am going into 3rd year and not sure if my courses will be pre-loaded or not.

  • BCHM:  You are responsible to add your third year courses.
  • LISC SSP:  You are responsible to add your third year courses.  You need to ensure you choose the proper BCHM courses for the Sub-Plan you want to be in (ie. BCHM 310 or BCHM 315/316).  If you are not sure, then you should choose BCHM 310 to keep all your options open.

When can I switch from SSP to MAJ or MAJ to SSP?

  • Change of Plan happens beginning of May until Mid-July

Can I go on exchange and stay in SSP?

  • Yes.  You can go on exchange as an SSP student. 
  • LISC:  The only impediment is if you cannot find an equivalent to BCHM 310 then you can only be in the sub-plan of Biomedical Sciences.  All other sub-plans require BCHM 310.

I am going on exchange.  What do I do?

  • First Step: Email or the following information:  name, student number, university you plan to attend, which term and/or terms you will be away.
  • Second Step: The Life Sciences and Biochemistry Program office will send you what courses have been previously assessed and their equivalency.  This is a good starting point for determining if your approved exchange school has compatible courses that will work for your plan requirements.
  • Third Step:  The IPO has  information on possible elective courses that have been approved for Queen’s equivalency, listed by country and partner exchange university on their website:
  • Fourth Step:  If there are other science courses that you are hoping to take on exchange, it is the student’s responsibility to provide a full electronic course outline (please do not just send a link) to our office for review.  This information will be added to our data base and will assist other students planning on going on exchange (this year or in future). 
  • Fifth Step: Confirm to our office by email all the courses that you plan to take on exchange with your understanding of how they will transfer back. 
  • Upon return from exchange:  Only if there are issues and concerns about your fourth year courses after your exchange, please arrange to set up a meeting with Dr. Winn, Associate Dean and Life Sciences. 

I am going into 4TH year and not sure how I choose my courses?

  • BCHM:  You will be pre-loaded to your course courses.
  • LISC: You will receive an email with a google document for you to pre-select your 4th year courses.  We hope this will happen in June.  We will ask for ALL pertinent information at that time.  Once courses have been assigned they will be pre-loaded.

 SUB-PLANS. I haven’t declared my sub-plan.  When do I do it?  

  • You will be asked to do it when you are submitting your 4th year course pre-selection. (between the Summer of 3rd year and 4th year)

 RESEARCH PROJECTS (499 or BCHM 421/422) I have a supervisor.  What do I do?

  • BCHM:  Please send an email to when you have reached an agreement with a supervisor.
  • LISC: Please send an email to with your name, student number, supervisor, and which 499 project it will be (i.e. ANAT, EPID, CANC, MICR, NSCI, PATH, PHAR, PHGY).
  • in person: the office is located at  Botterell Hall at 18 Stuart Street, room 815 during office hours  (Monday to Friday 8:00 to 4pm (office is usually closed during lunch hours 12 – 1pm)
  • by email or biochem@queensu.caBe sure to include your student number and use your Queen’s email to all correspondence to the office.
  • First Step. Go to SOLUS and run your Academic Advisement Report.  If you notice something is not satisfied and you feel it should be, send us an email with the AAR attachment and your concern to Beatriz or Katherine.
  • Second Step.  Ensure you apply to graduate. (For example; starting on December 1st 2022, you can apply to graduate for Spring 2023)
  • Send your request as a paragraph to either or  
  • Please provide your graphic and links by 9:00 am on Monday mornings. We will not send separate emails to our students regarding events or career opportunities.