Access to Courses

When registering for a course, students must satisfy the prerequisite(s) for the course - a background course(s) that must be completed beforehand (sometimes with a particular mark). For some courses, having the prerequisite may not be enough to secure a spot in the course.

Access to many courses is controlled by placing constraints on registration (priorities and restrictions) and by reserving spaces in courses.

Constraints - priorities

Courses with priorities in place tend to be higher-demand courses, i.e. more students want to register than there are spaces available.

Priorities are placed on courses to allow certain students to have better access to courses during online registration.
Students with priority access to a course can register as soon as their enrollment date arrives while students without priority access have to wait until the priority lifts (and can only register if spaces are still available).

Priorities specify that students must be registered in one (or more) of the following to have access:

  • a degree type (e.g. priority to students in BMSc degrees)
  • a "program" (e.g. priority to students in Medical Sciences 1 or 2)
  • a type of module (e.g. priority to students in Honors Specialization modules)
  • modules offered by a department (e.g. priority to students in modules in Pathology)
  • a specific module (e.g. priority to students in a Major in Physiology)
  • a year(s) (e.g. priority to students in Years 3 and 4)
  • a combination of some of the above (e.g. priority to students in Years 3 and 4 of modules in Microbiology and Immunology)

Most courses offered by the basic medical science departments have priorities in place for Fall/Winter registration - see the links for each department.
Summer offerings of most basic medical science courses, e.g. Anatomy and Cell Biology 3309, 3319 and Pharmacology 2060A, do not have priorities in place (anyone with the prerequisite can register).

Courses offered by other faculties, e.g. Biology courses or Psychology courses, indicate whether or not a priority (or restriction) is in place in the Notes beside each course in the Fall/Winter Academic Timetable. If the note is blank, there is no priority or restriction in place.

Priorities lift on July 20 and students with the prerequisites may register on July 20 when their new enrollment time arrives, if space is available in the course.

Constraints - restrictions

Restrictions are placed on courses to allow only certain students to have access throughout the entire online registration period.
Requests for special permission to register in basic medical science courses that have a restriction in place are almost always denied.

Reserved spaces in 2000- and 3000-level basic medical science courses

All basic medical science departments reserve spaces in some of their courses for students in particular modules.

When looking at the constraint charts for basic medical science courses, check the legend at the top for priority access (P), priority access but only to a limited number of spaces (PL), and priority access to reserved spaces (PR). A blank in any of the charts means that students in your module do not have priority access (unless there is a note about the course at the bottom of the chart) and you'll have to wait until the priority lifts and reserved spaces disappear to try to access any remaining spaces in the course.

Spaces in laboratory courses are at a premium and departments do their utmost to ensure that students who must have a particular laboratory course have preferential access to the labs. The chart below is geared towards students in Year 3 of the Honors Specialization in IMS and specifies the number of spaces available to students in the Honors Specialization in IMS in each of the 3000-lab courses. This chart has been updated for the 2018/19 registration cycle.

Reserved spaces in 4000-level basic medical science courses

Some basic medical science departments reserve spaces in certain 4000-level courses so that students registered in Honors Specialization modules offered by their department have better access than a simple priority.  Students in other modules may also have priority to these courses but to a limited degree.

See the Chart of Reserved Spaces in 4000-level Basic Medical Science Courses for information about access to 4000-level courses in the basic medical sciences (this chart has been updated for the 2018/19 registration cycle).


Constraint Charts for Basic Medical Science courses

The pdfs below display the constraints on courses offered by the different basic medical science departments: