What are seat restrictions (also known as 'reserve requirements')? Why do BPK courses have so many restrictions?

Seat restrictions are set by the BPK department because we want priority to be given to BPK students who need our courses to complete their program. Entry/approval into our programs is competitive and those students who have successfully competed, are given the best chance to get into the courses as possible.

Do all BPK courses have the same restrictions?

No. We set the restrictions to benefit which type of student needs the course. Restrictions are different for our first vs. second vs. third and fourth year BPK courses.

What are the restrictions for first year BPK courses?

In first year BPK courses some seats are reserved for approved BPK major, minor, & certificate students, the remaining seats are open to non - BPK students. The seats for non - BPK students may fill fast leaving only reserved seats open.  In that case, non - BPK students should wait list themselves on their enrolment day. These restrictions remain in effect until Open Enrolment when any remaining seats will be filled from students on the waitlist. 

What are the restrictions for second year BPK courses?

All seats in second year BPK courses are initially reserved for approved BPK major, minor, and certificate students who require them for their program. Non - BPK students should wait list themselves for these courses on their enrollment day. These restrictions remain in effect until Open Enrolment when any remaining seats will be filled from students on the waitlist. (The exception to this is BPK 201 where a small number of seats are also reserved for approved Biomedical Engineering Science students.)

What are the restrictions for third and fourth year BPK courses?

All seats in BPK 300 - and 400 - level courses are reserved for approved BPK major, minor, & certificate students who require them for their program.  These courses will remain restricted even after Open Enrolment.  A limited number of non - BPK students with excellent academic records may be able to register in upper division BPK courses, space permitting and prerequisite(s) met, with permission from the BPK advisor.  Students seeking permission will need to visit the BPK Advisor during drop-in advising times and bring their Advising Transcripts with them, or contact the BPK advisor with the relevant documents. (The exception to this is BPK 325 where the restrictions are lifted come Open Enrolment allowing non-BPK students with the prerequisites to roll in off the waitlist, spaces permitting.)

Are there any exceptions made for non - BPK students interested in enrolling in restricted BPK courses?

Generally speaking no exceptions are made.