Program Counselling


Department of Mathematics Academic Counselling

Need a confidential and secure environment to discuss issues surrounding your academic studies? We are here to help you navigate academic challenges by identifying options and helping you through the decision-making process. Our Department counsellors can help you with the following:

  • Course selection, graduation requirements and degree audits
  • Assisting you with understanding your progression through modules
  • Choosing electives
  • Discuss special permission options to take a course without a pre-requisite
  • Approve requests to enrol in courses through Letter of Permission


All inquiries must go to rather than individual professors. Expect a response time of 2-5 business days (dependent on time of year).

Emails must be from your email account.  

Emails will be handled by the Math Department Counselling team and forwarded to the appropriate faculty member to address the issue.

Math Department Undergraduate Chair:  Professor Geoff Wild

Math Department Head Counsellor: Professor Gord Sinnamon

Applied Math course and module questions should be directed to the Mathematics Department Counselling email

Questions about Engineering Math courses (NMM courses) should be directed to the Physics and Astronomy Department Counselling email

For 3rd or 4th year students enrolled in the old Applied Math Honours Specialization, Specialization and Major modules,  we are offering the following course substitutions due to course cancellations. [Printable pdf explanation here]

To propose course substitutions for your 3rd or 4th year of study in one of the aforementioned modules, refer to the printable pdf, then contact for approval. Please know that approvals are not guaranteed.

Department of Mathematics Special Permission Information

Special Permissions Information

In some circumstances, you might require a Special permission to take one of our courses.  For example, you might be missing a prerequisite, or have a credit in an antirequisite course; or the course might be a topics course requiring permission of the Department.

If you have questions about Special Permissions for Applied Math, Calculus or Math courses, please contact

If a Department Counsellor agrees to request a special permission for you to take a course, they will then send this request to your home faculty counselling office.  Your Faculty counselling office might take up to 5-7 business days to post your special permission on your academic record in Student Centre.  Once your special permission has appeared on Student Centre, you will have to contact Western Chat,, in order to enroll in the course.


Faculty of Science Academic Counselling

The Academic Counselling Team in North Campus Building Rm 280 is a team of dedicated and experienced academic counsellors/advisors that help Science students during their academic careers.

Reasons for seeing FoS Academic Counsellor/Advisor:

  • Struggling with university adjustment
  • Advising about the impact of course selection and academic performance on eligibility for modules and degrees
  • Accommodation for missed course work
  • Requests for increased or irregular course loads
  • Advising transfer students
  • Requests for Letter of Permission (taking courses at another university)
  • Change of Status, including withdrawal from Western or transferring from another faculty
  • General questions

Helpful links on the FoS Team's website:




Health and Wellness Counselling

Western provides several health-related services on campus that to help students achieve optimum health:

Student Health Services:

Student Health Services is an appointment-based medical clinic for all registered part-time and full-time students at Western. Services include:

  • Medical care
  • Counselling and psychiatry, etc.

Mental Health Counselling:

Mental Health Counselling is available on campus through:

  • Student Development Centre (SDC)
  • Student Health Services (SHS)

Active Minds Western - Student Club for Mental Health

Active Minds’ mission is to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness and to create an open environment for the discussion of mental health issues. 

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