Welcome to our Undergraduate Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.
- How do I register for courses if I am a new student for the 2021/2022 academic year?
New students must complete the FST academic advising form to gain access to register for courses.
- How long will my Advising Hold take to be removed online?
Advising holds would be processed within 5 working days. If your hold has not been removed by then, please send an email to.
- How do I register?
Please view the to find out how to register for your courses.
- How do I contact my departmental representatives for assistance?
Email addresses for the departmental representatives are as follows:
Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Department of Life Sciences
Department of Computing & Information Technology
Department of Chemistry
Department of Physics
- How do I contact the Dean’s Office, Faculty of Science and Technology?
You can email FST.Undergraduate@sta.uwi.edu for information.
- Where can I find the Faculty of Science and Technology’s Booklet?
- What is a Part-Time Student?
A part-time student is normally expected to register for 6 to 9 credits per semester offered under the day programme.
- What is a Full-Time Student?
A full-time student is normally expected to register for 12 to 15 credits per semester at Level I and 12 to 16 credits per semester at Levels II/III.
- What are the General requirements for the award of the degree?
See FST Faculty Booklet (page 31).
- How can I be eligible to be on the Dean’s Honour Roll?
The following guidelines are applicable:
(a) Inclusion on the Dean’s Honour Roll will be on an annual basis. The Summer School will not be considered.
(b) Students must obtain a Semester GPA of 3.60 and above in both semesters I and II.
(c) Full-time students must have passed a minimum of 15 credits in each semester. Part-time students must have passed a minimum of 9 credits in each semester.
Credits gained for the following will NOT be taken into consideration in computing the Dean’s Honour Roll:
- Co-curricular offerings
- Internship programmes
- Audited courses
- Summer courses
- Not-for-credit courses
(d) Repeat courses will be included in the computation of the Semester GPA towards the Dean’s Honour Roll
- What is a year-long course?
A yearlong course extends over two (2) semesters. You must register for this course at the beginning of the academic year i.e. in the Semester I registration period.
- What is an elective?
An elective is a course within a programme taken by choice of the student.
- What is a Major?
A specified number of credits (normally 30) including prescribed courses from Level II & III from a single discipline (see Departmental course listing).
- What is a Minor?
A specified number of credits (normally 15) including prescribed courses from Levels II & III from a single discipline.
- What is a Special Degree Option?
A prescribed set of departmental, inter-departmental FST or out-of-faculty courses.
- What Foundation Courses are required by FST students?
- The three Foundation Courses (3 credits each) required to be taken by the FST students are:
• FOUN 1101 - Caribbean Civilisation
• FOUN 1105 -Scientific and Technical Writing
• FOUN 1301 - Law, Governance, Economy and Society
- Students without the qualifications listed below must first pass the English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) before they can register directly for FOUN 1105:
• Grade I in CSEC English Language, or
• Grade I or II in CAPE Communication Studies, or
• Grade A or B in General Paper in the GCE A-Level Examination.
- How can I find out more information about the English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT)?
For more information on the ELPT, please click here: https://sta.uwi.edu/fhe/dmll/ELPT.asp
- What is an Out-Of-Faculty Course?
These are courses offered by faculties other than the FST which may contribute towards the requirements for the award of a degree. Approval must be granted by the Dean before a student can pursue an out-of-faculty course if such course is not part of the candidate's degree programme. Gathering further information will help you to choose a course that will be manageable by reviewing the course description in the faculty booklet of choice. This will help to determine what is required for the course.
- What is a CRN (Course Reference Number)?
A CRN (Course Reference Number) is the number assigned to designate a specific class/section of a course.
- What is a Prerequisite?
A Pre-requisite is a course that you must have passed before the course for which it is required may be pursued.
- What do I do if I get a Pre-requisite Restriction?
Submit an override online.
If you are not permitted to submit an override online, students must complete the FST Override Form.
- Submit the completed FST Override Form to the respective department representative using the email addresses listed above (FAQ #8).
- Approval must be given firstly by the FST Head of Department and then secondly by the Dean, FST.
- Once the request receives approval, it is processed and the student will receive access to register online for the course(s).
- The student is contacted within 3 to 4 days (via email), and informed accordingly.
- How do I know if my override has been denied?
If an override is denied, you will see the decision “denied” where you have submitted the override online.
Note: You will not be able to submit a second override for the same course online.
- What do I do if I have deleted an override online in error?
If you have deleted the submitted override in error, you will not be able to submit a second override online. You will have to complete an FST Override Form and forward the completed form to the respective departmental representative. (Please find a listing of departmental contact email addresses above - FAQ #8).
Head of Department of the respective course grants first approval.
Second approval granted by the Dean, FST.
Once approved, a manual override will be entered into the system for you to register. This would say Override Permitted: Yes
You may now register online to complete your registration
- What do I do if I get a Major Restriction?
A Major Restriction Override must be submitted online. These requests go directly to the Head of Department for approval. Once approved online, you will see your course/s added to your registration.
- What do I do if I get a Closed Section Restriction?
A Closed Section Override must be submitted online. Once the override is approved by the Head of Department, the course would automatically be added to your registration.
- How do I register online after getting approval for a manual Closed Section Restriction?
If you get a manual override for a closed section, you must register using the (CRN) Course Reference Number in the boxes below provided on the registration page.
Then, click submit and the course would automatically be added to your registration.
- What do I do if I get a Maximum Credit Override?
A Maximum Credit Override must be submitted online. These requests go to the Dean, FST directly for approval. When approval is given online, the student would see the course in their registration.
However, if you get a manual credit override, you must register for yourself online to complete your registration.
- What do I do if I get a Maximum Credit Override for an Out of Faculty Course?
There will be two approvals needed in the system for the Maximum Credit Override. Both approvals from the Out-of-Faculty Head of Department and the FST Dean must be given before you can see your registration online.
- What do I do if I get a closed section override for a FOUN 1210 – Science, Medicine and Technology in Society course? (Not for FST students)
Once you get a closed section for FOUN 1210, you can apply for the override online. Students must register using the (CRN) Course Reference Number in the boxes below provided on the registration page. Then, click submit and the course would automatically be added to your registration.
If, you have not received a response in 3 to 4 days, please contact the
COORDINATOR of FOUN 1210 Dr Gideon Ramtahal
- If I have a logging on error to Banner Web or ELearning, what do I do?
You would only be allowed three attempts to log on, thereafter, you will need to send an email directly to the helpdesk to reset their password.
Emails are as follows:
- Whom should I contact about my financial query?
The Bursary handles all financial matters. You can email the Bursary directly for all financial queries.
- Whom should I contact about my GATE issue?
You should contact the GATE Office directly for all GATE related matters.
- Whom should I contact about academic matters relating to a course?
You should contact the course lecturer directly for all academic matters related to a course.