Course planning

Course planning

Course planning

Congratulations! You have been accepted to Ƶ. Now you need to decide which courses you want to register in. Read the overview for course planning and use our step-by-step guides to make your course planning easier.


Step 1: Review Your Program

You will find it in the Program and Course Catalogue.

  • The courses needed to complete your program will be listed under "program requirements."
  • You can also review your MyPath audit to track your progress towards your program completion.

Step 2: Plan Your Courses

Now that you know which courses are required for your program, you can start planning which ones to take. 

  • Courses can be taken in any order as long as you meet the prerequisites – however it is recommended that you start with the lower level courses first.

  • Use the Browse Classes Tool to see which courses are offered. 

Contact a Student Success Advisor for further help at


Please note

Read the Important Terminology before finishing your course planning to help you understand the process better.

Course Planning Resources

  1. Create a Draft Schedule
  2. GPA Calculator (Please note, to calculate your GPA for admission to another institution, refer to the GPA policy for that institution. For transfer, count your credits based on how the course transfers as opposed to how many credits it is worth at Ƶ.)
  3. Course Scheduling and Time Management Tool


Important Terminology

Where to check prerequisites and co-requisites for courses:

  • Click on a course to see content, method of instruction, and more. A list of our courses can be found on the program and course catalogue.

How to start preparing for my prerequisites:

  • It's best to start with 1000-level courses (first-year courses), but courses may be taken in any order, provided prerequisites are met first.

Prerequisites will need to be completed first, in earlier semesters. All prerequisites need to be successfully completed with the minimum grade required before you may register for the intended course.

Need a minimum of C- to pass your prerequisites unless stated otherwise on the course page.

Read in detail

  • Electives are courses you "elect" to register in - they can be any course of your choice as long as it meets any other requirements listed.
  • Elective may be an opportunity to meet additional credential requirements such as a concentration or specialization.
  • It can be used to gain breadth knowledge by selecting courses from other faculties. 
  • You can use electives toward a minor or 2nd concentration or specialization because it would be a great opportunity to select courses from other faculties to gain breadth knowledge.
  •  Sometimes electives must be UT - (University Transferable), which means, it must transfer for credit to at least 1 of the 5 research universities (UBCV, UBCO, SFU, UNBC, UVIC) on the BC transfer guide 
  • If you are planning to transfer to another institution, see the University Transfer page.

This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available online at scheduled course times. Synchronous online activities may include lectures or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead, for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).

If your course has a synchronous component, you will need to be online on scheduled days and times.

This course will include synchronous online tests/exams. Students should plan to be available online at scheduled course times

All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times.

This course is offered on-campus. Attendance in person at scheduled day(s) and times as determined by the instructor is required.

This section is offered in a hybrid format. It includes both online components and in-person on-campus activities. Check Blackboard and your Ƶ email for specific details about on-campus dates. The instructor will provide advance notice of the dates of on-campus activities.


Please carefully review this page as well as Dates and Deadlines.


myAccount Registration System

  • Browse Classes Tool: Search for your classes prior to registering.
  • Prepare for Registration: View your academic status, holds, registration time tickets, permit overrides, earned hours and more.
  • Create a Draft Schedule: Plan ahead and create up to three draft schedules for the upcoming term.
  • Register for Classes: Complete your registration using Find Classes, Enter CRNs, Plans or Cohort Registration, if available for your program. 

Registration, Waitlist and Late Registration

  • June 25 to September 09, 2024: You can register and waitlist for courses based on your registration time ticket day and time. 
    The system will automatically send waitlist offers for classes when a spot becomes available. Learn more about waitlist information.
  • September 10 to 16, 2024 (Late Registration): You will only be allowed to register for a course if you receive a late registration override from the instructor. No waitlist offers will be sent.

Refund Policy

Refunds by course:

  • June 25 to September 09, 2024: If you drop a class or change sections of a course, you receive a 100% refund – You should finalize changes to your registration during this time frame to avoid penalty fees.
  • September 10 to 16, 2024 (Late Registration): If you drop a class or change sections of a course, you receive a 50% refund on tuition.
  • September 17 to November 04, 2024: If you withdraw from a class, there is no refund and the course will be recorded on your permanent record with a grade of "W", which does not count towards your GPA calculation.

    Note: New Fall 2024 international students must refer to Refund Information For New First-Semester International Students

    To learn more about the refund policy, please visit the Fee Refunds and Penalty Rules page.

Video Tutorials

Associate degree



To learn about Associate Degree in detail visit the Associate Degree page.

Arts electives include the following departments and subjects: 

*English Electives Humanities

Social Sciences

May be used as Arts Electives
  • Communications
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • GSWS**
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Performing & Fine Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Stagecraft & Event Tech.
  • Theatre
  • Anthropology
  • Criminology
  • Geography(Human)
  • GSWS**
  • International Studies
  • Legal Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • Linguistics
  • Math
  • Global Learning Global Citizenship


*English courses can include courses in written Communications and Creative Writing that transfer to one of the Research Universities as ENGL credit. A maximum of 3 credits can come from such as an equivalent; at least 3 credits must be earned in an actual ENGL course.  For purposes of the Associate of Arts degree, ENGL. courses cannot be counted as Humanities courses
**Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies 
 Human Geography and most Psychology courses are designated as Arts courses
A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of British Columbia's five research universities (UBC-Vancouver, UBC-Okanagan, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, or University of Northern British Columbia) as per the . &Բ;



  1. Science sequencing PDF
  2. Access to  hosted on Blackboard. 
  3. Bachelor of Arts - Applied Psychology  
  4. Associate of Arts Degree checklist (PDF)
  5. Associate of Science Degree checklist (PDF)
  6. Video Tutorials to Learn How to Plan for Associate Degrees
Helpful Definitions  

 A course which transfers as an assigned or unassigned credit at 100-level to at least one Research University.

A course which transfers as an assigned or unassigned credit at 200-level or higher to at least one Research University.

An Arts course is defined to be any 100- or 200-level course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Arts degree at: SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UNBC, or UVIC (including Math and Economics).  

 A science course is defined to be any course within a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Science degree or Baccalaureate of Applied Science degree at one of the Research Universities: SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UNBC, or UVIC. 

Course planning tips


Here are some tips from your Student Success Advisor for Course Planning and Registration!

Course planning Tips


Many courses at Ƶ require the completion of pre-requisites before registration. A pre-requisite is a course, assessment test or transfer credit that must exist on your record, or be in progress, before registering for the next course.  &Բ;
For example, to register in ACCT 1210, you need to have taken ACCT 1110 or currently have ACCT 1110 in progress. &Բ;

Make sure that you have met all pre-requisites before registration. The registration system will not permit registration in a course unless the pre-requisites have been met or are currently in progress. &Բ;
There are two ways to find pre-requisites: &Բ;

1. Explore Programs and Courses on the website by selecting the course you are interested in; or

2. When using the Browse Classes tool, click on the Title of the Course. A pop-up window will open and in the first section called Section Notes & Pre-reqs, there will be a direct link to the website for all the course details including the pre-requisites for the course.


If you are currently completing a course at Ƶ that is a pre-requisite for a course you are trying to enrol in, the system will let you register/waitlist for the course and your status will show Registered/Waitlisted. If you meet the pre-requisite, when the final grade for the current course is received, no changes will be made to your registration. If you do not meet the pre-requisite, based on your final grade, the system will automatically de-register you from the course. &Բ;The minimum grade required to meet your pre-requisite is C- unless stated otherwise on the course page. Note: Check your registration after grades have been submitted for the specific semester. 
A grade of "I" (Incomplete) does not qualify as a course pre-requisite. If you are aware, you will receive an "I" grade in a pre-requisite course, then you must request departmental permission to continue in the course that is dependent on the pre-requisite. Permission must be requested before the ‘I’ grade is entered on your record. Permission must come from the teaching department, not Enrolment Services.


If you have taken courses at other post-secondary institutions and would like to use them as pre-requisites, a Transfer Credit Request Form must be submitted to Enrolment Services, along with an official post-secondary transcript(s).
Transfer Credit requests may take approximately two to three weeks to process, and up to three months for courses taken at post-secondary institutions out of province or out of Canada that require detailed course outlines to be evaluated. Visit Transfer your Credits for more information.


Some courses will give the option to meet pre-requisites by taking an assessment test. You can check the available schedule for your desired assessment test exam by using the Browse Classes tool.
To book your assessment, please contact Enrolment Services well in advance of registering for courses. Visit  Assessment Testing  for more information.

Check program and graduation requirements on the program page.

To have a larger understanding of your program, plan out all your courses for each semester; you may need to revise each semester accordingly.  Have a Plan B if you do not get into the courses you want.  Many classes have more than one section; this means it is the same class, just offered at various times and usually taught by different instructors.  You may choose whichever section you like as long as there is space available. 

Start filling in your timetable with classes that have the least number of sections availableFor example, if you want to take both a French and English class, fill in your timetable with the class that has only one section available first. Then choose the section of the other class that fits your schedule best.

Set academic goals and plan backwards by starting with your end goal. For example, if your end goal is to complete a Master’s Degree:

  • Research the admission requirements for your Master's program
  • If a Bachelor’s Degree is required, review its admissions and/or program requirements.
  • Planning and research may take time as you will be navigating different post-secondary institution websites, visit information sessions and seek advice from advisors.

Create a schedule, manage your time and identify your course load - Create a Draft Schedule

Registration Tips


If you would like to take a full-time course load, 9 credits are recommended in the first semester unless otherwise required. Once you feel comfortable with the course load, you may increase it to 12 credits if you feel that it is manageable. 15 credits are not typically recommended, however, if you choose 15 credits, consider cutting back on your work hours.

Start filling in your timetable with classes that have the least number of sections available. For example, if you want to take both a French and English class, fill in your timetable with the class that has only one section available first. Then choose the section of the other class that fits your schedule best.


If you register for a course with a co-requisite, you must register in both courses at the same time or you will be dropped from that course without notice. If you receive an error message, please check your registration information to ensure you are trying to register in the correct combination of courses. This information is available online using the Browse Classes tool. &Բ;


If you are registering in a course that requires a lab or tutorial section, this information will be linked on the Browse Classes tool under Status. For example, for MATH 2232: you must ALSO register in MATH 2232 T01 or T02 sections. Register in one of the listed Tutorial Sections (section starts with T for Tutorial and L for Lab) as registration in the lecture section does not register you in the linked (lab / tutorial) section. Tutorials and Lab sections have their own CRN. &Բ;

Courses that are linked (lecture+lab or lecture+tutorial) will gather a waitlist on only the lecture or lab/tutorial CRN. When a space becomes available, you can register in both the lecture and lab/tutorial, based on the single waitlist offer, as long as registration is done within the offer window. 

By clicking on the title of a course through the Browse Classes tool , you can view the pop-up box called Section Notes & Pre-reqs that will include information and/or restrictions of the selected section of the course.  Some sections are restricted to students enrolled in specific programs. 

  • Give priority to classes with the least sections.
  • Make sure to put yourself on the waitlist if classes are full

Become familiar with our Waitlist Procedure.