Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How many classes should I take each term?
That depends on the program to which you have been admitted. Each program has a course load requirement that you must follow. Refer to the calendar first, to find the minimum course load you are required to take. For example, students in our Honors Neuroscience, Honors Biochemistry, Honors Physiology, Honors Pharmacology and Honors Psychology programs must take 30 credits in each fall/winter (5 courses each term).
General Science students do not have course load requirements and can take up to 5 courses per term.
NOTE: Some scholarships, awards or loans require you to carry a specific course load. Keep this in mind when registering for courses.
2. How many courses should I take to be a full time student?
A course load less than *9 (less than 3 courses) is classified as part time. A course load of *9 or more (3 courses or more) is classified as full time
3. Do I have to take English in my first year?
The completion of 6 credits in junior level English is required for you to complete your Bachelor of Science General degree; however, you do not have to take them all in your first year. As long as you complete the English requirement before you apply to graduate, you will be fine.
4. Can I take a course if I do not have the prerequisite?
Do not register for a course if you do not have the prerequisite. You risk getting a poor grade and you will not receive credit for the course if you do not have the prerequisites completed prior to registration.
5. Why can’t I register for CHEM 164 on Bear Tracks?
Chemistry 164 is an advanced organic chemistry course that is offered in the first term of university. To take this course you must achieve a minimum grade of 90% in Chemistry 30 or equivalent. (Senior high school chemistry)
To register you must contact the Department of Chemistry and obtain permission. In August the Department will check to ensure you have received a final grade of 90%. If you do not present the pre-requisite, you will be removed from the class. It is then your responsibility to register for an alternate course.
6. I would like to apply for admission to the Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences after completing one year in Science. Is this possible?
The Pharmacy program is extremely competitive and it is difficult to complete all of the requirements in one year. In fact, most students complete the prerequisites over a span of 2 years or more. This is mainly due to how courses are offered as well as the competitiveness of the program.
Part of the admission requirements for the Pharmacy program includes *6 of general chemistry, *6 of organic chemistry and *3 of Biochemistry. Introductory organic chemistry (Chemistry 261) is only offered in the winter term of university, and is a pre-requisite for introductory biochemistry. As a result, you must complete Chemistry 261 in the winter term followed by Chemistry 263 and Biochemistry in your second year of university.
The exception to this rule is Chemistry 164 which is offered in the fall term of university. By taking CHEM 164, you will be able to take both Chemistry 263 and Biochemistry in your winter term of first year. To qualify for Chemistry 164 you must present a minimum grade of 90% or higher in Chemistry 30 or equivalent. (Senior high school chemistry)
Refer to the Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
website for all program and admission related information and inquiries.