Degree Planning

We understand that selecting courses for your timetable can be challenging. There are several resources available to help you complete your degree.

The BSc General program provides you with a diverse education in more than one branch of study. You will major in a Science subject area of concentration and you may elect to minor in a Science subject area of concentration, in an Arts subject area of concentration), in one of a select number of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences subject areas of concentration, or in Business. Details outlining the degree requirements can be found here.  

BSc General Requirements (major/minor options):

Admitted prior to Fall 2014 (pdf)
Admitted Fall 2014 onward (pdf) 
Biological Sciences Subject Area Requirements (pdf) 

In addition to providing a path to the BSc General Degree, this program of study allows you to transfer to a Specialization or Honors programs. Students intending to transfer programs should consult the appropriate admission requirements for the program of interest, select carefully their first-year core courses in accordance with the requirements of the specific program, and pay close attention to course load and GPA requirements for transfer.

BSc/BEd Requirements:
This five year program is highly structured, and students should consult with an advisor at the start of each Fall/Winter. See the BSc/BEd requirements, and consult Education Chart 2 when choosing courses for their major and minor.

BSc Honors and Specialization Requirements:
Each Honors and Specialization program has specific requirements. Please see the individual pages for details.   


Registration FAQ's

  • Do ANAT (Anatomy) courses count as Biological Sciences courses in the Faculty of Science?
    No, ANAT courses are offered by the Division of Anatomy in the Faculty of Medicine and, as such, do not qualify as a Science or Biological Sciences courses in the Faculty of Science. ANAT courses are considered to be Outside Options in the BSc General program. In each BSc General degree there is room for up to 12 units of course weight of Non-Arts, Non-Science (Outside) Options. ANAT courses may be used as options in a BSc Specialization or Honors program, so long as they are approved by the appropriate Specialization or Honors advisor.
  • How do I meet my English Jr Core Requirement?

    You can meet this by completing *6 from the following

    • ENGL 102, ENGL 103 or ENGL 125.  

    • WRS 101 or WRS 102 (max *3 in WRS)

    Note: The ENGL requirements for JR core also count towards the Arts option total. 

  • I am trying to register in courses but they are all full. What do I do?
    Course availability will continue to change over the summer months as students change their schedules. In some cases, departments may open additional sections to meet demand. You will want to add yourself to the Watch List (if available for the course) on Bear Tracks for any courses that you are interested in enrolling in. By adding yourself to the Watch List, Bear Tracks will email you once a space becomes available in that course. Additionally, seats will become available in many courses in mid-August after the Confirmation Deposit Deadline, as all students who did not pay this deposit will be dropped from their courses. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that all students will get every course they want at the time they were hoping for as demand is very high. In some cases, you may need to choose another course, such as an Arts or Science option.
  • I can’t get into a class via Beartracks, I get an error message?

    First off, read the message, that will inform you of the reason you are unable to enroll in the class. If that doesn’t help then:

    1. check the listed pre/co-requisites

    2. check to see if it’s restricted to a specific Major/Minor, if you’re “Undeclared”, then you’ll want to declare your Major/Minor with your home faculty

    3. check with Department offering the course for any Priority Restrictions (ie: date for when the enrollment is opened up to all students instead of specific groups/cohorts of students (ex: 4th years or XXX Majors)

      1. if a class has a black box with the letter “L” inside of it, that means there’s a delayed registration date for the majority of students, you can contact the Department to find out what the delayed registration date is.

  • I have questions about Lectures/Labs/Seminars for various classes?
    Speak with the teaching Department that controls that lecture/lab/seminar, they will have more information for you.
  • I want to waive a pre-requisite so I can get into a senior class, how do I do that?
    Go to the Department offering the course (ex: CHEM 3XX class, go to Chemistry Department) and ask them about a Pre-Requisite Waiver. Pre-requisites are required to be successful at the senior level, they are not automatically approved by the Department.
  • I’ve been here three years, but I can’t get into a class that says it is available to 3rd year students.

    “Year 1/2/3/4” are not based on physical years spent at the University of Alberta, it’s determined based on successfully completed credits:

    0 to 30 credits = “Year 1”

    31 to 60 credits = “Year 2”

    61 to  90 credits = “Year 3”

    91 to 120+ credits = “Year 4”

  • Is there a limit to how many junior courses I can take?
    Students in the Faculty of Science may not take more than 42 units of course weight at the junior level (100-level). Any junior credits in excess of 42 units of course weight will be declared extra to your BSc degree. Junior courses can be taken in any year of the program.
  • What counts as a Science option?

    Any course offered by the Faculty of Science is a science option.  NOTE, courses offered by ALES are not science options (ie: Plant Science, or PL SC, is NOT a Science option, it would be considered an outside option).

       

    Science options: Courses offered by the Faculty of Science - includes additional courses in your Major and Science Minor.

    Arts options: Courses offered by the Faculty of Arts, these are a diverse range of courses within Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts and Language courses. The ENGL requirements for JR core also count towards Arts options. 

    Outside options: Courses not offered by the Faculty of Science or Arts


  • What courses should I enroll in?

    Check your degree requirements at http://uofa.ualberta.ca/science/student-services/degree-planning.

    REMEMBER: You need to follow the requirements from the year you were admitted. Current and previous calendars can be found here, http://calendar.ualberta.ca/. Also, please pay special attention to when you entered the General program as the requirements are different for those admitted prior to 2014.


    Hints:
    • Review the degree requirements for your program. 
    • Evaluate where you are. Look at the requirements for your major/minor. 
    • By your second or third year you should be making good progress in fulfilling those courses, particularly at the 200 or 300 level. 
    • If you have not declared your major or minor, simply fill out the form found online. 
    • If there is one area you particularly like, find out more about what programs are available in specialization/honors / specific area.