Step 5: Choose your courses

Please note: All Augustana courses begin with the prefix “AU”.

For example, AUBIO not BIOL

First-year students are only permitted to take 100-level (junior-level) courses. Exceptions to this include language courses (i.e. students who have completed Grade 12 French should register in AUFRE 201 and 202). Eligible 200-level courses are indicated on the Available First-Year Courses document. If you are a post-secondary transfer student, you may be permitted to take senior-level (200, 300, or 400-level) courses.

Some first-year courses will have pre-requisites or co-requisites at the high school and/or university levels. For example, you will not be permitted to register in AUSOC 103 without first receiving credit for AUSOC 101. Always check the University Calendar and/or the Available First-Year Courses document, or view the course description in Bear Tracks.

When you are planning your schedule, please take into consideration that all Augustana academic awards require students to take a minimum of 27 credits of coursework per year. This will typically be met if at least 9 courses are taken per academic year (5 courses one semester and 4 courses in the other semester). Note: Augustana students are also eligible for many of the general University of Alberta Academic Scholarships which require a full course load of 30 credits per academic year (5 courses per semester).

Part A: First Year Seminar Course – AUIDS 101

All students new to the Augustana Campus are required to take a First Year Seminar (FYS) course during their first 3-week session at Augustana. This seminar will be small, intensive, and discussion-based, and is designed to introduce you to the high-impact learning that you should anticipate, and need to be familiar with during your university studies. There will be multiple topics to choose from for these seminars. After you are enrolled in this course (AUIDS 101), you will receive an email (over the summer) with instructions on how to select your top 3 FYS topics. In August you will be added to one of the sections that you selected. If you present more than 12 transferable credits from a post-secondary institution, you may not need to take AUIDS 101. Please contact your Admissions Advisor for details.

Part B: Major Course Requirements

A major is the primary subject of study. Majors consist of 42 to 66 credits (★) of your overall degree. If you decide to complete a double major, you would select two areas of study (available within a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BSc) program only). Since you need to meet the major requirements for both of these areas, you would have less flexibility in your class selection over the course of your four-year degree. Please consult your Admissions Advisor if this is your plan.

Some majors are available as both BA and BSc degrees. Two majors that are commonly taken as either a BA or BSc are Psychology and Physical Education. Although these programs may seem very similar based on the first-year courses, they are very different. The majority of the courses required for your major will be the same for both the BA and BSc programs. The main differences are found in the supporting and elective courses taken alongside the courses required for your major. With a BA, the elective and supporting courses will be Arts-based (English, History, Politics, Sociology, Art, etc.). With a BSc, the electives and supporting courses that you take will be Science-based (Math, Chemistry, Biology, etc.)

This chart (PDF) outlines which first year courses are required for each major.

What if I am an Undeclared major?

We suggest that students who are undecided plan to take all the recommended first-year courses for their top two or three choices of major. That way, when you declare a major in your second year, you will not be behind in your selected program

  • You can use the “What-if Report” in Bear Tracks to see which classes you would need to take for certain majors and/or minors that are not on your application.
    • [On the left hand side, under Academics > What-if Report] - Be sure to choose an Augustana Program. All Augustana programs will have a prefix of “AU” (See Below).
      • AU-Bachelor of Science.
      • AU-Bachelor of Arts
      • AU-Bachelor of Music
      • AU-Bachelor of Management
      • AU-BSc/Bed (Secondary)

Please use your ARR in Bear Tracks to see which courses are required for your major. If you are having difficulties, contact your Admissions Advisor for guidance at (780) 679-1132.

Part C: Minor Course Requirements (OPTIONAL)

A minor is a secondary area of study and is optional. Minors require at least 18 credits with a minimum of 12 credits at the senior-level (200, 300, or 400-level) in a subject area that is different from your major.

This chart (PDF) outlines which first year courses are required for each minor.

How many credits do you have now?

Now that you know what you are required to take for your major and minor, count up your credits. Have you reached 30 credits yet (15 credits each term)? If not, you still have room in your class schedule to take additional classes. Guidance for choosing the rest of your classes can be found on the next page.

Part D: Augustana Core Requirements

Augustana’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences orients our programs toward a broad education realized through engagement, knowledge, and skills. Augustana’s common liberal arts and sciences requirements consist of a total of 36 credits, to be taken throughout your degree, that make up the Augustana Core:

  1. 3 Credits in Foundation (AUIDS 101) – This is the First Year Seminar course which was discussed in Part A. This should be the very first course that you add to your schedule unless you are a transfer student with more than 12 transferable credits.
  2. 12 credits in Engagement – At Augustana, students integrate their learning with the complexities of local and global communities, both in the classroom and in the world. To achieve this degree of social and political engagement, Augustana students are required to choose from at least three of the following five categories, with no more than 6 credits in each category:
    • Creative and Imaginative Processes
    • Environmental Sustainability
    • Diversity and Global Studies
    • Experiential Learning
    • Integrating Knowledge
  3. 21 credits in Knowledge – 6 credits of courses in each of the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences along with 3 credits from the Fine Arts.

Credits counted in the Knowledge section cannot overlap with credits counting for your major. Credits counted in the Engagement section can overlap with credits counting for your major. Note: the same credit cannot be counted twice in courses that relate to more than one category within these areas; that is, a total of 33 different credits must be earned to fulfill these requirements. Bachelor of Music students do not have to complete the Engagement and Knowledge requirements of the Augustana Core.

By choosing a variety of first-year courses that satisfy your interests, you will begin to fill up your Knowledge and Engagement requirements. For now, you may want to take 3 credits of Fine Arts in your first year. As well, you should try to take at least one course each in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences if these fit into your schedule. You will have more opportunities and more senior-level courses to choose from by completing these requirements early on in your undergraduate degree.

Core course discovery tool

To help you determine which courses fit in which categories of the Augustana Core, we have made a tool on our website that you can use. Please keep in mind that this guide includes all courses offered at Augustana, not just first-year courses. To use this tool, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Visit
  2. Once you are on this page, you will see a checklist. From here, you can choose which term and session you would like to see available courses for, as well as which sections of the Augustana Core you would like to search for a course in. Below is an example of how to search for a course in the 11-week session of the winter term that meets the Creative and Imaginative Process requirement of the Augustana Core.

  3. Look through the available courses. Remember, this list includes all courses available at Augustana. As a first-year student, you are only permitted to enrol in 100-level courses. See the Available First-Year Courses document for further details.

  4. If you are having difficulties using this tool, contact your Admissions Advisor. We are always happy to provide you with guidance on which first-year courses will fulfill the Augustana Core requirements.

Part E: Option Courses

Options will make up the remainder of your degree requirements. As a liberal arts and sciences campus, we encourage our students to try a wide variety of classes. If you have room in your class schedule, do not hesitate to take something completely different from your major or minor. In all likelihood, it will fit somewhere into your Augustana Core requirements – but even if it does not, it will help you fill up the 120 credits you need to complete your degree. Do not be afraid to try something new!

Please use the “Search for classes” tool on Bear Tracks to begin looking at your options.


Step 6: Build your draft schedule