Step 2: Choose your Courses

REMEMBER: First-year students are only permitted to take 100-level (junior) courses. Exceptions to this include language courses (i.e. students who have completed Grade 12 French should register in AUFRE 201 and 202). Contact your Admissions Advisor for more information on this. If you are a post-secondary transfer student, you may be permitted to take senior-level (200, 300, or 400-level) courses.

We recommend that you use your ARR and write down all of the courses that you need to take in your first year. This list should include your Foundation Core requirement (AUIDS 101) and major requirements. Also, if you have major supporting course requirements and courses for your minor, add those as well. If you have not reached 30 credits yet (15 credits each term), you still have room in your class schedule to take additional classes.

If you still have space in your schedule, you will want to enrol in courses that fit into the Augustana Core Engagement and/or Knowledge categories. Generally, by choosing a variety of first-year courses that satisfy your interests, you will begin to fill up your Core Engagement and Knowledge credits. If you wish to meet a specific requirement in your first-year, be sure to use the Augustana Course List Tool to learn what courses meet certain categories of the Core (Information on how to use this tool can be found in the below).

Awards Eligibility Requirements

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 term and 4 courses in the other term). 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 term).

What term are the courses I need offered in?

Now that you know the courses that you need to take, your next step is to determine when each of the courses are offered. Some courses are only offered in the Fall Term, some only in the Winter Term, and others are offered in both terms. The easiest way to do this is to use the Augustana Course List Tool. This tool can also be used to help you determine which courses fit in which categories of the Augustana Core.

How to use the Augustana Course List Tool:

The Augustana Course List Tool shows all available Augustana courses.  It displays the semester of the course, whether it is a 3 or 11 week course, and how it fits into the Augustana Core.  The tool is available online here: (opens in a new window)

  1. Under the "Course Level" heading, ensure that only the junior (100-level) courses are selected. This will ensure the only courses you see are available 100-level courses. This tool can also be used to find courses offered only in a specific term, or that meet certain Augustana Core criteria.

    A screenshot of the Augustana Course List Tool showing only junior-level courses selected

  2. You will want to look to see when the courses required for your program are offered and write them down.
    A screenshot of the Augustana Course List Tool showing how semester and block information is displayed for each course

  3. Be sure to read the course descriptions for the courses you are interested in.  You can view this by clicking on the arrow. 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 course description in Bear Tracks, the University Calendar, and/or the Augustana Course List Tool.

    A screenshot of the Augustana Course List Tool showing where to click to show a course description

  4. If you are having difficulties using this tool, contact your Admissions Advisor. We are always happy to provide you with guidance.

What Course Should I take in the Winter 3-Week Session?

By looking at the Augustana Course List Tool, you will notice that there are quite a few courses offered in the Winter 3-week session. Generally, we recommend that you take a course that fulfills a component of the Augustana Core. However, there are certain courses that we recommend that you take depending on your program and/or major.

This is a Science course specifically designed for students not in a BSc program! Throughout this course, you will learn introductory Biology, Chemistry, and Physics concepts. You do not need to have any science background to take this course! As a result, it is a great way for you to complete the science requirement of the Augustana Core. Please note: this course is only available for students that have less than 6 credits (2 courses) in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and/or Environmental Studies.  Read how first-year students enjoyed this course.

Students required to take both AUECO 101 and 102, can take AUECO 101 in the Winter 3-week session and AUECO 102 in the Winter 11-week session. You can also take AUECO 101 in the Fall 11-week session if space permits.

AUPAC courses
Physical Activity Classes are only 1 credit each. As a result, if you are interested in taking an AUPAC course in the Winter 3-week session, you must take all 3 of the AUPAC courses (AUPAC 109, 152, and 161).

Step 3: Build a Draft Schedule