Step 4: Understanding your degree

The academic year typically consists of two semesters: a Fall semester and a Winter semester. Augustana’s semesters are comprised of a 3-week session followed by an 11-week session. Full course load students will enrol in only one course during the 3-week session and four courses during the 11-week session, for a total of 5 courses per semester. With how the semester is organized, you will still complete the same amount of course and credit work per semester as you would at other Post–Secondary institutions, so your academic record will not be affected should you decide to transfer or apply to professional programs.

Most of Augustana’s Bachelor’s Degree programs consist of 120 credits over 4 years. A typical Augustana course is weighted as 3 credits (★3). There are a few classes that have different credit values (i.e. music lessons, choir, and Physical Activity Classes), so check the University Academic Calendar and/or the Available First-Year Courses document for the credit value of each of your classes. To complete your degree in 4 years, you should take 30 credits per year (15 credits per semester). Students who take fewer than 30 credits per year should expect to take longer than 4 years to graduate. Note: The Bachelor of Music (BMus) program consists of 122 credits; the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education (BSc/BEd) combined program is 150 credits over 5 years.

Augustana is the University of Alberta’s liberal arts and sciences campus. As such, our degree programs are broad-based and require that students take courses in a variety of different areas. All programs are made up of the following:

  1. First Year Seminar
  2. Major Course requirements
  3. Minor Course requirements (optional)
  4. Liberal arts and sciences requirements (Augustana Core)
  5. Option courses

For more information on Augustana’s Degree Program requirements, please visit the University of Alberta’s Academic Calendar at:

In Step 5, you will learn what all of these course requirements are and how having knowledge of these requirements can help you build your schedule. You can also use your own personal Academic Requirement Report (ARR) on Bear Tracks to monitor your completion of these requirements throughout your degree.

What is my Academic Requirement Report?

Your Academic Requirement Report (ARR) will be an important tool for you throughout your degree! To access your ARR, you will need to first need to log into Bear Tracks. Once you are signed in, on the left hand side in the grey box, under Academics > Academic Requirements. The ARR allows you to find which courses are required for your major, minor, and the Augustana core.

Please note, these requirements are to be fulfilled throughout your undergraduate degree. You are not expected to fulfill all of these requirements in your first year. Please use the ARR along with the information below to plan your course registration.


Before you proceed with course registration, please see if any of the below information applies to you

Planning to take Pre-Professional Studies or to eventually transfer from Augustana? If you are planning to attend Augustana for Pre-Professional studies (i.e. Medicine, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Commerce, etc.) or if you plan to transfer from Augustana to another faculty or institution in the future, please let your Admissions Advisor know so that he/she can help you enrol in the correct courses to help you towards your future goals. Depending on your Pre-Professional intentions, we may be able to add this information to your ARR and give you a course planning form, which will give you access to more information to use alongside this document. If you currently have a Pre-Professional program selected you will see this under Program Specific Information – Student Groups in your ARR. To access the pre-professional course planning forms to help you with course registration, please visit:

Are you a Post-Secondary Transfer Student? If you are a post-secondary transfer student, you may already have credit in some of the required courses for your degree. Once we receive your final post-secondary transcript(s), a transfer credit assessment will be completed to help you with the course registration process. This information will be emailed to your UAlberta email address. If you have any further questions about how your courses will transfer, please contact an Academic Advisor.

Are you a candidate for the Bridging Program? If you have not met the English Language Proficiency requirement, you may be a candidate for the Bridging Program. The Bridging Program (BP) is a program for students who meet the academic admission criteria but still need to improve their English in order to start in a degree program. If you are a candidate for this program, you will have the chance to improve your English while still gaining university credit. After you complete the BP successfully, you can continue as an undergraduate student in the program you were admitted to. If you are a bridging program candidate, please contact your Admissions Advisor in order to begin the process of enrolling in courses for the Bridging Program. For more information about meeting the English Language Proficiency requirement, please visit:

Step 5: Choose your courses