1. Understanding your Degree

Your Augustana Degree

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 Bear Tracks for the credit (★) value of each of your classes.

To complete your degree in 4 years, you should take ★30 per year (★15 per term). Students who take fewer than ★30 per year should expect to take longer than 4 years to graduate.

Note: The Bachelor of Music (BMus) program consists of ★122; the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education (BSc/BEd) combined program is ★150 over 5 years.

Components of your Degree

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 components:

Major Course Requirements

A major is the primary subject of study. Majors consist of ★42 to ★69 of your overall degree.

  • If you are a Bachelor of Science student, you will want to ensure that at least 50% of the courses you are taking are in the Sciences.
Minor Course Requirements (optional)

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

If you are looking for ways to stand out after graduation to employers or grad schools, a minor might not be one of them! In fact, minors are not printed on degree parchments and do not appear on transcripts.

Declaring a minor will not get you “front of the line” access to courses you may want to take and could provide less flexibility and space to take option courses.

Augustana has a number of experiential learning courses that will allow you to travel internationally, participate in field studies, explore with Outdoor Education, and get hands on experience with Community Service-Learning.

If you decide to declare a minor as an Interdisciplinary Studies major, the topic(s) cannot be an area of focus (e.g. IDS: Creativity and Culture major and English minor).

Certain major and minor combinations may take longer than 4 years to complete.

Note: BSc/BEd Combined Degree students are required to complete a minor.

Contact your Admissions Advisor or Student Advisor to declare or change a minor, or answer any questions you have about declaring a minor.
Embedded Certificates (optional)

Students may enrol in an embedded certificate to demonstrate their expertise in an area of learning. Completed certificates appear on your degree parchment and official transcript. The courses required for the certificate will also count towards your other program requirements, so there is no need to take additional courses. There is no cost to enrol in a certificate.

Returning students should contact augsas@ualberta.ca for instructions on how to apply for an embedded certificate.

Incoming students need to wait until they have started classes before they are able to enrol in a certificate.

The Augustana Core

Augustana's commitment to the liberal arts and sciences orients our programs toward a broad education realized through foundation, knowledge, and skills. Augustana's common liberal arts and sciences requirements consist of a total of ★39, to be taken throughout your degree, that make up the Augustana Core.

The Foundation Requirement

Also known as the Project-based core, the Foundation requirement is designed to help you gain the skills needed to be successful in your future career(s). It consists of ★18, starting with the First Year Seminar (FYS) course (AUIDS 101) and ends with taking AUIDS 401, an Advanced Integration project, in your final year.

The initial course of the Foundation requirement is the First Year Seminar (FYS). All students new to the Augustana Campus are required to take FYS during their first 3-week block at Augustana. FYS is a small, intensive, and discussion-based course with the goal of introducing students to skills that will help them succeed throughout university.

The Knowledge Requirement

This requirement is designed to help you achieve a breadth of knowledge which will help you use a range of approaches to solve problems.

The Engagement Requirement

This requirement is only a requirement for certain students who started their studies prior to Fall 2020. If you are to complete the Engagement requirement it will be listed in your Academic Requirement Report.

The Augustana Core is designed to give you a competitive advantage after you graduate and enter the workforce.

Option (Elective) courses

An option course is one that does not count towards the above sections of your degree requirements. This course will be counted to your overall credit total. You are encouraged to take something of interest or to try something new!

Some students should consider a few other pieces of information before registering in courses. Please review the information below if this applies to you:

Accessibility Resources

Students who are receiving accommodations through our Accessibility Resources office could have different requirements for full-time status. If you are looking to set up any accommodations, please contact our Student Accessibility and Success Advisor.

Bachelor of Music

All BMus students must take ★16 Applied Music with their primary instrument as well as ★9-12 of ensemble courses (choir or band).

If you are an incoming BMus student, you may receive specific course registration suggestions from the Music department once you have successfully completed your audition.


It is important you register in courses as early as possible

Incoming students will be given explicit instructions for course registration due to the recent changes to your program.

Returning students: Whenever possible, satisfy your core requirements with senior level courses; this will ensure you are able to meet the Augustana Residency requirement in three years.

Contact Amber, Student Advisor, at augsas@ualberta.ca to go over your course registration

Bridging Program

If you are a Bridging Program student, please see the Incoming Students page for more information.

If you recently completed the Bridging Program, you are eligible to register as follows:

  • You are permitted to enrol in a maximum of ★12 (★3 in 3-week block and ★9 in 11-week session) in their first term following completion of the Bridging Program. This credit limit is in line with what other faculties have done and it is in place to help ensure your academic success.
  • AUIDS 101 - First-Year Seminar (Topics in Liberal Studies) should be the first 3-week course that you take.
  • If you have any course registration questions, please email Vanessa Torkelson at augsas@ualberta.ca
Post-Secondary Transfer

You may already have credit (★) in some of the required courses for your degree. Once we receive your final post-secondary transcript(s) and any other required documentation, 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 your Admissions Advisor.

Professional Program

If you are planning to pursue a professional program after Augustana, there may be specific courses you are required to take.

Let us know your intention by filling out the Pre-Professional Intent Form. The information you provide will assist in advising you through course registration and can influence the courses you enrol in during your degree! We may also use this to connect with you about any relevant events and/or information for your desired program.

Vikings Athletics

We recommend still enrolling in ★15 (5 courses) per term and seeing how it works for you. Should you decide to reduce your course load before the add/drop deadline, you will be able to do so. Please keep in mind that your league or program may have a specific credit (★) requirement to complete and having a reduced course load may impact your eligibility for scholarships and awards.

It is also important for you to look at your practice schedule when registering in courses. Since you could be away on Friday afternoons for games, it may be in your best interest to limit the number of classes that you take on Friday afternoons.

Continue to step 2: Understanding your Academic Requirement Report