Registration for the 2024-25 academic year opens June 3 for students who have paid the registration deposit.

Complete your course registration for both Fall and Winter courses as early as possible to avoid waitlists and ensure access to your preferred courses.

Need help? The student-run registration helpdesk is available to assist all new and returning students with registration questions.


Steps to register for courses

Step 1: Getting started

To help choose what courses to take your first year, familiarize yourself with:

  • your degree requirements and distribution requirements
  • resources to help plan out your degree
  • information on majors, minors, and honours

Find out more about advising and degree planning

You should also:

About your academic advisor

Your academic advisor will help you with program planning, degree requirements, or if you have questions or concerns about your academics.

We encourage you to book an appointment with your academic advisor before, or shortly after you register.

However, don't wait for your appointment before registering for courses!

Late registration may result in an inconvenient schedule, or inability to take required courses.

Advice for first-year students on choosing courses

Your first year of university should, to some extent, be a time of exploration.

Take the opportunity to explore subjects and courses that are new or unfamiliar to you. First-year is designed to be flexible and provide you with the opportunity to broaden your horizons.

That said, the transition from high school to university is a significant one.

Choosing courses in which you can reasonably expect to succeed is wise. It may be unwise to choose all of your courses in unfamiliar academic disciplines.

If you have a career goal in mind, you might wish to choose some courses in line with those objectives and select others out of personal interest. Think ahead and plan carefully to keep your options open.

It is also important to work towards meeting core degree and program requirements. In first-year, these are more or less flexible depending on your degree program.

Take some time to peruse our Academic Calendar where you will find program requirements, and course descriptions. Follow the program requirements outlined in the calendar corresponding to the year in which you begin your studies at Mount Allison.

See step 2 below for advice on specific course selection by degree program. 

Glossary of academic terms

Below is a collection of academic terms you are likely to come across as you register for courses.

Academic calendar 
The academic calendar is a comprehensive guide to all degrees, programs and courses at Mount Allison University. It outlines academic requirements, and University policies and procedures. The calendar can be found at mta.ca/calendar. You should follow the program requirements outlined in the Calendar corresponding to the year you began your studies at Mount Allison.

Academic timetable
The academic timetable identifies which courses are being offered in any given academic year. It lists the day and time that courses have been scheduled for, as well as the instructor and location. 

Term 
Term (or semester) means a period of approximately 14 consecutive weeks during which the university is in session. The fall term starts in September, the winter term in January, and the spring term in May.

Course
A course is a unit of work in a particular subject normally extending through one term. Successful completion of a course usually carries credit toward obtaining a degree, diploma, or certificate. 

Section
A section is an individual offering of a course. Some courses offer more than one section at different times to keep class sizes small and allow for flexibility in scheduling. Different sections of the same class are indicated by letters at the end of the course number (e.g. ENGL 1201-A, ENGL 1201-B). Multiple lab/tutorial sections are indicated by numbers (e.g. PSYC 220L-1, PSYC 220L-2).

Lecture
A lecture typically involves the course instructor presenting information, themes, and concepts related to the course topic. Most courses have three hours of lecture per week. Lectures are presented to a large class. Questions may be encouraged but usually there is minimal group discussion.

Lab/tutorial
A lab/tutorial is an additional mandatory session (normally one per week) outside of the regular class time which primarily serves to divide the class into smaller groups for more focused instruction, different types of course work or group discussion. Use the academic timetable to determine if a course has a lab or tutorial; within the course number you will read ‘L’ (e.g. ANTH 101L 1, Lab: Intro to Anthropology). You will be required to register for a course and its lab/tutorial separately but at the same time. 

Prerequisite
A prerequisite course is one that must be successfully completed before you begin a second course (e.g.  ECON 1001 is a prerequisite for ECON 2001), and has to be completed with a letter grade of C- or above. The prerequisite course gives you the knowledge you need to succeed in the next, associated course.

Co-requisite
A co-requisite is a course which may be taken before or at the same time as a second course.The co-requisite course provides complementary knowledge required to succeed in both courses.

Cross-listed course
A Cross-listed course is a course listed for credit under more than one discipline. The course may only be taken once for credit. For example, Greece and Rome: The Foundations of Western Civilization is listed as HIST 1631 and CLAS 1631.

Distribution requirement
Required for Bachelor of Arts, Science & Commerce, distribution requirements foster a liberal education and encourage academic breadth by requiring students to take courses from a range of academic disciplines.

Elective
An elective is a credit course which you can choose to take in any subject area. It is not mandatory to meet your specific degree or program requirements. Electives help to make up the total number of credits required to complete your degree.

Required course
Specific courses that must be taken and completed with a passing grade to meet program requirements. Each degree and major/minor program has specific required courses which will account for most of the courses in your degree.  

Exclusion
An exclusion is a statement within a course description. Students may not count for credit toward a degree any course which is listed as an exclusion for a course in which they are currently registered or which they have already passed. Exclusions are listed because some courses cover similar material and students should not earn credit for taking two courses which are quite similar. This does not imply that the courses are interchangeable and programs often require a specific course selection.

Program
Program means a series of courses, the completion of which, if the other requirements are met, qualifies you for a degree, diploma, or certificate. 

Credit
Credit is given for courses that you successfully complete. Credit is the weight value assigned to a course. A course that normally meets for three hours each week throughout the full academic year is worth six credits. A course that normally meets for three hours each week in one term is worth three credits. Ensemble performance courses in Music which meet on a regular basis throughout the academic year are worth one credit.

Major
A major is the subject in which you select to do 60 or more credits as required by the program you are attempting to complete. A major is your primary area of specialization.

Minor
A minor is the subject in addition to the major, in which you complete 24 credits according to specific departmental regulations. A minor is a secondary area of specialization. Or, in the case of a general degree, a student may complete three minors in lieu of a major and a minor.

Full-time
A full-time student is a student enrolled in the equivalent of nine or more credits per term.

Step 2: Plan your schedule and courses

To plan your schedule:

  • find out what courses are offered in the upcoming academic year
  • download blank timetables and course planning worksheets
  • get information on course delivery formats
  • explore the list of courses without prerequisites, courses with placement tests, and special topic courses

Choose your courses and plan your schedule

Advice on specific course selection by degree:

First-year courses for Bachelor of Arts

There are no required courses for first-year Arts students.

First-year study offers you an opportunity to explore a wide range of subjects while completing the distribution requirements of the Bachelor of Arts degree program. Distribution requirements ensure breadth in your program, and can also offer you first contact with subject areas in which you may decide to complete a major or a minor.

You should consider enrolling in at least one course from each of the four distribution areas — Arts & Letters, Humanities, Science, and Social Science. You are strongly advised to focus on your distribution requirements in your first year, though distribution requirements may be spread across all four years of study.

First-year courses are often prerequisites for more advanced courses. Plan ahead and think about a possible major and minor area of study when selecting introductory level courses. Many students aren’t certain what they would like to choose for a major and minor. This is normal, and, in fact, it can even be a good thing!

You are encouraged to explore your options and discover what Mount A has to offer. You are not required to declare a major and minor until the end of your second year of studies or upon completion of 54 credits. All Arts students are strongly encouraged to consult with an advisor when deciding which courses should be a priority for completion.

Bachelor of Arts students may be interested in the following course:

ARTS 1001 "Thinking Through the Arts" in the winter term. This course considers how the applied and academic arts contribute to society. It aims to develop the skills required for active interpretation and critical thinking through the arts. It is also a course that develops basic learning competencies, including mental discipline, memory work, active reading, and communication skills. 

Students looking for a 'writing course' may register for any first year English course.

While there are no required courses for first-year Arts students, below are some suggested courses for first-year students who are interested in pursuing majors and/or minors in any of the following disciplines.

Please review section 12 in part III of the academic calendar to explore programs and courses that are required for any intended major and/or minor area of study, and for upper year courses you may be interested in taking. Titles and descriptions of courses are available here as well as in the course catalogue which can be found Self-Service.

*It is recommended that those students who choose to take ECON 1001 and ECON 1011 register for one in the Fall term and the other in the Winter term

American Studies

  • ENGL 1201, HIST 1601, *ECON 1001, *ECON 1011
  • Note: This program is interdisciplinary, meaning that students complete a portion of the requirements by taking courses selected from a specific list of options from varying subjects. Please take into consideration prerequisites that may be required for courses you are interested in completing during your upper years.

Art History

  • ARTH 2101, ARTH/MUSE 2111

Canadian Public Policy

  • POLS 1001, *ECON 1001, *ECON 1011
  • Note: This program is interdisciplinary, meaning that students complete a portion of the requirements by taking courses selected from a specific list of options from varying subjects. Please take into consideration prerequisites that may be required for courses you are interested in completing during your upper years.

Canadian Studies (see also Indigenous Studies)

  • CANA 1001, CANA 1011
  • INDG 1001 (offered in both Fall and Winter)

Classical Studies

  • Classical Studies (CLAS) courses at the 1600 level (any courses coded CLAS-16XX such as CLAS-1631)
  • Additional suggestions: LATI 1001, LATI 1101, GREK 1001, GREK 1101
  • Note: Up to 6 credits from Humanities (HIST, PHIL, RELG) courses at the 1600 level may count toward Classical Studies (major only)

Cognitive Science

  • COMP 1631, COMP 1731
  • PSYC 1001, PSYC 1011 (May be taken in either order. Neither is a prerequisite to the other)
  • Philosophy (PHIL) course at the 1600 level (any courses coded PHIL-16XX such as PHIL-1611)

Commerce

  • COMM 1011, COMM 1411, *ECON 1001, *ECON 1011
  • MATH 1151 or MATH 1251 or MATH 1311 or a Computer Science (COMP 1631) course

Community Engaged Learning — minor

  • CENL 1001

Computer Science

  • COMP 1631, COMP 1731
  • MATH 1151
  • Additional Suggestions: MATH 1121 or MATH 1311

Computer Science and Economics — joint major

  • COMP 1631, COMP 1731
  • *ECON 1001, *ECON 1011
  • ECON 1701 or MATH 1311
  • MATH 1151 

Computer Science and Music — joint major

  • COMP 1631, COMP 1731
  • MATH 1151
  • MUSC 1101 (requires completion of an online entrance assessment or successful completion of MUSC 1001 - please contact music@mta.ca for more information)
  • MUSC 1111, MUSC 1201, MUSC 1221, MUSC 1703
  • Ensembles (Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra, Choral Society, Elliot Chorale, Jazz Ensemble)  
  • Additional Suggestions: MATH 1121, PHYS 1401, MUSC 2021

Drama Studies

  • DRAM/ENGL 1701
  • Additional Suggestions: SCRN 1001 (see Screen Studies)

Economics

  • ECON *1001, *ECON 1011
  • MATH 1151
  • ECON 1701

English

  • ENGL 1201 or ARTS 1001
  • Up to two from ENGL 1501, 1701, 1801, 1851

Environmental Studies

  • GENS 1401, GENV 1201
  • GENV 2001, GENV/GENS 2101, or HIST 2301
  • One from BIOL 1001, CHEM 1001, PHYS 1041, 1051
  • *ECON 1001, *ECON 1011
  • Additional Suggestions: GENS 2421
  • Note: This program is interdisciplinary, meaning that students complete a portion of the requirements by taking courses selected from a specific list of options from varying subjects. Please take into consideration prerequisites that may be required for courses you are interested in completing during your upper years.

Fine Arts

  • ARTH 2101, ARTH/MUSE 2111
  • Studio Courses - FINA 1011, FINA 1111, FINA 1921, FINA 1931
  • Note: Students admitted to a Major in Fine Arts will be registered in ARTH 2101, ARTH/MUSE 2111 as well as studio courses
  • Note: Students admitted to a Minor in Fine Arts will be registered in studio courses following consultation with the Fine Arts Department. 

French

  • FREN 1651, FREN 1701, FREN 1711 (or a higher level depending on placement)
  • Please see information on the French placement test, which must be taken before students are able to register in French language courses

 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) — minor

  • COMP 1631, COMP 1731
  • GENS 1401 or GENV 1201

Geocomputing — joint major

  • COMP 1631, COMP 1731
  • GENV 1201, GENS 1401
  • MATH 1151

Geography

  • GENV 1201, GENS 1401
  • Additional Suggestions: GENS 2421, GENV 2101, GENV 2201, GENV 2221, HIST 2301

German Studies — minor

  • GERM 1001, GERM 1011 (See: Language Placement Tests in Moodle)
  • Additional Suggestions: GERM 2811

Greek — part of a course of study in Classics or a stand-alone minor 

  • GREK 1001, GREK 1101

Health Studies — minor *For major, see Bachelor of Arts and Science section below

  • HLTH 1001 and 1011

Hispanic Studies

  • SPAN 1011, SPAN 1111 (See: Language Placement Tests in Moodle)

History

  • History (HIST) courses at the 1600 level (any courses coded HIST-16XX such as HIST-1631)
  • Note: Any humanities (CLAS, HIST, PHIL, RELG) courses at the 1600 level may count toward Classical Studies (major only), History, Philosophy and Religious Studies programs

Indigenous Studies — minor

  • INDG 1001 (offered in both Fall and Winter)

International Economics and Business — minor

  • *ECON 1001, *ECON 1011
  • Mathematics (MATH 1151 or MATH 1251 or MATH 1311 or a Computer Science (COMP 1631) course 

International Relations

  • POLS 1001
  • *ECON 1001, *ECON 1011
  • Language course from French, German, Spanish, or Japanese (See: Language Placement Tests on Moodle)
  • Note: This program is interdisciplinary, meaning that students complete a portion of the requirements by taking courses selected from a specific list of options from varying subjects. Please take into consideration prerequisites that may be required for courses you are interested in completing during your upper years.

Japanese Studies — minor

  • JAPA 1001, JAPA 1011 

Language & The Mind — minor

  • PSYC 1001, PSYC 1011 (prerequisites for Psychology courses)
  • Language course from French, German, Spanish, or Japanese (See: Language Placement Tests on Moodle)
  • Additional suggestions: LING 2001

Latin — part of a course of study in Classics or a stand-alone minor 

  • LATI 1001, LATI 1011

Mathematics

  • MATH 1151, MATH 1121
  • COMP 1631
  • Additional suggestions: COMP 1731, MATH 1311 

*Students with a strong background in math are encouraged to take MATH 2221 in their first year

Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (MLLC)

  • Introductory language courses chosen from three of the four following options (See: Language Placement Tests on Moodle)
  • French (FREN 1651, FREN 1701, FREN 1711 or higher level depending on placement)
  • German (GERM 1001, GERM 1011)
  • Spanish (SPAN 1011, SPAN 1111)
  • Japanese (JAPA 1001, JAPA 1011)

Museum and Curatorial Studies — minor

  • ARTH 2101, ARTH/MUSE 2111

Music

  • MUSC 1001 - counts only for the Minor, does not count toward the Major
  • MUSC 1101 (requires completion of an online entrance assessment or successful completion of MUSC 1001 - please contact music@mta.ca for more information)
  • MUSC 1111, MUSC 1201, MUSC 1221, MUSC 1703
  • MUSC 2021
  • Ensembles (Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra, Choral Society, Elliot Chorale, Jazz Ensemble)  

Philosophy

  • Philosophy (PHIL) courses at the 1600 level (any courses coded PHIL-16XX such as PHIL-1611)
  • Note: Any humanities (CLAS, HIST, PHIL, RELG) courses at the 1600 level may count toward Classical Studies (major only), History, Philosophy and Religious Studies programs

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)

  • Philosophy (PHIL) course at the 1600 level (any courses coded PHIL-16XX such as PHIL-1611)
  • POLS 1001, *ECON 1001, *ECON 1011
  • ECON 1701 

Political Science

  • POLS 1001 

Psychology

  • PSYC 1001, PSYC 1011 (May be taken in either order. Neither is a prerequisite to the other)

Religious Studies

  • Religious Studies (RELG) courses at the 1600 level (any courses coded RELG-16XX such as RELG-1621)
  • Note: Any humanities courses (CLAS, HIST, PHIL, RELG) at the 1600 level also count toward Classical Studies (major only), History, Philosophy and Religious Studies programs

Screen Studies and Popular Culture — minor

  • SCRN 1001
  • Additional suggestions: DRAM/ENGL 1701 (see Drama Studies)

Sociology

  • SOCI 1001, SOCI 1201

Visual Communication and Culture — minor

  • VMCS 1201
  • One chosen from VMCS 2401, VMCS 2101, VMCS 2121, CANA 2201
  • Note: This program is interdisciplinary, meaning that students complete a portion of the requirements by taking courses selected from a specific list of options from varying subjects. Please take into consideration prerequisites that may be required for courses you are interested in completing during your upper years.

Visual and Material Culture

  • VMCS 1201, VMCS 1301
  • Additional suggestions: VMCS 1821, VMCS 2101, VMCS 2121, VMCS 2401, VMCS 2501, VMCS 2521, VMCS 2991 (25/WI term)

Women’s and Gender Studies

  • WGST 1001
  • Note: This program is interdisciplinary, meaning that students complete a portion of the requirements by taking courses selected from a specific list of options from varying subjects. Please take into consideration prerequisites that may be required for courses you are interested in completing during your upper years.
First-year courses for Bachelor of Science

First-year courses for Bachelor of Science (2024-2025):

Science programs expect the completion of specific courses in your intended discipline during your first year.

You should review section 12 in part III of the academic calendar to determine which first-year courses are required for your intended major and/or minor area of study, and for upper year courses you may be interested in taking. You should also consider the number of lecture + lab courses recommended per term.

You are also advised to review the Bachelor of Science degree requirements as detailed in section 11.3 of the academic calendar.  

At the same time that you are working towards completion of requirements for a major and minor program, you should take the opportunity to register for courses outside of your intended discipline in order to explore other interests and various program options.

Many students are uncertain about choosing a major; this can be accommodated by making sure that your first-year course selection gives you the required flexibility.

Science students are strongly encouraged to consult with an advisor when deciding which courses should be a priority for completion.

Science students typically complete three to six credits of distribution requirements each year. Over the course of your degree you are required to complete six credits from each of the non-Science distribution areas: Arts & Letters, Humanities, and Social Science.

Please review the information regarding the Math Assessment Test for calculus (MATH 1151). This information can be found on the choose your courses and plan your schedule page. 

Following are recommended courses for first year students wishing to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in each of the Science disciplines.

Aviation

Strongly recommended for first year:

  • Fall term: COMP 1631, PHYS 1051, MATH 1151, GENS 1401
  • Winter term: PHYS 1551 and 3 credits (one course) from COMP 1731, MATH 1121, MATH 1311

Further recommendations for the major:  

  • students are encouraged to plan ahead and take prerequisites for upper-level courses in Computer Science, Geography & Environment (GENS), Mathematics, and Physics.

Students interested in pursuing the Bachelor of Commerce — Aviation can find course selection information under First-year courses for Bachelor of Commerce or email aviation@mta.ca.

Students interested in pursuing the Bachelor of Arts with Aviation must email advisor@mta.ca.

Biochemistry

Strongly recommended for first year:

  • Fall term: BIOC 1001*, BIOL 1001** CHEM 1001, PHYS 1051, MATH 1151
  • Winter term: BIOL 1501, CHEM 1021, PHYS 1551***, MATH 1121

*BIOC (Biochem) 1001 must be taken in the fall term as it is the prerequisite for BIOL 1501 in the winter term

**BIOL (Biology) 1001 can be taken in either Fall or Winter of first year. It is required for many 2000 level Biology courses

***PHYS 1551 can be taken in second year if necessary but it may conflict with second year courses

Biology

Strongly recommended for first year:

  • Fall term: BIOC 1001*, BIOL 1001, CHEM 1001
  • Winter term: BIOL 1501
  • MATH 1151
  • three credits from PHYS 1041 or 1051

Also recommended for first year:

  • three credits from MATH 1121, 1251, 1311, 2221, or COMP 1631

*BIOC (Biochem) 1001 must be taken in the fall term as it is the prerequisite for BIOL 1501 in the winter term

Biopsychology

Strongly recommended for first year:

  • PSYC 1001 & PSYC 1011*
  • Fall term: BIOC 1001**, BIOL 1001
  • Winter term: BIOL 1501
  • MATH 1151
  • three credits from CHEM 1001, PHYS 1041, or 1051

Also recommended for first year:

  • three credits from MATH 1121, 1251, 1311, 2221, or COMP 1631

*PSYC 1001 and PSYC 1011 are both offered in the fall and winter terms. They can be taken in either order, or concurrently.
**BIOC (Biochem) 1001 must be taken in the fall term as it is the prerequisite for BIOL 1501

Chemistry

Strongly recommended for first year:

  • Fall term: BIOC 1001, CHEM 1001, PHYS 1051, MATH 1151
  • Winter term: CHEM 1021, PHYS 1551, MATH 1121

Cognitive Science

Strongly recommended for first year:

  • PSYC 1001 & PSYC 1011*
  • Fall term: COMP 1631, MATH 1151
  • Winter term: COMP 1731
  • three credits from CHEM 1001, PHYS 1041, or PHYS 1051

Also recommended for first year:

  • three credits from the Humanities 1600 series (CLAS, HIST, PHIL, RELG)

*PSYC 1001 and PSYC 1011 are both offered in the fall and winter terms. They can be taken in either order, or concurrently.

Computer Science

Strongly recommended for first year:

  • Fall term: COMP 1631  MATH 1151, CHEM 1001, PHYS 1051*
  • Winter term: MATH 1121, MATH 1311, COMP 1731, PHYS 1551*

Also recommended for first year:  

  • three credits from BIOL 1001, 1501, BIOC 1001, GENS 1401, PSYC 1001, or PSYC 1011

*A B.Sc. with Major in Computer Science requires 6 credits (2 courses) from CHEM 1001, PHYS 1051, PHYS 1551. If students takes BOTH CHEM 1001 and PHYS 1051 in the Fall term, then PHYS 1551 is NOT required in the Winter term. On the other hand, if students opt to only takes PHYS 1051 in the Fall, then they should register for PHYS 1551 in the Winter.

Environmental Science
 
Recommended for first year:

  • Fall term: GENS 1401, BIOL 1001, CHEM 1001
  • Winter term: GENS 2421, GENS 2101
  • BIOC 1001
  • MATH 1151
  • three credits from PHYS 1051 or 1041

Further recommendations for completion of the major:   

  • from second year, courses comprising the major are organized by thematic streams. Students are advised to consult the academic calendar to identify a single stream of interest and select from the options identified for that stream.

Mathematics

Strongly recommended for first year:

  • Fall term: MATH 1151, CHEM 1001, PHYS 1051, COMP 1631
  • Winter term: MATH 1121, COMP 1731, three credits from CHEM 1021 or PHYS 1551

Also recommended for first year:

  • three credits from BIOL 1001, 1501, BIOC 1001, GENS 1401, PSYC 1001, or PSYC 1011

*Students with a strong background in math are encouraged to take MATH 2221 in their first year

Physics

Strongly recommended for first year:

  • Fall term: PHYS 1051, MATH 1151, CHEM 1001
  • Winter term: PHYS 1551, MATH 1121, CHEM 1021

Also recommended for first year:  

  • COMP 1631
  • Three credits from BIOL 1001, BIOL 1501, BIOC 1001, GENS 1401, PSYC 1001 or PSYC 1011

Psychology

Strongly recommended for first year:

  • PSYC 1001 & PSYC 1011*
  • MATH 1151

Also recommended for first year:

  • three credits from PHYS 1041, 1051, or CHEM 1001
  • three credits from MATH 1121, 1251, 1311, 2221, or COMP 1631
  • three credits from BIOL 1001, 1501, or BIOC 1001

*PSYC 1001 and PSYC 1011 are both offered in the fall and winter terms. They can be taken in either order, or concurrently.

 

A list of minors available for the B.Sc. can be found in section 11.3.24 and 11.2.23 of the academic calendar.

Science students completing a non-Science minor should keep in mind the BSc degree requirement of 72 credits from Science courses, of which 30 credits must be at the 3/4000 level.

First-year courses for Bachelor of Commerce

Commerce — General

Strongly recommended:

  • Fall: ECON 1001 or 1011, COMM 1011
  • Winter: ECON 1001 or 1011, COMM 1411
  • 3 credits from ECON 1701 or MATH 1311*

Also recommended:  

  • 3 credits from COMP or MATH (excluding MATH 1011)**

Bachelor of Commerce — General students are advised to work towards completing distribution requirements in Humanities and Arts and Letters , and sampling introductory courses with a view to choosing a minor.

*MATH 1311 is an option for the Bachelor of Commerce statistics requirement (see section 11.5.5 of the academic calendar). If you intend on using MATH 1311 towards your statistic requirement, you must take it in your first year. If you plan to use ECON 1701 & 2701, you can wait and complete these courses in second year. The statistics requirement must be completed by the end of second year

**MATH 1151 is required for Honours in Economics. Please review the information on the choose your courses and plan your schedule page regarding the Math Assessment Test for calculus (MATH 1151).

 
Commerce— Aviation  

Strongly recommended:  

  • Fall: ECON 1001 or 1011*, COMM 1011
  • Winter: ECON 1001 or 1011*, COMM 1411
  • GENS 1401 and 2421**
  • 3 credits from ECON 1701 or MATH 1311***

Also recommended (can be done in second year):

  • 3 credits from Computer Science or Math (excluding MATH 1011)****

Bachelor of Commerce — Aviation students are advised to work towards completing distribution requirements in Humanities and Arts and Letters. The requirement of a minor for Commerce-Aviation is waived, and students do not complete any non-Commerce electives. Students in Commerce-Aviation are advised to only take the courses required for their degree (see section 11.5.12 of the academic calendar). If you have questions regarding required courses, please contact the academic advisor (advisor@mta.ca) or program advisor (aviation@mta.ca).

*ECON 1001 AND ECON 1011 are to be completed in Year 1

**If you are intending on taking GENS 2421 in the winter of year one, make sure to take GENS 1401 in the fall. Otherwise, GENS 1401 can be taken in the winter of year one and GENS 2421 in year two.

***MATH 1311 is an option for the Bachelor of Commerce statistics requirement (see section 11.5.5 of the academic calendar). If you intend on using MATH 1311 towards your statistic requirement, you must take it in your first year.

****If you choose to complete MATH 1151 for this requirement, please review the information regarding the Math Assessment Test (MATH 1151) found on the choose your courses and plan your schedule page.

Students interested in the Bachelor of Science with major in Aviation can find course selection information under First-year courses for Bachelor of Science.

Students interested in the Bachelor of Arts with Aviation must contact advisor@mta.ca.

First-year courses for Bachelor of Music

Students who are admitted to the Bachelor of Music degree will be pre-registered in all Music courses based on the recommendation of the Music department and will only have to register for non-Music electives chosen from any subject area. Please contact reghelp@mta.ca to request registration in a tenth course.

First-year Bachelor of Music students are normally enrolled in:

  • Music 1501, 1511, 1101, 1111, 1201, 1221, 1703 (a full year three-credit course)
  • nine credits of non-Music electives (distributed as six credits in one term, and three credits in the other.)

Note that registration in Music 1101 is based on the Music entrance assessment, normally taken during the audition period in March. If you have not completed the assessment, please contact the Department of Music at music@mta.ca

If your principal instrument is piano or organ, you must register for MUSC 1601: Collaborative Keyboard I (if it is offered).

If your principal instrument is voice, you must register for MUSC 1521: Diction for Singers (if it is offered). MUSC 1601 or 1521 would replace three non-Music elective credits.
 
Audition for a Music department ensemble in September. Ensembles are each one credit courses. Finalized ensemble placements are determined by the Music department and registration in completed for you by the registrar's office based on this list.

All students must attend department collegium performances/presentations from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Do not register for a course that meets during that time.

Bachelor of Music students are not required to complete distribution credits or a major or minor program. 

First-year courses for Bachelor of Fine Arts

In the fall and winter terms, first-year Fine Arts students take:

  • three studio courses
  • one art history course
  • one elective course from outside of Fine Arts and Art History/Museum Studies

The Fall term normally includes:

  • FINA 1101, 1921, 1941 (studio)
  • ARTH 2101 (art history)

The Winter term normally includes:

  • FINA 1111, 1931, 1951 (studio)
  • ARTH/MUSE 2111 (art history/museum studies)

Students who are admitted to the BFA degree will be pre-registered in all studio and art history courses and will only have to register for non-Fine Arts electives.

Bachelor of Fine Arts students are not required to complete distribution credits or a major or minor program.

First-year courses for Bachelor of Arts & Science

Arts & Science programs expect the completion of specific courses in your intended discipline during your first year.

You should review section 12 in part III of the academic calendar to determine which first-year courses are required for your intended major, and for upper year courses you may be interested in taking.

You are also advised to review the Bachelor of Arts & Science degree requirements as detailed in section 11.8 of the academic calendar.
 
Arts & Science students are strongly encouraged to consult with an advisor when deciding which courses should be a priority for completion.

Arts & Science students typically complete at least nine to 12 credits of distribution requirements in their first year, based on the recommended courses taken for the major. Over the course of your degree you are required to complete six credits from each of the distribution areas: Arts & Letters, Humanities, Social Science, and Science.

Following are recommended courses for first year students wishing to obtain a Bachelor of Arts & Science degree with a major in Health Studies:

Health Studies (major)

Strongly recommended for first year:

•    Fall Term: HLTH 1001, BIOL 1001, *BIOC 1001
•    Winter term: HLTH 1011, BIOL 1501, SOCI 1201
•    PSYC 1001 and/or PSYC 1011 (both are offered in the Fall and Winter terms)

​​​​​*BIOC 1001 should be taken in the fall term as it is the prerequisite for BIOL 1501

Additional recommendations for first year: 

•    **French language course (see French Skills Assessment test) OR an Indigenous language and/or culture course approved by the Program Advisor 
•    ***CENL 1001

**French language OR Indigenous language and/or culture courses contribute to a specific requirement for all Health Studies majors

***CENL 1001 is one of several course options and is available to take without prerequisites

Students majoring in Health Studies are strongly encouraged to book an online appointment to meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss prerequisite courses required for concentrations in this major.

Step 3: Register for courses

Course registration is now open for new students! We recommend that you complete course registration by mid-June.

Register for courses using Self-Service

To register for courses:

  • Log in to Self-Service with your MtA username and password
  • The 'Course Catalog' screen allows you to search for courses, and select course sections to add to your schedule.
  • Use the ‘Academics’ icon (graduation cap) on the left side of the screen to view a drop-down menu from which you can select ‘Register for Classes’. Here, you will be able to register for course sections that you selected to add to your schedule. 

Please note, registration is a two-step process.

  • First, search and add courses to your schedule.
  • Second, register for courses you have added to your schedule. Registration is successful when courses appear in green.

Need more detailed directions on how to register for courses? See our step-by-step guide to registration in Self-Service.

Go to course registration to:

  • find information about waitlists and special permissions
  • change or withdraw from courses
  • find FAQ about Self-Service
What is Self-Service?

Self-Service is Mount Allison's information service for students.

Here you can access:

  • your personal profile (e.g. address, contact information)
  • academic profile (e.g. transcripts, grades)
  • financial information
  • personalized timetable
  • exam schedules
  • course registration

For more details, visit course registration.


Registration help resources

Don't be afraid to reach out for help!

For questions about contact
Course selection and advising advisor@mta.ca or set up a virtual appointment
Course registration issues reghelp@mta.ca | (506) 364-2269
Individual courses contact the course instructor or department head
Course delivery options regoffice@mta.ca | (506) 364-2269
FAQ — course planning and registration basics

When and how should I register for my courses?
You are strongly advised to register for both fall and winter term courses as soon as possible to ensure availability of space. Course registration is on a first-come first-choice basis. Course registration does reach capacity so it is best to register early, well before arriving on campus in September (preferably by mid June).

What courses can I take?
As a student new to university, you must select fall term courses that do not have prerequisites. Refer to the list of courses without prerequisites for a complete listing of courses available to all students at the University. Some first year courses may require permission of the department or a placement test prior to registration. The course timetables list all courses offered at Mount Allison University in the current academic year. For course timetables, a list of courses without prerequisites and courses with placement tests, visit choose your courses and plan your schedule.

How are courses scheduled and how many courses do I choose?
Courses are offered during two terms in the academic year. The Fall term runs from September to December, and the Winter term runs from January to April. Every course has a credit hour value. Most courses are three-credit courses offered in one term. A normal course load is 30 credits over the fall and winter terms.

If you intend to carry a normal course load you should register for 10 courses in total — five courses (15 credits) in the fall term, and five courses (15 credits) in the winter term.

Every degree program requires completion of 120 credits in total:

  • 15 credits per term X 2 terms = 30 credits per year
  • 30 credits per year X 4 years = 120 credits

Three courses per term is the minimum course load required to be considered a full-time student. The same tuition fees are charged for full-time studies whether you are enrolled in three, four or five courses per term.

Registration in one or two courses per term is considered part-time enrolment, and part-time students pay a per course tuition fee.

When determining the proper course load for you, it is recommended to review information on reduced course load, located on choose your courses and plan your schedule.

Do I need to also register for labs and tutorials?
In addition to the regular class (lecture), a number of courses also involve a mandatory lab or tutorial component. In the academic timetable and in Connect, compulsory labs are listed below the course and end with the letter L. Labs/tutorials may have more than one section listed (L 1, L 2, etc.). Students can choose whichever section fits best in their schedule. Labs do not count as separate courses in your registration. You must register separately for labs / tutorials at the same time that you register for the class. You will know if the course has a lab or tutorial because the system will not let you register for the course alone.

How can I determine the level and credit value of a course?
Please refer to Academic Calendar — Section 11.

What if a course I want to take is full?
First, check to see if there is another section of the course offered at a different time or in the other term. You may find seats available there. If you can't find a seat in another section you should add yourself to the waitlist for the course. Visit course registration for more information.

Is there a registration deadline? Can I make changes to my registration after classes begin?
Please refer to Academic Calendar — Section 10.4 for regulations regarding changes in registration and withdrawal. Specific add, drop and withdrawal deadlines are listed on academic dates and deadlines. Email advisor@mta.ca if you have any questions about registration or withdrawal.

Where can I find specific regulations regarding the various academic degrees?
For requirements for the various degrees as well the requirements for majors and minors, visit degree requirements. You can also visit our Academic Calendar — Academic Programs.

How can I find the textbooks I need for my courses?
You can search online on the bookstore website for textbooks listed for your courses. Visit books, course materials, and supplies.

When are my exams?
Students will be notified by email and an exam schedule will normally be posted under schedules and important dates by the end of the fourth week of classes in the term. For more information, visit exams.

Can I take courses outside of my faculty?
Yes. Students are encouraged to explore their interests in various disciplines. Students in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts & Science, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Commerce programs are required to take distribution requirements as part of their degree.

I want to change my degree program. What should I do?
Find out more about changing degree programs.

What if I need extra help in a course?  
Start by talking to your professor — they want to help you learn. You can also get a peer tutor and seek additional assistance from academic resources such as the math help centre and writing resource centre. Visit academic supports for more information. Don't be shy about asking for help!

What should I do if I don't want to continue with a course?  
Be sure to familiarize yourself with academic dates and deadlines and review the regulations on course withdrawal.

Guide to using Self-Service to register for courses

When you're admitted to Mount Allison, you automatically receive a MtA username and password. 

You'll then be able to log into web services like Self-Service, Moodle, Experience MtA, and DeviceNet.

How to use Self Service to register for courses.


What's next?

Visit our new students site for a helpful list of things to help you get started on your Mount Allison experience. Our staff and students are here to support you every step of the way.

New students