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The Getting Started guide includes general information for all new students including details about using the student portal, accessing email, planning your finances or paying your fees.

 

The information below is specific to Bachelor of Arts and Science students. Use this information, along with the program of study and the information for your major, to plan your degree. If you have any questions please contact us.

Get in-person help: Attend an academic planning session

New students looking for in-person help should sign up for an academic planning session. An academic planning session is a group advising session where advisors will teach you how to plan your degree and how to select and enrol in courses via myStudentSystem, which is the university’s online enrolment system.

Academic planning sessions are offered throughout the summer for fall intake and starting in October for winter intake.

Sign up for a session

Note: You must log in with your MacEwan University account to access this form. Logging into the MacEwan portal does not mean you are logged out of your personal google account. More Information.

 

Due to the size of our intakes, we cannot book individual appointments. If you cannot attend a session because you live outside of the Edmonton area, you can still enrol in your classes through myStudentSystem.

Using MyStudentSystem

What courses do I take in my first year of a Bachelor of Arts or Science?

Students starting in the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science programs all have different goals. When choosing courses in your first year, we advise you start by taking the breadth and/or option courses required for your respective degree choice.

Use the Getting Started Planning Sheets for either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree programs for help with selecting first-year courses.

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

 

What if I have previous post-secondary credits?

All transfer credit from other post-secondary institutions or IB and AP programs is assessed after you have been accepted and have confirmed a spot in your program. Evaluation of transfer credit can take several weeks. Remember to check your MacEwan University student email account for requests from the Office of the University Registrar to submit outlines of the courses that are being evaluated, as these may be needed to complete an assessment.

Admissions // Transfer Credit

 

Check your transfer credit status and awards

You can check in myStudentSystem to see if you have been awarded transfer credit. If you would like to know the status of your transfer credit process, email TransferUnit@MacEwan.ca from your MacEwan University student email account and include your student ID number. More information about the transfer credit process is available from the Office of the University Registrar.

 

Placement of your transfer credit

After your transfer credit has been posted on myStudentSystem and if you have questions about the assessment of the courses, contact Program Services to book an appointment. An advisor can help you understand how the credits work towards your degree requirements.

 

Internal laddering agreements or transferring credits from another MacEwan University program

Some courses you take at MacEwan University may be credited towards your Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. If you are a graduate of an approved MacEwan diploma program, you should contact Program Services about starting our degree programs.

 

Subsequent baccalaureates

If you hold a baccalaureate (undergraduate) degree from a recognized institution, you can earn another baccalaureate from MacEwan University provided you follow the policy for such a degree.

Read the policy

Upon acceptance to the program, the Office of the University Registrar sends you a declaration request form. This graduation check can only be requested for review up until the first day of classes if your transfer credits have been posted to the system. The graduation check is required to review eligibility for our majors and minors as per the policy.

If you have completed a degree, and are interested in joining our program to take courses to upgrade your GPA or meet prerequisite requirements of professional or graduate programs, then you do not need to declare yourself as a subsequent baccalaureate student.

What is a prerequisite? What is a permission number? How do I enrol in courses that require department consent?

Prerequisite checking in myStudentSystem

When you enrol, myStudentSystem will check for post-secondary prerequisites. If you have the prerequisite but myStudentSystem is preventing you from enrolling, contact Program Services immediately.

High school prerequisites are checked by the Faculty of Arts and Science during the first month of the term. The Faculty of Arts and Science has the right to withdraw students from a course or withhold credit for a course at any time if prerequisite or co-requisite are not in place.

You may enrol in a course in the winter term and complete the prerequisite course in the fall term. However, if you withdraw or fail to achieve a grade of C- in the prerequisite course, you must remove yourself from the winter-term course immediately.

Prerequisites from another post-secondary institution

If you met a prerequisite by completing a course at another post-secondary institution, please be aware that:

  • Indirect course equivalents (e.g., PSYC 1XX) may not be recognized by myStudentSystem. You may need a Permission Number to enrol (see below).

  • Direct course equivalents (e.g., PSYC 104) should not prevent you from enrolling. If you encounter problems, contact Program Services.

Permission numbers (PN)

Permission numbers allow you to enrol in sections that are not available for you to enrol yourself in through myStudentSystem.

You may require a PN to enrol in a course because:

  • myStudentSystem does not recognize your transfer credit as the prerequisite.

  • You are taking a language course and must take a 200-level course due to high school prerequisites.

  • You are taking CMPT 103 using Computer Science 30 as a prerequisite.

To enrol in Special Topics, Honours thesis or any other course that requires department consent, follow the process outlined below.

Requesting permission numbers

You can request a permission number in person or via email via Program Services.

From your MacEwan University student email account:

  • Email artsandscience@macewan.ca

  • Include the following information in the email:

    1. Your full name

    2. Your student ID number

    3. The term you are requesting a section for (e.g., Fall)

    4. The course and section number you want to take (e.g., BIOL 201 AS01)

Engaging in undergraduate research

There are numerous opportunities for students who are interested in research.

STEP (Summer Temporary Employment Program)

Funded by the provincial government and a university department, the STEP provides students with full-time work for up to 16 weeks. These opportunities become available with short notice, usually at the end of April or the beginning of May. Ask your department chair for more information.

Research assistants

Research assistants (RA) are hired by faculty members working on specific research projects. Opportunities are typically provided to students whose research interests align with those of the faculty mentor and who excel in the faculty member’s courses. Ask your professor if research assistant opportunities are available.

Independent study courses

Independent study courses are available in all disciplines. Courses vary from discipline to discipline, but may include tasks such as collecting data or literature reviews. These courses can focus on topics that are not currently offered. Students are responsible for finding a faculty member who is willing to supervise.

Honours programs

Honours programs are available in Anthropology, Biological Science, Economics, English, Political Science, Psychology (BA and BSc) and Sociology. Eligible students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.3 on courses within the Honours discipline. A thesis course is an integral part of the program. Students must work with a faculty supervisor while they are in Honours. Contact the Honours Advisor for more information.

Student lab volunteer

This is a great opportunity for students to work with a faculty member in a lab and learn about the faculty member’s research. It is not a formal arrangement and there is no credit or pay, but it is a good way to develop faculty connections.

Community Service Learning

These courses are available in all disciplines and include conducting research while working with a community partner organization.

Fund your research

 

Internal Opportunities

External Funding

Share your research

Share your research at Student Research Day, as well as at conferences inside and outside MacEwan. You can submit a paper for publication in a disciplinary journal or the MacEwan University Student eJournal (MUSe).

Start your research

Start by taking SCIE 201, Scientific Process: From Research Questions to Printed, or a discipline-specific research course. Get to know your professors and inquire about research opportunities.

Additional resources 

What if my goal is a professional program?

You must always consult the website and/or calendar of the institution(s) you hope to attend. As well, you should familiarize yourself with the profession, including ethical issues, and gain relevant experience. There may be additional requirements, such as admission interviews.

We do not give advice about which courses to take for a particular program because students who plan to pursue a specific profession should apply to more than one program to increase chances of acceptance. Also, programs change admission requirements and applicant assessment procedures without informing external institutions.

It is your responsibility to obtain the most accurate, up-to-date information on your own behalf. Once you know which courses you require, we can usually assist you in determining which MacEwan courses meet those requirements (e.g., Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry).

Transferability between Alberta institutions is tracked through the online TransferAlberta guide. In order to have MacEwan University courses assessed for transferability outside Alberta, please contact the receiving institution and be prepared to give them a copy of your course syllabus (we can help you with this if you have lost them).

Here is a partial list of professional programs whose prerequisites can be completed by Arts and Science students:
Chiropractic Medicine, Dental Hygiene, Dentistry, Education, Law, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Registered Dietitian (nutrition programs), Veterinary Medicine

To find out which Canadian schools offer accredited programs in the profession of your choice, go to alis.alberta.ca and choose the Occupational Profile you want. In the full profile, there will be information on accreditation for all professions. Please contact the accreditation body for a list of all accredited programs in Canada. This information may not be easy to find, but it is worthwhile searching for it.

In addition, students can access graduate professional programs like Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech Language Pathology, as well as traditional academic graduate programs in their discipline of study.

What do I need to know before enrolling myself into courses?

What are Arts and Science courses?

Courses in the subjects listed below are considered Arts and Science courses. If you are interested in enrolling in courses from a subject not listed here, please consult an advisor prior to enrolling to confirm that the courses can be used as out-of-faculty options.

ANTH, ASTR, BICM, BIOL, CHEM, CHIN, CLAS, CMPT, COMP, COSL, EASC, ECON, ENGL, FREN, GEND, GENE, GERM, HIST, HUMN, JAPN, LATN, LING, MATH, PHIL, PHSC, PHYS, POLS, PSYC, SCIE, SOCI, SPAN, STAT, SUST, WINL, ZOOL

Note: There are maximums for out-of-faculty options (courses not offered by the Faculty of Arts and Science). Please refer to the program of study for your degree to ensure you don't exceed the maximum number.

 

Course descriptions

Course descriptions provide you with a brief overview of what you will study in a course, the credit value and the prerequisites. The course description legend breaks down the structure of a course description. Course descriptions are available in myStudentSystem, on the discipline web pages or at the back of the Academic Calendar.

 

Your syllabus (course outline)

A course outline, which is referred to more formally as a syllabus, is distributed in the first class of each course. It is an official outline of what you can expect to learn in the course and what is expected of you. It outline deadlines for assignments and required readings. It indicates the percentages required to earn specific letter grades for the course. Read your syllabus carefully and refer to it throughout the term.

 

Academic integrity is vital!

Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship. It is essential to the mission and vision of MacEwan University. As a student, you are expected to comply with all academic integrity regulations. You can find out more about defining integrity and your  rights and responsibilities on MacEwan's Academic Integrity website.

MacEwan.ca/AcademicIntegrity

 

Prerequisites and co-requisites

A prerequisite is a course that must be successfully completed with a grade of C- or better prior to attempting a subsequent course. The course description may also list co-requisites which are courses that must be taken along with another in the same term.

The Faculty of Arts and Science has the right to withdraw students from a course or withhold credit for a course at any time if prerequisites or co-requisites are not in place.

 

How many courses should I take?

Course Load refers to the number of credits taken in a term. When choosing how many courses you should take in a term, consider the following.

  • The majority of courses in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences are 3 credits

  • To be a full-time student, you must enrol in 9 credits per term

  • The maximum course load in the BA or B.Sc. program is 15 credits per term

  • If you have a student loan, you must maintain enrolment in a minimum of 9 credits per term

  • You must enrol in a minimum of 3 credits in an academic year to remain in the BA or B.Sc. program

  • You must enrol in a minimum of 3 credits in the first term you are accepted to one of our programs

 

How long will it take me to complete my degree?

A MacEwan University BA or B.Sc. degree is 120 non-duplicative credits. If you take 15 credits per term (10 courses per year), it will take you 4 years to complete your degree. In Canada, the average time to complete a 120-credit degree is over 5 years. This is because many students work while in school, or students change their area of study.

 

Language courses

Students who have taken a language other than English in high school, been in an immersion program or who are heritage speakers, should verify which placement level they should start with before enrolling in classes.

Language courses are usually 5 hours per week.

 

Overlapping courses

The following sets of courses are considered course equates, which means you can get credit for only one of them. This is because the course content is very similar. Decide which course to choose by reading course descriptions. Here are some tips to help you decide:

  • MATH 120/125 - these are both introductory Algebra courses, but MATH 125 is enriched. Therefore, students planning to take further courses in Algebra should take MATH 125.

  • PHYS 124/144 - these are both first year Physics courses. PHYS 124 is Algebra based, and PHYS 144 is Calculus based. The prerequisites for these courses differ.

  • STAT 151/161 - STAT 151 is the recommended course for Science students; STAT 161 focuses on the social sciences.

 

Special topics and field schools

Special Topics courses focus on specific areas of interest within a discipline. The topics are chosen based on the expertise of the instructors who teach these courses and the topics may vary from term to term. See the course list under each arts or science discipline or download this year’s special topics list.

 

Junior and senior courses

Courses numbered 100-199 are considered junior-level.
Courses numbered 200 and higher are considered senior-level.

 

Minimum grade restrictions

The minimum passing grade at MacEwan University is D. However, to be in good academic standing, you must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) each term. Please refer to the Academic Standing policy for details or speak with an advisor for help understanding the policy.

How do I enrol in courses using myStudentSystem?

You enrol in courses using myStudentSystem. You should enrol in the fall and winter terms on or after your enrolment date.

myStudentSystem step-by-step instructions

 

Here is a blank schedule template to get you started:

Blank schedule

 

Top five things to remember as you are enrolling:

  1. You are responsible for enrolling into courses; advisors will not build your schedules or enrol you in your courses.

  2. You cannot be added to a course that is already full.

  3. If you are taking multi-component courses, you need to enrol in an open lecture and lab or seminar section as required.

  4. Check the course reserve limits to find out if you can enrol in the course.

  5. You can schedule courses back to back; you have ten minutes between back-to-back classes.

 

Academic Schedule – important deadlines

The Academic Schedule for the current year is always available as a link in the right-hand column of myStudentCenter. It applies to the entire University and is the backbone of your life as a student. These are deadlines regarding adding and dropping courses, fee payments and exams that are non-negotiable. Non-attendance in a course does not constitute a withdrawal from a course. Therefore, you always want to be aware of the deadlines in the Academic Schedule.

How do I declare my major?

You must officially declare your major(s) and minor(s). You should declare after you are admitted to the program and prior to completing 45 credits towards your degree. You are bound by the degree requirements of the year you declared your major and minor. Make sure you are using the Academic Calendar and your overall degree planner with the applicable major(s) and minor(s) planning sheets from the year you declare.

Contact a discipline advisor

Each discipline has appointed a faculty member to advise declared students on course content in their discipline, career options and graduate school. We strongly recommend that declared students use their discipline advisor as a resource to explore academic and career paths. Check your discipline website for contact information.

Honours students

Honours degrees are available in: Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Economics, English, Political Science, Psychology (Arts and Science) and Sociology. For admission and information regarding Honours planning, please contact the Honours advisor in your discipline. Check your discipline website for contact information.

 

Procedure for official declaration

General declarations

Declarations are open from September 1 to February 15 (except competitive majors and minors). The following majors are open to general declaration: Anthropology, Applied Statistics, Computer Science, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Mathematical Sciences, Philosophy, Physical Sciences, Political Science and Sociology.

Steps to declare

  1. Submit declarations via myStudentSystem.

  2. Log in to myPortal.macewan.ca.

  3. Launch myStudentSystem.

    • Under the Academics section of your Student Center, click on My Academics.

    • Select Declare/View Major Minor Requests.

    • Click on Submit New Request.

    • Select your chosen major(s) and minor(s) as applicable.

    • Read the acknowledgement statement, and check off the I Agree box if you are in agreement.

    • Click Submit.

You will receive notification of any declaration status changes via your MacEwan email, and on the “Declare/View Major Minor Requests” page in myStudentSystem. To confirm your declaration has been processed correctly, confirm that your major(s) and minor(s) appear under your “academics” in myStudentSystem.

 

Competitive declarations

Declarations for competitive majors and minors are open from September 1 to January 15. Selection to a competitive major or minor is based on your AGPA ranked against other students who have applied in the same year. As there is a maximum number of students admitted in these disciplines we recommend that students who apply for a competitive major or minor also prepare an alternate plan.

You will be told whether or not your application was successful by February 1. If you are not admitted into the competitive major or minor of your choice, use the general declaration process outlined above to choose an alternative.

If you wish to change your major or minor, you must re-declare. Once you have successfully declared a competitive major or minor in a particular discipline, you will not be asked to compete again in that discipline. However, you will be bound by any new program of study changes based on the date of your updated declaration.

Students who have previously completed a degree and who are working towards a subsequent baccalaureate degree also need to meet the requirements and compete for a seat in a competitive major or minor.

 

Biological Science Major for B.Sc.

Biological Sciences applicants are required to have completed BIOL 107 and BIOL 108 plus one of BIOL 207 or 208 with no grade lower than C-. They must also have either completed or be enrolled in the remaining BIOL 207 or 208 course during the winter term when declarations close.


For the 2018-19 declaration period only, students may get their declaration approved in the fall term if they meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Students have already completed BIOL 107, BIOL 108, and one of BIOL 207 or BIOL 208 with no grade lower than C-.

  2. Students have also completed or are enrolled in the remaining BIOL 207 or 208 during the fall or winter term when declarations close.

  3. Students have completed a minimum of 24 credits prior to the fall 2018 term with a minimum AGPA of 2.7/4.0.

 

Psychology Major for BA or B.Sc.

Psychology applicants are required to have completed PSYC 104, PSYC 105, STAT 151 or STAT 161, and one 200 level PSYC class with no grade lower than C-. They must also either have completed or be enrolled in PSYC 212 during the winter term when the declarations close.

For the 2018-19 declaration period only, students may get their declaration approved in the fall term if they meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Students have already completed PSYC 104, PSYC 105, STAT 151 or STAT 161, and one 200-level PSYC course with no grade lower than C-.

  2. Students also have completed or are enrolled in PSYC 212, during the fall or winter term when declarations close.

  3. Students have completed a minimum of 24 credits prior to the fall 2018 term with a minimum AGPA of 2.7/4.0.

 

Accounting Minor for BA or B.Sc.

Accounting applicants are required to have completed ACCT 311 prior to the close of declarations. There are only 10 seats available in the Accounting minor each year.  Please note: only one out-of-faculty minor is allowed.

 

Business Law Minor for BA or B.Sc.

Business Law applicants are required to have completed or be enrolled in LEGL 210 during the winter term when the declarations close. There are only 10 seats available in the Business Law minor each year.

Please note: only one out-of-faculty minor is allowed.

 

Finance Minor for BA or B.Sc.

Finance applicants are required to have completed FNCE 301 prior to the close of declarations. There are only 10 seats available in the Finance minor each year.

Please note: only one out-of-faculty minor is allowed.

 

Gender Studies Minor for BA or B.Sc.

Gender Studies applicants are required to have completed or be enrolled in GEND 219 during the winter term when the declarations close.

 

Human Resources Minor for BA or B.Sc.

Human Resources applicants are required to have completed HRMT 200 prior to the close of declarations. There are only 10 seats available in the Human Resources minor each year.

Please note: only one out-of-faculty minor is allowed.

 

Marketing Minor for BA or B.Sc.

Marketing applicants are required to have completed BUSN 201 prior to the close of declarations. There are only 10 seats available in the Marketing minor each year.

Please note: only one out-of-faculty minor is allowed.

 

Transferring credits from another MacEwan University program - “Internal Laddering Agreements”

If you are a graduate of certain MacEwan diploma programs, have entered the BA or B.Sc. program and wish to take a competitive major or minor, you must go through the same competitive declaration process as other students as specified above. Just a reminder that in addition to the possible placement of individual courses towards your degree, some may have the minor requirement waived. Make sure you contact Program Services, so we can advise you appropriately.

 

Important notes for all students

  • If you decide to change your major and minor, you can re-declare by repeating the process above. You will need to follow the requirements of the year you re-declare if you do so. However, if you are accepted into a competitive major and decide to re-declare to change your minor, you will not be required to compete again for your major.

  • If you have to re-apply to the program, you are considered an undeclared student when you are re-admitted. You will need to re-declare and re-compete for competitive majors and minors.

  • You are responsible for confirming that your declaration has been updated by checking the Academics section in myStudentSystem.

  • Students who have been admitted under an internal laddering agreement or have completed a previous degree and are now working towards a subsequent baccalaureate degree are unable to declare online. Please contact your program advisor for assistance.

 

Already declared?

Please ensure you are using the major and minor planning sheets and the Academic Calendar of the year you officially declare. Refer to the table below to determine which year's degree requirements you must adhere to:

If you declared ... Degree Requirements Year Declaration Year
On or after September 1, 2017 and before or on February 15, 2018 2017/2018 2017
On or after December 1, 2016 and before or on February 15, 2017 2016/2017 2016
On or after December 1, 2015 and before or on March 1, 2016 2015/2016 2015

 

How do I plan my degree?

Planning Sheets help you keep track of the courses you take to fulfill the breadth, major(s), minor(s) and option requirements of your degree. Your graduation depends on fulfilling all degree requirements and regulations. These requirements and regulations are determined by the year you declare your major and minor or the year you are accepted into an Honours program. You will need the overall degree planner and the applicable major(s) and minor(s) sheets to ensure correct degree planning.

To get help with your program planning, complete your planning sheets and stop by our office where an advisor will review them with you.

 

Planning sheets

2018/19 (Declarations starting September 1, 2018)

Bachelor of Arts

Overall degree planners

Majors

Anthropology, Economics, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology.

 

Bachelor of Science

Overall degree planners

Majors

Applied Statistics (New starting September 2018), Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Science Psychology

 

Minors

Arts minors

Anthropology, Classics, Creative Writing, Economics, English, French, Gender Studies (New starting September 2018),  History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology,* Sociology, Spanish. Bachelor of Arts students can also take any science minor.

 

Science minors

Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Planetary Physics, Psychology,* Statistics. Bachelor of Science students can also take any arts minor.


*the psychology minor is the same for both Arts and Science students

 

Out-of-faculty minors

Accounting,** Business Law, Business Studies, Finance,** Human Resources,** Marketing**

**New starting September 2018

 

Honours

Interested in Honours? 2018-19 Planning Sheets are available at the Program Services Office 6-211.

2017/18 (Declared between September 1, 2017 and February 15, 2018)

Bachelor of Arts

Overall degree planners

Arts majors

Anthropology, Economics, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Arts Psychology, Sociology.

 

Bachelor of Science

Overall degree planners

Science majors

Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Science Psychology.

 

Minors

Arts minors

Anthropology, Classics, Creative Writing, Economics, English, French, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology,* Sociology, Spanish. Bachelor of Arts students can also take any science minor.

 

Science minors

Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Mathematics, Psychology* Physics, Planetary Physics, Statistics. Bachelor of Science students can also take any arts minor.

*the psychology minor is the same for both Arts and Science students

 

Out-of-faculty minors

Business Studies, Business Law

  

Honours

Interested in Honours? Planning Sheets are available at the Program Services Office 6-211.

2016/17 (Declared between December 1, 2016 and February 15, 2017)

Bachelor of Arts

Overall degree planner

Arts major

Anthropology, Economics, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology. Bachelor of Arts students can also take any Science minor.

 

Bachelor of Science

Overall degree planner

Science majors

Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Psychology. Bachelor of Science students can also take any Arts minor.

There is also a worksheet for Biological Sciences majors. This is to assist with course planning, as many courses have prerequisites that are only offered in either Fall or Winter.

Science Honours

Psychology

 

Minors

Arts minors

Anthropology, Classics, Creative Writing, Economics, English, French, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology,* Sociology, Spanish. Bachelor of Arts students can also take any Science minor.

Science minors

Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Mathematics, Psychology,* Physics, Statistics. Bachelor of Science students can also take any Arts minor.

 

*the psychology minor is the same for both Arts and Science students.

 

Out-of-faculty minors

Business Studies, Business Law

2015/16 (Declared between September 1, 2015 and March 1, 2016)

Bachelor of Arts

Overall degree planning

BA program planner

Arts majors

Anthropology, Economics, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Honours

Anthropology, English, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

 

Bachelor of Science

Overall degree planning

B.Sc. program planner

Science majors

Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Psychology

There is also a worksheet for Biological Sciences majors. This is to assist with course planning, as many courses have prerequisites that are only offered in either Fall or Winter.

 

Minors

Arts minors

Anthropology, Business Studies, Classics, Economics, English, French, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish. Bachelor of Arts students can also take any science minor.

Science minors

Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Mathematics, Psychology, Physics, Statistics. Bachelor of Science students can also take any Arts minor.

*The Psychology minor is the same for both Arts and Science students. 

2014/15 (Declared between September 1, 2014 and March 1, 2015

Bachelor of Arts

Overall degree planning

BA program planner

Arts majors

Anthropology, Economics, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Arts Honours

Anthropology, English, Psychology, Sociology

 

Bachelor of Science

Overall degree planning

B.Sc. program planner

Science majors

Biological SciencesComputer Science, Mathematics, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Psychology

There is also a worksheet for Biological Sciences majors. This is to assist with course planning, as many courses have prerequisites that are only offered in either Fall or Winter.

 

Minors

Arts minors

Anthropology, Business Studies, Classics, Economics, English, French, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish

Science minors

Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Mathematics, Psychology, Physics, Statistics

2013/14 (Declared between September 1, 2013 and March 1, 2014)

Bachelor of Arts

Overall degree planning

BA program planner

Arts Majors

Anthropology, Economics, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Arts Honours

English, Psychology, Sociology

 

Bachelor of Science

Overall degree planning

B.Sc. program planner

Science Majors

Biological SciencesComputer Science, Mathematics, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Psychology

There is also a worksheet for Biological Sciences majors. This is to assist with course planning, as many courses have prerequisites that are only offered in either Fall or Winter.

 

Minors

Arts minors

Anthropology, Business Studies, Classics, Economics, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Science minors

Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Mathematics, Psychology, Physics, Statistics

 

If you declared your major and minor prior to the 2013-2014 academic year, please contact Program Services to get your planning sheets.

 

Program Services: Special requests, forms and processes

There are common requests from students that require consultation with the Advisors in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Any request for an approval is subject to review and approval is not guaranteed.

I want to take an independent study course - process

Independent study courses

Independent study courses are available to fourth-year students with an interest in doing discipline-specific research. You need to find an instructor to supervise you and to create a specialized course outline. Talk to an instructor who teaches in the area you are interested in for details on the courses and the process to get enrolled.

Access the independent study application

Independent study application deadlines

In the Faculty of Arts and Science, the following deadlines apply.

Fall term: August 1
Winter term: December 1
Spring term: April 1
Summer term: June 1

The entire process can take several weeks, you must submit completed and electronically signed applications to ASIndependentStudy@macewan.ca by the posted deadlines.

I want to take a course outside of MacEwan – obtaining visiting student permission

Visiting student permission can allow you to take a course elsewhere that we do not offer at MacEwan University. For example, there might be a course that addresses your area of interest and can be used to enhance your major. It can also be used to help you meet graduation requirements in a timely fashion.

According to the external course taking policy, you can apply to take courses towards your degree at another recognized post-secondary institution. In order to receive credit for courses taken at another institution, you must apply and be granted permission prior to starting the course. Do not take a course without permission.

Full details on eligibility, process and student responsibilities are noted on the application form.

Visiting Student Application for Letter of Permission

Visiting student application deadlines

In the Faculty of Arts and Science the following deadlines apply.

Fall term: August 1
Winter term: December 1
Spring term: April 1
Summer term: June 1

The application and permission process can take several weeks. You must hand in your completed and signed application by the posted deadlines.

I want to take a credit overload – obtaining credit overload permission

The maximum course load in the BA or B.Sc. program is 15 credits per fall or winter term. To take more than 15 credits, you must apply for a credit overload.

General eligibility:

  • Must have completed a minimum of 24 university level credits.

  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in your most recent semester of classes.

  • Must submit this request a minimum of 10 business days before classes begin in the term during which you are requesting credit overload.

 

Credit overload request

Am I on track to graduate? Graduation check request

A graduation check can help you monitor your progress in the program and confirm that you are on track to graduate. We strongly encourage students who are approaching their final year of study to request a graduation check. The time to best do this is in the academic year preceding your final year, or in the summer months before the deadlines.

 

Guidelines for requesting graduation checks:

  • Once you have completed 60 credits and declared your major and minor, you may request a graduation check from the Program Services Office.

  • You may only submit a graduation check request once during your degree.

  • If you are bringing in transfer credit, check on your program planning once the transfer credit has been assessed and posted to your record.

  • If you have already had a graduation check but have updated your declaration, you are again eligible for a graduation check.

  • We cannot provide prospective graduation checks, as they are completed based on the declaration in the system.

 

Deadlines and process: Due to the high volume of students requiring assistance at the start of the term, students are advised to adhere to the deadlines:

  • Fall term: August 1 and will re-open after the last day to add/drop for fall term

  • Winter term: December 1 and will re-open after the last day to add/drop for winter term

  • Spring/Summer term: April 1 and will re-open after May 15

 

Graduation check process:

  • Fill out and hand in the Graduation Check Request Form.

  • Complete your planning sheets.

  • Watch your myMacEwan gmail account for notification that your graduation check is complete. Graduation check requests can take up to 4 weeks to process.

  • Book an appointment.

  • Meet with an advisor to review your graduation check.

Once you are confident that you will meet your degree requirements, you must apply to graduate through myStudentSystem by the deadline. You can find the "application to graduate" link under My Academics.

 

Graduation requirements

To graduate you must complete all the requirements and adhere to the regulations of the degree and MacEwan University.

Bachelor of Arts

 

Bachelor of Arts Honours

 

Bachelor of Science

 

Bachelor of Science Honours

 

Subsequent Baccalaureate Degree - BA or BA Honours

If you are planning to graduate with a subsequent BA or BA Honours, you must adhere to the requirements listed above as well as those outlined in the Subsequent Baccalaureate Credential requirements policy.

 

Convocation ceremony

MacEwan University holds two convocation ceremonies each year. If you complete your degree in December or April, you convocate in June. If you complete your degree between May and August, you convocate in November.

Check the Convocation website for details on the ceremony, confirming your attendance and ordering your gown.

Arts and Science final exam deferral process

As guided by the final assessment policy, requests for deferred final exams are considered only when you miss final examinations due to acceptable extenuating circumstances accompanied by supplemental documentation supporting the reason for a deferral. Examples of extenuating circumstances include severe illness, death in the family, serious family crisis, accident, etc.

Process and deadlines:

  1. You must request a deferred exam no later than 2 business days after the missed examination. Permission to defer a final exam is not automatically granted by submitting a request.

  2. To request a deferred exam you must submit an Exam Request Form and supporting documentation to the Program Services Office or email the form and supporting documents to ArtsandScience@MacEwan.ca, within the aforementioned timeline.

  3. Students are notified of the decision via their MacEwan email account only. Due to the volume of requests please do not contact our office for the status of your request. It will be reviewed in the order in which it was received, and you will be contacted via email.

  4. If approved, students are notified of the date of the deferral and a fee of $50 per exam up to a maximum of $100 per scheduled exam period is charged to the student’s account.

  5. Deferred exams are the final opportunity to write the final exam for a course. Students do not get to select deferred dates and are expected to be available on the date scheduled for the deferral.

If you need to request a deferral for a midterm exam or assignment, talk to your instructor.

I want to enrol in CMPT 496 – process

For students who would like to take CMPT 496 - please read over and complete the form in its entirety in consultation with the supervisor. To get enrolled in the course, follow the instructions in the form before the deadline.

CMPT 496 Course Agreement Form

This information is provided as an aid to enrolment and is not an official publication. The authoritative source for official course descriptions and the rules and regulations that apply to students is the Academic Calendar.