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Getting Started

MacEwan.ca/GettingStarted will help you prepare for your first term at MacEwan University and beyond. If you have any questions along the way, this guide will direct you to people throughout the university who have the answers. It includes information general to all MacEwan University students including details about using the student portal, accessing email, planning your finances or paying your fees. You will want to refer to it once you have been accepted into the program and throughout your studies.

Program Planning

Advisors in Program Services have prepared the information in this section to help you plan your studies in the Bachelor of Science from start to finish. If you have any questions you can contact us at Program Services.

I applied to the program, now what?

Once you have applied to the program you will need to monitor the status of your application and make sure you have met all the requirements of admission. Information you need to know about the admission process can be found at MacEwan.ca/Admissions

Submit Transcripts/Documents »

Track your Application »

Admission Decisions »

Confirmation of Admission »


Contact the Office of the University Registrar with questions related to application procedures, admission criteria, admission decisions, financial aid and transfer credit.

 

Can I get in-person help to choose my courses?

You sure can! In fact, we encourage all students to sign up for an Academic Planning Session. Several Academic Planning Sessions are held during the months before the start of the term. For Fall intake students, we even have Saturday sessions in April and May. Sessions for Winter intake students will begin in November. Watch your myMacEwan Gmail account for your invitation. You can sign up for a session if you have been accepted or conditionally accepted to the Bachelor of Science program and have paid your deposit. 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 account. For more information visit https://youtu.be/_Bf5DKGqPi4.

The following topics are covered:

  • Planning your degree
  • Choosing the right courses
  • Finding out how many courses you should take
  • Navigating which sections you can enrol in
  • Calculating Grade Point Average (GPA) and understanding Academic Standing
  • Understanding university vocabulary: junior vs. senior level courses, Gateway exams, prerequisites, labs, etc.

The Saturday sessions include the option to attend a hands-on registration session in a computer lab so you can go home already enrolled in your courses. (We also have hands-on labs during the first week of both Fall and Winter terms.)

If you cannot attend a session because you live outside of the Edmonton area, you can still enrol in your classes through myStudentSystem. However, please read this website and MacEwan.ca/GettingStarted prior to enrolling. If you have specific questions, please email us. If you have questions about something you’ve read, please send us the URL or header of the webpage you are asking about to help us better address your query.
 

What if I have previous post-secondary credit?

If you are transferring from a post-secondary institution in Alberta, search the Alberta Transfer Guide for transfer agreements.

All transfer credit from other post-secondary institutions is assessed after admission to the 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 ocurses that are being evaluated. as these may be needed to complete an assessment.

Check Your Transfer Credit Status and Awards

You can check if you have been awarded transfer credit in myStudentSystem. If you would like to check the status of your transfer credit process, email TransferUnit@MacEwan.ca from your MacEwan University student email account.

Placement of Your Transfer Credit

After your transfer credit has been evaluated and if you have questions about assessment of  the courses (eg. 1XX, 2XX, 3XX, 4XX, or "cannot also receive credit in..."), book an appointment with an advisor in Program Services. They can help you understand how the credits work towards your degree requirements.

IB and AP credits

Assessment of these transfer credits is done by the Office of the University Registrar. For information on how these courses can be used for transfer credit, please go here.

Subsequent Baccalaureates

If you hold a baccalaureate (undergraduate) degree from a recognized institution, then you can get another baccalaureate at MacEwan University. The policy governing such degree can be found in our Policy Manual. Go to MacEwan.ca/policymanual, then Current Policies > Academic > Subsequent Baccalaureate. Please identify yourself as a subsequent baccalaureate student to Program Services when you apply, so we can send you a form allowing you to declare the major and minor of your subsequent degree.

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.

How do I plan my degree? (undeclared and entering Fall 2017 or later)

You must follow this Program of study if you declare OR re-declare your major/minor starting September 2017 or later.

Program of Study 2017/18

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 accurately. These requirements and regulations are determined by the year you declare your major and minor or the year you are accepted to an Honours program. 

To replace the old BSc Program Planner, we now have three planners showing the different options available:

Just starting your degree, and not sure where to start? Here is information on Getting Started!

We also have planners for every major and every minor. Bachelor of Arts minor planners are found on the MacEwan.ca/BA webpage > Current Students > How do I plan my degree?

Current Planning Sheets 2017-18
(Declarations starting September 1, 2017)

Information on the declaration process, including deadlines for competitive and non-competitive majors/minors, can be found below under How do I declare my Major? 

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

Minors
Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Mathematics, Psychology (the psychology minor is the same for both Arts and Science students), Physics, Planetary Physics (new minor effective Fall 2017), Statistics.

Bachelor of Science students can also take any arts minor.

Out of Faculty Minors

Business Studies, Business Law

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

How do I plan my degree? (declared on or before February 15, 2017)

Students that declared on or before February 15, 2017, can find their planning sheets here. Planning sheets help you keep track of the courses you take to fulfil the core, major, minor, and options requirements of your degree. Your graduation depends on fulfilling all degree requirements and regulations accurately. These requirements and regulations are determined by the year you declare your major and minor. 

Planning Sheets 2016-17 

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

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

Bachelor of Science students can also take any Arts minor; Planning sheets for Bachelor of Arts minor subjects are available on the MacEwan.ca/bastudent webpage.

Students can also choose an out of faculty minor: Business Law or Business Studies.

Notes:
The Psychology minor is the same for both Arts and Science students. If you choose an out of faculty minor, you cannot take any out of faculty options.

Honours

Psychology


 Watch the video: How to Plan Your Degree


Archived Planning Sheets 

 

Planning Sheets 2015-2016

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

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

Bachelor of Science students can also take any Arts minor;  Planning sheets for Bachelor of Arts minor subjects are available on the MacEwan.ca/bastudent webpage. 

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

Honours

Psychology


Planning Sheets 2014-2015

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
Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Mathematics, Psychology, Physics, Statistics; Planning sheets for Bachelor of Arts minor subjects are available on: MacEwan.ca/BAstudent

Planning Sheets 2013-2014

Majors 
Biological SciencesComputer Science, Mathematics, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Psychology
Minors
Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Mathematics, Psychology, Physics, Statistics; Planning sheets for Bachelor of Arts minor subjects are available on: www.MacEwan.ca/BAstudent

Planning Sheets 2012-2013

Majors 
Biological SciencesComputer Science, Mathematics, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Psychology
Minors
Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Mathematics, Psychology, Physics, Statistics

Planning Sheets 2011-2012 

Majors 
Biological SciencesComputer Science, Mathematics, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Psychology
Minors
Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Mathematics, Psychology, Physics, Statistics

If you declared you major and minor prior to the 2011-2012 academic year, please contact Program Services to get your planning sheets.

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 so make sure you are using the Academic Calendar and major and minor 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. Under each discipline, go to Faculty and Staff > Administration to find the discipline advisor. 

Honours Students

Honours degrees are available in the following disciplines: Biological Sciences and Psychology. For admission and information regarding Honours planning, please contact the Honours advisors. Go to the relevant discipline site > faculty and staff > administration.

Procedure for Official Declaration

General Declarations

Declarations will open from September 1 to February 15 (except competitive majors and minors). The following majors are open to General Declaration: Computer Science, Mathematics, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences.

Steps to Declare

Students submit declarations via myStudentSystem.

Log in to myPortal.macewan.ca

Launch myStudentSystem.

  1. Under the Academics section of your Student Center, click on My Academics.
  2. Select Declare/View Major Minor Requests.
  3. Click on Submit New Request.
  4. Select your chosen major(s) and minor(s) as applicable.
  5. Read the acknowledgement statement, and check off the I Agree box if you are in agreement.
  6. 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.

Competitive Declarations

For competitive majors and minors, declarations will be open from September 1 to January 15. Students will be told whether or not their application was successful by February 1. Students who are not admitted into the competitive major or minor of their choice can use the general declaration process outlined above, and may choose their desired major discipline as a minor. We therefore recommend that students who want a competitive major or minor should have an alternative plan.

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

Biological Sciences Major

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. They will be ranked by their AGPA, which is calculated using their most recent 24 credits of university-level course work, without breaking up a term.

If you are already declared as a Biology major and you wish to change your minor, you must re-declare but you will not go through the competitive declaration process.

For the 2017-18 declaration period only, the requirements will vary slightly.  Students must complete BIOL 107 and BIOL 108 with no grade lower than C-. Students must also have completed one of BIOL 207 or 208, and be completed or enrolled in an additional 200-level Biological Science course, during the winter term when declarations close. Students will continue to be ranked by their AGPA, as per above.

Psychology Major

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- in any of them. They must also either have completed or be enrolled in PSYC 212 during the winter term when the declarations close. They will be ranked by their AGPA, which is calculated using their most recent 24 credits of university-level course work, without breaking up a term.

If you are already declared as a Psychology major and you wish to change your minor, you must re-declare but you will not go through the competitive declaration process.

Business Law Minor

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. They will be ranked by their AGPA, which is calculated using their most recent 24 credits of university-level course work, without breaking up a term. 

If you are already declared as a Business Law minor and you wish to change your major, you must re-declare but you will not go through the competitive declaration process.

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.

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.
  • You are responsible for confirming that your declaration has been updated by checking the Academics tab in myStudentSystem.
  • Students who have been admitted under a block transfer agreement or have completed a previous degree and are now working towards a subsequent baccalaureate degree are unable to declare their majors 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

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

To choose your courses you should first get your planning sheets and plan your degree. It is best to choose your courses from the Core Requirements and/or options in your first year. This page contains a variety of information you need to know about choosing courses.

Science Courses

BSc students must complete a minimum of 72 science credits in their 120 credit BSc degree.  The following are considered science disciplines (NOTE: All Psychology courses are considered both Arts and Science courses):

ASTR, BICM, BIOL, BOTN, CHEM, CMPT, EASC, GENE, MATH, PHYS, PSYC, SCIE 210, STAT, SUST 201 and ZOOL.

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.

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 at any time if it is begun without the prerequisite or co-requisite or to withhold credit for that course, even when all other graduation requirements have been met.

Course Load

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 B.Sc. program are 3 credits (See an advisor to enrol in any 6 credit courses)
  • To be a full-time student, you must enrol in 9 credits per term
  • The maximum course load in the B.Sc. program is 15 credits per term. You must apply for a Credit Overload to take more than 15 credits per term.
  • If you are on 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 B.Sc. program
  • You must enrol in a minimum of 3 credits in the first term you are accepted to the program

How long will it take me to complete my degree?

A MacEwan University BA 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 BA 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.

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. How do you know which course to choose? Always read course descriptions! However, here are some tips:
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 108/124/144 - these are all first year Physics courses, but PHYS 108 is for students with no previous experience in Physics, PHYS 124 is Algebra based, and PHYS 144 is Calculus based.  The prerequisites for all these courses are different.
STAT 151/161 - STAT 151 is the recommended course for Science students, as STAT 161 focuses on the social sciences.

Irregular Courses

Most courses have one of two time patterns for lectures: Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 1 hour per day, OR Tuesday, Thursday - 1.5 hours per day.  The following first year courses are exceptions to these time patterns: CHEM 101 and 102 have lectures that use a 2x2 pattern, as does MATH 114. PHYS 108 has a 3x1.5 lecture pattern. 

Special Topics

Special Topics courses are offered to focus on specific areas of interest within a discipline. The topics are chosen based on the expertise of the instructors that teach these courses and the topics may vary from term to term. See the course list on the discipline pages for a list of this year’s topics. These courses are designed for students in the third and fourth years of their degree.

Field Schools

BIOL 365 takes students on a trip to Ecuador. BIOL 410 offers the opportunity to study outside Edmonton and BIOL 492 will allow for field placements in a variety of locations. Physical Sciences offers PHSC 200 which takes place in Hawai'i. There is also a Classics field school and an Anthropology field school offered during the summer in alternating years. Contact the disciplines for more information on these course offerings.

Individual Study Courses

Individual Study courses allow third and fourth year students to focus on specific areas of interest within a discipline. To apply, you must work with a faculty member to develop a course outline. The course outline will then be submitted to the Chair of the department for review. In Biological Sciences, the research projects available, application deadlines, and contacts are published in the weekly e-mail update and posted on the this website under the Discipline tab > Biological Sciences > Course List > Special Topics. You can download the Individual Study application here.

Language Courses

Check the language placement information to make sure you are taking the correct course. Go to MacEwan.ca/Arts > Disciplines > [Language] > Placement. Remember language courses are usually 5 hours per week.

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 (C2070) for details or speak with an advisor for help understanding the policy.

What is an out of faculty option?

You will have noticed on your degree planner that you can take up to 12 credits of out of Faculty options. These are courses in any discipline that is neither Arts nor Science and are not listed below:

ANTH, ASTR, BICM, BIOL, BOTN, CHEM, CHIN, CLAS, CMPT, COMP, EASC, ECON, ENGL, FREN, GENE, GERM, HIST, JAPN, LATN, LING, MATH, PHIL, PHYS, POLS, PSYC, SCIE 210, SOCI, SPAN, STAT, SUST 201, ZOOL

  • Be aware that you must be able to enrol yourself online, which means that the programs have opened seats for Arts and Science students.
  • If you choose courses from another Faculty you may have exam scheduling conflicts. Priority must be given to writing exams for Arts and Science courses. In the event of the exam conflict please contact the other School or Faculty to request a deferred exam.
  • If you are planning on continuing your education elsewhere please make sure to check the transferability of the out of Faculty options you are taking. You can do this online at www.transferalberta.ca

Science disciplines are listed under the heading Disciplines on the right-hand side of this page. Arts disciplines are listed under the heading Disciplines on the right-hand side of the Bachelor of Arts page: MacEwan.ca/BA.


Information for Business Studies minors

Arts and Science students will have access to ALL sections of the courses included in the Business Studies minor. You will be able to enroll yourself into these CC sections.
As a Business Studies minor, you cannot take any additional out of Faculty courses in your options. For your minor, you can only take courses from the following list.
 

  • ACCT 311
  • ACCT 322
  • BUSN 201
  • FNCE 301
  • FNCE 404
  • INTB 200
  • LEGL 210
  • MARK 301
  • MARK 403
  • MGMT 221
  • MGTS 312
  • ORGA 201
  • ORGA 316
  • ORGA 330
     

Education Courses

The following courses are available to all Arts and Science students. They are targeted for students wishing to complete a B.Ed. at uAlberta. Should students complete a degree at MacEwan University, then these courses are considered as out of Faculty options.
 

  • EDUC 100 Contexts of Education
  • EDUC 210 Educational Technology (formerly EDIT 202)
  • CYCW 100 Adolescent Development and Learning (formerly EDPY 200)
  • ECDV 110 Learning and Development in Childhood (formerly EDPY 200)


Physical Education courses

Arts and Science students can take the following Physical Education courses:

  • PEDS 100, Structural Anatomy
  • PEDS 101, Human Physiology
  • PEDS 103, Integrative Human Physiology
  • PEDS 293, Movement Activities of Children
  • PEDS 294, Conceptual Approach to Physical Activity
  • HEED 110, Personal Health and Well Being (this course has GS sections for Arts and Science students to take)


They all have AS sections in which you can register yourself online. These courses are considered out of Faculty options.

There are also seats reserved for Arts and Science students in the BP sections of the following classes:

  • PEDS 205, Outdoor Education
  • Selected PACT (Physical Activity) classes

You can also register yourself online in these out of Faculty options. You can only use three credits of PACT towards your degree.

What is a prerequisite? What is a permission number?

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 will be 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 at any time if it is begun without the prerequisite or co-requisite or to withhold credit for that course.
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;
you are taking an Individual Study course.

To enrol in Special Topics, Honours thesis or any other course that requires Department consent, please see instructions on the relevant Discipline page under Course List.

Requesting Permission Numbers

You can request a permission number in person at Program Services. If you require a permission number because your transfer credit has not been posted please bring a copy of your previous transcript to program services.

From your MacEwan University student email account

  • Email artsandscience@macewan.ca
  • Include the following information in the email:

a.Your full name
b.Your student ID number
c.The term you are requesting a section for (eg. Fall 2015)
d.The course and section number you want to take (eg. BIOL 101 GS01)

How do I enrol myself in classes online?

You enrol in courses using myStudentSystem. Review the myStudentSystem step by step instructions. Navigate to the MacEwan portal (myMacEwan.ca), log in, and then choose myStudentSystem from the launchpad menu. Additional enrolment assistance can be found at MacEwan.ca/EnrolmentServices.

Watch the video: How to Enrol in Classes

 

You can add and drop classes online until the add/drop deadline each term. Deadlines can be found in the Academic Schedule.

Watch the video: How to Drop and Swap Classes

 

Reserved versus Closed Sections

If a section says reserved, check the "Seats Available" note to see which programs are listed. If BA, GS, or B.Sc. is listed, you can go ahead and enrol. If a section says closed, it is full. You may want to check back to see if spots open up prior to the add/drop deadline.

No waitlist function

Although this may show up as an option, it has not been activated at MacEwan University. If you can’t get into a course you want, you have the prerequisites, and it is available to Arts and Science students, please keep checking back. There are lots of changes in class enrolments, especially during the add/drop period. We can’t put you into a class that is full, so please don’t ask!

Section Numbers

A section number corresponds to the specific time and days a course is being offered. For example, ENGL 102 is a course. There are many different classes of this course running during each term. The section number tells you which class you are enrolling in on specific days and at a specific time.
You can enrol yourself in AS, GS, or OP sections. You can also enrol yourself in selected CC sections for those courses which are part of our Business Studies minor (see the Business Studies minor planning sheet for more information).
If you have any questions about how a course not listed on a program planning sheet will fit into your degree, make sure to ask us, as there is a limit on out of faculty options.

Course Section Days and Times
ENGL 102 AS02 MWF 1 - 2
ENGL 102 AS47 TR 12:30 - 2

Labs and Seminars

Certain courses have a lecture and a lab component or a separate seminar component. You must enrol in all components of a course. The online registration system will prompt you to choose a lab or seminar if that is required for the course.

Error Messages

When you are enrolling in your courses on myStudentSystem you may get an error message. The most common reasons for error messages are the following:

  • You have chosen a lab section that is full. Always double check that there are spaces in both the lab and lecture sections of the course.
  • Time conflict.
  • The course is not open for registration to Arts and Science students. 
  • You have completed the course too many times. You may complete a course twice; in order to take a course the third time, you must obtain permission from the Chair of the department offering the course.
  • If you are trying to enrol in all your courses at once and you are getting an error message, try enrolling in each course separately so you can pinpoint the cause of the error.
  • You can always contact the Program Services Office with a screen shot of the error message and we will assist you.

Online Courses

To find out which courses are available online, search online in myStudentSystem using Additional Search Criteria > Mode of Instruction > Online. If you are searching for a course and the section numbers show as OP95 or OP96 then they are online. You can enroll yourself in these courses.

Here are some Arts and Science courses that are frequently available online, although offerings vary by term, and additional courses may sometimes be offered:

• ANTH 101: Introduction to Anthropology
• ANTH 110: Gender, Age and Culture
• ANTH 219: World Prehistory
• ECON 101: Introduction to Microeconomics
• ECON 102: Introduction to Macroeconomics
• ENGL 102: Analysis and Argument
• ENGL 103: Introduction to Literature
• ENGL 206: The Short Story
• POLS 101: Introduction to Politics and Government
• PSYC 104: Introductory Psychology I
• PSYC 105: Introductory Psychology II
• PSYC 223: Developmental Psychology
• PSYC 233: Personality
• PSYC 241: Social Psychology
• SOCI 100: Introductory Sociology
• SOCI 225: Criminology
• SOCI 241: Social Psychology

Apply to Audit a Course

You do not receive credit in courses you audit. Students sometimes audit courses if they feel they need to refresh their skills before attempting the course they are required to take. You will need to apply to audit a course before you can enrol.
 

Need Last Minute Enrolment Assistance?

At the beginning of each Fall and Winter semester the Program Services Office offers hands on enrolment assistance for students. We will post dates once they are established.

Other Programs' Sections

Other programs may choose to open some of their courses to all students. You can enrol yourself in any section of a course that has a green circle beside its name. However, this does not necessarily mean the course will fit into your program of studies, so ask an advisor if you are uncertain about the course you wish to take.

What if I want to take courses elsewhere?

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.

You can apply for permission 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.

Download the Visiting Student Application for Letter of Permission for full details on eligibility, process, and student responsibilities.

Faculty of Arts and Science Visiting Student Application Deadlines:
Fall term: August 1st
Winter term: December 1st
Spring term: April 1st
Summer term: June 1st

Please be aware that the application process can take several weeks and you must hand in your completed and signed application by the posted deadlines.

What if I want to study abroad?

Education Abroad programs allow you to integrate a global learning experience into your studies at MacEwan University by studying, working or volunteering for a summer, term or year abroad.Taking part in an education abroad program will have a great impact on your personal, academic, and professional life. You will not only learn about and better understand other cultures, but you will also learn about yourself and your abilities and gain new skills. It is a great opportunity to make friends from all over the world and start a network of like-minded people for your future career. While abroad, you will encounter different ways of thinking and doing and gain new perspectives. All of this will have a positive impact on your academic experience. Please visit MacEwan University's Education Abroad webpage to explore the possibilities: MacEwan.ca/EducationAbroad.

How do I apply for scholarships?

You can search our scholarships, awards and bursaries to see what you may be eligible for. For most scholarships, awards and bursaries, you will need to be enrolled in your classes before you can apply.

Information on how to apply will be on the details page of each award and on the How to Apply page.

You will also be notified within myStudentSystem when awards you may be eligible for are open for application.

Feel free to stop by Program Services or email us if you have questions.

     

How do I get ready for classes, assignments and exams?

Purchase your textbooks

You can search for your textbooks online through MacEwan’s bookstore website: enter your student ID and get a list of required books.

You can purchase your books online or buy them at the bookstore on campus. You can also check the SAMU Marketplace for used books.

Your Syllabus (Course Outline)

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 will outline deadlines for assignments and required readings. It will indicate what percentage is 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 (as defined here). It is essential to the mission and vision of Grant MacEwan University and as a student, you will be expected to comply with all Academic Integrity regulations. You can find out more here.

What is the Academic Calendar?

The authoritative source for official course descriptions and the rules and regulations that apply to MacEwan University students is the Academic Calendar. You should be aware of the Program of Study and Degree Regulations that are in the Calendar the year you declare your major and minor, as you will be bound by these regulations. You can also find the Program of Study information in the Major and Minor planning sheets on this page (see How do I plan out my degree?).

What is the Academic Schedule and where do I find it?

The Academic Schedule for the current year will always be 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. Therefore you always want to be aware of the deadlines in the Academic Schedule.

Get Set Up for Success!

MacEwan has many resources to help you succeed in your academic career. Don't wait until you are having problems to take advantage of these resources.

Talk to Your Instructor

Talking to your instructors often about assignments or course content is a smart way to success in your courses. They are the experts on the content and will be marking your assignments. Don’t be shy! Your instructors’ office hours are listed on your course syllabus.

Final Exams

The final exam schedule is available on myStudentSystem. Students are expected to be available during the entire exam period, for any term in which they are enrolled in course work. The exam schedule can change during the term. You should consult your instructors as well as the posted exam schedule prior to the exam period for any changes. It is your responsibility to know when and where your final examinations are scheduled and to arrive on time. Instructions on how to access your exam schedule on myStudentSystem, is available here.

Final Exam Deferrals

Requests for deferred final exams are considered only when you miss final examinations due to acceptable extenuating circumstances such as illness accompanied by a signed note from a doctor, death in the family, serious family crisis, accident, etc. 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.

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

What if I want to withdraw from a course?

What is the Add/Drop Deadline?

At the beginning of each term, there is a limited time period when you can make changes to your course schedule (adding, dropping, and swapping courses). These changes will not appear on your academic transcript. After this deadline, you cannot add or swap courses or sections (like labs) in the current term. You can only withdraw from courses.

What if I want to withdraw from a course later on?

If you are registered in a 13 week regular session course in Fall or Winter, then the last day to withdraw from courses is the last day of classes. As of Fall 2015, students will be able to withdraw themselves from classes online. Here are some things to consider:

1. To be considered a full time student for the purposes of loans, playing on varsity teams, and income tax, you must be registered in 9 credits per term. There may be further restrictions.
2. A grade of W will appear on your transcript. This does not impact your GPA.
3. If you are registered in a course in a future term for which you withdraw from the prerequisite, you must withdraw yourself from the subsequent course as well.
4. Non-attendance in a course does not constitute a withdrawal from the course. You must formally withdraw by the last day of classes.

(Please note that Spring/Summer courses are subject to withdrawal dates as posted.)  


Watch the video: How to Drop and Swap Classes

 

After the Withdrawal deadline

No changes can be made to your academic schedule. You will receive a final grade in your courses based on work completed, and this final grade will be included in your GPA.

How do I know I'm on the right track to graduate?

GPA & Academic Standing

The academic standing of all students is evaluated at the end of each term. You must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 to be considered in Good Academic Standing. Students whose GPA falls below 2.0 may either be placed on Academic Probation or be Required to Withdraw. For more information, refer to the Academic Standing policy (C2070) or talk to an advisor in Program Services. If you do receive notification from the Office of the University Registrar that you have been placed on probation, please come and talk to us so we can help you refine your plans.

Watch the video: Unofficial Transcript on myStudentSystem

Review your Program Planning

To get help with your program planning, complete your planning sheets (find them under How do I plan my degree?) and stop by our office where an advisor will review them with you. 

A graduation check can help you monitor your progress in the program and confirm that you are on track to graduate. 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 in any academic year. Students bringing in transfer credits are encouraged to check on their program planning once transfer credit has been assessed.

Due to the high volume of students requiring assistance at the start of the term, the deadline to submit a graduation check request is one month before the start of term. Program Services will start accepting graduation check requests again once the add/drop deadline for the term has passed.

We strongly encourage students who are approaching their final year of study to request a graduation check. The best time to do this is in the academic year preceding your final year, or in the summer months.

Graduation Check Process: 

  1. Fill out and hand in the Graduation Check Request Form
  2. Complete your planning sheets
  3. Watch your mymail account for notification that your graduation check is complete
  4. Book an appointment
  5. Meet with an advisor to review your graduation check
  6. See a discipline advisor for advice on planning for your major and minor 

How do I graduate?

Apply to Graduate

You must apply to graduate through myStudentSystem by the deadline. You can find the graduation application link on the Academics tab in your Student Centre.

Graduation Requirements 

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

Subsequent Baccalaureate Degree

If you are planning to graduate with a subsequent B.Sc. you must adhere to the requirements listed above as well as those outlined in Policy C2000, Subsequent Baccalaureate Credential

Convocation Ceremony 

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

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

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 really wish 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 the student’s responsibility to obtain the most accurate, up to date information on their 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).

When schools send us updated information resources such as pamphlets/posters, etc, we display them outside our office in 6-211. If they let us know they are hosting information sessions for students, we will forward that information in the weekly newsletter we send every Thursday during the Fall/Winter terms.

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

Note re uCalgary Medical School:  As of September 2015, uCalgary states that applicants to its medical school must have completed two years of coursework at medical-doctoral institutions. If students have not attended medical-doctoral institutions then, "applicant must be able to identify the specific courses at a medical-doctoral degree-granting institution for which their course work would be granted credit" (uCalgary Medical School Admission Manual, section 3.8). In other words, only take courses that transfer to specific courses at uAlberta or uCalgary as per the online TransferAlberta guide. For clarification on this policy, please contact uCalgary directly.

To find out which Canadian schools offer accredited programs in the profession of your choice, go to www.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. For example, there are currently 17 accredited medical schools in Canada,

In addition, Science 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. For information on graduate studies, please visit our Graduate School Liaison page.



This information is provided as an aid to enrollment 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.