Course planning

Course planning

Congratulations! You have been accepted to Douglas College. Now you need to decide which courses you want to register in. Read the overview for course planning and use our step-by-step guides to make your course planning easier.


Step 1: Review Your Program

You will find it in the Program and Course Catalogue.

  • The courses needed to complete your program will be listed under "program requirements."
  • You can also review your MyPath audit to track your progress towards your program completion.

Step 2: Plan Your Courses

Now that you know which courses are required for your program, you can start planning which ones to take. 

  • Courses can be taken in any order as long as you meet the prerequisites – however it is recommended that you start with the lower level courses first.

  • Use the Course Scheduling Tool to see which courses are offered. 

Contact a Student Success Advisor for further help at


Please note

Read the Important Terminology before finishing your course planning to help you understand the process better.


Course Planning Resources

  1. Step-by-step Course Planning Guide
  2.  GPA Calculator (Please note, to calculate your GPA for admission to another institution, refer to the GPA policy for that institution. For transfer, count your credits based on how the course transfers as opposed to how many credits it is worth at Douglas College.)
  3. Course Scheduling and Time management tools


Important Terminology

Where to check prerequisites and co-requisites for courses:

How to start preparing for my prerequisites:

  • It's best to start with 1000-level courses (first-year courses), but courses may be taken in any order, provided prerequisites are met first.

Prerequisites will need to be completed first, in earlier semesters. All prerequisites need to be successfully completed with the minimum grade required before you may register for the intended course.

Need a minimum of C- to pass your prerequisites unless stated otherwise on the course page.

Read in detail

  • Electives are courses you "elect" to register in - they can be any course of your choice as long as it meets any other requirements listed.
  • Elective may be an opportunity to meet additional credential requirements such as a concentration or specialization.
  • It can be used to gain breadth knowledge by selecting courses from other faculties. 
  • You can use electives toward a minor or 2nd concentration or specialization because it would be a great opportunity to select courses from other faculties to gain breadth knowledge.
  •  Sometimes electives must be UT - (University Transferable), which means, it must transfer for credit to at least 1 of the 5 research universities (UBCV, UBCO, SFU, UNBC, UVIC) on the BC transfer guide website
  • If you are planning to transfer to another institution, see the University Transfer page.

This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available online at scheduled course times. Synchronous online activities may include lectures or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead, for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).

If your course has a synchronous component, you will need to be online on scheduled days and times.

This course will include synchronous online tests/exams. Students should plan to be available online at scheduled course times

All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times.

This course is offered on-campus. Attendance in person at scheduled day(s) and times as determined by the instructor is required.

This section is offered in a hybrid format. It includes both online components and in-person on-campus activities. Check Blackboard and your Douglas College email for specific details about on-campus dates. The instructor will provide advance notice of the dates of on-campus activities.