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Course planning

Congratulations! You've been accepted to Douglas College. Now you need to decide which courses you want to take.

Step 1: Review your program

You will find it in the Program and Course Catalogue.

  • Read the program "overview" and "career pathways" tab to learn about your program and what you can do with it.
  • The courses needed to complete your program will be listed in the "program requirements" tab.

Step 2: Plan your courses 

Course requirements for your program are listed under the program requirements tab. Once you know which courses are required for your program, you should plan which ones to start with:

Prerequisites planning:

  • Click on a course to see content, method of instruction and more. A list of our courses is on the program and course catalogue (select courses).
  • 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. 
  • Note any prerequisite requirements. Prerequisites will need to be completed first, in earlier semesters. All prerequisites need to be successfully completed before you may register for the intended course. Course prerequisites may change at any time. Always refer to the website for updated information. Changes will be published for one year until it is made effective (Look for the curriculum notice yellow box). 


  • 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. 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.

Contact an Academic Advisor for further help. 


Step 1: Determine your course load

How many courses should you take? It depends.

  • Most full-time students in limited-enrolment programs take courses in a set order as indicated in the program requirements tab. Contact the Faculty for further guidance.
  • Students in open-enrolment programs can take up to 17.5 credits per semester. Select the number of credits that are manageable for you. Note, if you take fewer courses/credits per semester, you may extend the time it takes you to graduate. 
  • Based on other obligations such as student loans or being an athlete

As a general guideline, allow yourself a minimum of 2-3 hours per week of study time for every hour you are in class.

Step 2: Build your schedule

Before registering for courses, draft a sample of your course schedule using our course scheduling tool. This tool will also show you which courses are being offered in an upcoming semester.

Step 3: Register for courses

When you are ready to register at your appointed registration time, login to your account and choose your courses. For help on the registration process, see our video tutorials.

Waitlisted  courses?

Don't worry - there is still good opportunity to get a seat in your waitlisted class. 

Once you have added yourself to a waitlist in the Add, Drop or Waitlist Course page, you can see your Waitlisted courses and position on the waitlist in your Detail Course Schedule from myAccount

Once you receive an offer, your Waitlist position will update on both the Add, Drop or Waitlist Courses page, as well as in your Detail Course Schedule.

An offer will last for 23 hours before it expires and you will be removed from the wait-list at that time if you do not accept the offer. Be vigilant and keep checking for updates!

Be patient. Students often add/drop courses for the duration of the registration period. Wait until closer to the start of the semester to ask for options. 

Watch a how-to video

Science Major? 

Many Bachelor of Science degree's require students to complete first year levels of all sciences, such as Chemistry, Physics and Math. Below is a guide to help you plan your science courses and determine which prerequisites you need first. 


Don’t have Math 11 or a high enough grade?

Consider math upgrading at Douglas College.




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