Course load

  • A normal course load is 30 credits over the fall and winter terms.
  • You should register for 10 courses in total — five courses (15 credits) in the fall term, and five courses (15 credits) in the winter term.
  • Most courses are three-credit courses offered in one term: fall term (September-December), winter term (January-April), spring/summer term (May-August).

Course schedules  

  • Some courses meet three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), and some courses meet for a longer period of time twice a week (Tuesday, Thursday). You are required to attend class on each of the scheduled days.
  • Some courses offer more than one section at different times to keep class sizes small and allow for flexibility in scheduling. Different sections of the same class are indicated by letters at the end of the course number (e.g. ENGL 1201-A, ENGL 1201-B). Students may choose any one section that fits their schedule.
  • In addition to the regular class, a number of courses involve a mandatory lab or tutorial component. In the academic timetable, compulsory labs are listed below the course and end with the letter L. Labs/tutorials may have more than one section listed (L 1, L 2, etc.). Students can choose whichever section fits best in their schedule. Labs do not count as separate courses in your registration. You must register separately for labs at the same time that you register for the class.  
  • Ten minutes is sufficient time between classes to travel across campus.

Placement tests for language courses and calculus

  • If you would like to take a French course, and have not already done so at Mount Allison, you must complete the French placement assessment to help us place you in the appropriate course. You will not be able to register for a French course until you receive written permission from the department.
  • If you have experience with the Spanish or German languages and don’t believe the introductory courses would be appropriate to your skill level you may write the placement assessments for these programs available in Moodle under the ‘Miscellaneous’ section.
  • Any student may proceed to register for either MATH 1111 Calculus I or MATH 1151 Applied Calculus. Applied Calculus is intended for students in life sciences or Commerce who do not intend to take MATH 1121 Calculus II. Please visit the Mathematics & Computer Science website for further information about the difference between MATH 1111 and 1151. Any student enrolled in MATH 1111 or 1151 must write a Math Assessment Test to determine their level of mathematics preparation. If you don’t pass the test, you must take Functions (Math 1011) in the fall term before proceeding with calculus. You can take the test whenever you are ready, on your own computer. The test is available in Moodle under the 'Miscellaneous' section. We strongly suggest you take it before the Fall term begins. More information, including practice tests and information on how to prepare, is available on the Math and Computer Science website.

Transfer students and students with advanced standing

  • Find helpful information about transfer credits and advanced standing (including transfer credit equivalencies for IB courses)
  • Students with transfer credits or advanced standing from another institution may need specific advice for course planning. Please contact the academic advisor at before attempting to register.
  • Credits for IB and AP are not normally transferred until July. We recommend that you register for any required courses in your program now (even if you are expecting transfer credits for these courses). You will be able to change your registration later once your transfer credit assessment is complete.
  • Questions about the transfer credit evaluation process or the status of your assessment can be sent to