Some degree and certificate programs have courses you must take in order to become eligible for admission to the program. If you are an undergraduate independent student planning on eventually pursuing a degree or a certificate, you may wish to use your independent studies to complete courses that will help you fulfill the requirements of your intended future program.
Most BA programs and Arts-focused Certificates offered by the Faculty of Arts and Science have no specific program prerequisites. You are encouraged to take courses that will broaden your academic background or fit with your specific interests. (Have a look at elective groups, which focus on specific themes.)
Some programs do have prerequisites, as follows (3 denotes a three-credit course and 6 denotes a six-credit course):
Applied Human Sciences
Community Service (Cert)
AHSC 2303, 2323, 2703; ENGL 2123; 6 credits in the social sciences chosen in consultation with the program adviser
Family Life Education (Cert)
AHSC 2203, 2303, 2323; ENGL 2123; 6 credits in the social sciences chosen in consultation with the program adviser.
Therapeutic Recreation, Specialization (BA) BIOL 2006 or 2013
MATH 2093 NOTE: Students may need one or more of MATH 2003 and MATH 2063.
Early Childhood and Elementary Education (BA), Teaching English as a Second Language (BEd, Cert)
You must complete 18 credits prior to applying for entry.
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics and Statistics (BA)
MATH 2033, 2043, 2053 NOTE: Students not having MATH 2023 or the equivalent must include it in their 18 credits.
NOTE: Students may need one or more of MATH 2003 and MATH 2013.
PSYC 2006; BIOL 2013 or 2023, three credits in Mathematics (in preparation for statistics) chosen in consultation with the the program adviser.
Courses offered within the John Molson School of Business are available to Independent students to a maximum of 6 credits per term and an overall total of 30 credits.
Applicants to John Molson School of Business degree programs must have completed the following five profile courses (or their equivalents):
MATH 208 (Linear Algebra)
MATH 209 (Calculus I)
ECON 201 (Microeconomics)
ECON 203 (Macroeconomics)
BTM 200 (Information Technology)
You may also wish to complete the following courses to obtain credit and/or exemptions:
ACCO 230* (with a minimum grade of C) => COMM 217 (exemptions only)
ACCO 240 (with a passing grade of C-) => COMM 305 (exemptions only)
MARK 201 (with a passing grade of C-) => COMM 223
COMM 215* "Business Statistics" (with a passing grade C-)
* These courses are difficult and should only be attempted by students with a good academic standing.
You may also register for the following courses as electives:
FINA 200 "Personal Finance"
FINA 210 "Introduction to Real Estate"
COMM 299M "Marketing Yourself"
Please keep in mind some courses are aimed at students not pursuing a business degree and as such will NOT be considered as fulfilling your required Business Core courses:
ACCO 230, ACCO 240, ADMI 201, ADMI 202, MANA 201**, MANA 202**, MANA 211, MANA 213, MANA 266, MANA 300
You will need to have completed the majority of the following courses (or their equivalents) to be considered for admission:
MATH 203, 204, 205
PHYS 204, 205
Six credits in social sciences and humanities
Please note that the following courses are not considered as substitutions for any of the above requirements: MATH 206, MATH 208, MATH 209.
If you have completed these prerequisites, you may register for engineering courses. You may wish to consult the general education lists outlined in the Complementary Studies section of the undergraduate calendar for acceptable social science and humanities courses.
For most BCompSci programs, you will need to have completed the majority of the following courses (or their equivalents) to be considered for admission: Math 203, 204, and 205. The prerequisites for Computer Systems are CHEM 205, MATH 202, MATH 203, MATH 204, MATH 205, PHYS 204, and PHYS 205.
The Information Systems option, for example, has a number of Commerce courses which may be taken by independent students, while the Software Systems option includes Mathematics and Statistics courses. The Computer Applications Option allows students to take 45 credits outside of Computer Science, with a minimum of 24 credits in another discipline. You are strongly recommended to consult the undergraduate calendar for further information.
If you wish to take advanced Computer Science courses, you must prove you have completed the required prerequisites by submitting official sealed transcripts and course descriptions.
Please note that no transfer credits will be granted for D-range grades.
Please note that most courses in Fine Arts are not open to non-Fine Arts students due to small class sizes and the specialized nature of many of programs. Some courses are open to independent students, namely courses in Art History, Art Education, Film Studies, Theatre, Music, and Contemporary Dance. Please consult the Undergraduate Class Schedule and each department for more information.
You may wish to apply to a degree program if you are interested in future studies in the Faculty Fine Arts. For more informantion, get in touch with Student Academic Services for the Faculty of Fine Arts at 514-848-2424, ext. 4612.
The Faculty does offers courses for non-Fine Arts students open to independent undergraduate students. These courses do not have prerequisites, nor do they assume any specialized background knowledge on your part.