Learn the language of Brock

Many terms and definitions related to course registration will be new to you.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the following terms prior to registration.

Course calendar:

This online catalogue contains Brock rules and regulations, programs of study, program requirements and course descriptions.

Click here to view the current course calendar


Only available in an honours degree program, and requiring a minimum of six credits (6.0) from a list of approved courses. Enables you to pursue studies with some focus within your major or combined major.

Context credits:

Mandatory courses intended to provide you with a broad educational background. All students must complete at least one full credit from each of the following Faculties at Brock:

  • Humanities
  • Mathematics and Science
  • Social Sciences

Plan these into your schedule after required courses.

Click here to view a complete list of context credits.


A course that must be taken at the same time as another course.

Course component:

Various classroom formats that make up a course, such as lectures, seminars, labs and tutorials.


Divisions of the university that give instruction in a certain subject area. These divisions oversee program requirements.


Removal from enrolment in a course.


Period of time over which a course is taught.


Elective credits may be chosen from any area of interest, provided you meet any prerequisites or restrictions listed in the course notes.

Note: If you are planning to pursue a minor, you will likely use your elective courses to satisfy these requirements.


Branches of the university that oversee academic departments/centres.


An academic course set aside for laboratory work.


A large classroom setting in which the instructor addresses all students in the course.


Specific area of emphasis within a degree program. Students following a major will have a set of core courses and electives to complete.

Major credit:

Credits required for, but not necessarily the same as, your major discipline.


Must be distinct from your major or combined major, and requires from four (4.0) to six (6.0) credits.

Students wishing to obtain a minor within a degree program may not use the same course(s) to satisfy both the major and minor requirements.


A course that must be taken prior to taking another course.


Special permission from the teaching department/centre to register in a course that has prerequisites and/or restrictions that students do not meet, or that may be full.


Requirements of a course that must be met before registration in a specific course.

Required courses:

Courses that must be taken as a part of your degree program. Plan these into your schedule first.


A small classroom setting where students have the opportunity to discuss course material.


A collection of courses focusing on a specific area within a major.


Students meet in a classroom setting to work with instructors and teaching assistants in problem-solving and applied-learning situations.