Course Registration FAQs

If you still have questions after reviewing our course registration page, maybe these frequently asked questions will help you out.

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General tips for course registration

  • Start planning for course registration early
  • Don’t forget to include your secondary components (seminars, labs, etc.) in your schedule
  • Once you add a course to your schedule, it’s yours — there is no submit button
  • If you’re taking classes on the main campus and the downtown Marilyn I. Walker campus on the same day, you will need a minimum of 30 minutes between in-person classes for travel time
  • When registering for Fall/Winter, you’re registering for all your first-year courses across both semesters — not just for the Fall
  • You can register for courses back-to-back — classes leave 10 minutes before their posted end time so you can make it to your next class
  • Registration opens at 6 a.m., but course restrictions are lifted at midnight — this is especially important for students trying to take major courses to transfer into another program.
  • The year-one timetable only includes first year courses (e.g. 1PXX or 1FXX) — if your program plan requires you to register for a 2nd year course (or higher), those courses and their available times can be found in the returning students timetable.

Course-specific tips

  • BIOL 1P91 and BIOL 1P92 are restricted to non-majors until specified date (even if it is a required course)

July 13 (when course registration opens)
provided you have 0 credits

  • Bachelor of Science – Biophysics
  • Bachelor of Science – Biochemistry
  • Bachelor of Science – Environmental Geosciences
  • Bachelor of Science – Sciences
  • Concurrent BSc/BEd – Intermediate/Senior
  • Concurrent BSc/BEd – Junior/Intermediate – Integrated Studies Major
  • Bachelor of Science – Biomedical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science – Neuroscience
  • Bachelor of Science – Biotechnology
  • Bachelor of Science – Biological Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science – Earth Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science – Earth Sciences Co-Op
  • Bachelor of Science – Biochemistry Co-Op
  • Bachelor of Science – Environmental Geosciences Co-Op
  • Bachelor of Science – Neuroscience Co-Op Program
  • Bachelor of Science – Biotechnology Co-Op Stream
  • Bachelor of Science – Oenology & Viticulture Co-Op
  • Bachelor of Science – Earth Sciences Co-op
  • Bachelor of Science – Oenology and Viticulture Co-Op

July 24

  • Bachelor of Arts – Community Health Three Year
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics
  • Bachelor of Science – Biophysics
  • Bachelor of Science – Biochemistry
  • Bachelor of Science – Environmental Geosciences
  • Bachelor of Arts – Child Health
  • Bachelor of Science – Sciences
  • Concurrent BSc/BEd – Intermediate/Senior
  • Concurrent BSc/BEd – Junior/Intermediate – Integrated Studies Major
  • Bachelor of Science – Biomedical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science – Neuroscience
  • Bachelor of Science – Biotechnology
  • Bachelor of Science – Nursing
  • Bachelor of Physical Education
  • Concurrent BPhed/BEd – Intermediate/Senior
  • Concurrent BPhed/BEd – Honours – Junior/Intermediate
  • Bachelor of Kinesiology
  • Bachelor of Public Health
  • Bachelor of Science – Biological Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science – Medical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science – Kinesiology
  • Bachelor of Science – Earth Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science – Biochemistry Co-Op
  • BSc-Environmental Geosciences Co-Op
  • Bachelor of Science – Neuroscience Co-Op Program
  • Bachelor of Science – Biotechnology Co-Op Stream
  • Bachelor of Science – Oenology & Viticulture Co-Op
  • Bachelor of Public Health – Co-op
  • Bachelor of Science – Earth Sciences Co-op

July 28

  • All other majors
  • SPAN 1F90 and SPAN 1F00 are 1.0 credit but offered in one semester (not across both). Students taking these classes will only have 4 courses in that semester, but it will still equal 2.5 credits
  • You must have 70% in 4U Chemistry to take CHEM 1P91 and CHEM 1P92. If students do not have 70%, they must take CHEM 1P00
  • Available times for KINE 2P08, KINE 2P41, ACTG 2P40 and any other 2nd year courses (or higher) can be found in the returning students timetable. Do not take KINE 2P08 and 2P41 in the same term. Students should balance their KINE courses.
  • GAME students will take classes at Niagara College (code BTGD). They register as 1P90 but it will show up on their schedule as 9810, etc.
  • If a context credit is found under two faculties (e.g. Humanities and Social Sciences) it can only be used to satisfy ONE of those context credits, not both.
  • Medical Sciences students (or any student wanting to switch into Medical Sciences) cannot take KINE 1P90 as their elective, because they will lose credit in this course once they have taken the required course HLSC 2P95 in year 2.

Faculty-specific tips

Health Sciences

  • Students may benefit from taking Latin as an elective
  • MedPlus Students (keep schedule open for meetings)
    • Fall term Level 1
      Mondays 9 – 11 a.m.
      Tuesdays 5 – 7 p.m.
    • Winter term Level 1
      Mondays 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
      Tuesdays 5 – 7 p.m.

Kinesiology

  • We encourage students to register for KINE 2P08 in D3.
  • If you’re interested in Physiotherapy, we recommend these context credits:
    • PSYC 1F90
    • ENGL 1F__

Physical Education

  • If you’re interested in teaching, your context credit should be in your second teachable.
  • To book an advising appointment, please visit portal.bus.brocku.ca
  • If you’re looking to transfer into Business, we recommend taking these courses:
    • ECON 1P91
    • ECON 1P92
    • MATH 1P97
    • MATH 1P98
  • LawPlus Students (keep schedule open for meetings)
    • Fall term Level 1
      Thursdays 5 – 7 p.m.
      Fridays 1 – 3 p.m.
    • Winter term Level 1
      Thursdays 5 – 7 p.m.
      Fridays 10 a.m. – noon
  • Year 1:
    • 1.0 Science Context Credit
    • 1.0 Social Science Context Credit
    • 3.0 Humanities Elective Credits
  • We don’t recommend taking more than one (1) English course or more than one (1) Philosophy course as many students find it’s too much reading.
  • Students can only take one (1) first year Philosophy course (course grades replace one another for PHIL 1F90, 1F91, 1F93 and 1F94)
  • WRDS 1F90 (Rhetoric and Persuasion) – recommended for those interested in law.
  • If you’re interested in Ancient Greece and Rome, we encourage you to take Latin.
  • A 0.5 credit in German is being offered this year.
  • A 0.5 credit in Mandarin is being offered this year.
  • French:
    • FREN 1F00 – Grade 9 (Core French)
    • FREN 1F50 – Grade 10-11
    • FREN 1F90 – Grade 12
    • FREN 1Y91 & FREN 1Y92 (0.25 credit each) recommended with FREN 1F90 (not necessary for Immersion students)
  • You must have a 4U Math to take MATH 1P97 and/or MATH 1P98.
    Without a 4U Math, you will need to take MATH 1P21 first.
  • If you are taking MATH 1P01 and MATH 1P05, you will be required to successfully complete the Mathematics Skills Test.
  • You must have a minimum of 70% in 4U Chemistry to take CHEM 1P91 and/or CHEM 1P92.
    If you don’t have this minimum grade, you will need to take CHEM 1P00 first.
  • BioMedical Sciences students are recommended to take MATH 1P98 so they can complete the Humanities Context Credit.
  • BSc in Computer Science Students must have a minor, so we recommend choosing your first-year elective wisely.
  • BSc General Sciences Students – HLSC 1F90 or PSYC 1F90 are recommended to allow for change of major.
    Also, you must take BIOL 1F90 to transfer into majored programs.
  • MedPlus Students (keep schedule open for meetings)
    • Fall term Level 1
      Mondays 9 – 11 a.m.
      Tuesdays 5 – 7 p.m.
    • Winter term Level 1
      Mondays 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
      Tuesdays 5 – 7 p.m.
  • LawPlus Students (keep schedule open for meetings)
    • Fall term Level 1
      Thursdays 5 – 7 p.m.
      Fridays 1 – 3 p.m.
    • Winter term Level 1
      Thursdays 5 – 7 p.m.
      Fridays 10 a.m. – noon

Where do I find my course calendar?

To find out what courses you need to take, you’ll need to review your course calendar. This can be found at brocku.ca/webcal/current/undergrad

Where do I find my course timetable?

To find out when your first-year courses (1PXX, 1FXX, etc.) are taking place, you’ll need to review the course timetable. This can be found at brocku.ca/guides-and-timetables/timetables/?session=fw&type=ug&level=year1

To find out when your upper year courses (2PXX, 2FXX, 3PXX, etc.) are taking place, you’ll need to review the returning students timetable. This can be found at brocku.ca/guides-and-timetables/timetables/?session=fw&type=ug&level=all

Should I add 3.0 credits in Winter?

First year students usually take 5.0 credits throughout the fall/winter terms and most students choose to take 2.5 credits each term to balance their course load. These courses may be a full (1.0) credit, indicated by an “F” in the course code, or a half (0.5) credit, indicated by a “P”, “Q”, or “V” in the course code. When you are choosing courses, add up the number of credits that you are taking each term, and in total, to ensure that you have a complete and balanced schedule.

I have an uneven balance of credits because of full credit SPAN 1F00 in D3

SPAN 1F00 is a full year course condensed into one semester and takes up 2 timeslots in your schedule. Whichever semester you choose to take SPAN 1F00 in, you will only have 4 courses scheduled, equaling 2.5 credits. The other semester will still have 5 classes, which will also equate to 2.5 credits, and the 5 total credits necessary to be a full-time student.

What does “restricted mean” (i.e., BIOL, CHEM)?

Certain courses (ex. BIOL 1P91 and CHEM 1P92) are restricted to majors that are a part of the Faulty of Mathematics and Sciences until the dates indicated in the notes section of the Registration Guide. After this date, the class is open to all other students who have the class as a required course for their program (predominately Faculty of Applied Health Sciences students)

Other classes may be restricted to non-major students until the date indicated in the Registration Guide, and these students can add that course as an elective provided there is space available.

What can I do if I have a scheduling conflict?

If you have a scheduling conflict when registering for courses, re-examine the registration guide and see whether one of the conflicting courses is offered at a different time and/or place. You will need to be flexible in your context and elective credits, as your required courses may only be offered at one time.

When will tuition fees be updated?

Tuition fees are calculated in early August, and will be posted to a students my.brocku.ca portal under their Student Financial History at that time.

How do I order a confirmation letter for an RESP?

In order to order a confirmation of enrollment letter for an RESP, you will need to log on to your my.brocku.ca student portal. Choose “Student Self-Serve Menu”, “GenReqForms”, and then “Forms&Services”. Follow the steps and choose the correct form from options, filling out the necessary information. This form can be sent to you by email, fax, mail, or can be picked up from Brock Central @ The Registrar’s Office. Students should ensure they have registered fully before requesting the letter to accurately reflect their status as a student.

Where can I find a “list of electives”?

Elective credits are simply courses that are not a part of the required courses for a student in a particular program, and that do not have a prerequisite or any other restrictions. These courses are usually interest-based since the student has some choice as to what they would like to take. While there is not a specific “list” of electives, you can peruse courses that are of interest to you that are open to non-majors and are not part of your program requirements.

What is SYNC and ASYNC?

When looking at the course timetable, you may find a code of SYNC or ASYNC under the course’s location.

SYNC/Synchronous courses have a set time when students are expected to “attend”. It may be just for the lecture, just the seminar or each course component could require you to participate at a set time. The instructor will inform you of specific expectations via the syllabus at the beginning of the term. Just a reminder that course conflicts are not allowed without permission of both instructors.

ASYNC/Asynchronous courses do not require that you attend at a specific time but will still have deadlines that you will need to adhere to. Make sure you set reminders for yourself to complete all course work on time!

When looking at an asynchronous course, you may be wondering why it still has a specified time. This is to allow the instructor the option of using the time as office hours or a meet time if needed. Instructors may or may not choose to use the time set.

What is BLD/Blended?

Blended courses normally combine a hybrid of “face-to-face” and online study.

For Fall 2020, all components will be online. Check the Location to determine if the courses will have both SYNC and ASYNC components.

What is the difference between LEC and LEC2?

The difference between LEC and LEC2 (and/or LEC 3) is simply that some courses require multiple lectures to be able to accommodate the number of students that are enrolled. On the registration guide, the time and location of LEC and LEC 2 and/or LEC 3 will be different, but these are not different options for you to choose from – you must attend all the timeslots to meet the requirements of the course.

What does “permission of instructor” mean?

Some courses are restricted to students who are of a certain major or program. If you are interested in taking a course that has certain restrictions, you may require a course override, or permission of the instructor for you to be able to register.

Where do I find information on context credits?

To view a list of context credits, please visit discover.brocku.ca/context-credits

Where do I go to register?

When the registration system opens, you’ll need to log in to your my.brocku.ca student portal and click on the Register link on the left-hand side.

Where do I find my text books?

  • The Booklist release date is August 7th  – visit campusstore.brocku.ca to order your textbooks
  • The Brock Booklist is a list that shows all courses and required course materials as assigned by your professors/ instructors
  • Purchase early to ensure you have all your course materials for the first day of class
  • Both digital and print options will be made available whenever possible
  • Shipping of online orders will be done via courier service, with average shipping taking 2-4 business days

How do I find my academic advisor?

Your academic advisor can help you with a number of different things — ensuring you’re on the right path to graduate, help add a minor or change majors, etc. — and you can find your advisor by visiting brocku.ca/academic-advising/find-your-advisor

What do the letters in the course codes mean?

  • F → 1.00 credit
  • G → 1.00 credit
  • P → 0.50 credit
  • Q → 0.50 credit
  • R → 0.50 credit
  • V → 0.50 credit
  • Y → 0.25 credit

What do the durations mean?

  • D1 course
    Duration 1 – September to April
  • D2 course
    Duration 2 – September to December
  • D3 course
    Duration 3 – January to April

What do the class type acronyms mean?

  • CLI – Clinical Study
  • LAB – Laboratory
  • LEC – Lecture
  • SEM – Seminar
  • TUT – Tutorial
  • WWW – Web-based Course

What do the day-of-the-week letters mean?

  • M – Monday
  • T – Tuesday
  • W – Wednesday
  • T or R – Thursday
  • F – Friday