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 a Student Success Advisor for further help. 


Associate Degrees:


1st Year Course: A course which transfers as an assigned or unassigned credit at 100-level to at least one Research University.

2nd Year Course: A course which transfers as an assigned or unassigned credit at 200-level or higher to at least one Research University.

Arts Courses: An Arts course is defined to be any 100- or 200-level course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Arts    degree at: SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UNBC, or UVIC (including Math and Economics).  

Science Course: A science course is defined to be any course within a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Science degree or Baccalaureate of Applied Science degree at one of the Research Universities: SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UNBC, or UVIC.

Arts electives include the following departments and subjects:

 * English               Humanities                      Social Sciences       May be used as Arts Electives





Creative Writing






Geography (Human)



Modern Languages


Performing & Fine Arts


Political Science

Stagecraft & Event Tech.



International Studies

Legal Studies


Social Sciences



*(English courses can include courses in written Communications and Creative Writing that transfer to one of the Research Universities as ENGL credit. A maximum of 3 credits can come from such as an equivalent; at least 3 credits must be earned in an actual ENGL course, so named.  For purposes of the Associate of Arts degree, Engl. courses cannot be counted as Humanities courses.)

**Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies

 (Human Geography and most Psychology courses are designated as Arts courses)

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of British Columbia's five research universities (UBC-Vancouver, UBC-Okanagan, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, or University of Northern British Columbia) as per the BC transfer guide



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, for example.

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.

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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Contact Information

Do you have questions?

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