Welcome to MSVU!

You are at the beginning of an exciting educational journey. We are delighted and proud that you have joined our community and look forward to supporting you throughout your program!

The information you will find on this page will help you make a smooth transition to the Mount. You’ll access the first year advising guide for your program, read about what to do after being accepted, learn about steps to take throughout your first year, discover how to use the academic calendar, and review some university terminology.

Early Advising and Registration

Access your Early Advising and Registration web resource to find step by step instructions for course selection and registration and other helpful information to assist you as you prepare for your first year of studies at MSVU.

What to do after being accepted

Confirm your attendance: Confirm your attendance by paying your confirmation deposit. Confirming your attendance will guarantee you a seat in your program and allow you to register for courses. Visit our Payment Centre and select the confirmation deposit that applies to you from the drop-down menu. Have any questions about the confirmation deposit? Contact our Financial Services office.

Research and plan ahead: Every program has required courses as well as electives. Download your first year advising guide (below) to learn about your program requirements and course options. Start thinking about which courses you will register for in your first year and which electives interest you. You can view course descriptions and program information in the Academic Calendar.

Get to know myMount: myMount is our online student portal where you can register for courses, view financial information, access moodle courses and your student email account, and read about Mount news and events. You will receive a username and password for myMount after you have been accepted.

Map out your ideal schedule: Before meeting with an academic advisor or registering for courses, you should create a draft schedule by searching for the courses you wish to take in myMount and using the template in your first year advising guide to map out your ideal schedule for the upcoming year. Be sure to take your schedule to your academic advising appointment.

Seek Academic Advising: We encourage you to attend our Early Advising and Registration event for assistance choosing your first year courses and registering. If you are unable to attend or have additional questions, you can book an appointment with an advisor. An advisor can help you plan and schedule courses and refer you to other on campus student support services. Go to our online booking page or email advising@msvu.ca to book an appointment.

Register for your courses via myMount or the Mount App (Ellucian Go): All course registration is completed online via myMount or the Mount App. For step by step course selection and registration instructions visit our Early Advising and Registration web resource.

Check out our Next Steps Hub for new students. The Hub covers next steps for all aspects of university life.

Courses open to first year students

The courses listed below are open to first year students.

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) have a prerequisite (either first semester or concurrent), or require permission of the instructor. Check the Undergraduate Academic Calendar for further information.

NUTR 1010* Introduction to the Profession (prerequisite: Admission to BSc AHN)
NUTR 1102* Foods I (NUTR 102L lab required) (prerequisite: Grade XII Chemistry or CHEM 1005)
NUTR 1103* Foods II (NUTR 103L lab required) (prerequisite: Grade XII Chemistry or CHEM 1005)
NUTR 1106* Introduction to Nutrition (prerequisite: Grade XII Biology)
NUTR 2240  Nutrition, Health and Safety for the Developing Child and Adolescent
NUTR 2326 Global Nutrition

BIOL 1114     Human Reproduction, Growth & Maturation (not a credit towards a major in Biology)
BIOL 1152    Introductory Biology I (BIOL 152L lab required)
BIOL 1153*  Introductory Biology II (BIOL 153L lab required)(prerequisite: BIOL 1152)

BUSI 1112 Introduction to Business Administration
BUSI 2011 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
BUSI 2012 Work and Career in the Modern Global Environment
BUSI 2060  Personal Finance
BUSI/THMT 2202 Communications and Self-Management Skills
BUSI 2214 Organizational Behaviour: Individuals in Organizations
BUSI 2215 Organizational Behaviour: Groups, Structure and Culture
BUSI 2225* Introduction to Information Systems in Organizations (prerequisite: BUSI 1112)
BUSI 2259 Legal Aspects of Business
BUSI 2230 Principles of Marketing
BUSI 2250 Business Ethics
BUSI 2321 Introductory Accounting I
BUSI 2322* Introductory Accounting II (prerequisite: BUSI 2321)
BUSI 2430* Social Media for Tourism (prerequisite: BUSI 2230)
BUSI 2601 Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector

CANA/POLS 1001 Government, Law, and Leaders
CANA/POLS 1002 State, Democracy, and Change in the Global Era
CANA/POLS 1102 Citizenship, Identity, and Diversity in Canada
CANA/POLS 2201 Law, Government, and Politics in Canada
CANA/POLS 2202 People, Power, and Politics in Canada
CANA/CULS 2211 Canadian Popular Culture
CANA/CULS 2301 Black Culture in Canada

CHEM 1003 Chemistry of Everyday Life
CHEM 1005* Chemical Concepts (CHEM 105L lab required) (prerequisite: Grade XI or XII academic Math or Math 0027)
CHEM 1011* General Chemistry I (CHEM 111L lab required) (prerequisite: Grade XII Chem and Grade XI and XII academic Math)
CHEM 1012* General Chemistry II (CHEM 112L lab required) (prerequisite: CHEM 1011)

CHYS 1110 Introduction to Child and Youth Care
CHYS 1120* Essentials of Child and Youth Care Practice (open only to students enrolled in the BA (CYS) degree)
CHYS 1130 Theoretical Frameworks in Child and Youth Study

COMM 1015  Introduction to Communication Technology
COMM/PBRL 2013  Communication: Theory and Practice
COMM 2016  Audiovisual Communications
COMM 2025  Introduction to Social Media
COMM 2101 Relational Communication
COMM/PBRL 2211  Introduction to Public Speaking
PBRL 1010*  Foundations of Public Relations (prerequisite: Admission to the Bachelor of Public Relations program)
PBRL 2012*  Writing: Theory & Practice (prerequisite: Admission to the Bachelor of Public Relations program)

CMPS/INTE 1024  Information Technology Fundamentals
CMPS/INTE 1161*  Introduction to Media Computing (prerequisite: Grade XI or XII academic math)
CMPS 2255* Introduction to Computer Programming II (prerequisite: CMPS 1155)

CULS 1101  Cultural Studies: An Introduction
CULS 2201  Cultural Studies: Critical Debates
CULS 2202  Music and Culture
CULS 2203  History of Rock and Roll
CULS 2207  Drama in Cultural Context
CULS/CANA 2211  Canadian Popular Culture
CULS 2293  Understanding Movies
CULS 2294  Film Genres
CULS 2297  Animated Film
CULS 2301  Black Culture in Canada
CULS 2246  Image and Power

WRIT 1120 Writing Theory and Practice
ENGL 1155  Introduction to Literature: Gender and Form (This course is 1.0 u so will run from Sept until April)
ENGL 1170  Introduction to Literature: Reading Literature
ENGL 1171  Introduction to Literature: Historical Perspectives
NOTE: Students may not take both ENGL 1155 (1.0 u) & ENGL 1170/1171 for credit. ENGL 1170 is recommended before ENGL 1171. WRIT 1120 cannot be used toward the major or minor in English.

FSGN 1100  Introduction to Family Studies
FSGN/PHIL 2202 The Roots of Peace and Conflict
FSGN 2212  Perspectives on Parent-Child Relations Across the Life Course
FSGN 2312  Resilient Families
FSGN 2315  Program Planning in Family Life Education

FSGN 1101 Introduction to Gerontology
FSGN 2100  Healthy Aging

HIST 1102  The West and the World: From the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment
HIST 1103  The West and the World: From the French Revolution to the Modern Day
HIST 1121  Canoes and Colonialism: A History of Canada to Confederation
HIST 1122  Consolidation and Conflict: A History of Canada from Confederation
HIST 2200 History of Greece
HIST 2207  History of European Women from the Eighteenth Century to the Modern Day
HIST 2208  From Optimism to Destruction: Europe 1890-1933
HIST/POLS 2219  Canadian Foreign Policy
HIST 2230  History of the Atlantic Colonies to Confederation
HIST 2231 History of the Atlantic Colonies Since Confederation
HIST/RELS 2237  American Religious History: From Covenant to Cults
HIST 2251  Plagues and Peoples: A World History of Epidemics
HIST 2255  History of Food from Gatherers to Gourmands
HIST 2261  A History of Pirates
HIST 2265  An Introduction to African Civilization
HIST 2300  A History of Ancient Egypt
HIST 2391  History of Education in Canada
HIST 2225 Canadian Environmental History

INTE/CMPS 1024  Information Technology Fundamentals
INTE 1161  Intro to Media Computing (prerequisite: Grade XI or XII academic math)
INTE 2295  Digital Media Management (prerequisite: CMPS 1024)
INTE 2011  Introduction to Project Management

LIBR 2100  Introduction to Research in the Information Age

Students must take the Math placement test in order to take Pre-calculus (MATH 1102) or Calculus (MATH 1113). Students may register for either of these courses before taking the placement test; however, if students do not complete the placement test satisfactorily by the end of the first week of term they may be required to withdraw from the course. Students who will be taking MATH 2208 are advised to take a self-test online at www.msvu.ca/mathematics

MATH 0027  Statistics and Math Preparation (non-credit)
MATH 1102  Pre-calculus I: Algebraic Functions
MATH 1103*  Pre-calculus II: Transcendental Functions (prerequisite: MATH1102)
MATH 1113  Introductory Calculus I
MATH 1114*  Introductory Calculus II (prerequisite: MATH 1113)
MATH 2208* Introduction to Statistics I (lab required-MATH 208L or MATH 208D) (prerequisite: Grade XI or XII academic Math or Math 0027 with a grade of C or higher)
MATH 2209*  Introduction to Statistics II (lab required-MATH 209L or MATH 209D) (prerequisite: MATH 2208)
NOTE: Students taking MATH 2208 and MATH 2209 via distance are required to register for a lab offered via distance. The distance labs are identified as MATH 208D and MATH 209D.

CHIN 1101  Mandarin Chinese I
CHIN 1102*  Mandarin Chinese II (prerequisite: CHIN 1101)
CHIN 2288  Introduction to Chinese Culture

Students must take a placement test to determine which course they should take.
FREN 1101 Basic Practical French I
FREN 1102 Basic Practical French II
FREN 2201  Practical French I
FREN 2202  Practical French II
FREN 2205 Practical French III
FREN 2206  Practical French IV
FREN 2214  Intermediate Grammar & Composition I
FREN 2215  Intermediate Grammar & Composition II
FREN 2253  Introduction to French Literature I
FREN 2254  Introduction to French Literature II

SPAN 1101  Beginning Spanish I
SPAN 1102*  Beginning Spanish II (prerequisite: SPAN 1101 or equivalent)

PHIL 1010  Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 2201  Knowledge, Truth, and Opinion
PHIL/FSGN 2202 The Roots of Peace and Conflict
PHIL 2209  Introduction to Ethics
PHIL/POLS 2210  Theories of Human Nature
PHIL 2212 Freedom and Responsibility
PHIL/RELS 2217  Reason and Religious Belief

PHYS 1101* General Physics I (PHYS 101L lab required) (prerequisite: Math 1103 or high school precalculus Math and placement into MATH 1113)
PHYS 1102* General Physics II (PHYS 102L Lab required)(prerequisite: PHYS 1101)
PHYS 1120 Introduction to Astronomy I: The Sky and Planets
PHYS 1130 Introduction to Astronomy II: Stars and Galaxies

POLS/CANA 1001  Government, Law, and Leaders
POLS/CANA 1002  State, Democracy, and Change in the Global Era
POLS/CANA 1102 Citizenship, Identity, and Diversity in Canada
POLS/CANA 2201 Law, Government, and Politics in Canada
POLS/CANA 2202  People, Power, and Politics in Canada
POLS 2203  Introduction to Public Policy and the Public Interest
POLS/PHIL 2210  Theories of Human Nature
POLS/PHIL 2219  Canadian Foreign Policy
POLS/HIST 2246  Image and Power
POLS/WOMS 2223  Women and Politics
POLS 2244 Contemporary World Events and Issues

PSYC 1110 Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science
PSYC 1120 Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science
*Students who complete PSYC 1110 in Fall semester may do: PSYC 2206, PSYC 2260, and PSYC/BIOL 2217 in the Winter.
*Students who complete PSYC 1120 in Fall semester may do: PSYC 2213 and PSYC 2270 in the Winter semester.

RELS 1020 Western Religious Traditions
RELS 1030 Eastern Religious Traditions
RELS 2201 Evil
RELS 2203 Love
RELS/PHIL 2217 Reason & Religious Belief

SOAN 1502 Questioning Society
SOAN 2520*  Family Marriage & Kinship (prerequisite: SOAN 1502)
SOAN 2531* Making a Living (prerequisite: SOAN 1502)
SOAN 2540* Power, Inequality & Social Justice (prerequisite: SOAN 1502)
SOAN 2550* Diversity & Identity (prerequisite: SOAN 1502)
SOAN 2560* Becoming Social: Self and Society (prerequisite: SOAN 1502)
SOAN/WOMS 2570* Gender & Society (prerequisite: SOAN 1502)
SOAN 2580* Deviance (prerequisite: SOAN 1502)

THMT 1101 Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality
THMT 1116 Introduction to Food Service Management (THMT 116L lab required)
THMT 1201 Health and Safety Regulations in Tourism Management
THMT 2201* Alternate Forms of Tourism (prerequisite: THMT 1101)
THMT/BUSI 2202 Communications and Self-Management Skills
THMT 2205 Human Geography for Tourism and Business
THMT 2216* Planning and Management of Food Service Operations (THMT 216L lab required)(prerequisite: THMT 1201 and THMT 1116)
THMT 2221 Hotel Management
THMT 2244* Sustainable Tourism (prerequisite: THMT 1101)
THMT 2301* Tour Operations and Management (prerequisite: THMT 1101)

WOMS 1110  Focus on Women I
WOMS 1112 Focus on Women II
WOMS 1114 Introduction to Queer Studies
WOMS 2221 Women and Health
WOMS/POLS 2223 Women and Politics
WOMS 2231 Women and Culture
WOMS/SOAN 2570* Gender & Society (prerequisite: SOAN 1502)
WOMS 2281 Women and Caregiving

Core Group List

All BA and BSc Major programs require 1.0 u in groups A, B and C. Psychology can count towards group A or B, but not both.

* Only NUTR courses listed in the science minor can count towards group A requirements. See academic calendar for more details.

**Applied Statistics courses are listed as Math courses.

Professional Studies Courses do not fall under Groups A, B or C. The following courses are considered professional studies.

  • Applied Human Nutrition
  • Business Administration
  • Child & Youth Study
  • Public Relations
  • Tourism & Hospitality Management


How to register for courses

One of the easiest ways to register for courses is to use our convenient MSVU App. After you have downloaded Ellucian Go, Check out this video that explains how to use the app to register for courses.

You can also register for courses through the Registration Centre in your myMount account.

Steps to take throughout your first year

Complete Mount 101: Mount 101 is a free, online program designed to help you learn more about the Mount and build on what you already know about being a student. Mount Mentors are students who can answer your questions about Mount 101 and other aspects of university life. Learn more about the Mount 101 and Mount Mentor program.

Learn your program requirements: Being aware of what your program entails in your first year will help you plan your program successfully. Knowing your requirements will ensure you take the appropriate prerequisites and give you the opportunity to take interesting electives. You can keep track of your progress using your program checklist. While you are responsible for keeping track of your degree requirements, an academic advisor will help you with the process. Go to our online booking page or email advising@msvu.ca to book an appointment. Online and telephone appointments are available.

Ask for help: If you are having trouble adjusting to university course loads, are unsure about what courses to take, or have general questions about university, there are many people on campus you can ask for help, including academic advisors, professors, counsellors, tutors, etc. We are all here to support you throughout your time at the Mount.

Prepare for additional study time: For every hour you spend in class, expect to spend 2-3 additional hours working on homework.

Meet with an academic advisor: You should meet with an academic advisor before you register for your first year courses and again when you are about to declare your major and/or select your second year courses. You can also meet with an advisor at any time throughout the year when you have questions or would like to talk about your program. Go to our online booking page or email advising@msvu.ca to book an appointment. Online and telephone appointments are available.

Start thinking about your major: You will be required to declare your major before you begin your sixth unit of coursework. If you are unsure what to major in, book an appointment with an academic advisor to discuss it or check out our section on choosing a major.

Get to know the Mount community: Check out the services available to you such as the Learning Strategist, Career Planning Centre, Writing Centre.

Take time for yourself: It is important to stay balanced while at university. Extracurricular activities can help you relax after a day of studying. Find something that you enjoy, whether it be listening to or playing music, spending time with friends, joining a club or society on campus, or playing a sport or joining the gym, there is something for every student at the Mount. Try something new and have fun!

Mount 101

Mount 101 is your survival guide for your first year at the Mount. This free program will facilitate the development of skills critical to university success while also providing information about the Mount’s support services

University Terminology

Learn the language. At university, you may hear words you haven’t heard before (ex. prerequisite, unit, undergraduate, major, concentration, etc.). Familiarize yourself with university terminology.

How to use the Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar lists everything you need to know about the Mount’s policies and procedures, programs, courses, important dates, and more.

An A-Z list of services and supports

From research institutes to health and wellness services, there’s something for everyone at MSVU.