Welcome to MSVU!

You are at the beginning of an exciting educational journey. We are excited 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 course selection 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 Events - July 19, 2023

Summer Advising and Registration is happening on July 19, 2023 in McCain 105 & 106. Faculty and staff will be on hand to support you as you pick your first year courses, select electives, build your class schedule, and prepare for your first year at MSVU.

RSVP Here!

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.

Review your First-Year Course Selection Guide: Every program has required courses as well as electives. Download your first year course selection guide (below) to learn what courses you should take. You can view course descriptions and program information in the Academic Calendar.

Get to know myMount: myMount is the 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.

Plan your Ideal Schedule: Before registering for courses, you should create a draft schedule by searching for the courses you wish to take in myMount and adding them to your schedule in the Registration Centre. You can also use a blank schedule template to map out your ideal schedule for the upcoming year.

Seek Academic Advising: We encourage you to attend our Early Advising and Registration event in the Spring 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 academic advisor any time. An advisor can help you select and schedule courses, plan your program, refer you to other on-campus student support services, and more. Academic Advisors are here to support your at every stage of your program. Go to our booking page or email advising@msvu.ca to book an appointment.
Helpful Tip: Be sure to take your ideal schedule to your academic advising appointment to review with an advisor.

Register for your courses via myMount or the Mount App (Ellucian Go): All course registration is completed online via the Registration Centre in myMount or the Mount App. Check out our videos on how to register for courses in the “How to Register for Courses” section of this webpage.

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

Review Your First-Year Course Selection Guide (Listed by Program)

Explore 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
NUTR 2211* Intermediate Human Nutrition (prerequisite: NUTR 1106 & Grade XII Chem or CHEM 1005)
NUTR 2240 Nutrition, Health and Safety for the Developing Child and Adolescent
NUTR 2300* Nutrition for Fitness and Sport (prerequisite: NUTR 1106 & Grade XII Chem or CHEM 1005)
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

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 1501 Foundations of Science Communication
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 1155* Introduction to Computer Programming (prerequisite: Grade XI or XII academic math)
CMPS/INTE 1161* Introduction to Media Computing (prerequisite: Grade XI or XII academic math)

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 2293 Understanding Movies
CULS 2294 Film Genres
CULS 2297 Animated Film

ECON 1101* Introduction to Microeconomics (prerequisite: Grade 12 Mathematics)
ECON 1102* Introduction to Macroeconomics (prerequisite: ECON 1101)

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 1101 Introduction to Gerontology
FSGN 2100 Health Aging
FSGN/PHIL 2202 The Roots of Peace and Conflict
FSGN 2212 Perspectives on Parent-Child Relations Across the Life Course
FSGN 2312 Resilient Families

HIST 1121 Canoes and Colonialism: A History of Canada to Confederation
HIST 1122 Consolidation and Conflict: A History of Canada from Confederation
HIST 1131 World History: Early Civilizations in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas
HIST 1132 World History: Colonization and Commodities
HIST 2200 History of Greece
HIST 2201 History of Rome
HIST 2208 From Optimism to Destruction: Europe 1890-1933
HIST 2209 Catastrophe and Rebirth: Europe 1933-1989
HIST/POLS 2216 Allies and Anti-Americanism: A History of Canadian-American Relations
HIST 2220 Reason and Light: The Enlightenment in Europe
HIST 2222 Canadian Women in Historical Perspective
HIST 2225 Canadian Environmental History
HIST 2230 History of the Atlantic Colonies to Confederation
HIST 2231 History of the Atlantic Colonies Since Confederation
HIST 2255 History of Food from Gatherers to Gourmands
HIST 2261 A History of Pirates
HIST 2281 History of Childhood: The European Experience
HIST 2285 Love, Sexuality and the Body in European History
HIST 2289 The World in Postwar Era
HIST 2302 Rome’s Heirs: The European Early Middle Ages
HIST 2391 History of Education in Canada

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 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. Information about the placement tests will be available at msvu.ca/mathematics Students taking MATH 2208/2209 are advised to take a self-test online at 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 2500*: Statistical Modelling and Data Analysis (prerequisite: MATH 1102 with a grade of C- or higher, or placement into MATH 1113 via placement test)
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 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/POLS 2208 Introduction to Political Philosophy
PHIL 2209 Introduction to Ethics
PHIL/POLS 2214 Social and Political Justice
PHIL 2220 Reasoning and Argumentation
PHIL/RELS 2229 Contemporary Moral Problems

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 2208 Introduction to Political Philosophy
POLS/PHIL 2214 Social and Political Justice
POLS/HIST 2216 Allies and Anti-Americanism: A History of Canadian Americal Relations
POLS/WOMS 2223 Women and Politics
POLS/WOMS 2300 Global Women and Gender 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 take PSYC/BIOL 2217 in the Winter.
*Students who complete PSYC 1120 in Fall semester may take: PSYC 2213 and PSYC 2270 in the Winter semester.

RELS 1020 Western Religious Traditions
RELS 2201 Evil
RELS/PHIL 2229 Contemporary Moral Problems

SOAN 1502 Questioning Society
SOAN 2500* Introduction to Social Theory (prerequisite: SOAN 1502)
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/BUSI 2225 Design Management in Business and Tourism (prerequisite: THMT 1101 & BUSI 1112)
THMT 2244* Sustainable Tourism (prerequisite: THMT 1101)
THMT 2301* Tour Operations and Management (prerequisite: THMT 1101)
THMT/BUSI 2430 Social Media for Tourism (prerequisite: BUSI 2230)

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/PSYC 2265 Psychology of Gender (prerequisite: WOMS 1110 or PSYC 1110 & 1120)
WOMS/POLS 2300 Global Women and Gender Issues
WOMS/SOAN 2570* Gender & Society (prerequisite: SOAN 1502)
WOMS 2281 Women and Caregiving

How To Select and Schedule Your Courses

1. Select your courses: Use the first-year course selection guide above, along with the list of courses open to first-year students (also above) to select the courses you will take in your first year.

Helpful Tip: Select two or three back-up choices for each semester…sometimes, courses fill up quickly.

2. Schedule your courses: Use myMount or the MSVU App to search for the courses you want to take. Some courses have required labs and they must be scheduled (and registered for) separately. Some courses and labs will have multiple sections. Choose the section at the time that works best for you.

Helpful Tip: When you select courses in the Registration Centre in myMount, you can view your schedule to ensure there are no conflicts before registering for courses. If you prefer, you can use a blank schedule template to map out your ideal schedule for the upcoming year.


  • Click on the courses you wish to take in myMount or the Mount App to read the course descriptions. You can also read the course descriptions in the Academic Calendar. This will help you decide which courses you wish to take.
  • Most courses are 0.5 unit. This means they run for one semester. Some courses are 1.0 unit. This means they run from September to April.
  • Most courses take place two times per week for one hour and fifteen minutes. Some courses only take place once per week for two and a half hours.
  • We offer a variety of online courses every semester. Typically, online courses are identified by their section numbers (ex. 18, 19, 20, etc.). Online courses may be offered in a variety of ways. Visit our online learning department to learn more about the different course delivery modes.
  • See the videos below on how to use the Mount App and myMount to register for your courses.

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. Follow the steps in this video for assistance.

myMount Registration



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. On-Campus, 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. 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. On-Campus, 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

Academic Calendar & University Terminology

The Academic Calendar lists everything you need to know about the Mount’s policies and procedures, programs, courses, important dates, and more. Plus, familiarize yourself with university terminology that is found within the Academic Calendar.

Review FAQ's

Review frequently asked questions (FAQ’s), generated by the Academic Advisors.

A-Z List of Services & Supports

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