What are electives and pairs?

Electives are courses which are not specified in a degree program.  Electives may be open, that is, chosen by the student, or approved.  Approved electives require permission from either the chair of the department of the student’s major, or the chair of the department in which the student wishes to take a course.  Arts/Science electives do not include professional program courses such as Aquatic Resources (AQUA), Business Administration (BSAD), Engineering (ENGR), Human Kinetics (HKIN), Human Nutrition (HNU), or Nursing (NURS)

What is an Arts/Science elective?

An Arts/Science elective is an elective course from either the Arts or Science Faculties.  It cannot be a “professional” course such as Aquatic Resources (AQUA), Business Administration (BSAD), Engineering (ENGR), Human Kinetics (HKIN), Human Nutrition (HNU), or Nursing (NURS).

What is a Pair?

A pair is 12 credits in one subject, with six credits at the 200-level or higher.  As exceptions, language pairs in French, Celtic Studies and Classics may be composed of 12 credits at the 100-level.  A student may complete only one pair from a department, and may not complete a pair in the major, honours, or minor subject.  A pair may not be completed using any of the following professions or applied program disciplines:  Aquatic Resources (AQUA), Business Administration (BSAD), Engineering (ENGR), Human Kinetics (HKIN), Human Nutrition (HNU), or Nursing (NURS).

  • A pair is not necessarily 2 courses:  A pair could be comprised of two 6-credit courses; four 3-credit courses; or one 6-credit course plus two 3-credit courses.