2. Course Selection

2.1 Numbering of Courses

Courses are numbered to indicate their general level. Those in the 1000 series are introductory degree level courses at Dalhousie. Courses in the 2000, 3000, 4000 series are usually first available to degree level students in the second, third and fourth year respectively. Often these courses have prerequisites. Some departments, schools, colleges have minimum grade requirements for entry into courses above the 1000 level. Such requirements are listed in the calendar entries for the departments, schools, colleges concerned.

Courses listed in the 0100 series are introductory technology level courses at Dalhousie. Courses in the 0200 series offer more detailed exploration of a discipline at the Technology level. 0200 level courses usually have prerequisites or require background knowledge.

Courses listed in the 0001-0099 series are university preparatory courses.

An example of a course identifier is as follows: CHEM 1011

     CHEM                   subject code
     1011                    course number & level

Courses with numbers below 0100 normally do not carry credit.

2.2 Academic Advice

At Dalhousie, academic advice is available to all students prior to registration. To find out who your advisor is, see the advising website (dal.ca/advising) and click on “Where to go for advising.”

Academic advisors at Dalhousie strive to enable students to make a successful transition to university, to take responsibility for learning, how to set academic, career and personal goals as well as to develop strategies for achieving them.

Specifically, academic advisors at Dalhousie help students:

  • assess and clarify their interests, academic abilities and life goals;
  • develop suitable educational plans consistent with their goals;
  • select appropriate courses and complementary educational experiences;
  • interpret institutional rules and requirements;
  • develop decision-making skills;
  • resolve academic problems, conflicts and concerns;
  • evaluate their progress towards their goals;
  • by referring them as necessary to other resources.