Frequently Asked Questions:
Faculty of Arts and Science (includes Arts, Science, Kinesiology, Physical and Health Education and Bachelor of Music)
Upon entering first year, students are admitted to the Faculty of Arts and Science into one of the following degree programs: Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Science (Honours), Bachelor of Science (Honours) Specialization in Kinesiology, Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (Honours), or Bachelor of Music. Most first-year students have been admitted as BAH or BSCH, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science students, and will have the task of selecting the courses that they will take in their first-year of studies based on their interests and goals for a future "Plan" (or subject of concentration).
Students who are admitted to direct entry programs: BSCH KINE, BPHE, BFA or BMUS, have limited choices in their first year as the majority of their program is prescribed to them. If you fall into one of these categories, you will only need to choose your elective courses.
Students will receive information on registration in June, including where to find their enrolment appointment time. The enrolment appointment is the earliest time a student can register for courses.
The course selection period normally runs for 3 weeks in July of each year.
Students will also have the opportunity to add and drop course during the Open Enrolment period (the first 3 weeks of September). Please refer to the " 10 steps to Registration" on the Arts and Science webpage (LINK to: http://www.queensu.ca/artsci/academics/undergraduate/new-students/register-for-courses/10-steps-to-registration).
Bader International Study Centre Students
If you are entering the first year program in England at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) you will have a separate Summer Orientation Academe and Registration (SOAR) session run by the International Programs Office in the Faculty of Arts and Science.
If you are a student in the Commerce program, you will select one elective course and will be contacted by the School of Business with regards to preregistration.
Engineering and Applied Science or Nursing Students
If you are a student in the Engineering & Applied Science or Nursing programs, your first year courses will be selected for you. You will be contacted by your respective faculty office during the summer months.
Back to Top
If you wish to obtain an Honours (four-year) degree in the Life Sciences, you will need to take one of PHYS 107, 106, or 104. For Physics 107, Physics 4U or equivalent is recommended and a 4U or equivalent course in Mathematics is required. For Physics 106 and 104, Physics 4U or equivalent is required along with a previous or concurrent university course in Calculus.
For additional information, please visit
Back to Top
If you wish to switch to another program, it is recommended that you first contact an academic advisor in your home Faculty.
If you are an Arts and Science student, you will select your degree concentration (i.e. major) at the end of your first year. When you are beginning the registration process for your second year, you will be required to request your degree concentration. Please note that many programs do have first year grade cutoffs required to proceed to second year. Please read the individual departmental regulations in the Arts and Science Calendar for more information ( http://www.queensu.ca/calendars/artsci/index.html ).
If you are a student in Applied Science, you will select your discipline in the latter stages of your first year.
Back to Top
Further information for prospective medicine students and about Queen's School of Medicine, is available on the
Queen’s School of Medicine prospective student web page
Many of our undergraduate students decide to pursue graduate and professional programs upon their graduation. In fact, our undergraduate students are well represented in graduate and professional programs at Queen’s University, across the country and around the world.
It is impossible to list requirements for all graduate and professional programs as Queen’s University alone offers 48 Masters degree and 34 Doctoral degree programs. In addition to Queen’s University’s School of Medicine and Faculty of Law, some other program options include: Occupational Threapy; Physical Therapy; Rehabilitation Science; Urban and Regional Planning; Industrial Relations; Public Administration; Masters of Business Administration (MBA); as well as Masters and PhD programs in the Faculty of Arts and Science, Applied Science, Education, Nursing and Kinesiology and Health Studies.
For more information about our Graduate Studies programs, please visit: http://www.queensu.ca/sgs .