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Selecting first-year courses for your program

In this step, you will learn which courses are required for your program and how to explore optional courses. You will make a list of the courses in which you want to register and enter them onto the course planning sheet in your Registration Worksheets. Enter subjects, course numbers and specific course section information including course reference numbers (CRNs).


  • In most programs, a full course load is 30 credits for the academic year (September to April.) Normally this means five courses in each term. For the two-year Diploma in Engineering, the normal full course load is 36 credits with six courses each term. 
    • You can register for a reduced course load, but should first speak to an academic advisor to discuss the implications of doing so. Contact Academic Advising by email at @email or book an appointment with an individual advisor.
  • 3-credit courses are normally offered in one term and 6-credit courses are offered over the full academic year. Most students will register in five 3-credit courses each term, while some will register in a combination of 3-credit and 6-credit courses.
    • Be sure that your final registration does not result in a course overload in either term.
    • You should be registered in a maximum of five courses each term (not including labs) unless you are a student in the engineering diploma, for which you should be registered in six courses each term. 
  • Choose your most important courses first (courses required for your program) and then the optional courses you are most interested in taking.
  • Select some alternatives for optional courses, in case your first choices are not available.
  • Explore subjects and courses which are new or unfamiliar. You may find new interests!

If you have completed Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or GCE A-Level courses, you should make an appointment with an Academic Advisor to discuss how your transfer credits can fit into your degree program and affect your first-year registration.

To begin, please select your degree program from the list below. Once you've chosen your program, make sure to come back to this page for more information on course registration.
(The Acceptance Letter you received indicates your degree program.)

Bachelor of Arts with Major
(Including PGOV and Applied Forensic Psychology)
Bachelor of Science with Major
(Including Applied Forensic Psychology)
Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Aquatic Resources Bachelor of Science with Major in Aquatic Resources
Bachelor of Music Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics
Bachelor of Arts and Science in Climate and Environment Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition
Bachelor of Arts and Science in Health Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Arts in Human Kinetics Diploma in Engineering
Bachelor of Business Administration with Major Bachelor of Science (3-year) with Diploma in Engineering
Joint NSCC-StFX BBA in Business Intelligence & Analytics Bachelor of Science with Major (4-year) with Diploma in Engineering

Registration Help Centre

By Email Only: nsr@stfx.ca

The registration help centre will be in operation and will respond to email from June 10 through August 30.

Hours of Operation are Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Atlantic Time

For registration issues after August 30, please email the registrar's office: @email

Please include your full name and Student ID number in all correspondence.