Steps for Choosing your Courses (First Year BCS)

Step 6: Electives

  • This is the step in which you have the most choice. As you look at course descriptions in the UNB calendar, make sure you choose several alternatives that interest you, since your first choices might not fit into your schedule.
  • You should choose 3 electives from: Arts, Business Administration and/or Science. Specifically, BCS students will typically choose 2 electives for Term 1 and 1 elective for Term 2 (so that they end up with a total of 5 courses in each term.)
  • Aside: Consider choosing courses that have an English writing component (indicated by a [W] symbol in the UNB calendar). You are required to take a minimum of 12 credit hours of courses with a [W] designation during your degree program.
  • Find writing challenging? The UNB Writing and Study Skills Centre is located in the C.C. Jones Student Centre (Rm 16/17), and there is a drop-in centre in the Harriet Irving Library Learning Commons (Rm 110).
    Phone: (506) 453-4646
    Writing and Study Skills web page      

Elective options:

  • Arts electives can be chosen from the following disciplines:
    • Anthropology
    • Classics
    • Economics 
    • English
    • History
    • Media Arts & Cultures
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Plus several different language courses 
  • In general, you should start with Arts courses at the first or second-year level. Also, read the course description carefully to make sure that the course doesn't have a prerequisite requirement that you are missing.


  • Business Administration elective option: ADM1015, ADM1213, ADM1313


  • Science elective may be chosen from:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Sciences
    • Physics 
  • Note: If you choose a Science, take the lecture and the corresponding lab (but counts this pair as 1 elective).
  • Biology:
    • The appropriate Biology courses for CS students are BIOL1001 (lecture) and BIOL1006 (lab) in Term 1 and, if you wish to take more Biology, BIOL1012 (lecture) and BIOL1017 (lab) in Term2.
    • Note: If you have not taken Grade 12 Chemistry, you should talk to the instructor for BIOL1001 before registering.
  • Chemistry:
    • If you choose Chemistry, you should register for CHEM1001 (lecture) and CHEM1006 (lab) in Term 1 and, if you wish to take more Chemistry, CHEM1012 (lecture) and CHEM1017 (lab) in Term 2.
    • NOTE: If you have not taken Grade 12 Chemistry, you should talk to the instructor for CHEM1001 before registering.
  • Earth Sciences:
    • In order to take Earth Sciences, there is no high school science requirement. However, these are demanding courses.
    • If you choose the Earth Sciences option, you should take ESCI1001 (lecture) and ESCI1006 (lab) in Term 1 and/or ESCI1012 (lecture) and ESCI1017 (lab) in Term 2. (Aside: Unlike the other Sciences, the second-term Earth Sciences course can be taken whether or not you have taken the first-term Earth Sciences course.)
  • Physics:
    • Must have Grade 12 Physics. *Less than 65% in Grade 12 Physics? Physics at UNB is not recommended.
    • Must also be strong in Math. (In particular, if you are taking the full-year version of MATH1003, you should not take Physics at the same time because material in the second half of the first year physics depends on MATH1003 having been completed already.)
    • If you decide on the Physics option, you should register for (PHYS1061 OR 1071 (lecture)) and PHYS1091 (lab) in Term 1 and, if you wish to take more Physics, (PHYS1062 OR 1072 (lecture)) and PHYS1092 (lab) in Term 2.
    • Alternatively, the term 1 physics courses, PHYS1061 (lecture) and PHYS1091 (lab), are often offered in Term 2 as well, and this may fit your schedule better.



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