To help you prepare for your academic advising and course registration session at BISC SOAR, you may find it helpful to visit the websites listed below to learn more about the many academic programs offered in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen's.
Full-time Arts and Science students at Queen's normally take five full courses (30.0 units), or the equivalent, in their first year of university study. Many courses available to first-year students at the BISC are full courses (6.0 units) which run from September through April. There are also 3.0 unit courses offered at the BISC which only run for one term (Fall or Winter).
A list of first-year courses offered at the BISC can be found on the BISC website and in the First-Year Program Course Registration Instruction Manual (PDF, 963KB) that was emailed to you in June. While selecting the courses that interest you, refer to the Arts and Science Academic Calendar and department websites for detailed information on program requirements and necessary prerequisites for second-year courses. If you have any questions about program requirements and first-year course selection, make sure that you ask them when you talk with an academic advisor.
All students in the first-year program at the BISC have been admitted into the Bachelor of Arts program at the BISC. Your first year of study should be about exploring the various disciplines that are available to you at the BISC. While you are not required to select your subject of concentration or Plan until after first year, it is still important to consider the academic direction that you might be heading towards in order to select appropriate first-year courses to satisfy prerequisites for the Plan of interest. By selecting a wide variety of courses, you will have a good foundation of Plan options for moving forward.
Please note that not all disciplines in the Faculty of Arts and Science can be offered at the BISC. If you are interested in pursuing a Plan that does not have a first-year course at the BISC, ask your academic advisor about your options.