Camosun logo for print

Take your next step, one semester at a time.

Camosun's transfer programs offer a great deal of flexibility, which you might find to be a bit confusing as you start deciding which courses to take. However, it's difficult to make a wrong decision in your first semester. You may be looking ahead to many years of education, but you only need to register one semester at a time. This means that your customized program can be tweaked as you learn more about what you want to study and where you're going.

How do I decide which courses to choose?

Start by asking yourself these questions (even if you don't know the answers yet!)

  • What subjects interest me?
  • What are the educational requirements for the careers I would enjoy?
  • What kind of degree do I want to pursue?
  • Which courses will transfer to the university I want to attend later?

Find out what's available by reading through the course descriptions

Don't panic when you see that Camosun offers 1,500 courses! To help you out, we've created a shorter list of the subjects with courses that will transfer to at least one BC university.

As you go through the course lists, pay attention to the prerequisites listed. This will help identify which courses you might take in your first semester. For instance, English 151 is the prerequisite for many other courses, making it a logical first-semester choice. Another thing to look for is when the courses may be offered: Fall (September), Winter (January), Spring (May) or Summer (July).

Think ahead to where you'll go next

If you have a particular university in mind, you also want to look for the courses that transfer seamlessly into that university. If you're undecided, look for courses with many transfer options. If you're planning to stay in BC, there's an easy-to-use online transfer guide to help you. And if your goal is to transfer to UVic, you'll find some helpful documents on this course selection and planning page.

Remember that you register for one semester at a time, and you will gain about two months of experience as a Camosun student before you have to make any decisions about which courses to take next.  Part way through your first semester, you may want to meet with an Academic Advisor for professional advice about how best to meet your personal education goals. This is particularly true if you plan to transfer to a university outside of BC.

Choosing Electives

Electives are "your choice" courses. Many post-secondary programs can be customized by allowing you to choose from a list of pre-approved electives. The online BC Transfer Guide is designed to help you make informed choices as you decide which courses to take as your electives, to ensure they transfer appropriately for your educational goals. It's a good idea to meet with an academic advisor as well.

Regardless of when you actually take the courses, the 100-level courses (such as ENGL 151 or HIST 116) are generally considered "first-year" courses, while the 200-level courses (such as MATH 218 or BIOL 230) are "second-year" courses.

Camosun offers university transfer courses within a wide range of subject areas:

University Transfer Subjects

What are we talking about?

Application is the first step toward admission to a program at Camosun.
Registration is the process of signing up for courses.
A collection of courses that usually leads to a credential.
A course covers one subject, such as Math 108 Applied Calculus or History 206 Canadian Women: 1916-Present.
University Transfer Course
A University Transfer (UT) course is a course that transfers to at least one research university listed on the BC Transfer Guide.
Co-operative Education
Co-operative Education is a learning model that allows you to gain work experience in your chosen field while enrolled in your academic program.

Course descriptions

Abbreviation and Number
Identifies the course, such as ENGL 151. The abbreviation and number appear on timetables, course registration forms and transcripts.
The descriptive name of the course, such as Academic Writing Strategies.
Credit values are based on hours per week.
Courses you need to take before registration into your desired course.
Courses you need to take at the same time as your desired course.
Pre or Corequisites
Courses you need to take either at the same time, or before, your desired course.
Students are admitted into college programs and courses based on their previous educational background and experience. If your high school transcripts are dated, or if you do not have any transcripts, you will need to take an assessment of your current skills before registering. The results from the assessment will indicate where to start for success. Learn more.

Last updated: October 9, 2014 11:02 am

Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

©1996–2018 Camosun College | Victoria BC, Canada | Printed: February 25, 2018 at 1:19 pm Change Everything logo for print