Dalhousie University - Inspiring Minds


Choosing Your Courses

How many courses do I take?

Full-time undergraduate students:


  • A full course load is 5 courses per term or 2.5 credits/15 credit hours
  • Technology students a full course load is 5-6 courses per term or 10-12 credit hours
  • The minimum is 3 courses per term or 1.5 credits/9 credit hours
  • Most single term courses are worth 0.5 a credit or 3 credit hours

Note: If you wish to take more than 15 credit hours per term (more than 12 credit hours for technology students), you will need to request special permission. If you achieved a Term GPA of at least 3.0 in your previous academic term, you can request permission from the Registrar's Office. If you are a first year student, or had a Term GPA below a 3.0 in your previous academic term, you will need to fill out a Request to Exceed the Maximum Workload form [PDF - 185kB] and submit it to your Faculty/School/College for approval.

Part-time undergraduate students:

  • The maximum is 2 courses per term or 1 credit/6 credit hours

Important notes when choosing your courses

  1. You may not be able to take all of your first choice courses every semester. It is essential to consider alternative courses before you begin the registration process.

  2. Double-check your course times, labs and tutorials to avoid conflicts.

  3. Make sure to consider the amount of time it takes to walk from one classroom to the next (or one campus to another).

Get started

The first step in selecting and registering for classing is to create your schedule.