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University of Calgary Calendar 2017-2018 Admissions A.5 Undergraduate Admission Requirements A.5.1 Canadian High School Students A.5.1.2 Standard Admission for High School Students
A.5.1.2 Standard Admission for High School Students

Standard admission is based on five approved courses required for admission to a program. Admission is competitive and meeting the minimum requirement does not guarantee admission. Students presenting an Approved Option as their fifth course must obtain a minimum 65 per cent average on the remaining four courses in addition to meeting the program specific competitive admission average. For students attending schools operating on non-semester system (linear), admission will be based on mid-year (mid-term) grades.

Students must submit their application for admission by March 1 and an interim transcript by March 31 that shows final grades to date and current course registrations. For more information visit: ucalgary.ca/future-students/undergraduate/apply.

Standard Admission Requirements

The admission average will be calculated using five courses including final grade 11 grades and at least one grade 12 academic course required for admission. If both grade 11 and 12 grades are provided the grade 12 grade will be used.

Students who wish to start in the Fall term and complete required courses during the summer prior to admission may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis and if there is still space in the program to which they are applying.

Equivalent courses will be considered for students who have completed studies outside the province of Alberta. For information on course equivalencies visit: ucalgary.ca/future-students/undergraduate/apply.

Faculty/Program Required Courses Supplementary Requirements Notes
Arts      

BA, BSc, BCC, BCMS, BFS

English Language Arts 20-1 or 30-1
Four approved courses at the 20 or 30 level of which one may be an approved option
  Some programs have first year courses with specific prerequisites. While not required for admission, the following are recommended:
Math 30-1: Earth Science, Economics, Geography and Psychology
Biology & Chemistry 30: Earth Science and Psychology

Fine Art Programs: Visual Studies, Dance, Drama & Music

English Language Arts 20-1 or 30-1

Four approved courses at the 20 or 30 level*

*Approved courses may include locally developed courses specific to Art, Dance, Drama or Music. A maximum of two Approved Fine Arts Courses are permitted. Either two Fine Arts Options, or one Fine Arts Option and one 3 or 5 credit option may be used.

Visual Studies: portfolio required
BMus: complete online audition form and audition.
Dance: audition and statement of interest required
Admission to the BMus, BA (Music) or Minor in Music programs requires evidence of successful completion of Advanced Rudiments or the departmental music theory diagnostic exam.
Cumming School of Medicine

BCR

English Language Arts 20-1 or  30-1
Biology 20 or 30
Three approved courses at the 20 or 30 level of which one may be approved option

 

 

BHSc

English Language Arts 20-1 or 30-1
Mathematics 20-1 or 30-1*
Biology 20 or 30
Chemistry 20 or 30
One approved course or option at the 20 or 30 level
Online supplementary application *A grade of 70% in Math 20-1 or 30-1 is required
Haskayne School of Business

English Language Arts 20-1 or 30-1
Mathematics 20-1 or 30-1

Two of:

Aboriginal Studies 20 or 30 (5 credits)
Any International Baccalaureate (IB)
or Advanced Placement (AP) courses
Biology 20 or 30
Chemistry 20 or 30
Computing Science, Intermediate Level (5 credits) or
Advanced Level (5 credits)
Career and Technology Series
Language or Language and Culture
Courses at the 20 or 30 level
Mathematics 31
Physics 20 or 30
Science 20 or 30
Social Studies 20-1 or 30-1

One additional approved 5-credit (or two 3-credit) course or option at the 20 or 30 level

Kinesiology
Most programs English Language Arts 20-1 or 30-1
Mathematics 20-1 or 30-1
Biology 20 or 30
Chemistry 20 or 30
One approved course or option at the 20 or 30 level 
Biomechanics English Language Arts 20-1 or 30-1
Mathematics 20-1 or 30-1*
Biology 20 or 30
Chemistry 20 or 30
Mathematics 31^

*A grade of 70% in Math 20-1 or 30-1 is required.

^If Mathematics 31 is  not available the admission average will be based on four courses.

Although not required for admission, Physics 30 is strongly recommended as it is a prerequisite for some courses.

Nursing English Language Arts 20-1 or 30-1
Mathematics 20-1 or 20-2 or 30-1 or 30-2
Biology 20 or 30
Chemistry 20 or 30
One approved course or option at the 20 or 30 level
Mathematics 30-2 is preferred for admission to Nursing
Schulich School of Engineering English Language Arts 20-1 or 30-1
Mathematics 20-1 or 30-1
Mathematics 31 Chemistry 20 or 30
Physics 20 or 30
Energy Engineering: Supplementary Application required Students who do not present Math 31 see section 3.1 in the Schulich School of Engineering section.
Science English Language Arts 20-1 or 30-1
Mathematics 20-1 or 30-1
Two of Biology, Chemistry or Physics at the 20 or 30 level*, Mathematics 31, CTS Computer Science Advanced
One approved course or option at the 20 or 30 level

Although courses may not be required for admission, they may be prerequisites for first year courses. Students are encouraged to take high school courses related to their intended major.

Social Work Students must complete two years (60 units of courses) including Social Work 201 OR the Alberta Social Work Diploma to be considered for admission Students must also submit the Social Work Supplementary Application Form, a resume, references and essay
Werklund School of Education (Four-Year Program, On-Campus)

Elementary

Early Childhood Education
English Language Arts
Fine Arts Education

English Language Arts 30-1 Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2 One of Science 30, Biology 30, Chemistry 30 or Physics 30
Two approved courses or options at the 30 level

Mathematics
Science

English Language Arts 30-1
Mathematics 30-1
Two of Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Physics 30, Mathematics 31 or CTS Computer Science Advanced (5 Credits)
One approved course or option at the 30 level

Social Studies

English Language Arts 30-1
Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2
One of Science 30, Biology 30, Chemistry 30 or Physics 30
Social Studies 30-1
One approved course or option at the 30 level
 

Secondary

   

English Language Arts
Fine Arts Education - Drama
Fine Arts Education - Visual Studies

English Language Arts 30-1
Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2
One of Science 30, Biology 30, Chemistry 30 or Physics 30
Two approved courses or options at the 30 level

   

Mathematics
Science - Biology
Science - Physics

English Language Arts 30-1
Mathematics 30-1
Two of Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Physics 30, Mathematics 31 or CTS Computer Science Advanced (5 Credits)
One approved course or option at the 30 level
   

Social Studies

English Language Arts 30-1
Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2
One of Science 30, Biology 30, Chemistry 30 or Physics 30
Social Studies 30-1
One approved course or option at the 30 level
   

K-12

English Language Learners
Second Languages

English Language Arts 30-1
Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2
One of Science 30, Biology 30, Chemistry 30 or Physics 30
Two approved courses or options at the 30 level
Werklund School of Education (Four-Year Program – Community-Based) Preference for admission will be given to students from rural communities.

English Language Arts

English Language Arts 30-1
Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2
One of Science 30, Biology 30, Chemistry 30 or Physics 30
One approved course at the 30 level

Mathematics
Science

English Language Arts 30-1
Mathematics 30-1
Two of Science 30, Biology 30, Chemistry 30 or Physics 30
One approved course or option at the 30 level

Social Studies

English Language Arts 30-1
Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2
One of Science 30, Biology 30, Chemistry 30 or Physics 30
Social Studies 30-1
One approved course or option at the 30 level

Concurrent Program

Must meet course requirements for faculty offering the concurrent degree.  
Approved Courses

The following is a list of approved Alberta high school courses. Further details and information regarding equivalent courses for other Canadian provinces and territories are available at ucalgary.ca/future-students/undergraduate/explore-programs by selecting a program of interest and choosing an admission type and curriculum.

  • Aboriginal Studies 20 or 30 (5 credits)
  • Any International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP) courses
  • Biology 20 or 30
  • Chemistry 20 or 30
  • Computing Science, Intermediate Level (5 credits) or Advanced Level (5 credits) Career and Technology Series
  • Fine Arts courses*- For admission to non-Fine Arts programs, only one Art, Music or Drama course may be used: Art 20 or 30 or 21 or 31, Choral Music 20 or 30, General Music 20 or 30, Instrumental Music 20 or 30, Drama 20 or 30, Dance 25 or 35
  • Language or Language and Culture Courses at the 20 or 30 level
  • Mathematics 20-1 or 30-1
  • Mathematics 20-2 or 30-2
  • Mathematics 31
  • Physical Education 20 or 30
  • Physics 20 or 30
  • Science 20 or 30
  • Social Studies 20-1 or 30-1

Notes:

  • Two courses in the same subject area may not be presented to satisfy entrance requirements unless the courses are Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2 and Mathematics 31.
  • Only one Grade 12 level course in a language stream may be used to satisfy admission requirements.
  • A minimum grade of 70 per cent in Alberta Mathematics 30-1 is the prerequisite for first year math courses.
  • Alberta Science 30 cannot substitute in for specific grade 12 science courses required for admission (Chemistry, Biology, Physics).
Approved Options
  • Other five-credit 20- or 30-level courses excluding Special Projects 30 and English 30-2.
  • Three-credit courses: two three-credit 20- or 30-level courses can be combined to fulfil ONE requirement. Courses at the 20 level and 30 level CANNOT be combined to satisfy a course requirement.
  • One-credit courses: five intermediate or five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil ONE requirement. Intermediate and Advanced Credits cannot be combined to satisfy a course requirement.
Conditions of Admission

Standard Admission offers are conditional upon receipt of final transcripts. Students must maintain their academic standing, complete all grade 12 course requirements and obtain their Alberta Grade 12 Graduation, or equivalent. Students who fail to meet this requirement or do not provide final official transcripts by August 1 will have their admission and registration cancelled.

Applicants who meet admission requirements with final grades will only be considered for admission upon receipt of an official final transcript and if space is still available at that time.

Alternate Admission Offers

Applicants will be considered for their first and second choice programs in order of choice. Applicants who are not granted admission to their first or second choice programs may be waitlisted and/or offered admission to an alternate program.