Course Selection

Our Academic Advising team provides support with course selection to current Nipissing University students in an undergraduate program.

Before getting started with your course selection, we encourage you to review the resources below to help better understand how your program is structured, how to timetable when creating your schedule and how to interpret your degree requirements:

Finding Your Program Requirements

Before selecting your courses, we recommend becoming familiar with your program and degree requirements by watching the Finding Your Program Requirements video below.

Additionally, if you are enrolled in the Concurrent Education program, you can learn more about your program requirements in the Concurrent Education Requirements video.

Scheduling Your Courses

To learn how to effectively schedule your courses, please watch the video below.

You can find the Timetable Planner tool that is referenced in the video here.

Breadth Requirements

Most undergraduate programs make reference to Humanities, Social Science, Science, and Professional Discipline requirements (breadth requirements). The purpose of breadth requirements is to ensure that students are exposed to different disciplines within their degree.

Please note that courses in the subjects below may not be offered each year.

These groups are defined as follows:

Humanities Ancient Studies, English Studies, Film, Fine Arts, French, History, Philosophy, Religions and Cultures, Spanish
Social Sciences Anthropology, Child and Family Studies, Criminal Justice, Economics, Gender Equality and Social Justice, Geography, Indigenous Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Welfare and Social Development, Sociology
Sciences Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Data Science, Environmental Science, General Science, Physical/Technique Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics
Professional Studies Accounting, Administrative Studies, Finance, Marketing, Nursing, Organizational Studies, Physical and Health Education, Social Work, Technology Management
Other Aboriginal Leadership, Academic Writing, Arts and Cultural Management, Digital Humanities, First Year Foundations Experience, Interdisciplinary Studies, University Success


Electives are courses taken outside of the program requirements, chosen by the student. Students often use elective credits to achieve additional goals such as majors, minors, certificates and/or teaching subjects. When trying to select electives, students can look at specific courses and course descriptions using WebAdvisor or the Academic Calendar.

French Courses

The prerequisite for FREN-1106 Introductory French is Grade 12 core French, while those students who have graduated from a French immersion program or fully French secondary school register in FREN-2006 Intermediate French. Students interested in a Minor in French can find the requirements at this link.

Course Codes

When registering for courses on WebAdvisor, students will need to search by subject in order to find the recommended course codes. For example, the “ACAD 1601” course will be listed under the “Academic Writing” subject option.

Please see a list of subjects and the corresponding course code below:

Aboriginal Leadership (LEAD) Education (EDUC) Marketing (MKTG)
Academic Writing (ACAD) English Studies (ENGL) Mathematics (MATH)
Accounting (ACCT) Environmental Science (ENSC) Nursing (NURS)
Administrative Studies (ADMN) Film (FILM) Organizational Studies (ORGS)
Ancient Studies (CLAS) Fine Arts (FAVA) Philosophy (PHIL)
Anthropology (ANTH) Finance (FINC) Physical and Health Education (PHED)
Astronomy (ASTR) First-Year Foundations Experience (FYFE) Physics (PHYS)
Biology (BIOL) French (FREN) Political Science (POLI)
Chemistry (CHEM) Gender Equality and Social Justice (GEND) Psychology (PSYC)
Child and Family Studies (CHFS) General Science (GSCI) Religions and Cultures (RLCT)
Computer Science (COSC) Geography (GEOG) Social Welfare and Social Development (SWLF)
Criminal Justice (CRJS) Geology (GEOL) Social Work (SWRK)
Data Science (DATA) History (HIST) Sociology (SOCI)
Digital Humanities (DIGI) Indigenous Studies (INDG) Spanish (ESPA)
Economics (ECON) Interdisciplinary Studies (INTD) Technology Management (TMGT)

For more information on course codes, please visit this link.

How to search for courses, register, and manage your waitlist

If you are having trouble logging in to WebAdvisor or need assistance with your Nipissing credentials, please review the FAQ regarding Nipissing credentials provided by University Technology Services. 

Please click here to review written instructions on how to register for courses in WebAdvisor and/or review the instructional videos below. If you have questions regarding how to search for courses, register, or manage your waitlist, please contact the Registrar's Office at or call 705-474-3450 ext. 4600.


Once you have reviewed these resources, please select the button below which best identifies where you are in your program: