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The following terms are specific to the Faculty of ALES and used throughout this section of the Calendar. Also see the Calendar’s Glossary .
Approved Program Elective (APE): courses that build on the requirements of a major and allow some customization of the learning experience. APEs should be selected from lists posted on the Faculty website.
Capstone Course: synthesizes knowledge and skills learned throughout the four years of the program. These courses are integrative and experiential, and are taken in the final year. The Faculty reviews potential Capstone Courses annually to ensure that specific criteria are met.
Free Electives: courses that allow students to broaden their background and knowledge base. These courses may build on their discipline or be of personal interest but unrelated to their program. Any university-level course can be considered a free elective.
Major: Academic area of focus within a degree program. Students who have not selected a major by the end of their first year in the program may be required to declare one before registering for the next academic year.
Minor: Secondary area of focus that complements a major within a degree program.
Normal Course Load: A normal full academic course load is 15 units of course weight per term in Fall/Winter. Students wishing to take more than 15 units of course weight in a term must have satisfactory standing and approval of ALES Student Services.
Program Core: consists of the central program elements in each degree.