Curriculum & Courses

Academic Upgrading


For full course descriptions, use the online Academic Calendar.

Mount Royal University offers the following academic upgrading courses. Below is a list of the course offerings and the corresponding Alberta Grade 12 subject for the purpose of admission to Mount Royal University and many other post-secondary institutions in Alberta. It is important to check with the institution directly to confirm use of any of these courses within the admission process at other post-secondary institutions in Alberta. 

To assist with your academic plan and your course selection, we recommend reviewing our advising guides.


MRU Academic Upgrading Courses Corresponding Alberta High School Course
BIOL 0115 - Introduction to Biology Biology 20
BIOL 0130 - Fundamentals of Biology Biology 30
CHEM 0115 - Basic Chemistry I Chemistry 20
CHEM 0130 - Basic Chemistry II Chemistry 30
ENGL 0115 - Writing and Communication Skills* Preparatory Course
ENGL 0130 - Literature and Composition English 30
MATH 0115 - Foundations of Mathematics I Mathematics 10C/20 - 1
MATH 0130 - Pre-Calculus Mathematics 30 - 1
MATH 0132 - Foundations of Mathematics II Mathematics 30 - 2
MATH 0131 - Calculus and Matrices Mathematics 31
NTST 0130 - Introduction to Native Studies Aboriginal Studies 30
PHYS 0130 - Introductory Physics Physics 30
SCIE 0130 - Science of the Environment Science 30
SOSC 0130 - Ideology and the Canadian Historical Perspective Social Studies 30 - 1

*Prepares students for the next level writing course, including English 0130 and/or English 0212.

Academic Upgrading course grades will appear on your Mount Royal University transcript. However, these courses are not eligible for Alberta Education high school graduation, credit or transcript purposes. For more information on courses which can be used towards a high school diploma in Alberta, contact Alberta Education Information Services at 780.427.5340 or visit


Online course sections will have an online proctored final exam.  A webcam is required and proctoring fees apply.