Preparing for University
Be prepared for admission.
Explore some of our transition programs.
Get a head start.
What high school classes do I need?
The high school classes that are required for admission purposes are not always the same as the classes you will need to complete the degree program you choose.
For example, if you want to study Environmental Biology, you don’t need Biology to be admitted but you will need it for the required university Biology courses you will need to take.
Commonly required high school classes
- In order to study university-level Biology, Chemistry or Physics the 30-level high school course of the same subject is required. University-level Chemistry and Physics also require Foundations of Math 30 or Pre-Calculus 30.
- In order to study university-level Calculus, which is required for some programs, Pre-Calculus 30 is required. However, students who have not completed Pre-Calculus 30 may be eligible to take a university-level elementary calculus class prior to their required university-level calculus course(s).
Please note that this list is not exhaustive and students who are uncertain are encouraged to contact an academic advisor.
What if I don’t have the high school classes I need?
If you have not completed or just wish to review your high school classes for Math, Chemistry, Biology and/or Physics you have the following options:
- a Math deficiency can be cleared by taking MATH 102.3 or 104.3
- a Biology deficiency can be cleared through completion of BIOL 90, BIOL 107.6 or BIOL 108.6
- a Physics or Chemistry deficiency cannot be cleared with uSask courses with the exception of the ISAP’s STEM Accelerator courses (see below for more information).
Indigenous Student Achievement Pathways (ISAP) STEM Accelerator courses – for Indigenous students
Offers Chemistry 90, Biology 90 and Physics 90 courses that will allow you to take university 100-level level courses in these subjects. These courses also help you brush up your skills even if you have taken them in grade 12.
What if my grades are not high enough for admission
Our Transition Program was established for students under 21 years of age who do not meet the university's regular admission requirements. The Transition Program operates under the belief that all students can be successful at uSask if given the tools they need, regardless of their academic performance in high school.
If you are over 21 years of age you may be able to apply for Special (Mature) Admission
Transitioning to university life
Joining a Learning Community is a great way to overcome common first-year university challenges. You get to take a set of classes with a group of other student who share common interests and meet in a weekly LC Hour that is guided by two upper-year university students. There are numerous choices for most colleges.
I want to get a head start
Summer university classes
Taking summer classes is a great way to:
- get ahead in your degree program,
- focus on that tough class you want to get out of the way, and
- lighten your load during fall and winter session.
If you want to work on university-level material while still in high school and possibly earn university credit, you may want to consider taking Advanced Placement courses.
I need to improve my English
I don’t meet the English language proficiency requirements
You can take the English for Academic Purposes certificate program if you need to improve your English skills before entering university.
I want to improve my English language skills
Improving your English will help you improve your grades. Our Language Centre offers part-time evening English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.