Each year, Capilano University's kálax-ay Sunshine Coast campus offers a flexible suite of first-year university courses called First-Year Experience, which allow you to earn credits toward a university degree while you explore a variety of subjects.

As a first-year student taking part in our cross-disciplinary curriculum, you will gain practical experience in research as well as creative and critical thinking that will lay the foundation for your future academic and career success.

Classes combine flexible online and mixed-mode learning and work-integrated learning opportunities with local organizations. You'll apply your academic knowledge to real-world working situations and draw on these experiences in your course work. When you complete your courses, you will be connected, informed and ready to thrive in your community.

Courses can be applied to CapU programs, and most transfer to other post-secondary institutions in B.C. Take just one course or take them all!

First-Year Experience courses

First-Year Experience courses are normally offered in person at the Sunshine Coast campus; however, owing to health and safety measures related to the pandemic, we anticipate offering a mix of online and physically-distanced classes in fall 2021.

Spring 2021 courses

  • CMNS 185 – Presentation Skills for Public Speaking
  • ENGL 100 – University Writing Strategies
  • PSYC 100 – Introduction to Psychology I
  • SOC 100 – Social Structures
  • COMP 115 – Learn to Code
  • INTS 210 – Approaching Knowledge
  • ANTH 206 – First Nations of British Columbia

Fall 2021 courses

The Fall 2021 course schedule will be available online in June via the myCap Schedule at capilanou.ca/mycapu/mycap-schedule. Each course in the schedule indicates its mode of delivery, e.g. online, in person, dual delivery (a combination of online and in person) or off-campus (community-based delivery).

How to apply

When applying online through EducationPlannerBC, be sure to select Arts-General as your program choice and Sunshine Coast as your campus choice.

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