With the admission category of Life Sciences, you have the first opportunity to enrol in the courses associated with Life Sciences programs. Although you will not be applying for your program of study until the end of first year, it is a good idea to take courses for a few different programs so you have options. Start looking ahead by reviewing the Arts & Science Academic Calendar. Read below for everything you need to know to start planning your first year and beyond
What’s in a program?
To receive your degree you will complete 20 credits through a minimum of one of these program levels:
- Specialist: Focus your learning into one concentrated area.
- Double Major: Combine two areas of interest to develop a unique perspective.
- One Major and Two Minors: Build a diverse academic record while studying many areas of interest.
Program combinations do not need to be in the same subject area. As long as the combination of programs meet minimum requirements, you can pursue any combination of programs. However, you are only allowed to enrol in maximum of three programs, one of which must be a minor.
During your studies, you are required to meet a Breadth Requirement, which allows you to explore courses outside your program of study, and introduces you to other ways of looking at topics and issues from a range of fields. The Arts & Science Academic Calendar explains the rules for completing your Breadth Requirement and every course description in the Calendar indicates the Breadth category it fulfills:
- CCR: Creative & Cultural Representations
- TBB: Thought, Belief & Behaviour
- SI: Society & Its Institutions
- LTE: Living Things & Their Environment
- PMU: Physical & Mathematical Universes
Some courses do not count towards the Breadth Requirement. These courses are listed in the Academic Calendar with "Breadth Requirement = None" in the course description.
Program and Course Selection
The Arts & Science Calendar and Timetable are the best resources for choosing your courses.
- Arts & Science Calendar: This will help you identify which programs you wish to pursue, which will then inform you of the first-year courses you need to take. Please be aware that not all courses listed in the Calendar will be offered every year.
- Timetable: Refer to the Timetable to find out which first-year courses are being offered for the upcoming school year.
The recommended course load for full-time, first-year students is five courses per term. Your first year will comprise a mixture of courses for your intended program(s), small classroom options and electives. Your schedule will consist of a combination of lectures, labs and tutorials, depending on the courses you take. You can always contact your college registrar’s office if you have questions about course selection.
As a student in the Life Sciences admission category of the Faculty of Arts & Science, you have priority during enrolment in all your first-year life science courses. Students are encouraged to take a wide range of introductory courses that will allow maximum flexibility in course selection in higher years. To help decide which first-year courses to choose, see the Arts & Science Academic Calendar.
There are many amazing opportunities specific to first-year students in Arts & Science.
Large-scale lectures offer a dynamic experience and can be supported with tutorials or labs. Small-class experiences, such as the First-Year Foundations (FYF) Seminars and Ones Programs, can help you build relationships with professors and your peers early on in your academic career.
First-Year Learning Communities (FLCs) are groups of students in the same courses who meet bi-weekly for academic, development and social activities. They are not for course credit.
Learn more to find the small-class experience that’s right for you.
The Transfer Credit Office in the Faculty of Arts and Science processes requests for transfer credit on admission and post admission. The Office also processes requests for Letters of Permission and transfer credit for outgoing exchange students. Learn more about transfer credits and find out how to apply.
Students who have enrolled in the following in high school may be eligible for transfer credit upon admission:
- Cambridge Pre-University
- French Baccalaureate
No application for high school transfer credit is necessary, but you must arrange for your final results to be sent directly to Enrolment Services by the applicable deadline. For more information on high school transfer credits, including deadlines and how they count toward your degree and program(s) of study, visit the Transfer Credits Information page on our website.
If you have completed courses at another university or college, you may be eligible to receive course credits – getting you one step closer to earning your U of T degree.
The University of Toronto’s transfer planning tool, Transfer Explorer, can help you check the eligibility of course credits taken at other post-secondary institutions (or other University of Toronto divisions) for transfer to (or within) the University of Toronto.
Plan your schedule and make a draft timetable
You have done your research and are excited about the interesting courses available. But before enrolment day arrives, be sure to mock up a weekly schedule using the timetable feature on the Arts & Science Course Timetable.
The timetable feature may list multiple time options for a course lecture, practical and/or tutorial but you only need to select the time that works best for you. Simply look up a course and click 'add to plan.' At the top you will see a 'view timetable plan' button which will produce a timetable based on the courses you have selected.
NOTE: The timetable feature will have specific enrolment instructions for BIO120, BIO130, CHM135, CHM136, PHY131 and PHY 132. It is very important to follow the instructions to avoid a scheduling conflict.
You can use the Sample Fall Timetable (Life Sciences) for reference. (NOTE: This is not a real timetable - yours may look different.)
Plan Your Courses on Degree Explorer
U of T’s degree planning tool, Degree Explorer, is a great way to plan your education path. Log on and use the planner to determine how future course choices might meet your requirements.
Save courses in your enrolment cart
Your enrolment start time might be weeks away, but you can start adding your selected courses to your enrolment cart in ACORN in late June. Saving courses in your cart is a great way to plan ahead. It will also help you when you are rushing to enrol at your start time; all you will have to do is officially enrol in each course in your cart.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You will NOT be automatically enrolled in courses in your enrolment cart. You must log in and enrol in each course at your specific start time.
Check your enrolment time on ACORN
Your start time indicates the earliest date and time at which you can start enrolling in your courses. Check your enrolment time on ACORN starting July 2, 2020.