U of T’s Rotman Commerce program, jointly offered by the Faculty of Arts & Science and the Rotman School of Management, offers an innovative curriculum with a global perspective for an enriched professional undergraduate experience. It explores the role of commerce in modern society while developing skill and confidence in analysis, effective communications and decision making. The Bachelor of Commerce degree builds on a common foundation of business and liberal arts courses.
Within this admission category, you will be pre-enrolled in the first-year courses associated with Rotman Commerce programs. Learn more about required courses on the Rotman Commerce website for admitted students. You can also enrol in recommended courses outside of Rotman Commerce.
Start looking ahead by reviewing the Arts & Science Academic Calendar. And visit Degree Explorer to learn how course choices could meet your degree requirements. 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.
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: Check the 2020-2021 Timetable to find out which first-year courses are being offered for the upcoming school year.
As a newly-admitted, first-year Rotman Commerce student, you are automatically pre-enrolled in the required or recommended courses. You will need to enrol only in non-Rotman Commerce electives and/or a higher level math course, if that is your preference.
The recommended course load for full-time, first-year students is five courses per term. To help you decide which first-year courses to choose, see the Arts & Science Academic Calendar. Find more detailed information on the Rotman Commerce website. You can also contact your college registrar’s office if you have questions about course selection.
More information about prerequisites, enrolment indicators, course conflicts, and taking courses in other Faculties or U of T campuses can be found on the Arts & Science website.
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. You can create up to five hypothetical degree scenarios, as well as map out prerequisites, electives and core courses. It will also let you check your progress towards your degree, and review your academic history while you’re here.
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.
Types of Courses
In Person: Some course activities will be held on campus at a set time as scheduled in the Timetable.
Online – Synchronous: Course may be completed fully online; some required real-time activities will be held online, as scheduled in the Timetable.
Asynchronous: Course may be completed fully online without requirement for participation in scheduled, real-time activities.
There are many amazing opportunities specific to first-year students in Arts & Science.
Lectures offer a dynamic experience and can be supported with tutorials or labs. Small-group 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.