When you come to U of T, you have the unique opportunity to explore different subjects, topics and disciplines rather than narrowing in on a program of study in you first year. Applying for your program is an important step you must take at the end of your first year of study so planning in advance, knowing the prerequisites, and knowing degree requirements is key!
When you applied to the University of Toronto you were asked to select the program in which you wanted to study – but you don’t actually apply for this program until the end of your first year of study at U of T. This is why course planning – beginning in your first year – is so important.
Each program in Arts & Science at U of T is associated with one of six admissions categories: Life Sciences, Computer Sciences, Math and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities and Rotman Commerce. When you stated your interest in a program, you signified to U of T that you planned to pursue studies within Life Sciences, or Humanities, etc.
Although you aren’t “in a program” during your first year, you still want to plan your course selection by considering:
- What program you want to go into in second year (ie: Biology)
- How concentrated you want your program focus (of Biology) to be (ie: a Specialist Program, Major Program, Minor Program).
Knowing the program and concentration early (when you enter university) is important because you can then choose first year courses that are program prerequisites. Find out your program’s prerequisites by searching the Arts & Science Calendar.
If you have questions about the program, applicable courses or program admission requirements, contact the Department’s Undergraduate Program Administrator.