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Planning Your Courses

Degree Types

In order to choose your courses, it helps to understand where you are headed! UTM offers four types of undergraduate degrees (Honours Bachelor of ScienceHonours Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of CommerceBachelor of Business Administration), all of which require a minimum of 20.0 credits to complete. The degree you earn is determined by what programs you decide to pursue.


 "The variety of programs and the flexibility of distribution requirements lets you experiment with different interests. Experimentation and flexibility are the most important factors in finding your passion!!" -Aqsa, UTM StudentAs a UTM student, you will eventually select a minimum program combination. The courses required for these programs will help guide your course selection, in first year and beyond. It’s ok to be unsure of your program goals now. You will not select your programs until you have completed 4.0 credits (typically at the end of your first year), so you can take some time to explore! Here are the possible minimum program combinations: 

One Specialist (a large program in one subject)
Two Majors (two medium sized programs in different subjects)
One Major and Two Minors (a medium sized program and two small programs, all in different subjects)

Want to learn more about degree requirements and programs?  Watch this!

Choosing Your Courses

The best way to approach your course selection is to consider what programs you are interested in, and ensure you take the required 100 level courses for those programs (100 level = first-year courses). Here are the important online tools and steps you’ll need to choose your courses:

  1. The Academic Calendar lists all programs offered at UTM, the entry requirements to get into the program (if applicable), and what courses to take for that program. When viewing program information, any courses/grades required for program entry will be found in a yellow box. Use this information as a guide to determine the best set of courses for you to take in your first year at UTM.
  2. Next, utilize the Online Timetable to find out what day and time these courses are being offered. Through this tool you can also map out your timetable with the Timetable Planner!
  3. Through ACORN (U of T’s student information service) you will enrol in your selected courses, view your official timetable, view your financial invoice, and more. First-year course enrolment starts July 6. You’ll be able to view your exact start time a few days prior – don’t delay in enrolling in your courses, as they can fill up quickly! To make the first day of course enrolment quick and easy, you can add courses to your enrolment cart in ACORN ahead of time. Then just click “Enrol” for each course once your start time begins!

YOUR First-Year Transition Courses  - Enrol on ACORN!
Navigating new experiences can be a challenge, especially when you're attending university - there are so many unknowns and so much to learn. Let LAUNCH and utmONE be your guide!

► LAUNCH - Through weekly sessions, learn from an academically successful upper-year student mentor about the many aspects of being a UTM student. You will build academic skills, discover UTM resources and campus involvement, explore careers, develop health and wellness knowledge, and more, all while building a student community in your area of study. In place of course credit, you will receive a notation on your Co-Curricular Record.
    • utm101H5 LAUNCH Business, Commerce and Management
    • utm102H5 LAUNCH Science, Mathematics and Psychology
    • utm103H5 LAUNCH Humanities and Social Science 

► utmONE - Develop your academic skills through interactive learning experiences in a small classroom community. Additionally, a series of tutorials will introduce you to essential elements of a well-rounded student experience. All courses will be offered in the Fall 2017 term and will earn you a half-credit distribution requirement.
    • utm114H5 Technology and Innovation: Historical, Social and Economic Perspectives  (SSc, EXP)
    • utm115H5 Communication Among Cultures  (HUM, SSc, EXP)
utm116H5 Happiness (SSc, EXP)
    • utm117H5 Individualism, The Development Of An Idea  (HUM, SSc, EXP)
    • utm118H5 Science of Learning  (SCI, SSc, EXP)

International perspective icon. A red globe on a UofT blue background International Student Tip: Benefits of Full-Time Study

For international students, maintaining full-time status (taking 3.0 or more credits from September to April) is important as there may be immigration implications for being a part-time student. 

Understanding Course Codes & Terminology

Sample Code



This is a first-year course called “Introduction to Sociology”


Three letter code indicating the department offering the course (Sociology)


Three number code indicating the level and specific course (first-year courses begin with 1)


Indicates credit value of course | H = 0.5 credit; Y = 1.0 credit


Campus code | 5 = Mississauga; 1 = St. George; 3 = Scarborough


Session in which course is offered. For Fall/Winter session:
F = Fall (Sept – Dec)
S = Winter (Jan – April)
Y = Fall + Winter (Sept – April)


Type of instruction | LEC = lecture; TUT = tutorial; PRA = practical

Comma (,) or Semicolon (;)

and” (For lists of courses separated by commas or semicolons)

Slash (/)

or” (For lists of courses separated by a slash)


"Permission of instructor" required to take course (or in lieu of prerequisite)


A course which must be successfully completed before a higher level course is taken


A course to be taken at the same time as another course (if this course has not already been successfully completed)


A course with content too similar to another course for credit to be given to both

Frequently Asked Questions

Transfer Credits

University/College Transfer

Have you previously attended another university or college? Please review this important information for Transfer Students, including how to apply for your transfer credit assessment!

AP, IB, GCE, French Baccalaureate or CAPE Transfer Credits

If you wish to decline (forfeit) the transfer credits awarded to you, you must visit the Office of the Registrar by no later than the deadline indicated in your transfer credit letter (mid-September 2017). See your transfer credit letter for details, or visit the Transfer Credit page for more information.

Tuition Fee Payment

Becoming a registered student means you have enrolled in courses AND paid the minimum tuition amount of your fees (or officially deferred them). Your fees will be posted to your invoice on ACORN in mid-July 2017. To avoid being removed from your enrolled courses, make the Minimum Payment to Register as indicated on your financial account in ACORN, or defer your fees (if applicable), by the published deadlines. More information about fee payment and fee deferrals on the Fees & Financial Aid page.

Get Help

Have more questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions! Or visit the Office of the Registrar for walk-in academic advising and financial aid advising!

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