Distribution Requirements

Did you know that as part of your Degree Requirements and in order to graduate you need to complete Distribution Requirements?

You need to complete 1.0 credit in Science, 1.0 credit in Social Science, and 1.0 credit in Humanities within the minimum 20.0 credits required for your degree. It is not necessary to complete the Distribution Requirements in your first year.

Courses used to fulfill program requirements may be used to also fulfill Distribution Requirements. For example, if you are completing majors in Psychology and Sociology, your Science and Social Science distribution credits will be done through your program requirements. In the above example, you would then need to take 1.0 Humanities credit in order to complete all Distribution Requirements.

When we say 1.0 credit from each category, it does not have to be a full credit course necessarily; it can be two half credit courses. These two half credit courses also don’t have to be under the same subject area. So if you are taking 2 half credit courses for your Science Distribution Requirements for example, they could be ERS101H5 and BIO201H5 (two Science courses from different areas). This gives you variety if you want it.

If you are not sure which courses fall under Science, Social Science, and Humanities just check the Academic Calendar or Timetable. You can use the search filters to help you narrow down your search.

You may want to consider using the Credit/No Credit option, which can be used for up to 2.0 credits during your degree, if you are not strong in Science/Humanities/Social Science, and concerned a course may hurt your CGPA. Just make sure the course(s) is not a program requirement. You can learn more about the Credit/No Credit option here.

If you came to UTM with transfer credits from another institution, please see an Academic Advisor so we can help you determine which distribution credits you may already have, since transfer credits can also fulfill Distribution Requirements.

Suggested Courses?

Each student is unique, and is encouraged to select courses, including those to satisfy their Distribution Requirements, based on their personal strengths and interests. However there are some commonly selected choices for each division. See the Academic Calendar or Timetable for course descriptions. Please note that the suggested courses below do not have any Grade 12 or university level pre-requisites.

Humanities Social Science Science
  • Art and Art History
  • Cinema Studies
  • Classical Civilization
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Language course
  • History
  • History of Religions
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Visual Culture
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Most Anthropology courses
  • Diaspora and Transnational Studies
  • Most Geography courses
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • CCIT
  • Professional Writing


  • Anthropology
  • Astronomy
  • Geography
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Communications
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Earth Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics

Example courses

The suggested courses below do not have any Grade 12 or university level pre-requisites.


  • CIN101H5 - Introduction to Cinema Studies
  • CLA201H5 - Latin & Greek in Scientific Terminology
  • ENG100H5 - Effective Writing
  • ENG101H5 – How to Read Critically
  • ENG102H5 – How to Research Literature
  • ENG105H – Introduction to World Literatures
  • FAH101H5 - Introduction to Art History
  • LIN101H5 - Introduction to General Linguistics I: The Sounds of Language
  • LIN102H5 - Introduction to General Linguistics II: Words, Sentences, Their Structure and Meaning
  • LIN204H5 - English Grammar I
  • PHL103H – Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality
  • PHL113H – Introduction to Philosophy: Persona and Value
  • PHL204H5 - Philosophy in Everyday Life
  • PHL247H5 - Critical Reasoning
  • RLG101H5 - Introduction to the Study of Religion
  • VCC101H5 - Introduction to Visual Culture
  • WGS101H5 - Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
  • WGS200Y5 - Theories in Women and Gender Studies
  • All Language Courses


  • ANT102H5 - Intro to Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology
  • ANT208H5 – The Culture Machine: The Anthropology of Everyday Life
  • ANT209H5 – War, Trade and Aid: The Anthropology of Global Intervention
  • ANT212H5 – Who am I? Topics in Identity and Difference
  • CCT109H5 - Contemporary Communication Technologies
  • CCT110H5 - The Rhetoric of Digital and Interactive Media Environments
  • GGR111H5 - Human Geography
  • GGR252H5 -Retail Geography
  • SOC100H5 - Introduction to Sociology
  • WRI173H5 - Expressive Writing
  • All Political Science Courses


  • ANT101H5 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology and Archaeology
  • ANT210H5 - Fantasies, Hoaxes and Misrepresentations of the Ancient World
  • ANT211H5 - Sex, Evolution and Behaviour
  • AST101H5 - Solar System Astronomy
  • AST201H5 - Stars and Galaxies
  • BIO201H5 - The Biology Behind the News
  • BIO211H5 - The History of Our Living Planet
  • CSC104H5 - The Why and How of Computing
  • ENV100Y5 - The Environment
  • ERS111 - Earth, Climate & Life
  • ERS101H5 - Planet Earth
  • GGR112H5 - Physical Geography
  • PHY100H5 - What’s Physics Got to Do With It?