6. Understanding Degrees, Programs and Courses

6.1 General Information

Degree and Program Completion:

Students are wholly and ultimately responsible for ensuring their academic programs meet UTSC’s regulations in all respects, including: completeness and correctness of course selection, compliance with prerequisite and corequisite requirements, completion of program requirements, completion of degree requirements and observance of all academic regulations and deadlines. Students are urged to seek guidance only from a responsible officer, such as Program Supervisors/Directors, departmental assistants, academic advisors from the Academic Advising & Career Centre, and the Registrar’s Office if they are in any doubt, and cautioned that misunderstanding, or advice received from another student will not be accepted as cause for dispensation from any regulation, deadline, course, program or degree requirement.

Enrolment Limits:
UTSC makes every reasonable effort to plan and control enrolment so as to ensure all of our students are qualified to complete the programs to which they are admitted, and to strike a practicable balance between enrolment and available instructional resources. Towards this end, we reserve the right to limit enrolment in programs, courses, or sections, and to withdraw courses or sections for which enrolment or resources are insufficient. UTSC and the wider University will not be liable for any loss, damages, or other expenses that such limitations or withdrawals might cause.

Changes in Programs and/or Courses:
The programs and courses described in this Calendar are active as of April 1st of the year, and available for the academic year to which this Calendar applies: they may not necessarily be available in later years. For each active program offered by UTSC, the courses necessary to complete its minimum requirements will be made available annually.

If UTSC must change the content of courses, instructors and instructional assignments, enrolment limits, prerequisites and corequisites, grading policies, requirements for promotion or timetables, all reasonable possible advance notice and alternative instruction will be given; however, UTSC reserves the right to make such changes without prior notice. UTSC and the wider University will not be liable for any loss, damages, or other expenses that such changes might cause.

 

6A. Completing Your Degree

6A.1 General Information

UTSC offers the following degrees, which are all Honours degrees:

  • Honours Bachelor of Arts (HBA)
  • Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

Students earn their degree only after they complete all of the requirements described below. While doing so, students must adhere to the academic rules, regulations and policies outlined in this Calendar, on the Registrar’s Office website, and on the University’s Office of the Governing Council website. Degrees are conferred at university convocations, held twice annually:  in June (Spring Convocation) and November (Fall Convocation). Students in their graduating year who intend to graduate and take part in the next Convocation must notify the Registrar's Office of their intention through ACORN by the deadline listed in the Dates and Deadlines on the Registrar’s Office website.

Prospective graduands should check Degree Explorer at the end of March (for June graduation) or late September (for November graduation) to see if their Subject POSts have been confirmed by the Registrar’s Office or the relevant academic units. They should also check Degree Explorer at the end of May/late October for confirmation of their eligibility for graduation. For detailed information on graduation and convocation, please refer to the Registrar’s Office website.

Changes to Degree Requirements:
The degree requirements described here are effective as of the 2013-14 academic year. Students who registered at UTSC as of the 2013 Summer session should refer to these requirements as they complete their degree.

  • Students who registered at UTSC prior to the 2013 Summer session, should refer to the degree requirements outlined in the 2011-12 and 2012-2013 Calendars.
  • Students who registered at UTSC prior to the 2010 Summer session, should refer to the degree requirements outlined in the 2009-2010 Calendar.
  • Students who registered at UTSC prior to the 1989 Summer session may, if they wish, complete the degree requirements outlined in the 1988-1989 Calendar.
  • Students who registered at UTSC prior to the 1980 Summer session may, if they wish, complete the degree requirements outlined in the 1979-1980 Calendar. For these students, the type of degree is determined by the number of science credits completed.

Non-Degree Students:
Non-degree students are students registered in degree courses at UTSC:

  • Who are not proceeding towards a University of Toronto degree or Certificate, or
  • Who have been admitted on an interim basis and who must meet certain conditions before admission as regular degree students.

Except for regulations concerning degree requirements and regulations where non-degree students are specifically exempted, all regulations apply equally to non-degree students and degree students. Where students have been admitted on an interim basis as non-degree students, the conditions of their admission supersede the normal regulations governing academic status.

Note: students admitted as non-degree students are not permitted to enrol in UTSC programs.

Students Transferring to UTSC from Another Institution:
Students who transfer from another institution to UTSC are required to complete at least half of their program requirements, and half of their course credits, as UTSC students. Where all UTSC degrees require students to complete a total of 20.0 credits, students who transfer from another institution, may transfer a maximum of 10.0 credits towards their degree. However, the maximum number of transfer credits students can use towards a program, will be determined by the program; for example, for a program that requires a total of 12.0 credits, students may use a maximum of 6.0 credits, but for a program that requires a total of 8.0 credits, students may use a maximum of 4.0 credits. Students transferring from other divisions or faculties of the University of Toronto are exempt from this requirement.

 

6A.2 Degree Requirements

The following requirements apply to all degree students who first enrolled as UTSC degree students in the 2013 Summer Session or in a subsequent session.


Honours Bachelor of Arts (HBA) and Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc):
To qualify for the degree, students must:
1. Pass a minimum of 20.0 credits:

  • Of the 20.0 credits, at least 6.0 credits must be at the C- and/or D-level, with at least 1.0 credit at the D-level:
  • Of the 20.0 credits, at least 0.5 credit must come from each of the following five breadth categories (breadth categories are identified in course descriptions):
    • Arts, Literature & Language
    • History, Philosophy & Cultural Studies
    • Social & Behavioural Sciences
    • Natural Sciences
    • Quantitative Reasoning

2. Complete a program or programs as below (only programs offered by UTSC may be used to fulfill degree requirements):

  • One Specialist program; or
  • Two Major programs; or
  • One Major program and two Minor offerings.

3. Ensure the combinations of programs used to meet the program requirement include a minimum of 12.0 different credits.*

4. Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 1.85**. A student whose cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is at least 1.60, but less than 1.85, may request to graduate with a BA or BSc.

Notes:
*Some combinations of programs are not possible due to the similarity in course requirements. Students are advised to consult the Academic Advising & Career Centre to ensure they complete a minimum of 12.0 different credits.
**The CGPA requirement to complete certain programs is higher than 1.85. For details see the individual program descriptions.

The type of degree students receive, whether HBA or HBSc, will be determined by the Specialist or Major program completed. For example:

  • Students completing a Specialist BA program will receive a HBA degree;
  • Students completing a Specialist BSc program will receive a HBSc degree;
  • Students completing a Major BA program, in conjunction with any combination of two Minor programs, will receive a HBA degree;
  • Students completing a Major BSc program, in conjunction with any combination of two Minor programs, will receive a HBSc degree;
  • Students completing a Major BA program and a Major BSc program may choose either the HBA or HBSc degree.

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA):

To qualify for the degree, students must:
1. Pass a minimum of 20.0 credits.

  • Of the 20.0 credits, at least 6.0 credits must be at the C- and/or D-level, with at least 1.0 credit at the D-level.
  • Of the 20.0 credits, at least 0.5 credit must come from each of the following five breadth categories (breadth categories are identified in course descriptions):
    • Arts, Literature & Language
    • History, Philosophy & Cultural Studies
    • Social & Behavioural Sciences
    • Natural Sciences
    • Quantitative Reasoning

2. Programs: complete one of the Specialist program in Management, or the Specialist in Economics for Management Studies (only programs offered by UTSC may be used to fulfill degree requirements).

3. Ensure any combination of programs used to meet the program requirement include at least 12.0 different full credits.

4. Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 1.85**.

**Note: the CGPA requirement to complete certain programs is higher than 1.85. For details see the individual program descriptions.

Year of Study:
The following is used to define the year of study of degree students:

  • 1st year - has fewer than 4.0 full credits
  • 2nd year - has 4.0 to 8.5 full credits
  • 3rd year - has 9.0 to 13.5 full credits
  • 4th year - has 14.0 or more full credits

 

6A.3 Other Degrees

Combined Degree Programs:
UTSC offers the following combined programs and degrees:

1. Combined Degree Programs, Specialist programs in Environmental Science, Honours Bachelor of Science/ Master of Engineering (in either Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry or Civil Engineering)
The Combined Degree Programs for Honours Bachelor of Science programs in Environmental Science (BSc) and the Master of Engineering (MEng) offered by the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering allow exceptional students who are registered in one of eight UTSC Specialist/Specialist Co-op programs in Environmental Science (Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Geoscience, or Environmental Physics) to apply during their third year of studies, and be considered, for admission to the MEng programs in either Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry or Civil Engineering. The Combined Degree Programs can be completed in 5 years, with 1.0 credit (FCE) that may be counted towards both degrees. For more information about these programs, see the Combined Degree Programs section of this Calendar.

2. Combined Degree Programs, Specialist programs in Mental Health Studies, Honours Bachelor of Science/ Master of Social Work
The Combined Degree programs for Honours Bachelor of Science programs in Mental Health Studies (BSc) and the Master of Social Work offered by the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work are ideal for students intending to pursue a career as a social worker. They allow exceptional students who are registered in the UTSC Specialist/Specialist Co-op programs in Mental Health Studies to apply during their third year of studies, and be considered, for admission to the MSW. The Combined Degree Programs can be completed in 6 years. For more information about these programs, see the Combined Degree Programs section of this Calendar.

3. Combined Degree Programs, Honours Bachelor of Science (various) or Honours Bachelor of Arts (various)/ Master of Teaching
The Combined Degree programs for Honours Bachelor of Science/Honours Bachelor of Arts programs at UTSC (various) and the Master of Teaching (MT) offered by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education are designed for students interested in studying the intersections of the Physical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, or French, and Education coupled with professional teacher preparation. They allow exceptional students who are registered in one of 22 specified Specialist and Major programs in Chemistry, Biological Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Physics, Physics and Astrophysics, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Mathematics, and French to apply during their third year of studies, and be considered, for admission to the MT. The Combined Degree Programs can be completed in 6 years with 1.0 credit (FCE) that may be counted towards both degrees. For more information about these programs, see the Combined Degree Programs section of this Calendar.

Second Degrees:
Students beginning a second degree are normally exempted from first year of the degree requirements by being granted 5.0 credits, regardless of the number of previous degrees. Students who hold a BA, BSc or BBA from the University of Toronto will be considered for admission to a second degree program only of a different type (e.g. students with a BA degree may only complete a BSc or BBA degree). Application for admission to a second degree program is made through the Manager of Admissions. Before applying, students are urged to consider if a second degree is actually required for their purposes, for example, a make-up year as a non-degree student may satisfy admission requirements for graduate school.

Discontinued Degrees and Upgrading:
UTSC has discontinued the 15 course (three-year) BA and BSc degrees; however, students who began their three-year degree program at UTSC prior to the 2004 Summer session may, still choose a 15 course (three-year) degree; these students should consult the Registrar’s Office.

Students with a BA or BSc who return to upgrade their degree to an Honours BA or Honours BSc must exchange the BA or BSc for the same Honours degree; for example, a BA can only be upgraded to an Honours BA; a BA cannot be upgraded to an Honours BSc. Similarly, a BSc cannot be upgraded to an Honours BA. Students who upgrade to an Honours degree are not eligible to attend the convocation ceremony for the upgrade.

 

6A.4 Certificate Program in Business

Students in this program must complete the following in order to qualify for the Certificate in Business:

  1. Pass 6.0 credits in Management and Economics for Management Studies, including: [MGEA01H3/(ECMA01H3) and MGEA05H3/(ECMA05H3)] or [MGEA02H3/(ECMA04H3) and MGEA06H3/(ECMA06H3)], MGTA01H3/(MGTA03H3), and MGTA02H3/(MGTA04H3)Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00. If a student's CGPA falls below 2.0. s/he will be removed from the program.
  2. Students in their graduating session who intend to take part in the next Convocation must notify the Registrar's Office of their intention through ACORN. Students who are unable to request graduation through ACORN should contact the Registrar’s Office.

UTSC certificate students will graduate with honours if their cumulative grade point average is 3.20 or better.

 

6A.5 Language Citation

The Language Citation is intended to provide an incentive to students who are interested in intensive study of a particular language but who cannot, or may not wish to, complete a Specialist, Major or Minor in the language. It is neither a substitute for a program in the language, nor does it impede students wishing to complete such a program. It simply acknowledges language proficiency on the student's transcript.

The Language Citation is available to students who graduate in 2007 or in a later year. Students who graduated prior to 2007 may be eligible for this citation if they return to UTSC for further language study that contributes to the assessment of the Citation.

Requirements for the Language Citation:
The Citation may be earned in French or Mandarin.

  1. Students must complete 2.0 credits in the language beyond the introductory level and must achieve a final grade of at least B- in each of the courses that make up those two credits.
  2. The 2.0 credits may be language instruction or may be other courses (e.g. literature courses) where instruction is in the language to be assessed.

Students normally take 1.0 credit at the introductory level. Those who already have proficiency in a language and wish to proceed directly to courses beyond the introductory level should consult the relevant program supervisor about appropriate placement. Similarly, students who wish to include courses taken in a country where the language is spoken should consult the relevant program supervisor about appropriate study abroad options.

Assessment of the Language Citation:
The Language Citation will be assessed at the point of graduation. To apply for a Citation, students should contact the Centre for French and Linguistics in advance of graduation, presenting the Centre with a copy of their academic record (produced from ACORN through the Student Web Service) and indicating the courses they would like considered in the assessment. (For more information contact cfl-ua@utsc.utoronto.ca)
The Language Citation will consist of a notation in the UTSC section of the transcript that reads: "Completed the requirements of the Language Citation in [Name of Language]."

 

6A.6 Degree Explorer

Degree Explorer is the University of Toronto's degree planning tool: students can use it to determine whether they are meeting their degree and/or program requirements (determination regarding the completion of degree requirements will be made by the Registrar’s Office). In addition, students can review their academic history, or use the planner to determine how future course choices might meet their requirements. The service is a complementary tool to your regular academic advising sessions.

Students access Degree Explorer through the ACORN webpage using their UTORid and password. Degree Explorer enables students to:

  • Check progress in programs and degrees;
  • Check prerequisites and exclusions, and plan the courses necessary for programs and degrees;
  • Explore hypothetical "what if" scenarios (e.g. different programs, use different program requirements, adding courses, etc.); and
  • After confirming their intent to graduate, prospective graduands can check Degree Explorer to see if their Subject POSts have been confirmed by the Registrar’s Office or relevant academic unit; they can also check Degree Explorer for confirmation of their eligibility for graduation by the Registrar’s Office.

 

6B. Selecting Your Program(s)

Programs, commonly referred to as Subject POSt(s) and sometimes as programs of study, are groupings of courses in one or more disciplines. Students are reminded that completion of a program (or programs) will fulfill only one component of the requirements necessary to earn their degree (see the Getting Your Degree section of this Calendar).

Students are strongly urged to consult frequently with their Program Supervisor/Director as they progress through the program requirements. Program Supervisors/Directors are identified in the Discipline sections of the Calendar.

Program Supervisors/Directors have the authority to deal with special circumstances concerning program requirements. They may:

  • Accredit to program requirements, courses taken on other campuses of this University or at other Universities; and
  • Permit course substitutions or other modifications of program requirements where they deem them appropriate.

When special arrangements are made, students must ask their supervisor to record them in Degree Explorer.

 

6B.1 Registration for Subject POSt(s)

1. Degree students must select their Subject POSt(s) when they have passed 4.0 credits. The first period to select and/or apply to programs begins in April for students who expect to complete their fourth credit by the end of the Winter session; the second period begins in July for students who expect to complete their fourth credit by the end of the Summer session.

2. Students may only select Subject POSt(s) offered by UTSC; instructions can be found on the Registrar's Office website.

3. Students should be mindful that program admission and course requirements can change from year to year, and as of April 1, 2013 the requirements they must complete are those that are in place effective April 1st of the year in which they select the program(s) as a Subject POSt, or any subsequent year. For example:

  • A student selecting the Specialist program in Chemistry on April 10, 2013 must satisfy the admission requirements, and fulfill the course requirements, that are in place effective April 1, 2013, as they are described in the 2013-14 Calendar, or any subsequent Calendar; or
  • A student selecting the Major program in English on October 20, 2013 must satisfy the admission requirements, and fulfill the course requirements, that are in place effective April 1, 2013, as they are described in the 2013-14 Calendar, or any subsequent Calendar; or
  • A student selecting the Minor program in Biology on February 12, 2014 must satisfy the admission requirements, and fulfill the course requirements, that are in place effective April 1, 2013, as they are described in the 2013-14 Calendar, or any subsequent Calendar.

Note: the Calendar is published once annually, by no later than April 1. Program Supervisors, instructors in A-level courses and academic advisors from the Academic Advising & Career Centre may be consulted for assistance.

4. Students with fewer than 4.0 credits are not required to select a program; however, they should, when selecting their courses, consider carefully the admission and program requirements of any programs they may later choose to follow. Program Supervisors/Directors, instructors in A-level courses and academic advisors from the Academic Advising & Career Centre may be consulted for assistance.

Notes:

  • Students who have registered in a program(s) should consult at least once each year with their program supervisor to ensure their course selection will meet program requirements.
  • Students are responsible for ensuring their course selection will enable them to complete the requirements of their program(s) by the time they complete their other degree requirements. In certain programs, approval by the supervisor of some or all courses is necessary. In all programs, the supervisor is available for advice concerning program requirements and course selection.

 

6B.2 Limited and Unlimited Enrolment

Programs are designated as either "limited" or "unlimited" enrolment. To determine if a program is limited or unlimited enrolment visit the Registrar's Office website.

Limited Enrolment:
Enrolment in some programs is limited to a maximum number of students. Such limits are generally defined by specified course and/or grades "admission" requirements, which are identified in the discipline areas of this Calendar, and/or in descriptions of individual programs. Other admission requirements may also apply.

Unlimited Enrolment:
Beyond the overall requirement that students must have passed 4.0 credits in order to enrol, unlimited enrolment programs will not have admission requirements, and will not limit the number of students who may enrol.

 

6B.3 Types of Programs

Specialist:

Specialist programs are designed to provide depth and intensity of study within a limited area defined as a discipline, a group of disciplines, or a particular theme or area of study. They will normally require students to complete 12.0 to 16.0 credits, including at least 4.0 credits at the C- and/or D-level, of which 1.0 credit must be at the D-level.

Major:

Major programs are designed to provide concentration in an area of study defined as a discipline, a group of disciplines or a particular theme or area of study. They will normally consist of 7.0 to 9.0 credits, including at least 2.0 credits at the C- and/or D-level.

Minor:

Minor offerings are designed to provide study in a specific area for students desiring wide-ranging but coherent programs in different areas of the curriculum.  They will normally consist of 4.0 to 5.0 credits, including at least 1.0 credit at the C- and/or D-level.

 

6B.4 Joint Programs with Centennial College

UTSC and Centennial College collaborate to offer Joint programs. These programs build on the academic strengths of the University of Toronto degree together with Centennial College's strengths in technical and practical education. Students earn a University of Toronto Scarborough degree, and also have the opportunity to qualify for a diploma or certificate from Centennial College, which in some cases may require one additional academic session.

All Joint Programs are limited enrolment Specialist or Major programs, and may be taken only as part of an Honours BA or BSc degree. Currently, the following Joint programs are offered:

  • Specialist (Joint) Program in Journalism (Arts)
  • Major (Joint) Program in New Media Studies (Arts)
  • Specialist (Joint) Program in Paramedicine (Science)

For specific program details, including application procedures, admission requirements, and program requirements visit the Joint Programs website. Program admission and course requirements are also described in the relevant discipline sections of this Calendar.

Students in Joint programs will enrol in all degree credit courses, including those taken at Centennial College, at UTSC through ACORN. They are urged to meet regularly with their UTSC Program Supervisor/Director to ensure they are progressing appropriately through their program.

Notes:

  • Registration and academic information for the Joint programs is shared with the relevant Program Supervisor and Departments at Centennial College.
  • Tuition and incidental fees are payable to the University in the normal way. In each session in which students are taking one or more courses at Centennial College, a program fee relating to the use of materials is charged. The amount of the fee varies by program.

 

6B.5 Co-operative Programs

General Information:
UTSC offers Co-operative Education (Co-op) programs in two distinct units: Arts & Science and Management. These Co-op programs consist of two parts - an academic program of study and a Co-op work-term component, both of which are integral parts of the Co-op program curriculum. Practical work experience in an approved setting is undertaken to enhance academic studies through the opportunity to apply and develop concepts and/or skills that are important in the related program of study.
 
All Co-op programs are either Specialist or Major programs. In accordance with UTSC Degree Requirements, Major Co-op programs must be combined with either another Major program, or with two Minor programs. Credits associated with the successful completion of work-term requirements are in addition to the 20.0 credits required for a degree. For this reason, some Co-op programs may take up to five years to complete.



No student may be enrolled in more than one Co-op program and all Co-op students must be registered at UTSC in order to maintain their Co-op status. For a listing of Co-op programs see section 3.2 (Academic Units and Programs) of this Calendar. Students should also visit the related Co-op Office website to better understand the recruitment process, Co-op fees and best practices for success:

Admission to Co-op Programs:
Prospective Applicants

Enrolment in Co-op programs is limited and is granted on the basis of applicants' academic performance, interest, experience and potential ability. Students applying directly from secondary school, or transferring to UTSC from another UT division, or from another post-secondary institution, must use the special code for the Co-op program in their Application for Admission to an Ontario University. See the Admissions and Student Recruitment website for further details.

Once UTSC is notified of the application, where it is relevant, students are informed about any additional documents that are required to support their application. For example, some Co-op programs require a Supplementary Application. The Supplementary Application includes information that is in addition to the academic record, such as a statement of interest, information about extracurricular activities, and volunteer and job experience. In some cases, an interview may be conducted.

Current UTSC Students
Students studying at UTSC, who are not already in a Co-op program, may apply for admission into a Co-op program following their first year of study. For minimum qualifications and admission requirements please see the description of the individual program in this Calendar. Application procedures can be found on websites of both Arts & Science Co-op and Management Co-op.

Fees:
Every student in a Co-op program is required to pay Co-op fees as established by the University. The Co-op fees relate to costs associated with the administration of the Co-op program including, but not limited to, the facilitation of work-term preparation courses, the development of work term opportunities, and staffing support for students throughout the competitive job search process. These fees are calculated in accordance with Ministry of Education and UT policies. Tuition fees do not apply, and are not charged, when a student is registered in a work-term and not taking other courses, nor are there any additional tuition fees associated with the required Co-op work-term preparation courses. If a student leaves the Co-op program for any reason, Co-op fees paid in earlier sessions are not refundable.

Program of Study Requirements:
Co-op programs require completion of all program and degree requirements (normally within eight four-month terms of full-time study), as well as successful completion of work-terms, as specified by the particular program. Work-terms are evaluated by the Program Supervisor/the Co-op Office, and the employer. Upon completion, a grade of CR (Credit)/NCR (No Credit) is recorded on the transcript. The credits earned for successful work-term completion are in addition to the 20.0 credits required for the degree.

To receive certification for completion of the Co-op program on graduation, a student must:

  • Meet all of the normal requirements for the Honours BA, Honours BSc or BBA degree;
  • Complete the course requirements for the specific program;
  • Complete the co-op work-term preparation course(s) and any other prerequisites for the work-term as required by the specific program;
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.5 (note that this is higher than the CGPA of 1.6 required for good standing in most non-Co-op programs);
  • Receive a satisfactory evaluation for all work-term performance and work-term assignments;
  • Register as a full-time student during study terms (i.e., a course load in each study term of at least 1.5 credits and normally 2.5 credits);
  • Return to studies after each work-term; and
  • Pay Co-op fees as assessed by the University.

For additional information about any requirements specific to a particular program, see the description of the individual program in this Calendar.

Status in Co-op Programs:
Status in an Arts & Science Co-op program will be determined at the end of each session (Fall, Winter, and Summer) for students who have attempted at least 3.0 credits since beginning their studies at UTSC, or in other Arts and Sciences Divisions at the University. Students with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 or higher are considered to be in good standing.

  • Students whose CGPA falls below 2.5 will be placed on probation.
  • Students may clear probation by achieving a CGPA of 2.5 or better in the next study session.  Where the CGPA is below 2.5, but the sessional grade point average (SGPA) is at least 2.5, students may be granted a second probationary semester.
  • Students must clear their probation within a maximum of two study sessions in order to remain in a Co-op program.
  • Students on probation in the Co-op program may not apply for a work-term until they have successfully cleared their probation. However, if a student's CGPA falls below 2.5 after having secured a job placement through the recruitment process, the student will be permitted to complete the work-term, but must clear probation before being permitted to participate in the next recruitment process.
  • Students whose CGPA falls below 2.3 will be removed from the Co-op program.

Status in a Management Co-op program will be determined at the end of each session (Fall, Winter, and Summer) for students who have attempted at least 4.0 credits since beginning their studies at UTSC, or in other Arts and Sciences Divisions at the University. Students with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 or higher are considered to be in good standing.

  • Students whose CGPA falls below 2.5 will be placed on probation.
  • Students may clear probation by achieving a CGPA of 2.5 or better in the next study session.  Where the CGPA is below 2.5, but the sessional grade point average (SGPA) is at least 2.5, students may be granted a second probationary semester.
  • Students must clear their probation within a maximum of two study sessions in order to remain in a Co-op program.
  • Students on probation in the Co-op program may not apply for a work-term until they have successfully cleared their probation. However, if a student's CGPA falls below 2.5 after having secured a job placement through the recruitment process, the student will be permitted to complete the work-term, but must clear probation before being permitted to participate in the next recruitment process.
  • Students whose CGPA falls below 2.3 will be removed from the Co-op program; and students whose CGPA falls below 2.0 will be removed from all BBA programs. A student may request reinstatement to the non Co-op Specialist program only, if they complete at least 2.0 credits (none of which can be designated as CR/NCR) in the following session, and raise their CGPA to at least 2.0. This opportunity will be provided only once.

Work-Term Preparation Course: Introduction to Co-op Work:
Students enrolled in a Co-op program must complete a Co-op work-term preparation course, which is designed to prepare them for their job search and work-term experience, and to maximize the benefits of their work-term. This course will cover a variety of topics intended to help students develop the skills and tools needed to secure work-terms that are appropriate to their program of study, and to perform professionally in the workplace. Students must complete this course before they are eligible to compete for work-terms. No academic credit is given for the course and no additional course fee is assessed. For additional information about the work-term preparation courses, see the description of the individual program in this Calendar, and visit the related Co-op Office website.

Work-Terms:
Work-term opportunities are developed by the Co-op Office for the program, but students are required to apply and compete with other Co-op students for these opportunities. While on a work-term, students remain in contact with UTSC through the Co-op Office and the Program Supervisor of the program of study. In addition, the employer will evaluate the student's performance on work-terms. Also, while on work-term students must prepare for a work-term report that will be evaluated by their Program Supervisor or an academic marker designated by their Department. The work-term report must be submitted to the Co-op Office no later than the deadline noted by their respective Co-op Office. Failure to meet this deadline will result in a grade of NCR (No Credit) for the work-term. A failed work-term will be recorded on the transcript, and the student will be removed from the Co-op program.

Work-terms normally begin in September, January, or May, and students are normally eligible to seek a work-term after three or four academic terms of full-time study, as specified by each program. Co-op students should review the descriptions of their program of study contained in this Calendar for all work-term eligibility requirements. To be eligible for later work-terms, students must be in good standing in the program, have completed any requirements specific to the program, and have received a grade of CR (Credit) on their earlier work-term(s).
 

6B.6 Additional Regulations Concerning Subject POSt(s)

1. Students may register in no more than three programs at any one time, and may receive certification of completion of no more than three programs (including no more than two Majors and/or Specialists).

2. Students may register in no more than one limited enrolment Specialist program at any one time.

3. Students may register in no more than one Co-operative program at any one time.

4. Students are reminded that, although some programs may require them to take courses on the St. George campus, only UTSC programs can be used to meet degree requirements.

5. Students intending to enrol in any course on another campus which they intend to count towards their program(s) should consult with their Program Supervisor/Director first.

6. Students who transfer from another institution to UTSC are required to complete at least half of their program requirements, and half of their course credits, as UTSC students. Where all UTSC degrees require students to complete a total of 20.0 credits, students who transfer from another institution, may transfer a maximum of 10.0 credits towards their degree. However, the maximum number of transfer credits students can use towards a program, will be determined by the program; for example, for a program that requires a total of 12.0 credits, students may use a maximum of 6.0 credits, but for a program that requires a total of 8.0 credits, students may use a maximum of 4.0 credits. Students transferring from other divisions or faculties of UT are exempt from this requirement.

 

6B.7 UTSC Students Wanting to Change Their UTSC Program

1. Students wanting to change their UTSC must do so through ACORN.

2. Students should be mindful that admission and course requirement can change from year to year, and as of April 1, 2013, students must meet the program admission requirements, and complete the course requirements, that are in place effective April 1st of the year in which they select the new program as a Subject POSt, or any subsequent year. It is therefore in the student's best interest to declare the change in Subject POSt as early as possible.

3. As all Specialist programs in Management (BBA) share a common core of course requirements, students who have already been admitted to a Specialist Management Subject POSt, but who wish to move from one Specialist Management program to another Specialist Management program are permitted to follow the program requirements in place when they were originally admitted to a Management program. For example, a student who is admitted to the Specialist in Management in Fall 2012, and who subsequently decides to move to the Specialist in Management and Marketing in 2013 (or any subsequent year), may complete the program requirements in place effective April 1st, 2012 (or any subsequent year).

4. Students who are enrolled in a Co-operative program Subject POSt, who want to move from the Co-op program to the non Co-op version of the same program, may follow the program requirements that are in place for the year the student was admitted to the Co-op program, or any subsequent year.

5. Students who have started, or completed, the course requirements of a program, and subsequently decide to move to a different program in the same subject area (e.g., moving from a Minor in Global Asia Studies to a Major or Specialist in Global Asia Studies, or from a Specialist in Human Biology to a Major in Human Biology) may use the courses already completed towards the new program. Students are reminded that as of April 1, 2013, students must meet the program admission requirements, and complete the course requirements, that are in place effective April 1st of the year in which they select the new program as a Subject POSt, or any subsequent year. It is therefore in the student's best interest to declare the change in Subject POSt as early as possible.

 

6B.8 Certification of Completion of Programs

Completion of programs is certified when the degree is conferred. Certification is given only for UTSC programs. Students in their final year who have confirmed their intention to graduate at the next Convocation, or who have confirmed that they are about to complete an upgraded degree, do not have to request certification of completion of their programs.

Students who have graduated, but are returning to UTSC as a non-degree student in order to upgrade their degree, or add a second or third program to their academic record, must inform the Registrar's Office during the Graduation Request period.

 

6B.9 Registration in Programs That Have Been Closed

Students who are registered in programs that have been closed will be able to complete their programs. UTSC will either offer the courses necessary for them to complete program requirements or will make other appropriate arrangements such as course substitutions. Students should consult with the relevant Program Supervisor/Director or the Chair/Director of the academic unit in which the program was offered.

 

 

6C. Choosing Your Courses

6C.1 General Information

A course is a unit of teaching that focuses on a specific discipline area (e.g. English or Mathematics), and takes place within a specific timeframe. It will be led by an instructor (or instructors), and have a fixed roster of students, who may receive a grade and academic credit upon its completion.

Students are cautioned that some university programs and courses require the completion of certain Grade 12 University and/or University/College Preparation courses as prerequisites. For more information review the UTSC Viewbook, or consult with Admissions and Student Recruitment staff. Examples, include:

  • Management and Computer Science programs require both MHF4U Advanced Functions and MCV4U Calculus & Vectors; and
  • All programs in Biological Sciences require MHF4U Advanced Functions, MCV4U Calculus & Vectors, SBI4U Biology, and SCH4U Chemistry.

Students select their courses through ACORN, and are responsible for the accuracy of their own registration. When selecting, adding and dropping courses in ACORN, students should always list their courses upon completing the transaction. Students are reminded that registration consists of two basic steps:

  • Course selection; and
  • Fees payment (or an arrangement of a fee payment deferment).

Both must be completed by the appropriate deadlines in order to be considered a "registered" student and to retain a place in any courses selected.

For additional information on registering in courses, as well as deadlines, see the Registrar's Guide or the Registrar's Office website.

 

6C.2 Understanding Course Descriptions

Course descriptions in this Calendar contain the following elements:

  • The course code – a distinct 8 character alpha-numeric code;
  • The course title;
  • The course content;
  • Prerequisites – courses students must already have passed prior to taking the described course;
  • Corequisites – courses students must take in the same semester as, or already have passed prior to taking, the described course; 
  • Exclusions – students who have already passed a course listed as an exclusion, cannot take the described course for credit; 
  • Recommended preparation – background material or courses that enhance a student's understanding of a course;
  • Enrolment Limits – indicate the described course is limited to a specific number or group of students;
  • Breadth Requirement – indicates the category of breadth requirement the described course fills; and
  • Note: any additional non-curricular information about the course.

Interpreting Course Codes:
All course codes are distinct 8 character alpha-numeric codes. Consider the following examples: ANTA01H3, BIOB50H3, ENGC09H3, PSYD35H3.

Parts of the Course Code What it Means
Part 1: the combination created by the first three characters, for example:
  • ANT
  • BIO
  • ENG
  • PSY
Identifies the discipline area the course belongs to:
  • ANT refers to Anthropology
  • BIO refers to Biology
  • ENG refers to English
  • PSY refers to Psychology

Refer to the Academics At-A-Glance section of the Calendar for a complete list of discipline area codes.

Part 2: the fourth character, for example:
  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
Identifies the level of the course:
  • A-level corresponds to first year
  • B-level corresponds to second year
  • C-level corresponds to third year
  • D-level corresponds to fourth year
Part 3: the combination created by characters five and six, for example:
  • 01
  • 50
  • 09
  • 35
These numbers may be arbitrary, or may indicate the course belongs to a sequence.
Part 4: the seventh character, for example:
  • H
  • Y

Identifies the credit value of the course:

  • H courses have a value of 0.5 credit
  • Y courses have a value of 1.0 credit
Part 5: the eighth character, for example:
  • 3

Identifies the campus on which the course is offered:

  • 3 indicates UTSC
  • 1 indicates St. George/FAS
  • 5 indicates UTM
Part 6: the section code, for example:
  • F
  • S
  • Y

Section codes do not appear in the course code in the Calendar, but do appear next to the course code in the Course Timetable.

Identifies the session in which the course will be taught:
  • F = Fall (or the first semester of the Summer session)
  • S = Winter (or the second semester of the Summer session)
  • Y = both Fall and Winter (or both semesters of the Summer session)

Other Common Notations in Calendar Descriptions:
1. Prerequisites in Square Brackets [ ]:
Square Brackets are used in prerequisites to indicate aggregate or alternate choices example:

  • [MGEB01H3 or MGEB02H3] and [MGEB05H3 or MGEB06H3] indicates that students must take either MGEB01H3 or MGEB02H3 AND either MGEB05H3 or MGEB06H3 (2 courses); but
  • [MGEB01H3 and MGEB02H3] or [MGEB05H3 and MGEB06H3] indicates students must take either MGEB01H3 and MGEB02H3 OR MGEB05H3 and MGEB06H3 (2 courses).

2. Prerequisites, Corequisites and Exclusions in Round Brackets ( ):
Prerequisites, corequisites and exclusions enclosed in round brackets; e.g., (POLB50H3) are no longer offered.

  • Students who have completed, in a previous session, a prerequisite or corequisite course that is no longer being offered (i.e. appears in round brackets) may make use of the course to meet the requirements of the course being described.
  • Students may not register for credit in any course, which lists as an exclusion, a course they are currently taking or have already passed, even if the excluded course is no longer offered (i.e. appears in round brackets). Such courses will count as “extra” (EXT).

UTSC delivers courses using three types of instruction:

  • A lecture/seminar is the most traditional method of delivering a course. They normally meet several times a week, and are held in person. Some lectures may be delivered online.
  • A tutorial provides supervised review of course material, typically in small groups.
  • A practical provides applied training.

 

6C.3 Alternative Types of Courses

Credit/No Credit:
UTSC degree students may select up to 2.0 full credits of their degree credits to be assessed on a Credit/No Credit basis. Courses identified as program requirements, or that are intended for individual study, such as supervised reading courses, are not eligible for Credit/No Credit assessment. Students must choose this mode of assessment via ACORN no later than the last day to drop courses without academic penalty. Once the deadline has passed, students may not under any circumstances reverse this decision.

The CR/NCR option is open only to degree students. Once students have graduated, they may not complete courses on a CR/NCR basis, even if they enrolled in the course before their graduation; for example, a student graduating in June, selecting a Summer course as CR/NCR. Or a student graduating in November, selection a Fall or Winter course as CR/NCR, will have the CR/NCR designation removed and a percentage grade will appear on the student';s record.

Supervised Reading, Supervised Research and Independent Study:
Generally offered at the C- or D level. Students in these courses work under the direction of a faculty member with whom they meet periodically or in whose laboratory they work. Students must obtain written permission of instructors to be registered in them (forms are available from the Registrar's Office). Please note that some disciplines require submission of their own special application forms for courses of this type, in addition to or in place of, the Supervised Study form.

Restricted Admission:
Some courses have restricted admission and may require approval before students are allowed to enrol in them. Restricted courses and the approval required are listed in the Course Timetable.

WebOption:
Some UTSC courses have WebOption sections intended to provide enhanced flexibility with respect to how and when students attend lectures. These sections are normally created by recording instructors as they give their traditional lectures, then posting these recorded lectures, along with any slides shown in class, on the internet for students to watch online. Thus, students can make these classes fit their lives and their schedules.

Extra (EXT):
Extra courses are those for which students will not receive credit. The course and its grade will appear on the student's transcript (designated as an extra course) but the grade is not included in the student's grade point averages nor does the course count towards the degree. However, if appropriate, it may be used to satisfy program requirements.

 

6C.4 Regulations Concerning Course Selection

1. Students whose registration contravenes the regulations may be withdrawn from courses, regardless of when the contravention comes to light.

2. Prerequisites: students must have passed any prerequisites identified in the course description before they enrol in the described course, unless they have explicitly waived by the instructor

  • Instructors are empowered to waive prerequisites if they feel that there are adequate grounds for so doing.
  • If a student registers in a course without meeting its prerequisite and without obtaining a specific waiver, the student may be withdrawn from the course at any time without warning. Students remain in such courses at their own risk since not having passed the prerequisite will not be accepted as grounds for special consideration or petition.
  • If the prerequisite being waived is listed as a program requirement, students should discuss the matter in advance with their Program Supervisor/Director – the Program Supervisor/Director may need to record an exception in Degree Explorer.
  • The Registrar's Office does NOT require notification of a prerequisite waiver.

3. Corequisites: students must either already have passed the corequisite course, or must enrol in it at the same time as they take the course being described.

  • Instructors are permitted to waive corequisites if they feel that there are adequate grounds for so doing.
  • If students register in a course without meeting its corequisite, or if they withdraw from the corequisite course without obtaining a specific waiver, the student may be withdrawn from the described course at any time without warning. Students remain in such courses at their own risk since not having passed the corequisite will not be accepted as grounds for special consideration or petition.

4. Exclusions: students may not register for credit in any course which lists as an exclusion a course they are currently taking or have already passed (this includes credit awarded for work at other institutions, and courses that have been closed/deleted).

  • Students are cautioned that courses are not always mutually exclusive, so it is important to check the Calendar entries for both courses to ensure each lists the other as an exclusion.
  • Where students enrol in an excluded course, the second course will be marked as an extra course and, although it will appear on the transcript and can be used to satisfy program requirements, it will not count towards degree requirements or CGPA.
  • ACORN does not automatically check for exclusions, but courses will be identified as extra courses in the student's academic record, as soon as the exclusion is discovered. Students are cautioned this could happen without warning at any time during the student's studies at UTSC. Students can consult Degree Explorer to identify exclusions.
  • It is every student's responsibility to ensure s/he does not duplicate his/her studies, whether inadvertently or otherwise. Some FAS and UTM courses that have not been identified in this Calendar may be exclusions of UTSC courses and vice versa; for this reason, it is always good practice to consult the Program Supervisor/Director or an academic advisor from the Academic Advising & Career Centre before taking courses on other campuses. Similarly, some UTSC courses, particularly ones that have been closed, may not appear in this Calendar as exclusions. If UTSC, FAS and/or UTM courses have similar titles or content, contact the academic unit offering the course(s) to determine if the content is so similar the courses should be considered as exclusions.

5. Students may not re-register for credit in a course they have already passed, but they may re-register in a course they have taken, but failed. In the latter case, both registrations in the course are shown on the student's record, and both grades count in the student's CGPA.

6. Where students may not register in a course for credit, they may register in it as an extra (EXT) course. In such cases, the course is shown on the student’s record but the grade is not included in the student's CGPA, nor does the course count towards the program admission requirements or the degree requirements; however, if appropriate, it may be used to meet program course requirements.

7. Students must register for their courses in accordance with instructions issued each session by the Registrar's Office. Students who wish to change their registration:

  • May do so only until the deadlines for adding and dropping courses, described in the Dates and Deadlines found on the Registrar's Office website; and
  • May do so only through ACORN.

8. Students are cautioned that they are responsible for ensuring their course schedule is conflict free. Students who knowingly remain in courses that conflict with one another will not receive special consideration should they encounter problems related to the conflict.

9. Where multi-sectioned courses have a common examination, students enrolled in an evening section of the course may be required to sit an examination during the day and vice versa. Students may also be required to write Saturday or Sunday term tests or examinations.

 

6C.5 Regulations Concerning Course Load

1. A standard course load for a full-time undergraduate student in any session is 2.5 credits.

2. Students who register in at least 1.5 credits in a session are considered to be full-time. Students who enrol in fewer than 1.5 credits in a session are considered to be part-time. Students who are restricted to part-time studies may have a course load of no more than 1.25 credits in any session until they have completed at least 3.0 credits and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00.

3. Undergraduate students at UTSC are not permitted to enrol in more than 3.0 credits per term without permission from the Registrar's Office. Limited exceptions are made for students working towards a BBA degree; for more information consult the Management section of this Calendar.

4. Students writing deferred exams will have their credit load reduced by the credit weight of the exams deferred in the session leading up to the deferred exam. For the purposes of calculating the course reduction, the normal credit load per session is considered to be 2.5 credits. For example, a student writing a deferred exam in the Fall deferred exam period with a credit weight of 0.5 (half credit) would be permitted to enrol in a maximum course load of 2.0 credits in the Fall session. For more information, and the course load chart, go to the Registrar’s Office website.

5. Students placed on probation may not exceed a course load of 2.0 credits per session.

  • Upon notification of probation, students enrolled in future sessions must drop all courses above the 2.0 full credits maximum. Failure to do so within 7 days of notification of standing on ACORN will result in withdrawal from all courses. Students who successfully petition to re-enrol back in to the appropriate course load are subject to a late registration fee.
  • Students who are allowed to continue on probation because they have achieved a sessional grade point average of at least 1.60 may take a normal course load.
  • While on probation, students must meet with an academic advisor to discuss the reasons leading to being placed on probation and to plan strategies to improve academic performance. Staff in the Academic Advising & Career Centre are available to provide guidance.
  • For more information about academic probation go to the Registrar's Office website.

 

6C.6 Regulations Concerning Course Changes

Students may add courses or drop courses without academic penalty through ACORN up to the dates stated in the Sessional Dates. The deadlines for adding or dropping courses are strictly applied.

  • Students who make changes through ACORN should end their transaction by listing their courses to ensure the change has been processed properly. They will not receive written confirmation of the change but it will be recorded in the Activity log kept by the University, which can be accessed through ACORN.
  • At the time students add a course to their record they are accepting responsibility for fees payment for it. Students who drop courses by the appropriate deadline may be entitled to a fees adjustment. (See the fees refund schedule and information published each session by Student Accounts.



Note: Exceptions to the University's fees refund schedule are made only in the case of error on the University's part.

Changing Meeting Sections in a Course:
Students may change meeting sections in a course at any time provided that, if the change takes place after the deadline for adding the course, they have the written approval of the instructor of the new meeting section, or the administrative staff person responsible for student academic advising in the academic unit offering the course. Changes must be recorded at the Registrar's Office through ACORN (until the last day to add the course) and on a section change request form at the Registrar’s Office thereafter. 


Note: For some course sections, changes are not permitted on ACORN - these are listed in the Course Timetable.

Dropping a Course:
1. Students wanting to drop a course should pay attention to two deadlines in the Dates and Deadlines:

  • If students withdraw from a course by the last date to drop courses without academic penalty, no record of registration is shown on the student's transcript.
  • If students withdraw from a course by the late withdrawal date, the course remains on the student's record with a grade of LWD indicating late withdrawal. Students are permitted to withdraw late from a maximum of 3.0 credits during their studies within UTSC, FAS or UTM.

2. If students cease to complete course requirements but do not withdraw officially by the later deadline, a grade based on the marks awarded (including a zero for any incomplete work) will be recorded.

3. Students are not permitted to cancel or withdraw from a course in which an allegation of academic misconduct is pending, from the time of the alleged offence until the final disposition of the accusation. Such courses are designated GWR until the allegation is resolved.

Students who drop all their current courses and do not intend to enrol in any other course in that session (whether Summer, Fall or Winter) are deemed as having withdrawn from the session, and must cancel their registration through ACORN. Students dropping all their courses in a session may wish to speak to an academic advisor from the Academic Advising & Career Centre or Registrar's Office staff about the academic and financial consequences of withdrawal.

 

6C.8 Re-enrolling UTSC Students

Students previously registered at UTSC who wish to return after suspension or an absence of three or more consecutive sessions (at least 12 months) must submit an online "Application To Re-Enrol" to the Registrar's Office. Degree students who studied elsewhere during their absence from UTSC must report the attendance in the application, and should apply to re-enrol well before the final deadline to ensure there is sufficient time to review official transcripts from the other institution(s).


Enrolment in most courses is on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to have the application processed in time to take advantage of the wider availability of courses, students are strongly advised to submit the application to re-enrol by the dates listed below:

  • Mid March for the Summer Session
  • Mid June for both the Fall and Winter Sessions
  • Early October for the Winter Session

Late applications to re-enrol will be considered ONLY if received before classes begin in the session. Late fees may apply.  For further information on re-enrolment, visit the Registrar's Office website.

 

6C.9 Courses in Other Divisions or Faculties

Students are not permitted to register for courses in divisions or faculties other than the FAS and UTM unless they have received permission by petition or unless the courses are required by their Specialist or Major program.

Undergraduate Courses at FAS and UTM:
UTSC students are permitted to take up to 5.0 credits in courses offered by FAS or UTM, however:

  • No more than 1.0 of a student's first 4.0 full credits as a UTSC student may be taken on another campus, and students who plan on taking fewer than 1.5 credits in their first session as a UTSC student must enrol in UTSC courses only; Students may be withdrawn from courses after classes have started if their registration violates these rules.
  • If a student takes a course offered by FAS or UTM and fails it, the course will not be counted towards the 5.0 credits.
  • Courses taken at either FAS or UTM that are designated as "extra" (EXT) will not be counted towards the 5.0 credits.
  • Courses taken at either FAS or UTM that are designated as CR/NCR are counted towards the 5.0 credits if the student achieves a grade of CR, but are not counted towards the 5.0 credits if they are assessed as NCR.

Note: The FAS and UTM Calendars do not usually list UTSC courses as exclusions. Students taking such courses must check the UTSC Calendar for possible exclusions. Students who are in any doubt about whether or not an exclusion exists, whether a course can be used to meet a prerequisite for another course, or can be applied to a program requirement should consult with their Program Supervisor/Director.