Breadth Requirements

Before graduation, students must complete at least 1.0 course from each of the three categories A, B, and C.

Breadth Requirements for First Year
First-year students must include 1.0 course from each of two of the three categories (A, B, and C) shown below.

Breadth Requirements for Graduation
At least 1.0 course must be chosen from each of the three categories (A, B, and C) shown below. Any outstanding breadth requirement not completed in first year must be completed prior to graduation.

Note: Students in the MTP program are only required to fulfill Breadth Requirements for First Year, not Breadth Requirements for Graduation. This exemption does not, however, apply to Honors Bachelor degrees; students who intend to upgrade to Honors are strongly recommended to complete the full breadth requirements within their MTP program.

Note: Not all subjects listed below offer first-year courses. Departments and programs offering upper-year courses are also assigned to one of the three categories.


Social Science

Anthropology, Economics, Dimensions of Leadership, First Nations Studies, Geography, History, International Relations, Management and Organizational Studies (formerly Administrative and Commercial Studies), Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Women's Studies

Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary

American Studies, Childhood and Social Institutions (formerly Childhood and Family Relations), Dance, Education, Family Studies, Health Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, Centre for Global Studies (formerly International and Comparative Studies; Modern Eastern Civilizations), Kinesiology, Linguistics, Media and the Public Interest, Media, Information and Technoculture, Nursing, Rehabilitation Sciences, Social Justice and Peace Studies*

Business Administration, Foods and Nutrition, Human Ecology, Law, Music, Social Work, Thanatology


Arts and Humanities
Classical Studies, Comparative Literature and Culture, Film Studies, Italian Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Speech, Theological Studies, Visual Arts History, Visual Arts Studio, Women's Studies, Writing**

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish



Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Science, Green Process Engineering, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Software Engineering

Medical Science
Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Medical Biophysics, Medical Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology, Pathology and Toxicology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Physiology

Science (Science courses to consider)
Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Astronomy, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, Differential Equations, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, History of Science, Linear Algebra, Mathematics, Physics, Planetary Science, Statistical Sciences

Communication Sciences and Disorders


*Students who completed Childhood and Family Relations, International and Comparative Studies, and Linguistics prior to September 1, 2007 are permitted to graduate with these courses recognized as Category B.
** Writing courses restricted to English as a Second Language students (e.g., Writing 0001F/G, 0002F/G, 1021F/G, 1022F/G) do not qualify as Category B courses.

Don't forget to check the requisites in the most up-to-date version of the Academic Calendar before registering to be sure you have selected an appropriate course!

Students are responsible for ensuring that their selection of courses is appropriate and accurately recorded, that all course prerequisites have been successfully completed, and that they are aware of any antirequisite course(s) that they have taken.

Reviewed 2012/03/30