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What courses should Ontario students take in Grades 9 and 10?

To help you plan your high school courses, here's a list of Ontario Grade 12 courses which are required for admission and the Grade 9 to 11 courses you need to take.

Tips

  • Each fall, Waterloo liaison officers visit hundreds of schools across Ontario. Check with your guidance office to see if we are visiting your school or a school nearby.
  • We also encourage you to meet with your guidance counsellor early in your high school career to plan your courses.
  • Some programs at Waterloo specify a minimum mark in required Grade 12 courses. View our admission requirements for further details.
  • Our annual Grade 10 Family Night provides tips about planning for university. Watch presentations relating to admissions, fees and scholarships, and advice from current Waterloo students.
  • The Ministry of Education provides detailed information regarding courses and course descriptions.

Want to keep your options open and be eligible for a range of university programs?

  Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
English ENG1D ENG2D ENG3U Grade 12 U English (some programs require ENG4U)
Math MPM1D MPM2D MCR3U

MHF4U - Advanced Functions

MCV4U - Calculus and Vectors

MDM4U - Math of Data Management

Science SNC1D SNC2D

SBI3U

SCH3U

SPH3U

SBI4U - Biology

SCH4U - Chemistry

SPH4U - Physics

Interested in Engineering programs?

  Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
English ENG1D ENG2D ENG3U ENG4U - English
Math MPM1D MPM2D MCR3U

MHF4U - Advanced Functions

MCV4U - Calculus and Vectors

Science SNC1D SNC2D

SPH3U

SCH3U

SPH4U - Physics

SCH4U - Chemistry

Interested in Faculty of Science programs?

  Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 
English ENG1D ENG2D ENG3U ENG4U - English
Math MPM1D MPM2D MCR3U

MHF4U - Advanced Functions

MCV4U - Calculus and Vectors

In addition to the ENG4U, MHF4U, and MCV4U, any 2 of the following science and math courses are required:
Science SNC1D SNC2D

SBI3U

SCH3U

SPH3U

SBI4U - Biology

SCH4U - Chemistry

SPH4U - Physics

SES4U - Earth and Space Science

Math MPM1D MPM2D MCR3U MDM4U - Math of Data Management

Interested in Faculty of Mathematics programs?

  Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 
English ENG1D ENG2D ENG3U Any Grade 12 U English
Math MPM1D MPM2D MCR3U

MHF4U - Advanced Functions

MCV4U - Calculus and Vectors

        Plus one other Grade 12 U course

Remember to check the specific admission requirements for your program(s) of interest.