Breadth courses give you a balanced foundation of scholarly tools and transferable skills from across campus.
You'll take public speaking, critical thinking, computer science, 3 investigative sciences, 2 courses in the same second language, 2 maths, statistics, research design, ethics, and English.
For all of the other breadth courses, you'll choose the ones that best match you own unique set of interests and goals:
What is the Computer Science requirement?
You need to take at least one course in Computer Science (CS), and, ideally, we’d like you to take that course in your first year. It will contribute to your success in future courses, and may be an important pre-requisite for others. For most of you, CS 105, CS 115 or CS 135 will be suitable.
Choose one of the sections that’s labelled Reserve: Not in Yr 1 Math, a section that’s been set aside for students like you who are not in the Math faculty.
There is an advanced first-year Computer Science course, CS 145, which would also satisfy the Computer Science requirement.
For planning purposes, Computer Science course options lists the courses that would satisfy this requirement.
TIP: There’s a lot of demand for CS courses. We’d advise you to register early, and avoid making timetable changes that affect your CS course. (When you give up your seat in one class, you’re not guaranteed to get a place in the new one, nor are you guaranteed that you’ll be able to get back into the class you gave up.)
What are the Investigative Science requirements?
You need to take at least three courses in Investigative Science(s), and, ideally, we’d like you to take one of those in your first year. The goal is to get a personalized introduction to the natural, health and applied sciences, and to build a foundation of interesting courses that could serve as pre-requisites for upper-year sciences.
The phrase “Investigative Science” is unusual. We made it up for KI. We use it to describe quantitative investigative courses with a non-trivial hands-on component.
For planning purposes, Investigative Science Options list the courses that would satisfy this requirement.
If your preferred course isn’t on the list, don’t despair. We continue to identify suitable courses on a case-by-case basis. But you must consult with your undergraduate advisor to confirm that your course choices will satisfy the Investigative Science requirement.
That’s how we’ll make sure that you get credited not just for the course but also for the milestone toward your degree requirements.
What are the Languages requirements?
You need to take at least one English course, and, ideally, we’d like you to take that course in your first year. It will contribute to your success in future courses, and may be an important pre-requisite for others. Any ENGL course at the 100 level or 200 level will satisfy this requirement.
You could fulfill your requirement for two courses in a second language at any time during your degree, but language courses are in high demand, so we recommend you start soon for the most choice. You’re going on an international field trip at the end of your second year. That might influence your choice and timing of language studies.
For planning purposes, Second Language Course Options lists the courses that would satisfy this requirement.
What is the Math requirement?
For most of you, MATH 106, 127 and/or 128 will be suitable.
If you've enjoyed and thrived in high school math (grades of 80% or better), we encourage you to consider taking courses alongside the Honours Math students: MATH 135, 136, 137 and/or 138. If you want to add one of the MATH 13X courses to your timetable, you will need to call the Math Undergraduate Office at extension 33905, or email email@example.com. You might say something like:
"Hi, I'm Susan Studies-Hard, a student in the Knowledge Integration plan. I would like to take MATH 137 this fall. I have the pre-requisite high school math course (you do, right?), I got at least 80% in it (you did, right?) and I understand you can grant me permission to take the course. My student number is 23456789. Thank you so much for your help."
For planning purposes, Math Course Options lists the courses that would satisfy this requirement.
There are also advanced math classes designed for truly outstanding and enthusiastic math students. If you're looking for excitement and challenge, consult us about whether MATH 145, 146, 147 and/or 148 would be a good fit. You won't be able to add these courses to your timetable without making really special arrangements, so please ask your undergraduate officer for advice.
What is the Probability and Statistics requirement?
Second year would be the best time, for most of you, to fulfil your Probability and Statistics requirement.
For planning purposes, Statistics Course Options lists the courses that would satisfy this requirement.
What is the Research Design/Methods requirement?
Second year would be the best time, for most of you, to fulfil your Research Design/Methods requirement.
For planning purposes, Research Design/Methods Course Options lists the courses that would satisfy this requirement.
What is the Ethics requirement?
For planning purposes, Ethics Course Options lists the courses that would satisfy this requirement.