General First Year

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General First Year, also known as TrackOne, is designed for students interested in exploring all fields of engineering before choosing to join a Core Program in second year.

Students who choose this program spend their first year taking a wide range of engineering courses. This approach helps you discover your interests within U of T Engineering while you develop a strong foundation in key engineering principles.

After you’ve successfully completed your first year (i.e. achieved a minimum average of 60 per cent in both semesters), you are guaranteed a spot in the core program of your choice, and you will continue toward your four-year Bachelor of Applied Science degree. Your courses will be similar to those taken by first-year students in the Core Programs, so the transition to second year will be smooth.

General First Year Students will join one of the following Core Programs in their second year:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mineral Engineering

This program will challenge you to think about engineering from many different points of view. The General First Year is ideal for academically strong students who are interested in conquering this century’s major challenges through engineering, but are unsure of the careers available to graduates from each field, or want a clearer picture of the type of research that’s conducted within the separate programs. Through your Introduction to Engineering seminar course, you’ll learn how each engineering field contributes to society. Your professors will show you the connections between all the engineering disciplines so you’ll feel engaged and inspired to learn more. Support from your academic advisor will help you with your choice at the end of first year.

First Year Courses

  • Calculus I and II
  • Computer Fundamentals or Fundamentals of Computer Programming
  • Dynamics
  • Electrical Fundamentals
  • Engineering Chemistry & Materials Science
  • Engineering Strategies & Practice I and II
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Linear Algebra
  • Mechanics
  • Seminar: Orientation to Engineering

General First Year Resources