University 1
Faculty of Science

Program description

University 1 is a unique approach to first year university studies that gives students the opportunity to design an individualized first year schedule that allows them to meet the admission, and/or first year requirements, of one or more target degree programs. University 1 Registration Assistants and Academic Advisors also provide students with specialized support and guidance in making decisions about course selection and degree planning, in adjusting to university life and academic expectations, and in building the necessary skills to achieve academic and personal success.  


Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

  • World of Bugs
  • Food Safety Today and Tomorrow
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Introductory to Environmental Design
  • Human Origins and Antiquity
  • Thematic Approaches to the Study of Literature 
  • English Composition
  • Film History
  • Introduction to Portuguese
  • Asian Civilizations from 1500
  • Evil in World Religions
  • Design Engineering
  • The Dynamic Earth
  • Visual Language
  • Family Issues Across the Lifespan
  • Introduction to Leisure Travel
  • Business and Society
  • The Well-Tempered Concert-Goer
  • Introduction to Nursing
  • Understanding the World through Chemistry
  • Elements of Discrete Mathematics
  • Mathematics in Art
  • Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers
  • Introduction to University 


Admission Requirements

Visit the University 1 application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.


What is unique about this program at the U of M?

University 1 provides first year students the opportunity to explore courses while completing the first year of their U of M degree. University 1 course selection approaches are developed for each degree to ensure that students have the option to complete the admission requirements of one specific degree program or, to create a selection of courses that combines or samples first year admission requirements from multiple programs.
Beyond course selection options, University 1 offers first year students a variety of resources to support their transition to the U of M. Resources include:

  • The First Year Planning Guide is an online resource to help guide students through decisions about first year course selection and degree planning.
  • Introduction to University, ARTS 1110 (W) is a course which teaches strategies for academic success, in small interactive seminars to enhance essay writing, research methods and critical thinking skills.
  • The First 6 Weeks Program is a week by week introduction to academic skills and services that help students adjust to university life.
  • First year focused academic advising through one-to-one advising sessions, group, and specialty topic sessions.
  • Monitoring of academic progress and access to academic and learning supports.
  • Up-to-date news, events, information and reminders throughout each term.
  • Promoting Aboriginal Community Together(PACT) is a mentorship and leadership program for Aboriginal students.

Important Links

University 1
First Year Planning Guide