The emerging field of nutrigenomics: the interaction between our genes and the food we eat.

A variety of fruits and vegetables.


If you are looking into studying Nutritional Sciences, the
emerging field of nutrigenomics is an area to consider.

Should your DNA determine what’s for dinner?  According to Dr. Ahmed El-Sohemy, Canada Research Chair and Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, it should.  He is a
entrepreneur and pioneer in nutrigenomics, a new field of health studies.

Nutrigenomics suggests that knowing our genetic makeup can be enormously useful for deciding what we should and should not eat, and how much.

Find the full story on Boundless, U of T.




#BellLetsTalk Day

Today is #BellLetsTalk Day.  A day to raise mental health awareness.  These are some of the initiatives going on around campus.

Today and all days #LanguageMatters #OneTeamForMentalHealth #BellLetsTalk #UofT

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In honour of #BellLetsTalk, we’d like to share a sneak peak of our upcoming interview series with Ravi Gabble, a member of the Health Promotions Programs team at the Health & Wellness Centre. Stay tuned in the future for more posts from Ravi! . . “I think one of the major barriers that students face in accessing mental health supports is uncertainty or insufficient knowledge about whether their concerns are serious enough to request help for. Our response is always: don’t wait; ask for help early even if you’re unsure and ask for it often. Moreover, stigma also continues to be an issue – whether it’s related to asking for help in the first place, or feeling concerned about being diagnosed with a mental health problem afterwards. As a result, in our conversations with students across campus, we spend a lot of time trying to dispel these concerns as much as possible, as well trying to normalize help-seeking behaviour in general.”

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What is it like to study Forensics Science?

Woman in a mask and a coverall

What is Forensic Science?
Forensic science is the application of science to address issues of concern to the legal system.  There are a wide variety of specializations within these disciplines, including for example:  forensic biology, forensic chemistry, forensic anthropology, forensic psychology, etc.

What concepts and ideas do students learn? What courses would a student take?
Students choose 1 of 4 streams depending on their ultimate career goal:  forensic biology, forensic chemistry, forensic anthropology, or forensic psychology. Depending on the stream, the courses will differ.  All students take core courses in forensic science that address topics such as:  overview of the discipline and the many sub-specialties; ethics; Canadian law and the expert witness; crime scene investigation; specialized lab courses; and an internship course for Specialists in the program.

Two students outside crouching on the ground collecting samples

What is unique about studying Forensics Science at U of T?
Our program provides students with the flexibility of focusing on forensic applications of their science, or in following a more mainstream career because students in each forensic stream take the same core courses as students in the broader related field.  For example, forensic biology students take the same courses as biology students, in addition to their forensic courses.  This results in students who are qualified for jobs in more traditional areas of biology, as well as in the specialized area of forensic biology.  The core forensic courses also provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to become a police officer, or civilian crime scene investigator (Forensic Identification Assistant).  Depending on the stream a student selects, the specialist degree in forensic science also provides the necessary foundation to apply to medical school, dental school, law school, or graduate school.  Students therefore have many career paths available to them.

What should a high school student know about the field of Forensics Science before applying to it?
Forensic Science is a science, which means students should have a strong foundation in chemistry, biology, physics, and math. There are many career options in Forensic Science and the choice of program stream (forensic bio, forensic chem, forensic psych, forensic anthro) should be based on what the student would ultimately like to do for a living, not on whether you need to have physics to get into it.

What kind of student would excel in Forensics Science?
Someone who pays attention to the details, but can also see the larger picture. Someone who is patient, can communicate complex ideas (or at least wants to learn how to become proficient at scientific communication), enjoys puzzles and is able to grasp complex concepts, is not afraid to state their opinion even when it is not a popular one, has a strong ethical foundation, and is compassionate.

What can I do with a degree in Forensics Science?
Depends on the forensic science program.  As noted above, at UTM the options are almost endless.  It is a stand alone degree for people who want to become police officers, forensic biology or chemistry lab technicians, civilian crime scene officers, or any other field that requires a science degree.  It is an excellent undergraduate degree for someone who wants to continue into law school, medical school, dental school, any health-based graduate program, and graduate school.  It can lead to a career as a forensic pathologist, forensic odonatologist, forensic psychologist, or forensic anthropologist with the appropriate postgraduate training.




Happy Holidays!

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday and all the best for 2017.

Outside of front campus, covered in snow.

The University of Toronto will be closed form December 21-30. That means we won’t be offering campus tours or assessing applications until we reopen on January 2. You can still send us required documents while we’re closed, however Enrolment Services (or the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering) will not be reviewing them or updating the Join Applicant Website/Engineering Portal until we reopen.

See you in 2017!

Helping Students Succeed

Classes have ended and we are well into exams now.  The University of Toronto provides a variety of programs and incentives to help students succeed.  During exam time, students can attend workshops that help prepare for multiple choice questions and short answers.

Take a break and attend a planting session where you can decorate some flower pots and plant mint.

Students surrounding a table filled with plant pots

You can load up on snacks to help you study and you have a chance to meet therapy dogs!

The University of Toronto mascot, Varisty blue holding a bowl of fruit.


Here is what is going on at Architecture

At the John H. Daniel’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design students have the opportunity to create an incredible variety of works.  Here is a preview of some student works.  The program gives students the ability to explore different mediums.

Model of a staircase designed by an Architecture student


Graphic in colour designed by an Architecture student


Here is the new space for the John H. Daniel’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design.  For those of you who are interested in pursuing Architecture, this will be your new space.

The new Architecture building with people

What is it like studying Actuarial Sciences?

Actuarial science at U of T

We recently received a question about the actuarial science program at U of T. We reached out to U of T’s Actuarial Science Club and asked them to give us a better understanding of actuarial science.

What is actuarial science?

Actuarial science is the specific practice of applying statistical and mathematical methods to assess risks. This study is the fundamental mechanism behind insurance and other forms of finance.

What courses would a student take?

Students are recommended to take:

  • Introductory level of Economics (ECO100) and Calculus (MAT137 or MAT157)
  • Higher levels of calculus (ex. MAT237) including all the prerequisites
  • Higher level of statistics (ex. STA347) including all the prerequisites
  • Various Actuarial Science courses

Find Actuarial Science in the Faculty of Arts & Science course calendar here.

What concepts and ideas do students learn?

Students learn about concepts of probability and finance. We learn about interest, discount, present value and accumulated values, and then apply them to determine values of annuities, mortgages, bonds, etc. In STA257 we learn about probability theories and discrete and continuous random variables, as well as density functions and various distributions such as binomial, geometric, and Poisson. In STA261 we learn more about statistical models and statistical theory. In MAT237 we learn mathematical concepts but in multivariable (i.e R2, and R3).

What is unique about studying actuarial sciences at U of T?

Studying Act Sci at U of T allows you to build a solid mathematical background. U of T’s Act Sci also coordinates plenty of info sessions, which allows you to better understand the industry, improve social skills, and have more opportunities to find a job.

What should a high school student know about the field of actuarial sciences before applying to it?

There are a few things we think high school students should consider:

  • The pathway to membership (including the number of exams required, the different tracks for FSA etc.);
  • The different professions of actuarial science available (consulting, P&C, life, etc.);
  • The different institutions of actuarial science certification (SOA, CAS, etc.);
  • Actuarial professionals require both strong technical and communication skills.

What kind of student would excel in actuarial sciences?

Students who excel in actuarial science tend to:

  • Enjoy and excel in rigorous mathematics and statistical analysis;
  • Have an interest in the financial industry (or specifically the insurance industry);
  • Embrace challenges;
  • Have self-discipline and perseverance (for the exam preparations);
  • Are able to explain difficult concepts in a simpler manner;
  • Have strong social skills.

What can I do with a degree in actuarial sciences?

A degree in actuarial science is useful because you will technically be studying for the materials of Actuarial Certificate Exams while completing your degree. You’ll be able to get a taste of the problems an actuary would face and solve. It allows you to meet, work with, and learn from other intellectuals who have the same interest and are pursuing the same goal as you. In addition, most of the actuaries work in insurance and financial industries.


I hope that gives you a better understanding of actuarial sciences and what it may be like studying that at U of T. If there’s something else you’d like to learn more about, let us know!

Fall Campus Day – Mississauga

Thank you to everyone who came out to Fall Campus Day. Here are some highlights from the Mississauga campus.

If you’re into creepy crawlies, the Biology table in the Instructional Centre has what you’re looking for! #utmfcd

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Inside an auditorium, filled with people at the Mississauga campus

Quickly filling up  for the first Management and Economics presentation at UTM.


Fall Campus Day – St. George

Thank you to everyone who came out to Fall Campus Day on the St. George campus. Here are some highlights from the day: