Science Courses for Non - Science Majors

Year 1

03-55-100 Biology of Organisms

Genetics, energetics, and the diversity of life. Properties of living organisms from the level of the cell through tissues, organs and organ systems, to the functioning, integrated organism.

03-55-101 Organisms of the Environment

Organisms interacting with other organisms and with their physical environment. Ecological impacts of human activity

03-60-104 Computer Concepts for End Users

Introduction to the concepts of operation of a computer system, including hardware and software. Development of conceptual understanding of word processors, databases, spreadsheets, etc., and practical experience with their use. Networking concepts and data communication concepts will be introduced. The Internet will be introduced with students having access to internet resources. Management information systems including the systems development lifecycle will be discussed. Fundamental concepts of algorithm development and programming will be introduced. Hands-on experience with microcomputers as well as a distributed-computing environment will be involved. In addition to lecture time, laboratory/tutorial time may be scheduled as required.

03-61-110 Natural Hazards and Disasters

Earth's component systems and their interrelationships. Earth hazards and Earth's interior processes: volcanism and earthquakes. Hazards and surface processes: landslides and floods. Atmospheric Hazards: storms, hurricanes and tornadoes. This course is designed for non-Science majors.

03-64-114 Physical Concepts of Numeracy I

The development of critical quantitative thinking in applications of physics to everyday phenomena. The course is designed for general, non-science students but should also serve students majoring in science but weak in problem-solving skills. By helping students to sharpen their analytical skills in applications of physical concepts, the course is meant to increase numeracy without being heavily mathematical. It concentrates on mechanics, properties of matter, and heat with the aid of tools such as vectors, functional relationships, their graphical representations, and elements of statistics and error analysis.

03-64-190 Introduction to Astronomy I

The solar system with emphasis on the results of recent space exploration. This is a descriptive course suitable for the non-scientist.

03-64-191 Introduction to Astronomy II

The stars, galaxies, including pulsars, black holes, and quasars. Current theories of the structure of the universe will be discussed. This is a descriptive course suitable for the non-scientist.

03-66-100 Introduction to Geomorphology

The landscapes of the earth, with particular reference to the glaciers, coastlines, rivers, and northern permafrost regions of Canada. 03-66-102 Atmosphere and Climate An introduction to the atmosphere and the basic principles of meteorology and climatology. Topics include weather systems, atmospheric pollution and inadvertent climate modification, climate change and relationships between climate and living organisms. 03-66-110 Natural Hazards and Disasters. Earth's component systems and their interrelationships. Earth hazards and Earth's interior processes: volcanism and earthquakes. Hazards and surface processes: landslides and floods. Atmospheric Hazards: storms, hurricanes and tornadoes. This course is designed for non-Science majors.

03-66-111 Our Changing Earth

Origin of the Universe and Solar System; focus on the Earth and Moon; earliest life forms. Measurement of geological time. Global climatic change in geological history; drifting continents; deserts, floods and ice sheets. Fossils and evolution; extinctions and probable causes. Human evolution and migrations; early technologies. This course is designed for non-Science majors.


Year 2

02-53-220 Women’s Bodies, Women’s Health

(Prerequisite: One Women's Studies (53-) course and at least semester 3 standing.)

This course examines and critiques commonly cited biological evidence in support of sex differences and male superiority, including research on anatomy, genetics, hormones, and differential brain functioning. Students explore the social, cultural, and political meanings of the female body and consider how these understandings influence medical and non-medical definitions of “health” for women. Students investigate how sexism, classism, racism, ageism, and homophobia shape how individuals think about and value different female bodies.

03-59-201 Chemistry in the Marketplace

(not open to first-year students)

The basic notions of chemistry will be introduced and discussed in a qualitative manner with a view to understanding chemistry and materials encountered in everyday life. The course will provide an appreciation for the ubiquitous nature and importance of chemicals and chemical processes. Discussion will include a variety of topics such as chemistry in the home, plastics, drugs, cosmetics, biotechnology, chemistry and computer technology, nuclear power and pollution. The course is intended for students with no formal background in chemistry.

03-60-205 Introduction to the Internet

(pre-requisite: 03-60-104)

Students will be introduced to the Internet as a global information infrastructure, including the development of early and current communication protocols and services, packaging of data, and data transmission. Fundamental concepts of and tools to support Internet browsing through concepts of Universal Resource locators and Hypertext Markup Languages will be included. Students will be required to publish a website on the Internet using HTML. Webpage enhancement through the use of JavaScript and other tools will be introduced. The functionality of electronic mail and bulletin board services will be introduced with hands-on experience in sending and receiving information, automated title searching, and an introduction to organizing information to be accessible over the network. Technical methods of binary data transfer on analog carriers will be introduced and comparison of Ethernet and ATM fibre-optic digital delivery will be discussed. In addition to lecture time, laboratory/ tutorial time may be scheduled as required.

*11-63-241 Health Issues and Care of Diverse Populations

The examination of the relationship between marginalization and vulnerability in the health care of diverse populations.

*11-63-245 Heath Issues in Gerontology

This course is designed to focus on health issues resulting from age-related changes in human functioning. It will include a study of the aging process, epidemiology of aging as well as health and social policies relevant to the aging population. Disease processes particularly prevalent in elderly persons and related therapeutic measures will also be discussed.

*11-63-247 Transcultural Health

Exploration of theory and research related to health and illness beliefs and practices across the life cycle of diverse cultural populations in Canada. Topics will include transcultural concepts in mental health, family health, aspects of pain, and care of the elderly.


Year 3

*11-63-351 The Human Meaning of Death

An examination of the human experience of death and dying, the meaning of human life, ethical and cultural aspects, euthanasia, and advanced directives. Lectures, readings, films, and discussions will explore a variety of significant thinkers and concepts concerning death. Through various exercises and shared experiences, students will be encouraged to examine their own feelings and attitudes toward death.


Important Notes

Any course that begins with “03” is considered a Science course.

* Nursing course which can count as a Science credit.


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