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Science


Note:

  1. Science labelled courses (other than Liberal Science Core Courses) are offered by the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Physics, determined by course content.
  2. The Faculty of Science offers the following courses of a general nature intended for students registered in other Faculties (Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Environmental Studies, Engineering, Mathematics) as well as for Science students desiring electives.
  3. Normally, no more than three SCI credits may be applied towards any Science degree program.

SCI100S

SCI 040 F,W 1S 0.0
Seminar
These seminars bring together Science and Business students and Environmental Science students in all years, to hear invited speakers, view films relating to their programs, and learn about current research.
"BUS" Division for Science and Business students, "ENS" for Environmental Science Students

SCI200S

SCI 205 F,W 3C 0.5
Physics of High Fidelity Sound Reproduction
An application of elementary physical principles to the study of acoustics and high fidelity sound reproduction. This course will look at the physics behind the design of modern equipment and explain the meaning of its specifications. Several evening clinics will be held where interested students may measure the properties of their own or available systems in a laboratory setting.
Prereq: At least one year of Secondary School Physics

SCI 219 W 2C 0.5
Chemistry in Modern Society
The impact of chemistry on the environment and modern society will be discussed under such topics as carcinogens, lead pollution, chemical warfare, food additives, pesticides, contraception, ozone layer, RsocialS (marijuana, cocaine) and sport drugs. Topics vary from year to year.
Prereq: At least one year of Secondary School Chemistry

SCI 220 W,S 0.5
Chemistry of Pollution
A study of the chemistry involved in pollution problems encountered with consumer products and in selected industries. Progress on overcoming the pollution will be discussed with emphasis on the Chemistry. (Open to all interested students.)
Prereq: At least one year of Secondary School Chemistry
Available by Distance Education only

SCI 237 F 3C 0.5
Descriptive Astronomy
A survey course in astronomy (primarily intended for students in Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Environmental Studies). The solar system, stars, the Milky Way, galaxies and the Universe.
Open to students in all years
Not for Engineering, Mathematics or Science students
Antireq: SCI 238

SCI 238 W,S 3C 0.5
Intorductory Astronomy
A survey course in astronomy intended for Mathematics, Engineering and Science students. The solar system, the Sun and planets, stars, the Milky Way, galaxies and cosmology. Open to students in all years
Antireq: SCI 237 (SCI 238 is a more quantitative version of SCI 237.)
Students interested in the above courses in Astronomy (i.e. SCI 237, 238) should note that because of overlapping material both courses may not be taken for credit, only the one most suitable to their background. Students with a weak background in Physics and/or Mathematics may well find it advisable to take SCI 238 before taking PHYS 275.

SCI 250 W 3C 0.5
Environmental Geology
An introduction to geological concepts; the influence of geological factors on the natural environment; Earth processes and natural hazards; Earth resources; waste disposal and pollution; global climatic and environmental change.
Prereq: none
Antireq: EARTH 121/122, 126, GEO E 126

SCI 255 W 3C 0.5
The Biology of Aging
An introduction to the biological mechanisms of aging at the molecular, cellular and systemic levels. Topics to be discussed will include the theories of aging, methods for studying the aging process, the role of diseases in aging and chronological changes in organisms during aging.
Cross-listed as GERON 255

SCI 260 W 3C 0.5
The Science of Senses
Vision, hearing, smell, taste and other senses. A multidisciplinary view of some of the basic principles underlying these, with emphasis upon concepts which are common to all senses. Various aspects of the senses (e.g. social consequences of sensory impairment, esthetics, historical theories of sensory function) are discussed and demonstrated.

SCI 261 F 3C 0.5
Models in Science
Origins and rise of some important scientific models. Resistance to and acceptance of new models. Strengths and weaknesses of some current models. Examples will be drawn from three different areas of science, and may vary from year to year.

SCI 263 F 3C 0.5
Science and Society
Selection of areas of science for development and commercial exploitation. Economic and social impact of science. Societal pressures on science. At present, the focus of this course is biotechnology.
Prereq: For upper-year students only

SCI 265 F 3C 0.5
Scientists and the Science Community
Professionalism, ethical and political issues, and other aspects of how science is done will be raised. Memoirs and other writings of scientists about their science will be included in the readings.
Prereq: For upper-year students only

SCI 267 F 3C 0.5
Topics in History and Philosophy of Science
Selected areas or cases chosen may vary from year to year. Current theme: measurement.
Cross-listed as PHIL 258

SCI 270 W 3C 0.5
Nuclear Science
A non-mathematical general treatment of the following areas of nuclear Science: historical development and discovery of new fundamental particles; artificial transmutation of elements; nuclear sources of energy; biological effects of radiation and use of radioisotopes in industry, medicine and agriculture. The impact of nuclear science on social, economic and political systems will be discussed.
Prereq: At least one year Secondary School Chemistry or Physics

SCI300S

SCI 333 F 3S 0.5
Science and Business Senior Seminar
A framework for understanding the ways in which science and business interacts and the importance of this interaction to society. Historical and innovative examples will be provided.
Prereq: Third- or Fourth-year standing in the Honours Science and Business program or consent of instructor.
Offered in odd-numbered years

SCI 351 F,W,S 0.5
Human Physiology 1
An introduction to selected topics in human physiology: the nervous system; sensation; muscles; the heart and circulatory system; blood; the immune system; respiration.
Antireq: BIOL 273
Offered by Distance Education only

SCI 352 F,W,S 0.5
Human Physiology 2
An introduction to selected topics in human physiology. Attention will be given to the areas of homeostasis, nutrition, digestion, reproduction and the endocrine hormones, chemical messengers and receptors.
Antireq: BIOL 273
Offered by Distance Education only

SCI 355 F 2C 0.5
Biology of Cancer
An introduction to cell and developmental biology in relation to cancer in the human body.
Students whose major field is Biology may not take this course for credit.
Offered in even numbered years.

SCI400S

SCI 453 F 2C 0.5
Marine Ecosystems and the Human Impact
Study of the oceans from a biological point of view, and consideration of the effects of exploitation and pollution upon the animals and plants that inhabit them.
Students whose major field is Biology may not take this course for credit.
Antireq: BIOL 450

SCI 454 W 2C 0.5
Biology of Freshwater Pollution
Study of lakes, rivers and streams from a biological point of view, and consideration of the effects of pollution upon the animals and plants that inhabit them.
Students will find a course in Biology to be an advantage. Students whose major field is Biology may not take this course for credit.
Antireq: BIOL 451

SCI 462 F 3C 0.5
Biology of Food Production
A survey of world food production from the biologist's viewpoint. Topics: nutrition; food chains; origins of agriculture; basic plants and animal food crops; primitive and modern scientific agricultural practices and the environmental implications of each.

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