Fall 2022 - SCI 300 E100

Science and its Impact on Society (3)

Class Number: 4587

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    SSCK 9500, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 9, 2022
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    AQ 3181, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units.



The impact of science in our society. This course introduces upper level university students to all facets of science and their resulting technologies. Governmental policies often involve far-reaching scientific/technological decisions and this course attempts to provide a scientific perspective to help achieve rational and effective policies. Not open to students in the Faculty of Science or the Schools of Computing Science, Engineering Science. Breadth-Science.


This course will provide you with an overview of science and technology. Science is the study of nature, while technology is the application of scientific knowledge to solve problems. Science and technology are increasingly governing our lives and may seem a complex maze. However, what appears to be a vastness of science is founded on relatively few fundamental recurring patterns (“laws”), which scientists have observed, articulated and compiled since ancient times. In this course, we will explore topics from science and technology, chosen to exemplify the elegant underlying patterns. We will explore scientific and technological concepts and applications. We will discuss and understand how these concepts and applications impact our daily lives.

The course material is divided into 9 units:
1. Numbers
2. Matter
3. Molecules
4. Energy and Waves
5. Pollution
6. Electricity and Magnetism
7. Chance
8. Cosmology and Prehistory
9. Life
10. Synopsis


  • First Midterm Exam 30%
  • Final Exam 50%
  • Presentation/Project 15%
  • Attendance/Participation 5%



Class notes given during class time and notes on each module will be available as the course progresses.


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Registrar Notes:


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