Quantitative and Breadth Science Courses for Arts Students
Feeling anxious about taking Quantitative and Breadth-Science courses? Looking for course options beyond "traditional" math and science to fulfill your Q and B-Sci requirements?
SFU offers many courses with Q and B-Sci designations that have either been designed with students in non-quantitative disciplines in mind or make a point of looking at quantitative reasoning and science in creative ways.
**Please note: Course designations approved after September 2006 are noted in the lists below with italicized effective dates. Designations are NOT retroactive; they are effective as of the first offering after Senate approval.**
Last updated 11 April 2018.
Courses are listed alphabetically. Check Course Schedules each term for offerings of (and possible prerequisites for) the following courses:
ACMA 101 Introduction to Insurance - Q and B-Sci - effective September 2017
- General overview of universally useful concepts in insurance, pensions and financial management. Typical life, health and property & casualty insurance products; underwriting; pricing; reserving; regulation; social insurance; retirement plans and annuities; financial planning: mortgages, loans, wealth management. Corequisite: MATH 150, 151, 154 or 157.
ARCH 131 Human Origins - B-Sci (or B-Soc)
- A non-technical survey of the primate background of humans, fossil primates, and fossil humans, and the associated evidence of cultural development. An introduction to physical anthropology.
ARCH 285 Archaeological Science - Q and B-Sci - effective January 2015
- Introduces scientific techniques used for archaeological investigations. Prerequisite: One of ARCH 100, ARCH 201, BISC 101, CHEM 111, CHEM 121, EVSC 100, GEOG 111, PHYS 101 or PHYS 120.
BISC 100 Introduction to Biology - B-Sci
- An introduction to the basic concepts of biology, emphasizing evolution as a unifying theme. Topics include cell structure, mitosis and meiosis, DNA structure and function, evolution and population and ecosystem ecology. Students with credit for BISC 101 or 102, or succeeding biology courses, may not take BISC 100 for further credit. Students with a C or better in Biology 12, who are considering a BISC Major, are encouraged to proceed directly to BISC 101 and 102.
BISC 111/112 Special Topics: Current Topics in Biology I/II - B-Sci - Topics will vary depending on instructor. Check Course Catalogue for topic offered.
- Selected topics in biology intended to fulfill breadth requirements for non-majors.
- Past topics have included Living Ecology; Science of the Sea; Mutants and Monsters; and Sex(ual Reproduction) on Earth.
BISC 113 Biology in Everyday Life - B-Sci - online delivery through CODE only; effective September 2014
- Emphasizes evolution and scientific inquiry as unifying themes. The diversity and the unity of all living organisms and the methods by which biologists answer questions about the living world are presented in this context. Topics covered include evolution, characteristics of living organisms, reproduction, metabolism, and ecology. Students with credit for HSCI 100, BISC 101, 102, or succeeding Biology courses, may not take BISC 113 for further credit. Recommended: Students with a C or better in Biology 12, who are considering a BISC major, are encouraged to proceed directly to BISC 101 and 102.
BISC 371 Special Topics in Biology for Non-Majors - B-Sci - effective May 2017
- Selected topics in biology, aimed at students who might not have a background in biology. Science students may take this course as an elective, but may not apply this course toward their upper division program requirements. Prerequisite: A minimum of 45 units.
BISC 372 Brewing Science - B-Sci - effective January 2018; note: 2-unit course, no lab
- This interdisciplinary course exposes students to the science and art of brewing, including the ingredients and process of brewing. Discussion of malting, barley and hop cultivation, and yeast fermentation, as it relates to the brewing process, as well as business, advertising, marketing of beer will be included. Prerequisite: 60 units. Students with credit for BISC 374 may not take this course for further credit. Students who have completed BISC 372 ST-Brewing Science may not take BISC 373 for further credit. Students may not count this course toward their Biological Science Honours, Majors, or Minor requirements.
BISC 374 Brewing Science with Lab - B-Sci - effective January 2018
- This interdisciplinary course exposes students to the science and art of brewing, including the ingredients and process of brewing. Discussion of malting, barley and hop cultivation, and yeast fermentation, as it relates to the brewing process, as well as business, advertising, marketing of beer will be included. With lab. Prerequisite: 60 units. Students with credit for BISC 373 may not take this course for further credit. Students who have completed BISC 372 ST-Brewing Science may not take BISC 374 for further credit. Students may not count this course toward their Biological Sciences Honours, Majors, or Minor requirements.
BPK 110 Human Nutrition: Current Issues - B-Sci - effective September 2009
- An introduction of the principles of human nutrition with an emphasis on topics of current interest. The material is presented in a Canadian context to focus on nutrition practices and problems in this country. Students will gain an understanding of factors affecting food selection and the role of nutrition in maintaining good health. Students will develop the ability to discriminate between reliable and unreliable information on the subject of food and nutrition.
BPK 140 Contemporary Health Issues - B-Sci
- Explores health from a holistic perspective, in which health is viewed as physical, psychological, and social well-being. Considers genetics, environment, personal health behaviors (such as diet, exercise, stress management, and drug use), socioeconomic status, health care delivery systems, and aging with the intent to improve students' abilities to evaluate health information.
BPK 141 Theory of Exercise Program Design - B-Sci - online delivery through CODE only; effective September 2017
- An introduction to the anatomical, physiological and biomechanical knowledge required to develop effective training regimes and implementation of this knowledge in exercise program design. Behavioural Neuroscience, Biomedical Physiology, and Kinesiology honours, majors and minor students may not receive credit for BPK 141. Students with credit for KIN 143 or BPK 143 may not take this course for further credit.
BPK 142 Introduction to Kinesiology - B-Sci
- Basic procedures for the assessment of the status and performance of the individual according to the principles of anthropometry, functional anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor learning. Recommended: grade 11 biology, chemistry and physics.
BPK 143 Exercise: Health and Perfomance - B-Sci
- Introduces the student to exercise physiology. Focuses on personal exercise prescription to improve aerobic capacity, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. Also discusses athletic conditioning, e.g. speed and power training. The effects of nutritional and environmental factors on exercise and the role of exercise in weight control and stress management are considered. Recommended: medical clearance from a personal physician. Students with credit for BPK 141 or KIN 143 may not take this course for further credit.
BUS 221 Personal Finance - Q - effective September 2017
- Explores the various aspects of finance that impact individuals directly. Using mathematical tools and in-depth analysis, students examine financial products and gain knowledge about how to effectively use them within their daily activities.
CA 149 Sound - Q - effective May 2013
- Introduction to acoustics, psychoacoustics, sound synthesis, audio sampling and signal processing, and sound production in general as relating to music, film sound, radio, new media, art installations and live performance. Students who have taken FPA 149 or 184 cannot take CA 149 for further credit.
CA 247 Electroacoustic Music I - Q
- The theory and practice of electroacoustic music technology and composition. In addition to expanding upon the issues introduced in FPA 147, the course will examine through lecture and studio work the following topics: analog and digital synthesis, microcomputer use, the multi-track studio, signal processing, communication protocols such as MIDI and sampling techniques. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 149.
CA 271 Production Ensemble II - Q
- Students having a basic familiarity with elements of production and design participate in an in-depth theoretical and practical exploration of stage and production management for theatre, dance and music production. Students in this class will develop skills necessary to provide technical support for the School's productions. Assignments will be conducted in class and through practicum work on productions. Maybe of particular interest to students in other departments. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 171.
CHEM 191 Living in a Materials World: From the Stone Age to Nanoscience - Q and B-Sci
- A survey of materials that have been used throughout human history, from stone, bone and wood to modern plastics and superconductors. The chemical principles that give rise to different materials' properties will be examined, with an emphasis of how small changes at the molecular level can have important implications in everyday life. We will also trace the development of new materials and how they have been perceived and studied throughout the ages. Intended for both science and non-science students.
CHEM 192 Chemistry in Your Home, Work, and Environment - Q and B-Sci
- The impact of chemistry on modern living. Students will gain a broad perspective on chemical processes with historical, environmental and economic importance in shaping society, examining both the beneficial and harmful aspects of the chemicals that shape our lives. Topics may include: perfumes, explosives, drugs, dyes, plastics, pesticides and greenhouse gases. Intended for both science and non-science students.
CMPT 120 Introduction to Computing Science and Programming I - Q and B-Sci
- An elementary introduction to computing science and computer programming, suitable for students with little or no programming background. Students will learn fundamental concepts and terminology of computing science, acquire elementary skills for programming in a high-level language and be exposed to diverse fields within, and applications of computing science. Topics will include: pseudocode, data types and control structures, fundamental algorithms, computability and complexity, computer architecture, and history of computing science. Treatment is informal and programming is presented as a problem-solving tool. Recommended prerequisite: BC Math 12 or equivalent. Students with credit for CMPT 102, 128, 130 or 166 may not take this course for further credit. Students who have taken CMPT 125, 129 or 135 first may not then take this course for further credit.
CMPT 165 Introduction to Multimedia and the Internet - B-Sci
- We shall examine the structure of the Internet and the World Wide Web as well as design and create web sites. Students who have obtained credit for, or are currently enrolled in a CMPT course at the 200 division or higher, CMPT 118 or 170, or IAT 265 or 267 may not take CMPT 165 for further credit.
CMPT 166 An Animated Introduction to Programming - Q and B-Sci - effective September 2012
- An informal introduction to programming using examples drawn from animation and graphics. Fundamental programming language features are covered, including variables, expressions, statements, loops, functions, and objects. Class design, event-driven programming or other advanced programming techniques may be introduced as needed. No prior programming experience is assumed. Recommended prerequisite: BC Math 12 or equivalent. Students with credit for CMPT 102, 120, 128, or 130 may not take this course for further credit. Students who have taken CMPT 125, 129 or 135 first may not then take this course for further credit.
CMPT 320 Social Implications - Computerized Society - B-Sci
- An examination of social processes that are being automated and implications for good and evil, that may be entailed in the automation of procedures by which goods and services are allocated. Examination of what are dehumanizing and humanizing parts of systems and how systems can be designed to have a humanizing effect.
COGS 100 Introduction to Cognitive Science - B-Sci (or B-Hum or B-Soc)
- This course provides a basic integrative overview of how cognitive science aspires to integrate the empirical findings, theories, and methods of psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, computing science and philosophy. Open to all students.
COGS 110 Learning in Everyday Life: The art and science of hacking your brain - B-Sci (or B-Hum or B-Soc) - effective January 2016
- An introduction to learning and decision-making in everyday life. Projects in this course piggyback on each student's other coursework or outside interests and so are directly relevant to their personal circumstances. This course gives students the knowledge necessary to make any learning situation easier and more fun.
EASC 103 The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs - B-Sci
- Class Dinosauria and how our understanding of this extinct group continues to evolve in the light of new discoveries. Topics include the rise of the dinosaurs, criteria for the recognition of the different groups, fossil data regarding dinosaur metabolism, evidence of dinosaur behaviour, possible evolutionary relationships with birds, and theories of dinosaur extinction. Not intended for Earth Science majors or minors.
EASC 104 Geohazards - Earth in Turmoil - B-Sci
- An introduction to the range of geological hazards that affect the Earth, the environment and humanity. Topics covered will include the hazards and risks related to volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides and avalanches, tsunamis, geomagnetic storms and other potentially cataclysmic events. The forecasting and possible mitigation of these geohazards will also be investigated. Not intended for Earth Science majors or minors.
EASC 106 Earth Through Time - B-Sci
- An introduction to the changes that the Earth has experienced, from its initial formation to the present day. Topics include changes in plate tectonic style, mountain building periods, glaciations during Earth history, formation of life, the fossil record and evolution, major extinctions, and the rise of man. Not intended for Earth Science majors or minors.
EASC 107 Economic Geological Resources - B-Sci
- An overview of the Earth's major economic resources of the Earth for non-Earth Science majors or minors. Background will be provided on major Earth processes which cause significant natural resources including metallic resources, hydrocarbon and other energy resources, industrial mineral and groundwater resources. Much of the focus will be on the changing nature of how resources have been found and exploited through history and how this may evolve in the near to distant future. Not intended for Earth Science majors or minors.
EASC 108 Exploring the Solar System - B-Sci - effective September 2009
- An introduction to the geology of our solar system through a comparative survey of the planets. Emphasis will be on the geology of the Earth and how we can use this knowledge to learn more about the neighboring planets. A wealth of accessible information now exists from which we can attempt to reconstruct the geological history of each planetary surface in our solar system. Comparative planetology will be used to explore such topics as the structure and origin of the solar system, the origin and fate of the Earth, the importance of water in the solar system, the formation and geological history of planetary lithospheres and atmospheres. Students may not use EASC 108 for credit towards Earth Sciences major or minor program requirements.
EASC 210 Historical Geology - B-Sci
- The study of the evolution of the Earth, the geological time scale, fossils and evolution, stratigraphic concepts, geological history of western Canada. Prerequisite: EASC 101 with a grade of C- or better.
EDUC 211 Mathematical Experience I: Numbers and Beyond - Q and B-Sci
- Utility and aesthetics of mathematical experience is presented through the exploration of selected topics. Prerequisite: Students who have credit for MATH 150, 151, MATH 154, MATH 157 need permission of the instructor to participate in EDUC 211 and EDUC 212.
EDUC 212 Mathematical Experience II: Shape and Space - Q and B-Sci
- See description for EDUC 211 above.
ENGL 212 Metrics and Prosody - Q - effective January 2011
- A study of different historical methods of measuring poetry in English, with practice in scanning and analyzing poems using different methods of quantitative analysis (e.g. syllabic, rhythmic, alliterative). Prerequisite: two 100-division English courses.
ENSC 100W Engineering Technology and Society - W and B-Sci (or B-Hum) - B-Hum effective September 2010
- The historical development of engineering and its current place in society. The effects of engineering innovations on the quality of life and on the environment are examined from several perspectives. The moral dimensions of engineering work are considered. We attempt to characterize the thought processes involved in the discovery and application of scientific laws, and note ways in which the thought processes of engineering differ from those of the sciences. The history of the technocracy movement is examined. Some of the ideas central to engineering, namely, thermodynamics and information, are introduced. Lastly, we consider what, if anything, we can expect from the future.
ENSC 412 Technologies, Cultures and a Sustainable World - B-Sci - effective May 2013
- Technology issues relevant to global sustainable development are considered from engineering, historical and anthropological perspectives. Topics include hydroelectric dams, alternative power generation systems, and the science of climate change. In-depth case studies emphasize interdisciplinary exploration of these themes. Students wishing B-Soc credit should take ENV 412. Prerequisite: Minimum 60 credit hours. Students may take only one of ENSC 412 and ENV 412 for credit.
ENV 222 Environmental Controversy: an Interdisciplinary Study of Environmental Issues - B-Sci (or B-Soc) - effective May 2015
- Through lecture, field experiences, guest presentations and group projects, students will explore the complexity within a number of key environmental controversies, exploring its scientific, social, cultural, ethical, legal and personal aspects. Prerequisite: One of the following: ARCH 100, EVSC 100, GEOG 102, GOEG 111, REM 100 or REM 200 and completion of 24 units. Students who have received credit for ENV 399 (Environmental Controversy) cannot receive credit for ENV 222.
ENV 452/EDUC 452 Environmental Education - Q and B-Sci - effective May 2015
- Examines problems entailed in developing awareness and understanding of the environment. Explores issues through a multi-disciplinary approach and develops an understanding of challenges, opportunities, strategies and possible solutions. Includes a laboratory component. Students may be required to complete a Criminal Record Check. Prerequisite: 90 units. Students with credit for EDUC 452 may not take ENV 452 for further credit and vice versa.
EVSC 100 Introduction to Environmental Science - B-Sci
- Introduces students to the study of environmental science. Lecture material spans contributing disciplines, emphasizing integration of diverse concepts to understand environmental problems. Tutorials develop core academic skills in environmental science context. Students who have completed EVSC 200 may not complete this course for further credit.
FNST 332 Ethnobotony of British Columbia First Nations - B-Sci - effective May 2012
- This course is an introduction to the study of plant knowledge and use by First Nations peoples in British Columbia. It provides students with information about the role of plants in First Nations' cultures including such areas as foods, medicines, technology, ceremony, ecological indicators, and within First Nations' knowledge and classification systems. Special focus may be placed on the ethnobotany of one or more Aboriginal groups or culture areas. Prerequisite: FNST 101 or by permission of the department.
GEOG 104 Climate Change, Water, and Society - B-Sci - effective January 2017
- An examination of climate change, its interaction with water availability, and how humans cope with these altered circumstances. Students who have completed GEOG 102 prior to the fall 2011 term may not complete this course for further credit.
GEOG 111 Earth Systems - B-Sci
- An introduction to landforms, climates, soils and vegetation; their origins, distributions, interrelationships and roles in the ecosystem. Laboratory work and field trips are included.
GEOG 213 Introduction to Geomorphology - Q and B-Sci - effective September 2015
- An examination of landforms, processes, laws, and theories of development; types and distributions. Prerequisite: GEOG 111 or EASC 101.
GEOG 214 Weather and Climate - Q
- An examination of the basic principles and processes governing the Earth's weather and climate. Topics include: radiation, greenhouse effect, clouds, precipitation, atmospheric circulation, mid-latitude cyclones, tropical storms, climate change. Prerequisite: GEOG 111.
GEOG 253 Introduction to Remote Sensing - Q and B-Sci - B effective September 2015
- An introduction to the theory and practice of remote sensing, including the relevant physical processes, digital image processing and information extraction, and a review of remote sensing applications. Prerequisite: GEOG 111.
GEOG 318 Soils in Our Environment - B-Sci
- A survey of soils and their management. Focuses on the role of soils in the environment; their physical, chemical and biological properties; processes of degradation (including erosion, desertification, pollution, and nutrient depletion); and the maintenance of healthy soils. Prerequisite: completion of 45 units including GEOG 111. Students who have taken GEOG 317 may not take this course for further credit.
GSWS 316 Disciplining Sex: Feminist Science Studies and Sociobiology - B-Sci (or B-Hum or B-Soc)
- Conceptualizations of sex have played a fundamental part in the development of evolutionary theories in biology and psychology. At the same time, feminist critiques of these conceptualizations have been a major factor in the development of Feminist Science Studies. The interactions amongst these three approaches are examined, including methodologies, communities of practice and societal implications. Prerequisite: 30 units.
GSWS 399 Gender, Sex and Numbers - Q
- Through an examination of the social construction of numbers and other forms of quantitative data, will provide an introduction to measurement and its use within social justice movements and policy circles. In analyzing such topics as the relationship between professional, state and community conceptualizations of quantitative evidence, students will make use of introductory statistical concepts, methods and argument. Prerequisite: 30 units.
HIST 111 Histories of Technology - B-Sci (or B-Hum or B-Soc) - effective September 2016
- An introduction to the social contexts and historical effects of major developments in technology such as industrialization and steam power; the construction of large techno-social systems like gas lighting and electrical grids; networks of scientific and enviro-technical experts; war industries; and cultures of "the bomb" during the nuclear age. Students with credit for HIST 363 cannot take HIST 111 for further credit.
HIST 132 Global Environmental History - B-Sci (or B-Hum or B-Soc) - effective January 2017
- A planetary-scale introduction to reciprocal human-environment interactions from the discovery of fire to the present day. Case studies focus on humans and non-human actors in specific locales, and their movement across continents and oceans. Themes include climate, energy regimes, disease, science and technology, agriculture, subsistence, and landscape change.
HSCI 100 Human Biology - B-Sci - effective September 2012
- An examination of the biological processes that underlie human health and well-being, with emphasis on the evolutionary and ecological influences affecting human populations. Students with credit for BISC 101 may not take HSCI 100 for further credit.
HSCI 130 Foundations of Health Science - B-Sci (or B-Soc) - effective May 2013
- How health, illness and disease are defined and measured for individuals and populations. Research strategies used to identify how health, illness and disease are distributed across human populations and how environmental, socio-economic, demographic, biological, behavioural and political factors influence individual and population health.
LING 290 The Science of Speech - B-Sci (or B-Soc) - effective January 2010
- Introduces the scientific study of speech, focusing on the mechanisms of speech production and perception, the ways in which speech is described and analyzed, the relationship between speech and technology, and the practical applications of phonetic science.
MATH 113 Euclidean Geometry - Q
- Plane Euclidean geometry, congruence and similarity. Theory of parallels. Polygonal areas. Pythagorean theorem. Geometrical constructions. Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 11 (or equivalent) with a grade of at least B, or Foundations of Mathematics 11 (or equivalent) with a grade of at least B, or SFU FAN X99 course with a grade of at least C, or achieving a satisfactory grade on the SFU Q Placement Test. Intended to be accessible to students who are not specializing in mathematics. Particularly recommended for students considering a career in teaching secondary or middle school mathematics.
MATH 190 Principles of Mathematics for Teachers - Q
- Mathematical ideas involved in number systems and geometry in the elementary school curriculum. Overview of the historical development of these ideas, and their place in contemporary mathematics. Language and notation of mathematics; problem solving; whole number, fractional number, and rational number systems. Plane geometry, solid geometry, metric geometry, and the geometry of the motion. Introduction to probability and statistics. Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Mathematics 11 (or equivalent) with a grade of at least B, or SFU FAN X99 course with a grade of at least C, or achieving a satisfactory grade on the Simon Fraser University Quantitative Placement Test. This course may not be counted toward the Mathematics minor, major or honors degree requirements. Students who have taken, have received transfer credit for, or are currently taking MATH 150, 151, 154 or 157 may not take MATH 190 for credit without permission from the Department of Mathematics. Intended to be particularly accessible to students who are not specializing in mathematics.
MATH 197 Hitchhiker's Guide to Everyday Math - Q
- Should you buy a ticket for 6/49 or Super 7? If you tested positive for a rare disease, what is the chance that you actually do have it? What are likely to be the consequences of moving to a single transferable voting system from a "first past the post" voting system? What is the connection between Chinese dragging noodles, E. coli bacteria and interest on your credit card? These are some of the questions we will be investigating in this course. We will also look into the use, misuse and abuse of mathematics in the media and advertisements. Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Mathematics 11 (or equivalent) with a grade of at least B, or SFU FAN X99 course with a grade of at least C, or achieving a satisfactory grade on the Simon Fraser University Quantitative Placement Test. Students who have taken, have received transfer credit for, or are currently taking MATH 150, 151, 154 or 157 may not take MATH 197 for credit without permission from the Department of Mathematics. This course may not be counted toward the Mathematics minor, major or honors degree requirements.
MBB 301 Bioscience of Science Fiction - B-Sci (or B-Hum) - effective January 2017
- Students from all faculties (including science) will work together in a team-based approach to understand the fundamentals of cell biology and molecular biology in the context of science fiction literature. Prerequisite: Minimum of 30 units.
MBB 302 Energy: From Cells to Society - B-Sci effective May 2018
- Students from all faculties (including science) will work together in a team-based approach to understand the fundamentals of cell biology and molecular biology in the context of science fiction literature. Prerequisite: Minimum of 30 units.
PHIL 105 Critical Thinking - Q and B-Sci (or B-Soc) - revision of PHIL XX1; changes as of May 2016
- An introduction to the evaluation of arguments as they are encountered in everyday life. The central aim will be to sharpen skills of reasoning and argumentation by understanding how arguments work and learning to distinguish those which actually prove what they set out to show from those which do not. Open to all students.
PHIL 110 Introduction to Logic and Reasoning - Q
- The aim of this course is to familiarize students with fundamental techniques of correct reasoning. Special attention is given to the methods of logic in particular, and to their role in the discovery of truth not only within science and philosophy but within all forms of rational enquiry. Open to all students.
PHIL 144 Introduction to the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science - B-Sci (or B-Hum)
- An introduction to philosophical issues concerning the nature of science. Topics to be discussed include the distinction between science and pseudo-science, the nature of scientific method, the nature of explanation in the natural and social sciences, the phenomenon of scientific change, the relationship between scientific theory and observation, and the objectivity of social science.
PHYS 190 Introduction to Astronomy - Q and B-Sci
- A survey of astronomy designed primarily for non-science students, with a strong emphasis on active learning outside the classroom. Covers the development of astronomy from the ancient Greeks through the Renaissance, to the modern view of the cosmos as revealed by the scientific method. Topics include naked-eye observation of the night sky, modern observational equipment and techniques, the solar system, stellar evolution, galaxies, the Hubble expansion, the Big Bang, dark matter, dark energy, and startling new theories of the origin and destiny of the universe. Experiential activities involve active observations of the moon, stars and planets, and introductory experiments in some of the basic physics that astronomers use to explore the cosmos. Students who have received credit for PHYS 121, 126 or 141 may not take PHYS 190 for further credit.
PHYS 192 Logarithm and Blues - B-Sci
- An exploration of the production, propagation and perception of sound and music from an interdisciplinary perspective. The viewpoints of a professional musician and a physicist will be presented and compared. Topics include elementary acoustics, instrument characteristics, reproduction technologies, tonal anomalies and perception.
POL 150 Science, Policy, and Innovation - B-Sci (or B-Hum or B-Soc) - effective September 2016
- Explores how science and technology intersect with public policy. From debates about climate change to the proper boundaries of security and privacy in the Information Age, the politicization of science is an inescapable reality that has far-reaching consequences for scientific advances innovation, and human quality of life.
PSYC 109 Brain, Mind and Society - B-Sci and W
- Introduces the student to issues in Psychology by surveying the research on brain and behaviour and the implications of this work for individuals and society. Beginning with neurons, this course explores the transition to human experience.
PUB 450 The Business of Book Publishing - Q - effective May 2014
- This course examines business practices within book publishing firms. It emphasizes financial planning and operations, acquisitions, marketing and promotion. Students with credit for CMNS 474 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: 75 units.
REM 200 Introduction to Resource and Environmental Management in Canada - B-Sci (or B-Soc) - effective May 2014
- Explores the natural and social science foundations of resource and environmental management and demonstrates how that knowledge can be used in environmental decision-making. Provides a basic understanding of the nature and management of natural resources, strategic thinking for environmental planning, socio-economic and biophysical trade-offs in natural resource decision making and approaches for addressing uncertain knowledge. Prerequisite: One of REM 100, GEOG 100 or 111, or EVSC 100; and completion of at least 30 credits.
SA 255 Introduction to Social Research - Q
- Explores how sociologists and anthropologists investigate social relations and contexts. Students learn to develop research questions and turn them into research projects. Introduces data collection techniques and related ethical issues, the relationship between theory and research, and other fundamental concepts and issues involved in conducting qualitative and quantitative research. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150..
SCI 300 Science and its Impact on Society - B-Sci
- 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. Prerequisite: 60 units. Not open to students in the Faculty of Science or the Schools of Computing Science, Engineering Science..
STAT 100 Chance and Data Analysis - Q and B-Sci
- Chance phenomena and data analysis are studied through simulation and examination of real world contexts including sports, investment, lotteries and environmental issues. Intended to be particularly accessible to students who are not specializing in Statistics. Students may not obtain credit for STAT 100 if they already have credit for - or are taking concurrently - any upper division STAT course.
STAT 201 Statistics for the Life Sciences - Q
- Research methodology and associated statistical analysis techniques for students with training in the life sciences. Intended to be particularly accessible to students who are not specializing in Statistics. Prerequisite: Recommended: 30 units. Students cannot obtain credit for STAT 203 if they already have credit for - or are taking concurrently - STAT 101, 203, 205, 285, or any upper division STAT course.
STAT 203 Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences - Q
- Descriptive and inferential statistics aimed at students in the social sciences. Scales of measurement. Descriptive statistics. Measures of association. Hypothesis tests and confidence intervals. Students in Sociology and Anthropology are expected to take SA 255 before this course. Intended to be particularly accessible to students who are not specializing in Statistics. Prerequisite: Recommended: 30 units. Students cannot obtain credit for STAT 205 if they already have credit for - or are taking concurrently - STAT 101, 201, 205, 285, or any upper division STAT course.
STAT 205 Introduction to Statistics - Q
- The collection, description, analysis and summary of data, including the concepts of frequency distribution, parameter estimation and hypothesis testing. Intended to be particularly accessible to students who are not specializing in Statistics. Prerequisite: Recommended: 30 units. Students cannot obtain credit for STAT 205 if they already have credit for - or are taking concurrently - STAT 101, 201, 203, 285, or any upper division STAT course.