The course is designed to develop communication skills to prepare international Science students for assignments, group work, oral presentations, and technical writing. The course combines Science specific content and approaches to problem solving with specific learning objectives for written and spoken communication. Activities may include a field trip, a tour of department laboratories, and group work for an oral presentation. The course is taught by a department member, a writing instructor, and numerous peer mentors. The course focuses on providing individual feedback, self-improvement, and increasing student competence and confidence. [Offered F]
A survey course which deals with energy resources, their conversion into energy products and their use in today's industrial societies. In light of the Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) Model, energy supply demand, and conservation constraints, the use of non-renewable fossil and nuclear fuels, biofuels and other renewable fuels (wind, hydraulic, solar) will be reviewed and technical and social issues arising from their use explored. This course should prepare students to analyze and deal with the many contradictory energy useage claims and decide for themselves the best course of energy use. (Offered: F)
This course will survey a broad spectrum of topics relating to global climate change, with an emphasis on the scientific approaches to address this issue. Topics covered will include natural and anthropogenic causes of climate change, monitoring methods, current and low emission alternatives of energy production. The scientific, economic, public and political aspects of implementation of carbon capture and storage technology and other geo-engineering options to mitigate climate change will also be discussed. [Offered: W]
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.
A practical introduction to everyday technology, this course will look at the physics behind common devices used in consumer products and industry. Examples include air conditioners, microwave ovens, household wiring, nuclear reactors, and medical imaging. [Offered: F]
How does the universe work? How can it even exist? What is the ultimate nature of reality? This course explores big picture questions that connect humanity to the nature of the physical world. Beginning with introduction to Einstein's ideas and the quantum nature of the universe, this course considers how physicists tackle some of the mysteries (e.g., existence itself) and challenges (e.g., the world's energy problem) in science today.
This course surveys the impact of chemistry on our lives and explores the role of chemists and the chemical sciences in addressing the past and especially the present and future needs of society. Topics will vary from year to year, but will be drawn from the following critical areas: food, energy, materials, health, and the environment. [Offered: W]
A survey course in astronomy (primarily intended for students in Applied Health Sciences, Arts and Environment). The solar system, stars, the Milky Way, galaxies and the Universe.
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.
An introduction to the scientific methods and techniques for gathering physical evidence from crime scenes and the investigation of objects and sites associated with other kinds of illegal and criminal activity such as fraud, forgery, and gross negligence. This course examines the features and characteristics of minerals, rocks, fossils, gemstones, sand and soils and considers applications in forensic science and criminalistics. Other topics such as the geology of art, forensic anthropology and environmental forensics are included. [Offered: W]
An introduction to geological concepts; the influence of geological factors on the natural environment; Earth processes and natural hazards; Earth resources, including water, energy and mineral resources; waste disposal and pollution; global climatic and environmental change. [Offered: W]
An introductory study of the biological processes of aging at the molecular, cellular and systemic levels. Topics include an examination of the theories of aging, methods used to study the aging process, the role of diseases and chronological changes in the organism during senescence.[Offered: S]
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.
This course considers fundamental questions concerning the nature of science. Consideration is given to such topics as scientific methodology, scientific revolutions, natural laws, and the debate about whether scientific theories represent reality, or just our perceptions of reality.
Waterloo students studying abroad for academic transfer credits under a Science Exchange Program during the Fall term.
Waterloo students studying abroad for academic transfer credits under a Science Exchange Program during the Winter term.
Waterloo students studying abroad for academic transfer credits under a Science Exchange Program during the Spring term.
An introduction to marine and freshwater ecosystems and examination of the impact of human activities such as eutrophication, contaminants, exotic invaders, hydrological alterations, and climate disruption.
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. [Offered: F]