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Faculty Of Arts & Science - Course Offerings in Science

It is an exciting time in the Science Area at University College of the North. The Faculty of Arts and Science is in the process of developing degree programming in the Sciences. These introductory courses can start you on the path towards a Bachelor of Science degree and a rewarding career in one of the many areas that require a background in Science.
 
 
 
UC.CHE.1005 
Introduction to Chemistry 1
3 credit hours (plus Laboratory)
This course offers the fundamental topics of Chemistry, including atomic structures; properties of the elements; molecular and compound structures; chemical bonding; chemical reactions; and properties of gases and solutions. Laboratory exercises will complement the lectures.  
 
UC.CHE.1006
Introduction to Chemistry 2
3 credit hours (plus Laboratory)
This course offers a continuation of fundamental topics of chemistry, including chemical equilibrium; acids and bases; chemical kinetics; thermodynamics; and electrochemistry. The course will provide an introduction of the foundational concepts that build upon organic chemistry, biochemistry and the chemistry of metals and non-metals.  

UC.BIO.1005
Introduction to Biology 1 
3 credit hours (plus Laboratory)
Emphasis in this course will be on structure and function. The fundamental principles of biology are presented from an evolutionary perspective. Topics include an introduction to the morphology, anatomy and physiology of the Domains, and consideration of their diversity and evolutionary relationship; and the evolutionary pathway from prokaryotes, plant-like protists, plants, fungus-like protists and fungi. Botanical topics will include plant anatomy, reproduction, water relations, mineral nutrition, and control of growth and development. Laboratory topics will complement the lectures.

UC.BIO.1006
Introduction to Biology 2
3 credit hours (plus Laboratory)
Emphasis in this course will be on structure and function. The fundamental principles of Biology are presented from an evolutionary perspective. Topics include an introduction to the morphology, anatomy and physiology of the Domains, and a discussion of their diversity and evolutionary relationship; and the evolutionary pathway from animal-like prokaryotes and animal eukaryotes. Zoological topics will include morphology, anatomy, and physiology of animal tissues, organs and organ systems; interactions between organisms and the environment; and how these limit the distribution of species. Three-hour labs will complement the lectures.   

UC.ENV.1005
Foundations of Environmental Science
3 credit hours
The course will address the interdisciplinary nature of environmental science, including concepts and understandings drawn from ecology, economics and social-political ethics. This course discusses basic ecological concepts relevant to environmental problems, with an emphasis on human impact on Canadian ecosystems. After an explanation of basic principles of ecology, the course examines human population concepts; urbanization; food and fibre supply; atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic pollution concepts; sustainability; and non-renewable resources as environmental problems.  

UC.ENV.2005
Introduction to Environmental Issues
3 credit hours
This course will emphasize the three main areas of environmental science: ecology, economics and social-political ethics. Students will learn to engage their knowledge of scientific concepts, critical thinking skills and abilities as researchers to identify, characterize, and analyze environmental problems; determine the underlying issue(s); and offer possible solutions. Particular attention will be given to environmental issues of relevance to the Canadian North. Assignments will focus on students’ effective communication about issues and demonstration of conceptual understanding of environmental science.