Courses

Middlesex College

Courses in Detail and Course Outlines for Integrated Science Courses

Year 1

 

WISc Year 1 Course Details
Course Weight Course
FALL TERM COURSES
0.5  Calculus 1000A/B or 1500A/B
0.5 Chemistry 1301A/B
0.5 Physics 1301A/B or 1501A/B
0.5 Additional Science course*
0.5 Course from category A or B
WINTER TERM COURSES
2.0

Integrated Science 1001X (Exploring the Landscape of Science)
Foundational topics of biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science and physics learned through an integrated problem-based approach. Small-group interactions and integrated laboratory experiments will foster teamwork and develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. The importance of mathematical approaches and the use of statistics will be emphasized throughout the course.

1001X Course Outline

0.5 Elective category A and B
BOTH TERMS (FALL AND WINTER)
0.5

Integrated Science 1000Z (Evolution of the Scientific Process)
A focused analysis of classic experiments and how the scientific process has changed over time. Students will engage in understanding seminal discoveries by learning the underlying science and studying experimental design. The course will also discuss how complex and challenging problems facing humanity today require an integrated approach.

1001Z Course Outline

Note: Year 1 consists of 5.5 courses. *Students who want to enroll in the Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Biology, the Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Environmental Science, or the Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Genetics module are required to take Biology 1001A. Students who want to enroll in the Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Mathematical and Statistical Sciences module are required to take Mathematics 1600A/B in year 1. Math 1600A/B is also strongly encouraged for the Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Physics module but it can be taken in the first term of year 2.

Year 2

 

WISc Year 2 Course Details
Course Weight Course
0.5 

Integrated Science 2001F (Sustainability and the Environment)
An exploration of socio-scientific issues facing humanity, including climate change, world hunger, energy/water availability, and habitat loss. The interdisciplinary nature and interconnectivity of these issues will be discussed. Students will access the scientific literature and government reports, critically evaluate the data presented, and use it to develop cogent arguments.

2001F Course Outline

0.5 

Integrated Science 2002B (Big Data and Mathematical Modelling)
Introduction to the tools and techniques used to manage, process and analyze large data sets enabling scientists to identify relevant information more quickly. Data visualization and mathematical modeling techniques will also be discussed. Assignments will use data from research programs at Western and local companies helping them address important questions.

2002B Course Outline

0.5 

Philosophy 2320G:

An introduction to aspects of science not covered in traditional science courses. This includes history of science, scientific methodology, ethical dimensions of conducting and applying research, and conceptual issues in specific disciplines. The role of the media in disseminating science and how science shapes public policy will be discussed.

See the requirements of the chosen Integrated Science Honours Specialization module:

Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Astrophysics
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Biology
 
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Chemistry
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Computer Science
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Earth Sciences
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Environmental Science
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Genetics
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Physics

Year 3

 

WISc Year 3 Course Details
Course Weight Course
0.5

Integrated Science 3001F/G (Materials and Biomaterials)
An examination of the properties and applications of materials that are important to modern society. This includes both natural materials and synthetics including alloys, polymer/nanoparticle composites, and optical and electronic materials. Team-based projects will investigate a problem related to the development, manufacture or analysis of a new material or biomaterial.

3001G Course Outline

0.5

Integrated Science 3002A/B (Science and the Community)
This experiential learning course will foster interaction between students and community partners regarding a specific project. Students will mobilize their classroom and laboratory knowledge in order to address questions of relevance to a local company or non-profit organization.

3002A/B Course Outline

0.5 Science 3377A/B (Project Management)
See the requirements of the chosen Integrated Science Honours Specialization module:

 

Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Astrophysics
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Biology
 
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Chemistry
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Computer Science
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Earth Sciences
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Environmental Science
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Genetics
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Physics

Year 4

 

WISc Year 4 Course Details
Course Weight Course
0.5

Integrated Science 4001Y (Peer Mentoring and Leadership)
Mentorship and leadership skill development for senior WISc students. Through both formal and informal interactions with students in the first and second year of WISc, students in the course will refine a range of interpersonal and collaborative skills. Students will also attend workshops on professional development and leadership.

4001Y Course Outline

1.5

Integrated Science 4999E (Integrated Research Project)
A major experimental or theoretical project that integrates at least two scientific disciplines. Key aspects of the project will include experimental design, instrumentation, collection and analysis of data, and communication of results. Projects require co-supervision by at least two faculty members, at least one of whom must be from the Faculty of Science.

4999E Course Outline

3.0 See the requirements of the chosen Integrated Science Honours Specialization module:

Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Astrophysics
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Biology
 
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Chemistry
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Computer Science
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Earth Sciences
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Environmental Science
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Genetics
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
Honours Specialization in Integrated Science with Physics

To learn more about all of our Faculty of Science modules see Modules at a Glance.