Undergraduate Program Charts
- U of T Mississauga (PDF)
- U of T Scarborough (PDF)
- U of T St. George:
- Faculty of Arts & Science (PDF)
- Direct Entry Professional Faculties: Architectural Studies, Engineering, Kinesiology and Music (PDF)
- Online Learning at U of T
Online Learning 2015 – 2016
The University of Toronto offers students diverse learning options — one of these options is online learning. Several undergraduate courses are now also being offered online. It doesn’t matter which U of T campus you study at, these online courses are open to all students from our three campuses. Some space in each course will be specifically reserved for students from each campus.
Students register for these courses the same way they do for all other courses at U of T, through the ROSI system. Students should consult their own Academic Calendars for regulations regarding taking courses on one of the other campuses.
Undergraduate Online Course Descriptions
Introduction to History and Philosophy of Science (HPS100H1)
This is an introduction to the key issues in the history and philosophy of science.
In the first half of the course, we will focus on a number of key philosophical questions: Can we know anything with absolute certainty? Is there a universal and unchangeable method of science? What is the mechanism of scientific change? What demarcates science from non-science? Can scientific theories provide true descriptions of the world? Is there scientific progress?
In the second half of the course, we will outline the scientific worldviews accepted in different periods of the history of science. In particular, we will focus on the key components of the four major scientific worldviews – Aristotelian-medieval, Cartesian, Newtonian, and Contemporary (Quantum-Relativistic).
The major goal of the course – learn to think critically on the issues of the history and philosophy of science. In your tutorials, you will master a number of skills that will allow you to identify problems, formulate conceptions, extract, analyse, evaluate, and design arguments.
The pre-recorded lectures are available online; they should be watched any time prior to the week’s tutorial. Tutorial sessions are live at the portal.
Please take a moment to watch the course trailer.
Introduction to Environmental Science (ENV100Y5Y)
Introductory environmental science online course examining large-scale features of Earth, natural hazards, climate and weather systems, energy and mineral resources, human population growth, extinction, biodiversity, environmental toxins, soils and wetlands, forests and fisheries, water resources, urban environmental management, and food resources. Interdisciplinary interaction among science, social science, and the humanities is a major theme. The online section will use web-based tools for delivery of lecture content and utilize a variety of online communication tools. A term test and final exam will be held on the U of T Mississauga campus, at which time student attendance will be required.
Geographic Info & Mapping I (GGR272H1)
Introduction to digital mapping and spatial analysis using geographic information systems (GIS) is offered online by the Department of Geography within the Faculty of Arts and Science. Students learn how to use GIS software to find, edit, analyze and map geographic data to create their own maps, analyze geographic problems and use techniques that can be applied to a variety of subject areas. This course will be delivered using technologies that allow flexibility of timing for student review of content, completion of practical exercises, and participation in online activities. However, office hours including webinar sessions will be at regularly scheduled times weekly. A final exam will require student attendance on the St. George campus.
Summer 2014 – TBC
Introduction to Neuroscience (HMB200H1)
A survey of brain systems, including evolution and development of the nervous system, brain stem system for defensive and approach responses, limbic and cortical systems for learning, and higher brain functions. Techniques for study of brain systems including pharmacology, gene targeting and human brain imaging are introduced.
Neurobiology of Behaviour (HMB300H1)
This intermediate course in neuroscience focuses on higher brain functions and mechanisms underlying human and animal behaviours. Topics may include advanced neurophysiological, neuroanatomical and genetic basis of various cortical functions, including learning and memory, “mirroring”, and executive function. Experimental techniques used in neuroscience research such as electrophysiological recordings, brain imaging and neurogenetics are emphasized.
Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and You (CSB201H1)
An online course intended to provide non-science students with an understanding of basic concepts in molecular biology and genetics, with particular emphasis on humans. Students will work online in groups on problem sets. The course will end with an introduction to biotechnology, including an opportunity for students to use their new knowledge to explore a real, multi-dimensional problem (e.g., cancer). Lectures will be delivered via the web and tutorials will require live webinar participation. The final exam will require attendance on the St. George campus.
Introductory Psychology: Part I (PSYA01H3)
This course offered by the Department of Psychology at U of T Scarborough can be taken in either traditional or online modes. It provides a general overview of topics including research techniques in psychology, evolutionary psychology, the biology of behaviour, learning and behaviour, sensation, perception, memory and consciousness. The most influential findings from each of these areas will be highlighted. Lectures are presented live and immediately made available online. In addition the course will utilize collaborative online tools to support deep learning in the context of written assignments designed to promote critical thinking and online “tests” designed to support thinking and learning as they assess knowledge of content. All assignments will be performed online with the exception of a final exam that will require student attendance on the UTSC campus.
Introductory Psychology: Part II (PSYA02H3)
This course offered by the Department of Psychology at U of T Scarborough can be taken in either traditional or online modes. It provides a general overview of topics including language, intelligence, development, motivation and emotion, personality, social psychology, stress, mental disorders and treatments of mental disorders. The most influential findings from each of these areas will be highlighted. Lectures are presented live and immediately made available online. In addition the course will utilize collaborative online tools to support deep learning in the context of written assignments designed to promote critical thinking and online “tests” designed to support thinking and learning as they assess knowledge of content. All assignments will be performed online with the exception of a final exam that will require student attendance on the UTSC campus.
Introduction to Computer Programming (CSC108H1)
Structure of computers; the computing environment. Programming in a language such as Python. Program structure: elementary data types, statements, control flow, functions, classes, objects, methods, fields. Lists; searching, sorting and complexity. Practical (P) sections consist of supervised work in the computing laboratory. These sections are offered when facilities are available, and attendance is required.
The Practice of Statistics I (STA220H1)
An introductory course in statistical concepts and methods, emphasizing exploratory data analysis for univariate and bivariate data, sampling and experimental designs, basic probability models, estimation and tests of hypothesis in one-sample and comparative two-sample studies. A statistical computing package is used but no prior computing experience is assumed.
Introduction to Medical Microbiology (MGY277H1)
An online introductory survey course that explores the agents of infectious disease including bacteria, viruses, and parasites as well as the host immune response. Other topics include the fundamentals of disease diagnosis and epidemiology. This course will use web-based delivery of lectures and tutorials and utilize a range of communication tools equivalent to approximately three lectures per week. The midterm and final exam will require student attendance on the St. George campus.
Special Topics in French Cultural Studies I: “Love, Sex and Desire in French Literature and Cinema” (FCS 292H1S)
This course explores the themes of love, sex and desire in French literature through close reading and interpretative analysis of novels from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. A comparative approach using various examples taken from literary texts and film adaptations explores the concept of love and its many definitions.
English Grammar (LIN204H5)
How the English language works: students will learn about fundamental grammatical concepts and structures and about their application to meaning-making in academic reading and writing contexts. This course does not count towards the Linguistic Studies minor or major program
Introduction to Christianity (RLG203H5)
An introduction to the diverse history of Christianity, from its origins as a Jewish sect to its contemporary importance as a major global religion, with a focus on how Christianity has both shaped and been shaped by various social, geographical, and cultural environments over the past two millennia
Environmental Politics in Canada (POL/ENV250Y)
This course is an introduction to the basic themes and concepts of environmental politics in Canada. The course assumes no prior knowledge of Canadian politics or environmental policy. Thus, the course begins with an overview of the Canadian political system with a focus on the actors and institutions that are responsible for making environmental policy. The first substantive policy issue examined in the course is Arctic policy and energy politics. This topic provides a good starting place for understanding how political institutions, like federalism, collide with environmental realities, like oil, to crease contentious environmental politics in the country. Other issues examined in the course include water, biodiversity, and climate change. These topics enable us to discuss some of the most pressing environmental issues in the country while learning important concepts.
Religion and Popular Culture (RLG233H)
A course on the interactions, both positive and negative, between religion and popular culture. We look at different media (television, advertising, print) as they represent and engage with difference religious traditions, identities, and controversies.
Introductory Chemistry from a Materials Perspective (APS164)
This online course is structured around the principle of structure-property relationship. This relationship refers to an understanding of the microstructure of a solid, that is, the nature of the bonds between atoms and the spatial arrangement of atoms, which permits the explanation of observed behavior. Observed materials behavior includes mechanical, electrical, magnetic, optical, and corrosive behavior. Understanding this foundational structure-property relationship then allows scientists and engineers to control and carefully tailor the properties of materials. Progression through the course is guided by carefully selected real-world examples of high intrinsic interest. For example, the development of a high strength, high elastic constant polymer for use in the production of a ballistic vest creates a rich environment for exploring hydrogen bonding and crystallinity in polymers.
In this online course, the principles of statics are applied to composition and resolution of forces, moments and couples. The equilibrium states of structures are examined. Throughout, the free body diagram concept is emphasized. Vector algebra is used where it is most useful, and stress blocks are introduced. Shear force diagrams, bending moment diagrams and stress-strain relationships for materials are discussed. Stress and deformation in axially loaded members and flexural members (beams) are also covered.
Calculus for Engineers I (APS162H1 F/S)
This online-only course focuses on the fundamental tools of calculus and its connections to engineering. The topics include limits, differentiation, graphing, optimization problems, and definite and indefinite integrals. Problems combining calculus with geometry, linear algebra, statics, and mechanics will be examined.
Calculus of Engineers II (APS163H1 F/S)
This online-only course focuses on the fundamental tools of calculus and its connections to engineering. The topics include methods of integration, an introduction to differential equations, series and Taylor series, vector differentiation, and partial differentiation. Problems combining calculus with geometry, linear algebra, statics, and mechanics will be examined.
Advanced Russian Writing Skills (SLA430H1)
The course will support students in gaining proficiency in presentational mode and in improvement of language competence for communication in academic contexts. Students will elevate their skills to the advanced level. Emphasis is on grammatical structures, syntax, lexicon, content organization, construction of complex presentation and expression of scholarly ideas and critical thought with accuracy and consistency in use of the Russian language. Offered online only with final exam on the St. George campus.