The Science College's unique program complements the student's standard science curriculum by offering a wide variety of cross-disciplinary courses designed especially for Science College students. Physics students, for example, may be required to learn about the biological effects of radiation or about the physiology of vision. Biology students may be required to learn about radiation in the solar system or about the mathematical concepts of symmetry. Such courses are not part of the regular science curriculum and are not offered by traditional science departments. We know, however, that the fast-changing nature of contemporary scientific research does not respect the traditional boundaries between disciplines.
Please note courses are reserved for members of the Science College. For questions about course topics or for permission to register for SCOL courses, please contact us.
Please note that students take SCOL 290, SCOL 391 and SCOL 490 every semester.
Fall 2024 semester
SFYX 201 is an initiative to provide an enriched active-learning, critical-thinking, early hands-on experience to introduce students to the scientific process and to stimulate critical thinking about science. This course extends the Science College’s vision of interdisciplinary reflective hands-on exploration of science to a broader range of students.
This course is aimed at first-year Concordia science students, with a special focus on ECP students. In addition, it will also be open to any student with permission of the College, to allow for students with unique academic paths who are interested in learning about how science works.
The goal is to introduce students to interdisciplinary thinking in the sciences, to hands-on experimentation and to consideration of the role of science in society. Students who complete this course and who would like to go on to a deeper exploration of the scientific process can apply to join the College.
In the proposed course, students will explore the scientific process from hypothesis to sampling to data analysis and interpretation, as an experiential learning activity in the area of environmental science. Students will complete projects in order to engage with and participate in all steps of the scientific process. After a rigorous planning process including feedback from the instructor and fellow students, students will conduct experimental work and conduct measurements. Students will be trained in data management and data visualisation and introduced to statistical analysis. The will work together to interpret findings in the context of the relevant literature.
Be able to review the scientific literature efficiently and understand the structure of scientific texts. Integrate multiple perspectives as you work collaboratively to study a complex problem.
Plan and carry out a hands-on project from formulating a hypothesis to the visualisation and analysis of data that you collected on your own.
Communicate scientific results and conclusions clearly and concisely in oral and written form.
Use and appreciate peer instruction and collaborative learning to improve your understanding and conceptual reasoning.
Consider ethical aspects of scientific work and role of science in the broader social context.