The following Life Sciences (LIFE SCI) interdisciplinary courses are available. Please review prerequisites in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Level 3

  • LIFE SCI 3AA3 Human Pathophysiology

This course examines the normal physiology of a health individual through to the pathophysiological consequences of disease at the cell and tissue level, and how this can lead to greater implications between the various systems of the body. The mechanisms of drug activity and pharmaceutical design will also be explored.

2017-18 Course Outline

2016-17 Course Outline

  • LIFE SCI 3BB3 Neurobiology of Disease

This course will examine the molecular, cellular, and circuit-level abnormalities that underlie nervous system diseases, including drug addiction, channelopathies, spinal cord injury, and neurodegenerative diseases.

2017-18 Course Outline 

2015-16 Course Outline

  • LIFE SCI 3C03 Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology

2014-15 Course Outline

A multidisciplinary approach to examining the behaviour of humans and other animals in light of evolutionary and ecological tenets and theories. Topics may include foraging theory, parent-offspring interactions, cross-species analysis and the reconstruction of behavioural phylogenies and sex differences in psychology and behaviour.

  • LIFE SCI 3D03 Environment and Global Sustainability

2015-16 Course Outline

This course applies a multidisciplinary approach to study current environmental problems resulting from unsustainable use of the biosphere. Topics will vary and may include environmental factors that lead to biodiversity loss, habitat degradation, resource depletion, food scarcity and global climate change.

  • LIFE SCI 3EP3 Applied Life Sciences Placement

This placement course provides students in the Life Sciences program with the opportunity to explore career options and integrate academics with a community, volunteer or professional experience. The student will complete an academic component in addition to the placement.

Students are responsible for arranging a suitable placement and supervision, and are required to submit an application to the Life Sciences Program Office, BSB-110 one month prior to registration. More information and the application forms may be found at under the Experiential Opportunities menu.

2016-17 Fall Course Outline

  • LIFE SCI 3F03 Applied Ecology Seminars - Not Offered (2016-17)

2015-16 Course Outline

Using case studies and experiential learning, students will apply key concepts to understand ecological problems within their local community and provide solutions. Topics may include habitat degradation, ecosystem restoration, and biodiversity loss.


  • LIFE SCI 3J03 Human Biomechanics

2016-17 Course Outline

An introduction to mechanical principles and concepts as applied to the human musculoskeletal system.

  • LIFE SCI 3K03 Neural Control of Human Movement

2016-17 Course Outline

The control of human movement studied in detail from neurophysiological, cognitive and dynamical perspectives. Topics include basic neurophysiology, mechanisms of sensation, reflexes, voluntary movement and theories of motor control.

  • LIFE SCI 3L03 Laboratory Methods in Life Sciences - First Offered 2017-18

Students develop advanced skills in experimental design, research methodologies, data analysis and the communication of research information in the Life Sciences.

2017-18 Course Outline 

  • LIFE SCI 3M03 Cellular Dynamics

2016-17 Course Outline

Fall 2016 Schedule

Current issues in human health from the perspective of the cell biologist. Experimental evidence will be examined to formulate models of cellular function and these models will be related to an understanding of a current health or environmental issue.

  • LIFE SCI 3R03 Life Sciences Field Inquiry - Not Offered (2016-17)

2013 Course Outline

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Provides an opportunity for students to conduct interdisciplinary studies on the natural environment, usually requiring a period of overnight stay at a field camp. Destinations and topics vary annually. Additional details are available in the course outline or by contacting the Academic Advisor of Interdisciplinary Programs (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

  • LIFE SCI 3RF0 Field Work I - Not Offered (2016-17)

Field work, corresponding with LIFE SCI 3R03, chosen from an assortment of field modules. Content and destinations vary annually. Students enrolling in this course must pay the incidental fees, as prescribed by the Life Sciences Program Office.

  • LIFE SCI 3RP3 Research Placement

Students will conduct research, as directed by a faculty member, in a wide range of scientific lab/field settings. Serves as excellent preparation for a level IV thesis or independent study experience. Normally 6-8 hours per week (scheduling to be arranged by supervisor); one term

Students are responsible for arranging a suitable research experience and supervision, and are required to submit an application to the Life Sciences Program Office, BSB-110 one month prior to registration. More information and the application forms may be found under the Experiential Opportunities tab.

Course Outline

  • LIFE SCI 3XX3 Peer Mentoring in Science Communication

This class develops the abilities of students to communicate science effectively in a variety of real-world contexts. Projects focus on speaking and writing, engaging in scientific discourse, developing evidence-based arguments, editing the work of otehrs, and providing constructive feedback. Students in this course will be metnors for students in Level II.

  • LIFE SCI 3Z03 Life Sciences Inquiry: Introduction to Epidemiology

Provides an opportunity to explore various areas of study within the Life Sciences in a small-group learning environment.

Topic to be offered in Fall 2016-17: Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is quickly becoming part of mainstream medicine in Canada. However, very few people are aware of this distinct primary health care system. This course will introduce naturopathic medicine and its principles. It will demystify the myths and misconceptions concerning naturopathic medicine through the use of evidence based research. Furthermore, the course will make use of patient cases to highlight assessment and treatment from a naturopathic medical perspective.

2016-17 Fall Course Outline

Topic to be offered in Winter 2016-17: Introduction to Epidemiology

Through interactive, small and large group activities, this course provides an introduction to the basic
concepts of epidemiology, with an emphasis on understanding epidemiologic methods and identifying risk and protective
factors. Students will become familiar with epidemiologic terminology, outcome measures and study designs used to answer
various research questions.

2016-17 Winter Course Outline

LIFE SCI 3Z03 may be repeated, if on a different topic. Some offerings may have a field/experiential component and/or be offered in a condensed term.

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