Natural & Physical Science Courses

Students in a Kinesiology program will need 24.0 course units in the Natural and Physical Sciences as follows:

  • 12.0 units at any level.
  •   9.0 units at the 200 level or above.
  •   3.0 units at the 300 level or above.

As defined in the Arts and Science Calendar, the following disciplines are considered a part of the Natural and Physical Sciences if the couses are used towards a Bachelor of Science degree plan Anatomy and Cell Biology; Biochemistry; Biology; Biomedical Computing; Chemical Physics; Chemistry; Computing; Environmental Science; Geography; Geological Sciences; Life Sciences; Mathematical Physics; Mathematics and Statistics; Microbiology and Immunology; Pathology and Molecular Medicine: Pharmacology and Toxicology; Physics and Astronomy; Physiology; Psychology; and, Softwear Design.

PHGY 210, 212 and 214/6.0

The content of KNPE 125/3.0 and KNPE 225/3.0 overlaps the content of PHGY 210, 212, 214/6.0.  Therefore, these KNPE courses are exclusions to PHGY 210/6.0 (etc.).

  • If you have previously taken PHGY 210/6.0 (etc.), it will act as a direct substitution for KNPE 125/3.0 and KNPE 225/3.0.  Students must ask for permission and sign an Academic Exception Report in the SKHS UG Office.
  • If a student has completed KNPE 125/3.0 and subsequently takes PHGY 210/6.0 (etc.), they will not get credit for 3.0 units of PHGY.  Students must ask for permission to substitute the other 3.0 units of PHGY 210/6.0 for KNPE 225/3.0 - and, they must sign an Academic Exception Report in the SKHS UG Office.
  • If a student has completed both KNPE 125/3.0 and KNPE 225/3.0 and subsequently takes PHGY 210/6.0 (etc.) they will not get credit for PHGY 210/6.0 (etc.).
  • PHGY 210, 212 and 214/6.0 will never count in the Natural and Physical Science category as the physiology content is part of the core content in the Kinsesiology degree.

Environmental Sciences, Geography and Psychology offer Bachelor of Arts programs with courses that properly belong to the Social Sciences. Therefore, the following courses are those in each disipline which are considered part of the Natural and Physical Science category.  Always refer to the ASC Calendar for the most up-to-date information.  As well, use the Advisement Report on SOLUS.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - Natural and Physical Sciences

  • ENSC 201/3.0  Environmental Toxicology and Chemical Risks
  • ENSC 301/3.0  Environmental Assessment
  • ENSC 307/3.0  Marine Environmental Issues
  • ENSC 320/3.0  Wildlife Issues in a Changing World
  • ENSC 425/3.0  Ecotoxicology
  • ENSC 407/3.0  Global Water Issues
  • ENSC 471/3.0  Environmental Analysis Methods
  • ENSC 480/3.0  Special Topics in Environmental Science
  • ENSC 481/3.0  Special Topics in Environmental Science II

GEOGRAPHY - Natural and Physical Sciences

  • GPHY 102/3.0  Earth System Science
  • GPHY 103/3.0  Water Resources
  • GPHY 104/3.0  Forests as a Global Resource
  • GPHY 207/3.0  Principles of Biogeography
  • GPHY 208/3.0  Principles of Geomorphology and Pedology
  • GPHY 209/3.0  Principles of Hydroclimatology
  • GPHY 210/3.0  Geographical Perspectives on Global Change
  • GPHY 240/3.0  Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Geography
  • GPHY 242/3.0  Remote Sensing I:  Image Interpretation and Measurement
  • GPHY 243/3.0  Geographic Information Science
  • GPHY 244/3.0  Data Collection, Management and Analysis
  • GPHY 247/3.0  Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Geography
  • GPHY 249/3.0  Cartographic Design and Thematic Mapping (course archived in 09-10)
  • GPHY 303/3.0  Physical Limnology
  • GPHY 304/3.0  Arctic and Periglacial Environments
  • GPHY 306/3.0  Natural Environmental Change
  • GPHY 307/3.0  Field Studies in Physical Geography
  • GPHY 309/3.0  Integrated Field Course in Human and Physical Geography
  • GPHY 310/3.0  Landscape Ecology (Discontinued as of 11-12)
  • GPHY 312/3.0  Watershed Hydrology
  • GPHY 314/3.0  Climate Change
  • GPHY 315/3.0  Environmental Measurements:  Data Collection and Management
  • GPHY 317/3.0  Soil, Environment and Society
  • GPHY 318/3.0  Biogeography
  • GPHY 319/3.0  Bioenergy and Biorefining in Canada
  • GPHY 342/3.0  Remote Sensing II:  Digital Image Processing
  • GPHY 344/3.0  Cartographic Design and Visualization
  • GPHY 345/3.0  Spatial Analysis
  • GPHY 346/3.0  Environmental Modelling
  • GPHY 347/3.0  Multivariate and Spatial Statistics
  • GPHY 348/3.0  Application Design and Customization in GIS
  • GPHY 371/3.0  Special Topics in Earth System Science
  • GPHY 372/3.0  Field Course in Human and Physical Geography
  • GPHY 411/3.0  Biogeochemical Processes
  • GPHY 413/3.0  Water, Energy and Carbon Cycling in the Biosphere
  • GPHY 417/3.0  Land-Use Change in the Earth System
  • GPHY 418/3.0  Landscape Ecology

PSYCHOLOGY - Natural and Physical Sciences

  • PSYC 202/3.0  Statistics in Psychology
  • PSYC 203/3.0  Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSYC 205/3.0  Introduction to Comparative Cognition 
  • PSYC 215/3.0  Sensation and Perception 
  • PSYC 220/6.0  Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 221/3.0  Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 271/3.0  Brain and Behaviour I
  • PSYC 300/6.0  Advanced Experimental Psychology
  • PSYC 305/6.0  Human Memory
  • PSYC 321/3.0  Psycholinguistics
  • PSYC 323/3.0  Laboratory in Attention
  • PSYC 352/3.0  Cognitive and Language Development
  • PSYC 355/3.0  Comparative Cognition
  • PSYC 360/3.0  The Neurobiology and Psychology of Sleep
  • PSYC 370/3.0  Brain and Behaviour II
  • PSYC 371/3.0  Research Problems in Behavioural Neuroscience
  • PSYC 372/3.0  Research Problems in Animal Learning
  • PSYC 380/3.0  Advanced Perception
  • PSYC 420/3.0  Advanced Topics in Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 422/3.0  Special Topics in Attention
  • PSYC 423/3.0  Selected Topics in Real-World Scene Perception
  • PSYC 452/3.0  Developmental Psycholinguistics
  • PSYC 453/3.0  Infancy (not offered on a regular basis)
  • PSYC 456/3.0  Theory of Mind
  • PSYC 457/3.0  Atypical Development Clinical Disorders
  • PSYC 470/3.0  Advanced Topics in Behavioural Neuroscience
  • PSYC 471/3.0  Behavioural Pharmacology
  • PSYC 473/3.0  Neurobiology of Psychiatric Disorders
  • PSYC 475/3.0  Neuropsycholoy

Advanced, Selected and Special Topic courses: Content of courses is subject to change - see below for years when courses allowed. Listed by date offered.

  • PSYC 398/3.0  Selected Topics in Psychology I:  Cognitive Neuroscience (Winter Term 2015)
  • PSYC 398/3.0  Selected Topics in Psychology I:  Cognitive Neuroscience (Winter Term 2014)
  • PSYC 495/3.0  Advanced Topic in Psychology:  Introduction to the Analysis of Psychological Signals (Winter 2013)
  • PSYC 398/3.0  Selected Topics in Psychology I:  Decision and Choice (Fall Term 2013)
  • PSYC 450/3.0  Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology:  Brain Development (Fall Term 2013)
  • PSYC 490/3.0  Special Topics in Psychology III:  Brain Development (2010-11)


  • Students should plan on taking any necessary prerequisites for upper-year (200-level and above) courses. Plan ahead.
  • Many disciplines have a limited number of seats in upper-year courses for students outside of their discipline. Check out the individual department policy on access to courses with the appropriate Undergraduate Office.
  • Not all 300-level and above courses are offered every year due to faculty sabbiticals, administrative or other leaves of absence or due to timetabling constraints. Have a strategy in place for this contingency.