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Choose any combination of four courses of instruction from the term which, when added to the 3.0 units you receive for BISC 100, give you a total of 15.0 units per term. Please note that Full-year Courses run in both Fall and Winter term and are worth 6.0 units in total (3.0 units per term). Select the course code or course title for a more detailed look at the overall scope, intended learning outcomes, experiential learning opportunities and assessment methods. 

Core courses

Course CodeDescription

Fall courses

BISC 100/3.0

Thinking Locally

This introductory course provides first-year students with a selection of key skills and theories from across a number of disciplines (Film and Media, Geography, History, and Sociology) that will allow them to engage with their further studies and their role in a globalised environment with confidence, intelligence and ambition.

EXCLUSION    No more than 3.0 units from BISC 100/3.0; FILM 106/3.0. EXCLUSION    No more than 3.0 units from BISC 100/3.0; GPHY 101/3.0.

Art and Music

Course CodeDescription

Fall courses

ARTH 116/3.0

Art and Architecture in Britain from the Classical Period to c.1700

A chronological survey of painting, sculpture and architecture in western culture from Greece and Rome through to the early modern period. The art works will be studied at British galleries, museums and architectural monuments.

Offered only at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.

EXCLUSION    No more than 9.0 units from ARTH 116/3.0; ARTH 117/3.0; ARTH 120/6.0.

MUSC 102/3.0

An Introduction to the History of Western Art Music

The history of Western art music from 1750 to the present. The course focuses on musical styles, genres, and composers, as well as historical and social contextual considerations. Open to BA MIN MUSC and non-MUSC concentrators only.

EXCLUSION    No more than 3.0 units from MUSC 102/3.0; MUSC 203/3.0; EXCLUSION    No more than 3.0 units from MUSC 102/3.0; MUSC 204/3.0.

MUSC 171/3.0

Social History of Popular Music

A survey of important trends in 20th century Western popular music. Topics include genres, individual artists and groups, record labels and stylistic trends, and sociological issues.


Course CodeDescription

Full-year courses

CLST 129/6.0

(Full-year course)

Introduction to Archaeology

Development of the discipline, methods of discovering and recovering materials through excavation, evaluation of such materials and reconstruction of original environments. Historic and prehistoric sites; contribution of archaeology to the knowledge of the past.

ENGL 100/6.0

(Full-year course)

Introduction to Literary Study

An introduction to literary study, with an emphasis on the formal analysis of a diverse range of poetry and prose. Specific content and approach vary from section to section, but all sections share the goals of developing sensitivity to genre, cultivating writing skills, and providing students with a set of literary terms and critical techniques as a foundation for further literary study.

FREN 150/6.0

(Full-year course)

Français Intermédiaire

Practice in reading, writing, grammar review, and literary analysis. For students wishing to complete a major, medial, or minor Plan in French.

NOTE: Placement test recommended prior to registration. For information go to: http://www.queensu.ca/french/undergraduatestudents/placementtest.html

EXCLUSION    No more than 6.0 units from FREN 150/6.0; FREN 100/6.0; FREN 101/3.0; FREN 102/3.0; FREN 110/6.0

Fall courses

FILM 104/3.0

Film Form & Modern Culture to 1970

Introduction to tools and methods of visual and aural analysis and to historical and social methods, with examples primarily from the history of cinema and other moving-image media to 1970.

PHIL 151/3.0

Great Works of Philosophy

An examination of some major milestones in the development of philosophical thought. The course will involve both the exposition of texts and discussion of the philosophical issues which they raise.

EXCLUSION    No more than 1 course from PHIL 111/6.0; PHIL 151/3.0

SPAN 111/3.0

Beginning Spanish

Offers a basic level of Spanish understanding, speaking, reading and writing for students who have no knowledge of Spanish whatsoever.

ONE‐WAY EXCLUSION    May not be taken with or after SPAN 112/3.0; SPAN 204/3.0; SPAN 205/3.0; SPAN 301/3.0; SPAN 302/3.0; SPAN 303/3.0; SPAN 304/3.0; SPAN 401/3.0; SPAN 402/3.0; SPAN 201/6.0.

Social Sciences

Course CodeDescription

Full-year courses

DEVS 100/6.0

(Full-year course)

Canada and the “Third World”

Introduces basic theoretical concepts of development studies, the history of global inequality, and short histories of alternative development strategies. Case studies of Canada’s ties to the so-called third world will include missionaries, military, business, and aid. Canadian colonialism over First Nations peoples will introduce basic issues in Aboriginal Studies.

POLS 110/6.0

(Full-year course)

Introduction to Politics & Government

An introduction to political science that provides both a framework for thinking about politics and the institutions of governance, and some of the vocabulary necessary for political analysis.

PSYC 100/6.0

(Full-year course)

Principles of Psychology

An introductory survey of basic areas of psychology including perception, cognition, learning and motivation and their biological substrata. Also reviewed are child development, individual differences, social psychology and behaviour disorders. Research participation experience is provided for students on an individual voluntary basis. Students are encouraged to participate in up to five hours of research experimentation.

EXCLUSION    No more than 1 course from PSYC 100/6.0; PSYC 101/3.0; PSYC 102/3.0; PSYC 103/3.0.

Fall courses

ECON 111/3.0

Introductory Microeconomics

An introduction to microeconomic analysis of a modern mixed economy. The course analyzes the behaviour of individual consumers and producers, the determination of market prices for commodities and resources, and the role of government policy in the functioning of the market system. ECON 111 and ECON 112 are together equivalent to ECON 110.

EXCLUSION    No more than 6.0 units from ECON 110/6.0; ECON 111/3.0; ECON 112/3.0.

GPHY 102/3.0

Physical Geography and Natural Resources

This course introduces the major concepts studied in physical geography and natural resources. The processes and interrelationships between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and lithosphere, particularly at, or near the Earth's surface, are investigated to serve as a basis for understanding the nature and distribution of natural resources.

HLTH 101/3.0

The Social Determinants of Health

This course introduces students to basic concepts in public, population and global health, and introduces social determinants of health, such as poverty, income inequality, and racism, in Canadian and global contexts.

Science and Mathematics

Course CodeDescription

Full-year courses

MATH 121/6.0

(Full-year course)

Differential & Integral Calculus

Differentiation and integration of the elementary functions, with applications to physical and social sciences; Taylor polynomials; multivariable differential calculus. Intended for students planning to concentrate in subjects other than Biochemistry, Biology, Life Sciences, Mathematics or Statistics.

RECOMMENDATION    MHF4U and MCV4U or equivalent, or 4U AFIC, or MATH P06/3.0, or permission of the Department; EQUIVALENCY    MATH 122/6.0; EXCLUSION    No more than 6.0 units from MATH 120/6.0; MATH 121/6.0; MATH 122/6.0; MATH 123/3.0; MATH 124/3.0; MATH 126/6.0.

Science Program-only

Course CodeDescription

Full-year courses

CHEM 112/6.0

(Full-year course)

General Chemistry

A survey of modern chemistry: molecular structure, bonding, phases of matter, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, equilibrium, kinetics, polymers, organic and biochemistry. Using information technology, laboratories and formulation of problem-solving strategies, students will develop an appreciation for the relevance of chemistry to the solution of modern-day societal challenges.

RECOMMENDATION    4U Chemistry or equivalent; EXCLUSION    No more than 6.0 units from CHEM 112/6.0 or (CHEM 113/3.0 and CHEM 114/3.0).

PHYS 106/6.0

General Physics

Mechanics, including systems of particles and rigid body motion; fluids; electricity and magnetism; oscillatory motion and waves; heat, light and sound; topics in modern physics. Aspects of physics useful for further work in other sciences will be emphasized.

RECOMMENDATION    4U Physics is required; COREQUISITE    MATH 120/6.0 or MATH 121/6.0 or MATH 122/6.0 or (MATH 123/3.0 and MATH 124/3.0); EXCLUSION    No more than 6.0 units from PHYS 104/6.0; PHYS 106/6.0; PHYS 117/6.0; PHYS 118/6.0.

Fall courses

BIOL 102/3.0

Introductory Biology of Cells

An introduction to the basic themes and concepts of modern biology spanning organizational levels from molecules to cells in an evolutionary context.  

RECOMMENDATION    4U Biology and Chemistry, or equivalent high school background, are highly recommended.


NOTE: Course offerings are subject to be changed or cancelled for reasons including, but not limited to, enrolment numbers. Students will have access to academic advising services if any changes impact their Plans of Study.

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