Sep 22, 2019  
University of Alberta Calendar 2018-2019 
University of Alberta Calendar 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Listings


Details of Courses

Courses taught at the University of Alberta are listed alphabetically. All courses, except those taught by Faculté Saint-Jean, are described in English.

Each course is designated by its computer abbreviation and a number. Students should use this abbreviation and number when completing any form requiring this information.

Courses are numbered according to the following system:

000-099 Pre-University
100-199 Basic Undergraduate. Normally requires no university-level prerequisites. Designed typically for students in the first year of a program.
200-299 Undergraduate. Prerequisites, if any, are normally at the 100-level. Designed typically for students in the second year of a program.
300-399 Undergraduate. Prerequisites, if any, are normally at the 200-level. Designed typically for students in the third year of a program.
400-499 Advanced Undergraduate. Prerequisites, if any, are normally at the 300-level. Designed typically for students in the fourth year of a program.
500-599 Graduate. Designated for graduate students and certain advanced or honors undergraduate students in their final year.
600-799 Graduate Courses
800-899 Special Registrations
900-999 Graduate Thesis and Project Numbers

For the purposes of program descriptions and prerequisite designation, courses numbered 100-199 are designated as Junior Courses and courses numbered 200-499 are designated as Senior Courses.

Note: Some exceptions to the course number system described above have been granted to the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.

Course Description Symbols and Figures

Several symbols and figures are used to indicate the type, duration, and weight of courses.

  1. ★—Indicates “units of course weight,” and usually follows the course title. The accompanying number indicates the weight of the course as used in computing grade point averages and for meeting degree requirements.
    A course which runs throughout the Fall/Winter (i.e., from September through April) is usually weighted ★6. A course that runs for only one term (i.e., Fall: from September to December, or Winter: from January through April) is usually weighted ★3. Certain courses are offered over Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer, or in one term, with weights of ★1, ★2, and ★4. These are considered as one-sixth, one-third, and two-thirds of a Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer course, respectively. Some honors and graduate courses involving research may vary in weight according to the length and difficulty of the project. Some clinical courses may vary in weight according to the length of clinical experience. Some courses, not included in the computation of grade point averages, are offered for credit only and either carry a weight of ★0, or are marked as “Credit.”
    Undergraduate students who take courses offered by the Faculty of Engineering but are not registered in Engineering will have a course weight assigned for these courses according to the protocol of their home Faculty.
  2. fi—Denotes: “fee index,” the value used to calculate the instructional fees for each course. The fee index is multiplied by the fee index value (given in the appropriate subsection of Fees Payment Guide ) to give the dollar value of instructional fees for the course.
    For normal courses, the fee index is twice the value of the units of course weight; for example, a course with ★3 normally has fi 6. In cases where exceptional fees considerations need to be made, the fee index is set differently by the Board of Governors.
    Note that certain programs (e.g., MD, DDS, etc.) are assessed on a program fee basis for all or certain years. In these cases, the fee index calculation does not apply.
  3. (x term, a-b-c)—These figures in parentheses give information on when the course is offered and the hours of instruction required by the course in a week, or in some cases the total time in a term.
    In the case of a single-term course, the term in which the course is given is mentioned (item x). The designation “either term” means that the course may be offered either in the first term or in the second term or in each term, at the discretion of the department concerned. The designation “variable” means that the course may be taught either as a single-term or as a full-session course.
    Item a indicates lecture hours. Item b indicates seminar hour(s), demonstration hours (d), clinic hours (c), or lecture-laboratory hours (L). Item c indicates laboratory hours. For two-term courses, the hours of instruction are the same in both terms unless otherwise indicated. The expression 3/2 means 3 hours of instruction every second week; 2s/2 means 2 seminar hours every second week.
    (first term, 3-0-3): a course taught in first term with 3 hours lecture, no seminar, and 3 hours lab per week.
    (second term, 0-1s-2): a course taught in second term with no lectures, 1 seminar hour, and 2 hours of lab per week.
    (either term, 3-0-0): a course taught in either first or second term, or each term, with 3 lecture hours per week, no seminar, and no lab.
    (two-term, 3-0-3): a course taught over both first and second term with three lecture hours, no seminar, and three hours lab per week.
    (variable, 3-0-0): a course which may be taught in either first or second term or over two terms with three lecture hours per week, no seminar, and no lab.
  4. Prerequisite—This provides information on courses which must be successfully completed before registering in the more advanced course.
    Corequisite—This provides information on courses which must be taken before or at the same time as the course described in the listing.
    Note: Departments are authorized to cancel the registration of those students registered in a course offered by the department if they do not meet the prerequisite and/or corequisite requirements stated in the course description in this Calendar.
  5. [Department]— This indicates the department responsible for registration for interdepartmental courses. Normally, courses will be credited to the discipline listed in the square brackets.
  6. Open Studies Courses—Courses that are available to Open Studies students are designated in Bear Tracks Course Catalog by the  symbol.  indicates that a course is available to Open Studies students on a delayed registration basis only (see Registration  for complete details).
Important: Registration Procedures for Two-Term Courses

Students are strongly advised to refer to the Registration and Courses menu at for details. Two-term courses are normally offered over two terms (either Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer). In a few instances, two-term courses are offered within a single term. In all cases these are identifiable in the Class Schedule because they consist of part A and part B (e.g., English 111A and 111B).

To successfully register in a two-term course, students, must do the following:

  • Register in both the part A and part B for all types of sections offered (Lectures, Labs, Seminars, etc.);
  • Register in the same section numbers for part A and part B of a course (e.g., Lecture A1 for both part A and part B, and Lab E3 for both part A and part B);
  • Register in all the appropriate sections on the same day.

All of the above must be done or the course registration is invalid and will be deleted. Invalid registrations will be deleted nightly. It is the student’s responsibility to attempt the course registration again, subject to availability.

Example: A student wishes to register in ABCD 101, a two-term course. It has a lecture and a lab section. Based on the student’s timetable planning, decides to take Lecture C3 and Lab C8. The student must add

In Fall Term ABCD 101A Lec C3 and ABCD 101A Lab C8,
In Winter Term ABCD 101B Lec C3 and ABCD 101B Lab C8.

All these sections must be added on the same day to successfully register. Otherwise the registration in ABCD 101 will be deleted overnight and the student’s place in the course will be lost.

Course Renumbering

Over the years many courses have been renumbered. Old numbers can be found within individual course listings of previous Calendar editions.

Courses on Reserve

Courses not offered in the past four years are removed from this Calendar and placed on Reserve. These courses may be taught again in the future, in which case they would be brought back into the active Course Listings and placed in the Calendar. Information about Reserve Courses is available through the Registrar’s Office, the University Secretariat, and Faculty Offices.

Faculty Specific Regulations Regarding Courses

For specific Faculty regulations relating to courses and for a complete list of subjects taught by a Faculty, please consult the Undergraduate Programs section of the Calendar at the end of each Faculty section.

Physical Requirements for University Courses

The University has a commitment to the education of all academically qualified students and special services are frequently provided on campus to assist disabled students.

Nevertheless, some courses make certain unavoidable demands on students with respect to the possession of a certain level of physical skill or ability if the academic objectives of the course are to be realized. In case of doubt, students are advised to contact the Department concerned and Student Accessibility Disability Services (SAS), Office of the Dean of Students.

Because support services cannot be guaranteed for all off-campus courses, instructors may be obliged to refuse registration in such courses.

Course Availability

The following is a comprehensive course listing of all the approved courses that the University of Alberta may offer. The appearance of a course in this list does not guarantee that the course will actually be offered. The most current information on courses is available on Bear Tracks at

Course Listings


Chemistry: Graduate

   •  CHEM 536 - Synthesis and Applications of Inorganic and Nano-materials
   •  CHEM 537 - Transition Metal Chemistry
   •  CHEM 538 - Solid State Chemistry
   •  CHEM 543 - Asymmetric Catalysis
   •  CHEM 544 - Characterization Methods in Nanoscience
   •  CHEM 545 - Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 551 - Chemical Biology I
   •  CHEM 553 - Chemical Biology II
   •  CHEM 554 - Bioconjugate Chemistry
   •  CHEM 561 - Qualitative Organic Analysis
   •  CHEM 562 - Physical Organic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 563 - Organic Synthesis
   •  CHEM 577 - Molecular Symmetry and Spectroscopy
   •  CHEM 579 - Molecular Kinetics
   •  CHEM 593 - Computational Chemistry
   •  CHEM 595 - Molecular Dynamics and its Applications
   •  CHEM 612 - Advanced Optical Spectroscopy
   •  CHEM 616 - Advanced Separations
   •  CHEM 618 - Advanced Mass Spectrometry
   •  CHEM 623 - Special Topics in Advanced Analytical Chemistry
   •  CHEM 669 - Special Topics in Bio-organic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 681 - Special Topics in Physical Chemistry

Chimie: Cours de 1er cycle

Faculté Saint-Jean

   •  CHIM 101 - Introduction à la chimie I
   •  CHIM 102 - Introduction à la chimie II
   •  CHIM 103 - Introduction à la chimie I
   •  CHIM 105 - Introduction à la chimie II
   •  CHIM 164 - Chimie organique I
   •  CHIM 261 - Chimie organique I
   •  CHIM 263 - Chimie organique II
   •  CHIM 340 - Chimie verte

Chinese: Undergraduate

Department of East Asian Studies
Faculty of Arts


  1. The Department reserves the right to place students in the language course appropriate to their level of language skill.
  2. Placement tests may be administered in order to assess prior background. Students with an Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) language background should consult a Department advisor. Such students may be granted advanced placement and directed to register in a more advanced course suitable to their level of ability or they may be encouraged to seek "Credit by Special Assessment" (see Classics ) when appropriate.
  3. The Department will withhold credit from students completing courses for which prior background is deemed to make them ineligible. For example, 100-level courses are normally restricted to students with little or no prior knowledge in that language. Should a student with matriculation standing, or those possessing prior background (such as native speakers or those for whom it is their first language) register in the 100-level courses, credit may be withheld.

   •  CHINA 101 - Basic Chinese I
   •  CHINA 102 - Basic Chinese II
   •  CHINA 201 - Basic Chinese III
   •  CHINA 202 - Basic Chinese IV
   •  CHINA 211 - Mandarin Chinese I
   •  CHINA 212 - Mandarin Chinese II
   •  CHINA 301 - Intermediate Chinese I
   •  CHINA 302 - Intermediate Chinese II
   •  CHINA 341 - Classical Chinese I
   •  CHINA 342 - Classical Chinese II
   •  CHINA 401 - Advanced Chinese I
   •  CHINA 402 - Advanced Chinese II
   •  CHINA 407 - Advanced Readings in Modern Chinese
   •  CHINA 428 - Chinese-English Translation
   •  CHINA 483 - Supervised Readings in Chinese 

Chinese: Graduate

   •  CHINA 500 - Topics in Chinese Language
   •  CHINA 501 - Methods of Research: Pre-Modern
   •  CHINA 502 - Methods of Research: Modern
   •  CHINA 599 - Topics in Chinese Literature

Christian Theology at St Joseph's College: Undergraduate

St Joseph's College

Note: The following courses can be used as Arts options.

   •  CHRTC 100 - The Bible: An Introduction
   •  CHRTC 101 - Catholicism: An Introduction
   •  CHRTC 103 - Introduction to the Roads of Happiness
   •  CHRTC 203 - Topics in the Catholic Tradition
   •  CHRTC 220 - Sport and Religion
   •  CHRTC 221 - Interactions between Indigenous Spiritual Traditions and Christianity
   •  CHRTC 241 - Catholicism and Pop Culture
   •  CHRTC 242 - The Writings of C.S. Lewis
   •  CHRTC 250 - The Theological Education of the Catholic Teacher
   •  CHRTC 264 - Dimensions of the Christian Faith
   •  CHRTC 266 - Jesus in the New Testament
   •  CHRTC 267 - The New Testament Letters: An Introduction
   •  CHRTC 272 - Catholic Moral Thought: An Introduction
   •  CHRTC 292 - Spirituality for Today's Christians
   •  CHRTC 303 - Well-being and Resilience: Christian Perspectives
   •  CHRTC 309 - Topics in the Christian Tradition
   •  CHRTC 339 - International Service Learning
   •  CHRTC 341 - Contemporary Film and Christian Values
   •  CHRTC 342 - Tolkien: The Theology of Middle Earth
   •  CHRTC 347 - World War II and Christians
   •  CHRTC 348 - A History of Christianity in Canada
   •  CHRTC 349 - Social Justice and Christianity
   •  CHRTC 350 - Science and Religion: Christian Perspectives
   •  CHRTC 351 - Sex, Love and Marriage: Christian Perspectives
   •  CHRTC 352 - Bioethical Issues: Christian Perspectives
   •  CHRTC 354 - The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke
   •  CHRTC 355 - The Catechism of the Catholic Church: Theological Perspectives
   •  CHRTC 358 - The Gospel and Epistles of John
   •  CHRTC 361 - Death, Dying and Culture: Christian Perspectives
   •  CHRTC 372 - The Theology and Spirituality of Eastern Christianity
   •  CHRTC 380 - Teaching Religion: Elementary
   •  CHRTC 381 - Teaching Religion: Secondary
   •  CHRTC 390 - Neuroscience, the Person and Christian Theology
   •  CHRTC 391 - Women's Spirituality in Contemporary Christianity
   •  CHRTC 394 - Business Ethics: Christian Perspectives
   •  CHRTC 396 - Environmental Issues: Christian Perspectives
   •  CHRTC 407 - Topics in Christian Religious Education
   •  CHRTC 430 - The Human Sexual Body: Christian Perspectives
   •  CHRTC 432 - Current Theological Issues in Advanced Bioethics
   •  CHRTC 449 - Field Placement in Christian Service
   •  CHRTC 450 - Directed Readings in Catholic Theology

Christian Theology at St Joseph's College: Graduate

   •  CHRTC 501 - Directed Reading in Catholic Theology
   •  CHRTC 609 - Topics in Christian Tradition

Christian Theology at St Stephen's College: Undergraduate

St Stephen's College

Note: The following courses can be used as Arts options.

   •  CHRTP 305 - Scripture as Story
   •  CHRTP 311 - Contemplation and the Arts
   •  CHRTP 312 - Questing Faith: Thinking About God
   •  CHRTP 315 - Pop Culture and Theology
   •  CHRTP 321 - Art Therapy Fundamentals
   •  CHRTP 330 - Mindfulness in Education and the Workplace
   •  CHRTP 381 - Introduction to Music Therapy
   •  CHRTP 382 - Introduction to Drama Therapy

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