Dec 12, 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


Agricultural and Resource Economics: Graduate


  1. See also INT D 565  for a course offered by more than one Department or Faculty and which may be taken as an option or as a course.
  2. Undergraduate AREC courses at the 400-level may be taken for credit by graduate students in Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology.

   •  AREC 600 - Directed Studies
   •  AREC 900 - Directed Research Project

Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science: Undergraduate

Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science
Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences

Note: See also Animal Science (AN SC), Environmental and Conservation Sciences (ENCS), Interdisciplinary (INT D), Nutrition (NUTR), Nutrition and Food Science (NU FS), Plant Science (PL SC), Renewable Resources (REN R) and Soil Science (SOILS) for related courses.

   •  AFNS 401 - Honors Seminar
   •  AFNS 416 - One Health

Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science: Graduate

Note: Prerequisites are shown to provide an indication of the background that is expected for these courses. Students not having the prerequisites for a course are encouraged to discuss their case with the course Instructor.

   •  AFNS 500 - Individual Study
   •  AFNS 502 - Advanced Study of Food Fermentations
   •  AFNS 503 - Processing of Milk and Dairy Products
   •  AFNS 504 - Muscle Food Science and Technology
   •  AFNS 506 - Rangeland Plant Communities of Western Canada
   •  AFNS 507 - Science and Technology of Cereal and Oilseed Processing
   •  AFNS 508 - Applied Bioinformatics
   •  AFNS 510 - Renewable Biomaterials
   •  AFNS 511 - Veterinary Immunology
   •  AFNS 516 - One Health
   •  AFNS 520 - Ruminant Physiology and Metabolic Diseases
   •  AFNS 521 - Carcass and Meat Quality
   •  AFNS 522 - Advanced Biocatalysis
   •  AFNS 524 - Nutrition and Metabolism Related to Cancer
   •  AFNS 527 - Food Safety
   •  AFNS 528 - Advances in Human Nutrition and the Intestinal Microbiome
   •  AFNS 530 - Principles of Sensory Evaluation of Foods
   •  AFNS 532 - Advanced Food Protein Chemistry and Technology
   •  AFNS 536 - Advanced Topics in Nutrition
   •  AFNS 542 - Sustainability of Food and Bio-based Products
   •  AFNS 543 - Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Lifestyle
   •  AFNS 552 - Nutrition in the Prevention of Chronic Human Diseases
   •  AFNS 554 - Unit Operations in Food Preservation
   •  AFNS 561 - Ruminant Digestion, Metabolism, and Nutrition
   •  AFNS 562 - Swine Nutrition
   •  AFNS 563 - Poultry Nutrition
   •  AFNS 565 - Plant Breeding
   •  AFNS 566 - Advanced Food Microbiology
   •  AFNS 568 - Clinical Nutrition
   •  AFNS 569 - Advanced Animal Metabolism
   •  AFNS 570 - Experimental Procedures in Nutrition and Metabolism
   •  AFNS 571 - Applied Poultry Science
   •  AFNS 572 - Practical Case Studies in Rangeland Management and Conservation
   •  AFNS 574 - Applied Beef Cattle Science
   •  AFNS 575 - Advanced Functional Genomics Technologies in Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science
   •  AFNS 576 - Applied Swine Science
   •  AFNS 577 - Advanced Community Nutrition
   •  AFNS 578 - Advanced Clinical Nutrition
   •  AFNS 580 - Advanced Study of Microbial Food Safety
   •  AFNS 581 - Advanced Foods
   •  AFNS 582 - Diseases of Field and Horticultural Crops
   •  AFNS 585 - Advanced Quantitative Genomics
   •  AFNS 595 - Integrated Crop Protection
   •  AFNS 599 - Advanced Agri-Chemical Analysis
   •  AFNS 601 - Seminar
   •  AFNS 602 - Graduate Reading Project
   •  AFNS 603 - Graduate Research Project
   •  AFNS 660 - Communication in Science
   •  AFNS 675 - Introduction to Research Methods in Nutritional Science
   •  AFNS 900 - Directed Research Project (Course-based Masters)

Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences: Undergraduate

Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences

   •  ALES 204 - Communication Fundamentals for Professionals
   •  ALES 291 - Topics in Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
   •  ALES 391 - Topics in Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
   •  ALES 491 - Topics in Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences

American Sign Language: Undergraduate

Department of Modern Languages and Cultural 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 American Sign Language background should consult a Department advisor. Such students may be granted advanced placement and directed to register in an advanced course more suitable to their level of ability. Students seeking to fulfill their Language Other than English requirement may begin at any one appropriate level, but must take the full ★6 in one language.
  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 course, credit may be withheld.

   •  ASL 111 - Beginners' American Sign Language I
   •  ASL 112 - Beginners' American Sign Language II
   •  ASL 211 - Intermediate American Sign Language I
   •  ASL 212 - Intermediate American Sign Language II

Anatomie: Cours de 1er cycle

Faculté Saint-Jean

   •  ANATE 140 - Anatomie
   •  ANATE 200 - Morphologie Humaine
   •  ANATE 409 - Histologie Humaine

Anatomy: Undergraduate

Division of Anatomy
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

   •  ANAT 200 - Human Morphology
   •  ANAT 305 - Cross-Sectional Anatomy
   •  ANAT 400 - Human Embryonic Development
   •  ANAT 401 - Human Neuroanatomy
   •  ANAT 402 - Human Histology
   •  ANAT 403 - The Human Body
   •  ANAT 490 - Individual Study
   •  ANAT 491 - Current Topics in Anatomy
   •  ANAT 497 - Research Project

Anatomy: Graduate

   •  ANAT 500 - Human Development
   •  ANAT 503 - Human Anatomy
   •  ANAT 600 - Medical Gross Anatomy
   •  ANAT 603 - Medical Histology
   •  ANAT 606 - Selected Topics in Advanced Human Anatomy
   •  ANAT 607 - Current Topics in Human Anatomy

Anglais: Undergraduate

Faculté Saint-Jean


  1. Only one ★6 or two ★3 courses at the 100 level can be credited to the BA program.
  2. Prerequisite for 200, 300, and 400 level courses is ★6 of junior level English/Anglais.
  3. ★6 of junior level English/Anglais can include ANGL 111 or ANGL 113 , or ANGL 122  and ANGL 126 .
  4. ANGL 102 was previously the final course in the series of Anglais langue seconde courses (ALS). It does not qualify for credit toward the required ★6 of junior level English/Anglais. (see Compulsory Test for Students Admitted Without English 30 or Equivalent  and notes Course Listings ).
  5. ANGL 102 is now called ALS 125 . The course remains the same.

   •  ANGL 122 - Texts and Contexts
   •  ANGL 123 - Language, Literature and Culture
   •  ANGL 124 - English Literature in Global Perspective
   •  ANGL 126 - Exploring Writing Studies

Anglais langue seconde: Cours de 1er cycle

Faculté Saint-Jean


  1. La série de cours d'Anglais langue seconde sont: ALS 105 , ALS 110 , ALS 115 , ALS 120  et ALS 125 .
  2. Les cours ALS 105 , ALS 110 , ALS 115  , et ALS 125  se destinent aux étudiants qui ne disposent pas de la base nécessaire pour satisfaire aux exigences des cours ANGL 111 , ANGL 113 , ANGL 122  et ANGL 126 .
  3. Affectation par test de placement obligatoire (voir Compulsory Test for Students Admitted Without English 30 or Equivalent ) pour tous les cours ALS 105 , ALS 110 , ALS 115 , ALS 120  et ALS 125 .

   •  ALS 105 - Niveau élémentaire 1
   •  ALS 110 - Niveau élémentaire 2
   •  ALS 115 - Niveau intermédiaire 1
   •  ALS 120 - Niveau intermédiaire 2
   •  ALS 125 - Introduction à l'anglais écrit, niveau universitaire

Animal Science: Undergraduate

Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science
Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences

Note: See also Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science (AFNS), Environmental and Conservation Sciences (ENCS), Interdisciplinary (INT D), Nutrition (NUTR), Nutrition and Food Science (NU FS), Plant Science (PL SC), and Renewable Resources (REN R) for related courses.

   •  AN SC 100 - Introduction to Animal Health Science
   •  AN SC 101 - Principles of Animal Agriculture
   •  AN SC 120 - Companion Animals and Society
   •  AN SC 260 - Fundamentals of Animal Nutrition
   •  AN SC 310 - Physiology of Domestic Animals
   •  AN SC 311 - Metabolic Physiology of Domestic Animals
   •  AN SC 312 - Reproductive Physiology of Domestic Animals
   •  AN SC 318 - Influence of Microorganisms on Animal Biology
   •  AN SC 320 - Livestock Growth and Meat Production
   •  AN SC 325 - Equine Science
   •  AN SC 375 - Animal Health and Disease

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