<Undergraduate Courses and Programs
Atkinson does not offer a degree or certificate in natural science, but offers courses.
Note: AK/NATS courses are part of Atkinson's general education requirement. General education courses do not fulfill elective requirements.
Note: Natural science courses are part of the general education requirements of the Atkinson Faculty and York University. The Atkinson natural science courses are administered by the Science and Technology Studies Program. These courses aim to introduce students who are not majoring in the sciences to some of the most important aspects of scientific thinking, to the character of scientific judgements and to the place of science in society. Atkinson's natural science courses emphasize that a proper appreciation of the content of science requires a consideration of the larger historical, philosophical, social and political contexts of science. Unless otherwise stated the following courses do not require a specific prior knowledge of mathematics and science.
Note: Students who have successfully completed humanities, social science and mathematics/modes of reasoning may take a science and technology studies course to fulfill the natural science general education requirement. Exclusion: Science and technology studies and general science majors may not take AK/STS 1010 6.00 or AK/STS 2010 6.00 to satisfy their natural science general education requirement.
Note: Courses whose numbers have 1 or 2 as the first digit are open to first-year students.
N.B. : Les cours dont le numéro commence par le chiffre 1 ou 2 sont ouverts aux étudiants de première année.
Science and Engineering:
Science and Engineering does not offer a degree or certificate in natural science, but offers courses.
Faculty of Science and Engineering Courses in Natural Science
The natural science courses are designed, as part of the general education program, to acquaint those students not intending to be professionally concerned with science with the outlook, methods and some of the achievements of science. The individual courses offered approach this objective by selecting a particular area, problem or aspect of science in which the operations of the scientific enterprise can be studied in some detail.
The courses may be broadly classified into four areas, within which some overlap occurs, resulting in degree credit exclusions as noted. However, in certain circumstances, such exclusions are petitionable. The four categories are as follows:
a) History and philosophy of science and technology (with science laboratories and/or tutorials): SC/NATS 1710 6.00, SC/NATS 1730 6.00, SC/NATS 1760 6.00;
b) Biological science: SC/NATS 1610 6.00, SC/NATS 1620 6.00, SC/NATS 1650 6.00, SC/NATS 1660 6.00, SC/NATS 1680 6.00, SC/NATS 1690 6.00, SC/NATS 1695 6.00, SC/NATS 1850 6.00;
c) Environmental science: SC/NATS 1640 6.00, SC/NATS 1770 6.00, SC/NATS 1840 6.00;
d) Physical science: SC/NATS 1720 6.00 (also has a psychological component), SC/NATS 1740 6.00, SC/NATS 1750 6.00, SC/NATS 1780 6.00 (has an environmental aspect), SC/NATS 1790 6.00, SC/NATS 1810 6.00, SC/NATS 1820 6.00, SC/NATS 1830 6.00.
The natural science courses are intended primarily for non-science majors. Courses in biology, chemistry, earth and atmospheric science, physics and astronomy and other science disciplines are described elsewhere in this section of the calendar. Those courses are available, subject to prerequisites, as electives to students in the Faculties of Arts and Fine Arts. Six credits from 1000-level courses offered by the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Atmospheric Science, Physics and Astronomy, will satisfy the Faculty of Arts natural science general education requirement.
Grading Procedure. Grades will be assigned in the manner described by the Faculty of Science and Engineering in the Faculty of Science and Engineering Regulations Governing Examinations and Academic Standards section of this calendar.
Not all natural science courses will be offered in any given year. The contact hour information in the course outlines below specifies the number of hours per week when the course is taught in the daytime in a fall/winter session. If the course is offered in a summer session, the format and scheduling may be different, though equivalent in credit value. For all such scheduling details, students should consult the lecture schedules or the natural science mini-calendar which is published in March of each year.
The natural science courses all follow the Faculty of Arts sessional dates.
For a list of Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies courses which are degree credit exclusions for natural science courses in this calendar, Faculty of Arts students should consult the Faculty of Arts degree credit exclusion/equivalent tables in the lecture schedules on the Web. Science and Engineering students should consult the Faculty of Science and Engineering degree credit exclusion/equivalent tables in the lecture schedules on the Web and in the Office of Science Academic Services beginning in March each year.
Natural science is offered by the Faculties of Atkinson, Glendon and Science and Engineering.
Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Courses offered in Natural Science