General Science and Math

Upgrade your skills and expand your perspective.

From astronomy and physics to math and chemistry, we’ve got you covered. We offer different general science courses each term, and in partnership with the Faculty of Science, we also offer two preparatory courses in the areas of chemistry and math.

Introduction to Chemistry

The Introduction to Chemistry course is an online tutorial designed to prepare you for entry into a university-level introductory chemistry course. If you haven't taken Chemistry 12, you may be able to use this course to fulfill that prerequisite. This course is available every summer and fall.

Mathematical Skills

Are you missing the academic requirements for first-year math courses? Are you worried your math skills are rusty? Maybe fractions, ratios, geometry, trigonometry, exponents, graphing functions and equations were never your favourite topics? No matter the reason, Mathematical Skills will help get you up to speed. This course is offered on campus every spring and fall.

General interest

Browse through the list of courses below to find a topic of interest in science and math to discover.


Courses open for registration

Current Concepts in Vaccinations

This two-part series will explore current concepts in vaccination. While Part 1 will focus on how the immune system responds to vaccination and the makeup of traditional vaccines, Part 2 will focus on next-generation vaccines and their applications.
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Deans’ Lecture Series

Research is continually reshaping the way we live and think. Meet distinguished members of the faculties at the University of Victoria and learn about their research interests in these free online lectures.
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In Pursuit of Knowledge - Fall

This series of daytime lectures will acquaint you with UVic faculty and their many areas of interest. (Sessions staring in September)
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Our Changing Ocean

The March 2021 series has been postponed due to COVID-19. Linking elements of chemistry, physics, biology and geology, this series will look at a number of ocean issues of societal concern and how technology is allowing us to better understand our changing ocean.
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Community Fishers Training Program

Community Fishers is an advanced solution using state‐of‐the‐art technology that provides a practical, user‐friendly tool for collecting data from mobile scientific instruments, which can then be managed and freely accessed via Ocean Networks Canada’s world‐leading oceanographic data management system, Oceans 2.0.
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Forget the bucket list, discover the extraordinary in the ordinary

Our relationship with nature is complex. We usually think in terms of taking from nature. It provides us with our needs and wants. But to be a part of nature we also need to give back. There needs to be reciprocity.

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Managing urban lighting may help migrating birds

More than half of all North American bird species are migrants, moving seasonally between their breeding and wintering grounds. In his final research project for the RNS program, Andrew Elves analyzed how artificial light in Beacon Hill Park exacerbates habitat fragmentation, interfering with the circadian rhythms of migratory birds.

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Youth and Ecological Restoration Program helps vulnerable youth gain a sense of worth, belonging and place

Restoration of Natural Systems Program alumni, Wendy Kotilla, founded the Youth and Ecological Restoration Program (YER) in 2004 based on her own experiences of being surrounded by the healing powers of nature.

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Innovative “Native Plant Forage Forest” harmonizes ecological restoration and permaculture

Bringing together ecological restoration and permaculture while also incorporating traditional ecological knowledge held by the Penelakut Tribe is the goal of Adam Huggins’ final project for his RNS Diploma.

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From Neglected Boulevard to Native Plant Space

"If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered species: the child in nature." -Richard Louv, 2005

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Melissa Payne, Program Assistant
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