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General Science and Math

Expand your perspective and learn about the world around you.

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.

Preparatory courses

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.

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 courses

Our general science and math courses are for anyone who wants to be informed on a wide array of topics, including:

  • physics and astronomy
  • biology and chemistry
  • current research topics
  • and more...

Our instructors are experts in their fields who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise with the community. For information on submitting a course proposal, please contact the program area.

View our available courses below.

Courses open for registration

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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Peninsula Pursuits

Peninsula Pursuits courses generally take place at the Mary Winspear Centre and focus on the interests of the people who live and work in the community.
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Courses open for registration

Community Fishers Training

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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Ocean Acoustic Monitoring

Ocean acoustic monitoring empowers community members to easily contribute high-quality, continuous data on noise levels to help better understand and inform policy on the changes that may be impacting the ocean environment over time.
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Practical Leadership for Technology and Engineering

This program is designed for professionals in technical fields aiming to enhance their leadership soft skills. It covers essential leadership foundations tailored to technology, engineering and geomatics contexts including active listening, effective management, team-building and conflict resolution.
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Unearthing the mysteries of mycology

Juliana McCaig, an avid appreciator of fungi, shares her thoughts and experiences after completing the Introduction to Mycology course with Continuing Studies at UVic. This popular, self-paced community course is open to learners who want to dive deeper into the world of fungi. Here’s what Juliana had to say about her experience: 

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Accepting the possibility of the impossible

There is no doubt that concepts of metaphysics and quantum mechanics are complex for the average person, but Goksenin brings these ideas back to earth. She strives to show that quantum physics is relevant to our everyday lives when correctly understood.

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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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