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.
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.
- A Look into the Eye
- Biological Pest Controls (Mary Winspear Centre)
- Boosting or Maintaining Your Brain Power as You Get Older
- Demystifying Newton’s Laws of Motion
- Discover the Chocó!
- Down the Rabbit Hole – Quantum Physics for Nonphysicists
- Ecosystems for the Future
- Expected and Actual Performance of Green Buildings: Lessons Learned
- Fungi and Forest Ecology
- Fusion and Fission: A Nuclear Physics Crash Course
- Gardens in History: Ecological Gardens that Engage with Nature
- Gold Nanoparticles: Radiation Therapy Enhancers
- Introduction to Biology and Natural History
- Introduction to Mycology
- Mathematical Skills
- Part 1 – Changes in the Gut Microbiota Over the Human Lifespan
- Part 1 – Traditional Vaccines: Successes and Challenges
- Part 2 – Probiotics to Restore and Maintain a Healthy Gut
- Part 2 – The Next-Generation Vaccines: Novel Formats and New Applications
- The Metaphysics of Quantum Physics
- The Neuroscience of Aging
- The Neuroscience of Human Decision Making
- The Neuroscience of Optimal Mental Health
- The Red Planet
- Using Particle Physics to Understand the Universe
- Wildlife Trees and Danger Trees
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.
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.
Health Terminology Standards
The Health Terminology Standards professional certificate is a one-year, part-time, online non-credit program. After graduation of the program, you will be eligible for the Canadian College of Health Information Management Certified Terminology Standards Specialist (CTSS) credential.
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.
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.Read Story
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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.Read Story
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.Read Story
"If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered species: the child in nature." -Richard Louv, 2005Read Story