Preliminary Year Courses

Please note, not all courses will be offered in a given year or term.
Students may be permitted to enrol in Year 1 University courses in addition to the following Preliminary Year courses.  Students must consult with an Advisor at Brescia to determine course enrolments.

Successful completion of the Preliminary Year program requires a PASS standing in Interdisciplinary Studies 0015 and passing grade (50% or higher) in 5.0 full course equivalents chosen from the list below.  Please note, not all courses will be offered in a given year.

Students enrolled in this program are required to register in:

Success in the University Environment
This course is designed to provide students who are registered in the Brescia University College Preliminary Year with opportunities to learn new abilities and upgrade skills needed to achieve success in the university environment. Successful completion of Interdisciplinary Studies 0015 is required to pass Preliminary Year at Brescia.
1.5 hours, no credit

In addition to the above required course, students choose 5.0 courses from the following list of courses:

Introductory Biology I
The concepts and processes of biological systems up to the cellular level. This course explores basic chemistry and the molecules of life, membrane and cell structure and function, enzymes and reactions, photosynthesis, DNA, protein synthesis, and mitosis and meiosis.
1.5 lecture hours, 1.5 laboratory/tutorial hours, 0.5 course

Introductory Biology II
 The concepts and processes of biological systems at the levels of the organism, population and ecosystem. This course explores genetics and inheritance, evolution and ecology, plant structure and function, animal structure and systems, and diversity of life.
1.5 lecture hours, 1.5 laboratory/tutorial hours, 0.5 course

Introductory Chemistry I
This course will explore the foundations of matter through atomic theory, investigate chemical reactions with stoichiometry, predict bonding and structure of compounds, and examine the properties, reactions and structures of organic molecules.
3 lecture hours, 2 laboratory/tutorial hours, 0.5 course

Introductory Chemistry II
This course explores thermodynamics, kinetics and equilibrium of chemical reactions, behaviour of ideal gases, and interpretation of redox reactions. Students will engage in problem solving and apply laws and theories to analyze chemical reactions that support our society with heat, batteries, buffers, and important materials.
3 lecture hours, 2 laboratory/tutorial hours, 0.5 course

Introduction Microeconomics
This course introduces students to current Canadian and international economic issues. Students will explore basic economic concepts and reasoning; demand, supply and price; and markets, production and costs.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Introduction Macroeconomics
This course introduces students to current Canadian and international economic issues with a focus on large scale economic performance and measuring economic performance, including topics in economic instability and fiscal policy, banking and monetary policy, and international trade and economic growth.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course
Students are strongly advised to take Economic 0011A/B before taking Economics 0012A/B.

Literature and Composition

This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of literature, including poetry, short stories, novels, and plays. This course will encourage a critical approach to literature, with special attention essay writing skills.
3 lecture hours, 1.0 course

Introduction to Foods and Nutrition: Healthy Eating
An introductory course about the basic aspects of Healthy Eating. Emphasis will be placed on how students can use credible resources to find information about the nutrient content of foods, read food labels, nutrition recommendations (including Canada’s Food Guide) and the eating habits for their life stage and make healthy food choices for themselves.
3 lecture hours (includes in-class activities)/week, 0.5 course.

Introduction to Foods and Nutrition: Lifecycle Nutrition
An introductory course about the basic aspects of Life Cycle Nutrition. Emphasis will be placed on how students can use credible resources to find information about nutrition recommendations and eating habits of Canadians of all ages and life stages, nutrition and disease prevention, nutrition and physical activity, safe food handling procedures, food biotechnology and global hunger.
3 Lecture hours (includes in-class activities)/ week, 0.5 course.

Intensive French

Grammar, composition, oral practice. This course is designed for students beginning French, or having a limited knowledge of French.
5 lecture/laboratory hours, 1.0 course

Interdisciplinary Perspectives
An interdisciplinary seminar focusing on a current-issue or specialized topic, as selected by the instructor. Through focused class discussions and exercises, students will explore the topic from multiple perspectives while developing a core set of skills including information literacy, written and oral communication, and critical thinking.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Primer on Leadership

An introduction to various aspects of the study of leadership, with an emphasis on the theory and practice of leadership.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Students interested in pursuing degree in Business are advised to enroll in two of Math 0105A/B, Math 0110A/B, Math 1229A/B

Precalculus Mathematics
Set theory, functions and relations, trigonometry, logarithms and exponents.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Introductory Calculus
Introduction to differential calculus including limits, continuity, definition of derivative, rules for differentiation, implicit differentiation, velocity, acceleration, related rates, maxima and minima, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, differentiation of exponential and logarithmic functions, curve sketching.
4 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Methods of Matrix Algebra
Matrix algebra including vectors and matrices, linear equations, determinants. This course is intended primarily for students in the Social Sciences, but may meet minimum requirements for some Biological or Basic Medical Sciences modules.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Introduction to Physics
An introduction to the concepts and theories of physics. Topics covered include the laws of dynamics and energy transformations; electrical, gravitational, and mgnetic fields; electromagnetic radiation; and the interface between energy and matter. Students will also develop inquiry skills, and an understanding of the scientific method.
2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory/tutorial hours, 1.0 course

Religious Quests in the Twentieth Century

An introduction to Religious Studies based on autobiographies and/or biographies of twentieth century persons representing different religious perspectives and walks of life. Lectures, discussions of written materials and films.
2 lecture hours, 1 seminar hour, 1.0 course

Understanding Society: Social Life and Social Inequality
This course considers how social forces impact people’s everyday lives. Topics include sociological theory, research methods, culture, socialization, crime and deviance, social interaction, social structure, groups, social class, race, gender, and sexual orientation.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Understanding Society: Social Institutions and Social Change
This course explores different social institutions and the dynamics of social change. Topics include the sociological perspective and research techniques, families, education, religion, health, mass media, aging, the economy and work, population, collective behaviour, and urbanization.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Spanish for Beginners

Introduction to understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish with emphasis on oral skills. Intended for students with little or no previous knowledge of Spanish.
4.0 hours, 1.0 course

Writing: Introduction to University Essay Writing
(permission of Academic Advisor required)
A practical introduction to the basics of successful academic writing, designed for first-year students in all disciplines. Topics will range from grammar, sentence structure, and paragraphing to the principles of scholarly argument and research.
3 lecture/tutorial hours, 0.5 course.