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The University of Toronto Scarborough, also known as U of T Scarborough or UTSC, is a satellite campus of the University of Toronto. Based in the Scarborough district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The following are some of the hard classes that are taken in this satellite campus.

1. ASTC25H3-Astrophysics of Planetary Systems

Planetary Systems

It is a course on the overview of planetary astrophysics at a level appropriate for science students. Planets as a by-product of star formation: theory and observations. Protostellar/protoplanetary disks. Planetesimal and planet formation. Solar system versus extrasolar planetary systems. Giant planets, terrestrial planets, dwarf planets and minor bodies in the Solar System: interiors and environments.

2. BIOD65H3-Pathologies of the Nervous System

An image of the Nerves

Lectures in this course give an intensive examination of selected pathologies affecting the nervous system such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and stroke. These pathologies will be examined from an integrative perspective encompassing the pathogeneses, resulting symptoms, and current therapeutic approaches. This course requires a critical examination of research articles.

3. CHMC21H3-Topics in Biophysical Chemistry

Biophysical Chemistry

This is an advanced class in chemistry. It includes advanced topics in Physical Chemistry with an emphasis on biochemical systems. Spectroscopic methods for (bio) molecular structure determination, including IR, NMR, UV/VIS; colloid chemistry; polymers and biopolymers, bonding structure and statistical mechanics; physical chemistry of membranes, active transport, and diffusion; oscillatory (bio) chemical reactions.

4. STEB43H3-Engineering Equipment and Processes

It’s a course on energy and mass in engineering systems, hydrostatics, fluid flow, Bernoulli’s theorem, Pumping systems, head losses through hydraulic systems, and the efficiency of pumps and motors. Process equipment systems with emphasis on pumps, and pipes and valves. Limited to students enrolled in the Joint Specialist program in Environmental Science and Technology.

5. EESB02H3-Principles of Geomorphology


The physical and chemical processes responsible for the development of regolith at the surface of the earth and the mechanics of entrainment, transport and deposition of mass by rivers, wind, glaciers, water waves, gravitational stresses, etc., which control the evolution of surface morphology will be discussed in this course. Field excursions and laboratory exercises will allow students to apply theory to natural systems and to understand the dynamics of one man-modified geomorphic system.

6. GGRC31H3-Qualitative Geographical Methods: Place and Ethnography

Qualitative Geographical Methods: Place and Ethnography

The course explores the practice of ethnography (i.e. participant observation) within and outside the discipline of geography, and situates this within current debates on methods and theory. Topics include the history of ethnography, ethnography within geography, current debates within ethnography, the “field,” and ethnography and “development.”

7. HLTC19H3-Chronic Diseases

Chronic Diseases

The course will introduce students to the regional, national, and global patterns of chronic disease and demonstrate how demography, behavior, socio-economic status, and genetics impact patterns of chronic disease in human populations. Using epidemiological studies we will examine these patterns, assess their complex causes, and discuss strategies for broad-based preventative action.

8. MATA36H3-Calculus II for Physical Sciences

Calculus II

This is a course intended to prepare students for the physical sciences. Topics to be covered include techniques of integration, Newton’s method, and approximation of functions by Taylor polynomials, numerical methods of integration, complex numbers, sequences, series, Taylor series, and differential equations.

9. CSCD43H3-Database System Technology

Database System Technology

Implementation of database management systems. Storage management, indexing, query processing, concurrency control, transaction management. Database systems on parallel and distributed architectures. Modern database applications: data mining, data warehousing, OLAP, data on the web. Object-oriented and object-relational databases.

10. STAC70H3-Statistics and Finance I

Statistical graphs

Building on Brownian motion, the class introduces stochastic integrals and calculus, which are used to develop the Black-Scholes framework for option pricing. The theory is extended to pricing general derivatives and is illustrated through applications to risk management.

James Brandon

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