The molecular world. Large in content, small in size. In a word, chemistry is pushing electrons. It is fathoming the how and why of chemical reactions. And that means understanding mechanisms. In the Chemistry track, we will try to find common threads at the molecular level like the electronics of atoms, the flow of electrons between atoms, molecular behavior in reactions, and the like. Also, we will delve into chemical analysis by learning how to interpret spectra of molecules as to elucidate structures of molecules. This is hugely important in disparate fields as pharmacology and toxicology, food and perfume chemicals, and so on. Recommended for those students who like to be amazed and entertained.
- 100-level: Chemistry I
- 200-level: Chemistry II
- 200-level: Biochemistry
- 300-level: Topics in Chemistry
How do brains make minds? In the Cognitive Science track you will try to grapple the very essence of human nature including its perceptions, emotions, decisions and actions by studying the human brain. We combine concepts from Neuroscience and Psychology, and draw on methods ranging from Physics and Computer Science to Anthropology and Medicine. During the last two decades, this integrated approach has yielded dramatic new insights about human cognition that are relevant to students from all backgrounds.
- 100-level: Introduction to Cognitive Science
- 200-level: Psycholinguistics
- 300-level: Advanced Cognitive Science
Communications, commerce, medicine, and transportation have been transformed by the advances made in computer science these last 30 years. Social networks and e-commerce are well established. Personalized medicine and self-driving vehicles will soon become the norm. Algorithms, databases, networks, and operating systems are considered the cornerstones of computer science and, for this reason, the track has a separate course on each of these. Upon graduation, whether you want to work in information technology or pursue a Master degree in computing, the track is a great preparation.
- 100-level: Introduction to Computer Science
- 200-level: Database Management
- 200-level: Networks and Communications
- 200-level: Artificial Intelligence
- 300-level: Topics in Computer Science (currently: Operating Systems)
- 300-level: Algorithms and Data Structures
Earth Science is a truly dynamic and exciting field. As a result of natural and human influences, the face of the earth is ever changing. In the entry course, surface/deep earth processes, underlying phenomena like earthquakes, mountain building, rock/mineral composition are studied. In intermediate courses, important research tools and methods are explored and used, like stable/radio isotopes, earth system (climate) modelling, element cycles, and laboratory/field techniques examining soil and water. At the advanced level, in-depth courses in (bio)geochemistry and geophysics are offered, also linking to present-day environmental problems and solutions. Fieldtrips to the Belgium Ardennes, German Eifel, and the Zeeland Delta, provide the essential hands-on and outdoor training.
- 100-level: Earth System Science I
- 200-level: Earth System Science II
- 300-level: Advanced Earth Science
The biosphere consists of millions of species coexisting in a myriad of ways. Ranging from tiny viruses and bacteria, to blue wales, the biggest animals that ever lived on the planet, all these organisms are related to one another. They are part of intricate food webs via predation, competition, mutualism, parasitism and various other interactions. Reefs, forests, savannah systems and all other biomes also have a major influence on the Earth’s climate, chemistry, geography and circulation systems. Current issues like climate change, pollution, food security and the current mass extinctions are an integral part of most topics in the Environmental Sciences.
- 100-level: Introduction to Biodiversity
- 200-level: Ecology and Evolution
- 300-level: Advanced Ecology
- 300-level: Marine Biology
The generalizing power of Mathematics makes the track relevant for many – if not all – disciplines in the Science and Engineering Departments. Obviously, Mathematics is THE language used in Physics and Computer Science, but the topics and techniques discussed also form the foundation of Statistics and Economics. The courses in the track cover a number of essential topics at Bachelor level: Calculus, Linear Algebra, Mathematical Statistics, Fourier Analysis and Abstract Algebra. Combine Mathematics with Physics and Computer Science for a strong natural sciences Major, include it in an Engineering Major, or add Mathematics to Data Science, Economics, Sustainability, Cognitive Science and more. Let the power of Mathematics help you to come further!
- 100-level: Calculus for Scientists
- 200-level: Linear Algebra
- 200-level: Theory of Statistics and Data Analysis
- 300-level: Signals and Systems
- 300-level: Advanced Mathematics
The Biomedical Science track focuses on the more advanced functions of the human body, and relates to the causes, effects and possible cures of diseases. Naturally there is a link with clinical practice: what is the best patient care and treatments that modern science can provide? This track is closely related and complementary to the track in Life sciences. Students who are following the so-called Pre-Medical Program will complete the track in Life Sciences and Biomedical Sciences. It is the shortest route to a career in Medicine.
- 200-level: Functional Anatomy
- 200-level: Mechanisms of Disease
- 300-level: Pharmacology
- 300-level: Infection and Immunity
“What is life?” and what are the Life Sciences? According to Webster’s Online Dictionary, it is the branch of science that deals with living organisms and life processes. At UCR, we offer a series of 5 courses, all dealing with the various (biological) aspects of life. This includes the general aspects of growth, reproduction, and functional activity. You will learn how molecules, cells, and all signaling systems integrate in a living organisms.
- 100-level: Introduction to Life Science
- 200-level: Molecular Biology and Cell Biology
- 200-level: Human Physiology
- 300-level: Cellular and Molecular Physiology
- 300-level: Molecular Pathology and Genetics
Can we understand the fundamental behavior of the non-living natural world? Over the years physicists have created fascinating models to describe reality. We now understand quite a bit about not only the universe as a whole, but also about the smallest sub-atomic particles that it contains. Physics courses at UCR cover the most successful theories including classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, special relativity and quantum mechanics. But Physics courses are not just useful for learning about the world – students will also enhance problem solving skills and numeracy skills that are relevant in many disciplines.
- 100-level: Introduction to Physics and Chemistry
- 100-level: Introduction to Astronomy
- 200-level: Electromagnetism
- 200-level: Physical Chemistry
- 300-level: Particle Physics
- 300-level: Advanced Physics
- 100-level: Science and Society
- 100-level: Introductory Science Laboratory
- 200-level: Intermediate Science Laboratory
- 200-level: Life Science Laboratory