If you have been admitted to a Science program, you will either do 1 term or 2 terms of BASE. Your courses will be selected for you.
Your credit courses include CHEM 120 and CHEM 120L (and ENVS 195 if you are doing 2 terms). These courses count toward your degree. Refer to the Undergraduate Calendar for descriptions of the courses you'll take.
Courses - 1 term
|CHEM 120 Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter (0.5 credits)|
|CHEM 120L Chemical Reaction Laboratory 1 (0.25 credits)|
|BASE 42 Academic Skills|
|BASE 44 Writing Skills|
|BASE 46 Oral Skills|
|Bi-weekly meetings with instructors|
|Weekly workshops and information sessions|
Courses - 2 terms
|Fall term courses||Winter term courses|
|CHEM 120 Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter
|CHEM 123 - Chemical Reactions, Equilibria and Kinetics
|CHEM 120L Chemical Reaction Laboratory 1 (0.25 credits)||CHEM 123L - Chemical Reaction Laboratory 2 (0.25 credits)|
|BASE 32 Academic Skills||BASE 42 Academic Skills|
|BASE 34 Writing Skills||BASE 44 Writing Skills|
|BASE 36 Oral Skills||BASE 46 Oral Skills|
|Bi-weekly meetings with instructors||Bi-weekly meetings with instructors|
|Weekly workshops and information sessions||Weekly workshops and information sessions|
What to expect in your credit course(s)
In Science/BASE, you take 1 or 2 university credit courses along with your BASE courses. Taking these courses helps you build a strong foundation for other Waterloo Science programs. They also allow you to practise the oral, writing, and academic skills you learn in your BASE courses.
You earn .50 credits for each lecture course and .25 credits for the lab course. These credits count toward your degree.
How to prepare for your Chemistry courses
You can use SciSpace, our online Science community, to learn how to prepare for lectures and labs. In the In Class section, you’ll learn
- What you will do in the CHEM 120 Lab
- What a Science lecture is like
- How to prepare lab reports
- How to act in a lecture
Note: In mid-July, we will email you information about how to to access your SciSpace account. Contact the Science Undergrad Office if you have any questions about SciSpace.
What to expect in your BASE courses
In Academic Skills, you learn language and study skills that help you in your credit courses, such as
- Lecture listening and note-taking skills,
- Reading and test-taking strategies, and
- Vocabulary development.
You also develop your study skills through workshops about goal-setting, time management and test preparation.
You demonstrate your understanding of important course content through a variety of written and spoken assignments. These assignments increase in complexity as you move from the 30 to 40 level.
BASE 32 Academic Skills
You are introduced to scientific thinking and the scientific method as it is used in lab report writing.
BASE 42 Academic Skills
You apply critical thinking as your instructor guides you in writing a researched lab report.
Course materials, discussion topics, and vocabulary study incorporate a Science or disciplinary focus whenever possible.
BASE 34 Writing Skills
You are introduced to important grammar concepts and essay formats most commonly found in academic writing. You also learn the basics of research literacy skills and textual attribution.
BASE 44 Writing Skills
You extend your research skills and your understanding of rhetorical modes and linguistic and grammatical structures by completing a literature review and lengthy research report project. This report is an independent study project that allows you to research an area of interest in Science.
In Oral Skills, you complete major tasks that include
- assuming the role of leader for discussion groups,
- practising the art and language of persuasion in your presentations, and
- sharpening your interviewer/interviewee skills to complete a group project.
Course materials, discussion topics, and vocabulary study incorporate a science or disciplinary focus whenever possible.
BASE 36 – Oral Skills
You become familiar with a variety of academic speaking environments and tasks and improve your speaking confidence, pronunciation, listening, academic vocabulary and academic presentation skills. You become more effective in conversations, discussions and presentations, both in and out of the classroom.
BASE 46 – Oral Skills
You expand your speaking confidence and academic vocabulary, while refining your pronunciation and presentation skills.