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

Fall programs
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
(0.5 credits)
CHEM 123 - Chemical Reactions, Equilibria and Kinetics
(0.5 credits)
 
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

Instructor Jesse Corwin discusses the BASE program's hands-on approach to studying science. In Science/BASE, you learn to conduct research and experiments, and then present your findings.


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

Faculties that offer BASE

Applied Health Sciences/BASEArts/BASEEngineering/BASEEnvironment/BASEScience/BASE