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This section contains the descriptions of courses offered at the University of Calgary. The courses are arranged in alphabetical order by course title and not by abbreviation. In order to better understand the notations used throughout this section; an illustrated example of a course description is provided.

All courses listed are not necessarily offered every year and students should consult the Schedule of Classes for an official listing of those courses that will be offered in a given session.

Since this Calendar is published a considerable time before the opening of the academic year, the University reserves the right to make whatever changes circumstances may require including the cancellation of a particular course.

Note: University of Calgary Undergraduate students are permitted to register in graduate-level courses (600-level) only with permission of both their Faculty and the Department offering the course. Undergraduate students are not normally permitted to take courses numbered 700-level or above.

Sample Course Description

See numbered footnotes for explanations of the information commonly provided in a course description.

Medical Science 6091                    3 units; H(3-2T)2

Gene Expression

The flow of genetic information from DNA to final protein product. The subject will be covered in two courses offered in alternating years: gene structure and regulation of transcription, including gene structure and organization, chromatin structure, regulation of transcription and post-translational processing; and the activity of genes during development including stored messenger ribonucleoprotein particles and translational control in gametes, the switch from maternal to zygote genome control of development in early embryos and the molecular basis of morphogenesis and differentiation.

609.02. Genes and Development

Prerequisite:3 Medical Science 537 (Biochemistry 537) or equivalent and consent of the Faculty.

Antirequisite:4 Credit for both Medical Science 609.01 and 607.01 will not be allowed. Credit for both Medical Science 609.02 and 751.14 will not be allowed.




1Course Numbers: e.g. Medical Science 609
The number of the course indicates the level of the course:

  • Junior level: 200's
  • Senior level: 300's and 400's
  • Upper level undergraduate: 500's
  • Graduate level: 600's and 700's

2Hours of Instruction: e.g. 3 units; H(3-2T)

Note that we are transitioning to using "units" from "full-course equivalent" or "half-course equivalent".

Full course (F) = 6 units

Half course (H) = 3 units

Quarter course (Q) = 1.5 units

Eighth course (E) = 0.75 units

M (More than a full course)

The hours of instruction per week are indicated with numbers following the weight of the course. The first number represents the number of lecture hours per week and the second number represents the number of lab hours per week.

For example, (3-0) would indicate 3 hours of lectures per week and no labs. For (2-3), there would be 2 hours of lectures per week, along with 3 hours of lab per week.

The figures "S" or "T" attached to a number signify seminar or tutorial hours.

Cross-Listed Courses: e.g. Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology 561(Medical Science 561)

Courses which are listed under two Departments and which can be taken for credit from either Department, but not both. The credit is determined by the student's registration.

3Prerequisite: Must be completed before registering in this class.

Corequisite: Must be completed at the same time as this class.

4Antirequisites: Certain courses carry the notation "Not open to students with credit in course number XXX" or "Credit for both course number XXX and course number XXX will not be allowed." Students may take these courses if they wish, but credit for both courses will not be granted towards their degree.

5Notes: This contains any information that may be helpful regarding enrolment in the course. Some examples are: Enrolment in this course may be limited. See Program Details in the Faculty of Science section of this Calendar, or: This course occurs in rugged field conditions and varying weather, for which participants must be prepared and equipped.

6May Be Repeated for Credit

Some courses are decimalized in order to accommodate different topics of study e.g. 609.01, 609.02. If this notation is present, students are allowed to take multiple topics belonging to one course number.

7Not Included in GPA

A course with this notation is graded as CR (Completed Requirements) or F (Fail). The course is not included in the calculation of the grade point average.