Academic Calendar - 2018

Western University Academic Calendar. - 2018


Course Numbering

0001-0999* Pre-University level introductory courses
1000-1999 Year 1 courses
2000-4999 Senior-level undergraduate courses
5000-5999 Professional Degree courses in Dentistry, Education, Law, Medicine and Theology (MTS, MDiv)
6000-6999 Courses offered by Continuing Studies
9000-9999 Graduate Studies courses

* These courses are equivalent to pre-university introductory courses and may be counted for credit in the student's record, unless these courses were taken in a preliminary year. They may not be counted toward essay or breadth requirements, or used to meet modular admission requirements unless it is explicitly stated in the Senate-approved outline of the module.


no suffix 1.0 course not designated as an essay course
A 0.5 course offered in first term
B 0.5 course offered in second term
A/B 0.5 course offered in first and/or second term
E 1.0 essay course
F 0.5 essay course offered in first term
G 0.5 essay course offered in second term
F/G 0.5 essay course offered in first and/or second term
H 1.0 accelerated course (8 weeks)
J 1.0 accelerated course (6 weeks)
K 0.75 course
L 0.5 graduate course offered in summer term (May - August)
Q/R/S/T 0.25 course offered within a regular session
U 0.25 course offered in other than a regular session
W/X 1.0 accelerated course (full course offered in one term)
Y 0.5 course offered in other than a regular session
Z 0.5 essay course offered in other than a regular session



A course that must be successfully completed prior to registration for credit in the desired course.


A course that must be taken concurrently with (or prior to registration in) the desired course.


Courses that overlap sufficiently in course content that both cannot be taken for credit.

Essay Courses

Many courses at Western have a significant writing component. To recognize student achievement, a number of such courses have been designated as essay courses and will be identified on the student's record (E essay full course; F/G/Z essay half-course).

Principal Courses

A first year course that is listed by a department offering a module as a requirement for admission to the module. For admission to an Honors Specialization module or Double Major modules in an Honors Bachelor degree, at least 3.0 courses will be considered principal courses.


Course Level

Course Type

Materials Science

The properties of materials are described in terms of their atomic structure and interatomic bonding. The basic physical principles underlying mechanical, electrical, and magnetic properties are discussed in the context of modern materials including polymers and semiconductors.

Antirequisite(s): Physics 2810A/B, the former Physics 2800 and the former Materials Science 2800.

Prerequisite(s): (Calculus 1000A/B or Calculus1100A/B or Calculus 1500A/B) and (Calculus 1301A/B or Calculus 1501A/B), or Applied Mathematics 1413; the former Chemistry 1100A/B and the former Chemistry 1200B, or the former Chemistry 1050; (Physics 1028A/B or Physics 1301A/B or Physics 1401A/B or Physics 1501A/B) and (Physics 1029A/B or Physics 1302A/B or Physics 1402A/B or Physics 1502A/B), or the former Physics 1020 or the former Physics 1024 or the former Physics 1026.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

Course Weight: 0.50
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The student will work on a research project involving Materials Science, either experimental or theoretical, under faculty supervision, and present the results in a written report and in a seminar.

Prerequisite(s): 2.0 courses from: Chemistry 3364A/B, Earth Sciences 3310A/B, Earth Sciences 4424A/B, Physics 3380A/B, Physics 3809A/B, Physics 4810A/B, Physics 4850A/B, and registration in the fourth year of the Honors Specialization in Materials Science.

Extra Information: 10 hours.

Course Weight: 1.00
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