Professional Degree courses in Dentistry, Education, Law, Medicine and Theology (MTS, MDiv)
Courses offered by Continuing Studies
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.
1.0 course not designated as an essay course
0.5 course offered in first term
0.5 course offered in second term
0.5 course offered in first and/or second term
1.0 essay course
0.5 essay course offered in first term
0.5 essay course offered in second term
0.5 essay course offered in first and/or second term
1.0 accelerated course (8 weeks)
1.0 accelerated course (6 weeks)
0.5 graduate course offered in summer term (May - August)
0.25 course offered within a regular session
0.25 course offered in other than a regular session
1.0 accelerated course (full course offered in one term)
0.5 course offered in other than a regular session
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.
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).
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 Honours Specialization module or Double Major modules in an Honours Bachelor degree, at least 3.0 courses will be considered principal courses.
A survey course outlining the principles of human/mammalian physiology; general properties of the living cell and the internal environment; neural, muscle, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal and endocrine systems; metabolism, reproduction and homeostasis.
An introductory course, outlining the principles of human/mammalian physiology along with a general survey of various physiological systems (e.g. cardiovascular, renal, neural, motor, gastrointestinal, endocrine, respiratory, etc.).
A survey course outlining the principles of human/mammalian physiology: general properties of the living cell and internal environment; neural, muscle, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastro-intestinal, renal and endocrine system; metabolism, reproduction, and homeostasis.
This course will cover gastrointestinal secretion, motility, digestion, absorption, hepatic and pancreatic physiology. Specific areas will include: gut-brain-liver axis and nutrient metabolism, exocrine and endocrine pancreas, liver and lipid metabolism. Relevant pathologies and disease states, including obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome along with current therapeutic strategies will be covered.
This course examines the normal pulmonary environment, including lung development and adaptations to high altitude and exercise, and a variety of pathophysiological conditions and processes. For each condition or disease, physiological abnormalities and current therapies will be discussed, as will pathophysiological mechanisms with some emphasis on chronic and acute inflammation.
This course examines the basic molecular, biochemical and morphological events that regulate pluripotent stem cell biology. Students will learn about the physiology, research principles and ethical issues that surround the generation and clinical use of pluripotent stem cells.
Central concepts in regenerative medicine are explored, with a focus on the preclinical development of stem cell therapies. Emphasized are: fundamentals of tissue-specific (post-natal) stem cell isolation, expansion and functional characterization using xenotransplantation into immunodeficient mouse models for the treatment of human hematopoietic disorders, ischemic vascular diseases, diabetes and cancer.
This course will provide an overview of the development and biology of skeletal tissues, introduce current techniques used to study skeletal physiology and examine the biological bases of common musculoskeletal diseases and their treatments.
Diseases related to ion channels, such as sensorineural hearing loss, immunodeficiency, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and cardiac arrhythmias. The physiology and pathophysiology of relevant ion channels will be covered.
Mechanisms underlying the development of selected organs and organ systems in mammals: brain and peripheral nervous system, heart and vascular system, lungs, kidneys, gonads and associated reproductive structures, gastrointestinal tract, and limbs. Emphasis is on the biochemical and morphological maturation pathway that equips each system for its physiological role.
The hypothalamus and limbic system contribute to the neural integration of autonomic, endocrine and skeletomotor responses which contribute to homeostasis and adaptive behaviors. Topics include the regulation of neuroendocrine function, blood pressure, energy and water balance, circadian rhythms and the integration of reproductive function.
Cellular function and communication in the central nervous system. Topics will cover physiological mechanisms of intrinsic neuronal activity, excitatory and inhibitory synaptic transmission, integrative neuronal activities and protein processing pathways related to neuronal signalling and degeneration in Alzheimer's disease. Specific examples relevant to neuronal functions and dysregulations will be used.
This course covers placental function (endocrine, nutrient transport and parturition), fetal growth and development (heart, brain, kidneys, vessels, adipose, liver, lung, muscle and pancreas) and deals with the concept of the fetus as a patient to be followed during poor in utero conditions, such as hypoxia or poor diet.
This course covers the physiology of the senses in the primate, including touch, taste, pain, smell, vision, motion and hearing. Each sensory modality is used to exemplify a particular aspect of sensory processing from stimulus encoding at the periphery to the feature extraction in the sensory cerebral cortex.
Examines the basic principles and surveys molecular mechanisms of regulation of cell growth, adhesion, migration, and differentiation and their functional integration to support survival and development. Dysregulation of these processes in disease will also be examined. The course is composed of both lectures and student presentations of scientific literature.