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NATS 1765 6.0 “Science, Experts and Citizens”:  Why are anti-vaccinationists, climate change deniers, and opponents of genetic engineering so persistent? Are the issues they talk about made-up controversies, or real ones? With so many non-scientists now claiming to be experts, who's worth listening to? Who's worth ignoring? NATS 1765 shows you how belief isn't just about facts – it's also about belonging to a group. In a time of "fake news", this course teaches you how to ask better questions about science, experts, and society.

NATS 1830 6.0 “Mysteries of Everyday Materials”:  Why is Teflon non-stick? How do batteries work? Why does gas burn? How is science involved in the development of new materials?  Explore these questions and more in this fascinating course.

New 2017! Brand New Natural Science Laboratory for NATS 1720 “Light and Sound” and NATS 1840 “Science, Technology and the Environment”.  Located in the Petrie Science and Engineering Building.

NATS 1740 6.0 C “Astronomy”: While not a new course, this favourite for many students has a new look.  Come explore our universe in a more blended manner with more online content and less scheduled classroom time.  Ample time remains though to engage in person with Course Directors and Teaching Assistants to ask those important questions that often result in long coffee sessions!  Why was Pluto demoted from planet status?  How will the Sun die and will Earth survive?  Does life exist elsewhere in our galaxy?  The answers await you ...

The Division of Natural Science provides a selection of courses, drawn from the sciences at York University, for the fulfillment of the General Education requirement of students in the Faculties of Arts and Fine Arts.

The courses are designed for students who have little science or mathematical background. However, a willingness and enthusiasm for learning something of the fundamental ideas which help us to understand how the physical world around us works is an advantage.

In an era when science and technology impinges upon virtually every aspect of life, it is important that a well educated university student will emerge from Academia with some experience in the sciences. This need not involve "in depth" studies of any particular specialty, since there is also merit in learning about the manner in which science is (and has been) carried out, and the way in which scientists are currently trained to think and work.

Students are encouraged to explore on their own, and with the advent of the World Wide Web this has now become possible from home as well as on campus. To this end, some interesting links are provided from the Home Page which will provide an introductory window into the world of science. Other sites may be available from individual course material.

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