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Beat the heat with cool summer courses at UTM

Kate Martin

Sunburn? Long list of streamed B-movies? What are your plans this summer? 

How about a jump on your studies, a less crowded fall schedule and some fascinating new knowledge? 

University of Toronto Mississauga is offering more than 300 summer courses in a variety of subjects (you can even choose between learning in-person on UTM’s beautiful green campus, or online, wherever you are located this summer).  

Here are just some of the intriguing classes you can take online:  

  • BIO208H5 F: Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology I (online) What are you made of? Study human anatomy through the lens of evolutionary adaptation. Understand the integration of major organ systems in human biomechanics, and explore the structure and function of our skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. 
looking up at the stars
Explore how the cosmos connect with culture in AST115H5 F (Photo by Yuting Gao via Pexels)
  • AST115H5 F: Cultural Astronomy (online) Astronomy is fundamental to human cultures: why? Investigate this enduring connection through ancient and modern perspectives on the cosmos. Explore diverse interpretations of celestial motions, navigation, and timekeeping. Analyze changing ideas about what astronomical science is and how we do it. 


  • PSY240H5 F: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (online) What defines abnormal psychology? Find answers here, exploring contemporary research on the causes, manifestations, and treatments of psychological disorders. Analyze the legal and ethical complexities of mental health issues and dig deep into the depths of the human psyche. 

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Learn the chemistry behind nutrition in CHM101H5 (Photo by Ivan Samkov via Pexels)
  • CHM101H5: The Science of Human Health (online) Do you have a human body?  Are you curious about how it works?  Learn about the chemistry behind nutrition, disease diagnosis, drug discovery, and more – in a course designed to make chemistry accessible to non-specialists. 

Here are seven fascinating courses you can take in person at the UTM campus this summer:  

  • BIO207H5 S: Introductory Genetics (in person) Learn the principles of genetics, drawing on case studies from medical research, evolutionary biology, and conservation. Analyze the chromosome theory of inheritance, discuss gene mutation and explore the lac operon system, which contains the genes that are involved in metabolism. 


  • ENG316H5S: Special Topic in Modern and Contemporary Literature (in person) Shake off your cruel summer. Analyze the genre-bending music of Taylor Swift, alongside dynamic work from other modern chart-topping artists. Explore questions of gender, affect, and poetic form, organized around a classic literary question: how do artists become famous?  
volcano spewing lava
Analyze volcanoes in ERS101H5 F (Photo by Gylfi Gylfason)

  • ERS101H5 F: Planet Earth (in person) Our Earth rocks. (Sorry – bad pun: great course). Examine the earth’s origins and interior; analyze mountains, earthquakes, and volcanoes while you study the forces shaping the future of our planet. Dive into plate tectonics and join hands-on activities about minerals, rocks, and powerful geological structures.  


  • MGM101H5: Introduction to Management Functions (in person) Strategy. Operations. HR. Business process. Develop the skills to understand how organizations operate – and learn the management practices that help them work effectively.
Child reading a book
Learn about language acquisition in JLP315H5 (Photo by Helena Lopes via Pexels)

  • JLP315H5: Language Development (in person) Children master many complexities of human language by the time they’re three years old. How do they do this so quickly? Explore aspects of language acquisition from a cognitive perspective, gaining hands-on experience analyzing recordings of childhood speech.  


  • PSY328H5 S: Psychology and the Law (in person) Science comes to the courtroom. Explore why psychological research matters for processes core to our justice system – from jury decision-making to eyewitness testimony, risk assessment to criminal sentencing. 
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Explore predatory animal behaviour in PSY352H5 S (Photo by Petr Ganaj via Pexels)

  • PSY352H5 S: Animal Behaviour (in person) Lions attack; antelopes run. Why? Explore animal behaviour biologically, focusing on ecological and evolutionary factors. Analyze the neural, endocrine, and physiological processes mediating animals’ behaviours and how these behaviours are shaped by the environment. 


For more courses and information, visit the Summer 2024 Registration Guide.