It can be stressful trying to decide on a major, let alone what courses to take—trust me, I’ve been there. With so many different ones offered, you’re bound to find one (or hopefully five) you’ll not only like, but love. Here are some top picks from the Dal Student Life Street Team!
Course: MICI 2100 Intro Microbiol & Immunology
Why: It’s not exactly easy but it’s really cool/terrifying to actually learn about what makes us sick. I didn’t know how much bacteria can actually mess you up until I took this course. It’s really interesting, relevant to so many global health issues, and a good course for anyone interested in biology or any kind of health science.
Course: PHIL 2900 How to Win an Argument
Why: Never lose an argument again after taking PHIL 2900! This course can help you win serious debates or even just day-to-day disputes. You’ll learn how to make amazing arguments for any topic, and how to spot weaknesses in others’ arguments.
Course: MUSC 2019 Rock’n Roll Era & Beyond
Why: The prof was amazing, very funny and passionate, and he made it a fun lecture to attend. I learned a lot about what goes on behind the music we listen to (like how many songs are actually covered). It was awesome to be listening to music in class, and I would definitely suggest it as an elective to anyone!
Course: CSCI 4155 Machine Learning
Why: I learned how we can use the magic of mathematics in computer science algorithms. It’s my favourite because it was one of the biggest challenges I took in my life. You need to be well versed in Python and Maths to take this course. If you’re new to the concept and interested in the subject, you should do an online course on Coursera by Andrew Ng (also available on YouTube). The trick is to try not to understand everything in one go. You should sit and listen to the first few videos and then restart the tutorial after getting some understanding of the concept.
Course: PSYO 3133 RES Methods in Memory
Why: It was so interesting and the prof was amazing. It was all about how the brain processes memories and all the ways that it gets them wrong.
Course: PSYO 3011 Experiential Learning in Science Communications
Why: You get to teach and develop the first-year psych labs, which was a great experience. I also learned a ton about presentation skills.
Course: SOSA 3170 Sport: Why We Play
Why: This course is great because it allows students to explore the sporting world in a new way, unlike typical sports classes.
Course: MGMT 2805 Intro to Indigenous Governance
Why: It’s online, which fits every schedule, and it helps you gain an understanding of governance topics specifically related to Indigenous peoples of Canada. It’s also an easy class for someone willing to do the readings and weekly assignments!
Course: INTD 2001 Introduction to Development
Why: It widens your intellectual scope and gives you a multidimensional lens of viewing the world that we live in.
Course: ENVS 2100 Environmental Informatics
Why: I learned the basics of how to use geographic information systems (GIS) and lots about how to relate data that we collect to a spatial context. GIS is a suite of really interesting and fun programs that have a whole bunch of features, and you can make the map of your dreams! The lectures were very interesting and the labs were tons of fun and taught super practical skills that I know I’ll use after university.
Course: JOUR 3660 Photojournalism
Why: It allowed me to learn more about something I’m passionate about (photography) and it was a nice break from the more academic courses I had taken up to that point in my degree.
Course: COMM 1101 Financial Accounting
Why: It breaks down and explains a lot of intimidating terms and accounting principles and you get to learn how to do a lot of useful stuff! My best tip is to definitely buy the textbook because the extra practice problems come in really handy!
Course: PHIL 2475 Justice in a Global Perspective
Why: It questions the morality of global situations. I like that there can be no right or wrong answer in our class discussions, as morality is something that is not easily defined.
Course: FILM 2301 Film History 1
Why: It’s interesting to learn how far technology has advanced in regards to photography and film. The prof is also very engaging and excited about the coursework.
Course: LJSO 3000 The Process of Justice
Why: It doesn’t solely explain the legal concepts and administrative procedures, but dives deeper into criticizing the legal system in its overall structure and perpetuation of injustice. This is the first time this course has run so the outline may change. Just make sure you attend the lectures!
What have some of your favourite courses been? Let us know in the comments!
Sam’s stoked to take some really cool classes.