Prerequisite: Nil.

This seminar course exposes first year graduate students to the range of theoretical and methodological fundamentals involved in doing interdisciplinary scientific research. Topics covered will normally include: designing research projects, formulating hypotheses, hypothesis testing, research ethics, data analysis, searching and organizing literature, scientific writing and oral presentations. Individual topics will be tailored to each student’s general field of study. Student evaluation will be based on their participation and the quality of individual assignments, including a written research proposal.

3 seminar hours per week, one term.

Prerequisite: Admission to MELS.

The course includes presentation of papers by faculty, visiting scientists, and graduate students. All graduate students within the Interdisciplinary M.Sc. program are required to register, attend, and participate in the graduate seminar course in each of the first two years of the program. All M.Sc. students must present two seminars (normally one in each year) on their thesis topic before defending or graduating (usually in their second year). Satisfactory participation in this course is required of all graduate students. Graded pass/fail.

1 individual instruction hour per week, both terms.

Prerequisite: Permission of MELS.

This course is designed to explore a scientific issue or theme of overarching importance and interest in the environmental and life sciences. It involves a combination of student-led discussions and lectures or discussions led by faculty and invited speakers. The theme may vary from year to year but emphasis will be placed on selecting a topic that encourages dialog across disciplines and enhances the participants’ ability to think more broadly about their fields of study. Participants will select papers in their general area of research, lead discussions aimed at developing a deeper understanding of the theme and of the different approaches and perspectives used by other disciplines, and participate in the seminars led by others.

3 seminar hours per week, one term.