Foundation Curriculum


Foundation Mathematics (MATH 1090) - In this course, students study the basic concepts of limits, differential and integral calculus, differentiation of polynomial, exponential and log functions, concepts of maxima, minima, inflections, product, quotient, chain rules, the anti-derivative, fundamental theorem of calculus and methods of integration. In addition, students review basic definitions of trigonometric functions and rules.

Foundation Chemistry I (CHEM 1090) - Foundation Chemistry semester I (Fall) is an introduction to chemistry for students preparing to enter the general chemistry course in Pre-med 1. It includes both theory and practical laboratory experience. Students learn chemistry through a cycle of exploration, concept invention and application. Process Orientated Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) workshops focus on core concepts and encourage deep understanding of chemistry while developing higher-order thinking skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and communication through cooperation and reflection. This helps students become lifelong learners and prepares them for their future careers as physicians. The topics covered include atomic structure, chemical periodicity, structure and bonding in compounds, shapes of molecules, inorganic nomenclature, types of reactions, stoichiometric calculations, dimensional analysis, significant figures and acid – base chemistry.

Foundation Biology I (BIOG 1090) - This course provides students with the necessary foundational knowledge and skills to continue studies in biology in the pre-medical curriculum of the six-year medical program. Students will have the necessary biological language ability to enter the six-year medical program including reading and comprehending a college text, summarizing text material and identifying key concepts. Through the study of basic cellular level process, students can advance to organism and population level study.

Foundation English as a Second Language (ENGLF 1002) - Foundation ESL courses help students to achieve the level of proficiency in English needed to succeed in the six-year medical program. In the fall semester, students build their academic vocabulary, improve reading comprehension, and learn to write college level essays. The sequence of formal written assignments includes a summary, a critique, a comparison/contrast essay, and a multi-source argument. Important components of the course are the TOEFL preparation workshop and the Information Literacy module.


Foundation Physics (PHYS 1090)- This course is intended to provide students who have little or no previous knowledge of physics with an introduction to simple physical concepts and the laws that underlie them to help us understand nature and the many technologies we have invented to improve and extend our life. Topics of study include forms of energy, mass, velocity, accelerations, fluids, heat, entropy, electrical circuits, waves, sounds, and lights. The course uses frequent examples of problem-based learning and comprises a mix of lectures, tutorials, and laboratory sessions.

Foundation Chemistry II (CHEM 1091) - Students solve more advanced chemical problems using concepts from the first semester and mathematical techniques. The following topics instructed through lecture, POGIL and lab might include the following: gasses, kinetics, chemical equilibrium and thermodynamics. The course will show the interrelationship between the development of the subject and its application, and students will recognize the value of chemistry to society.

Foundation Biology II (BIOG 1091) – Students will be able to apply their fundamental knowledge in Biology for higher-level learning and critical thinking. This includes applying a concept to a novel situation, analyzing a situation and synthesizing central ideas and making connections between concepts. Students will actively apply their cellular level knowledge at organism and population levels.

Foundation English as a Second Language (ENGLF 1003) - This course builds on the skills developed in ENGLF 102 and prepares students for participating in the First Year Writing Seminars in the six-year medical program. Activities and assignments revolve around analyzing authentic texts and writing formal essays. Students also engage in project-based learning that requires basic research and oral communication skills. The course is supplemented with a module on critical thinking.