InSciTE is simply another way of taking your first year science classes.

Not a course.  Not a degree program.  Open to 1st year students with admission to Science.

InSciTE offers a truly unique interdisciplinary experience by taking the lessons learned in regular classes and applying them in new ways giving you a deeper understanding of the material and showing the connections that exist between disciplines. 

Students benefit from an integrated teaching model that allows them to engage in themed class projects, collaborate effectively with others, and participate in discovery based labs and projects.

How InSciTE Works

InSciTE is designed to follow a more integrated (using hands on applications) and interdisciplinary (drawing from various disciplines) teaching method. Using activities that help you make linkages between courses; instructors use examples that show how concepts in one course/discipline are connected to those in another.



InSciTE allows you to...


...first year science course material in a unique way. 



We offer two streams:

  1. Life Science: for students taking Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics in the fall term).
  2. Physical Science: for students taking Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics  in the fall term)

    See InSciTE scheduling for details on the streams and how InSciTE fits into your timetable.


  • learn by exploring within a guided-inquiry environment that will include field excursions.

  • discover interdisciplinary ties between science disciplines, and sample other areas of science you may not have considered before.

... career-oriented skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, teamwork and project management



  • The InSciTE lab experience is a blend of a traditional university science lab environment along with discovery based learning.

  • Field excursions provide opportunities for bonding with fellow students and setting up more effective mentoring relationships with instructors and TAs while exploring how the scientific disciplines are integrated and expressed in the natural world.
  • Explore the scientific process through inquiry and analysis of authentic scientific data.

  • Develop safe and effective laboratory skills.

  • Understand the research process and learn how to effectively communicate scientific results.

  • learn in an environment that emphasizes group work, active learning and discovery, and collaboration among classmates. 

 ...your knowledge through learning activities that help you see the connection to real-world problems. 

  • Put your knowledge of the scientific process into practice by conducting your own research through the capstone project.


  • Engage in a series of scientific investigations and interdisciplinary projects with themes that are important to Albertans, and translate to issues that are important on the global stage.

  • Conduct your own research through the capstone project.