We invite you to explore Canada’s first fully integrated and interdisciplinary Mountain Studies Initiative, defining an emerging new discipline that brings researchers, students, and community participants together in improving our understanding of mountain practices, places, and peoples.

The Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative welcomes the mountain scholars of the world to join us, to collaborate with us, to study with us, to share our passion for the mountains.



To be launched in Fall 2016, UAlberta’s Mountains 101 will be the world’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in interdisciplinary mountain studies, available either for university credit or for free – to anyone, anywhere in the world where there’s an Internet connection.

Mountains 101 is led by an interdisciplinary team of scholars at UAlberta belonging to the Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative and will provide a general introduction to the mountain world, drawing from the biological sciences, the earth sciences, and the arts and humanities.

Crossing conventional disciplinary borders, Mountains 101 will provide unique educational experience for individuals, families, and community members: anyone interested in the awe-inspiring world of mountains.

For more information on Mountains 101 please visit here

In The News

  1. Mountains 101 U of A and Parks Canada offer free online mountains studies course

    The world's first free online mountain studies course will be offered at the University of Alberta beginning this fall. Students anywhere can register for the Mountains 101 course, providing they have an Internet connection. The course is offered in partnership with Parks Canada.

  2. UAlberta, Parks Canada team up on world's first mountain studies MOOC

    The University of Alberta’s Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative has struck a partnership with Parks Canada to produce and promote the university’s next massive open online course (MOOC), launching next fall.

  3. Tundra study uncovers impact of climate warming in the Arctic

    Significant changes in one of the Earth’s most important ecosystems are not only a symptom of climate change, but may fuel further warming, research suggests.

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