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Co-op for Applied Water Science Students

Applied Water Science is an interdisciplinary program jointly operated by the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Geography and Environmental Studies. Students completing an Applied Water Science degree learn about hydrology, limnology, biogeochemistry, toxicology, biology, water governance and policy.

How Applied Water Science Co-op Works

Co-op gives you the opportunity to develop skills and gain real-world experience while completing paid work terms.

You apply for admission to co-op at the beginning of second year and may be eligible for an admission interview in November.

If you are admitted to co-op, you will get assistance with career planning, job search and interview preparation through the Fundamentals of Co-operative Education course. You will then apply to job postings and attend interviews

Course Sequencing

Students in the Applied Water Science Co-op program complete two eight-month work terms from January through May and May through December. 

Work/Study Sequence, Applied Water Science Co-op
Year Fall (Sept. to Dec.) Winter (Jan. to April) Spring (May to August)
One Study Term Study Term Break
Two Study Term Study Term Break
Three Study Term Work Term 1 Work Term 2
Four Study Term Study Term Work Term 3
Five Work Term 4 Study Term

Sample Co-op Jobs

  • Student Field Technician, City of Barrie, Barrie - Collect surface water samples, investigate spills, and monitor and inspect storm sewers and sanitary sewers.
  • Environmental Laboratory Assistant, Region of Waterloo, Cambridge - Sterilize equipment, maintain analytical instruments, prepare solutions, and treat chemical and biological wastes generated during tests.
  • Research Technician, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Burlington - Conduct a range of toxicity tests on samples of bitumen from the Canadian oil sands region.

Sample Co-op Employers 

  • Region of Peel
  • Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority
  • Wilfrid Laurier University

Salary Information

Check out the average weekly salary data for students in Science co-ops. This data is available for your reference. Employers decide students’ salary.


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