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Applied Water Science (BSc)


Since 2016, this new interdisciplinary program has offered students training in the underlying scientific principles and theory pertaining to the physical, chemical and biological properties of water. There is a focus on how these scientific principles can be applied to improve the management and conservation of water and land resources.

Through a combination of training and practical work experience, you will be able to identify and solve ongoing threats to our water resources including those caused by human activities and climate change. You will be able to recognize that the availability of safe, clean water and its resources is a fundamental question of social justice.

This program will help you develop the skills needed to apply quantitative and computer analysis to asses, monitor and sustainable manage land and water resources. You will understand the critical need of government responsibility for managing and protecting water and Earth's resources. Throughout your studies, you will feel empowered to contribute to the quest to improve the availability, security and reliability of human water supplies, while ensuring the whole ecosystem and human health. 

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Applied Water Science

Program Highlights

  • View the Applied Water Science experience guide and learn about the opportunities at Laurier that will help prepare you, both inside and outside the classroom, for your future career.
  • Students looking for work-related experience in the water sciences may also qualify to participate in co-op, which will include two eight-month work placements in the water sector after year three.
  • You will have opportunities to strengthen communication skills through a combination of extensive fieldwork, excursions and lecture/laboratory experiences.

Sample Courses

  • Issues in Water 
and Environmental Health
  • Unifying Life Processes
  • Source Water Protection and Risk Assessment
  • Atmosphere and Hydrosphere
  • Climate Change
  • Critical Analysis of Applied Water Science and Environmental Health
  • Water Policy and Legislation
  • Aquatic Chemistry
  • Field Methods in Applied Water Science


  • Admission range of mid 70s.
  • English at 60%.
  • Advanced Functions, Biology and Chemistry each at 70%.
  • All prerequisite courses calculated in admission average.
  • More admission requirements, including requirements for transfer students, are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 4.
  • HL or SL Biology at 4.
  • HL or SL Chemistry at 4.
  • HL or SL Mathematics at 4. 
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.

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