Water Science and Environmental Health (BSc)

Play a role in protecting Canada’s most valuable resource: water. Understand why access to clean water is a fundamental question of social justice. Learn to identify and solve threats to water resources to improve the availability, security and reliability of human water supplies while ensuring ecosystem and human health. Develop skills, including computer analysis, to assess, monitor and sustainably manage land and water resources.

students in water treatment lab

Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you’ll get in the Water Science and Environmental Health program:

Check out the Water Science and Environmental Health Experience Guide.


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Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term)     OUAC code: UWS

Program Details

Water Science and Environmental Health at Laurier

As a student in the Water Science and Environmental Health program, you'll learn the underlying scientific principles, processes and theories concerning the physical, chemical and biological properties of water and aquatic organisms and the factors that play a critical role in maintaining ecosystem and human health.

Through a combination of training and practical work experience, including co-op, you'll identify and solve ongoing threats to our water resources including those caused by human activities and climate change. You'll 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 assess, monitor and sustainably manage land and water resources. You'll understand the critical need for 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.

Research Opportunities

This program includes a course in field methods, and the opportunity to take other field courses.

Faculty members hire students as research assistants to help with studies in the lab and field.

Students completing an honours thesis will conduct a two-term research project including data collection, analysis and write-up.

Your Path to Medical School


Get one step closer to your medical school dreams at Laurier!

Our pathway agreement with American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) means you’re automatically granted an admissions interview to the AUC School of Medicine if you meet all academic requirements. Upon graduation, you’ll have the opportunity to write exams to practice medicine in Canada, the UK or the United States.

Program Options and Courses

Options and Minors

These are a few of the many popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Communication Studies Minor
  • Community Engagement Option
  • Global Studies Minor
  • History and Philosophy of Science Minor
  • International Policy Option
  • Management Option
  • Public Policy Minor
  • Social Entrepreneurship Option
  • Statistics Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

Sample First-Year Courses

  • The Anatomy of Earth
  • Biological Diversity and Evolution
  • Calculus I for the Natural Sciences
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry I
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry II
  • Introduction to Physical Geography
  • Introductory Calculus for the Natural Sciences
  • Mechanics for the Life Sciences
  • Unifying Life Processes
  • 1.0 elective credit

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Global Biogeography and Conservation Biology
  • Lab Techniques in Water Science
  • Limnology
  • Water Policy and Legislation
  • Wetland Science

Similar Programs


Co-op is a way to integrate what you are learning in the classroom with practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, earn money, develop your network, and graduate with work experience.

You can apply for admission to co-op in your first year and may be eligible for an admission interview early in your second year. As a student in this program, you will be eligible to complete paid work terms lasting 12 to 16 weeks.

Interested? Learn more about co-op.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.


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"Laurier has become a huge part of my life. It has taught me so much both inside and outside of lecture halls and quickly become my home away from home."

Kira P., Laurier graduate

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • aquaculturist
  • environmental scientist (government/industry)
  • fisheries biologist
  • groundwater modelling specialist
  • hydrologist
  • hydrometeorologist
  • natural resources policy analyst
  • oceanographer
  • toxicologist
  • water policy advisor
  • water resources specialist

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

Interested in More Info?

Email chooselaurier@wlu.ca, call 519.884.0710 x3385 or see all contact information.