Applied Water Science Program
Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry and Geography & Environmental Studies

Honours BSc program with or without co-op:

Water is one of the most precious resources on earth. Indeed, United Nations Resolution 64/292 "Recognizes the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights". However, the demand for access to reliable sources of safe and clean water continues to increase with population growth, increased industrial demand, changing land-use patterns and climate change. Meeting these growing demands and fundamental human needs requires the co-ordinated expertise of not only governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), but the input of highly trained experts in the sciences, health sciences, social sciences, political sciences, business and economics.

Recognizing that an interdisciplinary approach is needed to foster the discovery and application of knowledge about water resources and their related ecosystems to promote a healthy environment, which leads to more sustainable ecosystems for all living things. The BSc in Applied Water Science will train students in not only the underlying scientific principles and theory pertaining to the physical, chemical and biological properties of water, but it will focus on how these scientific principles can be applied to improve the management and conservation of water and land resources. These principles will be reinforced through a co-operative work placement option, in which academically eligible students will be employed by partners in the private, public or academic sectors. Through a combination of theoretical training and practical work experience this program will therefore provide students with an understanding of the physical, chemical and biological processes that occur at the water-atmosphere / soil-plant-atmosphere interface allowing them to contribute to society's quest to improve the availability, security and reliability of human water supplies while ensuring whole ecosystem and human health.

The Applied Water Science program with co-operative education, will provide students with the classroom and hands-on lab and field instruction needed to understand important environmental and community issues such as the science behind the management of water quality and supply, terrestrial ecology and aquatic ecology. 

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Course Offerings
Course #TitleCredits
WASC101 Global Issues in Water and Environmental Health 0.5
WASC201 Wetland Science 0.5
WASC301 Water Policy and Legislation 0.5
WASC302 Limnology 0.5
WASC303 Field Methods in Applied Water Science 0.5
WASC401 Source Water Protection and Aquatic Risk Assessment 0.5
WASC402 Critical Analysis of Applied Water Science and Environmental Health 0.5
WASC403 Lab Techniques in Water Science 0.5