Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2018/2019
Canadian Excellence

Honours BSc Applied Water Science

The Honours BSc Applied Water Science with or without the co-op program consists of a minimum of 20.0 credits. This program will train students in the underlying scientific principles and theory pertaining to the physical, chemical and biological properties of water, and use an integrative, multi-disciplinary approach to illustrate how scientific principles can be applied to improve the management and conservation of water and land resources. The program shall include no more than 6.0 100 level credits. A total of 15.0 credits are required courses from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Geography and Environmental Studies.

  BSc Applied Water Science without Co-op Education
 Year 1
WASC101 - Global Issues in Water and Environmental Health, 
BI110 - Unifying Life Processes (Fall term), BI111 - Biological Diversity and Evolution (Winter term),
CH110 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I (Fall term) CH111 - Fundamentals of Chemistry II (Winter term),
GG101 - Introduction to Physical Geography,
MA100 - Introductory Calculus for the Natural Sciences (Fall term), MA101 - Calculus I for the Natural Sciences (Winter term);
One of: GL102 - The Surface of Earth or PC141 - Mechanics for the Life Sciences;
0.5 credit elective
 Year 2
WASC201 - Wetland Science,
1.0 credit from: BI236 - Cell and Molecular Biology, BI256 - Life on Earth: Animals, BI266 - Life on Earth: Plants, BI276 - Life on Earth: Microbes;
CH233 - Environmental Atmospheric Chemistry, CH234 - Environmental Aquatic Chemistry,
ST231 - Statistical Methods for Life and Health Sciences,
GG281 - Atmosphere and Hydrosphere,  GG282 - Geomorphology and Soils;
One of: GL102 - The Surface of Earth or PC141 - Mechanics for the Life Sciences;
0.5 credit elective
Year 3
WASC301 - Water Policy and Legislation, WASC302 - Limnology, WASC303 - Field Methods in Applied Water Science,
BI300 - Environmental Toxicology, BI393 - Biostatistics,
GG389 - Climate Change,
1.5 credits of eligible Science/Geography electives,
0.5 credit outside of Science/Geography
Year 4
WASC401 - Source Water Protection and Aquatic Risk Assessment, WASC402 - Critical Analysis of Applied Water Science and Environmental Health, WASC403 - Lab Techniques in Water Science,
GG381 - Hydrology,
2.0 credits of eligible Science/Geography electives,
(Note: Science/Geography Elective may include 4th year Honours Thesis Research)
1.0 credit outside of Science/Geography






ALL COURSES LISTED = 0.5 credits; TOTAL CREDITS PER TERM = 2.5 credits; TOTAL CREDITS FOR PROGRAM (8 ACADEMIC TERMS) = 20.0 credits.


  BSc Applied Water Science with Co-op Education
 Year 1
WASC101 - Global Issues in Water and Environmental Health, 
BI110 - Unifying Life Processes (Fall term), BI111 - Biological Diversity and Evolution (Winter term),
CH110 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I (Fall term) CH111 - Fundamentals of Chemistry II (Winter term),
GG101 - Introduction to Physical Geography,
MA100 - Introductory Calculus for the Natural Sciences (Fall term), MA101 - Calculus I for the Natural Sciences (Winter term);
One of: GL102 - The Surface of Earth or PC141 - Mechanics for the Life Sciences;
0.5 credit elective
Year 2
WASC201 - Wetland Science,
1.0 credit from: BI236 - Cell and Molecular Biology, BI256 - Life on Earth: Animals, BI266 - Life on Earth: Plants, BI276 - Life on Earth: Microbes,
CH233 - Environmental Atmospheric Chemistry, CH234 - Environmental Aquatic Chemistry,
ST231 - Statistical Methods for Life and Health Sciences,
GG281 - Atmosphere and Hydrosphere,  GG282 - Geomorphology and Soils;
One of: GL102 - The Surface of Earth or PC141 - Mechanics for the Life Sciences;
0.5 credit elective
Year 3

Year 3A (Fall term)
Year 3B (Winter-Spring terms)
WASC302 - Limnology, WASC303 - Field Methods in Applied Water Science,
BI300 - Environmental Toxicology, BI393 - Biostatistics,
0.5 credit outside of Science/Geography
Co-op #1
1st 8-month work term
Year 4
Year 4A (Fall term) Year 4B (Winter term)
WASC301 - Water Policy and Legislation,
GG389 - Climate Change,
1.5 credits of eligible
Science/Geography electives
(Note: Science/Geography Elective may include 4th year Honours Thesis Research)
WASC401 - Source Water Protection and Aquatic Risk Assessment, WASC403 - Lab Techniques in Water Science, GG381 - Hydrology,
1.0 credit outside of Science/Geography
Year 5

Year 5A (Spring-Fall terms)
Year 5B (Winter term)
Co-op # 2
(2nd 8-month work term)
WASC402 - Critical Analysis of Applied Water Science and Environmental Health,
2.0 credits of eligible Science/Geography electives








For students opting for the 4 year program, courses scheduled for Academic Year 4B, could be completed in the winter of Calendar Year 3; courses to be completed under year 5B would be taken during the winter of Calendar Year 4.

Progression Requirements

  1. A cumulative GPA of at least 5.00 on all required courses and an overall GPA of 5.00 is required for progression from each year of the program. For graduation, a cumulative GPA of at least 5.00 in all the required courses in the program and an overall GPA of at least 5.00. 
  2. Applied Water Science majors may not declare minors in the disciplines of the major: Biology, Chemistry and Geography.
  3. Refer to the University Regulations chapter for progression and course regulations and the earlier section regarding Regulations for All Honours Programs.

 
List of Recommended Area Electives

BIOLOGY:
BI226 - Genetics
BI236 - Cell and Molecular Biology
BI256 - Life on Earth: Animals
BI266 - Life on Earth: Plants
BI276 - Life on Earth: Microbes
BI301 - Global Ecology and Biogeography
BI302 - Evolution
BI309 - Population Ecology
BI338 - Cells: Form and Function
BI358 - Animal Form and Function
BI368 - Plants: Form and Function
BI374 - Physiological Applications of Microbiology
BI390 - Field Studies OUPFB
BI400 - Topics in Environmental Toxicology
BI401 - Origin of Life on Earth and Endosymbiotic Theory
BI405 - Community Ecology
BI456 - Environmental Physiology of Animals
BI458 - Vertebrate Biodiversity and Conservation
BI459 - Endocrinology
BI463 - Environmental Stress Biology of Plants
BI468 - Plant Biodiversity and Conservation
BI475 - Microbial Ecology
BI476 - Microbial Disease
BI488 - Invertebrate Biodiversity and Conservation
BI499‡ - Thesis

CHEMISTRY:
CH202 - Organic Chemistry I: Fundamentals
CH203 - Organic Chemistry II: Structure and Functional Group Chemistry
CH225 - Inorganic Chemistry I
CH226 - Inorganic Chemistry II
CH250 - Introductory Biochemistry
CH261 - Analytical Chemistry I
CH262 - Analytical Chemistry II
CH303 - Spectroscopic Methods in Organic Structure Elucidation
CH306 - Modern Physical Organic Chemistry
CH327 - Bioinorganic Chemistry
CH350 - Biochemistry I: Bioenergetics and Catabolic Pathways
CH354 - Biochemistry II: Structure and interaction of Proteins and Nucleic Acids
CH355 - Bioanalytical Chemistry
CH360 - Advanced Instrumental Analysis
CH419 - Principles of Biochemical Toxicology
CH490‡ - Honours Thesis Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry 

GEOGRAPHY and ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES:
GESC258 - Geographical Research Methods
GG336 - Coastal Processes and Landforms
GG361 - Spatial Analysis
GG382 - Fluvial Geomorphology
GG384 - Glacial Processes and Landforms
GG388 - Introductory Physical Climatology
GG481 - Seminar on Cold Regions
GG482 - Hydrology of Cold Regions
GG489 - Paleoclimatology
GESC450* - Thesis

 

Senate/Editorial Changes

Editorial Revision July 4, 2018: Note #2 added for clarification; effective retroactively.