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Water science today is highly integrative, encompassing the disciplines of atmospheric science, chemistry, physics, biology, physical geography, mathematics, and the social sciences. To tackle the significant challenges associated with escalating demand on water resources due to both rapidly increasing human population and changing climate, it is imperative that the university system offer programs that provide students with a thorough, broad-based understanding of the processes important in interpreting cause and effect.

During the four or five (co-op) academic years at Laurier, students enrolled in Applied Water Science take courses especially designed to provide an integrated overview of specific water-related issues. These courses are taught by a team of professors with expertise in biology, physical geography, chemistry and water policy-related matters.


Because this is a new program with the first students starting in September 2016, upper-year courses are not listed on this page, which only lists one course. All planned courses are listed on the academic calendar.

As an interdisciplinary program, in addition to electives from a variety of departments, students are expected to take many courses from Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Geography and Environmental Studies. See those pages for their current course offerings. Be sure to also check the Applied Water Science program requirements for a recommended schedule.

The following course information is provided for your convenience. Schedules are subject to change and should be checked on LORIS, where location information can also be found (search for "Water Science"). Full, official academic information, including prerequisites and exclusions, can be found on the academic calendars. Students are responsible for checking the appropriate academic calendar.

Applied Water Science classes are held only on the Waterloo campus.

If no faculty member is named, the instructor is to be announced.

WASC101: Global Issues in Water and Environmental Health

This course will introduce students to the water cycle and current water issues. Discussion of issues is global in context and diverse in perspectives touching on both surface and ground waters in relation to human and environmental health and sustainability. Topics covered include water availability, management and control; contamination, sanitation, remediation, droughts and floods; as well as human rights, social development and sustainable resource exploitation. Tutorials will explore these topics in greater depth.