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Program Requirements

Note: University regulations apply to all students at Laurier. If there is any discrepancy between the program or progression requirements outlined on this page and those in the university's academic calendars, the academic calendars are the official sources of information. The information below is from the latest calendar, and you may be following progression requirements from an earlier calendar. Students are responsible for checking the appropriate calendar. Contact your program coordinator should you notice any discrepancies.

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.

* = 1.0-credit course
‡ = 1.5-credit course

Recommended Schedules


List of Eligible Program Electives


  • 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


  • CH202: Organic Chemistry I: Fundamentals
  • CH203: Organic Chemistry II: Structure and Functional Group Chemistry
  • CH225: Inorganic Chemistry I
  • CH226: Inorganic Chemistry II
  • CH250: Bio-organic Chemistry
  • 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
  • GG385: Natural Environments
  • GG387:Catchment and Global Biogeochemistry
  • GG388: Introductory Physical Climatology
  • GG481: Seminar on Cold Regions
  • GG482: Hydrology of Cold Regions
  • GG489: Paleoclimatology
  • GESC450*: Thesis