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Water Science and Environmental Health

New admissions to the Water Science and Environmental Health program have been suspended as of Fall 2023, but students currently in the program will be able to complete all program requirements, including required WASC courses, which will continue to be offered. Questions can be directed to

Water Science and Environmental Health (formerly Applied Water Science) is an interdisciplinary program jointly operated by the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Geography and Environmental Studies.

The program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the physical, chemical and biological properties of water and its critical role in maintaining ecosystem and human health.

Students learn how to identify and solve ongoing and emerging threats to our water resources including those caused by human activities and climate change. This is achieved by combining classroom, laboratory, field and practical work experience (co-op work terms for eligible students) to give students the scientific knowledge as well as the analytical, computing and communication skills and experience needed to contribute to society’s need to maintain and improve the availability and safety of Canada’s and the world's water resources.

Students completing a Water Science and Environmental Health degree learn about hydrology, limnology, biogeochemistry, toxicology, biology, water governance and policy.