Environmental Science (BSc)
Experience and Career Guide

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you and learning about the many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world. There are so many opportunities to learn, lead, and embrace new opportunities all while having an exceptional student experience.

In this Guide

Learn the many ways you can extend your classroom experience to the real world.

Your Year-to-Year Experience

Enhance your academic experience by learning about the opportunities available in your program.

Explore Co-Curricular Experiences

Participate in co-curricular experiences to complement your Laurier
academic journey and gain meaningful learning opportunities.

As an Environmental Science student, you can: 

Outside of your program, there are many co-curricular opportunities for you to participate in. 

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge. See undergraduate options, minors and courses for more information.

  • Management option
  • Sustainability option
  • Global Studies minor
  • History & Philosophy of Science minor
  • Communication Studies minor

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

As a Laurier student, you will develop the following competencies through your curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Competency Framework

Competencies are categories of transferrable skills that appear on your online Experience Record to help you reflect on what you've learned from your experiences. The competencies include: 

  • Adaptability and Resiliency
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Digital Literacy
  • Diversity and Intercultural Understanding
  • Functional Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Professional Attributes
  • Self-Awareness

Functional Knowledge

  • How to apply the principles of the scientific process - hypothesis making, experimental design, applying modern techniques, observation and data collection, analysis and interpretation - to formulate and test ideas using an objective and analytical approach.
  • How to gather, assess, evaluate and interpret biological data, in both the laboratory and in the field, and communicate knowledge to scientific and non-scientific communities.
  • How to integrate and apply knowledge from the Natural Sciences for the purpose of identifying, protecting and preserving organisms and ecosystems undergoing environmental changes at local, population and biome levels.
  • How to identify major components of biological communities and quantify their use of spatial and natural resources within the context of biological and geochemical processes occurring within the physical habitats of organisms.
  • Developing practical skills in a variety of laboratory and field techniques used to quantify biota and the environmental factors they experience.
  • Acquiring the tools necessary to understand how physical and chemical processes occurring in air, water, rocks and soils affect the occurrence, distribution, abundance and performance of living organisms.

Discover Career Options

All your experiences at Laurier can help you prepare for your future. Attend Career Centre events and workshops or book a career consulting appointment to explore career and further education options.

Pursuing Further Education

Faculty of Science respondents from the 2022 Laurier Graduate Survey conducted by the Career Centre. Graduates were surveyed within 12 months of graduation.

Alumni Careers and Pathways

Sample Further Education Programs Within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s Degree - Environmental Science, Geography, Transportation and Infrastructure Planning

Sample Jobs Within the First Year After Graduation

  • curriculum technologist
  • environmental scientist
  • field sales specialist
  • lab technician 

Careers Of Alumni Two to Five Years After Graduation

  • conservation research technician assistant
  • engineering assistant/terrestrial ecologist
  • environmental scientist
  • junior ecologist
  • policy and programs assistant
  • project coordinator
  • public health inspector intern
  • risk management inspector

Career Options and Resources

Need some guidance on what you can do with your degree? Discover some career options and find resources to help guide you. 

Career and Industry Options

  • agriculture
  • climate change
  • conservation
  • consulting
  • environmental planning
  • government
  • healthy and safety
  • meteorology
  • museum/library
  • natural resources
  • non-profit
  • public policy
  • research
  • scientific writing
  • sustainability
  • tourism
  • transportation
  • water resource management

Your Experiences Tell Your Story

Share your story through your Laurier Experience Record. An interactive, shareable and official record of your hands-on experiences and learning opportunities at Laurier – the first of its kind in Canada!

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