Water Resource Science

Our Water Resource Science program is the only undergraduate program of its kind in Canada, and will provide you with the necessary skills and scientific knowledge to protect and advocate for our most valuable resource. 

The study of Water Resource Science emphasizes how the ecology, physical processes and chemistry of natural systems interact and produce the diverse environments present on Earth. As a student, you will learn:

  • The effects of human activity on the environment
  • Techniques for rehabilitating damaged systems
  • Water-related public policies
  • The biological, physical and chemical aspects of aqueous systems

Our well-rounded curriculum is designed to give you the opportunity to look at wetland, lake, river and groundwater systems from various perspectives, and explore their interconnectedness. In addition to the program's unique subject matter, its interdisciplinary nature and focus on hands-on, field-based learning sets it apart from other environmental studies and environmental sciences programs across Canada. Our location on the shore of the largest lake in the world makes Lakehead University the perfect place to study Water Resource Science.

Lakehead Advantage

Our program is the only undergraduate program in Canada specializing in water resources. Our location on Lake Superior, the largest lake in the world -surrounded by rivers, small inland lakes, and the boreal forest makes Lakehead University the best possible institution to study Water Resource Science. This setting provides a natural laboratory where you can run analytical procedures in the lab within minutes of collecting fresh samples.

We host a variety of field trips in the area, and regularly hold classes on the bank of the river flowing through campus. This immersive learning experience is unparalleled, as many other universities are located far from woodlands, wetlands, and undisturbed natural systems.

In addition to your BSc/HBSc in Water Resource Science, you may pursue a Specialization in Applied Environmental Water Management. This option requires you to complete your second year at Confederation College in the Environmental Technician Diploma program. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to receive your Water and Wastewater Operator in Training (OIT) and your Entry Level Drinking Water Operator certifications.  

Transfer Options from College

Lakehead University's Water Resource Science programs welcome college graduates to apply for admission consideration.

For more information regarding specific admission requirements as well as transfer credit details, visit here.

Applying to Lakehead University is easy and we are here to help you along the way.

Step 1 – Determine your general admission requirements:

To determine your general admission requirements, select one of the definitions below:

Ontario High School Students
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD);
  • A minimum of 6 Grade 12U or M courses, or equivalent, including program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum 70%* overall final average**

*Higher averages may be required for admission to programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of available spaces.
**Admission averages are calculated using the top 6 Grade 12 U or M courses.  

Other Canadian High School Students
 General Admission Requirements: 
  • Completion of Grade 12 and the Secondary School Diploma (see the Program Specific Prerequisites section for your particular provinces requirements);
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum 70%* overall final average

*Higher averages may be required for admission to programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of available spaces.

International HS/ College or University
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Successful graduation from an academic secondary school program or equivalent (For most countries, the same academic preparation as is required for university entrance in that country is required for consideration. Refer to Admission Requirements by Country.) 
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • Equivalent of a minimum 70% overall final average (Canadian)

    Note: Meeting the minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

Canadian College
 General Admission Requirements:

College transfer applicants who are applying to a program that does not have a college transfer pathway are eligible for admission consideration if they have:

  • Completed a minimum of 1 year of full-time academic studies at an accredited community college since leaving high school;
  • Completed the appropriate program-specific prerequisite courses; and
  • Achieved a minimum overall average of 70%. 
Canadian University
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Attended a university and successful completion of university level course work since leaving high school/college;
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum overall average of C or 60%.
Canadian Bible College
 General Admission Requirements:
  • A minimum overall average of C / 60% or equivalent;
  • College must be accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE);
  • Successfully meets the minimum program specific preparatory course prerequisites at the Grade 12U or M level or equivalent;
  • If not eligible right out of high school, a minimum of two years of full time studies must be completed at the Bible College.

Step 2 – Determine your program-specific prerequisite requirements for your program(s) of choice:

To determine your program-specific prerequisite requirements, choose from the drop-down menus below:

Program Specific Requirements

Please Select Your Applicant Type

  • Water Resource Science
    Degree:
    Science
    Alberta/NWT/Nunavut:
    English Language Arts 30-1, 3 Courses from: Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Math 31, Biology 20, Chemistry 30, or Physics 30; and 1 Addition Academic 30 Level Course
    Program Specific Requirements for Ontario High School Students:
    Grade 12 U English, 3 Credits from: Grade 12 U Advanced Functions, Grade 12 U Biology, Grade 12 U Chemistry, Grade 12 U Physics, Grade 12 U Earth & Space Science, Grade 12 U Calculus & Vectors, or Grade 12 U Math of Data Management; and 2 Additional Grade 12 U or M Credits
    Program Specific Requirements for Alberta/NWT/Nunavut High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30-1, 3 Courses from: Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Math 31, Biology 20, Chemistry 30, or Physics 30; and 1 Addition Academic 30 Level Course
    Program Specific Requirements for British Columbia/Yukon High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 First Peoples, 3 Courses from: Calculus 12, Foundations of Mathematics 12, Pre-Calculus 12, Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geography 12, Geology 12, Physics 12, or Sustainable Resources 12
    Program Specific Requirements for International Students:
    English, and 3 Subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Math or Physics
    Program Specific Requirements for Manitoba High School Students:
    English 40S, 3 Courses from: Biology 40S, Chemistry 40S, Applied Mathematics 40S, Calculus 40, Pre-Calculus Mathematics 40S, or Physics 40S; and 1 Additional Academic 40S Level Course
    Program Specific Requirements for Mature/Transfer Students:
    English (Grade 12 U English or equivalent) Three Courses from: Gr. 12 U Biology, Gr. 12 U Chemistry, Gr. 12 U Physics, Gr. 12 U Earth & Space Science, Gr. 12 U Advanced Functions, Gr. 12 U Calculus & Vectors, or Gr. 12 U Math of Data Management; or equivalent
    Program Specific Requirements for New Brunswick High School Students:
    English 120, 121, or 122; 3 Courses from: Advanced Math with an Intro to Calculus 120, Biology 122, Calculus 120, Chemistry 122, Physics 122, Pre-Calculus A 120 or Pre-Calculus B 120, or Trigonometry and 3-Space 121/122; and 1 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credit Numbered 120, 121, or 122
    Program Specific Requirements for Newfoundland/Labrador High School Students:
    English 3201, 3 Courses from: Advanced Math 3200, Biology 3201, Calculus 3208, Chemistry 3202, Math 3201, Math 3204, Math 3205, Math 3207, or Physics 3204; and 6 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credits at the 3000 Level
    Program Specific Requirements for Nova Scotia High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 African Heritage, 3 Courses from: Mathematics 12, Pre-Calculus 12, Biology 12, Chemistry 12, or Physics 12; and 1 Additional Grade 12 Academic or Advanced Course
    Program Specific Requirements for PEI High School Students:
    English 621, 3 Courses from: Biology 621, Chemistry 621, Math 611B, Math 621A, Math 621B, Oceanography 621, or Physics 621; and 1 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credit Numbered 611 or 621
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (CEGEP) Students:
    2 Semester Courses in English (603 series), 6 Semester Courses from: Calculus I and Calculus II, Linear Algebra I and Linear Algebra II, Biology (101 series), Chemistry (202 series), or Physics (203 series); and 4 Additional Academic Semester Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (Private) Students:
    Grade 12 U English, 3 Credits from: Grade 12 U Advanced Functions, Grade 12 U Biology, Grade 12 U Chemistry, Grade 12 U Physics, Grade 12 U Earth & Space Science, Grade 12 U Calculus & Vectors, or Grade 12 U Math of Data Management; and 2 Additional Grade 12 U or M Credits
    Program Specific Requirements for Saskatchewan High School Students:
    English A30 and B30, 3 Courses from: Biology 30, Calculus 30, Chemistry 30, Foundations of Mathematics 30, Physics 30, or Pre-Calculus 30; and 1 Additional Academic 30 Level Course
  • Water Resource Science Major Specialization in Applied Environmental Water Management
    Degree:
    Science
    Alberta/NWT/Nunavut:
    English Language Arts 30-1, 3 Courses from: Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Math 31, Biology 20, Chemistry 30, or Physics 30; and 1 Addition Academic 30 Level Course
    Program Specific Requirements for Ontario High School Students:
    Grade 12 U English, 3 Credits from: Grade 12 U Advanced Functions, Grade 12 U Biology, Grade 12 U Chemistry, Grade 12 U Physics, Grade 12 U Earth & Space Science, Grade 12 U Calculus & Vectors, or Grade 12 U Math of Data Management; and 2 Additional Grade 12 U or M Credits
    Program Specific Requirements for Alberta/NWT/Nunavut High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30-1, 3 Courses from: Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Math 31, Biology 20, Chemistry 30, or Physics 30; and 1 Addition Academic 30 Level Course
    Program Specific Requirements for British Columbia/Yukon High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 First Peoples, 3 Courses from: Calculus 12, Foundations of Mathematics 12, Pre-Calculus 12, Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geography 12, Geology 12, Physics 12, or Sustainable Resources 12
    Program Specific Requirements for International Students:
    English, and 3 Subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Math or Physics
    Program Specific Requirements for Manitoba High School Students:
    English 40S, 3 Courses from: Biology 40S, Chemistry 40S, Applied Mathematics 40S, Calculus 40, Pre-Calculus Mathematics 40S, or Physics 40S; and 1 Additional Academic 40S Level Course
    Program Specific Requirements for Mature/Transfer Students:
    English (Grade 12 U English or equivalent) Three Courses from: Gr. 12 U Biology, Gr. 12 U Chemistry, Gr. 12 U Physics, Gr. 12 U Earth & Space Science, Gr. 12 U Advanced Functions, Gr. 12 U Calculus & Vectors, or Gr. 12 U Math of Data Management; or equivalent
    Program Specific Requirements for New Brunswick High School Students:
    English 120, 121, or 122; 3 Courses from: Advanced Math with an Intro to Calculus 120, Biology 122, Calculus 120, Chemistry 122, Physics 122, Pre-Calculus A 120 or Pre-Calculus B 120, or Trigonometry and 3-Space 121/122; and 1 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credit Numbered 120, 121, or 122
    Program Specific Requirements for Newfoundland/Labrador High School Students:
    English 3201, 3 Courses from: Advanced Math 3200, Biology 3201, Calculus 3208, Chemistry 3202, Math 3201, Math 3204, Math 3205, Math 3207, or Physics 3204; and 6 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credits at the 3000 Level
    Program Specific Requirements for Nova Scotia High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 African Heritage, 3 Courses from: Mathematics 12, Pre-Calculus 12, Biology 12, Chemistry 12, or Physics 12; and 1 Additional Grade 12 Academic or Advanced Course
    Program Specific Requirements for PEI High School Students:
    English 621, 3 Courses from: Biology 621, Chemistry 621, Math 611B, Math 621A, Math 621B, Oceanography 621, or Physics 621; and 1 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credit Numbered 611 or 621
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (CEGEP) Students:
    2 Semester Courses in English (603 series), 6 Semester Courses from: Calculus I and Calculus II, Linear Algebra I and Linear Algebra II, Biology (101 series), Chemistry (202 series), or Physics (203 series); and 4 Additional Academic Semester Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (Private) Students:
    Grade 12 U English, 3 Credits from: Grade 12 U Advanced Functions, Grade 12 U Biology, Grade 12 U Chemistry, Grade 12 U Physics, Grade 12 U Earth & Space Science, Grade 12 U Calculus & Vectors, or Grade 12 U Math of Data Management; and 2 Additional Grade 12 U or M Credits
    Program Specific Requirements for Saskatchewan High School Students:
    English A30 and B30, 3 Courses from: Biology 30, Calculus 30, Chemistry 30, Foundations of Mathematics 30, Physics 30, or Pre-Calculus 30; and 1 Additional Academic 30 Level Course


As a first year Water Resource Science major, you are required to complete the following courses:

  • Biology 1110 – Animal Biology
  • Biology 1130 – Plant Biology
  • Chemistry 1110 & 1130 – Introductory Chemistry I & II
  • Natural Resources Management 1010 – Canadian Forest Plant Species
  • Geography 1150 – The Environment
  • Geography 1190 – Indigenous Knowledge, Science and the Environment
  • Geology 1111 – Planet Earth with Laboratory
  • Geology 1131 – Crust of the Earth with Laboratory
  • Water Resource Science 1094  - Field School

The balance of your courses will be electives from the Faculty of Science & Environmental Studies. 

Our professors are leaders in their areas of study, and are actively engaged in research initiatives across a wide range of disciplines and sectors including environmental monitoring, remediation and water supply and contamination. We encourage you to inquire about ongoing research projects, and how you can get involved to supplement your academic pursuits with applied knowledge in the field.

We have many student-run societies and clubs that cater to virtually any interest! These organizations are integral to our sense of community on campus. They host events, fundraisers, workshops, and competitions to bring people together and raise awareness for unique topics and issues. Visit our Student Clubs and Associations page for more information, as well as a listing of Student Centres. 


More information about Payment Methods, and Payment Due Dates can be found here: Student Fees Information



Science
Thunder Bay
YearTuitionAncillary FeesTotal1st Installment2nd Installment1.0 FCE Tuition1.0 FCE Total0.5 FCE Tuition0.5 FCE Total
1
$6,649.45
$1,002.74
$7,652.19
$4,327.47
$3,324.72
$1,329.89
$1,434.84
$664.95
$717.42
2
$6,617.62
$982.74
$7,600.36
$4,291.55
$3,308.81
$1,323.52
$1,428.47
$661.76
$714.24
3
$6,572.55
$982.74
$7,555.29
$4,269.02
$3,286.27
$1,314.51
$1,419.46
$657.26
$709.73
4
$5,998.10
$982.74
$6,980.84
$3,981.79
$2,999.05
$1,199.62
$1,304.57
$599.81
$652.29
YearTuitionAncillary FeesTotal1st Installment2nd Installment1.0 FCE Tuition1.0 FCE Total0.5 FCE Tuition0.5 FCE Total
1
$22,601.25
$1,002.74
$23,603.99
$12,303.37
$11,300.62
$4,520.25
$4,625.20
$2,260.13
$2,312.60
2-4
$22,601.25
$982.74
$23,583.99
$12,283.37
$11,300.62
$4,520.25
$4,625.20
$2,260.13
$2,312.60
In addition to the above, International Students must pay the mandatory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) which is payable in full with your first installment. Please click here for more information about UHIP

2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Full-Time Undergraduate Students (Thunder Bay)CodeAmount
Lakehead University Services Fees  
Athletic Building FundSABFF70.00
Student Athletic SocietySATHF115.18
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMF25.00
Health Services Support FeeSHEAF60.57
Capital Improvements C.J. Sanders BuildingSCISF30.00
LU Services Subtotal 300.75
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Fee  
LUSU Fee  128.00
Referenda  17.00
Nanabijou  5.00
CFS (Canadian Federation of Students) Fees  16.74
LUSU Fee Subtotal SLUSF166.74
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Services Fees  
 LUSU Capital Fund SBLDF 47.25
 LU Radio SRADF 10.00
 LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance* SMEDF 325.00
 LUSU Bus Pass Fee** SLBUS133.00
 LUSU Services Subtotal 515.75
Total 982.74

* The LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance cost is $325.00. The policy is effective September 1, 2018 for the 12 months ending August 31, 2019. All full-time undergraduate students* who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.
- Should a student have comparable coverage and choose to opt-out they may do so by going to the LUSU Website at www.lusu.ca and clicking on opt-out to proceed. No exceptions or extensions.
- For additional information regarding LUSU services including Medical and Dental please go to www.lusu.ca or contact LUSU directly by phone (807) 343-8259

** The LUSU Bus Pass (U-Pass) Fee - All full-time undergraduate students* who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.
   * Co-op students and Graduate students are not covered but may purchase the Plan.


2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for 1st Year Full-Time Students (Thunder Bay)
 Code Amount
 1st Year Students Orientation Fee SORIE 20.00
 LUSU and LU Services Total  982.74
 Total  1002.74
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students (Thunder Bay)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)
Amount (0.5FCE)
Athletic Building FundSABFF14.007.00
Student Athletic SocietySATHF23.0411.52
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMF5.002.50
Health Services Support FeeSHEAF12.116.06
Capital Improvements C.J. Sanders BuildingSCISF6.003.00
LUSU Capital FundSBLDF9.454.73
LU RadioSRADF2.001.00
LUSU Fee (includes CFS & Referenda listed below)SLUSF33.3516.67
CFS (Canadian Federation of Students) Fee 3.351.67
Referenda 4.402.20
 Total 104.9552.47
    
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students in Distance Education Courses Only (Thunder Bay)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)Amount (0.5FCE)
LUSU Fee, CFS Fee & ReferendaSLUSF33.3516.67
Total 33.2916.65
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Full-Time Undergraduate Students (Orillia) Code Amount
Lakehead University Services Fees  
Student Athletic SocietySATHO92.16
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMO25.00
Health Services Support FeeSHEAO60.57
LU Services Subtotal 177.73
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Fee  
LUSU Fee 128.00
Canadian Federation of Students Fee  16.74
Referenda 7.00
LUSU Fee SubtotalSLUSO151.74
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Services Fees  
LUSU Capital FundSBLDO47.25
LUSU U-Pass FeeSLBUO115.50
LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance**SMEDF325.00
LUSU Services Subtotal 487.75
Total 817.22

* The LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance cost is $325.00. The policy is effective September 1, 2018 for the 12 months ending August 31, 2019. All full-time undergraduate students* who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.

- Should a student have comparable coverage and choose to opt-out they may do so by going to the LUSU Website at www.lusu.ca and clicking on opt-out to proceed. No exceptions or extensions.

- For additional information regarding LUSU services including Medical and Dental please go to www.lusu.ca or contact LUSU directly by phone (807) 343-8259

** The LUSU Bus Pass (U-Pass) Fee - All full-time undergraduate students* who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.

   * Co-op students and Graduate students are not covered but may purchase the Plan.


 

2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for 1st Year Full-Time Students (Orillia) Code Amount
1st Year Students Orientation FeeSORIO20.00
LUSU and LU Services Total 817.22
Total 837.22
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students (Orillia)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)Amount (0.5FCE)
Student Athletic SocietySATHO18.439.22
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMO5.002.50
Health Services Support FeeSHEAO12.116.06
LUSU Capital FundSBLDO9.454.73
LUSU Fee (includes CFS & Referenda listed below)SLUSO30.3515.17
CFS (Canadian Federation of Students) Fee 3.351.67
Referenda 1.400.70
Total 75.3437.67
    
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students in Distance Education Courses Only (Orillia)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)Amount (0.5FCE)
LUSU Fee, CFS Fee & ReferendaSLUSO30.3515.17
Total 30.3515.17