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 from: Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Math 31, or Physics 30
    Program Specific Requirements for Ontario High School Students:
    English (ENG4U), 3 from: Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Biology (SBI4U), Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), Data Management (MDM4U), Earth & Space Science (SES4U), or Physics (SPH4U)
    Program Specific Requirements for Alberta/NWT/Nunavut High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30-1, 3 from: Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Math 31, or Physics 30
    Program Specific Requirements for British Columbia/Yukon High School Students:
    English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12, 3 from: Anatomy and Physiology 12, Calculus 12, Chemistry 12, Environmental Science 12, Foundations of Mathematics 12, Physics 12, Pre-Calculus 12, or Statistics 12
    Program Specific Requirements for International Students:
    English, 3 from: Biology, Chemistry, Math or Physics
    Program Specific Requirements for Manitoba High School Students:
    English Language Arts (Comprehensive Focus, Literary Focus, or Transactional Focus) 40S, 3 from: Advanced Mathematics 45S & Introduction To Calculus 45S, Applied Math 40S,Biology 40S, Chemistry 40S, Physics 40S, or Pre-Calculus 40S
    Program Specific Requirements for Mature/Transfer Students:
    English (ENG4U), 3 from: Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Biology (SBI4U), Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), Data Management (MDM4U), Earth & Space Science (SES4U), or Physics (SPH4U). Other secondary or post-secondary courses that are equivalent to these requirements are accepted. College transfer students entering via a transfer pathway are not required to satisfy these specific prerequisite requirements.
    Program Specific Requirements for New Brunswick High School Students:
    English Language Arts 121 or 122, 3 from: Biology 121 or 122, Calculus 120, Chemistry 121 or 122, Foundations of Math 120, Introduction to Environmental Science 120 or Advanced Environmental Science 120, Physics 121 or 122, or Pre-Calculus A120 or B120
    Program Specific Requirements for Newfoundland/Labrador High School Students:
    English 3201, 3 from: Academic Math 3201, Advanced Math 3200, Biology 3201, Calculus 3208, Chemistry 3202, Environmental Science 3205, or Physics 3204
    Program Specific Requirements for Nova Scotia High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 African Heritage, 3 from: Biology 12, Calculus 12, Chemistry 12, Mathematics 12, Physics 12, or Pre-Calculus 12
    Other Admission Requirements & Important Information:
    Biology, Chemistry, and Advanced Functions (a.k.a. Pre-Calculus) are recommended
    Program Specific Requirements for PEI High School Students:
    English 621A, 3 from: Biology 621A, Calculus 611B, Chemistry 621A, Environmental Science 621A, Foundations of Math 621A, Physics 621A, or Pre-Calculus 621B
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (CEGEP) Students:
    2 English (603 or 604), 6 from: Biology I (NYA), Biology II, Calculus I (201-NYA or 201-103), Calculus II (201-NYB or 201-203), Chemistry (NYA, NYB, or NYC), Linear Algebra I (201-NYC, 201-105, or 201-106), or Physics (NYA, NYB, or NYC)
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (Private) Students:
    English (ENG4U), 3 from: Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Biology (SBI4U), Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), Data Management (MDM4U), Earth & Space Science (SES4U), or Physics (SPH4U). Equivalent courses to the Ontario prerequisite requirements will be considered.
    Program Specific Requirements for Saskatchewan High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30 A or English Language Arts 30 B, 3 from: Biology 30, Calculus 30, Chemistry 30, Earth Science 30, Physics 30, or Pre-Calculus 30
  • Water Resource Science Major Specialization in Applied Environmental Water Management
    Degree:
    Science
    Alberta/NWT/Nunavut:
    English Language Arts 30-1, 3 from: Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Math 31, or Physics 30
    Program Specific Requirements for Ontario High School Students:
    English (ENG4U), 3 from: Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Biology (SBI4U), Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), Data Management (MDM4U), Earth & Space Science (SES4U), or Physics (SPH4U)
    Program Specific Requirements for Alberta/NWT/Nunavut High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30-1, 3 from: Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Math 31, or Physics 30
    Program Specific Requirements for British Columbia/Yukon High School Students:
    English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12, 3 from: Anatomy and Physiology 12, Calculus 12, Chemistry 12, Environmental Science 12, Foundations of Mathematics 12, Physics 12, Pre-Calculus 12, or Statistics 12
    Program Specific Requirements for International Students:
    English, 3 from: Biology, Chemistry, Math or Physics
    Program Specific Requirements for Manitoba High School Students:
    English Language Arts (Comprehensive Focus, Literary Focus, or Transactional Focus) 40S, 3 from: Advanced Mathematics 45S & Introduction To Calculus 45S, Applied Math 40S,Biology 40S, Chemistry 40S, Physics 40S, or Pre-Calculus 40S
    Program Specific Requirements for Mature/Transfer Students:
    English (ENG4U), 3 from: Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Biology (SBI4U), Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), Data Management (MDM4U), Earth & Space Science (SES4U), or Physics (SPH4U). Other secondary or post-secondary courses that are equivalent to these requirements are accepted.
    Program Specific Requirements for New Brunswick High School Students:
    English Language Arts 121 or 122, 3 from: Biology 121 or 122, Calculus 120, Chemistry 121 or 122, Foundations of Math 120, Introduction to Environmental Science 120 or Advanced Environmental Science 120, Physics 121 or 122, or Pre-Calculus A120 or B120
    Program Specific Requirements for Newfoundland/Labrador High School Students:
    English 3201, 3 from: Academic Math 3201, Advanced Math 3200, Biology 3201, Calculus 3208, Chemistry 3202, Environmental Science 3205, or Physics 3204
    Program Specific Requirements for Nova Scotia High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 African Heritage, 3 from: Biology 12, Calculus 12, Chemistry 12, Mathematics 12, Physics 12, or Pre-Calculus 12
    Other Admission Requirements & Important Information:
    Biology, Chemistry, and Advanced Functions (a.k.a. Pre-Calculus) are recommended
    Program Specific Requirements for PEI High School Students:
    English 621A, 3 from: Biology 621A, Calculus 611B, Chemistry 621A, Environmental Science 621A, Foundations of Math 621A, Physics 621A, or Pre-Calculus 621B
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (CEGEP) Students:
    2 English (603 or 604), 6 from: Biology I (NYA), Biology II, Calculus I (201-NYA or 201-103), Calculus II (201-NYB or 201-203), Chemistry (NYA, NYB, or NYC), Linear Algebra I (201-NYC, 201-105, or 201-106), or Physics (NYA, NYB, or NYC)
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (Private) Students:
    English (ENG4U), 3 from: Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Biology (SBI4U), Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), Data Management (MDM4U), Earth & Space Science (SES4U), or Physics (SPH4U). Equivalent courses to the Ontario prerequisite requirements will be considered.
    Program Specific Requirements for Saskatchewan High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30 A or English Language Arts 30 B, 3 from: Biology 30, Calculus 30, Chemistry 30, Earth Science 30, Physics 30, or Pre-Calculus 30


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. 


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