High Impact Learning
Living the science you learn requires a keen awareness of how different science disciplines converge to address scientific, social, industrial and economic issues. It makes clear the contexts within which your newly acquired scientific knowledge and skills can be applied. It means being able to translate technical and complex concepts into language that potential employers, colleagues
Western Science offers high-impact learning activities, courses and even a dedicated program to bring science to life while providing a holistic approach to prepare you for the challenges and opportunities of your future career.
Attend the weekly Physics and Astronomy Undergraduate Seminar to learn about the research taking place across the department and to engage in meaningful reflection and discussion about complex scientific issues.
Take courses that simulate the development arm of software companies and game studios. Develop an innovative business plan to commercialize novel science and emerging technologies through
Apply academic knowledge to exciting projects on the ground in national and international locales; study forest ecology in the Adirondacks, desert ecology in the American southwest, tropical marine environments in Belize, and craters in the Sultanate of Oman.
You might even be able to participate in an annual Mars
Both the BSc and
Students completing a four-year honors degree in science deliver a research project that reflects the knowledge and skills learned over the course of the degree. The Department of Chemistry, in particular, provides skill-development opportunities as part of this degree path including interviews, workshops and an opportunity to present the student's capstone project to an audience of professional scientists, while attending the National Undergraduate Capstone Open Source Project.
Combine all of the specialized knowledge of an honors degree with a broad general science background and add marketable corporate skills to work on cutting-edge problems that span the traditional science disciplines leveraged in industry and academia. More information.
Experience a new culture, language or exotic venue while developing your knowledge, skills
Gain significant work experience, ‘try on’ a career, and make valuable contacts – all while earning a full salary. These 8- to 16-month paid positions in industry and government are open to Year 3 students. Hear from past interns highlights or go the our Science Internship page for more information.
Share your research and get experience developing content for peer-review. The Western Undergraduate Research Journal: Health and Natural Sciences (WURJHNS) is
Working in a lab over the summer is a great way to explore your research interests, develop technical skills, and expand your new network. Embedded in research groups, undergraduate students experience both the support of seasoned faculty supervisors and their graduate students as well as the autonomy to explore important questions, use cutting-edge technologies and share acquired expertise and passion for science in written and oral reports, conference presentations and, in some instances, in peer-reviewed publications! Anna Zhu, for example, a two-time beneficiary of the NSERC USRA, turned her expertise in applied mathematics to the study of the biological mutation of Ebola and ended up contributing to a peer-reviewed article on managing the financial risk and controlling the spread of the deadly virus.