Beyond the classroom
Live the science you learn!
Experiencing science at Western translates into multiple high-impact learning opportunities over the course of a four-year degree.
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
Add first-hand problem-solving experience to your academic portfolio through field courses, from virtual
Discover highlights of learning in the field.
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.
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.
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 to 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
Western Science provides a warm, supportive, and vibrant environment to help our students grow as individuals, scholars, and members of a life-long international alumni community. With multiple associations and societies, and an active Science Students’ Council, opportunities to engage in our rich student life are numerous.
It's all part of our unique Western Experience. We look forward to sharing it with you.
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