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UTP Stage II: Science

Overview

The Faculty of Science at Wilfrid Laurier University offers a wide variety of undergraduate programs across seven academic departments and are home to several leading-edge research centres.

Science faculty members are engaged in high-quality research, the advancement of scientific knowledge and the application of that knowledge to real-world problems. They bring their expertise and enthusiasm for research into the classroom. Many undergraduate students find opportunities to enrich their learning through involvement in Laurier research projects or through co-op work experience.

The Faculty of Science is committed to offering high-quality programs in the pure and applied sciences. We share with the rest of the university a commitment to offering students a supportive environment and an enriching experience that prepares them for future success.

KEY INFORMATION

Duration

  • 3 terms

Intakes

  • January
  • May
  • September

Location

  • Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford campus*

Your direct pathway into Wilfrid Laurier University

High School
Wilfrid Laurier International College
2nd Year at Wilfrid Laurier University
*Students in the Faculty of Science will complete their UTP studies at the Brantford Campus and, upon successful completion of the program, will transfer to complete their degree at Laurier’s Waterloo campus.

Program transfer options include:

  • Biochemistry and Biotechnology (Honours BSc)
  • Biology (Honours BSc)
  • Biology (Honours BA)
  • Biology and Chemistry (Honours BSc)
  • Biology and Psychology (Honours BSc)
  • Chemistry (Honours BSc)
  • Chemistry and Physics (Honours BSc)
  • Computer Science (Honours BSc)
  • Computer Science and Psychology (Honours BSc)
  • Data Science (Honours BSc)
  • Financial Mathematics (Honours BA)
  • Mathematics (Honours BA)
  • Psychology (Honours BSc)
  • Psychology and Neuroscience (Honours BSc)
  • Science (Honours BSc)
  • Science (Honours BSc) and LLB (Sussex) Stream

Faculty of Science Majors

Data Science (Honours BSc)

Data-driven decision making has become an industry standard, creating unprecedented demand for data-oriented professionals to analyze patterns and models for all kinds of data, with applications ranging from scientific discovery to business intelligence and analytics. The first undergraduate degree of its kind in Canada, our Data Science program addresses the data-related needs of modern business industries.

Computer Science (Honours BSc)

From applied cryptography to mobile computing, Computer Science will help you develop strong algorithm analysis and design skills in procedural, object-oriented and low-level languages. Our Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Computer Science program provides the hands-on experience that is key to understanding computing fundamentals with an optional introduction to functional, parallel and logical paradigms.

Financial Mathematics (Honours BA)

Laurier’s Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Financial Mathematics program is structured to teach you mathematics and its financial applications with a focus on how mathematics is connected with social science and business.

Our program’s modern approach involves simultaneously analyzing financial risks, evaluating prices of complex securities, valuing investments and combined assets, and liability management.

Mathematics (Honours BA)

Mathematics is a discipline that is, and has always been, central to learning, to discovery, and to the intellectual enterprise. Our Mathematics (BA) program provides training in mathematics to analyze complex problems in organizations and enterprises through a focus on the mathematics and statistics used in the social sciences, humanities and business.

Mathematics (Honours BSC)

Mathematics is a discipline that is, and has always been, central to learning, to discovery, and to the intellectual enterprise. Our Mathematics (BA) program provides training in mathematics to analyze complex problems in organizations and enterprises through a focus on the mathematics and statistics used in the social sciences, humanities and business.

Biology (Honours BSc)

Our integrative approach to biology emphasizes commonalities of life principles, forms, functions and processes from the molecular level to the biosphere. Our Biology (BSc) program provides a firm foundation in biology, as well as in chemistry and math, preparing you for graduate work in biology or for professional postgraduate programs in environmental or health sciences.

Biology and Chemistry (Honours BSc)

Explore life’s common principles and processes, as well as its vast diversity, at the many levels of biological organization. A Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology provides you with foundations in biology, chemistry and math to prepare you for graduate work in biology or professional postgraduate programs in biology and the health sciences.  This program is combined with Chemistry.

Biology and Psychology (Honours BSc)

Explore life’s common principles and processes, as well as its vast diversity, at the many levels of biological organization. A Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology provides you with foundations in biology, chemistry and math to prepare you for graduate work in biology or professional postgraduate programs in biology and the health sciences.  This program is combined with Psychology.

Chemistry (Honours BSc)

Everything is chemistry. From drugs and modern materials to light-emitting bulbs that illuminate our lives. In our Chemistry program, you’ll learn to develop processes and products, and gain insight to how these are shaped by environmental, cultural and economic issues.

Biochemistry and Biotechnology (Honours BSc)

Biochemistry and the associated sub-discipline of biotechnology are two of the fastest-growing areas of science. In this program, you’ll take several science courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and biochemistry and gain the skills you’ll need to succeed in a career in research, service, industry or academia.

Chemistry and Physics

Our Chemistry and Physics program explores the chemical and physical properties of materials with a focus on unique properties at the nanoscale. You’ll graduate with a Bachelor of Science and a solid theoretical foundation in chemistry and physics through both classroom lectures and laboratory experiments.

Science

This broad-based science program provides a solid theoretical and practical foundation in the sciences. You can explore your scientific interests before committing to a major or stay in Honours Science and graduate with an extensive science degree. Choose from many and diverse course offerings to support your career aspirations. This program can prepare you to apply for many professional and postgraduate programs in health or science.

Science and LLB (Sussex) Stream

In only six years, earn a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree from Laurier and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. Available with a Bachelor of Science in Honours Science. There is no requirement to write the LSAT entrance exam. In your final year, you’ll take courses that will prepare you to write the national accreditation exams. After you graduate, you’ll be ready to pursue a number of diverse law- and science-related careers.

Psychology (Honours BSc)

Psychology involves the scientific study of behaviour and experience, including thinking, feeling and action. In our Psychology (BSc) program, you’ll explore courses related to the natural, life and social sciences. This blend of courses provides a broad foundation that you can apply to everyday issues ranging from individual variations in sensation to how languages are learned and why some people crave narcotics.

Psychology and Neuroscience

Our Psychology and Neuroscience program provides you with a science education that includes broad exposure to the major sub-fields of psychology along with specialization in neuroscience. Training in other natural sciences complements the skills and knowledge acquired through studies in the neuroscience area.

Computer Science and Psychology

Gain insights into the human brain and human behaviour by studying the biological aspects of psychology. Study significant sub-fields of psychology and take complementary science courses in the natural and life sciences. In your upper years, you can participate in hands-on research with innovative faculty. This program is combined with Computer Science.

Science Program Structure

During the UTP Stage II: Science program you will study courses that introduce you to a wide range of disciplines. Below is a sample of the courses that you might take during the program:

  • Calculus I
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Data Structures I
  • Introduction to Indigenous Studies
  • Design Thinking 1: Foundations
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Psychology I
  • Understanding the Business Environment
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Communication Skills for Leadership

Science Progression Requirements

You will transfer into the Honours Bachelor of Science program in the Faculty of Science at Wilfrid Laurier University with 5.0 credits (10 courses) toward your degree upon successful completion of the UTP Stage II: Faculty of Science (Honours BSc) program if you meet the following requirements:

Data Science (Honours BSc)
  • A minimum GPA of 5.00 (C) in CP104 and CP164 and an overall GPA of 4.00 (C-)
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 courses (5.0 credits) in the WLIC UTP program, including the required courses BU111, CP104, CP164, MA103, EN190.
Computer Science (Honours BSc)
  • A minimum GPA of 5.00 (C) in CP104 and CP164 and a minimum overall GPA of 4.00 (C-).
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 courses (5.0 credits) in the WLIC UTP program, including the required courses CP104, CP164, MA103, EN190.
Mathematics (Honours BSc)
  • A minimum overall GPA of 4.00 (C-).
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 courses (5.0 credits) in the WLIC UTP program, including the required courses MA103, EN190, 1.0 credit from both BI110 and BI111 or both CH110 and CH111 or both CP104 and CP164.
Financial Mathematics (Honours BSc)
  • A minimum overall GPA of 4.00 (C-).
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 courses (5.0 credits) in the WLIC UTP program, including the required courses MA103, CP104, CP164, EC120, EC140, EN190.
Biology (Honours BSc)
  • A minimum GPA of 5.00 (C) in BI110 and BI111, and a minimum overall GPA of 4.00 (C-)
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 courses (5.0 credits) in the WLIC UTP program, including the required courses BI110, B111, CH110, CH111, MA103, EN190.
Biology and Chemistry (Honours BSc)
  • A minimum GPA of 5.00 (C) in CH130, CH131, BI110 and BI111, and a minimum overall GPA of 4.00 (C-)
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 courses (5.0 credits) in the WLIC UTP program, including the required courses BI110, B111, CH130, CH131, MA103, EN190.
Biology and Psychology (Honours BSc)
  • A minimum GPA of 5.00 (C) in BI110, BI111, PS101 and PS102 and a minimum overall GPA of 4.00 (C-)
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 courses (5.0 credits) in the WLIC UTP program, including the required courses BI110, BI111, CH110, CH111, PS101, PS102, MA103, EN190.
Chemistry (Honours BSc)
  • A minimum GPA of 5.00 (C) in CH130 and CH131, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.00 (C-)
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 courses (5.0 credits) in the WLIC UTP program, including the required courses CH130, CH131, MA103, EN190.
Biochemistry and Biotechnology (Honours BSc)
  • A minimum GPA of 5.00 (C) in BI110, BI111, CH130 and CH131, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.00 (C-)
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 courses (5.0 credits) in the WLIC UTP program, including the required courses BI110, BI111, CH130, CH131, MA103, EN190.
Chemistry and Physics (Honours BSc)
  • A minimum GPA of 5.00 (C) in CH130 and CH131, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.00 (C-)
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 courses (5.0 credits) in the WLIC UTP program, including the required courses CH130, CH131, MA103, EN190.
Science (Honours BSc)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 5.00 (C)
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 courses (5.0 credits) in the WLIC UTP program, including the required courses BI110, BI111, CH110, CH111, MA103, EN190.
Science (Honours BSc) and LLB (Sussex) Stream
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 8.00 (B)
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 courses (5.0 credits) in the WLIC UTP program, including the required courses BI110, BI111, CH110, CH111, MA103, EN190.
Psychology (Honours BSc)
  • A minimum GPA of 5.00 (C) in PS101 and PS102, and a minimum overall GPA of 4.00 (C-)
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 courses (5.0 credits) in the WLIC UTP program, including the required courses PS101, PS102, BI110, BI111, MA103, EN190.
Psychology and Neuroscience (Honours BSc)
  • A minimum GPA of 5.00 (C) in PS101 and PS102, and a minimum overall GPA of 5.00 (C)
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 courses (5.0 credits) in the WLIC UTP program, including the required courses PS101, PS102, BI110, BI111, MA103, EN190.
Computer Science and Psychology (Honours BSc)
  • A minimum GPA of 5.00 (C) in CP104 and CP164, PS101 and PS102, and a minimum overall GPA of 4.00 (C-)
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 courses (5.0 credits) in the WLIC UTP program, including the required courses CP104, CP164, MA103, PS101, PS102.

You will transfer into the Honours Bachelor of Arts program in the Faculty of Science at Wilfrid Laurier University with 5.0 credits (10 courses) toward your degree upon successful completion of the UTP Stage II: Faculty of Science (Honours BA) program if you meet the following requirements:

Mathematics (Honours BA)
  • A minimum overall GPA of 4.00 (C-).
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 courses (5.0 credits) in the WLIC UTP program, including the required courses MA103, EN190.
Biology (Honours BA)
  • A minimum GPA of 5.00 (C) in BI110 and BI111, and a minimum overall GPA of 4.00 (C-)
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 courses (5.0 credits) in the WLIC UTP program, including the required courses BI110, B111, EN190.
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