Environmental Science and Applied Water Science (BSc)

Carissa MacKendrick: Helloeverybody, my appoint is Carissa. I’m the major recruitmentcoordinator now for Wilfrid Laurier University and I’mreally excited to introduce you to a wonderful panel of peoplewho are stimulated to tell you all about their programs now atWilfrid Laurier. And I’m going to start with some veryimportant prefaces firstly commencing with our prof Jim. Jim McGeer: Thanks very much.So, my appoint is Jim McGeer, and I am a prof in biology. I’malso the Academic Advisor for biology programs for the AppliedWater Science program and likewise the Environmental Scienceprogram. I’ve been at Laurier for 14 times, I anticipate, oh yeah, um you lose track, and I educate Environmental Toxicology andAnimal Physiology directions. Caitlin Dermott – 4th time: Hi, my figure is Caitlin and I am currently under my last-place semester atWilfrid Laurier University in the Environmental Scienceprogram. I’m super thrilled to be here.And I envisage one of myfavorite courses still further as geomorphology, and soils. Jim McGeer: Okay, so, um, alittle bit about the Water Science program and theEnvironmental Science program. So these are both BSc curricula, so Bachelor of Science curricula, they’re both four time planneds, and they’re likewise both interdisciplinary curricula. Andthat means you’re taking tracks across different disciplines.And this really is, in both cases, they’re a mixture of chemistry, biology, and geography. So those are the courses that make upyour major, you’re likewise as BSc courses or BSc planneds. Therealso, there’s a math ingredient, there’s a chemistry and, andalso a physic ingredient in one of the programme. The differencebetween them, I thoughts, is that within the Applied Water Scienceprogram, there is a focus on water pertained design, there arespecific trends that “youve got to” take related to WaterScience, in Environmental science, you can take thosecourses but you don’t have to, and you have a bit more choicein terms of the courses you take.I think overall withinboth programs, and I think it extends to other scienceprograms, too, we mostly focus on prioritizing students andalso research excellence and that that produces an excellencein science both because of the teaching that we we deliver andthat we appraise um and as well the the focus on leading edgeresearch. And as a student in interdisciplinary program, youget to see research from all of those different disciplines. Youguys, probably both the programme, this spot anyways, I don’t know if ah Caitlin wantsto talk a little bit about your experiences with theenvironmental science program. Caitlin Dermott – 4th year: Sure.I actually started in a different program. I wasinitially in really exactly the chemistry department.And Idecided to switch my program to Environmental Science at the endof my first year, because I demanded something that was alittle bit more well rounded , not as specific andEnvironmental Science was a great alternative for me, I get thatchemistry, I got the biology, I got the geography, I got thephysics, I got the math, I got it all. And my favorite questionto answer from everyone is, you know, what do you want to doafter like, what’s your goals? So I’m like, I can do anythingI’ve got, I got all these backgrounds, and I can doanything now. So that’s one of my favorite answers to givepeople is what do you want to do? I can do it all based onthis program. It gives you so many opportunities to dive intoresearch and to be a part of many different science programs.Carissa MacKendrick: Thank youvery much. That’s really it’s very helpful information as wejust asked a pair questions a little bit more about theprogram. So Jim, if you were to say if a student were to come upto you and said today does it signify Applied Water Science? I think Iunderstand Environmental science, what does it mean tostudy Applied Water Science? Jim McGeer: A well so, yeah, theapplied is that part of the title throws beings off a littlebit maybe you think, oh, that might be you know engineering orsomething like that. And but it’s not.Um, and it’s appliedin that it’s about see practical sciences, and, anddeveloping paws on expertise which you do through throughlabs through domain knowledge. Are there’s one course forexample, in third time on battlefield methods in Applied WaterScience, which exclusively goes students out on the field tolearn hands on sciences. So, so I think that’s, that’s really, theApplied Water Science is really about develop parties andstudents in the new generation of scientists with the skillsand the knowledge to be able to gloat and apply those talents intheir in their careers. Carissa MacKendrick: So, Caitlin, you said that you actually started another programand then eventually transmit to Environmental science. Butyou chose to study science at Laurier? A, initiallybeforehand. So why did you be brought to an end espousing Laurier? Unknown: That’s a greatquestion. I’m actually from a small town, time north ofToronto.And so I required the small town community thatLaurier has to offer. I was also aware that the proffs areincredible, as you can meet Dr. McGeer, he’s incredible. I alsoknew that there were lots of opportunities for volunteer andfor social engagements with Laurier, which was also reallyimportant as in high school, I was a part of the social teamsat school, whether they be boasts or academic, that was animportant goal for me to have at Laurier as well. Carissa MacKendrick: So thatactually makes into my next question really well, sincethose were things that “youve had” purposes as as a high schoolstudent contributing into university , now that you’re in our scienceprograms, and you started in Chemistry moved to EnvironmentalScience, what are some of the things that you’ve been involvedwith as a student that’s really kind of giving you a chance toapply to things you’re learning? Unknown: In first year, I waspart of the House Counsel group, which was a huge learning curve, it was actually really neat, I didn’t expect to be part of it.And person advocated I try it, and I did and it was incredible.So if you’re given an opportunity, obviously take it.I too assembled the Women’s Athletic Association to keep upwith some sports during clas, because it’s important that youmaintain a balanced lifestyle while at university.I likewise hadthe marvelous opportunity to be a part of a thesis with aprofessor at Laurier mentioned Dr. Brent Wolfe. And I got to travelto Yellowknife and make my own tests for my thesis, whichagain, displayed an opportunity and it was amazing, definitelyworth it. Carissa MacKendrick: That’sreally cool. And, Jim, in terms of how you have worked withstudents, what are other spaces that students can get involvedoutside of the classroom in the Faculty of Science.Jim McGeer: So while the the, Iguess the main one that students really the very best knows isthe thesis, Caitlin was doing, and and that’s great, um, Dr.Wolfe is an amazing scientist, internationally recognized forwhat he does, and yeah, this sort of work that you’re able toget involved with is really leading edge research. And thatgoes across all the different disciplines within theenvironmental science program, and that. Other behaviors besides thethesis trend, and you have the opportunity within a one thesiscourse, within, you are familiar with, within biology, within geography, environmental studies, or within chemistry, you can do thatwithin the Environmental Science and also the Water Scienceprograms because of that interdisciplinary quality givesyou a width and choice.And similarly, so other ways to getinvolved in research would be through sent studies. Sothat would also be for credit. The thesis weighs is here, ascourse credits, instantly studies does but it counts less, it’sone period instead of a two word committment in terms of workthat you’re involved with, and it’s um, so a little bit less interms of anticipations, but still a chance to get involved in, inresearch and from a variety of different opportunities indifferent proffs may have. All of the proffs are doing researchof some sort, um, students do, I don’t know Caitlin, probablyyou’d probably say that I conclude. You know, proffs move theresearch platforms, but students do the use. and they depend onstudents sure as shooting. And so but there’s also, you are familiar with, summerjobs, sometimes they hire beings, as investigate technicianson that, for the summer might be part time during period, you canvolunteer, that’s often a good lieu to start in trying todevelop research experience in life.Um, so all of those aredifferent ways of, of getting involved in the researchactivity that gone on. And when you first come to, to, Laurier, I picture, probably the same for most universities, you are familiar with, you’re focused on your direction, and you don’t really realize allthe research task that’s going on, you are familiar with, behind allthose closed doors as you go up and down the hallways. Butthere’s a whole assortment of students I think, with, withenvironmental related sciences, you know, water sciences andthat. There’s probably upwards of 150 or so students, you are familiar with, across all different types of programs, undergraduates, andvolunteers and graduate students. But there’s a wholelot of students and, and a whole lot of, you are familiar with, leading edgetechnologies are being used and applied. And in a number ofpeople working in the north, with some cool Unknown: opportunities there. Carissa MacKendrick: Thank you.And a lot of the things that, you know, a great deal of the questionsexactly what you had said earlier, Caitlin, how studentsask, Well, what can you do with that career intelligent? You know, Ialways clarified, you know, it’s really good to take a goodeducation and combine it with that experience.So with thesekinds of pass on event, that job question definitelycan be answered. So Caitlin, have you thought about whatcomes next after graduation for yourself? Caitlin Dermott – 4th year: I’mvery hopeful to get a job immediately out of graduation.And I’m hoping to be working with an environmental consultingcompany, which would be amazing. They likewise do some environmentalengineering nonsense. And to consider myself like anengineer, I never imagined I would. But all theseopportunities, like I said, take them and run with them whenthey’re given to you and you never know where they’re goingto lead you. And it can be some incredible homes. Yeah, you canget a job and somewhere you never thought you could huh. Carissa MacKendrick: Well, that’s kind of the elegant thing is the experiences that you’ve had, they give you those close a link with the professorsthat those are really key and valuable remarks for last-minute toapplying to graduate schools, responsibilities later on.The researchgives you those skills to be able to look at questions, findsolutions, be artistic in accordance with the rules that you present yourfindings. All those knowledge can be translated. So that’s reallyawesome. So thumbs across that that job works out for you, forsure. And, and Jim, where do you understand like, what kind of jobs doyou think are great fits or it for, that students might beinterested in if they’re interested in applying toEnvironmental Science or Applied Water Science program? Jim McGeer: Um, I think there’sa lot of different prospects, you know, comingout of a, like, Environmental science or Applied WaterScience, I don’t think you’re, you’re limited in any way.Youknow, and, and so, are concerned with the consulting manufacture, that, you are familiar with, there’s a whole lot of undertaking that gone on, through, you know, large and small companies in environmentalconsulting. And those responsibilities are never going to go away, so no, that’s that’s always going to be a concern. And, you are familiar with, working for district, federal, or even local governments interms of, you know, environment relevant undertakings, working withinlabs. The federal government is always hiring people andprovincial government as as as well. And they have very activegroups within environmental regulations and that there’scertainly research related professions available, so you knowparks, and the local authoritis, so the Grand River Conservationand there’s conservation arbiters throughout Ontario.So all sorts of different kinds of opportunities.Industry forexample, um, you are familiar with, so so they, you are familiar with, there’s a lot ofdifferent aspects to environmental professions and whereyou can find those. Carissa MacKendrick: Awesome.Well, thank you very much for sharing. Oh, sorry. Go ahead, Caitlin. Caitlin Dermott – 4th time: Ican simply jump in real quick. I wanted to mention how theEnvironmental Science program offers a lot of paws onclasses, which are super important in getting a place. Soanywhere from learning your first hydration in chemistryclass to a dissection in biology, or learning how tomeasure plastic limits and soils. All of these arepractical in your job in the future, and they come was reallyuseful. And they’re great to put on a resume and they move you amore appropriate hire for someone who’s looking.Carissa MacKendrick: Thank youfor adding that. That’s very true. I’ve heard this reallygreat piece of advice from someone once said, you are familiar with, checking where the needs are in our world, that’s where the jobmarkets are going to keep shifting. And right now with thefocus on environment, this really is a great trainingground to give you those technical handwritings on to preparefor a variety of careers. And like Jim said, they’re not goinganywhere. They’re surely going to be there. So thank youvery much for sharing all your expertise of your anger forour programs. And I hope that all of you who’ve had a chanceto watch this, have learned a little bit more about ourEnvironmental Science and Applied Water Science programs.Thank you so much and have a really great evening.Unknown: Thank you. Good luck ..

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