Environmental Science and Applied Water Science (BSc)

Carissa MacKendrick: Helloeverybody, my list is Carissa. I’m the senior recruitmentcoordinator here for Wilfrid Laurier University and I’mreally excited to introduce you to a wonderful panel of peoplewho are evoked is to say all about their programs now atWilfrid Laurier. And I’m going to start with some veryimportant forewords firstly starting with our prof Jim. Jim McGeer: Thanks very much.So, my call is Jim McGeer, and I am a prof in biology. I’malso the Academic Advisor for biology platforms for the AppliedWater Science program and also the Environmental Scienceprogram. I’ve been at Laurier for 14 years, I judge, oh yeah, um you lose track, and I coach Environmental Toxicology andAnimal Physiology trends. Caitlin Dermott – 4th year: Hi, my specify is Caitlin and I am currently in my last-place semester atWilfrid Laurier University in the Environmental Scienceprogram. I’m super thrilled to be here.And I envision 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 platforms, so Bachelor of Science curricula, they’re both four year curricula, and they’re too both interdisciplinary curricula. Andthat means you’re make directions across different disciplines.And those are, 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 curricula. Therealso, there’s a math constituent, there’s a chemistry and, andalso a physic component in one of the programs. The differencebetween them, I remember, is that within the Applied Water Scienceprogram, there is a focus on water associated pattern, there arespecific tracks that “youve got to” make 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, very, we mainly focus on prioritizing students andalso research excellence and that that delivers 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 top anyways, I don’t know if ah Caitlin wantsto talk a little bit about your experiences with theenvironmental science program. Caitlin Dermott – 4th time: Sure.I actually started in a different program.I wasinitially in simply only the chemistry agency. And Idecided to switch my program to Environmental Science at the endof my first year, because I missed something that was alittle bit more well rounded , not as specific andEnvironmental Science was a great alternative for me, I came 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 are well aware, 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 every opportunity to dive intoresearch and to be a part of many different discipline programs.Carissa MacKendrick: Thank youvery much. That’s really it’s very helpful datum as wejust asked a pair questions a little more about theprogram. So Jim, if you were to say if a student were to come upto you and say what does it want Applied Water Science? I review Iunderstand Environmental science, what does it mean tostudy Applied Water Science? Jim McGeer: A well so, yeah, theapplied is that part of the deed hurls 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 study practical sciences, and, anddeveloping entrusts on knowledge which you do through throughlabs through plain experiences. Are there’s one course forexample, in third year on realm methods in Applied WaterScience, which specifically comes students out on the field tolearn entrusts on skills.So, so I think that’s, that’s really, theApplied Water Science is really about set beings andstudents in the new generation of scientists with the skillsand the knowledge to be able to gloat and apply those sciences intheir in their jobs. Carissa MacKendrick: So, Caitlin, you said that you actually started another programand then eventually transferred to Environmental science. Butyou chose to study science at Laurier? A, initiallybeforehand. So why did you end up opting Laurier? Unknown: That’s a greatquestion.I’m actually from a small town, precisely north ofToronto. And so I missed the small town community thatLaurier has to offer. I was likewise 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 actions with Laurier, which was also reallyimportant as in high school, I was a part of the social teamsat school, whether the government has be boasts or academic, that was animportant goal for me to have at Laurier as well. Carissa MacKendrick: So thatactually conducts into my next question really well, sincethose were things “that youve had” destinations as as a high schoolstudent leading 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 time, 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 someone showed I try it, and I did and it was incredible.So if you’re given an opportunity, definitely take it.I too connected the Women’s Athletic Association to keep upwith some plays during institution, because it’s important that youmaintain a balanced lifestyle while at university.I also hadthe excellent opportunity to be a part of a thesis with aprofessor at Laurier listed Dr. Brent Wolfe. And I got to travelto Yellowknife and make my own samples for my thesis, whichagain, presented job opportunities and it was amazing, definitelyworth it. Carissa MacKendrick: That’sreally cool. And, Jim, in terms of how you have worked withstudents, what are other access 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 very good know-hows 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 courses besides thethesis course, and you have the opportunity within a one thesiscourse, within, you are well aware, 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 mood givesyou a wide and hand-picked. And similarly, so other ways to getinvolved in research would be through addrest studies.Sothat would also be for credit. The thesis counts is here, ascourse credits, immediately studies does but it counts less, it’sone call instead of a two expression committment in terms of workthat you’re involved with, and it’s um, so a little bit less interms of expectancies, but still a chance to get involved in, inresearch and from a variety of different opportunities indifferent proffs is likely to be. All of the proffs are doing researchof some sort, um, students do, I don’t know Caitlin, probablyyou’d probably said here today that I recollect. You know, proffs pass theresearch planneds, but students do the use. and they depend onstudents for sure. And so but there’s also, you are well aware, summerjobs, sometimes they hire beings, as study technicianson that, for the summer might be part time during period, you canvolunteer, that’s often a good locate 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 think, probably the same for most universities, you are well aware, you’re focused on your trend, and you don’t really realize allthe research activity that’s going on, you know, behind allthose closed- door as you go up and down the hallways. Butthere’s a entire cluster of students I consider, with, withenvironmental related scientific, you are well aware, irrigate sciences andthat. There’s probably upwards of 150 or so students, you know, across all different types of programs, undergraduates, andvolunteers and graduate student. But there’s a wholelot of students and, and a whole lot of, you are well aware, 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 any issues that, you know, a lot of the questionsexactly what you had said earlier, Caitlin, how studentsask, Well, what can you do with that vocation wise? You know, Ialways asked, you are well aware, it’s really good to take a goodeducation and integrate it with that experience.So with thesekinds of paws on knowledge, that profession 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 stuff. And to consider myself like anengineer, I never considered I would.But all theseopportunities, like I said, make them and run with them whenthey’re be submitted 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 nifty thing is the experiences that you’ve had, they give you those close connections with the professorsthat those are really key and valuable cites for later toapplying to graduate schools, places later on. The researchgives you those abilities to be able to look at troubles, findsolutions, be inventive in accordance with the arrangements that you present yourfindings. All those sciences can be translated. So that’s reallyawesome. So fingers across that that job works out for you, forsure. And, and Jim, where do you ascertain 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 industry, that, you are well aware, there’s a whole lot of task that gone on, through, you know, large and small companies in environmentalconsulting. And those chores are never going to go away, so no, that’s that’s always going to be a concern. And, you are well aware, working for state, federal, or even local governments interms of, you know, environment relevant positions, working withinlabs. The federal government is always hiring beings andprovincial government as as as well. And they have very activegroups within environmental regulations and that there’scertainly research related business available, so you knowparks, and the local authoritis, so the Grand River Conservationand there’s conservation authorities throughout Ontario.So all sorts of different kinds of opportunities. industry forexample, um, you are well aware, so so they, you know, there’s a lot ofdifferent aspects to environmental careers and whereyou can find those. Carissa MacKendrick: Awesome.Well, thank you very much for sharing. Oh, sorry. Go onward, Caitlin. Caitlin Dermott – 4th time: Ican simply jump in real quick. I wanted to mention how theEnvironmental Science program offers a good deal of sides onclasses, which are super important in getting a job.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 one across a resume and they draw 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 formerly said, you know, investigating 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 technological hands on to preparefor a variety of occupations. And like Jim said, they’re not goinganywhere. They’re emphatically going to be there. So thank youvery much for sharing all your expertise of your affection forour planneds. 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 better and have a really great evening.Unknown: Thank you. Good luck ..

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