The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science offers a flexible and student-focused learning environment where research is fully integrated into the student experience.

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Undergraduate STUDIES

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science strives to deliver programs that are nationally and internationally recognized and to build a community that nurtures the next generation of knowledge creators and societal leaders.


Graduate studies

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science welcomes students from across the world who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree.


Interdisciplinary Learning

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science provides many paths to an elevated learning experience. Interdisciplinary learning allows students to make connections with other areas of study.

Freshwater Science student and professor in the field

Freshwater Science

Water is projected to become Canada’s foremost ecological crisis early in this century, and the availability and management of freshwater is becoming one of the greatest environmental, social, and political challenges of the 21st century. The Freshwater Science program integrates aquatic aspects of biology, chemistry, geography, and earth and environmental sciences. Students in the program will study water quality and quantity, aquatic organisms, and the health of aquatic ecosystems. Graduates of this program will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to deal with future national and international freshwater environmental problems.


Earth and Environmental Sciences Student examining a tree in the forest

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Learn how our planet works, and use that knowledge to benefit both people and the environment.

The program emphasizes the interactions between humans and the environment and is extremely flexible. Students can focus on the environment or the solid earth in their studies as well as enhance their program with related courses in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, geography, plus mathematics and statistics.


Academic Departments

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science is organized into four departments that are responsible for the programs offered by our faculty.

Biochemistry | Biology | Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Microbiology | Zoology

Biochemistry | Chemistry | Environmental Chemistry

Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics
Computer Science | Data Science | Mathematical Sciences | Mathematics | Medical Physics | Physics | Statistics

Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences 
Earth & Environmental Sciences | Freshwater Science | Geography