Experiential learning

Student taking water sample in creek

We bring the field to you! Labs aren't just indoors and your experiences aren't limited to your course outline. We offer opportunities that will critically enhance your skills and give you a serious advantage when you graduate.

Build your skills and go beyond, with experiential learning at Waterloo.


Most science majors have the regular or co-op system of study, with a few exceptions. For more information about co-op in the Faculty of Science, please visit the co-op web page.


There are several research opportunities for undergraduate students. Volunteer with a professor, work in research through co-op or the work-study program, or complete an honours thesis or capstone project.


Students in the regular program of study qualify for the EDGE certificate. EDGE provides students the opportunity to develop the professional skills, explore career options, and market themselves to employers.


Science students gain a wide variety of skills which can be applicable to many careers. Take a look at this list of careers, which our alumni are currently doing.