Experiential Education provides students with the opportunity to gain real world, academically relevant experience in a community, research or professional setting. This combination of academic and applied learning helps students to further develop the necessary qualities and skills that will be transferable to future career paths.
Students in the Faculty of Science can gain relevant experience through Applied Placement, Research Practicum/Independent Study, or Undergraduate Science Internship courses. For program-specific experiential course options, click here, or speak with your undergraduate program advisor.
Applied Science Placement Courses (Science 3EP3/3EX6)
Upon finding an academically relevant experience, students must secure a relevant Placement and Academic Supervisor. With input from both supervisors, students complete an application form, including a detailed learning contract and evaluation matrix. Application forms for SCIENCE 3EP3/3EX6 must be submitted 30 days prior to the start date of classes for the term in which applying.
For tips regarding finding and securing a placement, academic and placement supervisors, or completing the learning contract, check out the video guides on our YouTube channel.
Research Practicum Course (Science 3RP3)
In this course, students will conduct research, as directed by a faculty member, in a wide range of scientific lab/field settings. The student will complete an academic component in addition to the research. Our research practicum course serves as an excellent preparation for a Level IV Thesis or Independent Study experience. Students are responsible for securing an Academic Supervisor for this course.
Application forms for SCIENCE 3RP3 must be submitted 30 days prior to the start date of classes for the term in which applying.
Undergraduate Science Internship Course (Science 3IE0)
Students in Level II or III of an Honours program in the Faculty of Science have the opportunity to participate in a full-time, paid internship in an academically relevant setting. Internships allow students to explore potential career options, while gaining work experience, developing relevant skills and building contacts for future career planning. Students are responsible for identifying eligible internships prior to enrolling in SCIENCE 3IE0.