Experiential Learning in the Sciences

Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

Last week we talked about experiential learning opportunities available to Bachelor of Arts students. If you missed that article you can still view it on our website.

Today we’re breaking down experiential learning (EL) in the Sciences. Buckle up Future Gryphons!

Applied Research Courses

In these courses you will investigate a topic in your field of study in an academic, industry or community setting, while being supported by a faculty or staff supervisor. You will typically complete these courses and projects in either third or fourth year.

Interested in applied animal research? Look into Experiments in Animal Biology! Is human health more your thing? Check out Research in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences.

BSc students have historically completed independent study courses, advanced independent research, critical analysis courses, honours thesis projects and more as part of applied research in the sciences.

Certificate Programs

Certificate and diploma programs can be completed part-time and are a great way to upgrade your skills in a key area. Visit our website to learn more about the certificate programs offered at U of G.

Community Engaged Learning

New in 2019/2020, students in biological sciences can complete an Internship (paid or volunteer) in Biological Science and work in consultation with an external organization. This course will allow you to apply scientific methodologies, gain project management experience and develop a project that benefits the community. Visit our website for more information about this course.

Co-operative Education

Did you know that 11 of our Bachelor of Science majors have a co-op option? Co-op streams give you relevant work experience and help you develop transferrable skills that will help you succeed in the workplace – all while getting paid.

You can complete your placements anywhere in Canada or internationally! Be sure to visit recruitguelph.ca for all the details!

Course Integrated Learning

These courses have integrated experiential learning in the form of lab work, design work, simulations, performances and case studies allowing you to develop your skills and display what you’ve learned.

As a science student you will benefit from course integrated learning throughout your degree, beginning as early as first year General Chemistry courses, through to upper year courses and projects such as Experiments in Animal Biology, Analytical Biochemistry, Thermodynamics and Kinetics, Human Anatomy, Plant Diversity and Evolution and many more!

Field Courses

Several majors offer field courses which can take place in a partial or full semester. These courses are led by faculty and prepare you for professional work. In a typical field course, you will engage in first-hand investigation and analysis directly in a field location.

Examples of field courses in the sciences include Crop Science Field Trips, Field Ecology, Marine Biology and Oceanography, Arctic Ecology and more.

Professional Practice Courses

These courses allow you to work under the guidance of a professional to develop skills related to your field of study. These opportunities include internships, externships and practicums.

For a complete list of professional practice courses available across various disciplines, check out our Experiential Learning webpages.

Future Gryphons, these are just a fraction of the experiential learning opportunities available to U of G students! We recommend checking out the Experiential Learning website to explore other potential opportunities and to read testimonials from current students on how EL has positively contributed to their university experience.

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