Twenty Science Majors to choose from...
For suggested first-year course schedules in each of the majors, see the First Year Program Options. For individualized advice on courses for your program beyond first year, ask your departmental faculty advisor.
Applied mathematics uses mathematics together with other fields such as physics, biology, chemistry or economics to make discoveries about the way the world works.
WHAT YOU CAN BECOME Accountant, air traffic controller, investment banker, meteorologist, actuary, mathematics teacher.
Behavioural neuroscience, offered through the Department of Psychology, is the general study of the relations between the structure and activity of the brain and its function in generating integrated, adaptive behavioural responses.
WHAT YOU CAN BECOME This degree is excellent preparation for further training in health professions such as medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology.
Biochemistry is the study of chemical processes associated with living organisms. Biochemists use concepts of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, microbiology and genetics to unravel the complex puzzles of life.
WHAT YOU CAN BECOME Biochemist, biotechnologist, chiropractor, clinical biochemist, dentist, environmental health specialist, medical doctor, optometrist, research technician, science teacher, lawyer.
BIOLOGY, BIOLOGY (Ecology and Conservation), BIOLOGY (Marine), BIOLOGY (Cell and Molecular)
Biology is the study of life and of living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution and distribution. Within the biology program a student can specialize in areas such as cellular, developmental and molecular biology and physiology, genetics and evolution, marine biology and conservation and ecology.
WHAT YOU CAN BECOME Fisheries officer, wildlife or conservation officer, marine or aquaculture biologist, bio or medical technologist, horticulturist, science teacher, medical doctor, veterinarian.
Chemistry is the science of the composition, structure, properties and reactions of matter, especially of atomic and molecular systems. The synthesis of new drugs, the production of novel materials and the monitoring and improvement of our environment all involve the science of chemistry.
WHAT YOU CAN BECOME Chemical oceanographer, forensic laboratory scientist, food and drug analyst, environmental health specialist, food scientist, optometrist, science teacher, radiologist, polymer chemist, metallurgical analyst, agricultural chemist, medical doctor, dentist, pharmaceutical scientist, environmental poicy analyst, medical research scientist.
Computational chemistry uses computers and software to model the behaviour and properties of chemical systems, from individual atoms to the large proteins found in living things. These models lead to design of molecules for new drugs and materials in medicine, and new ways to store and transport energy and information.
WHAT YOU CAN BECOME Chemical researcher at pharmaceutical company, industrial research and development facility, or research institute with the government or academia.
COMPUTER SCIENCE (Smart Systems
COMPUTER SCIENCE (Software Engineering)
COMPUTER SCIENCE (Visual Computing and Games)
Virtually every discipline – practical, theoretical or creative – is experiencing the influence of computers. The ever-increasing dependence on computer technology in our daily lives presents rich opportunities for those interested in the design of new applications and systems.
WHAT YOU CAN BECOME Computational scientist, network analyst, entrepreneur, web specialist, information scientist, robotics programmer, software development specialist, systems designer, computer architect, systems analyst.
Earth sciences encompass all scientific studies related to the structure and development of our planet, whether looking at the composition of rocks or soil on the earth’s surface, investigating the movement of plates or the properties of material far beneath our feet. Although field work plays an important role in many studies, today’s geoscientist commonly uses ocean drilling vessels, satellite imagery, high-precision geochemical and geophysical instruments, and the latest in electronic and laser microscopes.
WHAT YOU CAN BECOME Economic geologist, geochemist, geochronologist, geophysicist, environmental geologist/ geophysicist, petroleum geologist, paleontologist, sedimentologist, structural geologist, marine geologist.
Economics is the branch of social science that deals with the analysis and management of production, distribution and consumption of goods and services.
WHAT YOU CAN BECOME Auditor, bank officer, financial reporter, healthcare administrator, statistician, teacher, technical writer, labour relations specialist.
At Memorial, environmental physics means exploring the earth’s environment through the understanding provided by physics. You will draw upon ideas and concepts from many different areas of physics including mechanics, electricity, magnetism, thermodynamics and atomic physics.
WHAT YOU CAN BECOME National laboratory research administrator, geophysicist, chemical physicist, oceanographer, meteorologist, geotechnical advisor, environmental assessor.
Geography literally means “description of the earth” – its physical and human components and how they vary spatially. Geography studies the inter-relationships between climate, landforms, plants, animals and humans over the surface of the earth.
WHAT YOU CAN BECOME Climatologist, environmentalist, demographer, cartographer, geomorphologist, urban planner, GIS specialist.
Nutrition, offered through the Department of Biochemistry, is the science that studies the means by which we take in and utilize food. Nutritionists study the metabolism of foods: how foods are converted and used by the body.
WHAT YOU CAN BECOME Chiropractor, clinical laboratory technician, health services professional, occupational therapist, optometrist, pharmaceutical representative, physical therapist, veterinarian.
OCEAN SCIENCES (Environmental Systems)
Ocean Sciences, or oceanograpy, is a field that encompasses the study of the global marine environment from broad geographic and interdisciplinary perspectives. It essentially looks at the interaction between marine life and oceanographic processes, covering such diverse topics as coastal and deep-sea food webs, marine animal ecology, physiology and behaviour, plankton dynamics, the effects of pollution or climate change on ocean life and ecosystems, the management and conservation of aquatic resources, and much more.
WHAT YOU CAN BECOME: Science teacher, SCUBA diver, fisheries officer, Nature interpreter, Aquarium curator, Environmental analyst/consultant.
Physics is the study of the interactions between energy and matter. These interactions govern the physical world and are important in fields as wide ranging as meteorology, geophysics, materials science and optics.
WHAT YOU CAN BECOME Meteorologist, geophysicist, photonics specialist, health physicist, educator, researcher.
Psychology is the study of behaviour and the mind. As a science, psychology employs careful investigation to understand behaviour, thinking and experience. The profession of psychology applies this information to promote human welfare. The combination of writing, research and statistical analysis acquired in a psychology degree is a sound preparation for many careers.
WHAT YOU CAN BECOME Psychology is excellent preparation for careers in business, human resources, administration, advertising, human services, sales and research.
Pure mathematics involves the study of the traditional core areas of mathematics such as abstract algebra, number theory, geometry, and real and complex analysis.
WHAT YOU CAN BECOME Accountant, air traffic controller, investment banker, demographer.
Statistics is a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters.
WHAT YOU CAN BECOME Forensic statistician, personal financial adviser, epidemiologist, risk management specialist, risk analyst.