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Academic Programs



Archaeology is the study of the human past through the examination of artifacts and traces of human settlements and other activities.  Through archaeology we investigate questions about where we come from.  Why did human ancestors start making and using tools?  What was the impact of the domestication of plants and animals on human society and health?  Archaeology complements other methods of studying the past, such as history, oral history and environmental reconstruction. Archaeologists survey to discover sites, excavate sites and analyse their findings. They also utilize methods from a wide range of disciplines in the sciences and humanities including earth science, chemistry, biology, forensic science, history, classics, indigenous studies, sociology, and anthropology.

For more information please see our Archaeology program page.

ARCL program coordinator: Dr. Alicia Hawkins


Environmental Science


Environmental Science is the interdisciplinary study of the natural world, its functioning and its relationship to human activity.  It extends beyond the traditional science disciplines to terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric biotic and abiotic systems and their interactions.  An environmental science graduate will have an in-depth knowledge of environmental systems and  the breadth and context in which these systems operate.  Students will develop a range of expertise necessary to address present and future environmental problems.  Based in northern Ontario the program draws on world class environmental research and community work most notably in the fields of northern freshwater ecology, reclamation of industrally damaged land and lakes, environmental protection, and responsible development.

For more information please see our Environmental Science program page.

ENSC program coordinator: Dr. Randy Dirszowsky


Environmental Studies


The program offers an interdisciplinary education on environmental issues, with a particular emphasis on development and ethical issues in a location characterized by diversity and variability. The material to be studied focuses on acquiring a solid understanding of both natural and human systems through the development of theories, methodologies, and applied knowledge. It also allows for the integration of different and traditionally separate perspectives of the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. This approach places environmental issues at the heart of citizens’ concerns and society’s needs.

For more information please see our Environmental Studies program page.

ENVI English program coordinator: Dr. William Crumplin.


Études de l'environnement


Ce programme offre une formation interdisciplinaire sur les relations entre l'être humain, les autres organismes vivants et l'environnement aviotique.  Il s'agit d'analyser les enjeux intégrés de développement et d'éthique au sein d'un environnement caractérisé par sa diversité et sa variabilité.  Le programme est conçu pour offrir une formation complète et équilibrée, intégrant les différentes perspectives des sciences sociales, des humanités et des sciences naturelles et assurant l'acquisition de savoirs tant théoriques, méthodologiques qu'appliqués.  Une telle approche est aujourd'hui au coeur des besoins sociétaux et des préoccupations citoyennes tout comme elle est à la fine pointe de la conception contemporaine des savoirs.

Pour plus d'informations, svp voire notre page de programme d'Études de l'environnement.

Coordinatrice d'ENVI français: Dr. Christian Bouchard


Science Communication


We are North America's first and only comprehensive science communication graduate program. The Master’s degree in Science Communication (MSCom) is the first and only program of its kind in Canada. The program is an intense 12 month experience that covers the theory underlying good communication as well as the practical challenges of effectively communicating science and the issues involving science in society. Courses include learning, design and rhetorical theory, the application of new social and traditional media, exhibit development and research methods. This is a 12-month program with an eight week work placement. The program is delivered in partnership with Science North, the local science centre, which provides students with experiential learning opportunities for research and application of science communication principles. Students also need to write a Major Research Paper to complete the program. The knowledge and skills gained in the program prepare students for a growing number of careers in science communication. Graduates can expect to find employment with government agencies, NGOs, science centres, museums, zoos and aquariums, and leading research centres such as Perimeter Institute and Triumf, and wherever communicating complex scientific ideas and information is needed. Courses are offered on the Laurentian campus, at the Vale Living With Lakes Centre, as well as at Science North.

For more information please see our Science Communication program page. Details can also be found on our Science North webpage.

SCOM director: Dr. Chantal Barriault