Lakehead University

Campus in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario


  • Biology (BSc, MSc)
  • Environmental Management (BEM) (co-op)
  • Environmental Studies BESc, BESc-BEd)
  • Environmental Studies: Nature-based Recreation & Tourism (MES)
  • Environmental Studies: Northern Environments & Culture (MNEC)
  • Environmental Sustainability (BASc) (co-op)
  • Forest Sciences (PhD)
  • Forestry (BScF, MScF) (co-op)
  • Geography (BA, BES, BEd, BSc, BASc-Ed) (co-op)
  • Geology (BSc, MSc)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (BASc, Bed)
  • Natural Science (BSc, Bed)
  • Northern Studies (BA, BSc)
  • Outdoor Recreation, Parks, Tourism (BOR)
  • Resource & Environmental Economics (BScREE)
  • Water Resource Science (BSc)

Co-op option: Yes


Why Go Here?

With campuses in both Thunder Bay and Orillia, Lakehead U encourages a diverse, student-focused learning experience. The school takes a personal approach to learning, with fewer than 25 students in 50% of classes. Orillia’s campus is LEED-certified, featuring a green roof system, geothermal energy sources, water collection ponds, wind turbines and solar thermal collectors. There are numerous scholarships available as well as job opportunities for students on campus.  


Applied Learning

Most programs feature extensive field study components both regionally and internationally. The surrounding landscape provides an excellent natural laboratory. Science and Environmental students can assist faculty members in their labs and research projects. Students can apply for one of two prestigious research internships with the Northern Ontario Herigate Fund. The school's Forest Resources and Soils Testing Laboratory is equipped to provide a full array of chemical and physical testing tools for both soil and vegetation. Lakehead's International Student Exchange Program allows students to study abroad while earning credits towards their Lakehead degree. 


Extracurricular Activities

Students living in the Eco House residence community can learn about social/environmental issues and commit to a greener lifestyle. Students can also get involved in the campus Sustainability Initiative.The school's LEAD program organizes seminars for developing leadership skills in a variety of areas. The Thunder Bay campus provides an abundance of opportunities for outdoor sports and leisure all year round. Students can easily take a ski break or hiking trip between study sessions.


Best Natural Feature 

Lakehead's campuses are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. On Thunder Bay campus, the McIntyre River and Lake Tamblyn resevoir provide excellent resources for biology, water resource science and geology classes. The Thunder Bay campus is one of the most picturesque campuses in Canada, surrounded by Lake Superior, Lake Nipigon and Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Lakehead's Orillia campus is at the heart of beautiful cottage country, on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. A 9.5 km stretch of the Trans Canada Trail winds through the city, connecting the waterfront, city parks and heritage sites. 


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