Science is about exploring, questioning, discovering – opening your mind and pushing the boundaries of the unknown! If this is your passion, then our programs in the Faculty of Science will expand your knowledge and give you the tools needed for a rewarding career in natural sciences, life sciences, physical sciences or mathematics. All of our programs offer the opportunity to develop your fascination for science while receiving training that will equip you with the necessary skills to join the scientific work force or to pursue your education through research or professional programs.
A Setting Where Science Thrives
Nestled in the heart of Canada’s Capital, we can tap directly into several government and private research centres, including the National Research Council (NRC) and several Government of Canada research laboratories. The Faculty of Science boasts partnerships with researchers at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Health Canada, Environment Canada, the Geological Survey of Canada, Statistics Canada, the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, the Canadian Museum of Nature and the National Research Council Canada, to name a few.
Dedicated Professors, Renowned Researchers
The Faculty of Science has more than 160 full-time professors who teach and lead cutting-edge research. On the strength of our national and international reputation, $42 million per year are awarded to our researchers in grants and research contracts. This funding represents an accolade for the Faculty’s leadership in science and as an investment in our collective future. Our professors devotedly share their knowledge for research with their students, even beyond the classroom. The faculty’s professors consistently distinguish themselves in their teaching and their research, recognized to national and international heights.
Student Research Opportunities
The Faculty of Science gives undergraduate students the opportunity to work with scientists and take part in important scientific discoveries.
Assistantships are available in various areas of science and medicine: biochemistry, biology, biopharmaceutical science, biotechnology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, immunology, mathematics and statistics, microbiology, neurology, pharmacology, physics, physiology and virology.
Every year, scholarships are awarded to exceptional students from across the country. To qualify, you must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, have an admission average of at least 92 per cent, be registered full-time for the first time in an undergraduate program of the Faculty of Science, and most importantly, demonstrate research skills and involvement in extracurricular activities of a scientific nature. To ensure renewal, you need a minimum grade point average of 8.5 in your first academic year.
French Immersion Stream
The University of Ottawa French Immersion Stream is designed for Anglophone and Allophone students who wish to pursue part of their university studies in French. Students who have attended high school in a language other than French and have followed a French-as-a-second-language program are eligible.