Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Science Co-op Students

 Bachelor of Natural Resource Science

In a world where specialization is the norm in university training for careers in the natural resource professions, the demand from industry and government agencies is increasing for professionals who are generalists. The BNRS program addresses this need by providing a course of study that is unique in its scope and purpose.

By understanding the scientific, economic, and social basis of natural resource issues, students and graduates of the program are able to effectively interface between diverse interest groups, all having a stake in how our terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems are managed.

BNRS Co-op students are ready for positions that utilize their:

  • Knowledge about sustainable management of natural resources
  • Research and analysis abilities
  • Problem solving, logical reasoning and critical analysis abilities
  • Organization and planning skills
  • Priority management
  • Fieldwork techniques

BNRS Co-op students are ready for positions in:

  • Agriculture
  • Aquaculture
  • Land use and Preservation
  • Mining and Oil Industires
  • Waste Management and Recycling
  • Housing and Community Development
  • Bioethics
  • Ecology
  • Ecotourism
  • Education
  • Environmental Conservation and Restoration
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Horticulture
  • Forestry
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Government
  • Parks and Recreation Management
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Transportation
  • Environmental Law
  • Non-governmental agencies
  • Wildlife Management
  • Private Business (construction, oil companies, law firms…)
 Bachelor of Science in Biology

Biology is the study of living things, from the smallest bacteria and viruses to the interactions of many organisms in whole ecosystems. The TRU Biology program provides a well-rounded education in Ecology, Plant and Animal Biology, Conservation Biology and Wildlife Biology, Microbiology, Genetics, and Physiology. A B.Sc. in Biology provides skills for problem solving, life-long learning and flexibility in future career options.

Biology Co-op Students are ready for positions that utilize their:

  • Organization and record keeping skills
  • Critical thinking, evaluation and problem solving skills.
  • Creativity and ingenuity
  • In-depth biological theory knowledge and technical skills
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Project management and adaptability

Biology Co-op students are ready for positions in:

  •  Conservation Agencies (forestry, national, and international environmental)
  • Government (municipal, provincial, national)
  • Industry and Laboratories (pharmaceutical, health care, medical, agriculture, environmental, food production, and manufacturing)
  • Inspection Agencies and Boards
  • Museums, Botanical Gardens
  • Post-Secondary Institutions
  • Public and Private Recreation Organizations
  • Public and Private Research Fields (agricultural, chemical, environmental)
  • Public Health Departments, Medical Centres, Nursing Homes
  • Scientific Magazines, Journals, Text-Based Companies
  • Waste Water Treatment Facilities
  • Wellness Centres, Hospitals, Health Spas
  • Wildlife Preserves and Parks
  • Zoological Societies and Aquariums
 Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Environmental Chemistry

The field of Chemistry plays a central role in today's society. TRU has developed its B.Sc. degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry to prepare students for a wide range of career options. Both programs require the same depth of chemistry experience; the Environmental Chemistry Program also requires courses in several related disciplines. TRU Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry Co-op students and graduates have the ability and skills to be valuable employees and active team members in many areas requiring chemical and environmental expertise.

Chemistry Co-op students are ready for positions that utilize their:

  • Understanding of complex technical information
  • Operation of scientific equipment ability
  • Knowledge of safety protocols and procedures
  • Research, analysis and problem solving abilities
  • Aptitude for accuracy of details
  • Mathematical proficiency
  • Innovative and creative solutions
  • Organization and project management skills

Chemistry Co-op students are ready for positions in:

  • Biotechnology Firms
  • Chemical Labs, Police Labs
  • Environmental Protection Agencies
  • Food and Agricultural Companies
  • Food and Beverage Companies
  • Health Protection
  • Inspection Agencies
  • Local, Provincial, and National Government
  • Manufacturing Firms (textile, food, electronics, machinery, chemicals)
  • Medical Labs and Hospitals
  • Mineral Products, Metal Firms
  • Natural Resources Organization
  • Oil Companies, Petroleum Refineries and Utilities
  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Research Firms/ Suppliers
  • Post-Secondary Institutions
  • Private Practise, Consulting, or Private Business
  • Professional and Technical Publications
  • Research and Development Laboratories, Industrial Institutions
  • Technical Libraries & Science Museums
  • Water Processing Plants and Waste Management Firms 
 Bachelor of Science in Physics

A major in Physics from TRU combines rigorous training in the ideas and concepts of the physical world with practical experience in electronics, computing, acoustics, and optics and other fundamental topics. The knowledge this major provides is a strong base for the students to expand their expertise in applied science and technology fields as the need arises in the future. TRU Physics graduates are hired by high-tech industries doing scientific research and development work.

Physics Co-op students are ready for positions that utilize their:

  • Ability to collect, analyze and interpret data using laboratory and/or field techniques
  • Critical thinking, problem solving and evaluation skills
  • Project management ability
  • Prioritization and multitasking capabilities
  • Technical research and reporting abilities
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to communicate and present scientific data to both scientific and non-scientific communities
  • Flexibility and adaptation to changing working conditions

Physics Co-op students are ready for positions in:

  • Administration & Management 
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical
  • Applied Research & Development
  • Automotive
  • Biomedical
  • Consulting
  • Educational Institutions
  • Engineering Consulting
  • Government
  • Healthcare Sector
  • Information Technology
  • Materials Supply
  • Mining
  • Nuclear Plants
  • Observatories
  • Optics/Electronics
  • Petroleum
  • Research & Development
  • Telecommunications
  • Writing