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Liberal Science

Science Experiments Introduce Students to Research
Nipissing offers you a unique opportunity to practice graduate-level research as an undergraduate science student
Customize your Learning Experience
Whether you want to learn more about math, biology, pyschology, or the environment, you can tailor a Liberal Science degree to your interests

Welcome to the Liberal Science Program at Nipissing​

Nipissing’s Liberal Science program provides students with a broad-based understanding of a number of scientific disciplines. General in nature and flexible in structure, Nipissing’s Liberal Science program focuses on the basic concepts and orientations of modern science, and considers its role in today’s society.

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Bachelor of Science (Three-year Liberal)

Students complete a minor (18 credits) in two different science areas and can choose two from the following: Biology, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geology and Mathematics.

Students who are interested in a wide-range of scientific disciplines, and would like to focus on several of them, should consider this degree since it provides the flexibility to satisfy a curiosity about a number of different scientific fields of study ​

Centre for Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Arts and Sciences (CICAS)

CICAS positions itself as a strategic hub for interdisciplinary, collaborative research and innovation in the Northern Ontario region.

The centre’s main research areas include the following clusters:

  • Digital Culture and Community
  • Education and technology
  • Environmental Health


Nipissing's campus is located on a stunning 291 hectares of Canadian Shield forest. With our focus on student-centred living and learning, you will feel a sense of community the moment you step on campus.

The Harris Learning Library

The Harris Learning Library was completed in 2011 and provides 56,000 square feet of study space with natural light and a modern award-winning design. The new library features expanded print collections, a learning commons, an adaptive technology area, and collaborative work spaces.

Academic Support Services

Our goal is to support your academic and personal development. Look for assistance with accessibility services, learning style assessments, writing skills, writing formats, study strategies, time management, note-taking skills, academic resources, group seminars, peer support, career development activities, and more. Learn More...

Financial Support Services

Achieve your goals on time and on budget. We’ll help you fund your education through scholarships, awards, bursaries, government assistance, and work study programs. Learn More...

Internationalize your Degree

If you want to experience a year or a semester at one of our partner schools across the globe, we have support services and programs to help you get there. If you want to assist International students with adjusting to life in Canada, we’ll connect you. Check out your options...

Personal Counselling Services

Our registered counsellors offer free, year-round personal counselling services, specialized therapeutic groups, referral services and a host of wellness, educational and awareness events to all full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students. Learn More...

CICAS Talk Series

The centre hosts a series of talks and panel discussions to advocate the importance of on trans-disciplinary research.

“I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.” Confucius

Experiential learning is an effective medium that enhances and reinforces classroom learning. In addition, skills and competencies in the areas of communication, teamwork, analysis, work ethic, and problem solving are all learning outcomes that assist with finding the right career path for you.

Third and fourth year Arts and Science Students will be interested in our 3 credit course, UNIV 3006 Experiential Learning for Arts and Science Students. Within this course, academic assignments and at least 60 hours of placement in the community within a field that is related to your course of study is offered.

The Nipissing Promise

Students enrolled in the Nipissing University Promise program will be invited to return to Nipissing, tuition free, for up to 30 additional credits if six months after completing their four-year undergraduate degree program with a 70 percent average and all required elements of the program, they have not secured career-related employment.

For more information please visit The Nipissing Promise.

Leadership and Community Engagement

If you are eager to get involved beyond the classroom, take part in the annual Undergraduate Research Conference, which gives you the opportunity to present your work to peers, professors, and family members. You may also have opportunity to work as a Research Assistant to help a professor conduct research and gain valuable experience at the same time.

Record of Student Development

Involvement and experiential learning lead to more personal and academic success by connecting classroom learning to real world experience. Volunteer on your campus and within the community and be officially recognized for all that you do. The Record of Student Development (RSD) documents that you have completed a series of involvement outcomes that all employers are looking for. Achieving all the competencies associated with the RSD will help you communicate the depth of your experiences as you apply to career opportunities.

Employers are looking for people with the following proven abilities:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-Solving skills
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Teamwork

To register and see the full list of RSD competencies visit

Student Union

Students attending Nipissing University in North Bay and long distance students are members of the Nipissing University Student Union. Our organization strives to represent students democratically, provide a communication framework, and lobby for legislative change on issues that affect students.


Exercise and healthy competition always help to clear the mind.


Nipissing’s Athletics Department offers a wide range of intramural activities to keep you on your game


Club sports are available to all Nipissing students and are both recreational and competitive.


Go Lakers! Our varsity athletes always bring their “A” game. Get your friends together and come out to cheer on your favourite teams.


Whether you are a gym enthusiast or a weekend warrior, Nipissing has just what you need.

 Academic Advising

​Have a question for an Academic Advisor? We'll be happy to answer. Send an email to and include the following:

  • your Name
  • your Student ID
  • your Phone Number (if you prefer to receive a call)
  • your inquiry details

I belong at Nipissing not only because there are multiple opportunities to get involved with research, clubs, exchanges and more, but also because the small school population creates a bigger sense of community! Every day, I run into someone I know, whether that is other students or professors!

Colton Baird-Rowe, BSc (Hon.) Biology 4th year

Career and Academic Options

  • Professional School (Education, MBA, Medicine, Optometry, Physiotherapy)
  • Careers in the health sciences sector, library services, and scientific journalism
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