Natural and applied science programs in Canada cover two main areas. Natural sciences include the discovery of new knowledge about humans, animals, plants, or the universe. Applied sciences include the application of knowledge from one or more natural science fields to solve practical problems. These are very popular programs for international students studying in Canada at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Major areas of study in the natural and applied sciences include biology, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics and statistics, physics, microbiology, psychology, computer sciences, environmental science, health and medical science. Degree specializations are vast and include biotechnology & genetic engineering, cognitive science, exercise science, genetics, software engineering and statistics, behavioural neuroscience, cellular & molecular biology, photonics, earth science, geography, marine biology, astronomy, wildlife & fisheries, agriculture, technology and much more. Many Canadian institutes have extensive collaborations with research universities and institutes around the world.

First year university science programs usually cover core courses, while specialization occurs in the 3rd and 4th years. Natural and applied science programs typically have laboratory components to help develop practical skills and provide hands-on experience. Advanced courses are often available and provide insight into cutting edge areas of scientific research, like genomics, bioinformatics, bioenergetics, developmental biology, signal transduction, immunology and more. Graduates will be ready for professional programs, government laboratory positions, industry employment or graduate school.

For a shorter credential, community colleges offer the 2-year Associate of Science (AS) degree, and community and career colleges may offer 1- to 2-year diploma programs encompassing applied science areas like meteorology and biological sciences. At this level specializations include environmental sciences, renewable resources, laboratory & research, chemical technology, geological technology, landscape architectural technology, animal health technology, water treatment technology and more.

Whether you're looking for a degree or diploma, there are lots of natural and applied science programs at Canada's world-recognized grad schools, universities, community colleges, Christian colleges and career colleges.