Brock University

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Brock University
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Latin: 1234
Motto Surgite!
Motto in English Push On!
Established 1964
Type Public
Religious affiliation non-denominational
Endowment $57.2 million[1]
Chancellor Ned Goodman
President Jack N. Lightstone
Academic staff 582[2]
Admin. staff 922[2]
Students 18,700[2]
Undergraduates 14,439 full-time
2,217 part-time[2]
Postgraduates 1,028 full-time
506 part-time[2]
Location St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Campus Suburban
Colours      Red
Nickname Badgers
Mascot Boomer the Badger
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Brock University is a public research university located in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. It is the only university in Canada that is located in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve,[3] located at the centre of Canada's Niagara Peninsula on the Niagara Escarpment. The university bears the name of Maj.-General Sir Isaac Brock, who was responsible for defending Upper Canada against the United States during the War of 1812.

Brock offers a wide range of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including professional degrees, and is 3rd ranked among Canadian undergraduate research universities based on research publication output and impact indicators.[4] Brock University is the only school in Canada and internationally to offer the MICA (Mathematics Integrated with Computing and Applications) program.

Brock's Co-op program is well known to be Canada’s fifth-largest, and the third largest in Ontario as of 2011.[3] Graduates enjoy one of the highest employment rates of all Ontario universities at 97.2 percent.[5]

Brock has 12 Canada Research Chairs and 9 faculty members which have received the 3MTeaching Fellowship Award, the only national award that recognizes teaching excellence and educational leadership.[3]


In 1963 the Brock University Founders’ Committee, chaired by Arthur Schmon, offered Dr. James A. Gibson the invitation to become the founding president.[6]

Brock University was established by the Brock University Act in 1964.[7] When the University first opened in September 1964, classes were held at the St. Paul Street United Church in downtown St. Catharines for 13 weeks until the Glenridge Campus was completely renovated.[8]

Brock's Glenridge campus was officially opened on October 19, 1964 with Dr. James A. Gibson as the University's founding President. In 1996 Brock University honoured Gibson by naming the University Library in his honour.[6]

Richard L. Hearn was appointed the University's inaugural Chancellor in 1967.

Brock University is named after Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, who commanded the British and Canadian forces during the War of 1812. Although, the British and Canadian forces went on to win, Isaac Brock lost his life during the Battle of Queenston Heights in 1812, fought 20 km from the present-day site of the campus. His last words are said to have been Surgite! (Latin for "push on") — now used as the University's motto. For his contribution to Canada, Isaac Brock was voted the 28th Greatest Canadian in a 2004 poll, conducted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.[9]

Jack N. Lightstone became the school's president on July 1, 2006. The University Chancellor is Ned Goodman, founder of Dundee Wealth Management.


Arthur Schmon Tower[edit]

Arthur Schmon Tower

The Arthur Schmon Tower was built in 1968 and is the flagship building of Brock University. Dr. Schmon was the primary force behind getting a university established in the Niagara peninsula and was the chairman of the Brock University Founders' Committee, formed in 1962. The Schmon Tower building houses the campus Library, as well as the offices of the University administration and the Matheson Learning Commons. On a clear day, atop the Schmon Tower is afforded a direct line-of-sight view of the Toronto skyline, across Lake Ontario.

Welch Hall[edit]

Welch Hall is home to Brock's Faculty of Education, the Instructional Resource Centre, as well as the David S. Howes Theatre. It recently underwent an expansion, designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects and costing in excess of $8 million, which added additional lecture halls and administrative offices as well as upgrades to Welch Hall's facilities.[10]

Mackenzie Chown Complex[edit]

Mackenzie Chown Complex

Originally designed by former Brock Chancellor Raymond Moriyama, the Mackenzie Chown Complex primarily contains seminar rooms and science laboratories. The Mackezie Chown Complex also houses the Pond Inlet. Mackenzie Chown was the former mayor of St. Catharines, chairman of the Brock's Board of Trustees, and chairman of the fund raising committee for a new science laboratory building to be added to the Complex.

Taro Hall[edit]

Taro Hall is home to Brock's Faculty of Business. It was opened in 1990 and was designed by Moriyama & Teshima Architects. Taro Hall is primarily used for Faculty offices, including the Dean of the Faculty of Business, and lecture halls. It contains six lecture halls for undergraduate students (BBA & BAcc), three lecture halls for graduate students (MBA, MAcc, IMAcc, and MSc), and a number of break-out rooms. There is also a student lounge and computer commons specifically for graduate business students. In December 2007, Taro Hall underwent an extensive renovation to upgrade the entire facility.

Plaza Building[edit]


Completed in 2007, and designed by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, the Plaza Building contains the Faculty of Social Sciences, as well as computer facilities, seminar rooms and the new Brock Campus Bookstore. The Campus Store occupies the first floor (considered the 200 level, or level 2, in order to match Brock University's historic method of numbering its facilities). The third floor houses seminar rooms and computer labs, as well as the Political Science Department and its offices. The fourth floor houses additional seminar and computer rooms, as well as the Economics Department and its offices. The fifth and sixth floors of this building are restricted access and can only be entered via security card verification. These two restricted floors are home to the Jack & Nora Walker Canadian Centre for Lifespan Development Research.

Walker Complex[edit]

Walker Complex

The Walker Complex contains an athletic complex and academic offices. Originally constructed in 1973 and designed by Moffit, Moffit & Kinoshita Architects, the building has had a number of additions including a major expansion in 2002 by Moriyama & Teshima Architects. The Eleanor Misener Aquatic Centre, an Olympic size competitive swimming pool that features a depth adjustable hydraulic floor in shallow end (0–4 feet), a movable bulkhead, 5m diving tower, two 1m springboards and two 3m springboards, two Tarzan ropes, and a whirlpool. The Zone, a 5,100 sq ft (470 m2) state-of-the-art facility including over 60 pieces of cardio equipment as well as strength training equipment. Fitness and Dance studios are located on the upper level as are classrooms. The lower level includes the Ian D. Beddis Gymnasium, equipped with drop down curtains that can divide the large space into four separate gymnasia. Each area has one basketball, one volleyball and three badminton courts, that will accommodate recreational activities and intramural sports. Convocation is held in this space twice per year. It is 23,900 square feet (2,220 m2) with a ceiling height of 30 ft (9.1 m) The Beddis gymnasium 200m suspended track that has a rubberized surface. The Bob Davis gymnasium is home to the Brock Badgers Basketball, Volleyball and Wrestling teams. The Leo Leblanc Rowing Centre is the training facility for the Badger varsity rowing teams and the St. Catharines Rowing Club. The eight-person tank allows rowers to simulate on-water training.

Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex (CFHBRC)[edit]

The Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex was completed in 2012. Designed by architectsAlliance of Toronto, Canada with lab design by Payette Associates of Boston, USA, this 176,000 square foot building contains the University's most advanced research laboratories and is intended to advance Canada's science and technology infrastructure and position Brock as a leader in human health and biosciences. CFHBRC researchers, who include six Canada Research Chairs, conduct world-class research in areas such as cancer treatments, infectious diseases, biotechnology and green chemistry. The facility will have a business incubator to forge partnerships between research and industry, and give rise to an economic cluster in advanced health studies and biomanufacturing in the Niagara Region. The complex will also be home to the Niagara Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. The CFHBRC will be developed based on principles of sustainability and quality environments, following the Canadian Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system. A LEED-certified CFHBRC facility will support the University’s vision for quality state-of-the-art facilities with innovative design, quality materials and sustainable systems.[11] Construction of the CFHBRC began in August 2009, and officially opened in September 2012.


Brock's St. Catharines campus is currently home to 2,391 students, in 6 separate residences.[12] The majority of these are first-year students, though there is a sizable population of upper-year students who live in residence as well. Traditional-style residences are serviced by Sodexho food services, who operate the DeCew and Lowenberger Dining Halls, and are also responsible for a number of other miscellaneous residence tasks as well.

DeCew Residence

DeCew is the oldest of the Residences, it was built in 1969 and designed by world renown architect John Andrews in association with St. Catharines architects Salter Fleming Secord. DeCew contains 411 beds in a traditional residence style building.

Gordon and Betty Vallee Residence

Gordon and Betty Vallee Residence, commonly referred to simply as Vallee, is another traditional-style residence built in 1995. All of the rooms are single-rooms with a washroom shared between two students.

Alan Earp Residence

Alan Earp Residence was officially opened in 2001, and is home to 255 students. The buiulding was designed by Moriyama and Teshima Architects.The building is very similar to Vallee Residence, in that all of its rooms are single-rooms with a washroom shared between two students.

Arnie Lowenberger Residence

Arnie Lowenberger Residence is the newest of Brock University's residences, and officially opened midway through 2003. The residence building was designed by Teeple Architects in association with Tillmann Ruth Mocellin Architects and is named for Dr. Arnie Lowenberger, Professor emeritus, past Athletic Director and Dean of Physical Education. Dr. Lowenberger was the first Director of Residences for Brock University.

Village Residence

Quarry View Residence

Village Residence currently contains 888 beds for students. It was originally opened in 1989, though expansions followed in 1993, 1998, and 2002. It is one of Brock's two non-traditional style residences, where 5 students in three single-rooms and one double-room share a common living space, as well as a kitchen. Village is not serviced by Sodexo food services, though students living there have the option of purchasing meal plans to use at the university's Dining Halls.

Quarry View Residence

Quarry View Residence opened in the fall of 2003, along with Lowenberger. It contains 288 beds, which are divided into 3- or 4-person units entirely in single-rooms. Quarry View, like Village, is a non-traditional residence where students have a common living area and kitchen.

The enabling legislation is the Brock University Act, S.O. 1964 [13] Many of the buildings on campus were designed by the architectural firm, Moriyama & Teshima Architects.

Hamilton Campus[edit]

Brock University also maintains a campus in the city of Hamilton, Ontario.[3] The primary user of this the facility is Faculty of Education, specifically the Teacher Education Department and Graduate Studies in Education and Continuing Education.

The Hamilton Campus was officially opened November 2, 2000. It is a fully functioning campus complete with modern computer labs, an Instructional Resource Centre / Library, gymnasium, large classrooms, full and part-time faculty office space, food services, conference facilities, a board room, and green spaces within the courtyards and surrounding lawns of the campus.

Downtown Campus[edit]

Construction is scheduled to commence in the fall of 2012 on the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines. The Walker School’s new home will emerge from renovations that turn a vacant old textile factory into Canada’s newest centre for the arts and culture industry. The Walker School will also integrate with the new St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre, which will be located on adjacent lands.[14]


Brock's undergraduate and graduate degree programs are administered by seven faculties.

Faculty of Applied Health Sciences[edit]

Brock University's Faculty of Applied Health Sciences contains follow academic departments:

  • Department of Community Health Sciences

Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts (Child Health - Honours)

Bachelor of Arts (Community Health)

Bachelor of Public Health (Honours)

Bachelor of Science (Health Sciences - Honours)

Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Sciences - Honours)

  • Department of Kinesiology

Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKin)

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

Bachelor of Physical Education

Concurrent Bachelor of Physical Education/Bachelor of Education

  • Department of Nursing

Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honours)

  • Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies

Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies (3-year)

Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies (4-year, Community Recreation)

Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies (4-year, Outdoor Recreation)

Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies (4-year, Inclusive & Therapeutic Recreation)

  • Department of Sport Management

Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Sport Management BSM

Goodman School of Business[edit]

The Goodman School of Business (formerly the Brock University Faculty of Business) offers programs at both the Undergraduate and Graduate level of study.



The Goodman School of Business is one of only five Canadian business schools to attain accreditation by the AACSB as well as attain membership in Beta Gamma Sigma.[15]

Faculty of Education[edit]

Brock University's Faculty of Education offers programs in the follow areas:

  • Degree Programs:
    • Concurrent Education
    • Teacher Education
    • Graduate and Undergraduate education
    • Bachelor of Education in Adult Education undergraduate degree and certificate program
  • Post-Graduate Programs:
  • In service

Brock's Faculty of Education was established in 1965 as the St. Catharines Teachers’ College. In 1971 the Teachers’ College became the College of Education, an integral part of the Brock University community. In 1990, the College of Education designation was changed to the Faculty of Education to better reflect its academic relationship with the university.

Today, Brock's Faculty of Education has an outstanding reputation for teacher-education programs. It is widely regarded as one of Ontario's premiere teacher preparation schools, renowned for its strict selectivity (only the top 10% of applicants are admitted).

Faculty of Humanities[edit]

Brock University's Faculty of Humanities offers degree programs in the follow areas:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Canadian Studies
  • Classics
  • Dramatic Arts
  • English Language and Literature
  • History
  • History of Art and Visual Culture [16]
  • Humanities PhD
  • Interactive Arts and Science
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Liberal Arts
  • Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (Officially Renamed in November 2008)[17]
  • Studies in Arts and Culture
  • Visual Arts

Faculty of Mathematics and Science[edit]

Brock University's Faculty of Mathematics and Science offers degree programs in the follow areas:

Brock University is the only school in Canada and internationally to offer the program MICA (Mathematics Integrated with Computing and Applications).

Faculty of Social Sciences[edit]

Brock University's Faculty of Social Sciences offers degree programs in the follow areas:

Faculty of Graduate Studies[edit]

The Faculty of Graduate Studies offers 37 graduate programs, including 6 PhD programs.

Faculty of Applied Health Sciences •MA/MSc in Applied Health Sciences •PhD in Applied Health Sciences

Goodman School of Business •Master of Accountancy •International Master of Accountancy* •Master of Business Administration •Master of Business Administration ISP* •MSc in Management

Faculty of Education •Master of Education •Master of Education ISP* •PhD in Educational Studies (Joint Program)

Faculty of Humanities •MA in Applied Linguistics(Direct entry and Bridged entry) •MA in Canadian-American Studies (New for Fall 2013!) •MA in Classics •MA in English •MA in History •MA in Philosophy •MA in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts •PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities

Faculty of Mathematics and Science •MSc in Biological Sciences •PhD in Biological Sciences •MSc in Biotechnology •PhD in Biotechnology •MSc in Chemistry •PhD in Chemistry •MSc in Computer Science •MSc in Earth Sciences •MSc in Mathematics and Statistics •MSc in Physics •PhD in Physics

Faculty of Social Sciences •MA in Applied Disability Studies

  • Master of Applied Disability Studies

•Graduate Diploma in Applied Disability Studies •Master of Business Economics •MA in Child and Youth Studies •MA in Critical Sociology •MA in Geography •MA in Political Science •MA in Popular Culture •MA in Psychology •PhD in Psychology •MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies •Master of Sustainability: Science and Society


Co-op education offers undergraduate students an opportunity to combine academics with valuable work experience.

The Faculty of Business at Brock has one of the most extensive co-op offerings in Ontario. The Accounting Co-op program, one of the first in the province, has been in existence for over 20 years. Brock's Co-op programs consistently offer 100% placement - representing the highest placement rate of all Ontario Universities.

At the graduate level, degrees are offered in several arts and sciences disciplines.

In addition, Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (an institution of the Lutheran Church - Canada) is affiliated with the university and offers a four-year Master of Divinity.

Its location in the Niagara Peninsula puts Brock at the centre of cool-climate grape and wine research. It carries the distinction of being the only university in Canada to offer an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Oenology and Viticulture - see the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute.

The very honorable Bachelor of Accountancy Co-op is known as one of the best accounting related programs in the nation of Canada. Recently having its acceptance averages raised to mid 80s - 90s.

Student life[edit]

The Brock University Students' Union represents all undergraduate students at Brock University. It operates various services and businesses run by students. It is located in the Alumni Students' Centre.

The Brock Centre for the Arts is located on campus and features two large theatres, The Sean O'Sullivan (537 seats) and The David S. Howes (508 seats). The centre has a strong reputation in the Niagara Region for presenting some of the biggest names in Canadian Arts and Entertainment, Academics, and Politics.

The School of Fine and Performing Arts owns Rodman Hall, a downtown art gallery and teaching centre. The school is exploring a possible joint venture with the City of St. Catharines to operate a performing arts venue nearby (tentative name "Niagara Centre for the Arts").


Brock University Badgers

The university is represented in Canadian Interuniversity Sport by the Brock Badgers.

Brock has the following varsity sports:

Brock has the following club teams:

In its history, Brock athletic teams have won a combined 48 provincial championships and 26 national championships (as of 2008).

2007/2008 National Championships:

  • Men's Lacrosse (6 years running)
  • Men's Rugby
  • Men's Wrestling (9 years running)
  • Men's Basketball

Scholarships & Bursaries[edit]

The Government of Canada sponsors an Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool that lists over 680 scholarships, bursaries, and other incentives offered by governments, universities, and industry to support Aboriginal post-secondary participation. Brock University scholarships for Aboriginal, First Nations and Métis students include: Enbridge Aboriginal Bursary;[19]

Over 150 Brock University Donor Awards are available with a combined total of over $500,000.[20]

Notable Alumni[edit]

With 70,721 alumni around the world, the Brock Badgers are represented by the Brock University Alumni Association. The Alumni Association is an autonomous organization run by a volunteer Board of Directors. Brock Alumni also stay in touch through the website, an online forum which also produces the Alumni E-magazine Surgit-E!

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Coordinates: 43°07′08″N 79°14′56″W / 43.119°N 79.249°W / 43.119; -79.249