Department of Earth SciencesWestern Science

Undergraduate Programs in Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences, the science of the Earth, is concerned with understanding:

Earth Sciences puts the human race in planetary perspective within space and time. As our awareness of human interactions with the environment increases, our need for better understanding of the way the earth works becomes more urgent.

Increasingly, a grounding in Earth Sciences is seen as essential for those concerned with care of the environment and assessment of natural hazards, as well as for those involved with utilising Earth's resources. Solutions to problems of pollution and waste disposal, to major civil engineering problems such as those encountered at dam sites, and to the effects of global change arising from human impact on the environment, must all be sought within the framework of Earth Sciences.

Course Combinations and Degrees

We offer Professional Programs, Honors Specialization, Specialization, Major and Minor modules in Geology, Geophysics, and Environmental Geoscience, as well as an interdisciplinary degree in Geology & Biology.

Career Opportunities

Our Professional Programs in Earth Sciences are designed to meet or exceed the academic requirements for professional licensing in Canada to work as a Professional Geoscientist. A degree in Earth Sciences opens the door to many careers. Most jobs entail a varied mixture of travel and work in the field, in the laboratory, and in the office. Possible careers include: