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The field is your classroom

Second-year student Svieda Ma loves going out into the field to collect rock samples, create maps, and do other hands-on learning activities.

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Diamonds are a geologist's best friend

Dr. Yana Fedortchouk's students help her research kimberlite—a volcanic, or igneous, rock that can contain diamonds.

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Rocking your world

You'll make discoveries through observation—like this rounded tree fossil embedded among the rocks at Joggins Fossil Cliffs. (Photo: Dr. Martin Gibling)

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The ground beneath your feet

Dr. Becky Jamieson stands in a construction pit, where she took samples to create a geological map of the Dal campus.

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Seismic activities

Dr. Mladin Nedimovic collects, processes, and interprets 2D and 3D seismic reflection data, both on land and at sea.

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Program snapshot

Top 10 reasons to study Earth Sciences at Dal:

  1. Earth Sciences courses will give you a broader understanding of the world we live in.
  2. The 10-day Earth Sciences Field School in August will give you hands-on experience in geological field methods.
  3. As an honours student in Earth Sciences, you can participate in a research project through the Dalhousie Geochronology Centre (DGC).
  4. You could work full-time in a lab during the summer, getting training in geochemistry or geochronology.
  5. In ERTH 4156.015, you’ll examine one of the world’s major active petroleum systems—in Trinidad—through fieldwork and using lab, seismic, well-log, and other data.
  6. In Advanced Field School, you could travel to Italy, Chile, the UK, or the US to study unfamiliar geographical phenomena first-hand.
  7. The labs in Dal's Earth Sciences Department comprise one of the world's strongest facilities in geochronology, helping researchers study the age and thermal history of land formations around the world.
  8. By joining the Dawson Geology Club, you’ll have opportunities to go on additional field trips—like to the salt mine in Pugwash, NS.
  9. Through the Science Co-op Program, you might work in industry or for the government—maybe in oil or mining, or in a museum.
  10. You’ll meet employers who come to visit the department and sometimes go out in the field with students.

What will I learn?

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In the lab, you’ll gain microscopy skills. Out in the field, you’ll take observational data about rock formations and make maps. You'll discover geological events that took place thousands—even millions—of years ago.

What can I do?

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With a background in earth sciences, you could pursue a career in the public or the private sector: in mining, oil and gas, or the environment. Where will a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Earth Sciences from Dalhousie take you?