Why study Earth Sciences at Dal?

Start from the ground up

Why and how do volcanoes erupt? Where do we look for oil and reliable water supplies? Why is our climate is changing? The disciplines of earth science play a crucial role in answering questions, such as these, about our complex world. Studying earth sciences at Dalhousie will give you insight into the Earth's evolution, composition, processes and future.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department: Department of Earth Sciences
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

Studying earth sciences at Dalhousie starts with learning the basics. You’ll explore how geological structures were formed and how changes are happening deep within the geosphere- the solid part of the Earth.

In weekly labs you’ll experience geological research and learn how to identify different types of rock by examining samples under high-powered microscopes. In addition to the geosciences, you’ll also learn about the atmosphere, hydrosphere, our oceans and the biosphere.

Field work is also an important part of Dalhousie’s earth sciences program. You'll get a chance to explore the fascinating and diverse geology of Nova Scotia. Our experiential learning opportunities will set you up for career success. You could take part in our Advanced Field School and study abroad in countries such as Italy, Chile or England. The upper-level Petroleum Field Program course might take you to Trinidad to study active petroleum systems. Students are also encouraged to participate in our co-op education program. 

Sample courses:

  • Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Natural Disasters
  • Dinosaurs
  • Introduction to Paleontology

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

An earth sciences degree from Dalhousie can open up a wide variety of career paths to choose from, both on land and at sea. With a degree in earth sciences, you could pursue a career as any of the following (further study may be required):

  • environmental consultant or lawyer
  • groundwater specialist
  • paleontologist
  • geologist or marine geologist
  • petroleum geologist

Future study possibilities as an earth sciences graduate may include graduate level programs such as a Master of Science (MSc) in mineralogy, petrology or micropaleontology. After your MSc you may choose to complete a PhD and do your own research. Earth sciences graduates have also gone on to study law, computer science, geographic information systems (GIS) applications, business and more.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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