Why choose Earth Sciences at Dal?

Ever wonder why volcanoes erupt? Or where the best diamond deposits are—and where new ones are going to be formed? Or maybe you're curious about why our climate is changing. The discipline of earth sciences play a crucial role in answering questions like these about today's complex world. Studying earth sciences gives you insights into the Earth's evolution, composition, processes, and future.

Field work is an important part of Dal’s Earth Sciences program. You'll explore the fascinating and diverse geology of Nova Scotia, or take part in an off-site computing camp. Taking Advanced Field School provides you with opportunities for in-depth 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. Read about the latest field school in Death Valley, California.

Program details

Bacholor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Program Options

  • BSc or BA (20 credit) Major/Double Major (4 years)
  • BSc or BA (20-credit) Honours/Combined Honours (4 years)
  • Co-op option available for 20-credit BSc programs
  • BSc or BA (15 credit) with Minor in Earth Sciences (3 years)
  • Minor in Earth Sciences (3 credits)


Required high school courses:

  • English
  • pre-calculus or calculus
  • 3 additional university preparatory courses

Recommended high school courses:

  • chemistry
  • physics
  • biology

Application Deadline and Program Dates

Application deadlines for 2017/18

  • March 1 - Deadline for scholarship consideration for fall semester
  • April 1 - International students (except USA)
  • June 1 - All Canadian and American applications

Other important program dates

Class Size

  • first-year classes range from 20 to 400 students
  • upper-level classes have between 20 and 30 students

Tuition Fees

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Residence & Housing

Whether you're applying to one of our residence halls or you’re looking for help with an off-campus apartment search, Dalhousie’s Residence and Housing services can help.

Housing options

  • Meal plans
  • Dorm-style traditional residences
  • Apartment-style, non-traditional
  • Off-campus housing