Why Study Here?

The Earth is our home - the only planet we’ve got. It is the source of the valuable resources we all depend on. Do you want to become part of the solution to our world’s complex issues and help improve our quality of life in the future? Earth and Environmental Sciences can get you there. Our programs teach students to analyze complex issues and develop practical solutions that consider the impacts on the earth, the environment, society and our economy.

Why choose Earth Sciences at Dalhousie

A hands-on learning environment

Award-winning faculty will guide you through basic concepts ranging from rocks, minerals, and fossils, to plate tectonics and the dynamic processes that shape the Earth inside and out. Our diverse local geology and excellent coastal exposures offer numerous opportunities for hands-on learning and teaching in the field.


We offer four-year and honours BSc degrees in Earth Sciences, which can be combined with Geography, Environmental Science, Ocean Science, and a variety of other subjects. Our honours program meets the requirements for professional registration in Geology and Environmental Geoscience.

We also offer MSc and PhD programs supervised by top-notch Dalhousie faculty. Our close links with colleagues at nearby institutions gives our graduate students access to an unusually broad range of research topics, laboratory facilities, and field areas.

Do you like to travel?

Geologists are famous for finding great scientific reasons to go to wonderful places. Our faculty and students work and study across Canada and around the world.

Career prospects

Career prospects in Earth Sciences are excellent, with exciting job opportunities in industry, government, or academia.

Not only are our B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. graduates in high demand, but many undergraduate students get summer jobs in geology and related fields.

Why choose Environmental Science at Dalhousie

We offer flexible degree programs

Dalhousie's Environmental Science Program offer a broad range of degree options to suit diverse interests. Major in Environmental Science and make it your main academic focus. Combine it in a double major with Community Design or any Arts and Social Sciences program, such as International Development Studies. Opt for a minor in Environmental Studies if you're enrolled in Arts, Science or Computer Science -- or a concentration if you're taking Management. Explore our program options to learn more.

Discover a lively city with small town charm

Halifax is a great place to study. The coastal city has a progressive outlook on environmental questions, from banning pesticide use to encouraging citizens to compost and recycle. The urban settings and Nova Scotian wilderness will inspire you -- you'll conduct field studies in nearby forests, marshes, rivers and city parks.

Make a difference today and for future generations

The world is waking up to the importance of preserving and protecting our environment. Many challenges are involved in meeting the needs of the growing human population while sustaining the survival of other species. Dalhousie's Environmental Science Program encourages you to explore the environment from a variety of perspectives -- scientific, political, cultural, ethical, and historical. You can make it your main focus of study or combine it with other programs.