Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences at Dalhousie University lays the groundwork for an advanced understanding of the composition, evolution and processes of our planet’s geosphere. From the laboratory to the field, Earth Sciences co-op students delve deep into the relationship between our planet’s interior and the geologic structures we encounter on the surface.

Student skills

  • Environmental site assessment
  • Landfill development and maintenance
  • Water supply and contamination
  • Mineralogy
  • Environmental risk management
  • Soil composition, mineral deposits and geologic formations
  • Petroleum geoscience


  • Environmental consulting
  • Museums and tourism
  • Public education and awareness
  • Mining and exploration
  • Oil and gas
  • Research
  • Government environment offices

Past roles

  • Research assistant
  • Data analyst
  • Science tutor
  • Youth science instructor
  • Field technician
  • Seasonal interpreter
  • Water quality analyst
  • Development Officer

Past employers

  • Fundy Geological Museum
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Deep River Science Academy
  • Nova Scotia Nature Trust
  • Environment Canada
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation
  • Suncor Energy
  • SuperNOVA Science Workshops
  • Halifax Water Commission

Work term schedule

  Fall Winter Summer
2nd year Study Study Work term 1
3rd year Study Study Work term 2
4th year Study Work term 3 Break
5th year Study Graduation  

Earth Sciences co-op student work term schedules may vary from the example displayed above.


ERTH students must have completed one year of study before starting the program. Additionally, students must have taken (or be in the process of taking at the time of application) at least one of the following courses: ERTH 1080.03 or ERTH 1090.03 (or ERTH 1091.03).

Average pay rates during co-op

Hourly $20.00


Faculty of Science: Earth Sciences website.