Earth Sciences

You'll study within two main fields of earth science: environmental geoscience and geology. SFU's location makes it an ideal location for a strong field-based component in your degree. You'll visit many local geological environments, ranging from glaciers to volcanoes, and active river systems to tsunami sites.

Overview

The Earth Sciences major program in the Faculty of Science also offers a forestry geoscience certification. You can start this program at the Surrey campus. 

Degree: Bachelor of Science

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Detailed admission requirements

For students applying directly from BC high school Grade 12. For other areas and other categories of admission, please see admission requirements.

Earth Sciences

General requirements

  • English language requirements - click for details.
  • English 11
       (or Français langue première 11)
  • Language 11
       (includes beginner's language 11, American sign language 11 or 12, and language 12 courses)
  • Science 11
       (includes Biology 11, Chemistry 11, Earth Science 11, Forests 11, IB Environmental Systems 11, Principles of Physics 11 or a Science course at the Grade 12 level)
  • Foundations of Math 11 with a minimum grade of 60%
       (or Pre-Calculus 11/Foundations of Math 12/Pre-Calculus 12/Calculus 12 with a minimum grade of 60%)
  • English 12 with a minimum final blended grade of 60%
       (or First Peoples 12, or Français langue première 12 with a minimum final grade of 60%)
  • Graduate from high school

Program-specific requirements

Chemistry 11, Principles of Physics 11, English 12, Pre-Calculus 12  and two science 12 courses

Approved grade 12 courses

BC First Nations Studies 12, Calculus 12, Comparative Civilization 12, Economics 12, English Literature 12, Foundations of Math 12 or Pre-Calculus 12, French 12 or français langue seconde 12, German 12, History 12, Japanese 12, Law 12, Mandarin 12, Philosophy 12 (4 cr), Punjabi 12, Social Justice 12, Spanish 12, Sustainable Resources 12.

Sciences: Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geography 12, Geology 12, Physics 12.

IB/AP: All standard and higher level IB courses, and all AP courses, may be used in place of grade 12 courses.

How to apply

Before applying, you might want to review this help video. Then:

  • Go to https://apply.educationplannerbc.ca/sfu.jsp
  • In section 4, Applying to SFU:
    • select from the drop-down list of faculties: Faculty of Science
    • select from the drop-down list of programs either: Earth Sciences or (available only in Fall) Earth Sciences - 1st yr Surrey

Career possibilities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

  • Air Quality Technician 
  • Archeologist
  • Astronaut Trainee
  • Astronomer
  • Cartographer
  • Dangerous Substances Inspector
  • Earth Science Educator
  • Ecologist
  • Environment Impact Assessor
  • Environment Reporter/Writer
  • Environment Technician
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Geological and Mineral Technologist
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • GIS Technician
  • Glaciologist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Hydrologist
  • Land Surveyor
  • Metallurgist
  • Meteorologist
  • Mining Engineer Technician
  • Museum Collections Manager
  • Museum Curator
  • Oceanographer
  • Paleontologist
  • Park Warden Naturalist
  • Patent Examiner 
  • Planetary Geologist
  • Regulatory Analyst
  • Research Specialist
  • Seismologist
  • Surveyor Technician
  • Technical Sales Representative
  • University Professor
  • Volcanologist
  • Water Treatment Plant Operator
  • Water Well Driller Ecologist 
  • Watershed Stewardship Research Assistant
  • Wildlife Conservationist
  • Zoning Investigator