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Earth Sciences, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #151 (ARWU) Waterloo, Canada
With earthquakes, tsunamis, and climate change dominating headlines, demand for graduates who understand the Earth Sciences, program offered by the University of Waterloo, and its resources continues to rise.
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Overview

Learn all about soil, minerals, water, natural resources, and the atmosphere in Earth Sciences at the University of Waterloo, ranked third in Ontario for Earth and Marine Sciences by QS World University Rankings in 2019. 

Dig deep with your choice of specialization: Geology, Geophysics, or Hydrogeology. And if you're up for it, apply your knowledge through the paid work experiences co-op offers.

When you graduate, you’ll be eligible for a Professional Geoscientist designation — and be ready to develop meaningful environmental protection plans, predict natural disasters, advance health standards for water, and more.

Sample co-op job titles

  • Geophysical data processor
  • Geological research assistant
  • Land resource specialist
  • Earth science museum tour guide
  • Groundwater technician
  • Environmental geoscientist
  • Waste water project assistant

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    90 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introductory Earth Sciences
  • Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter
  • Calculus
  • Introductory Hydrology
  • Physics
  • Mechanics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • We recommend completing the Admission Information Form once you've applied. (online)
Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including:
  • English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Two of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics of Data Management, or Physics (Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, and/or Physics are recommended)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    36700 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36700 CAD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    7200 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7200 CAD per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Waterloo

  • 810 - 1450 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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