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Earth Sciences, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #251 (WUR) Burnaby, Canada
If you want to learn about our earth, from the atmosphere down through the mantle, from ancient geology to the present, then you can become an earth scientist. Study in the lab and in the field year-round, from glaciers to volcanoes.The Earth Sciences program is offered by Simon Fraser University.
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At the Earth Sciences program offered by Simon Fraser University, 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. 

The department offers a bachelor of science (BSc) degree with three course stream options leading to course concentrations: geology stream, environmental geoscience stream, and general earth sciences stream.The geology and environmental geoscience streams are designed to permit a student to enrol as a geologist or environmental geoscientist respectively, in the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC), the governing body that regulates geoscience practice in BC. All students intending to practice as a geoscientist in BC must be licensed by APEGBC, and are strongly advised to pursue one of these two streams. 

Many other Canadian provinces also require professional licensing.Students who are not intending to practice as professional geoscientists, may choose to pursue the general earth sciences stream. This stream may best accommodate students in some joint major programs.

Earth scientists study all aspects of the planet Earth. With two streams in Environmental Geoscience and Geology, this program has a strong emphasis on field-based experiential learning. You will visit numerous local geological environments, ranging from glaciers to volcanoes, and active river systems to important mineral deposits.

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:

  • Astronaut trainee
  • Bedrock geology mapper
  • Earth Science educator
  • Environment impact assessor
  • Environment technician
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental scientist
  • Geologist

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • General Chemistry and Laboratory 
  • Dynamic Earth 
  • Stratigraphy and Sedimentation 
  • Introduction to Mineralogy 
  • Structural Geology 
  • Introduction to Petrology 
  • Field Geology 
  • Introduction to Applied Geophysics 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.25

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.25 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • You must meet the general requirements, including English and quantitative skills, and the program-specific requirements
  • If you're an international student, you'll find program requirements organized by country
  • Admission to SFU is competitive. In the past, the average for admission has ranged from 80% to 90%, depending on the program.  All students must write the English 12 provincial exam and meet BC high school graduation requirements
  • Official documents/transcripts

Studyportals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Bachelor's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills

Tuition Fee

  • International

    979 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 979 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    195 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 195 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Burnaby

  • 1600 - 2700 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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