Earth Sciences

Earth sciences encompasses all scientific studies related to the structure and development of our planet, whether investigating the composition of rocks or soil on the Earth’s surface, the movement of plates or the properties of material far beneath our feet. Although field work plays an important role in many studies, today’s geoscientist commonly uses ocean drilling vessels, satellite imagery, high-precision geochemical and geophysical instruments, and the latest in electronic and laser microscopes.


Earth sciences at Memorial

Memorial University has one of the largest and most diverse Earth sciences departments in Canada. Students can choose a comprehensive stream, or specialize in applied geophysics; environmental geoscience; petrology, tectonics and economic geology; or sedimentary basins.

In addition to the major and honours options in Earth sciences, joint programs are offered in:

  • biology/Earth sciences (B.Sc. honours)
  • chemistry/Earth sciences (B.Sc. honours)
  • Earth sciences/geography (B.Sc. honours)
  • Earth sciences/physics (B.Sc. major and honours)
  • geophysics/physical oceanography (B.Sc. honours)

A minor in Earth sciences is also available.

Many companies visit us annually to hire our students both for summer work and permanent positions. A significant proportion of our students become professional geoscientists.

Sample Courses

EASC 2031 - Mineralogy and Petrography
EASC 2702 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
EASC 3420 - Global Tectonic Processes


Career Opportunities

  • Economic geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Geochronologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Marine geologist
  • Petroleum geologist

Note: some of these careers may call for supplementary education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential learning or professional courses and exams.


Program Information

Faculty of Science


Earth Sciences


Bachelor of Science


St. John's

Honours Option:


Co-op Available:



4 years


Fall, winter and spring semesters

Application Deadline:

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by:

  • March 1 for fall admission
  • Oct. 1 for winter admission
  • Feb. 1 for spring admission

Supplementary Application:



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