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Earth and Ocean Sciences

The Major specialization in Earth and Ocean Sciences is available for students who have a general interest in the earth sciences. However, with careful course selection students may use a Major Earth and Ocean Sciences specialization toward professional registration as a geoscientist. See a major advisor for more details.

For students intending to pursue a professional career, honours or streamed major specializations are preferred. For details of the specializations available see Geological Sciences, Geophysics, Oceanography, Atmospheric Science, and Environmental Sciences. The department also offers Geological Engineering as part of the B.A.Sc. degree program.

Specialization

Major (1223): Earth and Ocean Sciences

First Year
Communication Requirement1 3
CHEM 121 (or 111) 4
CHEM 123 (or 113) 4
EOSC 100-level3 6
EOSC 111 1
MATH 100 or 102 or 10410 3
MATH 101 or 103 or 10511 3
PHYS 100-level2 3
Electives4 3
Total Credits 30
Second Year
Communication Requirement1 3
EOSC 211 or GEOB 2706 3
EOSC 212 3
EOSC, ENVR, or ATSC courses numbered 200 or above5 6
Electives7 15
Total Credits 30
Third and Fourth Years
EOSC, ENVR, or ATSC courses numbered 300 or above8 24
EOSC, ENVR, or ATSC 400-level 6
Electives7 30
Total Credits 60
Minimum Credits for Degree9 120
1 A total of 6 credits of coursework is required to meet the Communication Requirement. ENGL 112 is recommended. For a full list of acceptable courses see Communication Requirement.
2 Chosen from 100-level PHYS courses, excluding PHYS 100. Students without Physics 12 must take PHYS 100 before taking any other 100-level PHYS course. PHYS 100 will count as an elective. Qualified students are encouraged to take PHYS 117 or PHYS 107.
3 3 credits may be deferred until second year. The requirement for these courses may be waived if a student has completed upper-level courses in each of the solid and fluid earth sciences.
4 Students without Biology 11 or 12 must take 3 credits of 100-level BIOL.
5 Six credits may be delayed to third year if 300-level or higher courses are used for this requirement. See advisor.
6 If EOSC 211 is not chosen, an additional 3 credits from MATH, CPSC, or STAT are required before the end of third year.
7 Electives must be selected to ensure that the following Faculty of Science requirements are met: a) sufficient upper-level credits; b) sufficient credits of coursework from the Faculty of Arts, excluding Arts credits used to satisfy the Faculty of Science Communication Requirement; c) sufficient credits to satisfy the Faculty of Science Breadth Requirement.
8 A maximum of 6 credits may be replaced by credits from (BIOL 304, 306, CHEM 301, 302, GEOB 300, or 304).
9 Note that 48 of the 120 credits must be 300-level or above.
10 MATH 180 or 184 or 120 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 1 credit. MATH 110 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 3 credits.
11 MATH 121 may substitute for any of the specified integral calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 1 credit.

Specialization Objectives

Mastery of the curriculum will:

  1. qualify students for employment in various areas within the earth sciences, including allowing students with the appropriate course background to register as a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC);
  2. allow students to apply for graduate school in an earth science discipline (depending on course background).

Learning Goals

Students completing this specialization will be able to:

  1. demonstrate basic knowledge of either atmospheric sciences, geological sciences, geophysics, or oceanography, or a broad range of earth sciences that covers several of these disciplines;
  2. integrate concepts across the earth science disciplines;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the varying time and spatial scales over which Earth processes occur;
  4. manipulate data in the context of the earth sciences;
  5. write reports and communicate various concepts and ideas in earth science.

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