School of Earth & Ocean Sciences

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Study something that makes a difference

An undergraduate degree from us is exciting, challenging, and relevant to society's modern challenges.

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Take advantage of our unparalleled location

UVic is perfectly situated for offering a complete education in Earth System Science. Our graduate students benefit from a vast variety of geologic, tectonic, and oceanographic settings right outside our doors.

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Combine ideas with action

We take our students outside of the classroom so they can learn through experience. Don't miss our popular multi-week field schools for a truly remarkable learning experience.

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Gain research experience

We offer a wealth of undergraduate research opportunities to help you develop the practical skills you'll need for your future education and career.

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School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Global climate change, earthquake hazard, natural resource planning, greenhouse gas/ozone-level monitoring, marine pollution, and groundwater contamination are all phrases heard daily in the news. These are just a few of the fields in which earth and ocean scientists make a contribution.

Learn with us

Do you want to understand the scientific principles that explain how our planet works? Do you want to engage in exciting studies that are challenging, relevant to society, and take you out in the field? Then join our program!

Undergraduate

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Global climate change, earthquake hazard, natural resource planning, greenhouse gas/ozone-level monitoring, marine pollution, and groundwater contamination are all phrases heard daily in the news. These are just a few of the fields in which earth and ocean scientists make a contribution.

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Graduate

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Over 60 graduate students call SEOS home. We offer integrated multidisciplinary programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the general areas of climate, geology, geophysics, oceanography and atmospheric sciences, with an emphasis on earth system science.

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Research

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Researchers in SEOS study the earth system across a broad range of subdisciplines, centred around:

  • Biogeochemical cycles
  • Climate-ocean dynamics
  • Earth system evolution
  • Marine environment and ecosystems

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