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Earth and Ocean Sciences

Study topics like global climate change, earthquakes, groundwater contamination or marine pollution through a Master of Science (MSc) or PhD graduate degree option. You can study integrated multidisciplinary programs in geology, geophysics, oceanography and atmosphere and climate sciences.

In Earth and ocean sciences, you’ll receive a unique education that takes you out on field trips, field schools and marine cruises. We believe that to study the planet, you have to experience it firsthand. You’ll also have the opportunity to study with faculty from the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis and the nearby Institute of Ocean Sciences and Geological Survey of Canada (Pacific).

Degree programs offered

Program Expected length Project or thesis Course-based
MA 2 years Yes No
PhD 2-4 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Petrology
  • Geochemistry
  • Paleo geochemistry
  • Marine geochemistry
  • Marine biogeochemistry/phytoplankton
  • Biological oceanography
  • Marine biology
  • Ocean mixing
  • Ocean acoustics
  • Climate theory and modelling
  • Hydrothermal studies
  • Structural geology
  • Sedimentology
  • Geophysics

Faculties and departments

Need help?

Contact Catherine Duncan at or 250-472-5133.

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