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Physical Geography and Earth and Ocean Sciences

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Are you interested in the forces that shape the Earth’s surface? Curious about natural resources and human impacts on the environment? Interested in remote sensing and digital mapping? This program lets you study the way Earth’s natural systems work.

Quick facts

Program options:
Bachelor degree
Study options:
Full-time study, Part-time study
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Environmental modelling
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Environmental protection
  • Natural hazards
  • Resource management
  • Soil conservation
  • Waste management


  • Environmental geoscientist
  • Environmental specialist
  • Exploration geologist (oil, gas, mineral, water)
  • Geographical information systems analyst
  • Geological consultant
  • Geomorphologist
  • Hydrologist
  • Remote sensing analyst

Sample courses

  • The Dynamic Earth - EOS 120
  • Introduction to Physical Geography - GEOG 103
  • Introduction to Maps and GIS - GEOG 222
  • Earth System Evolution - EOS 260
  • GIS Analysis - GEOG 328
  • Earth Science Field School - EOS 300
  • Advanced Climatology - GEOG 373


Apply to the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Social Sciences as a high school student or a transfer student from another post-secondary institution.

When you submit your application, choose either Earth Sciences or Geography as your program of interest. You can declare the combined Physical Geography and Earth and Ocean Sciences program as your major after one or more years of full-time study.

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English language proficiency

You must demonstrate English language proficiency to attend UVic. Your transcripts are enough to prove proficiency if you've studied full-time in an academic program at the high school or post-secondary level within Canada for at least four years, and all of your instruction was in English.

Learn about UVic's English language requirement.

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