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Earth Science (BSc)

VIU International, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 13,746

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree

Are you fascinated by our planet and how it functions, and concerned with solving problems that face our ever-changing environment? Discover how the planet functions from the core to the atmosphere with an Earth Science Minor in VIU’s Bachelor’s degree programs.

With a local focus on sustainability and resources on Vancouver Island, students gain experience in the field along with expert instruction in the classroom. VIU offers this Earth Science program as a Minor to complement a variety of areas of study from the sciences to the arts.

The Minor in Earth Science is designed to provide foundational knowledge about the Earth’s materials, processes, resources and history. Earth Science is a multidisciplinary field in which the principles of chemistry, geography, physics, mathematics, and biology are applied to understand how the Earth works. Earth Science literacy is of critical importance in understanding and solving challenges facing us regarding energy and resource availability, geological hazards, and environmental sustainability.

The Minor in Earth Science is designed to be taken as part of a Double Minor or as a Major and Minor combination for a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts. The program provides a solid foundation in the physical sciences and the flexibility to create individualized programs of study.

The Minor in Earth Sciences combines with Minors or Majors in Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, and Computer Science. The Minor in Earth Sciences also complements studies in Anthropology, Business, Creative Writing, Economics, Education, and Liberal Studies. Career directions for students with a Minor in Earth Science are varied, but could include work in variety of fields employed with environmental consultants, resource companies or government agencies. The program will be of particular interest to students proceeding towards a career in Primary and Secondary Education, with plans for teaching a science curriculum.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023
  • BSc Minor students must fulfill all Institutional B.Sc. Degree Requirements, including Degree English

Years 1 and 2

  • Discovering Planet Earth
  • Understanding Earth's History
  • Laboratory and Field Studies in Earth Science
  • Mineralogy
  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Earth Structures
  • Geological Field Methods and Mapping
  • GEOL 206 is a field course that includes approximately 72 hours of instruction over a two week period.

Years 3 and 4

  • Aqueous Environmental Chemistry
  • Atmospheric Environmental Chemistry
  • Remote Sensing
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Climatology
  • Biogeography
  • Hydrology
  • Geomorphology
  • GIS Applications
  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Caves & Karst Landscapes
  • Mineral Resources
  • Engineering Geology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Quaternary Geology
  • Geochemistry
  • Environmental Geology
  • Earth Science Work Experience
  • Special Field Studies
  • Karst Field Techniques
  • Climate Change: Past, Present, and Future
  • Earth Science Issues in British Columbia
  • Earth Science Senior Work Experience
  • Directed Studies in Earth Science
  • Research Project in Geoscience
  • Fees for One Year Amount Tuition (30 credits x $156.80 per credit) 4,704.00
  •  Student Activity fee (4% of tuition) 188.16 
  • Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.93 per credit) 207.90
  • VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month) 167.20 
  • Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00 
  • Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year (Note: Books and supply costs vary depending on course load and course type.) 1,500.00 
  • Total 7,042.26

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