Bachelor of Science - Earth Science

4 years
20,790 CAD/year
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
St. John's / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

Earth sciences comprises all scientific studies concerning the structure and development of our planet, whether they are concerned with the composition of rocks or soil on the Earth's surface, plate movement, or the qualities of material deep beneath our feet. Despite the importance of field work in many research, today's geoscientists frequently use ocean drilling vessels, satellite imaging, high-precision geochemical and geophysical instruments, and the most advanced electronic and laser microscopes.

Memorial University's Earth sciences department is one of the largest and most diverse in Canada. You can specialise in applied geophysics, environmental geoscience, petrology, tectonics, and economic geology, or sedimentary basins.

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Program structure

Samples of offered courses:

1st Year

  • Earth Systems
  • Evolution of Earth Systems
  • Concepts and Methods in Earth Sciences

2nd Year

  • Mineralogy
  • Mineralogy and Petrography
  • The Solar System
  • Geoscience Communication
  • Structural Geology
  • Introduction to Geochemistry
  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Introduction to Geological Mapping
  • The Earth's Energy Resources: Past, Present and Future
  • The Earth's Material Resources: Past, Present and Future
  • Natural Hazards on a Dynamic Earth
  • Gems: The Science and Politics
  • Earth's Story
  • Introduction to Marine Geology

3rd Year

  • Mineralogy and Materials Science
  • High-Temperature Geochemistry and Igneous Petrology
  • Thermodynamics and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Geophysics for Natural Resource Exploration
  • Environmental and Geotechnical Geophysics
  • Mathematical Methods for Geophysics
  • Economic Mineral Deposits
  • Global Tectonic Processes
  • Environmental Geology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Engineering Geology
  • Geomorphology
  • Lithification, Diagenesis and Sedimentary Rock Properties
  • Field Course in Sedimentology, Reservoir Architecture and Sequence Stratigraphy
  • Paleontology
  • Field Methods in Structural Geology and Stratigraphy

4th Year

  • Petrogenesis of Igneous Rocks
  • Metamorphic Petrology
  • Field Course in Applied Geophysics
  • Advanced Seismology
  • Advanced Electrical, Electromagnetic and Potential Fields Methods
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Economic Geology
  • Advanced Marine Geology
  • Earth Science Concepts, Materials and Techniques for Archaeologists
  • Advanced Techniques in Structural Geology
  • Field Course on the Geology of Newfoundland
  • Tectonics and Crustal Evolution
  • Advanced Geochemistry
  • Mineral Exploration Geochemistry 
  • Petroleum Origin and Occurrence - inactive course.
  • Environmental Geoscience Field School
  • Groundwater Modelling
  • Sedimentary Basins and Hydrocarbon Exploration


  • Tuition — 20,790 CAD/year

OTHER FEES (REQUIRED) amounts listed are for two semesters

  • Student Services Fee — 100 CAD
  • Students' Union — 140 CAD
  • Recreation Fee — 138 CAD
  • Health Insurance — 523 CAD

Requirements for applicants

  • Certificate of (Complete) General Secondary Education
  • Minimum grade of 4 in the required subject areas
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Laboratory Science (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)
    • Social Studies or Modern/Classical Language
    • Elective

If you are currently in high school:

  • When you apply (early acceptance): Current translated interim transcript and a copy of interim transcript in its original language. Documents can be official or unofficial.
  • When you complete your examinations (verified acceptance): Certified translation of your official final Certificate of (Complete) General Secondary Education, including grades and a certified copy of the document in its original language.

If you have completed high school and not attended a post-secondary institution: Certified translation of your official final Certificate of (Complete) General Secondary Education, including grades and a certified copy of the document in its original language.

English language requirements:

  • Cambridge Assessment English — A minimum score of 176 in C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency.
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment — Minimum band scores between 50 and 60 in each of the four skills tested (reading, writing, listening and speaking), with at least two band scores of 60.
  • Duolingo English Test (DET) (until Spring 2024 only) — A minimum score of 115.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) — A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS Academic or IELTS Indicator, with at least a band 6 in reading and writing. General training results are not acceptable.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) — A minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL iBT or TOEFL iBT Home Edition, with a minimum score of 20 in reading and writing, and not less than 17 in listening and speaking.

About the university

Memorial University has a unique responsibility to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as the only university in the province. Memorial University was founded as a tribute to the Newfoundlanders who gave their lives in military duty during globe War I and later conflicts. We take inspiration from their efforts to create a better future for our province, our country, and the globe.

Over 115 different nations are represented among Memorial University's 19000+ students. Programs range from the traditional to the cutting edge, and can be found at any of Memorial's five locations or online. Memorial University's worldwide network of nearly 100,000 successful alums enhances the institution's capacity and reputation for leadership in research, teaching, and public engagement. Learn more about Memorial University in this quick read.

Vision, Mission

  • Vision — Memorial University will rise to prominence as one of Canada's and the world's top public institutions of higher learning, and it will honor its commitment to serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Mission — When it comes to education, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and public engagement, Memorial University is committed to being at the forefront of innovation and excellence. International students and scholars are welcomed and supported at Memorial, and the institution's contributions of knowledge and experience are valued on all levels of society.


More than 19,400 students and 3,800 teachers and staff from more than 115 countries study, teach, conduct research, create, and participate in activities at our campuses and other locations. You can attend classes at one of Memorial University's several campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador or anywhere in the world; we also offer 475 courses online.

  • St. John's campus
  • Grenfell Campus
  • Marine Institute
  • Harlow Campus
  • Signal Hill Campus
  • Labrador Campus

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