About the Department

Our department hosts dynamic and diverse groups of researchers in a wide variety of subjects dealing with the nature, origin and history of the Earth, earth resources, and the evolution of the environment at the Earth's surface.

We offer undergraduate programs leading to Bachelor of Science (BSc) degrees (Honours with specialization in Geology and in Geology-Physics), as well as Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Earth Sciences.

Undergraduate programs are structured to allow students to obtain professional accreditations in many provinces and to enjoy careers in the minerals, energy or environmental sectors.

Together with the Department of Biology, we also offer a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Environmental Science.


Think just one glacial period caused marine life extinction 444 million years ago? Think again

OTTAWA, November 20, 2014  —  444 million years ago during the end of the Ordovician period, 85% of marine life became extinct. For the past 20 or 30 years, one theory has explained this extinction: a single glacial period. Now, a team of researchers including André Desrochers of the University of Ottawa has debunked this theory in findings published in Nature Communications. By combining two of the period’s most important archives, from Morocco and Anticosti Island, the international team was able to determine that in fact multiple glaciations were the cause of marine life extinction. Read more

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