Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Programs in Geology, Environmental Geoscience and Environmental Science

The Earth and its environment – the very place where we live and all the things we need to exist. Earth and Environmental Science programs grant you the opportunity to learn from world-class teachers and researchers about how the Earth and our natural and human-made environment work.

We host 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. Our programs prepare students to obtain professional accreditations in many provinces and to enjoy careers in the minerals, energy or environmental sectors. Learn more on this page about this exciting field.

  • 14 professors
  • Two Canada Research Chairs
  • One Distinguished University Professor
  • Goldcorp Research Chair (Economic Geology)
  • Husky Research Fund (Petroleum Geology)
  • 248 undergraduate students (84 in geology (GEO) and 164 in environmental science (EVS))
  • 82 graduate students
  • Sedimentology and Basin Analysis
  • Tectonics
  • Geochemistry and Isotopes
  • Economic Geology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Geoscience
  • Environmental Science:
    • To be completed with one of the following streams:
      • Conservation and Biodiversity
      • Environmental Geochemistry and Ecotoxicology
      • Global Change
  • Geology, specialization, major and minor
  • Geology-Physics
Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory
  • Microscopy Teaching Laboratory
    • 20 research-grade microscopes (transmitted and reflected light)
  • Courses with field excursions
    • Geology fields courses
    • Environmental science field course
Our Facilities
  • Advanced Research Complex for Earth Sciences
    • Canada’s only AMS facility for analysis of radiocarbon, radiogenic nuclides and heavy metals
    • One of Canada’s newest and most advanced electron microprobes with supporting scanning electron microscope
    • One of Canada’s largest and most extensive light stable isotope laboratories
    • Canada’s most advanced noble gas isotope laboratory
    • The most advanced ICP-MS technologies for high resolution analysis
    • An X-ray laboratory with XRF and XRD (powder and single crystal) and radiography/CT/spectrometry capability
  • Study the environment in the A.E. Lalonde AMS Laboratory and the STEM Complex

Environmental Science

Environmental science (EVS) is the interdisciplinary study of the environment, its functioning and its relationship to human activities. Society has a growing need for specialists able to recognize, understand, solve and prevent environmental problems.

Offered through the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the program focuses on the integration of traditional science disciplines to study the natural environment and the impact of human activities. The program consists of a core of basic science courses complemented by courses in various disciplines that address the scientific and societal aspects of environmental problems.

The EVS program is accredited by ECO Canada, the national organization whose mission is to promote the competence and the excellence of academic programs, the environmental careers, and recognition of the professional expertise of environment workers.

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Program Structure

Year 1

Introductory courses in Earth Sciences, EVS, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Geography.

Year 2

Ecology, chemistry, geomatics, biostatistics, other elective courses.

Years 3 and 4

Ecology, environmental problems, practice of environmental sciences, environmental microbiology, hydrogeology, other advanced courses according to the chosen specialty, research project.

Among the three components mentioned above for EVS:

  • First common year
  • 7 of 10 2nd year courses are the same
  • Ease of changing specializations
Program and Suggested Course Sequences
After Graduation

ECO Canada : certification in Environmental Science

Two choices after graduation :

  1. Main employers: environmental consulting firms, Governments, NGOs
  2. Graduate Studies: qualified students may undertake an MSc and/or PhD at uOttawa or at other universities (20 % of our students)

Environment Science professions and other careers and coop:

  • Consulting
  • Policy development
  • River keeper
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Soil scientist
  • Wildlife manager
  • Meteorologist
  • Ecosystem ecologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Government
  • Industry
  • NGOs

What can I do with my studies in Environmental Science?

Environmental Geoscience - Geology - Geology-Physics

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers degree programs in environmental geoscience, in geology (GEO) and in geology-physics. Research strengths at the Department include environmental geosciences, sedimentary systems, natural resources, earth materials and geodynamics.

Geology involves the study of the composition, structure and evolution of the Earth and other planetary bodies. The discipline builds from a basic understanding of physics, chemistry, and often biology, and extends into many specialties like mineralogy, petrology, paleontology, sedimentary systems, environmental geology, economic geology, geochemistry, structural geology and geophysics.

Program Structure

Year 1

Introductory Earth Sciences courses, First-year Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Biology.

Year 2

Mainly fundamental Earth Sciences courses, other science courses, other elective courses.

Years 3 and 4

Mainly advanced Earth Sciences courses, research project, other elective courses.

After Graduation

You will now have the academic qualifications for registration as a Professional Geoscientist: Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (PGO)

Two choices after graduation:

  1. Employment: Professional, scientific and technical services, mining and oil and gas extraction, public administration
  2. Graduate Studies: Top students will qualify for Masters and PhD programs to pursue research and teaching

Earth Sciences professions and coop, plus geology-physics coop:

  • Development geologist
  • Environmental geoscientist
  • Exploration geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Glaciologist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Hydrologist
  • Mine geologist
  • Mineralogist
  • Oceanographer
  • Paleontologist
  • Petroleum geologist
  • Petrologist
  • Sedimentologist
  • Seismologist
  • Stratigrapher
  • Volcanologist

Anywhere from surface to deep Earth! Anytime from today to beginning of times!

What can I do with my studies in Geology?

What can I do with my studies in Geology-Physics?

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