Environmental Geoscience (BSc)

The fast-growing discipline of environmental geoscience explores how our planet works. Students study the Earth and how it interacts with the atmosphere, oceans, and biosphere, making environmental geoscience one of our most diverse scientific programs.

Environmental Geoscience is available at both the BSc and BSc (honours) level. Our curriculum allows you to achieve registration as a professional environmental geoscientist. It includes a core of courses at the first and second year levels in common with geology majors, and diverges at the third year level to incorporate courses in geochemistry, geophysics, hydrogeology, and environmental science. Outside the department of Earth and Environmental Science, you will also study biology, chemistry, math and physics. 

Be Inspired

Environmental Geoscience requires multidisciplinary study, which ensures you will acquire a wide range of expertise. You will learn about the dynamics and history of our planet, and how they impact the environmental, energy and mining industries, both within Canada and abroad.

Small class sizes, frequent field trips and a close-knit community ensure that you develop a strong network, which typically continues long past graduation. The integration of field work and technology gives you hands-on experience and exposure to all aspects of environmental geoscience. Faculty members are dedicated to your success and provide individual attention.

Future Careers

  • Environmental geoscientist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Clean energy researcher
  • Environmental auditor
  • Exploration geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Geophysicist
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) specialist
  • Petroleum geologist
  • Seismologist
  • And many other careers in mining and oil industries

First Year at a Glance

Semester One

GEOL 1013
Our Dynamic Earth
CHEM 1013
General Chemistry 1
ENVS 1013
Introduction to Environmental Science 1
BIOL 1113
Organisms and their Environment 1
Your choice

Semester Two

GEOL 1023
Earth History: Global Change through Time
CHEM 1023
General Chemistry 2
ENVS 1023
Introduction to Environmental Science 2
BIOL 1123
Organisms and their Environment 2
Your choice

Co-op Available: Yes

Honours: Thesis-based, with research

Get Involved:
Fletcher Geology Club
Environmental Science Students' Association


Earth and Environmental Science
Huggins Science Hall, Room 327
12 University Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 2R6