Earth and Ocean Sciences

About Earth and Ocean Sciences

Earth and ocean sciences spans virtually all aspects of understanding the history and dynamics of our planet, as well as how to best manage its resources and the environment we live in. The field is all about understanding how the earth works, from the core to the atmosphere, and from the distant genesis of our planet to current and future trends in environmental and global issues.

Program Details

Earth and Ocean Sciences offers a major degree for students who have a general interest in the earth sciences but do not intend to pursue a professional career in geological sciences, geophysics or oceanography.


Application of knowledge about the physical environment, spatial relations, and climate change Recognition and classification of earth materials, movements, and structures Identification of relationships between geoscience problems and societal factors Application of various scientific approaches to solve geological and oceanographic problems Field research and analysis Modeling and sampling techniques Usage of programming languages including MATLAB and Pyth

Career Options

With an undergraduate degree

Air pollution technician Air quality meteorologist Climate service specialist Climatological technician Data assistant Science journalist/writer

With additional study

Environmental manager Forester Geoscientist Mineralogist Oceanographer Resource manager Science journalist Seismologist Soil scientist Urban planner Volcanologist

UBC Science Earth and Ocean Sciences Graduates Work As

Environmental Hydrogeologist, Hemmera Geologist, Alamos Gold Inc PhD Student in Mining Engineering, University of Quebec Research Assistant, Mineral Deposit Research Unit Mining & Metals Professional, Golden Predator Corp.

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Faculty of Science

Office of the Dean, Earth Sciences Building
2178–2207 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada
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