Studying earth sciences at Carleton University provides the student with total immersion in Earth Sciences within a small, research-intensive department. We offer BSc Honours, BSc Major, and BSc programs that offer a combination of course work, laboratory- and field-based experiential learning, and multiple opportunities for research investigations with faculty and graduate students.
Please scroll down to see our informative videos on our undergraduate programs, our facilities, and “teasers” of lectures and labs from our first-year introductory earth sciences course.
One of the advantages of being in Ottawa is the proximity to the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) and the Museum of Nature. Our students are very successful at gaining summer employment with the GSC through the Federal Student Work Experience (FSWEP) and Research Affiliiate (RAP) programs. These opportunities can lead to part-time employment throughout the academic year, sometimes even through to graduation. Students in our Concentration in Vertebrate Paleontology can gain fantastic experience by volunteering directly with a research scientist at the Museum of Nature.
The Faculty of Science offers a fantastic opportunity for high achieving students who have just completed their first year of study.
- Dean’s Summer Research Internships (DSRI)
- Internship-Carleton University Research Experience for Undergraduate Students (I-CUREUS)
Earth sciences is a regulated profession in the province of Ontario and in most other areas of the country. The Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (PGO) is the local governing body. We offer programs which meet the PGO's knowledge requirements. After graduation, alumni can apply to the PGO to work toward the P.Geo. designation.