Environmental Earth Sciences studies the landscapes and climates in which we live and work, the rocks we mine and how they are used, the soils we cultivate and the effects of natural and human-induced change upon them.

Quick facts
  • Four year degree
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

You will learn the effects of human activities upon near-surface environments including how we obtain and maintain our water resources, the movement and fate of toxic substances in the environment and how waste treatment and disposal affect natural, urbanized and agricultural ecosystems. You will learn how to use and interpret the results of technologies involved with geomatics (remotely-sensed images, Geographic Information Systems, cartography) and the principles of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

A first-year schedule sample

This degree program is flexible and offers you the opportunity to take courses in many different subject areas. Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:


Fall Term
GEOL 121 Earth Processes
MATH 110 Calculus I
CHEM 112 General Chemistry I Structure Bonding and Properties of Materials
PHYS 115* Physics and the Universe
ENG 110* Literature and Composition

Winter Term
PHYS 117* Physics for the Life Sciences
CHEM 115 General Chemistry II Chemical Processes
MATH 116 Introduction to the Circumpolar World
GEOG 120* Introduction to Global Environmental Systems
ENG 110* Literature and Composition

* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

GEOG 235 Earth Processes and Natural Hazards: A Canadian Perspective
This interdisciplinary course explores the earth and atmospheric processes that are responsible for landform development and natural hazards, the regions in Canada most susceptible to natural disasters, and current developments in hazard forecasting and monitoring techniques. Students will explore through case studies the impacts of natural disasters on Canadian landscapes and people.

GEOG 290 Field Methods and Laboratory Analysis
An introduction to the principles and practice of navigation, topographic surveying, image analysis, and the sampling and analysis of sediments, water, and plant communities relevant to environmental science.

GEOL 330 Climate History
Explores the record of climate variations preserved in recent earth materials, and the influence of these variations on contemporary societies. The focus will be on extreme periods, e.g., Pleistocene deglaciation, the Younger Dryas, 8.2 ka event, Piorra Oscillation, Roman Warm Period, Dark Ages, Medieval Optimum, Little Ice Age, and 20th century warming.

Hands-on experience
You will gain practical experience in the laboratory analysis of pollutants in soil and water samples as well as participate in a number of field trips that provides practical experience in the sampling of soil and water in Saskatchewan landscapes.

Small class sizes
Small class sizes maximizes interaction between you and your professors and allows you to become easily acquainted with others who share common interests.

As a graduate of this program you will meet the requirements for professional registration as an environmental geoscientist-in-training in the Province of Saskatchewan (APEGS).


Graduates of this program are eligible to register as Professional Geoscientists-in-Training with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS). You can seek employment with a variety of private and public sector employers including environmental consulting firms, watershed authorities, the mining industry (e.g., oil and gas, sand and gravel, stone aggregate), municipal utilities focused on water quantity and quality, and natural resource management organizations (e.g., Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment).

Some career opportunities include:

  • Ecologist
  • Environmental protection officer
  • Environmental quality specialist
  • GIS technician
  • Hazardous waste specialist
  • Hydrologist
  • Water resource specialist

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $6,103 $15,867
Fees $835 $835
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $8,438 $18,202

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load (the maximum number of courses allowed).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

These Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Environmental Earth Sciences degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:

  • Bachelor of Science Four-year 
  • Bachelor of Science Honours
  • Co-operative Education Option: this five-year option allows students who meet the requirements to participate in up to 5, four month paid work terms.

You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year or honours degree or would like to pursue the Co-operative Education Option.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
January 2018
Dec 1, 2017
Documents due: Dec 15, 2017
Sep 1, 2017
Documents due: Oct 1, 2017
May 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018
Feb 1, 2018
Documents due: Mar 1, 2018
July 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Mar 1, 2018
Documents due: Apr 1, 2018
September 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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