Students of the Bachelor of Arts, Minor in Earth Science program enjoying a field trip to Vancouver Island's west coast

Earth Science (BA)


  • Program Length 
    4 Years
  • Credential 
    Bachelor Degree
  • Options 
    Minor
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo

The Earth Science (BA) Program

The Minor in Earth Science is designed to provide foundational knowledge about the Earth’s materials, processes, resources and history. Earth Science is a multidisciplinary field in which the principles of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and biology are applied to understand how the Earth works. Earth Science literacy is of critical importance in understanding and solving challenges facing us regarding energy and resource availability and environmental sustainability.

The Minor in Earth Science is designed to be taken as part of a Double Minor or as a Major and Minor combination for a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts. The program provides a solid foundation in the physical sciences and the flexibility to create individualized programs of study.

The Minor in Earth Sciences combines with Minors or Majors in Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, and Computer Science. The Minor in Earth Sciences also complements studies in Anthropology, Business, Economics, Creative Writing, and Liberal Studies. Career directions for students with a Minor in Earth Science are varied, but could include work in variety of fields employed with environmental consultants, resource companies or government agencies. The program will be of particular interest to students proceeding towards a career in Primary and Secondary Education, with plans for teaching a science curriculum.

Many of the courses taken to satisfy the Minor of Earth Science requirements can contribute towards the academic requirements of the Engineers and Geoscientists BC (formerly APEGBC) for a Professional Geoscientist. However, a significant number of other courses may be required. Check the APEGBC syllabus requirements for a Professional Geoscientist for more details at Engineers and Geoscientists BC.

Requirements for a Minor

Students must fulfill all the Institutional B.A. degree requirements, including Degree English Requirements and courses listed below:

Years 1 and 2

Credits

GEOL 111 - (Discovering Planet Earth)

4

GEOL 112 - (Understanding Earth's History)

4

GEOL 115* - (Laboratory and Field Studies in Earth Science)

3

GEOL 200 - (Mineralogy)

3

GEOL 201 - (Sedimentology and Stratigraphy)

3

GEOL 202 - (Earth Structures)

3

GEOL 206** - (Geological Field Methods and Mapping)

3

* Students who completed both GEOL 111 and GEOL 112 prior to September 2011 are exempt from taking GEOL 115 as a prerequisite for 200-level GEOL courses.

** GEOL 206 is a field course that includes approximately 72 hours of instruction over a two week period.

Years 3 and 4

Credits

Minimum of eighteen credits of Earth Science* courses numbered 300 and above from the following list, of which a minimum of nine credits must be GEOL courses:
CHEM 301 - (Aqueous Environmental Chemistry)
CHEM 302 - (Atmospheric Environmental Chemistry)
GEOG 326 - (Remote Sensing)
GEOG 328 - (Geographic Information Systems)
GEOG 372 - (Climatology)
GEOG 373 - (Biogeography)
GEOG 374 - (Hydrology)
GEOG 376 - (Geomorphology)
GEOG 428 - (GIS Applications)
GEOL 300 - (Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology)
GEOL 301 - (Caves & Karst Landscapes)
GEOL 302 - (Mineral Resources)
GEOL 303 - (Engineering Geology)
GEOL 304 - (Hydrogeology)
GEOL 305 - (Quaternary Geology)
GEOL 308 - (Geochemistry)
GEOL 312 - (Environmental Geology)
GEOL 380 - (Earth Science Work Experience)
GEOL 390 - (Special Field Studies)
GEOL 401 - (Karst Field Techniques)
GEOL 412 - (Climate Change: Past, Present, and Future)
GEOL 470 - (Earth Science Issues in British Columbia)
GEOL 480 - (Earth Science Senior Work Experience)
GEOL 490 - (Directed Studies in Earth Science)
GEOL 491 - (Research Project in Geoscience)

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* Earth Science courses are approved lab science courses from the departments of Geology, Chemistry, and Geography.

Updated 
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year*

Amount

Tuition (30 credits x $156.80 per credit)

4,704.00

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

188.16

Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.93 per credit)

207.90

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month)

167.20

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year

1,500.00

Total

7,042.26

Notes

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full-time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year*

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $8700.00 per semester)

17,400.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $389.40 per semester)

778.80

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month)

167.20

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year

1,500.00

Total

20,121.00

Notes

Tuition in the above table is based on a maximum of 15 credits at $725.00 per credit, up to a maximum of $8,700.00 per semester for 12-15 credits; $725.00 per credit beyond 15 credits. Ancillary Fees in the above table are based on a maximum of 15 credits at $32.45 per credit, up to a maximum of $389.40 per semester for 12-15 credits; $32.45 per credit beyond 15 credits.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full-time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Monday, August 16, 2021

Domestic (Canadian)

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Sep 7, 2021
Accepting International Applications
No
Application Fee
$42.55
Accepting Late Applications
Yes
Waitlist
Yes
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Erin Johnson
Phone: 604-485-8033
Email: erin.johnson@viu.ca

Comments

Please consult Student Services/Advising at 604-485-2878 or email pr.studentaffairs@viu.ca for more information on program or admission requirements.

Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Jan 6, 2022
Application Fee
$42.55
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Amelia Coyne
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 4014
Email: Amelia.Coyne@viu.ca

Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Jan 6, 2022
Application Fee
$42.55
Accepting Late Applications
Yes
Waitlist
No
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Zoe Doiron
Phone: 250-746-3512
Email: Zoe.Doiron@viu.ca

Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Sep 6, 2022
Application Fee
$42.55
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Amelia Coyne
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 4014
Email: Amelia.Coyne@viu.ca

Comments

Questions about becoming a student can be directed to the Office of Future Students at 250 740-6672 or email connect@viu.ca.

Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Sep 6, 2022
Application Fee
42.55
Accepting Late Applications
Yes
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Zoë Doiron
Phone: 250-746-3512
Email: Zoe.Doiron@viu.ca

Comments

Please contact Advising at 250-746-3509 or email advising.cowichan@viu.ca for more information on program or admission requirements.

International

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Jan 6, 2022
Next Intake(s)
  • September 6, 2022

Accepting International Applications
Yes
Application Fee
$150.00
Accepting Late Applications
Yes
Waitlist
No
Testing Required
No
International Admissions Officer Contact

Name: Elham Akhoundi and Yuzo Ishida
Email: study@viu.ca

Comments

For prospective international applicants, please send your inquiries to World VIU at WorldVIU@viu.ca.

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