Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Learn how our planet works. Learn to use that knowledge to benefit both people and the environment.

EESC Undergrad Lead
UBC student recording and processing geological data in the field.

What You Need to Know

Why study earth and environmental sciences (EESC) at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Career opportunities
Build a broad academic and experiential foundation with a globally recognized UBC degree. Career options range from employment in the mineral resources sector to consulting in the geological or environmental sciences or working with government agencies and non-governmental organizations as a hydrologist, soils scientist, geomorphologist, or environmental specialist.

Access to professors
Visit your professor during office hours or volunteer to assist with a research projects spanning biodiversity, resilience, or ecosystem services to mountain building and continental tectonics—just some of the topics renowned UBC faculty researchers are exploring.

Field courses
Work closely with your fellow classmates and professors while studying in an outdoor setting. You will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to achieve solutions to real-world resource management, environmental and geological problems.

Co-op experience
Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network and earn money to pay for tuition.

Program Overview

Get your UBC degree in earth and environmental sciences (EESC) and learn to apply scientific knowledge from many disciplines. Develop an understanding of the fundamental natural processes that shape Earth and its environments, and gain an appreciation of how humans are influencing the planet.

Study from a variety of topics including mineral resources, structural geology, water resources, river hydrology, climate and paleo-climate, hydrogeology, land use management and geochemistry. Gain skills in observation, data collection, field and laboratory techniques, spatial data analysis, and the integration and communication of your findings.

Depending on course selection, graduates will be eligible for jobs in industry and government, addressing topics as diverse as environmental protection and mineral exploration. Students can choose courses leading to registration as a Professional Geoscientist or Professional Agrologist. In earth and environmental sciences undergraduate studies at UBC Okanagan, you can complete a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in EESC. The BSc program offers a major, honours, or minor in earth and environmental sciences.


UBC Okanagan’s earth and environmental sciences (EESC) program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that cover fundamental understanding of past and present relationships among air, water, rocks and minerals, and biota.

Sample courses:

  • EESC 111 — Earth Science
  • EESC 205 — Introduction to Hydrology
  • EESC 325 — Structural Geology
  • EESC 380 — Geographical Information Science I
  • EESC 456 — Soil Science

Click here to browse EESC courses and descriptions

Degree Options

The following links take you to earth and environmental sciences program details in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academic policies at The University of British Columbia

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Learn about graduate studies in EESC.

Visit the earth and environmental sciences homepage within the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.


British Columbia High School Requirements

  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Pre-calculus 12 (minimum 67%)
  • Two other approved Grade 12 courses, including at least one of Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geography 12, Geology 12, or Physics 12

For general admission requirements and program specific requirements, all Canadian high school, international high school, Canadian post-secondary or international post-secondary applicants should visit

Students are encouraged to declare their Major in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the end of their first year in order to take the prerequisite second-year courses; refer to the Academic Calendar for those admission requirements: BSc in earth and environmental sciences.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at

Tuition Fees
UBC Okanagan's fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

How to Apply

Apply to UBC at—there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world's top universities.

Check out the steps to apply to UBC, and be sure to choose "Okanagan campus."

Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.

UBC Okanagan

Your Career Options

Build a broad foundation and establish great career potential with undergraduate Earth and Environmental Sciences studies. Earn a UBC degree respected by employers around the globe. Job opportunities include geologist, hydrologist, geochemist and environmental specialist.



  • Contaminated Sites Specialist
  • Environmental geoscientist
  • Environmental impact assessor
  • Environmental policy analyst
  • Environmental reporter/writer
  • Environmental standards enforcement officer
  • Geologist
  • Geomorphologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Hydrologist
  • Hydrometric specialist
  • Land use analyst
  • Mine geologist
  • Park warden/naturalist
  • Stream restoration specialist
  • Water resource manager
  • Wetlands specialist

Potential Employers

  • Agricultural, environmental, mineral exploration and mining, and resource industries
  • Consulting firms specializing in mineral exploration, geochemistry, agriculture, groundwater, environmental geology, and engineering
  • Environmental education and communication firms
  • Government geological surveys, environment ministries, government research laboratories
  • International aid organizations

Further Studies

The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences offers MSc and the PhD degrees in Earth and Environmental Sciences. UBC Okanagan also has an Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program in which students may have an earth and environmental sciences department faculty member as their primary supervisor.

Gain Valuable Experience

Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleagues.

Travel and Learn

  • See the world through Go Global, a UBC program for exchange and study with more than 150 international partner institutions. Experience university life abroad as a resident, or earn academic credit while participating in summer group-study courses led by UBC profs.

Undergraduate Research

Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career:

Research Scholarships

Get a financial boost to start your research experience and help pay for travel and other expenses. Merit-based cash awards also look impressive on your resumé. Available awards include:

Work Opportunities

  • Learn through doing, create strong connections, and develop professional skills with a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
  • Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project—a life-changing experience.

Meet Your Peers and Profs

Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about UBC Okanagan’s earth and environmental sciences program:
Jennifer Little

Jennifer Little, UBC Student

“With every class I take, I feel I know more about myself and my interests.”

Lael Parrott

Lael Parrott, UBC Professor

“I want to contribute to improving our quality of life, while at the same time reducing our environmental impact.”

Jenna Gall

Jenna Gall, UBC Alumna

“I learned both in and out of class the type of impact I could have.”

Welcome to UBC's Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Earth and Environmental Sciences program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you’ll gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.


Tour the Campus

  • Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at
  • Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
  • Visit the campus for a personal guided tour led by a student ambassador.

Day One: What to Expect

On the first day of university, take part in “Meet the Dean” sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of CREATE, UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation.

Attend an orientation that’s tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or a student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.

Academic Support

  • Peer mentors are a great resource — ask questions and learn from students who've been there, done that.
  • Navigate your studies with the help of a professor, your Program Advisor.
  • Use the library which offers print, audiovisual and electronic research materials, a leisure-reading collection and loaner laptops. It also offers research consultations, instruction and workshops.
  • The library’s Writing and Resource Centre can help you articulate your ideas. Pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development and coursework.
  • Familiarize yourself with resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.


Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.

Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.

    Clubs and Associations

    • Make friends with similar interests, attend events, and explore career options with the EESC Course Union.
    • Branch out, get involved in student life, and have fun in various campus clubs.

    Living in Residence

    Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support.

    UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, features a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley

    Find out more about living in residence at

    The Okanagan Valley: What to Expect

    UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

    More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

    UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

    A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

    Explore the Okanagan lifestyle at


    Last reviewed shim10/4/2018 12:42:59 PM