McMaster University

Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Program Information

School:McMaster University
Faculty:Geography & Earth Sciences
Degree:Bachelor; Honours
Field of Study:Environmental Science
Geology/Earth Science, General
Description:All students take a series of core courses that integrate a solid grounding in fundamental sciences including Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Math, with a range of geoscience and environmental science skills including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), fieldwork, laboratory analysis, remote sensing and personal skills development (inquiry, written and oral communication, group work, time management and numeracy).

Students may follow a basic program which includes courses in earth history, remote sensing, field methods, soils, environmental assessment, earth surface processes, environmental geochemistry and surface water hydrology ( see Course Descriptions). Students in this program can select a number of elective courses of their choice. Please refer to the program Progress Chart for further details To maximize the focus of their elective choices, students may choose to focus their selection of elective courses by choosing courses in a specific concentration in upper years. These concentrations are: Aqueous Environmental Geochemistry
Earth Sciences, Environmental Hydrology and Climate, Environmental Policy, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis.
URL:Earth and Environmental Sciences at McMaster University
Length:5 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $7,757
International: $28,505

Cost per year is based on 30 units, and includes the cost of tuition and mandatory supplementary fees.
Careers:GeologistsPaleontologistsEnvironmental Impact Analysts

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*82 to 85

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Advanced Functions  or  Grade12 Calculus and Vectors 
  •  Grade12 Biology  or  Grade12 Chemistry 
  •  Grade12 Biology  or  Grade12 Calculus and Vectors  or  Grade12 Physics  or  Grade12 Chemistry 

Applicants are required to have at least six Grade 12 U/M level courses, including: ENG4U, one of: MHF4U, MCV4U, one of: SBI4U, SCH4U, and one of: MHF4U, MCV4U, SBI4U, SCH4U, SPH4U. Note: Applicants without MCV4U will be required to take an equivalent Calculus course in Level I.

Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 85] or Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages: Certificate in Advanced English [min. 176] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86]

Students who have been asked to meet McMaster's English Language Proficiency requirement must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving the minimum requirements as specified by McMaster: IELTS: 6.5, CAE: 176, PTE: 60, CAEL: 70, MELAB: 85, TOEFL (iBT): 86

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on September 23, 2017