UBC offers a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with a Major in Earth and Ocean Sciences.

  • With careful course selection students may use a Major Earth and Ocean Sciences specialization toward professional registration as a geoscientist. See a UBC advisor for more details
  • For students intending to pursue a professional career, honours or streamed major specializations are preferred. For details of the specializations available see Geological SciencesGeophysics,OceanographyAtmospheric Science, and Environmental Sciences

Useful links when using this course planning worksheet:

UBC Calendar
UBC Department Website
BC Transfer Guide
Langara Diagnostic Tests

In addition to the Faculty of Science promotion requirements, these are the specific first and second year requirements for this major.


First year

UBC Courses

Credits

Langara Equivalents

Credits

Communications Requirement 1

3

ENGL 1123 1 or 1129 or 1100 or SCIE 1113 or 1114

3

CHEM 121 & 123

8

CHEM 1120 & 1220

8

EOSC 100-level 2 and EOSC 111

7

GEOL 1110 and GEOL 2207

6

MATH 100 or 104

3

MATH 1153/1253 3 or 1171 or 1173/1183 or 1174

3-6

MATH 101 or 105

3

MATH 1271 or 1273/1283 or 1274

3-4

PHYS 100-level 4

3

PHYS 1101 or 1125 4

4

Electives 5

3

Electives 5

0-4

 
Second year

UBC Courses

Credits

Langara Equivalents

Credits

Communications Requirement 1

3

ENGL 1123 or 1128 1 or 1129 or 1100 or SCIE 1113 or 1114

3

All of:

GEOB 270 or EOSC 211

EOSC 212

EOSC or ENVR or ATSC 200-level or above

 

3

3

6

All of:

GEOG 2210

Unavailable

Unavailable

 

3

0

0

Electives 5

15

Electives 5

15

 

Footnotes:

1 A total of 6 credits of coursework is required to meet the Communication Requirement. For a full list of acceptable courses see Communication Requirement

2 3 credits may be deferred until second year. The requirement for these courses may be waived if a student has completed upper-level courses in each of the solid and fluid earth sciences

3 UBC MATH 110 (Langara MATH 1153 & 1253) may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 3 credits

4 Chosen from 100-level PHYS courses, excluding UBC PHYS 100. Students without Physics 12 must take UBC PHYS 100 (Langara PHYS 1118) before taking any other 100-level PHYS course, which will count as an elective. Qualified students are encouraged to take PHYS 117 (Langara PHYS 1125)

5 Elective credits together with required courses must fulfill the UBC Faculty of Science's: 
a.) Foundational Requirement;
b.) Laboratory Science Requirement;
c.) Science Breadth Requirement;
d.) Science and Arts Requirements;
e.) Upper-level Requirement;
f.) General Degree Requirements.
This course planning outline is created by the Langara College Counselling Department and is intended for use only as a guide. It is the students' responsibility to consult original sources to ensure accuracy.

Updated May 2022