Students mapping faults and fractures at the Abyss


Looking for a program in Geology? Earth Science? Environmental Science? Look no further...

  • Earth Science is a multidisciplinary field in which the principles of chemistry, physics and mathematics are applied to the problems of the physical world to understand how the Earth works in the past, present and future.

  • Earth Science literacy is of critical importance in understanding and solving challenges facing us regarding energy and resource availability and environmental security. The Earth Sciences form the essential core for formal study of energy, resources and the environment.

  • A Bachelor of Science - Major in Geoscience is offered in conjunction with the Geography Department. This program provides students with a solid foundation in earth science, the environment and natural resources. This program is also linked to the Engineers and Geoscientists BC (formerly APEGBC) Professional Geoscience (P.Geo) academic requirements.

  • 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 a Bachelor of Arts. The program provides a foundation in the earth sciences and has the flexibility to create individualized programs of study.

The Earth Science Program at VIU captivates me with its dynamic blend of immersive field experiences, supportive community of passionate learners, innovative research, and the profound exploration of Earth's wonders, inspiring a deep-seated passion for understanding our planet's dynamic processes. Jessie Goldman, BSc. Geoscience Student 2024

More information about these Earth Science programs

BSc Minor in Earth Science


BA Minor in Earth Science

Combines with Minors or Majors in Anthropology, Business, Creative Writing, Economics, Education, and Liberal Studies or can be taken as a Double Minor with Geography

In Highschool but interested in advanced education in Earth Science?

Consider the Dual Credit Program at VIU.

These Earth Science courses may be available to you:

Transfer Agreements

VIU Forestry

Are you currently in the Forestry program at VIU but interested in opening up some more doors with a Geoscience degree?

See the  FRST to GEOS program transfer grid

Yukon University

We now have a transfer agreement between Yukon University's Earth Science diploma program and VIU's BSc Geoscience degree program.  Please contact department chairs or for more information

Douglas College

A transfer agreement is in the works between Douglas College Earth Science program and VIU's BSc. Geoscience degree.  Please contact department chairs or for more information