Earth & Atmospheric Science

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Specialize in: Atmospheric Science, Geomatics Science, or Space Science. 
In Atmospheric Science you'll learn to forecast the weather and will develop a deep understanding of the processes driving severe weather and climate change.  Top off your degree with a Certificate in Meteorology. In Geomatics Science you'll study about Earth's gravity field, modern geophysics, satellite geodesy, and surveying. Add depth to your degree with a certificate in GIS & Remote Sensing. In Space Science you'll explore planetary space environments and instrument design. You'll learn from profs involved in international space projects such as WINDII and OSIRIS.

What You’ll Learn

Atmospheric Science explores meteorology from the turbulent micro scale to the large synoptic scale weather systems. In our program, you will learn how we use computer models to forecast the weather and will develop a deeper understanding of the processes that drive severe weather, climate and climate change. You can top off your degree with a Certificate in Meteorology.

In Geomatics Science (formerly Earth Science), you will study about modern geophysics, Earth’s gravity field, satellite geodesy, reference systems, plus surveying and mapping with emphasis in the areas of geospatial science and applications. Our program provides you the knowledge and skills to work with terrestrial, aerial and space observing platforms. Add depth to your degree with a certificate in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing.

Space Science explores the near Earth space environment as well as other planets. You will learn how to investigate and establish new satellite programs for optical aeronomy, dynamics and chemistry of the upper atmosphere and monitoring the recovering ozone layer.

Some Courses You'll Take 

Geophysics and Space Science
Cloud Physics and Radar Meteorology
Numerical Weather Prediction
Climate and Climate Change
Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere
Global Positioning Systems
Image Processing for Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry
Space Mission Design

Career Paths Include

Meteorologist
Geodesist
GIS Analyst
Cadastral Land Surveyor
Earth/Atmospheric Scientist 

Note: Many students combine a degree in Earth & Atmospheric Science with a certificate in Geographic Information Systems & Remote Sensing or a certificate Meteorology (the only undergraduate Meteorology program in Ontario).

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Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • meteorologist
  • geodesist
  • atmospheric scientist
  • GIS analyst

BScLassonde School of Engineering

Requirements for admission:
  • Alberta High School Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • Physics 30
  • Pure Math 30 or Math 30-2 or Math 30-1
  • Math 31
  • And one additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31 - recommendation(s) below:
    • Chemistry 30
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75. Please contact Lassonde Admissions at ask@lassondeschool.com if you have any questions or wish to discuss options to retain your offer.

    BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Physics 12
  • Principles of Math 12 or Foundational Math 12 or Pre-calculus 12
  • Calculus 12
  • And one additional Grade 12 Academic subjects - recommendation(s) below:
    • Chemistry 12
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75. Please contact Lassonde Admissions at ask@lassondeschool.com if you have any questions or wish to discuss options to retain your offer.

    BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • Baccalauréat Général
  • Terminale physics
  • Terminale math
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Terminale chemistry
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
    • A maximum of 30 possible transferable credits may be granted for successful completion of the Baccalauréat Général. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
    To gain admission to this program, the Baccalauréat Général with a minimum overall score of 12 is required.To gain admission to this program, the Baccalauréat Général with a minimum overall score of 12 is required. Please contact Lassonde Admissions at ask@lassondeschool.com if you have any questions or wish to discuss options to retain your offer.

    BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • Successful completion of the final year of senior studies
    • Minimum overall result of “Bien/Buena/Bueno/Good” on all academic courses.
    • Some programs require a higher GPA.
  • Senior-level physics
  • Senior-level math
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Senior-level chemistry
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
  • BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • Diploma with a total of at least six units, including prerequisites, and grades of 1, 2 or 3 in each unit.
    • A minimum overall average of 3 out of 7 is required. Higher grades required for certain programs.
  • 2-unit physics
  • 2-unit math
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • 2-unit chemistry
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
    • CAPE 2-unit courses, with results of 3 or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

    BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • One year of CEGEP
  • 2 semesters of English/anglais
  • Physics 1 and 2
  • Linear Algebra 1
  • Calculus 1
  • And six additional academic courses (high-school equivalent courses not accepted) - recommendation(s) below:
    • Chemistry 1 and 2
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
    • Extra courses will be assessed for transfer credit. Applicants with the DEC may be awarded up to one full year of transfer credit.
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75. Please contact Lassonde Admissions at ask@lassondeschool.com if you have any questions or wish to discuss options to retain your offer.

    BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
  • Grade 12 physics
  • Grade 12 math
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Grade 12 chemistry
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
  • To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the final year of Senior 3/Grade 12 level of study with a minimum overall average of 80% on all academic courses.To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the final year of Senior 3/Grade 12 level of study with a minimum overall average of 80% on all academic courses. Please contact Lassonde Admissions at ask@lassondeschool.com if you have any questions or wish to discuss options to retain your offer.

    BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • Lise Diplomasi
  • Senior-level physics
  • Senior-level math
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Senior-level chemistry
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
  • To be considered for this program, minimum 4.25 or 75% average is required in the final year of senior studies.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum 4.25 or 75% average in the final year of senior studies. Please contact Lassonde Admissions at ask@lassondeschool.com if you have any questions or wish to discuss options to retain your offer.

    BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examinations
  • A-level physics
  • A-level math
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • A-level chemistry
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
    • GCE A2 examinations with results of "C" or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
    To gain admission to this program, minimum average of C+ is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of C+. Please contact Lassonde Admissions at ask@lassondeschool.com if you have any questions or wish to discuss options to retain your offer.

    BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
  • Twelfth Year physics
  • Twelfth Year math
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Twelfth Year chemistry
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
  • To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the Twelfth Year of senior studies with a minimum overall average of 4.3/5.0 required.To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the Twelfth Year of senior studies with a minimum overall average of 4.3/5.0 required. Please contact Lassonde Admissions at ask@lassondeschool.com if you have any questions or wish to discuss options to retain your offer.

    BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    • IB Diploma with passes in six subjects: three passes at the Standard-level and three passes at the Higher-level, or two passes at the Standard-level and four passes at the Higher-level
  • Standard or higher-level physics
  • Standard or higher-level math (Math Studies will not satisfy this requirement)
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Standard or higher-level chemistry
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
    • Transfer credit is granted for IB courses with Higher-level final grades of 5 or better, to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
    To gain admission to this program, minimum IB diploma point scores of 29 is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum IB diploma point scores of 29. Please contact Lassonde Admissions at ask@lassondeschool.com if you have any questions or wish to discuss options to retain your offer.

    BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • Completion of one of the following:
    • All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE)
    • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
    • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
    • Intermediate Examination Certificate
    • Pre-University Examination Certificate
  • Grade XII physics
  • Grade XII math
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Grade XII chemistry
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
  • BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • Manitoba High School Diploma
  • English 40S
  • Physics 40S
  • Pre-Calculus Math 40S
  • And two additional 40S level academic subjects (no more than one at the 40G level) - recommendation(s) below:
    • Chemistry 40S
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75. Please contact Lassonde Admissions at ask@lassondeschool.com if you have any questions or wish to discuss options to retain your offer.

    BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
  • English 120, 121 or 122
  • Physics 121 or 122
  • Math 121 or 122 or Pre-Calc 12B
  • Advanced Math with Intro Calculus 120 or Pre-Calc 12B
  • And two additional Grade 12 academic subjects (college preparatory 120, 121 or 122) - recommendation(s) below:
    • Chemistry 121 or 122
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75. Please contact Lassonde Admissions at ask@lassondeschool.com if you have any questions or wish to discuss options to retain your offer.

    BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • Newfoundland and Labrador High School Graduation Diploma
  • English 3201
  • Physics 3204
  • Math 3204 or 3205 or 3200
  • Math 3207 or Calculus 3208
  • And three additional credits at the 3000 level - recommendation(s) below:
    • Chemistry 3202
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75. Please contact Lassonde Admissions at ask@lassondeschool.com if you have any questions or wish to discuss options to retain your offer.

    BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
  • English 12
  • Physics 12
  • Advanced Math 12 or Math 12 or Pre-calculus 12
  • Calculus 12
  • And one additional Grade 12 academic subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced) - recommendation(s) below:
    • Chemistry 12
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75. Please contact Lassonde Admissions at ask@lassondeschool.com if you have any questions or wish to discuss options to retain your offer.

    BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • Nunavut High School Graduation Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • Physics 30
  • Pure Math 30 or Math 30-2 or Math 30-1
  • Math 31
  • And one additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31 - recommendation(s) below:
    • Chemistry 30
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75. Please contact Lassonde Admissions at ask@lassondeschool.com if you have any questions or wish to discuss options to retain your offer.

    BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • Northwest Territories High School Graduation Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • Physics 30
  • Pure Math 30 or Math 30-2 or Math 30-1
  • Math 31
  • And one additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31 - recommendation(s) below:
    • Chemistry 30
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75. Please contact Lassonde Admissions at ask@lassondeschool.com if you have any questions or wish to discuss options to retain your offer.

    BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • ENG4U
  • SPH4U
  • MHF4U
  • MCV4U
  • And two additional 4U or M courses - recommendation(s) below:
    • SCH4U
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75. Please contact Lassonde Admissions at ask@lassondeschool.com if you have any questions or wish to discuss options to retain your offer.
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    BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • Completion of a diploma program or at least two full semesters or one year of full-time academic study at an accredited college
  • Overall average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
  • SPH4U*
  • MHF4U*
  • MCV4U*
  • SCH4U (recommended)
  • * Requirement (or equivalent) must have been satisfied within the previous five years
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
  • BScLassonde School of Engineering

    To be considered a mature student, you must:
  • Be at least 20 years old by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University
  • Have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years or have returned to upgrade after a two year absence
  • Have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college
  • Have demonstrated potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments
  • Requirements for admission:
  • SPH4U*
  • MHF4U*
  • MCV4U*
  • SCH4U (recommended)
  • * Requirement (or equivalent) must have been satisfied within the previous five years
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
  • BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • Completion of at least four full-year courses or one year of full-time degree studies at an accredited university
  • Overall average of 2.3 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
  • SPH4U*
  • MHF4U*
  • MCV4U*
  • SCH4U (recommended)
  • * Requirement (or equivalent) must have been satisfied within the previous five years
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
  • BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • Prince Edward Island Senior Secondary School Diploma
  • English 621
  • Physics 621
  • Math 621A or 621B
  • Math 611B
  • And one additional Grade 12 academic subjects (numbered 611 or 621) - recommendation(s) below:
    • Chemistry 611 or 621
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75. Please contact Lassonde Admissions at ask@lassondeschool.com if you have any questions or wish to discuss options to retain your offer.

    BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • Quebec Grade 12 Certificate of Graduation
  • Grade 12 English
  • Grade 12 Physics
  • Grade 12 Linear Algebra
  • Grade 12 Calculus
  • And two additional academic (university preparation level) subjects - recommendation(s) below:
    • Grade 12 Chemistry
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75. Please contact Lassonde Admissions at ask@lassondeschool.com if you have any questions or wish to discuss options to retain your offer.

    BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • Transcript of Secondary Level Achievement
  • English A30 and English B30
  • Physics 30
  • Math B30 and C30 or Pre-calculus 30
  • Calculus 30
  • And recommendation(s) below:
    • Chemistry 30
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75. Please contact Lassonde Admissions at ask@lassondeschool.com if you have any questions or wish to discuss options to retain your offer.

    BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • General Secondary Education Certificate
  • Senior-level physics
  • Senior-level math
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Senior-level chemistry
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
  • BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • High School Diploma
  • Senior-level physics
  • Senior-level algebra
  • Senior-level calculus
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Senior-level chemistry
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
    • AP College Board examinations are eligible for transfer credit, for results of 4 or 5, up to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
    To be considered for this program, minimum B+ (3.3) GPA on Grade 11 and 12 academic courses is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum B+ (3.3) GPA on Grade 11 and 12 academic courses. Please contact Lassonde Admissions at ask@lassondeschool.com if you have any questions or wish to discuss options to retain your offer.

    BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or National Examinations Council (NECO)
  • Senior-level physics
  • Senior-level math
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Senior-level chemistry
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
  • To be considered for this program, minimum WAEC and/or NECO average of B3 is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum 4.25 or 75% average in the final year of senior studies. Please contact Lassonde Admissions at ask@lassondeschool.com if you have any questions or wish to discuss options to retain your offer.

    BScLassonde School of Engineering

    Requirements for admission:
  • Yukon High School Diploma
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Physics 12
  • Principles of Math 12 or Foundational Math 12 or Pre-calculus 12
  • Calculus 12
  • And recommendation(s) below:
    • Chemistry 12
  • Chemistry is highly recommended for the Atmospheric Science and the Space Science streams.
  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-to-high 70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75. Please contact Lassonde Admissions at ask@lassondeschool.com if you have any questions or wish to discuss options to retain your offer.