What Can You Do in This Field?

Forecast the weather more accurately to prepare for flooding, study tectonics to better predict earthquakes and tsunamis or design rovers to explore the surface of Mars.

What You’ll Learn

In this program you'll study the structure and dynamics of the earth and its atmosphere. These studies will take you from the centre of the earth to the outer edge of the atmosphere into space. Examine topics, such as:

  • the structure and dynamics of the earth's core
  • the nature of the earth's magnetic field
  • surface plate tectonics
  • remote sensing from satellites

Choose Your Stream

A key component of the streams is one or more supervised work terms, during which you will be assisted in finding suitable salaried employment with a company. Such work terms are more flexible than traditional co-op plans. This practical experience will form an essential part of the degree requirements, though no academic credit will be given. Periods of employment could last for up to sixteen months depending on the needs of the student and potential employer.

Students have the opportunity to choose from:

  • Atmospheric Science

You'll study atmospheric dynamics; air quality; climate change; weather prediction; cloud physics; and radar sounding of the atmosphere. The most high profile application in this field is weather prediction.

  • Earth Science

This field looks at the structure and dynamics of the earth's core; the origin and maintenance of the earth's main magnetic field; surface plate tectonics; rotational dynamics of the earth and space geodynamics; GIS and data integration; applied geophysics; and remote sensing of the earth from satellites.

  • Space Science

This stream gives you a background in space technology and telecommunications. It allows you to specialize with the added benefits from more than 14 specialized labs and test sites. This field looks at spacecraft design; scientific design; space exploration; space and satellite technology; the study of the atmosphere through the sues of satellites; rockets and other space vehicles.

Courses You’ll Take

  • Atmospheric Dynamics
  • Atmospheric Radiation and Thermodynamics
  • Chemical Dynamics
  • Global Positioning Systems
  • Introductory Meteorology
  • Payload Design
  • Radio Science and Techniques for Space Exploration
  • The Dynamic Earth and Space Geodesy

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

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Did You Know? 

  • The York University Rover Team (YURT) is a two-time winner at the University Rover Challenge and placed first at the 2012 Canadian Innovation Nation Robotics Competition.
  • Our professors are conducting exciting research in exciting fields such as Severe Weather Dynamics & Predictions, Global Navigation Satellite Systems, Space Engineering & Planetary Physics and Spacecraft Dynamics.
  • Members of the Department are actively involved in a number of international space science projects such as the Canadian OSIRIS instrument on the Swedish / Canadian / French / Finnish Odin Satellite.
  • Two of our faculty are members of the Science Team for the NASA/CSA Phoenix mission in Mars, which landed on Mars May 2008 and will transmit data during the Northern Martian summer. They are heavily involved in instrument design testing, modeling and project planning, and are also involved in data analysis and interpretation. 
Possible Career Paths: 
  • Earth/atmospheric science researcher
  • Geodesist
  • Meteorologist
  • Mission designer
  • Payload designer
  • Planetary scientist

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (Gene). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.
You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.