Earth & Atmospheric Science

Earth & Atmospheric Science

Lassonde School of Engineering

In Atmospheric Science you'll study the processes driving severe weather and global climate change and learn how to forecast weather. In Space Science you'll explore planetary environments with professors who are participating in international space missions. In Geomatics Science you'll study Earth's gravity field, satellite geodesy and surveying. Enhance your degree with a certificate in GIS & Remote Sensing or a Certificate in Meteorology. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills needed to take on a wide variety of important and challenging careers in government and industry.

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.

After second year, you can pursue co-op opportunities, gaining professional experience to get a head start towards becoming a licensed Professional Engineer. 

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
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).

You May Also Be Interested In:
Civil Engineering
Geomatics Engineering
Space Engineering
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.

Program Details

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Lassonde School of Engineering

Degrees offered


Ways to study

Full-Time, Part-Time

Fall entry


Winter entry


Summer entry



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