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  • Awesome field trips

    Fieldwork is a hallmark of the EPS student experience. Recent field trips include the Grand Canyon, Antarctica, Tanzania, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, with future excursions to Italy, Peru, Colombia and the Arctic being planned.

  • Life in Montreal

    The greater Montreal area is a thriving metropolis that offers the best in shopping, dining, nightlife, music, the arts and cultural events for all tastes.

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  • Flexible programs of study

    Students have a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate programs to choose from, including the Earth Systems Science interdisciplinary major.

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Earth and Planetary Sciences is a broad discipline that applies the principles of physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology to the study of planetary processes and environments. Students may pursue a number of Bachelor of Science options as well as a Master of Science, Graduate Diploma or Doctor of Philosophy. 

Graduates enjoy a diverse range of career opportunities, including the new and expanding fields of environmental management, toxic and radioactive waste disposal, oceanography, and the prediction and monitoring of natural hazards. There also remains a strong demand for geologists and geophysicists in their traditional roles searching for mineral, energy and water resources. This diversity will expand in the future to include mineral exploration and exploitation of the sea floor and neighbouring terrestrial planets. 

Our mission

To contribute to the body of knowledge on the origin and evolution of Earth and the terrestrial planets, the resources therein, and the environmental consequences of natural and anthropogenic perturbations.

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In February 2011, McGill students participated in a field study course in Antarctica, co-ordinated by the non-profit Students on Ice. They crossed the Southern Ocean from Ushuaia to the Antarctic Peninsula and visited many landing sites, conducting oceanographic sampling and exploring the Antarctic environment. Led by EPS Professor Eric Galbraith, the 10 McGill students from several faculties joined students from four other universities aboard this spectacular and eye-opening expedition.

Watch Mount Etna's July 2006 eruption, and read about how Prof Don Baker and his colleagues use field observations such as these together with lab experiments and computer simulations to improve our understanding of volcanic processes and our ability to forecast volcanic eruptions.