The Department

Frank Dawson Adams Building

Named in honour of Frank Dawson Adams, a professor of Geology who also served as Vice Principal, from 1920 to 1924.

What might have been

Sketch for proposed F.D. Adams Building combined with photo of east campus (circa 1950).

Green Scene

The view from beneath the Frank Dawson Adams Building walkway.

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, 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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