Earth and Planetary Sciences

Quebec CEGEP
Previous year's cutoff:
28.30 overall R-Score
Prerequisite courses:
  • Biology NYA (00UK) 01Y5;
  • Chemistry NYA (00UL), 01Y6; Chemistry NYB (00UM);
  • Math NYA (00UN), 01Y1; Math NYB (00UP) 01Y2; Math NYC (00UQ), 01Y4;
  • Physics NYA (00UR), 01Y7; Physics NYB (00US), 01YF; Physics NYC (00UT), 01YG.
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Liberal Program

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Ontario high school
Previous year's cutoff:
92.00% top 6 average
Prerequisite courses:
  • 4U English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school;
  • 4U Calculus and Vectors;
  • Two of 4U Biology, Chemistry or Physics
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Liberal Program

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Other Canadian high school
Previous year's cutoff:
92.00% top 5 average
Prerequisite courses:
  • Grade 12 English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school;
  • Grade 12 math (precalculus or calculus)
  • Two of Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry or Physics
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Liberal Program

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

U.S. high school
Previous year's cutoff:
A- average in grades 10, 11 and 12
Prerequisite courses:
  • Courses must include: Pre-calculus; two of biology, chemistry or physics
  • Standardized Tests (Test Optional for Fall 2021):
    • ACT, or
    • SAT and two SAT Subject tests (Subject tests must include two from: Math,
    • Biology, Chemistry or Physics).
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Liberal Program

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Other
Previous year's cutoff:

While the minimum requirement for McGill is the equivalent of a B+ average, most programs will have higher requirements. See the complete admissions requirements for more information applicable to your situation.

Prerequisite courses:
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Liberal Program

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

See the complete requirements

Overview

Earth and Planetary Science is a broad discipline that allows you to study the solid Earth, its hydrosphere, and our neighbouring terrestrial planets. It is a multidisciplinary field in which the principles of chemistry, physics, and mathematics are applied to real-world problems and improving our understanding of how planets work. You will examine these issues in the context of the past, present, and future.

You’ll be joining an innovative department that continues to build our body of knowledge on the origin and evolution of Earth and the terrestrial planets, their resources, and the environmental consequences of natural and anthropogenic changes.


Careers

As a graduate from the Earth and Planetary Sciences program, you will have a wide variety of career opportunities to choose from. There is presently a high demand for graduates with expertise in the many sub-disciplines of the field. Our students are recruited for employment in areas like the petroleum and mining industries and the environmental sector.

  • Petroleum Chemist
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Physical Oceanographer
  • Soil Scientist

Student experience

Our small class sizes offer a supportive atmosphere where you can build great relationships with fellow students and faculty. Professors offer quality teaching and conduct innovative research. You'll benefit from a rich and exciting environment to explore and learn.

Fieldwork is a hallmark of the EPS student experience — our students have recently travelled to the Grand Canyon, Antarctica, Tanzania, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, and future excursions are planned for Italy, Peru, Colombia and the Arctic.

In the summer, you could find employment with industry or government agencies, which offers financial benefits and first-hand geoscientific experience.


Possible minors

Minors are a great way to customize your academic experience. Many students use minors to pursue interests outside their major, while others choose minors to complement their degree.

Minors that complement this program:

Learn more about how majors and minors work

Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Faculty of Science in the Physical, Earth, Math & Computer Sciences group.

See the full eligibility information for more information about deadlines and required documents for your application.

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