Earth System Science

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:
Major
Honours
Minor

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:
Major
Honours
Minor

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:
Major
Honours
Minor

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:
Major
Honours
Minor

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:
Major
Honours
Minor

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

See the complete requirements

Overview

Earth System Science (ESS) concentrates on the links between the Earth's biological, chemical, physical and human subsystems. It examines the cycling of energy and matter through the biosphere, the atmosphere, the cryosphere, the hydrosphere and the solid Earth.

This integrated and holistic approach is needed to tackle the complex and challenging global problems facing the Earth. It draws upon expertise from disciplines like ecology, environment, geography, geology, meteorology and oceanography.

McGill's ESS program will equip you with the skills and knowledge to address six "Grand Challenges" fundamental to our understanding of how the Earth operates. These are:

  • Global biogeochemical cycles
  • Climate Variability and Change
  • Land use and land cover change
  • Energy and resources
  • Earth hazards, such as volcanoes, earthquakes and hurricanes
  • Earth-atmosphere observation, analysis and prediction.

Careers

Many ESS graduates go on to work in government or for non-governmental organizations (NGOs). These organizations serve the public in environmental assessment, weather and climate change prediction, evaluation of natural hazards, remote sensing and resource extraction.

You may also choose to pursue graduate school in a variety of disciplines, including Earth System Science, Geography, Atmospheric Sciences, Geology, and Environmental Science.

You could work in:

  • Environmental policy and planning
  • Planning and conservation
  • Waste management
  • Data integration

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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