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Updated: Thu, 07/18/2024 - 18:12

Gradual reopening continues on downtown campus. See Campus Public Safety website for details.

La réouverture graduelle du campus du centre-ville se poursuit. Complément d'information : Direction de la protection et de la prévention.

Planetary Sciences


Curious to learn about the ins-and-outs of the Earth’s surface and its hydrosphere? What about those of neighbouring terrestrial planets?

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 to understand how planets work. You will examine these issues in the context of the past, present, and future.

The Honours in Planetary Sciences program curriculum is designed to equip you with a rigorous foundation within the physical sciences. You will learn about subjects like petrology, cosmochemistry, structural geology, and more. The program also provides you with the flexibility to create your own individualized program that allows you to focus on your studies on your own interests and strengths.

Visit the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences website for more info.


As a graduate from the 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 disciplines of the field. Our students are recruited for employment in areas like the petroleum and mining industries and the environmental sector. You may also choose to pursue further education in a field like astronomy to further expand your careers options.

  • Petroleum Chemist
  • Astronomer
  • Geophysicist
  • Observatory technician
  • Physical Oceanographer
  • Soil Scientist

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:

Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Faculty of Science.

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

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