The Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering (ESSE) has a rich history. We would like to share it with our students.

History of the ESSE Department at York University


York University is granted its founding Provincial Charter


York accepts its first students

At the time, York University was housed in Falconher Hall, on University of Toronto Campus. During this year, construction of the Glendon Campus buildings took place.


York University moves into its new home

With construction at the Glendon Campus complete, York was able to provide classes for its students in its own buildings.


Centre for Research in Experimental Space Science proposed to York Senate

The idea for an interdisciplinary research centre, accepting graduate students from a variety of academic backgrounds and facilitating communal interests between chemists and physicists, was proposed to the Glendon-based York Senate. CRESS became the first faculty-based, Senate-recognized, Organized Research Unit at York University. During this time, the main Steeles/Keele York Campus officially opened.


The Department of Physics moves into the new Petrie Science building


The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science (EATS) is established

Due to research interests in geophysics and atmospheric physics, the department of Earth and Atmospheric Science was officially established. As a result, many faculty members are cross-appointed with Physics and CRESS programs.


CRESS changes its name

The name of CRESS was changed in response to the evolution of CRESS studies from its initial focus on ‘atmospheres’ to a broader one that extends both above and below the earth’s surface.


CRESS moves to the new 4th floor of the Petrie Science and Engineering building