Explore Our Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering encompasses the fields of Atmospheric Science and Meteorology, Geomatics Science and Geomatics Engineering, and Space Science and Engineering. Our multidisciplinary and dynamic approach to teaching and research instil the knowledge and values necessary to prepare our students for careers in diverse areas.

Important Note for all Undergraduate students
Our office is currently closed.
Please email your queries to essedept@yorku.ca

Course Enrollment

Request for Permission for Winter 2021 ESSE/ENG Courses

 This form can be used for students to request permission for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year ESSE & ENG courses offered by the Department of ESSE.

To be eligible to receive permissions, students must have successfully completed the pre-requisite requirements (received passing grade) for each course they are requesting permission for. If students do not satisfy the necessary pre-requisite requirements for the courses they’re requesting permissions into, requests for permissions will be DENIED.

Please note that space is limited in courses and requests are not guaranteed to be granted. Factors to be considered will be program of study, pre-req completion, students who are potentially graduating, etc.

You will be notified by email according to the above process dates the decision of your request. Please DO NOT send a second form/ duplicate email for the permission in the same course.

Please note dropping or exchanging courses may have financial impact. Refer to refund table at https://sfs.yorku.ca/refunds/tables/

Starting on February 8th, 2021, students must receive permission from the instructor by email and forward the approval email to the department to arrange for permission to enroll in a course at essedept@yorku.ca.

Please click here  to fill out the form for ESSE and ENG courses.


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We have compiled this information for you here: http://lassonde.yorku.ca/frequently-asked-questions

Our FAQs website above also covers several other topics that most students have questions about (e.g., program changes, petitions, course repeats, additional academic and social support, etc.).


Remember to explore all areas of your Academic Calendar, Program Checklist, Required Advising, and where applicable, your Degree Progress Report:






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Bachelor of Science in Earth and Atmospheric Science (EATS)

The EATS program provides three types of Bachelor of Science degrees for undergraduate students. Students can specialize into Atmosperhic, Geomatics (Earth) or Space Science and graduated with a Bachelor’s, Specialized Honours Bachelor’s and Double Major/Minor Honours Bachelor’s degree.

Explore each program individually to learn more about topics of study, job prospects and course outlines for Bachelor of Science programs in the ESSE Department.

Bachelor of Science program

In the Bachelor of Science program, students complete 90 credits’ worth of courses.

  • General Education in mathematics, computer science, foundational science and non-science education
  • Major Requirements fulfilled by specialized courses in Earth, Geomatics, Atmospheric and Space Science
  • Elective courses from upper years of their own choosing
  • minimum of 4.00 (C) GPA
Specialized Honours

In the Specialized Honours Bachelor of Science program, students take an additional 30 credits, and specialize in one of the three streams in the EATS program. Their degree comprises:

  • the General Education requirements from the Bachelors of Science program
  • Major requirements fulfilled by upper level courses specializing in their chosen stream
  • a total of 120 credits’ worth of courses
  • an overall 5.00 (C+) GPA
Double Major and Minor Programs
  • A student can graduate with an Honours Double Major BSc degree by combining an honours bachelor program in Earth and Atmospheric Science with any subject area
  • A student can graduate with an Honours Major/Minor BSc degree by combining an Honours Major or Minor program in Earth and Atmospheric Science in any subject area
  • A minor requires the completion of at least 30 credits as specified on the academic calendar for the Earth and Atmospheric Science Academic Calendar.
  • a total of 120 credits’ worth of courses
  • an overall 5.00 (C+) GPA

Students enrolled in a program in the ESSE department may complete additional certificates in two areas through our department.

Certificate in Geographic Information Systems & Remote Sensing

  • a certificate offered jointly by the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering in the Lassonde School of Engineering, the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, and the Faculty of Environmental Studies
  • provides students with applied skills in image processing, technology used in remote sensing, processes and utilization of Geographic Information Systems
  • Students complete 24 specialized credits as listed here
  • This compliments a student’s undergraduate coursework as Specialized Honours students have the option to select 40 of their credits from courses offered throughout the department.

Certificate in Meteorology

  • a one-year certificate offered by the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering in the Lassonde School of Engineering which provides students with a specialized education in atmospheric processes
  • Graduates: this certificate can be completed by physical science or applied mathematics graduates
  • Current Students: students currently enrolled in a related program, or in Earth and Atmospheric Science,  may also complete this certificate alongside their degree as long as they have completed at least 54 approved credits in the areas of physical science and mathematics
  • students complete 24 specialized credits as listed here
  • This compliments a student’s undergraduate coursework as Specialized Honours students have the option to select 40 of their credits from courses offered throughout the department
  • minimum 4.00 (C) GPA in the 30 credits required for this certificate

Geomatics Science focuses on modern geophysics, Earth’s gravity field, reference systems, and geospatial applications.


Atmospheric Science explores meteorology, from the turbulent micro scale to the large synoptic scale weather systems.


As a space science student, you wil study the near Earth space environment as well as other planets.

Bachelor of Engineering Programs

At the ESSE Department, students can pursue one of two unique Engineering programs: Space Engineering and Geomatics Engineering.

Geomatics Engineering is Ontario’s only program , training students in the fundamentals of Field Surveying and Geodetic Surveying, technology, modelling and field work . Space Engineering is the only program of its kind in Canada, educating students in areas of space technology,mission and payload design, fundamentals of space science and its applications.


Our Geomatics Engineering program emphasizes practical and professional experience through field courses that will train you in land and engineering surveying, remote sensing using aerial and satellite imagery, and digital terrain modeling.


Unique in Canada, our Space Engineering program will equip you with the technical skills required to design solutions to Earth’s problems using space-based assets while utilizing the principles of systems engineering.