Offered by the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering, the program provides instruction in Earth System Science with three areas of specialization, namely Atmospheric Science, Geomatics Science and Space Science. Earth System Science topics common to all three areas include the structure and dynamics of the deep interior, motions in the fluid outer core and the origin and maintenance of the main magnetic field, convective motions in the solid mantle and surface plate tectonics, rotational dynamics of the Earth and space geodynamics.

The EATS program core is defined as (19 credits): LE/ESSE 2030 3.00; LE/ESSE 2470 3.00 or LE/CIVL 2210 3.00; LE/EECS 2501 1.00; SC/MATH 1025 3.00; SC/MATH 2015 3.00;SC/MATH 2271 3.00; SC/PHYS 2020 3.00.

EATS degree options offered by the ESSE department:

Specialized Honours BSc

All Specialized Honours BEng degree candidates, must satisfy the academic standing and course requirements specific to their stream.

Bachelor of Science


Non-Science requirement: 12 credits;


EATS program core, as specified above (19 credits);

For a detailed degree checklist concerning the EATS BSc program, please click here.


A minimum overall grade point average of 4.00 (C ) is required in order to be eligible to graduate with a BSc degree (bachelor program).

Honours Major BSc

An Honours Major in Earth and Atmospheric Science may be combined with an Honours Major in another subject area in an Honours Double Major BSc degree program, or with an Honours Minor in another subject area in an Honours Major/Minor BSc degree program. Possible subject combinations are listed under Undergraduate Degree Programs in the Lassonde School of Engineering Undergraduate Degree and Certificate Programs section. Further information on course selection for various Honours Double Major programs is detailed in the departmental handbook. Students should consult with a departmental advisor to plan their studies in order to meet the requirements for both majors and their prerequisites. Currently, this degree is available for the Atmospheric Science stream.

Honours Double Major – Atmospheric Science stream

Non-science requirement: 12 credits;


ESSE program core as specified above (19 credits);


Graduation in an Honours program requires successful completion of all Faculty requirements and departmental required courses and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed. In addition, a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all biology courses completed is required to graduate in the Honours Double Major program where biology is the other major.

For a detailed degree checklist for the Atmospheric Science Honours Double Major stream, please click here.

For a detailed degree checklist for the Geomatics Science Honours Major stream, please click here.

Honours Minor

Note: the following courses are required as prerequisites or co-requisites for the courses listed above: LE/EECS 1540 3.00; SC/MATH 1013 3.00; SC/MATH 1014 3.00:SC/MATH 1025 3.00; SC/MATH 2015 3.00; SC/MATH 2270 3.00; SC/MATH 2560 3.00 or SC/GEOG 2420 3.00; SC/PHYS 1010 6.00; SC/PHYS 2010 3.00; SC/PHYS 2020 3.00.