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Undergraduate programs

Earth Sciences is the natural science that deals with Earth, the interior make-up, and surficial features, its formative and destructive processes, its age, history and development through time.

Learn all of this and more with UNB’s earth sciences' undergraduate program including opportunity for enrolment in first, second, and third year field courses.

Program options

The Department of Earth Sciences offers a variety of programs for achieving your academic goals:

  • Earth Sciences
  • Environmental Geosciences
  • Geological Engineering
  • Joint Programs in Earth Sciences and Physics  
  • Co-op programs  
  • Earth Sciences minor

Earth Sciences Option

Within the Earth Sciences option, three programs are offered to students starting their second year in Science:

  • Honours (requires cgpa of 3.0 at start of the student’s final year, off-schedule field school and thesis)
  • Major (requires off-schedule field school)
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Geological Studies

Two required off-schedule field schools for the Major and Honours programs contribute 10ch to the program totals. The Geological Studies program includes 5ch of second year field school.

Next steps

Have a hands-on career

Careers in earth sciences offer opportunities for field and office work in many areas of the world with employment in environmental monitoring and remediation sectors, the mineral industry, including exploration for oil, metals, and industrial minerals, in government surveys, in university teaching and research, and as independent consultants to the mining industry and engineering and environmental organizations.

Geologists also offer their expertise in corporations and legal firms.

Undergraduate awards, scholarships and bursaries

Lowell Trembath Memorial Award
Field: Earth Science
Value: Variable


Abraham Gesner Geoscience Scholarship
Field: Earth Sciences
Value: $500

Allister R. Peach Memorial Scholarship
Field: Unrestricted but preference to Geology
Value: 1,250

Geological Association of Canada - Mineralogical Association of Canada Fredericton '85 Scholarship
Field: Earth Sciences
Value: $1,250

Gerry Govett Geoscience Scholarship
Field: Earth Science and Geological Engineering
Value: $1,000

Hart Family Scholarship in Geological Engineering
Field: Geological Engineering
Value: $2,500

Louis Joseph Godbout Memorial Scholarship
Field: Geology or Geological Engineering
Value: Variable

Major Drilling Group Scholarship (x2)
Field: Earth Sciences or Geological Engineering
Value: $2,000

Margaree Scholarship in Geology
Field: Geology
Value: $2,500

Robert Quartermain Geology Scholarship (x2)
Field: Geology
Value: $5,000 (over 3 years)

Ron Covill Memorial Scholarship (x5)
Field: Civil or Geological Engineering
Value: $3,500

Stanley Frank Trzop Sr. and Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Field: Geology, Geological Engineering, Engineering, or Business
Value: Variable - up to $3,000/year

Theodore 'Ted' Parsons Memorial Scholarship
Field: Civil or Geological Engineering
Value: $2,500

William L. Barrett Engineering and GeoScience Scholarship
Field: Engineering or Earth Science
Value: $1,000

A.L. McAllister Scholarship
Field: Applied Earth Sciences
Value: Approx. $2,500

Rosemary A. Wilcox Memorial Scholarship in Earth Sciences
Field: Earth Sciences
Value: Variable

Sharon L. W. Bachinski Memorial Scholarship
Field: Earth Sciences
Value: Approx. $1,000

Leslie E. Bruce Environmental Scholarship
Field: Unrestricted (Environmental field)
Value: $10,000

Eileen M. Iwanicki Scholarship (x2)
Field: Science
Value: $5,000

Grandy, Gibson, Holmes Memorial Scholarship
Field: Engineering
Value: $3,000

Joseph A. and Kathleen A. Flanagan Memorial Scholarship (x2)
Field: Science or Engineering
Value: $5,000

Dorothy and Kenneth Langmaid Scholarship
Field: Science
Value: Variable


Mackenzie (Mac) Watson Bursary in Geology (x2)
Field: Earth Sciences or Geological Engineering
Value: $3,500

Dean W. McDonald Bursary (x4)
Field: Earth Sciences
Value: $3,000
Number: 4

Perley and Phyllis Estey Bursary (several)
Field: Science, Engineering, Forestry and Environmental Management, Computer Science, Business Administration, or Nursing
Value: Variable

Dr. Donald "Digger" Gorman Prize in Earth Sciences
Field: Earth Sciences
Value: $1000


Dr. H. Wouter and Charlotte D.S. van de Poll Prize for 2nd Year Field School
Field: Earth Sciences, Geological Engineering
Value: $2,000

APEGNB Prize I (x2)
Field: Earth Science or Engineering
Value: $2,000

Loring Woart Bailey Prize in Science
Field: Earth Science or Biology
Value: $500


For more information

Want to learn more about earth sciences at UNB? Contact the Department of Earth Sciences at 453-4804 or by email geology@unb.ca.

Looking to find out if you're eligible for entrance into the Faculty of Science? See our admissions requirements.