Congratulations on being accepted into a Bachelor of Science degree program in the Faculty of Arts. You are embarking on an educational journey that will offer you the best of a broad liberal education with the ability to specialize in various fields of study.
Earth Science is the study of earth materials in addition to the natural and human processes that shape the landscape. Many of the environmental issues facing our planet are related to the interaction between natural systems and our society. The Earth Science Program integrates the strengths of four disciplines to better understand these interactions. Integrating theory and methods from each discipline gives a broader perspective and therefore more powerful problem-solving skills. The four disciplines that comprise the Earth Science Program are: Geography, which integrates the natural and the human (social) sciences by stressing how location influences both natural and human phenomenon on the Earth’s surface; Archaeology, which investigates past human activities by analyzing material remains and makes links between cultural changes associated with climate change; Geology, which is the study of the materials and processes that form the Earth; and Geophysics, which uses the laws and techniques of physics to acquire knowledge about the Earth’s dynamic systems and subsurface structures.
The Bachelor of Science degree is offered as either a B.Sc., or B.Sc. (Honours), both requiring the completion of 120 units and normally four years of full-time study.