Program Information

School: Vancouver Island University
Faculty: Science
Degree: Bachelor
Field of Study: Geology/Earth Science, General
Description: The BSc Major in Geoscience is a four-year program that will provide students with a broad foundation in the geosciences, drawing upon the expertise and experience of the instructors within the Earth Science and Geography departments at VIU. The program will provide students with an understanding of core geoscience concepts such as the scientific method, Earth systems, the age of Earth, water cycling on Earth, evolution of life on Earth, natural resources and energy, natural disasters and human impacts on Earth environments. The program will give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge with hands-on activities both in the lab and in the field, and will direct students towards independent research and enquiry. Student will be expected to achieve a high-quality of written and communication skills during their geoscience studies. One of the main themes of the BSc Major is “Environmental Geoscience”, as this reflects the expertise of the Earth Science and Geography departments, VIU’s location on the west coast of British Columbia, and a demand for this expertise in the job market.

URL: Geoscience at Vancouver Island University
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $17,919
Careers: Geologists,Paleontologists

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Precalculus  or  Grade12 Principles of Mathematics 
  •  Grade12 Chemistry 

– Physics 12, or a minimum “C+” in one of Principles of Physics 11 or Applications of Physics 12 is recommended, but not required. Note: Students who wish to satisfy the academic requirements of APEGBC for registration as a Professional Geoscientist will need these Physics prerequisites to take PHYS 111 or PHYS 121. – Earth Science 11 and/or Geology 12 are also recommended, but not required.