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Understand Earth’s natural processes and products

Geoscience looks at how the physical, chemical and biological forces form and reshape the Earth. You develop a three-dimensional understanding of the inside of the Earth from mountain belts to mineral crystals.

How do we work with the Earth?

Geoscientists explore for natural resources, like metal ores, industrial minerals and fossil fuels. They map and monitor changes in nature, from landscapes and climate to the Earth system as a whole.  As a geoscientist you’ll explore new resources, unlock the potential of new landscapes, and return the environment to its original state.

You’ll learn to interpret the landscape and its hazards—monitoring, evaluating, correcting and eliminating large scale issues such as landslides, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and flooding. You’ll work with the landscape to ensure that plans are not in conflict with natural hazards and environmental processes.

Your outdoor classroom and career

Your courses will take you out of the classroom and onto the beaches around Victoria. You’ll learn field and lab work, and hands-on field based science. Learn more about what you’ll study.

As a geoscientist, you’ll spend your time outside and around the world. You’ll leave your office and desk behind as you explore the earth and learn about its past and attempt to predict its future. Learn more about careers.

Part-time or full-time studies

You can take Geoscience courses within one of our 2-year programs or as individual courses on a part-time basis. If you plan to take Geoscience courses on their own, you will select University Transfer as your program option when you apply online to Camosun.

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"Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice." Will Durant

Contact information

School of Arts & Science

General questions? We want to hear from you!

Campus location

Fisher 104
Office hours: 8am-4:30pm

Location link

Lansdowne Campus



John Lee - Department Chair, Chemistry & Geoscience


Contact Admissions for information about applying to Camosun.