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Students from any Level I Science program can (through careful Level I course selection) pursue any Level II program in:

Students who complete Environmental and Earth Sciences Gateway often pursue the following programs:

Honours Bachelor of Science (Hons. B. Sc.) Programs

  • Honours Earth and Environmental Sciences*
  • Honours Environmental Sciences*
  • Honours Geography and Environmental Sciences*

*Co-op programs are available, beginning in Level III

Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) Programs

  • Environmental Sciences


  • Minor in Earth Sciences
  • Minor in Environmental Sciences
  • Minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Minor in Geography
  • Minor in Geography and Earth Sciences

Careers/Options Beyond This Program

  • Environmental Consultant
  • GIS Analyst
  • Hydrologist
  • Conservation Officer
  • Urban or Transportation Planner
  • Land Surveyor
  • Petroleum and Mining
  • Geologists
  • Field Technician
  • Environmental Remediation

Information about the types of careers graduates from McMaster’s Faculty of Science pursue, assistance with cover letter, resume writing and mock interviews is available on the Science Career and Cooperative Education Office website.


Our vision is to see every McMaster Science student reach their career potential and have a meaningful impact on the scientific community. Focusing on Career, Experiential and Cooperative Education, the Science Career and Cooperative Education (SCCE) office guides students on their career path and helps them to be successful in their chosen field.

Career Education

We provide students with tools and knowledge to plan for success today and prepare for a future in the field of science. Students can receive individualized services to help them achieve short and long term goals.

Career education services available to all science students include:

  • Career Advising and Exploration
  • Career Resources
  • Cover Letter and Resume Critiques
  • Career Events and Guest Speakers
  • Post-graduate Planning
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Mock Interviews
  • Training and Workshops
  • Networking Opportunities

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education emphasizes the partnership between the employer, the student and McMaster University. Co-op provides students with paid work opportunities to experience the world of work and gain academically- relevant skills. In a co-op program,students have the opportunity to acquire up to 16 months of work experience prior to graduation.

Current Faculty of Science co-op programs, all of which begin at Level III:

  • Actuarial and Financial Mathematics
  • Biochemistry – Biomedical Research Specialization
  • Chemical Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Geography and Environmental Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics and Statistics (including sub-plans) • Medical and Biological Physics
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Physics

Experiential Education

Experiential education allows students to gain real world, relevant experience in a community, research or professional setting, while working towards their degree requirements. Students benefit from the combination of academic and applied learning, which helps students further develop the necessary qualities and skills valuable to their future careers.

Experiential education opportunities include:

  • Applied Placements
  • Research Practicums
  • Science Internships
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The School of Earth, Environment & Society is amongst the most advanced in Canada in terms of its experience in training candidates for advanced degrees. The facilities include;

  • analytic and experimental laboratories for climatology, and geomorphology
  • a geographic information system laboratory; and
  • a comprehensive map collection.

The School of Earth, Environment & Society is well equipped with analytical facilities including:

  • mass spectrometers
  • X-ray fluorescence
  • atomic absorption
  • spectrometers, and
  • gamma ray spectrometer.

Transmission and scanning electron microscopes with elemental analysis facilities are available and commonly used.

School facilities for Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) have been used in the study of archaeological sites, earthquake recurrence rates, coastal sediments and hominid evolution. There are laboratories for the study of aqueous geochemistry, experimental sedimentology, x-ray diffraction and fluorescence, rock/mineral analysis, radiochemistry, mass spectrometry and fossils.

The School maintains a suite of geophysical equipment for the acquisition of magnetic, gravity and IP/Resistivity data. In addition, an industry standard computing system is used for the imaging of geophysical and remote sensing information and interpretive modeling of potential field data.

The Geographic Information Systems Laboratory consists of two labs, each lab consists of 25 Windows 7 x64 clients with 8GB of RAM and upgraded video cards for 3D Visualization. The lab also contains 12 digitizing tablets, a digitizing table, 24 eTrex Legend GPS Units, 12 SXPad Mobile devices with ArcPAD 10 installed and 4 SXBLUE GNSS units for submeter accuracy, 5 Thales MobileMapper CE units, and there is access to an HP DesignJet plotter.

Profiles & Alumni

Overview: Environmental & Earth Sciences
Introducing: Geography and Earth Sciences