Degree Programs

Atmospheric Sciences

Atmospheric Science is the study of the Earth's atmosphere, weather and climate. It deals with weather forecasting and with the dynamical, physical and chemical processes that control winds, clouds and storms. The study of atmospheric science offers the opportunity to investigate the forces that shape weather and climate and the ways in which human activities can affect our weather and climate through the introduction of pollutants into the atmosphere. Computer models of weather and climate play an essential role.

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Environmental Earth Sciences

Environmental Earth science is the study of interactions between humans and Earth's natural environment. You will study the influence of human activities on the local and global environment as well as how human actions are shaped and controlled by the geologic and geomorphic processes occurring around us. Environmental Earth science is of global importance today and in the future, as we face more and more challenging environmental issues.

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Geology

Geology is the study of the planet Earth - the materials of which it is made, the processes which affect these materials, and the origin and evolution of life. Once you have completed either the Honors or Specialization degree you will have the required course work to qualify for registration with APEGGA, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, which regulates the practice of these professions in Alberta.

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Human Geography

Human geography is a branch of social science that focuses on the relationships between human societies and the built and natural environments in which they operate. Human geographers understand these relationships by being attentive to the location, space and scale of social phenomena. A contextual approach is often adopted, in which academic theories are applied, developed and modified in light of 'real world' issues and challenges. In other words, 'thinking spatially' can involve synthesizing the theoretical and the practical. Human geography graduates often have easy transitions into the workforce because they have been introduced to actual case studies and problem-solving approaches throughout their degrees.

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Planning Program

The Planning program educates students in the scientific, aesthetic, and orderly disposition of land, resources, facilities and services with a view to securing the physical, economic and social efficiency, health and well-being of communities. Planners work for all levels of government and in professional planning consultancies.

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Paleontology

Paleontology is a basic science concerned with the evolutionary history of life. Students are required to have a broad knowledge base of biological and geological knowledge. Areas of detailed knowledge will include vertebrate and invertebrate paleobiology, paleobotany, evolutionary biology, systematics, functional morphology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, and plate tectonics. Paleontologists usually hold advanced research degrees and work as research scientists and teachers in universities, museums, and industrial laboratories.

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Science Internship Program

A Science Internship Program, similar to a co-op program, is offered to students in the Specialization or Honors programs in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (see section 193.7.8 for guidelines to the program). The Science Internship designation will appear on the degree parchments of students who have participated in the program.

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For descriptions of Degree Programs and courses you can also consult the University of Alberta Calendar


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