Earth Sciences

Carleton’s MSc in Earth Sciences falls under an umbrella organization called The Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre. This joint initiative between Carleton University and the University of Ottawa offers students the unique opportunity to take courses at both universities while benefitting from the expertise of a larger pool of professors. The centre houses modern instrumental facilities, and research activity includes most areas of the earth sciences. Graduate students are enrolled in the university where their faculty supervisor holds an appointment.

Click here to read more about an Earth Science student field trip to New Zealand.  Click here to read about a field trip to Antarctica.

Capital Advantage

Our location in the nation’s capital offers unique opportunities for collaborative research over a broad range of disciplines. Of particular note is the Centre’s close collaboration with the Geological Survey of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Nature and local geophysics and mining companies. Carleton and the University of Ottawa are 15 minutes apart by complimentary inter-university transport and within a short distance of most federal facilities. Career opportunities are just down the road.

Faculty Research Highlights

  • Meteorite impacts and extinction events in Western Canada
  • Geochemistry and mineral potential of large igneous provinces
  •  Determining the age of metamorphism by dating garnet crystals
  • The evolution of dinosaurs
  • The hazards of soil shaking during earthquakes.

Contact Info:

Graduate Supervisor: George Dix