Previous graduate student Alex Quesnel doing fieldwork on Axel Heiberg Island, Nunavut

The Department of Earth Sciences at Carleton University offers B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D programs. Five of the majors we offer meet the knowledge requirements for accreditation as a professional geoscientist. Our programs have a particular emphasis on field-based learning. Recent international trips include eastern California and Nevada, the Bahamas, New Zealand and the central European Alps

Our faculty members have expertise in tectonics, paleontology, geophysics and hydrogeology. Some of the highlights of our research include applied geophysics, carbonate geology, contaminant hydrogeology, cordilleran tectonics, earthquake seismology, large igneous provinces, micropaleontology, mineral kinetics, vertebrate paleontology and volcanology. 

We are affiliated with the University of Ottawa through the Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Center. We also benefit from close collaborations with the Geological Survey of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Nature.