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Earth & Atmospheric Science

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Fall & Winter Entry Available

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About the Program

We offer three streams in this program: Atmospheric Science, Geomatics Science, and Space Science. 

Atmospheric Science explores meteorology from the turbulent micro scale to the large synoptic scale weather systems. In our program, you will learn how we use computer models to forecast the weather and will develop a deeper understanding of the processes that drive severe weather, climate and climate change. You can top off your degree with an included Certificate in Meteorology.

In Geomatics Science you will study about modern geophysics, Earth’s gravity field, satellite geodesy, reference systems, plus surveying and mapping with emphasis in the areas of geospatial science and applications. Our program provides you the knowledge and skills to work with terrestrial, aerial and space observing platforms. Add depth to your degree with a certificate in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing. 

Space Science explores planetary space environments as well as instrument design. You’ll learn from professors involved in international space projects such as WINDII, OSIRIS, Phoenix Mars Lander, and OSIRIS-REx. You will gain the knowledge and skills to investigate and establish new satellite programs for optical aeronomy, dynamics and chemistry of the upper atmosphere and monitoring the recovering ozone layer. 

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Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science (CRESS)

Skills You’ll Gain

  • Weather forecasting and numerical modelling of atmospheric processes
  • Understanding the processes that drive climate change, from the surface to the stratosphere 
  • Developing Remote Sensing techniques for observations from ground, rocket & satellite platforms 
  • Planning, development and implementation of research projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor 

Some of our Co-op Employers

  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Canadian Space Agency
  • The Weather Network
  • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks  

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My Life at Lassonde

Passionate About:
Contributing to important issues that have a direct impact on Canadians

My Lassonde Journey:
• Profs who helped me make professional connections and peers who kept me motivated
• Student Rep, Academic Petitions and Appeals Committee
• Student Government Rep, Faculty Council

Life Beyond Lassonde:
• Environmental Program Officer, Environment and Climate Change Canada
• The most exciting part about transitioning from school to a career has been realizing how well my program, my experiences and my profs at Lassonde prepared me.

Featured Courses

A selection of courses from our Earth & Atmospheric Science experience

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Climate and Climate Change

Learn how natural and human impact is changing Earth’s climate.

You will explore concepts in natural variability, anthropogenic climate change, oceanic circulation, derived reanalysis, impacts of recent and future climate change, as well as potential mitigation and adaptation strategies.

This course puts into perspective the science behind global warming and how it is so important to invest in climate change research and improve the climate models that are in use right now.

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This course provides a conceptual and comprehensive understanding of storms and mesoscale weather systems in order to prepare you for a weather-related career as a forecaster, consultant, or future scientist.

Various topics including but not limited to Tropical cyclones, Winter storms, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and lightning and hail.

Enhance your Earth & Atmospheric Science experience

Take it to the next level

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Work a minimum of 12 months up to a maximum of 20 months while on co-op.

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BEST Certificate

Through entrepreneurial, academic and experiential achievements during your time at Lassonde, you can earn the BEST Certificate.

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