Earth & Atmospheric Science

Bachelor of Science, Accredited by CEAB, CBEPS

Fall, Winter and Summer Entry Available

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. 

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 

Sample 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  
Riley
’17 Earth & Atmospheric Science
Certificate in Meteorology
Certificate in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing

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. 

Enhance your Lassonde experience

Co-Op

Work a minimum of 12 months up to a maximum of 20 months while on co-op. You can earn up to 1 year of qualified experience towards your PEng.

Certificate Options

Add one or both of our Certificate in Meteorology and Certificate in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing 

BEST Certificate

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

Explore Your Passion

Find out more about our School and our programs

Additional Information

You can apply to the Lassonde School of Engineering through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) website or you may use York University’s online application.

Use the OUAC application if you are:

  • Current Ontario high school student, or
  • Currently reside in Canada and not currently in an Ontario high school day program, or
  • Canadian citizen/permanent resident residing elsewhere and not attending an Ontario high school, or
  • International applicant (not a Canadian citizen/PR, not residing in Canada and not in Ontario high school)

Use York University’s online application if you are:

  • Previous York student, or
  • Mature or university/college transfer applicant and you’re only applying to York.

Applying to one of our Engineering programs?

Since we offer a common first-year, our engineering programs are merged into a single selection on the OUAC application form Engineering (BEng) – including Co-op.

When we receive your application, you’ll be sent details on how to let us know what your preferred programs are.

You want to explore your passion – we want to help you get there.

And while having good grades usually means you have the academic chops to do well in your classes, it’s your passion for science, technology & engineering that will help you succeed.

That’s why we created Boost, an optional co-application to our School.

Through a digital interview, you’ll get the chance to tell us who you really are and demonstrate to us that you possess the traits of a future Renaissance Engineer – creativity, passion, ingenuity, rational thinking and confidence.

Plus, if you’re an engineering applicant you’ll also have the chance to provide up to three engineering program choices.

Find out more about Boost

Applications Open (OUAC and York Direct) – September, 2019

Boost Co-Application Opens –  Mid December, 2019

Application Deadline – January 15, 2020

Boost Co-App Deadline (Engineering 2nd Year Program Guarantee) – April (exact date TBA)

Ontario Applicants


For all Engineering programs (Including IDS Dual Degree)

  • English
  • Advanced Functions
  • Calculus & Vectors
  • Physics
  • Chemistry

With no prerequisite grade below 70%
Recommended average:
 Low to Mid 80s

For Computer Science or Computer Security

  • English
  • Advanced Functions
  • One other 12U Math course (Calculus & Vectors strongly recommended)
  • For BSc and iBSc programs: All of the above plus Physics or Chemistry

With minimum average of 75% on Math courses, with no Math grade below 65%  
Recommended average: Low to Mid 80s

For Digital Media

  • English
  • One 12U Math course (with minimum grade of 75%)
  • One 12U Arts course or equivalent training recommended
Recommended average: High 70s 

For Earth & Atmospheric Science

  • English
  • Advanced Functions
  • Calculus & Vectors
  • Physics

Chemistry 12 strongly recommended for Atmospheric Science & Space Science streams
Recommended average: High 70s 

Outside Ontario, International & Transfer Applicants


Applying from outside of Ontario? Have a look at our program-specific requirements available here.

It is important that you verify requirements based on where you are coming from, but generally our programs require:

  • Proof of English language proficiency (for non-native English speakers, i.e. IELTS, TOEFL)
  • Upper level Maths
  • Upper level Sciences (Physics and/or Chemistry)
  • Official Transcripts (High School and/or College/University)