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The Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) administers majors, honours and applied science programs for nearly 600 undergraduate students. Our modern facilities, demanding curriculum, and award winning faculty place us among the most prominent Earth science departments in North America.

Our research spans studies of Earth's deep interior, near surface geological history and processes, environmental earth science, Earth's oceans and atmosphere, and the terrestral planets. Programs of study at the undergraduate level are equally diverse with nearly twenty degree options to choose from.

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Directed Studies

A Directed Studies allows you to carry out an individual research project under the supervision and guidance of a faculty member. The research is usually lab-or field-based, although more theory-based projects are permitted. A Directed Studies is best taken in your fourth year so you can apply a broad range of knowledge and experience from other classes to your project. The nature and scope of the project is to be negotiated between you and the prospective supervisor. Students can take up to 6 credits towards the discipline requirement.

How do I apply for Directed Studies?

First you will need to find a supervisor: a faculty member at UBC who is working in an area you are interested in. It is up to you to find and contact the supervisor. If the faculty member agrees to supervise a project you should next plan out the details. What will the project involve? How much work will it entail? How will you be evaluated? Finally, you will complete and submit a Directed Studies application. Please submit the completed form to Ian Ayeras; Senior Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Programs (

Directed Studies FormWinter Session

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