Earth Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences is designed for students intending to prepare for direct entry into a career as a professional in industry or government, or for graduate school in any of the earth sciences, such as geology, oceanography, and meteorology.

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Key Facts



BA (Hons) Earth Sciences

Degree Duration

4 Years :

1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Pathways Available

International Year One


Start Dates

August | January

Degree Overview

Courses in the BS degree’s Earth Sciences core, supported by courses in the basic science and math foundation, give students a strong understanding of the structure and behavior of Earth’s systems (geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere) and the physical process through which they interact. The Earth Sciences core courses teach not only interdisciplinary science concepts but also skills in quantitative problem solving, fieldwork, and writing and oral communication, which are directly applicable to both graduate school and a career.

Students develop disciplinary depth by selecting one of three emphases: Geology, Hydrology, or Oceans, Weather & Climate.

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  • You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

Studying this course will help you apply the scientific method to solve problems in the Earth sciences, whichincludes making observations, asking scientific questions, forming and testing hypotheses, and analysing and evaluating the results.

Students will be able to Use scientific principles to inform society and evaluate issues arising from environmental change, such as natural hazards, resource management, and climate change.

This degree program is an approved pathway (“similar” major) for students earning the ADT in Geology

Your Pathways

The International Year One is the perfect pathway if you want a undergraduate degree from a UK, EU or US University but do not meet the requirements for direct entry.

The IY1 course provides an intensive combination of first year University subject modules with English language skills.

Following successful completion of the IY1 you will continue onto your second year degree study directly with the University of your choice.

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Key Dates and Fees

International Year One Key Dates
Intake Admissions
Arrival to
SF State
Start Date
Spring 2024 Dec 4, 2023 Jan 20, 2024 Jan 22, 2024
Summer 2024 Apr 15, 2024 UP: Jun 2, 2024

PSE: May 29, 2024

UP: Jun 3, 2024

PSE: May 30, 2024

Fall 2024 July 1, 2024 Aug 16, 2024 Aug 19, 2024

 *Key dates for PSE and UP are the same except for arrival and program start dates in the Summer 2024 term, which are indicated in the table above.

Pre-Sessional English Tuition Fees

Pre-Sessional costs vary by term and by the number of terms assigned:
• Spring 2024: $5995/ term
• Summer 2024: $3995/term
• Fall 2024: $5995/term
Your invoice total will also include your University Pathway Program Costs.

University Pathway Fees

• IELTS 5.0 Entry: $27,500
• IELTS 5.5 Entry: $25,000

Example Bundled Pricing for International Year One
IELTS Exam Score Pre-Sessional
English # of
# of Terms
IY1 # of
Total IY1
Tuition Fees Spring 2024 Intake*
4.0 2 2 4 $37,490
4.5 1 2 3 $33,495
5.0 N/A 2 2 $27,500
5.5 N/A 2 2 $27,500


*The tuition list is current for 2023- 2024 and will be subject to increase each year.

*Prices of PSE terms vary for Summer 2024

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With around 27,000 students from all over the globe, international students find SF State a truly welcoming community and diverse place to live in.

SF State has been included in the Top 20 colleges nationwide for best location. It was also rated one of the most diverse colleges in America, according to Wall Street Journal’s 2022 College Rankings.