Council of Chairs of Canadian Earth Science Departments
Conférence des Directeurs de Départment de Géologie du Canada

A Council Dedicated to the Promotion of Education in the Earth Sciences at all Levels



This page reports the survey of Canadian Earth Science departments from the calendar year 2019. In total 30 schools have responded for this time frame. Data from the last reporting year have been substituted for the remaining universities. Full details of the response rate can be found on the page listing responses.


Figure 1 shows the national data for enrolments in BSc, MSc and PhD programs. Filled symbols include all the data from our units; open symbols represent students in just Geology, Geophysics and Geological Engineering programs. The gap between the two lines for each degree therefore represents the other subdisciplines in our departments, of which Environmental (Earth) Science is by far the largest. Overall, undergrad enrolments are down by 143, but because we have units recently annexing Environmental Science programs, the enrolment in the Geo fields is down by over 400 (about 12%) since 2018. MSc enrolments are also down about 8% overall, although the number of Geo-enrolments is up 5%. PhD enrolments have topped 800 for the first time.

Figure 2 shows the number of students in service and first year courses, and as usually happens when enrolment is perceived to be dropping, this number has risen again, to a new record high.

Figure 3 shows the graduations - the four-year slide in enrolments is now making itself visible in the graduations - in the Geo-fields, down by 16%, but overall down by 5%, mainly as a result of climbing numbers of graduation of Environmental Science majors. MSc graduations are similar to the past few years, PhD graduations continue to climb steadily.

Figure 4 tracks the percentage of females as students and faculty - among undergraduate students females now make up 47% of our enrolments. MSc enrolments saw a 2% decline to 42%, and PhD enrolments and faculty numbers remained stable from last year at 40% and 27% respectively.

The final two figures track the statistics on faculty, support staff and post-docs. Faculty numbers are up by 2 to a historic high of 588 (but note that number now includes some Environmental Science positions in recently merged departments, not previously counted). Post-doc numbers have been fairly stable since 2005 and support staff (technicians and clerical) has seen a steady slight increase since 2012.

As always, if any department wants access to the raw data, I can provide the data laid out by university, but with only your own university specifically identified. The other departments will be coded using the Maclean's magazine categories.

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