Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, & Resources - Geology
Faculty of Engineering

Program description

Geologists study the composition, structure, processes, and history of the Earth, as well as the distribution of mineral and energy resources. There are many overlapping fields of study for geologists including: Economic Geology, Petroleum Geology, Environmental Geology, Geochemistry, Hydrogeology, Mineralogy, Crystallography and Petrology, Paleontology, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy as well as Structural Geology and Tectonics.

Program options

Degree options

B.Sc. G.Sc. (Major) Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences Geology (Major) – 4 years
B.Sc. G.Sc. (Hons.) Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences Geology (Honours) – 4 years

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

Mineral Exploration Techniques
Mineral Resources Management and Policy
Geology and Tectonics of the Colorado Plateau

Professional opportunities

Most graduates of Geology work in the resource industry with mining or petroleum companies or associated service industries. An increasing number of graduates are being hired by environmental industries and consulting firms. Geologists and geophysics are among a select group of professionals whose skills are in demand worldwide. At present, prospects for employment are excellent, both in terms of gaining relevant summer work while a student and finding permanent work upon graduation.

The professional practice of geoscience in Canada is governed by provincial/territorial law and is regulated by professional geoscience associations. In Manitoba, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (APEGM) regulates professional practice. The requirements for professional registration are acceptable academic preparation and a subsequent period of acceptable geoscience experience. Students considering professional registration should take the B.Sc. Geological Sciences Honours or Major degree and make appropriate course selections, particularly in the basic sciences. Students should consult with the Department of Geological Sciences. Graduates who do not meet the academic requirements may be required by the professional association to take additional courses or examinations. Current registration information for APEGM is available in the department or from the association's web site:

Admission Requirements

Visit the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.

What is unique about this program at the U of M?

Jill Maxwell (Undergraduate Student, Geological Sciences) won the award for the best student presentation at the Society for Environmental Geology and Health 2010 conference in Galway, Ireland. She was the only undergraduate student presenting and won the award against competition from M.Sc. and Ph.D. students. Her paper “Remediation of arsenic contamination by a natural wetland at New Britannia Mine, Snow Lake” was co-authored with Dr. Barbara L. Sherriff and Dr. Dr. Elena Khozhina.

Important links

Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
Department of Geological Sciences
Graduate Studies in Geological Sciences