Undergraduate Studies in

Geological Sciences

Undergraduate Studies in

Geological Sciences

Undergraduate Studies in

Geological Sciences

Undergraduate Geological Sciences

What are Geological Sciences?

We need geoscientists to help solve the problems that our planet is currently facing.

Geological Scientists (or Geoscientists) study the planet Earth and its many different natural geological systems, including water, climate, minerals, rocks, soil, and energy resources. They investigate how Earth and other planet鈥檚 natural systems work today, how they operated in the recent and ancient past, and how we expect them to behave in the future. The key to the geology of rocky planets, the solar system and the galaxy may reside in the history of our own planet.

Geoscientists play a critical role in helping society meet its needs for natural resources, including the search for metals, minerals, energy sources, fresh water, and fertile soil. They also help protect the public from natural hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, floods, and volcanic eruptions.

Geological Sciences at 成人大片 University

Study Geological Sciences in one of the

Top 2 Applied Earth Sciences Departments in Canada

as Ranked by Mclean's Magazine

Make an Impact

Discovery, development, and sustainability of water, mineral and energy resources as well as coping with climate change, human impact and natural hazards facing increasing global populations, all depend on a deep understanding of natural processes.

Our students study the Earth in this context, with careers in diverse fields including research, mineral and oil exploration, mining and hydrocarbon extraction, policy analysis, surface and underground construction, environmental assessment, protection and rehabilitation, groundwater investigation, and resource management.

Our program focusses on the whole planet and considers all global processes within an integrated, dynamic system.

Financial Support

The Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering and Queen's offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries to undergraduate students.

There are many awards available to students applying for undergraduate studies at Queen's. View a complete list of awards and applications on the 成人大片 Student Awards website.

There are many named bursaries available to students applying for undergraduate studies at Queen's. View a complete list of bursaries on the 成人大片 Student Awards website.

The Work Study Program is intended to supplement the resources of students who have the 成人大片 financial difficulty and the fewest financial options by giving them priority for certain part-time jobs (generally on campus) while they are studying at Queen's.

There are many summer work and research opportunities for undergraduate students in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, in the broader Queen鈥檚 community, and in other companies and organizations. Many companies visit our Department and Queen鈥檚 throughout the year to recruit students for summer and full-time employment. The Department also organizes opportunities for current students to connect with industry through our GARNET Mentorship Program and other events. Full-time undergraduate students are also invited to apply for for summer research opportunities with faculty in our department.

The provides students with a 12-16 month work experience. QUIP internships are paid, professionally supervised, career-related positions designed to offer second or third year students the opportunity to learn about current advances, practices, and technologies in business and industry. Domestic and international opportunities are available for students in the BSc Geological Sciences program.

Due to the longer work term (compared to a 4-month co-op), employers are highly motivated to maximize their time and investment. This means that QUIP students are offered the opportunity to manage more extensive and significant projects. Geological Sciences students who participate in QUIP often return to finish their degree with an employment offer from their Internship employers.

Dynamic Career Opportunities

Our graduates are sought after not only for their deep and broad knowledge base but also for their exceptional field skills and their familiarity with state-of-the-art laboratory analyses and technologies. The Queen's Geological Sciences Degrees are very well respected among Canadian and international employers.

Queen's Geological Sciences grads are employed across Canada and around the world in summer and permanent positions by environmental firms, the oil and gas sector, geophysical investigation teams, the mineral resources and mining industry, government offices, NGOs, and a vast number of related sectors.

Here is a sampling of the many career options you can pursue with a Geological Sciences degree:

  • Geological research, mapping, and interpretation of the Earth and other planets
  • Community relations for the natural resource extractive industries
  • Renewable energy resource exploration and development
  • Environmental conservation and management
  • Natural hazard identification and mitigation
  • Mineral resource exploration and extraction
  • Business administration and management
  • Space exploration and travel (astronaut)
  • Environmental contaminant remediation
  • Public administration and government
  • Oil and gas exploration and extraction
  • Water conservation and management
  • Research and Development
  • Surveying and cartography
  • Climate change research
  • Agricultural sciences
  • University Professor
  • Prospecting
  • Geophysics
  • Medicine
  • Forestry
  • Law

Field Experience

There are many opportunities in the Geological Sciences programs to gain field experience that is essential for Geoscientists.

These opportunities allow students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom in a real world setting and help them secure a job during the summer months and after graduation.

Most students gain over 200 hours of experience on various field trips.

Learn more about our field experience.

Hear from our students

Check out our student spotlights to see what students past and present have had to say about their experience in Queen's Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering.

You will find that we are a friendly department where you will get to know your classmates and professors well, and have a say in program development.

We take great pride in our strong alumni network of Geological Scientists and Geological Engineers from our Department who work across Canada and around the world in industry, research, and many other careers. Our Department鈥檚 Geo-Alumni Resource Network (GARNET) Program connects current students with recent alumni for career mentorship opportunities.

Program Details

The Geological Sciences Program at Queen鈥檚 belongs to the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, which is a unique department that offers complimentary programs in both Sciences and Engineering. This is one of our primary strengths that fosters collaboration and interaction between Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering students and faculty.

Students wishing to complete a degree program designed to prepare them for a career or a higher degree in geological sciences are encouraged to select one of the following 4-year Honours degrees:

Degree:

Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours, Geological Sciences - Specialization (GEOL-P-BSH)

Description: Specialization plan provides the opportunity for a more intensive study of Geology and the supporting earth sciences. This plan is designed to lead easily to registration as a Professional Geoscientist (PGeo), a designation of increasing professional importance.
Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours, Environmental Geology 鈥 Specialization (EGEO-P-BSH)
Description: Specialization plan administered by the School of Environmental Studies in partnership with the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering.
Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours 鈥 Major (GEOL-M-BSH)
Description: Major plan is ideal for students who are interested in a career-oriented program in the geosciences that also allows a wide choice of supporting and elective courses, which will lead to a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree.

Students entering Geological Science in 2nd year need to complete GEOL 104 鈥 Dynamic Earth in first year. It鈥檚 also recommended to take first year, Chemistry, Math and Physics.

Geological Sciences at Queen's prepares you for eligibility as a licensed as a licensed Professional Geoscientist (PGeo) through and equivalent Associations across Canada, through one of our BSc Honours Specilization Degree Programs.

Students wishing to complete a general degree program or Minor in Geology, are encouraged to select one of the following degree programs:

Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours 鈥 Geology 鈥 Minor (GEOL-Z)
Description: This program, in combination with a Major plan in another subject, and with sufficient electives, will lead to an Honours Bachelors Degree.
Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc) General 鈥 Geology (GEOL-G-BSC)
Description: This program, with sufficient electives, will lead to a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (BA) General 鈥 Geology (GEOL-G-BA)
Description: This program, with sufficient electives, will lead to a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (BA) Minor 鈥 Geology (GEOL-Y)
Description: This program, in combination with a Major plan in another subject, and with sufficient electives, will lead to an Honours Bachelors Degree.