Geology

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

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What you will learn in this program

Geologists ask questions such as: Can earthquakes be predicted? Why do continents move? How old are the Rocky Mountains?

Geologists study the history, composition, and physical aspects of our planet. The entire world will be your laboratory, as geology is the most outdoor-oriented discipline of the basic sciences. During the course of your studies, much of your learning will occur in class, during tutorials and in laboratories. You may also gain hands-on experience conducting research at field schools within both Canada and the United States.

Career opportunities

​Geologists have global career opportunities in areas such as the oil and gas industry, engineering firms, a curator, the research sector, and more. A degree in geology can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or education.

Courses you'll take:

Applications of Geoscience, General Chemistry (Structure and Bonding), Mechanics, ​Principles of Geoscience

Admission requirements and information

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​The geology department at UCalgary has provided me with a lot of interesting hands-on experience. I had the opportunity to participate in field schools, where I was able to map the regional geology of various areas. I attended field school in different areas of Alberta, British Columbia, and Montana, and it was a very fun experience. This type of knowledge cannot be taught in the classroom, and is an important skill to have when pursuing a career in geology.

​Inayat D. geology student

Did you know? You can earn two degrees in five years. Learn more about combined degree program options.

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​It feels very good to give something back to the university and to help students. The university provided me with a very valuable degree allowing me to be very successful. I just feel it’s important to pay it back. I am also very proud of the work we have done to establish The Geoscience Alumni Scholarship (GAS). We have raised enough money to provide a very nice scholarship to a top geologist and geophysicist for the next three years. This award was created and funded by our alumni.

​Rick W., BSc'82

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Faculty Information

Faculty of Science
Biological Sciences, Room 570
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
403.220.5516