Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources

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To see a program overview, learn about the unique opportunities offered to students within this degree, and to connect to admission and faculty resource links, review the Geological Sciences program page.

Honours, Major, and General degrees are available in Geological Sciences. You may opt to complete the General degree if you are planning future study in the After-Degree Bachelor of Education degree program. For more advanced studies in this discipline, Major and Honours degrees are available in Geology and Geophysics.

B.Sc. Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences (General)

General degree is available. Major and Honours available in Geology and Geophysics.

First Year Courses Credit Hours
GEOL 1340 The Dynamic Earth 3
GEOL 1400 Time-Trekker's Travelog: Our Evolving Earth or
GEOL 1410 Natural Disasters and Global Change or
GEOL 1420 Exploring the Planets
3
Introductory course(s) in intended Minor 6
Electives 18
Total Credit Hours 30
From the courses selected above, have you fulfilled:
6 credit hours of Arts
6 credit hours of Science
Written English (W) requirement
Mathematics (M) requirement

Science Courses for B.Sc. Geological Sciences (General)

Faculty of Science
Astronomy (PHYS)
Biological Sciences (BIOL)
Chemistry (CHEM)
Computer Science (COMP)
Mathematics (MATH)
Microbiology (MBIO)
Physics (PHYS)
Statistics (STAT)
Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
Environment: ENVR 1000 & 2000
Geography: GEOG 1290
Geology: GEOL 1340, 1400, 1410, 1420
Some additional upper-level courses in GEOG and GEOL may also be used.
Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences
Agriculture: AGRI 1500 & AGRI 1510
Entomology: ENTM 1000
Plant Science: PLNT 1000
Some additional upper-level courses in PLNT and SOIL may also be used.

TIPS FOR CHOOSING COURSES:

  • If balancing admission to Geological Sciences (General) with another program, note that any 24 credit hours, including GEOL 1340, is required for admission.
  • Students are strongly advised to take GEOL 1400. The listed substitutions are permitted, but not recommended.
  • Consider your intended minor when choosing courses for your first year, as a minor is required in the general degree. See the Academic Calendar for details.
  • 6 credit hours of Arts and 6 credit hours Sciences is required in the program, and it is recommended to complete this requirement in Year 1. See the Science courses for B.Sc. Geological Sciences (General) chart for science course options. Arts courses are identified in the Recommended Introductory Courses list.
  • Choose electives from the Recommended Introductory Courses list.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit may be used to reduce the first year course load and as a prerequisite to 2000 level courses, where applicable.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FROM UNIVERSITY 1:

Minimum Credit Hours: 24 credit hours of specific coursework. See the Applicant Information Bulletin.
Minimum Course Load:

University 1 may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Summer Session may be used to complete admission requirements. See the Applicant Information Bulletin for more details.

W Requirement: Not required for admission.
M Requirement: Not required for admission.
Minimum GPA: 2.00 with no grade less than 'C' in GEOL 1340.
Additional Requirements: None.
Selection Criteria: Grades only.

HIGH SCHOOL PREREQUISITES FOR UNIVERSITY-LEVEL COURSES:

  • Chemistry 40S (for courses taken in Year 2) minimum 50% required.
  • Math 40S (for courses taken in Year 2) minimum 50 required.
  • Physics 40S (for courses taken in Year 2) minimum 50 required.

MINIMUM TIME TO GRADUATION:

  • 3 years (90 credit hours).

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April 2017
First Year Planning Guide