Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resource

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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 Geology program page.

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

Honours and Major degrees are available.

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
CHEM 1300 Structure and Modelling in Chemistry 3
MATH 1500 (M) Introduction to Calculus or
MATH 1510 (M) Applied Calculus or
MATH 1520 (M) Introductory Calculus for Management and Social Sciences
3
PHYS 1020 (M) General Physics 1 or
PHYS 1050  Physics 1: Mechanics
3
Faculty of Arts course(s) 6
Electives 9
Total Credit Hours 30

 

TIPS FOR CHOOSING COURSES:

  • If balancing admission to Geology with other programs, note that Geology requires 24 credit hours, including GEOL 1340 and GEOL 1400 (or substitutions listed).
  • Students are strongly advised to take GEOL 1400. The listed substitutions are permitted, but not recommended.
  • CHEM 1300, PHYS 1020 (M), and MATH 1500 (M) (or substitutions listed) are prerequisites for other courses in the program. It is recommended to complete these in first year, prior to admission.
  • 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:

Apply to the Geological Sciences (General) program, and consult with a student advisor in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources to declare Major or Honours in Geology.

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, and will be completed in Year 3 of the program by taking GEOL 3130 (W).
M Requirement: Not required for admission. Will be met by MATH 1500 (M) or the substitutions listed, when completed. 
Minimum GPA:

Major: 2.50 GPA, with a minimum grade of 'C+' in GEOL 1340.

Honours: Consult with a student advisor in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources.

Additional Requirements: None.
Selection Criteria: Grades only.

HIGH SCHOOL PREREQUISITES FOR UNIVERSITY-LEVEL COURSES:

  • Chemistry 40S minimum 50% required.
  • Math 40S (Pre-Calculus) minimum 60% required.
  • Physics 40S minimum 50% required.

MINIMUM TIME TO GRADUATION:

  • Honours/Major: 4 years (120 credit hours).

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May 2017
First Year Planning Guide