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Environmental Geoscience combines earth-science-based training with environmental applications to prepare students to tackle complex environmental issues, including our Earth’s changing climate.
Curriculum approved by Geoscientists Canada
Geoscience is a regulated profession in Canada. To practice in a province or territory in Canada geoscientists must register with the respective professional regulatory body and have a license to practice in that jurisdiction. Geoscientists Canadarepresents the ten provincial regulatory bodies that govern geoscience registration in Canada.
Major and honours programs in environmental geoscience provide the breadth and depth of study needed to meet curriculum guidelines set by Geoscientists Canada.
The Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources offers a four-year program of study leading to a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geoscience.
Bachelor of Science – Environmental Geoscience (major and honours)
Expected duration: 4 years
The transition from fossil fuels to renewable resources and understanding the implications on Earth’s changing climate are global issues which require a combined earth- and environmental-science based approach. Earth scientists are integral in evaluating climactic changes and environmental impacts of resource development.
The University of Manitoba’s Department of Earth Sciences - in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources - has embraced the unique opportunity to train the next generation of geoscientists to tackle these complex issues.
The new Environmental Geoscience Program, beginning Fall 2022, combines earth-science-based training with environmental considerations to fulfill a growing need in the environmental consulting industry, academia and at all levels of government.
Mineral development, particularly those needed for renewable energy technology (e.g. lithium and silicon required for cell phones), has been identified as integral for the long-term economic prosperity of Manitoba through the Look North strategy and Manitoba’s Economic Growth Action Plan.
The introduction of an innovative Environmental Geoscience program will better prepare graduates to balance the need for resources while factoring in climate change.
Sample course offerings
- GEOL 1340: The Dynamic Earth
- GEOL 1400: Time-Trekker's Travelog: Our Evolving Earth
- ENVR 1000: Environmental Science 1 - Concepts
- GEOL 2500: Introduction to Mineralogy
- MATH 1500: Introduction to Calculus
- GEOL 2800: Optics and Spectroscopy of Minerals
- GEOL 2770: Principles of Inorganic Geochemistry
- GEOL 3310: Paleontology
- PHYS 1020: General Physics 1
- GEOL 4260: Applied Geophysics Field Course
For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.
Riddell - Learning outside the classroom
The university organizes optional geological field trips every two to three years to locations such as the Colorado Plateau and the Rocky Mountains.
The professional practice of geoscience in Canada is governed by provincial and territorial law and is regulated by professional geoscience associations. In Manitoba, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (EGM) 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 BSc Earth Sciences honours or major degree and make appropriate course selections, particularly in the basic sciences.
Learn more about current registration requirements at www.enggeomb.ca.
The following are minimum requirements for entry into the Environmental Geoscience (BSc) general program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Direct entry applicants are those who have not attended a post-secondary institution or have completed fewer than 24 credit hours at a recognized university or college.
Advanced entry applicants are those who have completed one year (24 credit hours) or more of studies in another faculty at the University of Manitoba or another recognized post-secondary institution.
Transferring to the major or honours program in geology
Successful applicants are admitted to the general degree option for the BSc Earth Sciences program. Students interested in transferring to the major or honours program in geology should contact a student advisor in the dean’s office.
If you do not meet the requirements for direct or advanced entry, you can apply for admission to University 1, the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources or another program.
How to apply
Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120
Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online. To begin your application, select the "Start or continue your application" button. The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency, and other documents.
For guidance regarding how to minor in earth sciences, talk to an academic advisor.
Admission and application inquiries
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