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Undergraduate Programs

Earn your bachelor's degree in geology or geophysics.


Geologists study the history, composition and physical aspects of our planet. The entire world is your laboratory - geology is the most outdoor-oriented discipline of the basic sciences.

Geology Program Streams:

  • Students may focus their studies by following the Hydrogeology/Environmental Geoscience stream or the Solid Earth Geoscience stream.
  • Note:  A stream is not a separate program, but rather a route or a suggested sequence of courses within the Geology program that students should take to focus their studies in a certain area.  You do not need to follow a stream to obtain a degree. 
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Geology (Petroleum Geology Concentration)

Petroleum Geology is the application of geology to the study of the origin, occurrence, movement, accumulation, and exploration of hydrocarbon fuels.

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Geophysics is the application of the laws and techniques of physics to uncover knowledge about the earth’s dynamic processes and subsurface structure.

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Geo Pathways

The Department of Geoscience offers Geology students the opportunity to focus their studies in several areas of interest. We currently offer one concentration (Petroleum Geoscience) and two streams: Hydrogeology/Environmental and Solid Earth Geoscience.

A concentration is a required set of courses, and is noted on your transcript. A stream is a suggested set of courses, and does not appear on your transcript. The first two years of the concentration and streams are the same as for the B.Sc. Geology program.

Please note that following a concentration or stream is not required, and students are encouraged to gain a broad background in geoscience throughout their degree.

Find out details about the:

  • Petroleum Concentration
  • Hydrogeology/Environmental Stream
  • Solid Earth Stream