Students interested in the origin, evolution, and future of the Earth, and who wish to obtain a better understanding of the physical, chemical and biological processes that affect the development of the Earth System should consider a degree program within the Department of Geological Sciences.

Students who intend to specialize in Geology or exploration Geophysics should pursue a four-year program leading to the B.Sc. Four-year or Honours degree. The four-year programs in Geology and Geophysics meet the minimum requirement for employment in industry, and, if sufficiently high standards are attained, for advancement to postgraduate studies. In most cases graduates will also qualify for registration as Professional Geoscientists in the Province of Saskatchewan. However, students are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with APEGS requirements and to seek advice from an advisor in the Department.

Students intending to work inother provinces or territories within Canada should familiarize themselves with the specific APEG requirements for those regions. Such students are strongly advised to consult with an advisor in the Department, who is familiar with the subtle differences in APEG requirements for the western provinces.

Degree Requirements

The Department of Geological Sciences is committed to delivering its courses to all qualified students admitted to its majors to the extent that the Department’s resources will allow. However, depending on resources, the Department may have to restrict access to all senior-level Geology courses. This restriction may be by registration through a departmental permission process. Priority will be given to qualified students in the Department’s majors who require the course(s) as part of their degree program, as set out in the Course & Program Catalogue, and who meet minimum academic standards as defined by the Department.

Therefore, students wishing to enrol in 200-level GEOL courses may be required to have attained a minimum final grade of at least 65% in GEOL 121 and GEOL 122. Meeting this requirement does not guarantee registration access. Depending upon the number of students wishing to enroll in Geology classes, the department may restrict any student’s registration in any Geology course required for their program and, in some cases, to withdraw the student from registration in senior Geology courses.

Related programs

The departments of Geography, Geological Sciences and Soil Science have developed an interdisciplinary program in Environmental Earth Sciences. Interested students should refer to the Environmental Earth Sciences program and contact the advisor for this program, who resides in the Department of Geography and Planning.

The departments of Archaeology, Biology and Geological Sciences have developed an interdisciplinary program in Palaeobiology. Interested students should refer to Palaeobiology program and contact the advisor for this programe, who resides in the Department of Geological Sciences.

Major Average

The major average in Geology programs includes the grades earned in:

  • GEOL 121, GEOL 122
  • All senior GEOL courses and all other courses listed in the Major Requirement C6.

Residency Requirements in the Major

To receive a degree in Geology, students must complete at least two-thirds of the following coursework (to the nearest highest multiple of 3 credit units) from the University of Saskatchewan.

  • GEOL 121 and GEOL 122
  • Minimum requirements in Major Requirement C6.

See Residency for additional details.