DEPARTMENT OF

Geological Sciences and

Geological Engineering

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Undergraduate Studies


The Department offers two streams for students to choose from.

Geological Sciences

What is a Geoscientist?

Geoscientists interpret the natural world, bringing methods such as geophysics, geomechanics geochemistry, geobiology and field geology together to understand the ancient and modern Earth. Clues concealed in rocks and minerals, fluids and fossils, mountains and sediments, glaciers and volcanoes are marshaled to explain and model the Earth System at all scales.

Discovery, development and sustainability of water, mineral and energy resources as well as coping with climate change, human impact and natural hazards facing increasing global populations, all depend on a deep understanding of natural processes.

Our students study the Earth in this context, with careers in diverse fields including research, mineral and oil exploration, mining and hydrocarbon extraction, policy analysis, surface and underground construction, environmental assessment, protection and rehabilitation, groundwater investigation and resource management.

The programs offered by this department focus on the whole planet and consider all global processes within an integrated, dynamic system.

Come and be a part of it!

Career Opportunities in:

  • Research/teaching
  • Mineral, petroleum, or groundwater exploration
  • Environmental sciences/geo-hazard studies (assessment/remediation)
  • Geo-hazard studies (eg earthquakes)
  • Environmental and mining law/business

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Geological Engineering

The Geological Engineering at Queen's is a well-established, thriving and dynamic program with a long tradition of excellence. We take great pride in our strong alumni presence in Canadian and international industry and across the R&D spectrum.

Our innovative programs are geared at preparing our students for the challenges of the future in:

What is Geological Engineering?

Geological Engineering is the practical application of principles, concepts and techniques of the geological sciences to provide sustainable engineered solutions to human needs.

These include resource exploitation and management, environmental and geotechnical design involving rock, soil and water interaction, groundwater protection and remediation, risk mitigation, and the non-destructive or geophysical investigation of the subsurface environment for engineering purposes.

Download the informative brochure for further information.

Dynamic Career Opportunities

Our graduates are sought after not only for their deep and broad knowledge base but also for their exceptional field skills, and their familiarity with state-of-the-art analysis and design tools. We strongly emphasize interaction and student-faculty dialogue in our courses and in our departmental affairs. Geological Engineering at Queen's is unique in that, in addition to being fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board leading you to a Professional Engineering designation (PEng), our program also prepares you for eligibility as a Professional GeoScientist (PGeo).

The Queen's Geological Engineering Degree is extremely well respected among Canadian and international employers, in part due to heavy emphasis on practical applications and field techniques.

Queen's Geological Engineering grads are sought after, for both summer and permanent employment, by the oil and gas sector, geophysical investigation teams, the mineral industry, construction consultants, environmental firms, government offices and organizations and a vast number of related sectors. As well as finding employment with Canadian companies, graduates of Geological Engineering often enjoy international careers and opportunities on several continents.

Our programs also provide a firm basis on which to enter a wide range of post-graduate institutions to undertake more advanced projects and to pursue research careers.

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