Environmental geoscience is the scientific study of relationships between Earth processes, human activities, and the environment. Environmental geoscientists explore how geological processes have shaped the geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere over geologic time and investigate impacts of human activities on these systems.
- Four-year degree
- Full- or part-time program
- You can enter this program directly from high school
- You can begin this program off-campus
What you will learn
Geoscience is a diverse scientific field with sub-disciplines including geochemistry, sedimentology, geomicrobiology, geophysics, mineralogy, paleontology, and hydrogeology. You will learn how to integrate knowledge of these and other sub-disciplines to improve your understanding of physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the Earth system in the past, present, and future. You will also study how to address societal needs such as meeting growing demand for non-renewable and renewable resources, and minimizing environmental impacts of resource development.
A first-year schedule sample
This degree program is flexible and offers you the opportunity to take courses in many different subject areas. Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:
|CHEM 112||General Chemistry I Structure Bonding and Properties of Materials|
|GEOL 121||Earth Processes|
|MATH 110||Calculus I|
|PHYS 115*||Physics and the Universe|
|HIST 155*||History Matters Science and Environment|
|CHEM 115||General Chemistry II Chemical Processes|
|GEOG 120*||Introduction to Global Environmental Systems|
|MATH 116||Calculus II|
|PHYS 117*||Physics for the Life Sciences|
|ENG 114*||Literature and Composition Reading Culture|
* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.
The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.
GEOL 229 Introductory Geochemistry
An overview of geochemical theory and problem-solving techniques used by Earth Scientists to elucidate Earth system processes. Topics of discussion will include the origin of elements, stable and radiogenic isotopes, geochronology, thermodynamics, trace element partitioning in mineral fluid systems, weathering and aqueous geochemistry.
GEOG 235 Earth Processes and Natural Hazards: A Canadian Perspective
This interdisciplinary course explores the earth and atmospheric processes that are responsible for landform development and natural hazards, the regions in Canada most susceptible to natural disasters, and current developments in hazard forecasting and monitoring techniques. Students will explore through case studies the impacts of natural disasters on Canadian landscapes and people. Lastly, the course explores ways to lessen the impacts of natural disasters through risk perception, assessment, and preparedness, and mitigation strategies.
GEOG 290 Field Methods and Laboratory Analysis
An introduction to the principles and practice of navigation, topographic surveying, image analysis, and the sampling and analysis of sediments, water, and plant communities relevant to environmental science. There will be costs related to the field and laboratory exercises in addition to tuition fees for this course.
GEOG 323 Remote Sensing
Advanced lectures, seminars and laboratories for those specializing in resource and environmental studies. It includes inductive and deductive evaluation of air photo patterns and the interpretation of multi-spectral imagery and remote sensing imagery.
GEOG 350 Organic Geochemistry
The course will focus on the origin and distribution of organic matter in the environment, and its fate in natural and engineered environments. Topics will include carbon biogeochemistry, origin and characteristics of natural organic matter, organic matter in the rock record, molecular biomarkers, evolution of organic compounds in petroleum and contaminated sites, and analytical tools.
You will gain practical experience in the laboratory analysis of pollutants in soil and water samples as well as participate in a number of field trips that provides practical experience in the sampling of soil and water in Saskatchewan landscapes.
Small class sizes
Small class sizes maximizes interaction between you and your professors and allows you to become easily acquainted with others who share common interests.
As a graduate of this program you will meet the requirements for professional registration as an environmental geoscientist-in-training in the Province of Saskatchewan (APEGS).
Graduates of this program are immediately eligible to register as Professional Geoscientists-in-Training with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS). You can seek employment with a variety of private and public sector employers including consulting firms, resource companies (e.g., oil and gas, potash, base and precious metals, diamonds, aggregate), municipal divisions (e.g., water quality, wastewater treatment, solid waste management), and federal or provincial organizations (e.g., environment, water).
Career opportunities for Environmental Geoscientists include various specializations including:
- Water Quality
- Mine Reclamation
- Contaminated Land Remediation
- Environmental Protection
|Canadian students||International students|
Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load, the maximum number of courses allowed (2020-2021 Canadian dollar rates).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,500-$2,500 per year.
These Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Environmental Geoscience degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:
You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year or honours degree.
Admission requirements and deadlines
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