About

Geological engineering is the application of engineering principles to the natural materials and fluids found in the earth, including rocks, soils, groundwater, petroleum and natural gas.


Quick facts
  • Four year degree
  • Full-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

Geological engineers are trained to characterize and predict the behaviour of natural materials and fluids. They work to find and develop the resources that society needs for its survival and in the disposal of society’s wastes in a manner that results in the least possible disturbance to the environment. Geological engineers also work to design and develop stable building foundations, bridges, dams, highways, landfill sites and waterways.

A first-year schedule sample

All first year engineering students will take a common set of classes before entering a specialization, such as geological engineering, in their second year.

CourseDescription

Fall Term
CHEM 114 General Chemistry for Engineers
COMM 102 Introduction to Business Management
GE 111 Introduction to the Engineering Profession
GE 124 Engineering Mechanics I
MATH 123 Calculus I for Engineers
HIST 125* History Matters Indigenous Colonial and Post colonial Histories

Winter Term
GE 121 Engineering Design
GE 125 Engineering Mechanics II
MATH 124 Calculus II for Engineers
PHYS 155 Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism
GEOL 121* Earth Processes

* These are elective courses. You'll have a number of courses to choose between.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Here are just a few of the classes you might take while you complete this degree:

GEOE 218: Engineering Geology
Introduction to engineering geology and the engineering properties of geomaterials including strength, compressibility and permeability of soils and rocks. Labs, case studies and field trips emphasize slope stability, ground monitoring, instrumentation and the engineering significance of geological processes and geomaterials. Fundamentals of structural geology, applied geomorphology, site investigation technology, geophysics and airphoto interpretation.

GEOE 315: Rock Mechanics
Physical properties of rock. Rock stress-deformation behaviour and failure. Laboratory and in situ testing.

GEOE 466: Petroleum Geomechanics
Geomechanical, geotechnical and petrophysical problems of interest to the petroleum industry: petroleum well drilling, borehole breakouts, wellbore stability, hydraulic fracturing, subsidence and compaction due to oil and gas withdrawal.

Engineering at uSask involves hands-on education. You will use state-of-the-art technology in the lab to learn, experiment and test your ideas. From our wind tunnel to our anechoic chamber, our facilities can help you make textbook concepts tangible.

Education in our college is about more than sending you home with challenging assignments. You will work with students from your classes and other disciplines to get the most from your education, whether working on homework, building a space elevator, racecar, remote control plane, or creating an art display or design project. 

Capstone Design Project

You will complete several design projects throughout your degree, but perhaps the most exciting is our fourth-year Capstone Design Project. The Capstone Design Project allows you to apply top-down design principles to a year-long project, starting with a basic description of the product or system and culminating in a presentation of a final working design. You will gain first-hand experience in the application of a formal design process while earning credit toward your degree. 

Careers

With a degree in geological engineering, you will have many career options, including some of the following:

  • working with mining and petroleum companies
  • consulting as an engineer in geotechnical and geoenvironmental settings
  • working for provincial or federal government

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $8,172 $21,247
Fees $835 $835
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $10,507 $23,582

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).
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 $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E.)

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree is a four year program offered by the College of Engineering.

While you complete your Bachelor degree, you can also enhance your experience with the following options:

The Mining Option in Geological Engineering is six courses and a twelve-month internship that provides a focus on mining industry topics. 

You will learn how to negotiate the political, rhetorical, ethical and interpersonal challenges of communicating in a professional environment. You can complete this certificate during your Bachelor of Engineering degree.

The Engineering Professional Internship Program is a full-time internship opportunity which includes a minimum of eight months of professionally supervised work experience. By participating in an internship, students are able to apply the theoretical knowledge they have acquired during their undergraduate studies in a practical and challenging workplace environment.

As an intern you will earn a competitive salary and vacation pay, and may receive a benefits package. You will maintain your full-time student status during your internship. Interns gain practical and in-depth experience within a specialized field, develop strong interpersonal skills, write reports, present seminars and supervise others. These are employable skills that will allow you to better market yourself in a competitive job market. 

Admission requirements and deadlines

Deadlines

Start term Early AdmissionFinal Deadline
Fall
September 2018
Dec 1, 2017
Documents due: Dec 1, 2017
Feb 15, 2018
Documents due: Mar 1, 2018

You can also begin this program in May or July. The deadlines for the Fall (September) term apply.

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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