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.
- 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.
|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|
|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.
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.
You can 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 art display, or finishing a design project.
Capstone Design Project
You will complete several design projects throughout your degree, but perhaps the most exciting is the 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.
Our engineering students have a reputation for helping out and supporting our local community, the world’s developing nations and everywhere in between. Our students have accomplished amazing things in the areas of space design, mining competitions and agricultural design, and have been involved in projects where they aim to make a difference in developing nations through providing access to clean water, food and sustainable energies.
Whether you are interested in refining your creativity skills by collaborating with art students, developing a product to help someone with accessibility needs, traveling across the world to help build a well in Africa or designing/building a race car or airplane, we have a student group for you!
The Engineering Student Centre works very hard to support students academically through advising and administering facilitated study sessions every week.
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
|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 (2019-2020 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 $1,000-$2,000 per year.
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:
- Mining Engineering Option
- Certificate in Professional Communication
- Certificate in Technological Innovation
- Professional Internship Program
Admission requirements and deadlines
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