Geology is the study of the Earth, from the highest mountains to the depths of the oceans. Geology examines phenomena such as earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers, mountains, shorelines, minerals, gems and global climate change and their impact on the past and future development of the Earth System.

Quick facts
  • Three or 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

Investigate episodes of ancient and modern environmental catastrophe, examine chemical and isotopic signatures in rocks to trace the natural processes that have shaped the Earth and participate in the discovery of new energy and mineral resources. You will study Earth’s evolution and gain a better understanding of the physical, chemical and biological processes that affect the development of the Earth System.

A first-year schedule sample

Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:


Fall Term
GEOL 121 Earth Processes
CHEM 112 General Chemistry I Structure Bonding and Properties of Materials
MATH 110 Calculus I
PHYS 115 Physics and the Universe
ENG 110* Literature and Composition

Winter Term
GEOL 122 Earth History
CHEM 115 General Chemistry II Chemical Processes
MATH 116 Calculus II
PHYS 117* Physics for the Life Sciences
ENG 110* Literature and Composition

* 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 206: Earth Systems
An introduction to Earth System Science, a concept that demonstrates the interrelationships between the Earth's landmasses, atmosphere, oceans and biosphere, and the role of humans in their interaction. Topics discussed will include geochemical cycles and environmental change, both natural and anthropogenic.

GEOL 447: Ichnology Animal Substrate Interactions in the Stratigraphic Record
Ichnology is the study of biogenic structures and animal-substrate relations. Biogenic structures comprise burrows, trails, trackways and borings. They record the behavior of the tracemakers in response to the prevailing environmental conditions and therefore they supply valuable information in paleoecology, paleobiology, facies analysis, and sequence stratigraphy.

GEOL 408: Field School Crystalline Rocks
A field course where deformed and metamorphosed volcanic, sedimentary and intrusive igneous rocks will be mapped and interpreted. Fieldwork results will be presented as a map and in a report.

Hands on experience
You have the opportunity to participate in field camps at home and abroad which provide an invaluable hands-on experience of geological fieldwork.

Research Facilities
The research facilities in the Department are excellent, and there are opportunities for you to be involved in research projects and gain an added appreciation of natural processes on Earth.

The Department has strong ties with the Canadian Light Source with two Canada Research Chairs, Graham George and Ingrid Pickering, who have experience in the application of synchrotron radiation to solve earth and environmental science problems.

The Department of Geological Sciences is one of the most diverse and distinguished in Canada with the honour of being the only department in Canada to have had three professors who have won the prestigious Steacie Fellowship, a national award open to competition among all scientists and engineers in Canada.

Unique opportunities
The undergraduate society in the Department of Geological Sciences, the Ore Gangue, was started in 1934 and is the oldest student society on the university campus. Alumni from the Ore Gangue live and work around the world, which represent a large network of future possible mentors and employers. In addition, the Department has very close ties with local industry partners, which enhances employment opportunities for you.


Graduates of this program are 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 mining, oil and gas, and environmental industries, and geological surveys. Your knowledge of earth processes is very important in many aspects of the business and public policy world.

The following are a few opportunities:

  • Geologist
  • Geoscientist
  • Environmental geologist
  • Exploration geologist
  • Survey geologist
  • Mine geologist
  • Petroleum geologist
  • Mineralogist
  • Sedimentologist
  • Stratigrapher
  • Paleontologist
  • Geological modelling
  • Resource geologist
  • Glaciologist
  • Groundwater geologist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Hydrologist

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $6,103 $15,867
Fees $835 $835
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $8,438 $18,202

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

These Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Geology degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:

  • Bachelor of Science Four-year 
  • Bachelor of Science Three-year 
  • Bachelor of Science Honours

You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year, three-year or honours degree.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
January 2018
Dec 1, 2017
Documents due: Dec 15, 2017
Sep 1, 2017
Documents due: Oct 1, 2017
May 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018
Feb 1, 2018
Documents due: Mar 1, 2018
July 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Mar 1, 2018
Documents due: Apr 1, 2018
September 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018

Ready to apply?

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

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