at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

UBC's Vancouver campus resides in a landscape forged by active geological processes. Studying geology here is an opportunity to live and work in a beautiful geological laboratory, literally at your doorstep. You can take full advantage of this setting by taking a range of field geology courses.

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Program Information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • 4 yrs Length
  • Yes Co-op Option
  • Yes Honours Option

Geology is the study of planet Earth, its origin and evolution, its fundamental structure, and the properties of minerals, rocks, and fluids of which it’s composed. The entire field combines arts and sciences, and has many different sub-disciplines to explore.

Sciences at UBC offers a Major program in Geology, and an honours program in Geological Sciences (Bachelor of Science with Honours). For those looking towards careers in geotechnology, the department oversees a program in Geological Engineering which leads to the Bachelor of Applied Science (Geological Engineering). The Honours program is recommended if you are considering professional careers and accreditation.

Electives are grouped into areas of interest that focus on a particular aspect of geological science: Environmental Geology (includes Hydrogeology and Groundwater); Sedimentary Geology and Geobiology (includes Petroleum Geology); Crustal and Mantle Processes; and Mineral Deposit Geology.

Campus features

UBC’s Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences (which incorporates Geology, Geophysics & Oceanography) is one of the largest and most diverse departments of its kind in the world.  Housed in a spectacular new building at the heart of the UBC academic campus, it operates many major research facilities, and also the Pacific Museum of the Earth open to the public.

Program Requirements

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