Study Geological Sciences at UBC
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About Geological Sciences
Geology is the science of the solid earth, including its composition, structure, physical properties, and history. Professionals in geological fields tend to have a strong background in chemistry and basic sciences, but they must also be able to integrate a wide variety of information in order to make decisions about where resources might be, how to extract them, what impact human activities will have on the Earth, and so on. Vancouver is the world capital for mineral exploration, and UBC has been supplying geologists to the mineral exploration industry for decades. Many graduates find work in the geo-environmental sector (especially within hydrogeology) or continue on to advanced studies at the graduate level and research careers in industry and academia.
Program detailsThe Honours program is intended for students who wish to undertake graduate studies or pursue a professional career in geology. Graduates of the honours program who have chosen the appropriate technical electives may apply for registration as a professional geoscientist in British Columbia.
Career options in Geological Sciences
With an undergraduate degree
- Lab technician
- Geological technician
- Field seismologist
- Mineral surveyor
- Environmental consultant
- Geophysical data processor
With additional study
- Mine geologist
- GIS specialist
- Land surveyor
- Well site geologist
- Urban planner
- Landscape architect
UBC Science Geological Sciences Graduates Work With
- Graduate Geologist In-Training, Shell Canada Ltd
- Geological Field Assistant, Yukon Geological Survey
- Project Geologist, C.J. Greig & Associates
- Geologist, Equity Exploration Consultants Ltd.
- Environmental Geoscientist, Lorax Environmental Services Ltd
- PhD Candidate in Volcanology, Nanyang Technological University