What will I learn?

Geologists study the composition, structure, processes, and history of the Earth, as well as the distribution of mineral and energy resources. There are many overlapping fields of study for geologists including: Economic Geology, Petroleum Geology, Environmental Geology, Geochemistry, Hydrogeology, Mineralogy, Crystallography and Petrology, Paleontology, Sediment logy and Stratigraphy as well as Structural Geology and Tectonics.

Interesting courses

  • Mineral Exploration Techniques
  • Mineral Resources Management and Policy
  • Geology and Tectonics of the Colorado Plateau

Professional opportunities

Most graduates of Geology work in the resource industry with mining or petroleum companies or associated service industries. An increasing number of graduates are being hired by environmental industries and consulting firms. Geologists and geophysics are among a select group of professionals whose skills are in demand worldwide. At present, prospects for employment are excellent, both in terms of gaining relevant summer work while a student and finding permanent work upon graduation.

The professional practice of geosciences in Canada is governed by provincial/territorial law and is regulated by professional geosciences associations. In Manitoba, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (APEGM) regulate professional practice. The requirements for professional registration are acceptable academic preparation and a subsequent period of acceptable geosciences experience. Students considering professional registration should take the B.Sc. Geological Sciences Honors’ or Major degree and make appropriate course selections, particularly in the basic sciences. Students should consult with the Department of Geological Sciences. Graduates who do not meet the academic requirements may be required by the professional association to take additional courses or examinations.

Which department am I in?

Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAN $597.66 per credit hour.
Start date

17 January 2022


University of Manitoba

Fort Garry Campus,

400 UMSU University Centre,


Manitoba (MB),

R3T 2N2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English language requirements accepted: TOEFL paper based score of 550; Achieve minimum scores of 4.5 in Reading, 4.5 in Listening, and 4.0 in Writing on the CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees); Achieve a minimum score of 6.5 based upon the Academic Module on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System); Achieve a minimum score of 80 on the MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) offered by the University of Michigan; Achieve a minimum grade of C in the University of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.Achieve a score of 60 or more in the CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment); Achieve a minimum of 58% in the Pearson Test of English.Achieve a minimum of 65% in Level 5 of the direct entry English program (also known as Intensive Academic English Program orIAEP), as taught by the English Language Centre of the University of Manitoba.

For international students

Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants).

English Language Requirements:

  • Internet-Based TOEFL: Overall score of 86 (20 in Reading, 20 in Writing, 20 in Listening, 20 in Speaking)
  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 overall
  • Pearson Test of English: 58

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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