Learn how the things we use in our everyday life - from iPhones to electric cars - come from Earth’s natural resources and investigate and understand their significance in an evolving society.
At the Harquail School of Earth Sciences, explore Earth from the surface to the core. Apply scientific tools of chemistry, physics, and biology to discover what controls the distribution of Earth’s natural resources.
Enter into an exciting and flexible career as a geoscientist exploring 4.5 billion years of Earth's history, and discover how, why, and when our planet came to be the way it is. Understand your existence in the context of deep time and the Earth’s evolution, including tectonics, biological evolution, and geochemical systems. Earn a degree that will allow you to investigate new geological environments worldwide. Study surface-level rock features to discover what that means miles below.
Are you curious about the solar system, how our planet formed, how minerals and rocks form, what makes volcanoes and earthquakes, why minerals have different colours, how the Earth and life evolved, how we know the age of the Earth, what causes climate change, how do you find an ore deposit? Do you enjoy the outdoors, hiking, camping, exploring exotic, distant places, working with computers, global problem solving, integrating scientific disciples (biology, chemistry, and physics)? Then Earth Sciences are for you!
Visit the Harquail School of Earth Sciences website to learn more about the faculty, current projects, research areas, and student and alumni experiences!
Geology opens up a flexible career that can change with time based on your life experiences and geological interests. The four-year B.Sc. in Earth Sciences is designed to meet the minimum knowledge (academic) requirements for registration as a professional geoscientist (P.Geo.) with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO). Registration with the APGO will significantly enhance career prospects of Earth Sciences students.
These are possible career avenues for our graduates:
- Mineral exploration or mining geology
- Environmental geoscience or re-greening
- Volcanic and natural disasters monitoring
- Geological mapping (3D computer modeling and Geographical Information Systems GIS)
- Aggregates, determining suitable materials that can be used for roads and buildings
- Academia and research, for example climate change, history of life, structure of the earth, other planets, by using geophysics, geochemistry, structural geology, sedimentology, metamorphic or igneous petrology, mineralogy, hydrogeology
- Governmental geoscience or consulting
- Laboratory technology
Christopher Beckett-Brown, B.Sc., G.I.T.
"During my undergraduate degree I was presented with unique employment opportunities that provided a taste of potential career paths and gave me the ability to work in my field of study during the summer. With the Ontario Geological Survey in the same building as my lectures and labs, I had the opportunity to work two summers with them mapping around Lake Nipissing and just west of Gogamma. While I worked with government surveys during the summer, some of my classmates worked in industry in the mine environment and in exploration.
Sudbury is uniquely positioned between rocks from ~450 million years ago (Manitoulin Island) to ~2.7 billion years ago (Timmins) allowing us to go on local field trips and experience a wide variety of geology. During my degree I was able to go on international geology field trips to Peru and Southwestern USA."