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Environmental Geoscience

Investigate Planet Earth to Understand Environmental Interactions Between Geology, Biology, and Hydrology


Investigate Earth as a professional environmental geoscientist. Understand environmental interactions between geology, biology, and hydrology.

Pursue a fulfilling life-long career in Environmental Geoscience by working in remediation, in the mining industry, government, or consulting agencies. Learn how the Earth and life evolved, how industrial development impacts the environment, how the atmosphere interacts with terrestrial and oceanic environments, and help to find solutions for environmental recovery. Take advantage of small class sizes with an open learning environment. Attend national and international field trips, conferences, and geological talks at the Harquail School of Earth Sciences to explore more deeply this field and its impact on the geosphere and its ecosystems.

Are you curious about the Earth and its environment, the evolution of life, climate change? Are you interested in remediation in mining? Do you enjoy the outdoors, hiking, camping, exploring exotic, distant places? Are you passionate about integrating scientific disciplines? If so, Environmental Geoscience is for you!

Key Features

Learn how Earth and life on it have evolved, exploring 4.5 billion years of Earth's history.
Study in Sudbury, a place world-renowned for its successful re-greening and innovation in environmental remediation, for example in the emerging field of biomining.
Complement your in-class learning and get real-world experience with great summer job opportunities with mining or consulting companies, science centres or the Ontario Geological Survey in one of the largest mining and geoscience centres in the world.

Career Opportunities

The four-year B.Sc. in Environmental Geosciences 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 Environmental Geosciences students. 

  • Mining site remediation or bioremediation
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • 3D computer modeling and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Academia and research, for example mine site remediation, climate change, history of life, by using techniques of environmental mineralogy and geochemistry, bioremediation, sedimentology, or hydrogeology.
  • Governmental geoscience or consulting
  • Laboratory technology
  • Science Communication

Michelle Jacques

"Honestly I can go on and on about this career path. But in essence, it is a career that for me seems too good to be true. My current summer jobs thus far in addition to academics have fueled me in every way. It's like trying to solve a puzzle that the Earth created, while getting to be outside all at the same time. Learning the natural processes of the Earth, seeing a multitude of neat rocks and minerals, and trekking through the forest are among some of the every day highlights as a geological field assistant with the Ontario Geological Survey." 

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