Geology

The Geology program at Brandon University offers many exciting opportunities for undergraduate students. An active research program allows our students to participate in national and international projects, and provides a wonderful dimension to their education that is generally not possible for undergraduate students at larger universities. The Geology faculty aren’t just academics and researchers, they also bring many years of applied national and international experience working for industry and government organizations, from Arctic Canada to West Africa, Western Europe to Southeastern Asia, Australia to the Southwestern United States, and from Central to South America. This greatly enhances the learning and career opportunities for our geology students, who are excellently positioned to make a major positive contribution as professional geoscientists, geoscience educators and researchers of tomorrow. Geology is a global science, and Canadian geologists are in demand worldwide.

Special Features

The Geology Department, in conjunction with alumni, the petroleum and mining industries, and appropriate government departments, operates a successful co-op work experience program for geology students.

The four-year degree program provides the academic requirements to become a registered Professional Geoscientist.

The Brandon University Micro Analytical Facility now offers services for the newly operational JEOL JSM-6390LV/GS Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) equipped with an Oxford Instruments INCA x-act Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS) X-ray detector as well as high quality analytical and imaging packages.

Sample of Available Courses

  • Intro to Earth Science
  • Historical Geology
  • Earth’s Mineral Resources
  • Environmental Geology
  • Work Experience in Geology
  • Mineral Deposits
  • Petroleum Geology

Salary Information

Over the past year, salaries for petroleum geologists for the year showed a weighted average increase of 7.9 percent, according to the annual AAPG Salary Survey.

Approximate Costs per year

  • Tuition: $4200
  • Text Books: $950
  • Note: Some courses may be charged a materials/service fee.

Possible Careers

  • Petroleum Industry
  • Mining Industry
  • Environmental Geologist
  • Government Agencies
  • Teaching
  • Graduate Studies in Geology
  • Consulting