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2023-2024 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University 
2023-2024 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geology, B.Sc.

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Geology is the science of Earth and its planetary neighbours. It focuses on the fundamental principles and processes that shape our evolving planet. Geology is an interdisciplinary science that encompasses all other sciences within it, but all share a core of knowledge about the composition of Earth materials. Geology explores the character of Earth from its surface environment to its core, including its composition, structure, prehistoric life, internal and surficial processes, and the impact of geology on our everyday lives. The goal is to understand and protect the planet through discovery, education, and outreach. Students study geosciences in the classroom, laboratory and field, and make use of the whole Earth as their field area. The curriculum provides students with hands-on experience studying earth materials, often in small experiential settings. Research opportunities are available for students to work with faculty studying a broad array of topics in the Geosciences spanning climate and environmental change, tectonics and dynamics of Earth’s interior, sustainable extraction of energy and minerals, and extinction events throughout Earth’s history. The program provides the academic foundation for a professional degree, graduate education, and a variety of employment opportunities in geosciences and related fields.

Entry into the Program

Students transferred into the Geology Major must register immediately in the following courses in the Fall semester following their acceptance into the program; failure to do so will affect course availability and progression through the program:

Field Schools and Field Trips

Field Schools and Field Trips are an integral part of the Geology major program. Students should note that there will be costs, in addition to tuition, to cover transportation, food and accommodation for the following Field Schools:


These courses will be held for approximately 12-14 days after the end of the Winter semester or before the start of the Fall semester. In addition to Field Schools, individual courses may include Field Trips as part of the curriculum. These trips are typically 1-2 days in length but may be longer.


  • One elective course.

General Education Requirements

Ten courses must be completed to meet the General Education requirements to graduate with a Bachelor of Science - Geology.

  1. Four courses will be taken at the foundational level: one from each of the thematic clusters.
  2. Three courses will be taken at the second tier: no more than one course from a thematic cluster. BSc students will make their Tier 2 selections from clusters other than Numeracy and Scientific Literacy.
  3. Three courses must be taken at the third tier, selected from at least two of the thematic clusters.

For course information visit the General Education section of this calendar. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor before registering for a course.

Graduation Requirements

Students completing degree requirements will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in their chosen major from Mount Royal University.

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