Put your future on solid ground — and help the world do the same.
Use your knowledge of soil and rock behaviour to solve complex problems. Ensure the safety of dams and pipelines, assess risks for landslides and earthquakes, remove hazardous waste from groundwater, and more.
Waterloo’s Geological Engineering program is one of only 2 in Ontario. You’ll take Civil Engineering classes, where you’ll learn design and problem-solving skills. You’ll also take Earth Sciences classes, where you’ll acquire a solid background in geosciences.
Meanwhile, through co-op, you'll gain 2 full years of related work experience.
When you graduate, your degree can take you around the world — working in oil and gas, mineral exploration, hazard waste removal, groundwater management, and more.
A ton of field courses
Each year, you’ll see geological processes first hand — from Waterloo's campus to northern Ontario to Peru — thanks to extensive field courses.
Make lasting connections
With just 15 to 20 students in first year, you'll develop strong bonds with your classmates and your professors.
About the Geological Engineering program
Gain 2 years of experience in the co-op program
Apply directly to this program on your application
Earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree
Engineering school in Canada (US News & World Report 2018)
Offered by the Faculty of Engineering
Students earn $17,800 on average per co-op term
Geological Engineering admission requirements
- Ontario students: 6 Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Chemistry (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Physics (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Admission averages: Individual selection from the high 80s
- An Admission Information Form is required
- Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements
First-year Geological Engineering courses
September to December
CHE 102 - Chemistry for Engineers
GEOE 100 - Environmental and Geological Engineering Concepts
CIVE 104 - Mechanics 1
GEOE 115 - Linear Algebra
MATH 116 - Calculus 1 for Engineering
ENGL 191/SPCOM 191 - Communication in the Engineering Profession
May to August
After first year
- See the range of courses available in Geological Engineering.
- View all the courses required for your degree.
Sample upper-year courses
Gain relevant work experience through co-op
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Geotechnical engineering assistant
- Field engineering / project coordinator
- Industrial buildings inspector
- Mining / energy engineering student
- Rock mechanics assistant
- Water - wastewater project assistant
- Geotechnical & materials technician
Sample co-op employers
- EllisDon Construction
- Environment and Climate Change Canada
- DS Consultants Ltd
- Region of Waterloo
- Cole Engineering Group Ltd
- Parks Canada Agency
- Stantec Inc
What can I do with a degree in Geological Engineering?
For Waterloo Geological Engineering graduates, the world is their office. They commonly pursue careers in engineering consulting, mining, and public health, while merging both tech and the outdoors. They often work for engineering firms, government departments, and more.
- Geological Engineer – AMEC
- Geotechnical Design – Shell Canada
- Rock Mechanics Engineer – Glencore, Kidd Creek Operations
- Geological Engineer – BGC Engineering
- Water Specialist – Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association
- Geotechnical Engineer – Pretium Resources
- Junior Program Engineer – Environment & Climate Change Canada
Possible professional designation
Learn more about Geological Engineering
- Visit the Geological Engineering website