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 program is one of only two 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 two 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.
in Canada for engineering (US News & World Report 2020)
Gain two years of experience in the co-op program
Students earn $15,700 on average per co-op term
Geological Engineering degree admission requirements
Ontario students: six 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
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Combine geology with an engineering education
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First-year Geological Engineering courses and beyond
September to December
May to August
After first year
Sample upper-year courses
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
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
- Stantec Inc
Combine geology and engineering for a rewarding career
For Waterloo 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 about the future of careers in engineering.
Student life, including Women in Engineering
Student design teams
Have fun and develop hands-on experience through one or more of our 20+ student-led design teams! Design teams include rocketry, concrete canoe, robotics, solar car, submarine racing, autonomous vehicle, Space X Hyperloop, Formula Motorsports, Engineers Without Borders, and more.
You’ll meet people with similar interests and goals, benefit from networking with experts in the engineering profession, and develop some great skills for your résumé.
Women in Engineering
Women in Engineering (WiE) supports female students and engineers while encouraging the next generation of women to pursue careers in engineering. Regardless of gender, orientation, or background, you’re welcome to join this inclusive community to participate in outreach events as well as mentorship and volunteer opportunities.
Any student is also welcome to join Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (WiSTEM), a student-run club that promotes equality in STEM through skills workshops, discussions, and guest speakers.
Engineering Society (EngSoc)
EngSoc is run by students for students and provides many social and academic events and services to make your experience as a Waterloo Engineering student the best it can be.
Benefit from mentoring for first-year students or get involved and meet other students through an annual conference, semiformal, career fair, charity events, community outreach, and much more!
Our campus is packed with opportunities to get involved – no matter how unique your interests. Between our 250+ student-run clubs, sports and recreation opportunities, student government, and events, student life at Waterloo has something for everyone.
Offered by the Faculty of Engineering
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Earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree
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A ton of field courses
Each year, you’ll study geology through the lens of engineering — 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.