Geological Engineering

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.


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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

Geological Engineering is the ideal program for students who want to combine the complexity of nature and engineering design.


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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.