Geology (BSc)

Geology is an exploration of the dynamics of our planet, its resources, and the most economic and sustainable way to use those resources.

By choosing to study geology you will become a scientific detective, working closely with your professors to uncover the Earth’s past and predict its future. You will find the field of earth sciences rewarding if you enjoy the outdoors, have a good scientific knowledge base, and want to understand how the world around you works.

The geology program is available at both the BSc and BSc (honours) level. Acadia’s curriculum allows you to achieve professional registration as a geologist. It includes a core of courses at the first to fourth-year levels and allows elective courses tailored to your interests. Outside the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, you also study chemistry, math and physics.

Be Inspired

Small class sizes, frequent field trips and a close-knit community ensure that you develop a strong network, which typically continues long past graduation. The integration of field work and technology gives you rewarding hands-on experience and exposure to all aspects of geology. Faculty members are dedicated to your success and provide individual attention.

Future Careers

  • Exploration geologist
  • Petroleum geologist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Geochemist
  • Geophysicist
  • Geographic information systems (GIS) specialist
  • Marine Geologist
  • Museums
  • Seismologist
  • And many other careers in mining and oil industries

First Year at a Glance

Semester One

GEOL 1013
Our Dynamic Earth
CHEM 1013

General Chemistry 1
MATH 1013 recommended
Introductory Calculus 1
Introductory science course
Non-Science elective
3 credit-hour elective of your choice

Semester Two

GEOL 1023
Earth History: Global Change Through Time
CHEM 1023

General Chemistry 2
MATH xxxx
Math elective
Introductory science course
Non-Science elective
3 credit-hour elective of your choice


Co-op Available: Yes

Honours: Thesis-based, with research

Get Involved:
Fletcher Geology Club


Earth and Environmental Science
Huggins Science Hall, Room 327
12 University Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 2R6