Geological Engineering

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Queen's Geological Engineering offers a core program in physics, mechanics and mathematics combined with geology, geophysics, geochemistry, site investigation and engineering design applied to geotechnical, geo-environmental and mineral and energy resource engineering.

In this program, students apply principles and techniques of the earth sciences to solve engineering challenges such as preventing soil and water contamination, managing natural hazards, extracting mineral and energy resources, and building infrastructure with, or within, earth materials. You will study physics, chemistry, applied mathematics and natural processes such as earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics and mountain formation. You will also acquire field, laboratory, and computer simulation skills and training in state-of -the-art geological investigation and engineering analysis tools.

Areas of Specialization

  • Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Applied Geophysics
  • Mineral and Energy Exploration


  • Applied Geophysics
  • Astronaut
  • Banking/Investment
  • Geo-Hazard Engineering
  • Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Mineral and Energy Exploration Engineering
  • Tailings Containment Engineering
  • University Professor
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Learn more about the Geological Engineering program by exploring the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering website.