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The University of Regina Department of Geology offers two undergraduate programs: the B.Sc. in Geology and B.Sc. in Environmental Geoscience. Both programs are eligible for APEGS (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan) membership that is transferable to every other jurisdiction in Canada.

We also have M.Sc. and Ph.D. graduate research programs. Our faculty research areas cover "hard rock" and "soft rock" studies, mineral and oil-gas resources, and environmental geoscience.

We have an established reputation for training highly "rock-conscious" students, and we are extremely proud of our students' employment record.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our website today, and please reach out if you have questions or suggestions for our site!



22 April 2022: An update on the Earth Ring Ceremony for our new graduates - the Earth Ring ceremony is happening on Thurday April 28, 1:30pm in the Multipurpose room, Riddel Center, University of Regina. Please review the instructions document well in advance of attending the ceremony - note that masks will be required and if you are ill you should not attend the event. If you plan on attending can you please let Joanne know by the end of the day Monday April 25 because we need a numbers count for catering. Joanne Downing: CW234.1; 306-585-4737; Joanne.Downing at uregina dot ca

22 April 2022: Happy Earth Day!! We are pleased to offer a section of Environmental Geology (GEOL 102) in the Spring/Summer semester. This will be offered face-to-face (in person) with a face-to-face lab! The Spring/Summer semester runs from 2 May to June 15, and the classes will be every M/W/T/R from 8-9:15 am. There are two lab sections to choose from; Tuesday or Thursday from 2-4:45 pm.


23 March 2022: Attention URegina Geology and Environmental Geoscience students! Dr Bethune is preparing for the GEOL 496 field school that will take place at the end of the summer (tentative dates: August 25 - September 3, 2022). Please contact her (cc Van) by April 11 to express your interest in attending (further information). Note that you must have completed GEOL 313, 315, 353, and 396 prior to attending the field school. There will be a $800 trip fee on top of tuition. There are limited spaces, and priority will to go students graduating in Fall 2022 or Winter 2023.

13 March, 2022: The Earth Ring Ceremony will be held on 28 April 2022, at 1:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room in the Riddle Centre. This event is for 2022 graduates and URegina Geology graduates who have not previously participated in this ceremony to welcome new graduates into the profession. You are welcome to bring guests to the ceremony (note that masks will be required, since this event falls in the time period when masks are required for events held at the university). Each sterling silver ring costs $131.25 including GST (engraving is extra, and other option are available). The deadline to order rings is 15 March 2022, for further information contact Joanne Downing: CW234.1; 306-585-4737; Joanne.Downing at uregina dot ca

November 12, 2021: Professor Emeritus Laurence Vigrass passed away on October 19th, 2021 at the age of 92. Dr. Vigrass served the University of Regina Department of Geology from 1968 until his retirement in 1991. Dr. Vigrass taught Geology of Fluids and initiated a research program in organic petrography during his tenure in the Department. He was Director of Energy Research at the University of Regina; under his direction an experimental well was drilled on campus for geothermal research. Prior to his retirement, Professor Vigrass established the "L. W. Vigrass Prize" valued at $500/year for a student majoring in Geology.  A Celebration of Life was held for Prof. Vigrass on Friday, November 12th at 11 a.m. at the Library, 41 Elm St., Katepwa Beach SK. Here is a link to Prof. Vigrass’ obituary:

October 7, 2021: It is well known that human activities have significant impact on present day environment, but relatively little is known about when and how such impact took place in the early human history. A study led by Dr. Maria Velez of the Department of Geology, University of Regina, demonstrates that diatoms in lake sediments can provide important clues in answering such questions. In a recent publication in The Anthropocene  (, Velez et al. (2021) reported on diatom stratigraphies in sediment cores collected from eight mountain lakes in Guatemala, Panama and Colombia. They found that pre-Columbian indigenous peoples had significant impacts on terrestrial ecosystems in the American tropics ... Read more