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The Department of Geology offers undergraduate programs of B.Sc. in Geology and B.Sc. in Environmental Geoscience, both of which are elligible for APEGS (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan) membership that is transferable to every other jurisdiction in Canada. We also have graduate programs including M.Sc. and Ph.D., with research areas covering both "hard rock" and "soft rock" studies, mineral and oil-gas resources, and environmental studies. We have an established reputation for training highly "rock-conscious" students, and we are extremely pround of our students employment record.    


June 30, 2019: University of Regina researcher undertaking research on mechanism of breakup of continents.

Continental tearing or rifting is one of the most important plate tectonic processes on earth, yet the cause and mechanism of rifting are poorly understood. A research project entitled “Rifting, volcanism, and neotectonic processes in Madagascar: understanding the mechanism of breakup of old, stable continental lithosphere”, recently granted by NSERC to Dr. Tsilavo Raharimahefa in the Department of Geology, University of Regina, will investigate how continental rifting starts, propagates and eventually forms oceanic basins.

In addition to enhancing our understanding of how tectonic processes shape the earth's surface, the research results will help volcanic and earthquake hazards mitigation, as continental rift zones are often associated with earthquakes and volcanoes. Madagascar provides an excellent opportunity to investigate such processes, as it is undergoing active extension related to the possible propagation of the southern arm of East African Rift System.

The 5-year NSERC-supported research will focus on the two seismically, tectonically, and volcanically most active regions of Madagascar, and will involve an integrated program of geological mapping, structural field study, remote sensing analysis, age dating, petrology and geochemistry, and analysis of geophysical data. The program will involve collaboration between professional geoscientists in Canada and Madagascar, and allow for the participation and training of Canadian and Malagasy students in field- and laboratory-based research.


 Photo: Dr. Tsilavo Raharimahefa pointing at a fault zone within a Quaternary basaltic formation