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Welcome to Geology

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 proud of our students employment record.    


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