Geology, or Earth Science, is the study of the planet on which we live. Geologists use clues from the materials of the solid Earth, as well as from the oceans and atmosphere, and from the remains of living things, to understand how the Earth works. They ask how the Earth has evolved since it formed four and a half billion years ago, and how its resources affect human life and society at the present day.
Earth Scientists have major roles to play in society. Traditionally, many geology graduates have been involved in the search for the natural resources on which we depend. As these resources become scarcer, more sophisticated methods of 'detective work' are needed. With increasing awareness of environmental issues, many geologists are being employed in the organizations that investigate the environmental impact of human activities, and help to correct environmental problems created in the past. Governments, both federal and provincial, also employ geologists in geological surveys to help increase the scientific understanding of the Earth and thereby help plan for the future.
Here at Saint Mary's our goal is to inspire and prepare students to continue their education or assume a successful career in earth science. We are very involved in our student's academic progress and we continue to maintain this link after graduation.
Drop in to the Department to find out more about the Geology Program or explore this site.