NAIT’s Geoscience Technology program provides students with a diverse education and hands on training in the field of earth sciences. From resource exploration to environmental remediation, graduates use their knowledge of geology, hydrogeology, geophysics, geochemistry and other geosciences to inform major decisions across broad spectrum of industries.

As a graduate of the Geoscience Technology program, you will be trained to make professional contributions to the environmental, energy and mining sectors.

Sep 01, 2023

Quick Facts

Credential: Diploma

Diplomas are credit programs that take 2 to 3 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday in the daytime.

Length: 2 Years

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 2 Years to complete.

Open Studies: Not Available

This program does not currently have any courses available for Open Studies.

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

Grad Employment Rate

Employment rates are reported by NAIT alumni, are for information purposes, and do not guarantee future employment opportunities. Please note that data for newer programs may not be included within this report.

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Median Starting Salary: $48,570

Salaries are reported by NAIT alumni, are for information purposes, and are not a guarantee of future income.

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Work Integrated Learning: Co-op, Field Placement

This program has Work Integrated Learning (WIL). WIL is a form of experiential learning that integrates academic studies with relevant work-based learning. Experiences are directly tied to curriculum and part of an approved program of study.

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Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

In addition to lectures and labs, the program has a two one-week Field Schools. One is located in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies mapping geological outcrops and the other is on campus using a suite of groundwater monitoring wells, where students are trained in groundwater monitoring and sample collection. These activities allow students to better understand the how and why of classroom theory, as well as collect field data for classroom analysis.

Industry knowledge

Our instructors have years of industry experience and are committed to student success.

You’ll participate in a wide range of activities, including:

  • researching, interpreting and mapping geology of a given area 
  • identifying common rocks, minerals, glacial deposits 
  • using software applications used in the field
  • performing basic topographic, geophysical, geochemical, and geological surveys
  • conducting environmental site assessments
  • creating conceptual site models for remediating contaminated sites
  • evaluating natural resources for production and extraction

On average you can expect to spend:

  • 28 hours per week attending classes and labs over the course of a semester
  • 10 to 20 hours per week studying and completing class assignments

Co-op option

Students may be eligible to participate in a 4 or 8 or 12 month co-op placement once they complete courses ENGL1335, GEOL1110, GEOL1120, GEOL1245, and GEOL1270, receive 24 credits, and before they complete the remaining level 1 and level 2 courses. Successful co-op students work in a program-related industry position and gain advanced job-readiness skills. Acceptance into our co-op program is based on successful completion of the required prerequisite coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.7.

For international students to participate, a Co-op Work Permit is required. Applying and receiving this permit can take time so please apply as soon as possible. To learn more, visit nait.ca/immigration.

Length: 1 or 2 or 3 semesters
Salary: Determined by participating employers
Dates: May to August (4 mth), May to December (8 mth), May to April (12 mth) 

Credential: Diploma/Diploma with Co-op Designation 

Diplomas and Certificates are credit programs that take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials. 

Students have the opportunity of a 4, 8 or 12 month Co-operative Education  term within the Geoscience Program and will graduate with the Co-operative Education designation. 

Open Studies: Optional Co-op Education  

The Geoscience Co-op  Program allows students to apply their classroom knowledge to real workplaces by alternating periods of study with full-time, paid work experiences. Students will gain valuable work experience, and get a head start on a rewarding career!

Enter the workforce with confidence

Upon graduation, you may find employment across a range of resource-related industries on the local, national and international scene. Many of our graduates find work within the petroleum, mineral and environmental sectors, and with engineering consulting firms, government agencies and environmental consulting companies. You may also find opportunities in groundwater control associated with mining and construction activities.

Senior technologists may move into positions that involve supervising other technologists and geologists.

Initial job placements for graduates of the exploration specialization stream are often:

  • technologists working in mineral exploration
  • technologists working with regulatory agencies
  • technologists working with oil companies and oilfield service companies
  • technologists working with environmental consulting firms
  • technologists working with regulatory agencies
  • technologists working with resources companies (mineral, petroleum, coal, etc.)
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Become a trusted professional

Graduates of this program earn a diploma in Geological Technology. 

While enrolled in the program, you'll be eligible for student membership in the following professional associations:

After graduation and required work experience, you may also be eligible for professional accreditation. 

Continue your studies...

...at NAIT

You may also continue your studies after graduation by pursuing a Bachelor of Technology (BTech). Diploma grads can earn a BTech degree with just two more years of study. Full-time and part-time study options are available. 

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...at university

  • Advanced credit may be awarded on a course-by-course basis at the University of Alberta, University of Calgary and other post-secondary institutions
  • BSc in Environmental Science, Royal Roads University - A formal transfer credit agreement exists with Royal Roads University that allows students entry into Year 3 of the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree program (some upgrading is required)

Please note: Post-secondary articulation agreements within Alberta are approved by the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT). To view the details of specific agreements, please visit transferalberta.ca or contact articulations@nait.ca.

For questions regarding transfer agreements or to obtain a course description/outline that is no longer available on our website, please contact articulations@nait.ca.

Bachelor of Technology

Completion of this diploma qualifies as the first 2 years of NAIT's unique 4-year Bachelor of Technology degree.

Become a certified engineering technologist

Students of this program are eligible for student membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).

Career Outcomes

Courses and Advanced Credit

Current and recently admitted students can find information and updates about their program on their My Program page in the MyNAIT Portal. To monitor your course progress and the courses still needed to graduate, visit your Academic Progress Report.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section, your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 7 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Please see below for the list of courses available for prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) credits in this program. Click on the course name for more information on the evidence required for that course. 

Refer to the Credit for Work and Life Experience page for more information on how to apply for PLAR credits.

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.

Courses

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Tuition & Fees

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

Admission Requirements

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