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Geological Studies

Available at: Online part-time


In this program, students complete a number of online courses all relating to the science of Geology. There is a suggested order of courses. Students begin with an overview to the study of the Earth, examining the Earth’s origins, properties, dimensions and location, volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, rocks and minerals fossils and history. Subsequent topics of study include an examination of natural disasters, minerals, rocks, fossils, and the relationships between environmental concerns and Geology. Students will also have the opportunity to explore Oceanography, Meteorology and Astronomy. Because Geology is such a visual science, every attempt shall be made to provide the student with good visuals so that, when out in the field, they will recognize certain land features and be able to identify certain rocks, minerals and fossils. 

To successfully complete the program, participants must complete six (6) compulsory courses and one (1) elective course.


  • For your convenience, some courses are offered both in-class and online. Some online courses can be started at different times throughout the semester, just choose the course date that fits your schedule.
  • The demand for part-time courses has increased to the point that we recommend you register early to ensure your acceptance into the course.
  • Online courses are easily identified by CS at the beginning of the course code (i.e. CSSE 65 Accounting Basics 1)
  • Textbooks and additional materials may be required for these courses. YOU are responsible for purchasing your textbooks and any additional materials for all courses. Please make a note of your course code (CS##) and see the bottom of this page for book order procedure.

Visit the Online and Continuing Education catalogue for course details and to register.


Career Opportunities

Graduates new to the industry may find employment as assistants in mining reclamation, rock and mineral museums, flood water analysis, paleontology, or field geology. Other types of employment may include entry level positions as a writer/editor of news stories relating to the Earth Sciences; editor/advisor/consultant to publications dealing with science articles; or public relations communicator for firms involved in geology and mining.

Program Name

Geological Studies

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Program Duration

Part-time; Students have a maximum of five years to complete the program.

Location (Campus)

Online part-time

Canadian Fees

See registration link above.

International Fees

See registration link above.

Additional Costs


Scholarships and Bursaries


Program Outline 2020-21

Required Courses
CSSL 10 Introduction to Geology: An Overview of Planet Earth
CSSL 13 Minerals
CSSL 14 Introduction to Petrology
CSSL 46 Environmental Geology
CSSL 27 Geological Disasters
CSSL 15 Introduction to Paleontology

Electives (Choose 1)
CSSL 19 Oceanography
CSSL 48 Meteorology
CSSL 47 The World of Astronomy

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants to the program must hold an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (O.S.S.D.) or equivalent or must qualify for mature student status (19 years of age or older).



    Health Requirements



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    Program Contact

    Sara Barrie, Program Officer (OntarioLearn)

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    Additional Information

    Book order procedure

    Textbooks are also available at the Campus Bookstores for in-class courses.

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