Geoscience encompasses all aspects of the solid Earth and its interactions with the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere. Geologists are interested in processes on and within the earth, interpreting the history of the Earth and the distribution of mineral and energy resources. Geophysicists study the physics of processes within the Earth and the development and use of physical methods to solve geoscientific problems. Hydrogeologists focus on the flow of fluids and chemical compounds, such as contaminants, beneath the ground surface, and their interactions with surrounding rock and soil.
The expertise of geologists, geophysicists and other earth scientists is required by government and private agencies concerned with agriculture and forestry, water supply and hydro-electric power, civil engineering, waste disposal and contaminated site remediation, and conservation of natural resources.
The University of Calgary’s geoscience students are enjoying a modernized study and meeting space thanks to the generous support from The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).
"Our department is one of the strongest and most extensive of its kind in North America, delivering high quality programs and unique field experiences to the next generation of geoscientists,” explains Charles Henderson, head of the Department of Geoscience. “Thanks to APEGA’s contribution, we are able to supplement our strong academic offerings with a highly functional and appealing space where students can study and collaborate more effectively.”
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"To be an internationally recognized top-tier research department in Energy Geoscience, with complementary strengths in solid Earth processes, subsurface imaging, environmental and arctic studies, while providing comprehensive student-centred programs recognized for excellence world-wide. "