Geological Technology

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Enjoy the beauty of Yukon and gain a career in the mining industry.

Yukon College’s Geological Technology program provides a strong grasp of geology, geophysics and mineral exploration techniques that lead students to dynamic, well-paid geoscience careers.

The Geological Technology Program is nationally accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC). Graduates are recognized by the Association of Technicians and Technologists of British Columbia (ASTTBC), and may seek certification as professional Applied Science Technologists (AScT) after two years of relevant work experience.

Program Description

Geological technology programs in Canada have produced a class of highly-skilled workers whose knowledge base reflects an integral balance between classroom learning and practical skills.

The strong background in the physical sciences will enable students to succeed in an increasingly technical discipline, while the comprehensive introduction to field and laboratory techniques equips students with the practical skills needed to work efficiently in remote and industrial settings.

Program Pathways and Duration

The full Geological Technology diploma program consists of 29 courses delivered over regular academic semesters, plus 3 block field courses taught outside of the normal semester schedule. There are both two-year and three-year pathways through the diploma program to help match students’ timelines, schedules, and academic preparation.

  • Standard Pathway (2-year completion; 4 semesters)
  • Extended Pathway (3-year completion; 6 semesters)
  • Extended Pathway with GeoTech Bridging Program (3-year completion, 6 semesters)

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To earn a diploma in Geological Technology, a student must complete 76.5 credits of programming. However, a student may elect to exit the program after completion of 39 credits with a certificate credential. The curriculum is thus divided into certificate and diploma components.

The objectives of the Geological Technology certificate program are to provide students with:

  • Training in fundamental geological disciplines with particular focus on fields most closely linked to the mining and mineral exploration industries. 
  • An introduction to the mining industry and the specific skills required to work in the mineral exploration and mining sectors. 
  • Standard health and safety training.
  • Effective group management skills with a focus on strong oral and written communication. 
  • An understanding of the unique First Nations governance structure that exists in Yukon and its impact on the mineral resource industry. 

The objectives of the Geological Technology diploma program are to build on the foundation delivered in the certificate year and provide students with:

  • A background in the different types of mineral extraction (surface mining and underground mining), and an understanding of the advantages and challenges presented by each. 
  • An understanding of the different mineral deposit types and their characteristic geophysical, geochemical, and alteration signatures. 
  • The ability to work with datasets originating from exploration programs, mill testing, environmental monitoring, etc., and an understanding of how to use that data to inform future decision making. 
  • A comprehensive overview of the economic, regulatory and legal frameworks surrounding exploration and mining in Yukon and Canada. 
  • An introduction to the environmental impacts of the mining process, and practical skills in applying monitoring and remediation techniques during exploration, mining, and following mine closure. 
Admission Requirements

Standard Pathway

  • English 12, Math 11 (Principles or Pre-Calculus; minimum 65%), and Chemistry 11; OR
  • Mature Student Status with acceptable scores on College Assessments for English and Math prerequisites, as well as Chemistry 11 (or equivalent);  OR
  • Yukon College prerequisite courses ENGL 060, MATH 050 (minimum B-), and CHEM 050, with computer studies and physics recommended. 

Extended Pathway

  • English 12, Math 11 (Principles or Pre-Calculus; minimum 65%), and Chemistry 11; OR
  • Mature Student Status with acceptable scores on College Assessments for English and Math prerequisites, as well as Chemistry 11 (or equivalent);  OR
  • Yukon College prerequisite courses ENGL 060, MATH 050 (minimum B-), and CHEM 050, with computer studies and physics recommended. 

Extended Pathway with GeoTech Bridging Program

  • English 11, Math 10 (Principles or Pre-Calculus; minimum 65%), and Science 10; OR
  • Mature Student Status with acceptable scores on College Assessments for English and Math prerequisites, as well as Science 10 (or equivalent);  OR

Yukon College prerequisite courses ENGL 050, MATH 030 (minimum B-), and SCI 030, with computer studies and physics recommended.

Students interested in applying to the GeoTech Bridging Program should identify the bridging program as their desired program of study (not Geological Technology) when applying for program admission.

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete all courses within the program. Successful completion of the certificate program is required for admission into the diploma year. An overall GPA of 2.00 is required to receive the Geological Technology certificate or diploma.

Career Opportunities

The Geological Technology program at Yukon College prepares students for employment in the mineral exploration, mining and environmental geology fields. Graduates may work for employers such as:

  • mineral exploration and mining companies
  • environmental consulting firms
  • consulting geology and engineering firms
  • government and educational institutions
Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon College recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations.

For details, visit Yukon First Nations Core Competency.

Money Matters


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Money Matters for more information.

Additional costs above and beyond college tuition are associated with this program of study - see Ancillary Fees.

Ancillary fees cover activities such as:

  • transportation to and from field school sites
  • accommodation and food during field school
  • health and safety modules administered during field schools and the Exploration and Mining Safety class (GEOL103)
  • basic geology field equipment, including sturdy hiking boots, rock hammers, field notebooks, and hand lenses

Yukon College Student Financial Awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon College is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several Student Financial Awards to help offset your educational and living costs.

Financial Assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See Money Matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867.668.8720 to make an appointment.


Title Campus Scheduled
BUS 174 - Microcomputer Applications 3 - Microsoft Excel Off-Campus
CHEM 110 - The Structure of Matter
CHEM 110L - The Structure of Matter Lab
COMM 193 - Introduction to Scientific & Technical Communication Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
FAC 002 - Firearms Training-Unrestricted
GEOG 250 - Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOG 250L - Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOG 250T - Intro-Geograph Info System Tut
GEOL 101 - Introductory Geology Field School
GEOL 102 - Geomorphology
GEOL 102L - Geomorphology Lab
GEOL 103 - Exploration and Mine Safety
GEOL 104 - Communication and Career Search
GEOL 105 - Physical Geology
GEOL 105L - Physical Geology Lab
GEOL 110 - Mineralogy/Petrology
GEOL 110L - Mineralogy/Petrology Lab
GEOL 111 - Structural Geology
GEOL 111L - Structural Geology Lab
GEOL 112 - Mining Industry Overview
GEOL 113 - Intermediate Geology Field School
MATH 060 - Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SAFE 001 - Industrial Safety
TDG 001 - Transportation of Dangerous Goods Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
WFA 010 - Wilderness and Remote First Aid/CPR-C Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
WHMS 001 - Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Dawson City
GEOL 201 - Ore Deposits
GEOL 201L - Ore Deposits-Lab
GEOL 202 - Mineral Economics, Mining Law and Sustainability
GEOL 202L - Mine Econ, Law Sust Lab
GEOL 203 - Underground and Surface Mining Methods
GEOL 204 - Mining Computing
GEOL 205 - Rock Mechanics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 206 - Sedimentary Stratigraphy
GEOL 206L - Sedimentary Stratigraphy-Lab
GEOL 207 - Capstone Research Project Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 210 - Hydrogeology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 210L - Intro to Hydrogeology Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 211 - Geochemistry Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 211L - Geochemistry - Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 213 - Introduction to Geophysics
GEOL 213L - Intro to Geophysics-Lab
GEOL 214 - Fundamentals of Surveying Field Course Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 215 - Mineral Processing Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 215L - Mineral Processing - Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
MATH 105 - Introductory Statistics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)