Geological Technology

Student looking at rock sample

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.

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 Geological Technology program at Yukon College prepares students for employment in a number of capacities in the mineral exploration, mining and environmental geology fields to include:

  • mining and petroleum companies
  • consulting geology and engineering firms
  • government and educational institutions

The strong background in mathematics and the physical sciences provided by this program will enable students to succeed in an increasingly technical discipline, while the comprehensive introduction to field techniques equips students with the hard skills needed to work efficiently in a remote setting.


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

  • 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 resource exploration and development sectors. 
  • Standard health and safety training.
  • Interpersonal and group management skills, with a focus on effective oral and written communication fluency. 
  • An understanding of the impact of the unique First Nations governance structure that exists in Yukon and the impact of this on undertaking mining, exploration and development in the territory. 

The objectives of the Geological Technology diploma program are to 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 introduction to different mineral deposit types and their characteristic geophysical, geochemical, and alteration signatures. 
  • An introduction to the different datasets originating from exploration programs, mill testing, etc., and an understanding of how to use that data to inform future decisions. 
  • An understanding of the regulatory and legal framework surrounding exploration and mining, both in the Yukon and Canada. 
  • An introduction to the environmental impacts of the mining process, and a background in the common remediation strategies used following mine closure. 


The 961.5-hour first-year certificate program consists of 19 courses delivered, including an Introductory Geology Field School (45 hours) and an Intermediate Geology Field School (90 hours).

The 793-hour second-year diploma program consists of 13 courses delivered, including a spring field course (Fundamentals of Surveying).

Admission Requirements
  • English 12, Math 11 (Principles or Pre-Calculus; minimum 65%) and Chemistry 11; OR
  • Mature student status with acceptable scores on College Assessments and/or GED® for English and Math prerequisites, as well as Chemistry 11 (or equivalent); OR
  • Yukon College prerequisite courses ENGL 090, MATH 050 (minimum B-) and CHEM 050, with COMP 040 recommended.

 If academic upgrading is necessary, interested applicants are encouraged to take advantage of upgrading course offerings at the College to ensure they have the required Geological Technology program prerequisites. Additionally, non-departmental courses (e.g. MATH 060; CHEM 110) may be taken in advance to reduce course loads during the program proper.

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.

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 Delivery Campus Outcome
BUS 174 - Microcomp Applic 3-MS Excel Unscheduled Online, Not Online Off-Campus, Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CHEM 110 - The Structure of Matter Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CHEM 110L - The Structure of Matter Lab Unscheduled Online, Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
COMM 193 - Intro Scientific & Tech Comm Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
FAC 002 - Firearms Training-Unrestricted
GEOG 250 - Intro-Geographical Info System Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 101 - Intro Geology Field School
GEOL 102 - Geomorphology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 103 - Exploration and Mine Safety Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 104 - Comm and Career Search Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 105 - Physical Geology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 110 - Mineralogy/Petrology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 111 - Structural Geology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 112 - Mining Industry Overview Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 113 - Intermediate Geol Field School Not Online Off-Campus
GEOL 201 - Ore Deposits
GEOL 202 - Mineral Econ, Mining Law, Sust
GEOL 203 - Underground & Surface Mining
GEOL 204 - Mining Computing
GEOL 205 - Rock Mechanics
GEOL 206 - Sedimentary Stratigraphy
GEOL 207 - Capstone Research Project
GEOL 211 - Geochemistry
GEOL 213 - Introduction to Geophysics
GEOL 214 - Fund of Surveying Field Course
GEOL 215 - Mineral Processing
MATH 060 - Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry Scheduled Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
MATH 105 - Introductory Statistics Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SAFE 001 - Industrial Safety
TDG 001 - Transportation Dangerous Goods Lecture Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Whitehorse (Correctional Centre)
WFA 010 - Wilderness/Remote FA/CPR C Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
WHMS 001 - Workplace Hazardous Materials Lecture, Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Whitehorse (Correctional Centre)