Practicing geoscientists, engineers, and biologists are legally-recognized professionals in British Columbia and other Canadian provinces and territories who must be registered.

Professional Engineers

The Geological Engineering Program at UBC is officially accredited by the The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC) such that all BASc graduates are eligible to apply for registration as Professional Engineers (PEng). Professional Engineers begin as Engineers in Training (EIT). Some Geological Engineering students take additional science courses which enable them to qualify for a dual registration as both PEng and PGeo.

Professional Geoscientists

Registration procedures for PGeo are relatively new. Rules and regulations may be subject to further refinement.

No university geoscience programs automatically lead to accreditation. However, the The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC) provides syllabi that detail the minimum course requirements for eligibility to register as a Professional Geoscientist (PGeo).

  • With course choices in alignment with the Environmental Geoscience syllabus, students in the Land, Air and Water area of concentration in the Environmental Science specialization are eligible to apply.
  • Students in the Geological Science specialization, Geophysics specialization, and Geological Engineering program should follow the Geoscience syllabus to be eligible to apply.

Professional Biologists

Registration procedures for RPBio are relatively new. Rules and regulations may be subject to further refinement.

No EOAS degree options automatically lead to accreditation as a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio). However, students who take certain electives within the Ecology and Conservation area of concentration of the Environmental Sciences specialization may apply for membership in the College of Applied Biology as an RPBio. Consult the College of Applied Biology for eligibility requirements.