Geoarchaeology

Our Geoarchaeology program is truly unique, and one of the few offered in North America. Our location in Northwestern Ontario, among diverse landscapes, soils, and natural features, makes Lakehead University a great place to study the hands-on discipline.

The program is a collaboration between the departments of Anthropology, Geography, and Geology, and focuses on applying the concepts and methods in these fields to interpret artifacts left behind by ancient societies.

You will explore very diverse topics, related to humankind and Earth, including:

  • Archaeological Site Formation
  • Physical and Natural Science 
  • Ancient Cultures
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Human Evolution 

If you are inquisitive and enjoy being outdoors and learning about different cultures, Geoarchaeology is the program for you. You will have opportunities to immerse yourself in adventure and discovery with training in the field, access to cutting-edge laboratory facilities, and research collaboration with faculty members. 

Lakehead Advantage

Our Geoarchaeology program is one of the few of its kind in North America. Our unique location is rich with diverse rocks, soils, natural features, and Indigenous communities that add practical learning opportunities and course content specific to Northwestern Ontario. Many of our courses have field and/or lab components that can take place on-campus or in the surrounding area, whereas other universities do not have access to such great resources.

We have a range of laboratories housing world-class equipment, integral to research across Canada:

  • Environmental Archaeology & Paleoecology Laboratory
  • LU GIS Laboratory
  • LU Instrumentation Laboratory
  • LU Map Library
  • LU Paleo-DNA Laboratory
  • Physical Anthropology Laboratory

You will have access to the laboratories, as well as hands-on training to analyze your own samples and generate data.

Applying to Lakehead University is easy and we are here to help you along the way.

Step 1 – Determine your general admission requirements:

To determine your general admission requirements, select one of the definitions below:

Ontario High School Students
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD);
  • A minimum of 6 Grade 12U or M courses, or equivalent, including program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum 70%* overall final average**

*Higher averages may be required for admission to programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of available spaces.
**Admission averages are calculated using the top 6 Grade 12 U or M courses.  

Other Canadian High School Students
 General Admission Requirements: 
  • Completion of Grade 12 and the Secondary School Diploma (see the Program Specific Prerequisites section for your particular provinces requirements);
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum 70%* overall final average

*Higher averages may be required for admission to programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of available spaces.

International HS/ College or University
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Successful graduation from an academic secondary school program or equivalent (For most countries, the same academic preparation as is required for university entrance in that country is required for consideration. Refer to Admission Requirements by Country.) 
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • Equivalent of a minimum 70% overall final average (Canadian)

    Note: Meeting the minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

Canadian College
 General Admission Requirements:

College transfer applicants who are applying to a program that does not have a college transfer pathway are eligible for admission consideration if they have:

  • Completed a minimum of 1 year of full-time academic studies at an accredited community college since leaving high school;
  • Completed the appropriate program-specific prerequisite courses; and
  • Achieved a minimum overall average of 70%. 
Canadian University
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Attended a university and successful completion of university level course work since leaving high school/college;
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum overall average of C or 60%.
Canadian Bible College
 General Admission Requirements:
  • A minimum overall average of C / 60% or equivalent;
  • College must be accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE);
  • Successfully meets the minimum program specific preparatory course prerequisites at the Grade 12U or M level or equivalent;
  • If not eligible right out of high school, a minimum of two years of full time studies must be completed at the Bible College.

Step 2 – Determine your program-specific prerequisite requirements for your program(s) of choice:

To determine your program-specific prerequisite requirements, choose from the drop-down menus below:

Program Specific Requirements

Please Select Your Applicant Type

  • Geoarchaelogy
    Degree:
    Science
    Alberta/NWT/Nunavut:
    English Language Arts 30-1, 2 courses from: Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Math 31, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, or Physics 30; and 2 Additional Academic 30 Level Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for Ontario High School Students:
    Grade 12 U English, 2 Credits from: Grade 12 U Advanced Functions, Grade 12 U Biology, Grade 12 U Calculus & Vectors, Grade 12 U Chemistry, Grade 12 U Earth & Space Science, Grade 12 U Math of Data Management, or Grade 12 U Physics; and 3 Additional Grade 12 U or M Credits
    Program Specific Requirements for Alberta/NWT/Nunavut High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30-1, 2 courses from: Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Math 31, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, or Physics 30; and 2 Additional Academic 30 Level Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for British Columbia/Yukon High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 First Peoples, 2 Courses from: Calculus 12, Foundations of Mathematics 12, Pre-Calculus 12, Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geography 12, Geology 12, Physics 12, or Sustainable Resources 12; and 1 Additional Academic Grade 12 Course
    Program Specific Requirements for International Students:
    English, and 2 Courses from: Math and/or Science (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)
    Program Specific Requirements for Manitoba High School Students:
    English 40S, 2 Courses from: Biology 40S, Chemistry 40S, Applied Mathematics 40S, Calculus 40, Pre-Calculus Mathematics 40S, or Physics 40S; and 2 Additional Academic 40S Level Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for Mature/Transfer Students:
    English (Grade 12 U English or equivalent) Two Courses from: Math (Grade 12 U Advanced Functions, Grade 12 U Calculus & Vectors, Grade 12 U Math of Data Management, or equivalent), Biology (Grade 12 U Biology or equivalent), Chemistry (Grade 12 U Chemistry or equivalent), Earth and Space Science (Grade 12 U Earth & Space Science or equivalent), or Physics (Grade 12 U Physics or equivalent)
    Program Specific Requirements for New Brunswick High School Students:
    English 120, 121, or 122; 2 Courses from: Advanced Math with an Intro to Calculus 120, Biology 122, Calculus 120, Chemistry 122, Physics 122, Pre-Calculus A 120 or Pre-Calculus B 120, or Trigonometry and 3-Space 121/122; and 2 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credits Numbered 120, 121, or 122
    Program Specific Requirements for Newfoundland/Labrador High School Students:
    English 3201, 2 Courses from: Advanced Math 3200, Biology 3201, Calculus 3208, Chemistry 3202, Math 3201, Math 3204, Math 3205, Math 3207, or Physics 3204; and 7 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credits at the 3000 Level
    Program Specific Requirements for Nova Scotia High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 African Heritage, 2 Courses from: Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Physics 12, Mathematics 12, or Pre-Calculus 12; and 2 Additional Grade 12 Academic or Advanced courses
    Program Specific Requirements for PEI High School Students:
    English 621, 2 Courses from: Biology 621, Chemistry 621, Math 611B, Math 621A, Math 621B, Oceanography 621, or Physics 621; and 2 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credits Numbered 611 or 621
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (CEGEP) Students:
    2 Semester Courses in English (603 series); 4 Semester Courses from: Calculus I and Calculus II, Linear Algebra I and Linear Algebra II, Biology (101 series), Chemistry (202 series), or Physics (203 series); and 6 Additional Academic Semester Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (Private) Students:
    Grade 12 U English, 2 Credits from: Grade 12 U Advanced Functions, Grade 12 U Biology, Grade 12 U Calculus & Vectors, Grade 12 U Chemistry, Grade 12 U Earth & Space Science, Grade 12 U Math of Data Management, or Grade 12 U Physics; and 3 Additional Grade 12 U or M Credits
    Program Specific Requirements for Saskatchewan High School Students:
    English A30 and B30, 2 Courses from: Biology 30, Calculus 30, Chemistry 30, Foundations of Mathematics 30, Pre-Calculus 30, or Physics 30; and 2 Additional Academic 30 Level Courses


Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the program, you will share courses with students in a variety of faculties and departments. As a first year Geoarchaeology student you are required to complete the following courses:

  • Anthropology 1032 – Introduction to Biological Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Anthropology 1034 – World Cultures
  • Geography 1120 – Environmental Issues: A Geographical Approach
  • Geology 1111 – Planet Earth with Laboratory
  • Geology 1131 – Crust of the Earth with Laboratory

The balance of your courses will be in English and Biology, Chemistry, Physics and/or Mathematics depending on your area(s) of interest.

Our field schools are a great way to earn credit toward your Geoarchaeology degree and further your practical knowledge in the discipline. You will have the opportunity to travel to locations in Northwestern Ontario or Europe to learn applied archaeological skills over a six-week period, such as:

  • Laboratory analysis
  • Material culture identification
  • Archaeological excavation techniques
  • Mapping
  • Field data recording

We encourage you to become a member of the Thunder Bay Chapter of the Ontario Archaeological Society. The organization regularly hosts social events, workshops, speakers’ series, and many other initiatives to share knowledge among the university community and the discipline as a whole.



Science
Thunder Bay
YearTuitionAncillary FeesTotal1st Installment2nd Installment1.0 FCE Tuition1.0 FCE Total0.5 FCE Tuition0.5 FCE Total
1
$6,649.45
$1,003.24
$7,652.69
$4,327.97
$3,324.72
$1,329.89
$1,434.84
$664.95
$717.42
2
$6,617.62
$983.24
$7,600.86
$4,292.05
$3,308.81
$1,323.52
$1,428.47
$661.76
$714.24
3
$6,572.55
$983.24
$7,555.79
$4,269.52
$3,286.27
$1,314.51
$1,419.46
$657.26
$709.73
4
$5,998.10
$983.24
$6,981.34
$3,982.29
$2,999.05
$1,199.62
$1,304.57
$599.81
$652.29
YearTuitionAncillary FeesTotal1st Installment2nd Installment1.0 FCE Tuition1.0 FCE Total0.5 FCE Tuition0.5 FCE Total
1
$22,601.25
$1,003.24
$23,604.49
$12,303.87
$11,300.62
$4,520.25
$4,625.20
$2,260.13
$2,312.60
2-4
$22,601.25
$983.24
$23,584.49
$12,283.87
$11,300.62
$4,520.25
$4,625.20
$2,260.13
$2,312.60
In addition to the above, International Students must pay the mandatory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) which is payable in full with your first installment. Please click here for more information about UHIP

2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Full-Time Undergraduate Students (Thunder Bay)CodeAmount
Lakehead University Services Fees  
Athletic Building FundSABFF70.00
Student Athletic SocietySATHF115.18
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMF25.00
Health Services Support FeeSHEAF60.57
Capital Improvements C.J. Sanders BuildingSCISF30.00
LU Services Subtotal 300.75
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Fee  
LUSU Fee  128.00
Referenda  17.00
Nanabijou  5.00
CFS (Canadian Federation of Students) Fees  16.74
LUSU Fee Subtotal SLUSF166.74
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Services Fees  
 LUSU Capital Fund SBLDF 47.25
 LU Radio SRADF 10.00
 LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance* SMEDF 325.00
 LUSU Bus Pass Fee** SLBUS133.50
 LUSU Services Subtotal 515.75
Total 983.24

* The LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance cost is $325.00. The policy is effective September 1, 2018 for the 12 months ending August 31, 2019. All full-time undergraduate students* who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.
- Should a student have comparable coverage and choose to opt-out they may do so by going to the LUSU Website at www.lusu.ca and clicking on opt-out to proceed. No exceptions or extensions.
- For additional information regarding LUSU services including Medical and Dental please go to www.lusu.ca or contact LUSU directly by phone (807) 343-8259

** The LUSU Bus Pass (U-Pass) Fee - All full-time undergraduate students* who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.
   * Co-op students and Graduate students are not covered but may purchase the Plan.


2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for 1st Year Full-Time Students (Thunder Bay)
 Code Amount
 1st Year Students Orientation Fee SORIE 20.00
 LUSU and LU Services Total  983.24
 Total  1003.24
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students (Thunder Bay)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)
Amount (0.5FCE)
Athletic Building FundSABFF14.007.00
Student Athletic SocietySATHF23.0411.52
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMF5.002.50
Health Services Support FeeSHEAF12.116.06
Capital Improvements C.J. Sanders BuildingSCISF6.003.00
LUSU Capital FundSBLDF9.454.73
LU RadioSRADF2.001.00
LUSU Fee (includes CFS & Referenda listed below)SLUSF33.3516.67
CFS (Canadian Federation of Students) Fee 3.351.67
Referenda 4.402.20
 Total 104.9552.47
    
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students in Distance Education Courses Only (Thunder Bay)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)Amount (0.5FCE)
LUSU Fee, CFS Fee & ReferendaSLUSF33.3516.67
Total 33.2916.65
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Full-Time Undergraduate Students (Orillia) Code Amount
Lakehead University Services Fees  
Student Athletic SocietySATHO92.16
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMO25.00
Health Services Support FeeSHEAO60.57
LU Services Subtotal 177.73
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Fee  
LUSU Fee 128.00
Canadian Federation of Students Fee  16.74
Referenda 7.00
LUSU Fee SubtotalSLUSO151.74
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Services Fees  
LUSU Capital FundSBLDO47.25
LUSU U-Pass FeeSLBUO115.50
LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance**SMEDF325.00
LUSU Services Subtotal 487.75
Total 817.22

* The LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance cost is $325.00. The policy is effective September 1, 2018 for the 12 months ending August 31, 2019. All full-time undergraduate students* who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.

- Should a student have comparable coverage and choose to opt-out they may do so by going to the LUSU Website at www.lusu.ca and clicking on opt-out to proceed. No exceptions or extensions.

- For additional information regarding LUSU services including Medical and Dental please go to www.lusu.ca or contact LUSU directly by phone (807) 343-8259

** The LUSU Bus Pass (U-Pass) Fee - All full-time undergraduate students* who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.

   * Co-op students and Graduate students are not covered but may purchase the Plan.


 

2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for 1st Year Full-Time Students (Orillia) Code Amount
1st Year Students Orientation FeeSORIO20.00
LUSU and LU Services Total 817.22
Total 837.22
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students (Orillia)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)Amount (0.5FCE)
Student Athletic SocietySATHO18.439.22
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMO5.002.50
Health Services Support FeeSHEAO12.116.06
LUSU Capital FundSBLDO9.454.73
LUSU Fee (includes CFS & Referenda listed below)SLUSO30.3515.17
CFS (Canadian Federation of Students) Fee 3.351.67
Referenda 1.400.70
Total 75.3437.67
    
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students in Distance Education Courses Only (Orillia)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)Amount (0.5FCE)
LUSU Fee, CFS Fee & ReferendaSLUSO30.3515.17
Total 30.3515.17