Announcing UTP Stage II: Environment, Earth, and Resources

We are excited to introduce a new program at ICM – UTP Stage II: Environment, Earth, and Resources!

When we think of studying environment, earth, and resources we may think of earthquakes, mining, and global warming. While these are studied in the faculty, the list of possible majors is as diverse as the faculty itself. In order to get a better understanding of this pathway, we were lucky enough to meet with U of M graduate Hakeem Adediran.

As a trial I first took The Dynamic Earth course, which gives a brief overview of everything you get to experience in the program and that made me fall in love with the program even more” -Hakeem

Hakeem’s path at the University of Manitoba began with the Faculty of Architecture. His interest in programs that allowed him to think outside the box, and a conversation with a fellow classmate, lead him to take one course through Clayton H.Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources. Hakeem remembers falling in love with The Dynamic Earth. He especially enjoyed map reading (which will play a role in his future studies) as well as learning about rocks and rock formations. It’s no surprise that he switched from Architecture to a major in Geological Sciences.


Yes, they can teach you what the rock looks like but because there are some structures like fractures and cleavages that if you don’t see it in person, you can’t say you know it” -Hakeem

Hakeem recalls the “hands-on” study approach through various labs as an integral part of his program. Another great option through the faculty are the field courses. Hakeem spent two summers applying all that he learned in the classroom to real life research. With all this experience, he found himself working in a lab on analysis in his final year as part of his final project. During the months spent in the lab, Hakeem combined biology, geology, hydrogeology, oceanography, and paleontology into his work.

Upon completion of his degree, Hakeem’s earlier love of map reading encouraged him to pursue a geographic information systems diploma in order to compliment his degree in areas such as creating maps. He’s optimistic about his endless work options and is looking forward to a career in the oil and gas industry.

“Going into the program, I was nervous because it was very new to me. I didn’t know what to expect or how it would apply to anything. After I finished, I feel like I’ve gained a lot of knowledge about how the processes of the world work. I can’t go to the beach without thinking about what happened. I can’t see limestone on a building without coming up with the processes of how the limestone came to be. It gives you a very fascinating, very different perspective of the world. Like an artistic view.”-Hakeem


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