Professor and Head of the Department
J. Wright

The degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy are offered in Earth Sciences (Geology) and Earth Sciences (Geophysics) by full-time and part-time study.


1. Admission into a Master's degree program in Earth Sciences (Geology) and Earth Sciences (Geophysics) is restricted to candidates holding at least a B.Sc. degree with second class Honours. When circumstances warrant, this requirement may be waived by the School of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Head of the Department.

2. Prior to the date of the first registration in the M.Sc. degree program, a candidate will meet with his/her Supervisor. The purpose of this meeting is to draw up the candidate's course program and to discuss the proposed thesis topic.

3. A candidate for the M.Sc. degree must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours in program courses, selected from the overview and general courses, below. Depending on background and/or area of specialization, a candidate also may be required to complete additional courses in earth sciences or related subjects.

4. All course requirements should be completed within one year from the date of first registration in the M.Sc. degree program.

5. In an attempt to ensure that Master of Science thesis projects can be completed in a timely manner, each candidate for the M.Sc. degree must prepare a thesis proposal, normally no longer than 5 pages, to be submitted to the Head no later than 6 months after entering the program. This proposal will be evaluated according to departmental guidelines.

6. The M.Sc. degree program will conclude with a thesis examination as prescribed in the General Regulations governing the M.Sc. degree.

7. The Supervisor and the Head of the Department may recommend to the Dean of Graduate Studies that a candidate who is not making satisfactory progress be required to withdraw from the program.


In accordance with Senate’s Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department.

The following "overview courses" will be offered annually to meet the requirements of candidates, as far as the resources of the Department will allow; the following "general courses" will be offered, not on a regular basis, but whenever there is sufficient demand to justify the commitment of teaching resources:

Overview Courses
7120. Crustal Geophysics (W)**
7300. Changes in Global Paleoenvironment (W)
7400 Tectonic Regimes (F)*

General Courses
6070. Quantitative Techniques in Mineralogy and Metamorphic Petrology (W)
6171. Advanced Exploration Seismology (W)
6172. Borehole Seismic
6175. Gravity and Magnetic Methods
6177. Mathematical Formulations of Seismic Wave Phenomena (F)
6210. Genesis of Mineral Deposits (F)
6410. Advanced Engineering and Environmental Geology (W)
6420. Deformation Mechanisms
6500. Stable Isotope Geochemistry (F)
6510. Trace Element Geochemistry (F)
6520. Methods in Advanced Research in Geochemistry (F)
6600. Petroleum Geology (W)
6740. Modern and Ancient Sedimentary Environments (F)
6820. Palynology and Paleobotany
6900-6999. Special Topics in Earth Sciences

* F=Fall Semester
** W=Winter Semester
*** Credit may not be obtained for both 7810 and the former course 6810.

Last modified on June 4, 2003 by R. Bruce

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