Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2009/2010)
20.12 Earth Sciences
  • Professor and Head of the Department
  • J.H. Hanchar

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.

20.12.1 Master of Science
  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. Each candidate will be assigned a multi-member supervisory committee. This committee shall consist of the Supervisor and at least one other member. Within two weeks of the first registration in the M.Sc. Degree program, a candidate will meet with his/her supervisory committee. Within six months, the student and the supervisory committee will agree on a written thesis proposal outlining the objectives, methods, timetable and funding for the project, and provide the proposal (signed by the student and supervisory committee) to the Head for inclusion in the student's file.

  3. A candidate for the M.Sc. Degree must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours in program courses. The courses must be selected from the overview and general courses below or with the approval of the supervisory committee and Head of the Department, other graduate level courses including those offered by other departments. 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. A candidate is required to give an oral presentation to the Department on the results of his/her research. This presentation must be given during the second year of the program.

  6. The M.Sc. Degree program will conclude with a thesis examination as prescribed in the Regulations Governing the Degree of Master of Science.

  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.


A selection of courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates as far as the resources of the Department will allow.

  • Overview Courses
  • 7110 Physics of the Solid Earth
  • 7120 Crustal Geophysics
  • 7300 Changes in Global Paleoenvironment
  • 7400 Tectonic Regimes
  • 7410 Engineering and Environmental Geology
  • 7500 Chemical Fluxes in the Earth
  • 7810 Paleoecology (same as the former 6810. Credit may be obtained for only one of 7810 or 6810)
  • General Courses
  • 6070 Quantitative Techniques in Mineralogy and Metamorphic Petrology
  • 6141 Rotation of the Earth
  • 6142 Theory of Global Geodynamics
  • 6152 Paleomagnetism
  • 6171 Advanced Exploration Seismology
  • 6172 Borehole Seismic
  • 6175 Gravity and Magnetic Methods
  • 6177 Mathematical Formulations of Seismic Wave Phenomena
  • 6210 Genesis of Mineral Deposits
  • 6320 Marine Geology
  • 6400 Flow and Transport in Fractured Rock
  • 6410 Advanced Engineering and Environmental Geology
  • 6420 Deformation Mechanisms
  • 6500 Stable Isotope Geochemistry
  • 6510 Trace Element Geochemistry
  • 6520 Methods in Advanced Research in Geochemistry
  • 6540 Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry
  • 6550 Biogeochemistry
  • 6600 Petroleum Geology
  • 6740 Modern and Ancient Sedimentary Environments
  • 6750 Sequence Strategraphy
  • 6820 Palynology and Paleobotany
  • 6900-6999 Special Topics in Earth Sciences