13.8 Earth Sciences

In accordance with Senate's Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, the course descriptions for 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.

Earth Sciences courses are designated by EASC.

EASC 1000 Earth Systems

is a survey of the structure, function and interrelations of Earth's lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. Topics include an exploration of the physical and chemical properties of planetary materials, forces driving and sustaining Earth systems, and biological modifiers (including humankind) on the Earth today.

Science 1807 and Science 1808
EASC 1001 Evolution of Earth Systems

- inactive course.

EASC 1002 Concepts and Methods in Earth Sciences

is an introduction to a broad range of concepts concerning the development of the geological record and the Earth; practical methods for collection of field based data; topics in map interpretation and geometric analysis, stratigraphy, paleontology, structure, petrology, and geophysics. The course is presented with an emphasis on the development of practical skills needed to pursue a career in Earth Sciences.

EASC 1000; Science 1807 and Science 1808
EASC 2150 The Solar System

describes the basic astronomy of the Solar System, tracing the search to understand motion of the Sun, Moon and planets in the sky: modern observations of planets, moons, comets, asteroids and meteorites and what they tell us about the origin and evolution of the Solar System. This course is designed for students taking Earth Sciences as an elective.

not acceptable as one of the required courses for the Minor, Major or Honours programs in Earth Sciences
EASC 3562 Environmental Biogeochemistry

introduces students to the biological, chemical, and geological processes underpinning carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, iron, manganese, and phosphorus cycling. Using real-world examples, this course provides an in-depth examination of the interplay between the different processes governing biogeochemical cycles within soils/sediments and along the aquatic continuum. Topics may also include early earth biogeochemistry, methods in biogeochemistry, and the role of spatial/ temporal variability and climate change on earth’s biogeochemical cycles.


Chemistry 3262, Environmental Science 3262


A minimum of 48 credit hours including: Biology 1002 or Biology 2120 or Biochemistry 2201; Chemistry 1001 or 1051; Earth Sciences 1000; or permission of the instructor

EASC 3811 Paleontology

is an outline of the major changes in life forms from Archaean times through the Phanerozoic to the present day, including details of invertebrate and vertebrate faunas and major floral groups; mechanisms and effects of mega-, and microevolution in the fossil record; Biology and classification of organisms and summaries of their geological significance in biostratigraphy, paleoecology and rock-building; relationships between major cycles of evolution and extinction to global processes. This course has a laboratory component.

Biology 3811, the former EASC 3801, the former Biology 3800
either Biology 2120 (or Biology 1001 and Biology 1002) and EASC 1002; or Biology 2122 and Biology 2210; Science 1807 and Science 1808

AN = Additional notes.

AR = Attendance requirement as noted.

CH = Credit hours: unless otherwise noted, a course normally has a credit value of 3 credit hours.

CO = Co-requisite(s): course(s) listed must be taken concurrently with or successfully completed prior to the course being described.

CR = Credit restricted: The course being described and the course(s) listed are closely related but not equivalent.  Credit is limited to one of these courses.  Normally, these courses cannot be substituted, one for the other, to satisfy program requirements.

EQ = Equivalent: the course being described and the course(s) listed are equal for credit determination.  Credit is limited to one of these courses.  These courses can be substituted, one for the other, to satisfy program requirements.

LC = Lecture hours per week: lecture hours are 3 per week unless otherwise noted.

LH = Laboratory hours per week.

OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars.

PR = Prerequisite(s): course(s) listed must be successfully completed prior to commencing the course being described.

UL = Usage limitation(s) as noted.

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