32.10 Earth Sciences





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.

32.10.1 Program of Study

  1. Admission into a Master's Degree program in Earth Sciences (Geology) and Earth Sciences (Geophysics) is restricted to students 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 student 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 student will meet with the student's 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 student 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 student 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 student is required to give an oral presentation to the Department on the results of their research. This presentation is normally given during the second year of the program and must take place within the Graduate Student Seminar Series.

  6. A student is required to give an oral defence of their thesis research. The defence will consist of three voting members and will be comprised of the supervisory committee, a third supervisory committee member (if one exists), or one other regular faculty member (who may also be suggested to examine the thesis), and the chair or delegate (non-voting). The defence presentation will be open to the public, but examiner questions will be held in camera. Possible outcomes of the defence are the same as for the Ph.D. as outlined under General Regulations, Evaluation of Ph.D. and Psy.D. Theses, The Examination Process. Students who earn a “Pass” can proceed to the thesis examination following the procedures of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). Students who earn a “Re-Examination Required” have six months to complete that re-examination or their program will be terminated. Students who earn a “Fail” will have their program terminated. Once the defence and any necessary revisions are completed, the supervisory committee will complete the Supervisory Approval Form and the thesis may then proceed to examination following the SGS procedures.

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

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

32.10.2 Courses

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

  • 7000 Graduate Internship in Earth Sciences
  • 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

  • 6060 Gem Deposits
  • 6070 Quantitative Techniques in Mineralogy and Metamorphic Petrology
  • 6105 Advanced Field Course in Applied Geophysics (may be offered in accelerated format)
  • 6110 Machine Learning and Data Analysis in the Geosciences
  • 6120 Kinematic modelling of plate tectonics
  • 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
  • 6560 Applications of Petrochronology (credit restricted with EASC 6956)
  • 6600 Petroleum Geology
  • 6620 Groundwater Modelling (credit restricted with EASC 4620)
  • 6740 Modern and Ancient Sedimentary Environments
  • 6750 Sequence Strategraphy
  • 6801 Palaeobiology of Early Animal Life
  • 6820 Palynology and Paleobotany
  • 6900-6999 Special Topics in Earth Sciences

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