44.10 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.

44.10.1 Program of Study

  1. Admission into a Ph.D. program in Earth Sciences (Geology) and Earth Sciences (Geophysics) is normally restricted to students holding a Master's Degree or its equivalent. Students holding B.Sc. (Honours) degrees who show evidence of exceptional ability may be considered for a direct entry into a Ph.D. program. In exceptional circumstances, a student with a B.Sc. (Honours) Degree who has spent not less than 12 months in an M.Sc. Degree program may be recommended for transfer into a Ph.D. program, provided that the student can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Department of Earth Sciences, the student's ability to pursue research at the doctoral level.

  2. A student in the Ph.D. Degree is normally required to complete 6 credit hours in addition to the credit hours required for the M.Sc. Degree. The courses must be selected from the overview and general courses below or with the approval of the supervisory committee and Head of 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. All course requirements should be completed within 12 months from the date of the first registration in the Ph.D. program.

  3. The Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination shall normally be taken within the first four semesters of registration in the Ph.D. program. A detailed description of the Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination can be found in the Department of Earth Sciences Graduate Student Handbook.

  4. The Ph.D. Degree program will conclude with a thesis examination and an oral defense of thesis as prescribed in General Regulations, Theses and Reports.

  5. The Supervisor and the Head of the Department may recommend to the Dean of Graduate Studies that the program of a student who is not making satisfactory progress be terminated, in accordance with General Regulations, Termination of a Graduate Program.

  6. A student is required to give an oral presentation to the Department on the results of the student's research. The presentation must be given during the second or third year of the program.

44.10.2 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 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)
  • 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) to EASC 6560)
  • 6600 Petroleum Geology
  • 6620 Groundwater Modelling (credit restricted with EASC 4620)
  • 6740 Modern and Ancient Sedimentary Environments
  • 6750 Sequence Stratigraphy
  • 6801 Palaeobiology of Early Animal Life
  • 6820 Palynology and Paleobotany
  • 6900-6999 Special Topics in Earth Sciences

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