Geology (GEOL)

Geology:  What GEOL course should I take?

The Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering offers a number of first year courses.  Your choice of course depends on your background, interests, and what subject you may wish to study in upper years.

Either GEOL104/3.0 (The Dynamic Earth) or GEOL106/3.0 (Environmental Geology and Natural Hazards) introduce the physical aspects of the geological sciences for both personal interest and further study.

GEOL107/3.0 (History of Life) provides an overview of the evolution of life in response to environmental change.

GEOL102/3.0 (Gemstones:  Their Art, History and Science) is a general interest course intended for non-science and science students.

GEOL104/3.0 and GEOL 107/3.0 are both required if you intend to graduate with a concentration in the Geological Sciences.

 

GEOL 102/3.0     Gemstones:  Their Art, History and Science

GEOL 102/3.0 is a course suitable for any Arts or Science student.  This course covers a wide variety of subjects that include the poetry of the Yukon gold rush, the marketing of diamonds and why ivory jewelry endangers the elephants in Africa.  Other topics include how pearls are cultured and what gems are thought to be cursed and why.  No science or mathematics background is required.

GEOL 104/3.0    The Dynamic Earth

GEOL 104/3.0 introduces you to the study of Geology at the University level.  It may be taken by all students, regardless of their high school background, though some experience in science and mathematics courses at the Grade 11 and Grade 12 level would be recommended.  GEOL 104/3.0 focuses on the Earth’s internal structure and those processes which have shaped the Earth’s surface.  This course should be taken by all students who wish to pursue a Plan in Geology or in Environmental Science.  While Environmental Studies students must take at least one of the first year Geology courses listed here, it is recommended that they pursue this course, as it allows the greatest flexibility in course selection at upper-years.  This course is also a good elective choice for any Arts or Science student.

GEOL 106/3.0     Environmental Geology and Natural Hazards

GEOL 106/3.0 discusses environmental geology and natural hazards including volcanoes, earthquakes and landslides.  While Environmental Studies students may take this course, if you choose to pursue only one Geology course in first year, GEOL 104/3.0 would be a better choice as it allows greater flexibility in course selection at upper-year.  Students interested in pursuing a Geology Plan should not take this course.

 GEOL 107/3.0     History of Life

GEOL 107/3.0 recounts the history of live on Earth, from its origins to the present day.  It may be taken by all students, regardless of their high school background, though some experience in science and mathematics courses at the Grade 11 and Grade 12 level would be recommended.  This course should be taken by all students who wish to pursue a Plan in Geology or Environmental Geology.  It would also be a good choice (in addition to GEOL 104/3.0) for students in other Environmental Science disciplines.  Environmental Studies students may also consider this course as an alternative to GEOL 104/3.0, bearing in mind that it offers less flexibility in course choices in upper years.  This course is also a good elective choice for any Arts or Science student.

SECTIONED COURSE:  This course is offered in more than one lab section.  When you register in the course, you must choose the lab section that best suits your timetable.