Academic Calendar 2021-2022

Geology – Specialization (Science) – Bachelor of Science (Honours)

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Plans of study for students who were admitted to a Geology Plan after May 2020
Subject:  Administered by the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering.
Plan:  Consists of 96.0 units as described below.
Program:  The Plan, together with sufficient electives to total 120.0 units, will lead to a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree.

1. Core
A. Complete the following:
GEOL 104The Dynamic Earth3.00
GEOL 107History of Life3.00
B. Complete the following:
CHEM 112General Chemistry6.00
C. Select 6.00 units from the following:6.00
Differential and Integral Calculus
Differential and Integral Calculus
Differential and Integral Calculus I
and Differential and Integral Calculus II
D. Select 6.00 units from the following:6.00
Fundamental Physics
General Physics
Introductory Physics
Basic Physics
E. Complete the following:
GEOL 200Oceanography3.00
GEOL 221Geological Field Methods3.00
GEOL 232Mineralogy3.00
GEOL 235Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology3.00
GEOL 238Surficial Processes, Sedimentation and Stratigraphy3.00
GEOL 249Geophysical Characterization of the Earth3.00
F. Select 3.00 units from the following:3.00
Introduction to Statistics
Introduction to Statistics
Introduction to Statistics
G. Complete the following:
GEOL 300Geological Field School3.00
GEOL 301Field Studies in Geology I1.50
or GEOL 302 Problems in Sedimentary Geology
GEOL 321Analysis of Rock Structures3.00
GEOL 333Terrain Evaluation3.00
GEOL 337Paleontology3.00
GEOL 365Geochemical Characterization of Earth Processes3.00
H. Complete the following:
GEOL 400Advanced Geological Sciences Field School3.00
GEOL 401Field Studies in Geology II1.50
or GEOL 402 Problems in North American Geology
GEOL 488Geology of North America3.00
2. Option
A. Select 6.00 units from the following:6.00
Fundamentals of Biology: Molecular and Cell Biology
Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems
Human Genetics and Evolution
Ecology and the Environment
Linear Algebra
Linear Algebra
Introduction to Linear Algebra
B. GEOL9.00
C. Complete the following:
GEOL 368Carbonate Sedimentology3.00
or GEOL 463 Spatial Information Management in the Geosciences
D. Select 3.00 units from the following:3.00
Petrology Applied to Ore Deposit
Instrumental Techniques Applied to the Study of Solids
Exploration and Environmental Geochemistry
Complementary Courses:
E. Select 6.00 units from the following:6.00
Elements of Computing Science
Introduction to Computing Science I
Introduction to Computing Science II
Introduction to Indigenous Studies
Fundamentals of Effective Writing
Fundamentals of Academic Essay writing
Effective Writing II
GPHY_Tech/Methods at the 200 level or above
Elective Courses24.00
Total Units120.00

3. Notes

A. 100- through 300-level geology courses within the core are prerequisites for most 300- and 400-level courses, and should normally be completed before the end of the third year of study.

B.  A maximum of 6.0 units from courses offered by other Faculties and Schools may be counted toward the program and/or Plan Requirements. This includes courses in BMED, COMM, GLPH, LAW, NURS and courses in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

Geology Course List

The following lists contain courses offered through other Departments. In accordance with Academic Regulation 2.5 (Access to Classes), students do not have enrolment priority in all of these courses. Access to these courses may only be made available during the Open Enrolment period, and then only if space permits.


Physical Geography
GPHY 102Physical Geography and Natural Resources3.00
GPHY 203Water Resources and Management3.00
GPHY 204Forests as a Global Resource3.00
GPHY 207Principles Of Biogeography3.00
GPHY 208Surface Processes, Landforms and Soils3.00
GPHY 209Weather and Climate3.00
GPHY 304Northern and Arctic Environments3.00
GPHY 306Natural Environmental Change3.00
GPHY 309Field School in Geography3.00
GPHY 310Landscape Ecology3.00
GPHY 311Biogeochemical Processes3.00
GPHY 312Watershed Hydrology3.00
GPHY 314Climate Change3.00
GPHY 315Advanced Field Measurements and their Analysis3.00
GPHY 317Soil, Environment and Society3.00
GPHY 318Advanced Biogeography3.00
GPHY 319Contemporary Energy Resources3.00
GPHY 371Special Topics in Earth System Science3.00
GPHY 413Water, Energy and Carbon Cycling in the Biosphere3.00
GPHY 415Advanced Analysis of Earth Surface Processes6.00
GPHY 417Land-Use Change in the Earth System3.00
GPHY 501Special Studies in Geography3.00
GPHY 502Research and Thesis in Geography I3.00
GPHY 503Research and Thesis Geography II6.00


Techniques, Research Methods and Geographic Information Science
GPHY 105The Digital Earth: Geospatial Data and Earth Observation3.00
GPHY 215Field Studies in Physical Geography3.00
GPHY 240Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Geography3.00
GPHY 242Remote Sensing I: Remote Sensing of the Environment3.00
GPHY 243Geographic Information Science3.00
GPHY 2443.00
GPHY 247Introduction to Statistics3.00
GPHY 315Advanced Field Measurements and their Analysis3.00
GPHY 341Photogrammetry3.00
GPHY 342Remote Sensing II: Digital Image Processing3.00
GPHY 343Applications for Geospatial Technology for Business3.00
GPHY 344Cartography and Computer Aided Design3.00
GPHY 345Spatial Analysis3.00
GPHY 346GIS and Modelling for Environmental Applications3.00
GPHY 347Multivariate and Spatial Statistics3.00
GPHY 348Application Design and Customization in GIS3.00
GPHY 349GIScience and Public Health3.00
GPHY 372Special Topics Geographic Information Science3.00
GPHY 501Special Studies in Geography3.00
GPHY 502Research and Thesis in Geography I3.00
GPHY 503Research and Thesis Geography II6.00