Winter 2022

The course schedule for 2021-2022 is subject to change. Please refer to student centre for the most up to date information.

GEOLOGY/GEOPHYSICS 9580B: Graduate Seminar

Instructor: Cindy Mora Stock

Offered:Tuesdays 12:20pm-2:30pm

This is a required course for all new M.Sc. and Ph.D. students in the Department of Earth Sciences. The objectives of the course are to: i) write and present a thesis/project proposal, ii) develop strong research skills, iii) learn how to effectively present information orally,  iv) become familiar with grant proposal writing, and v) practice scientific and professional learning skills through teamwork exercises.

 Course Outline: Graduate Seminar

GEOLOGY 9552B: Mineral Deposit Geochemistry

Instructor: Bob Linnen BGS 1000B
Offered: Lecture Monday 12:30-2:30pm & Wednesday 12:30-1:30pm, Tutorial Wednesday 1:30-2:30pm in KB-K208 

The principles of metal concentration and deposition in magmatic and hydrothermal environments are examined. Natural and experimental data, including fluid inclusion, stable isotope, metal solubility, mineral stability and metal partition behaviour are used to develop genetic models for ore deposits, which form the basis of mineral exploration strategies.

 Course Outline: Mineral Deposit Geochemistry

*Cross-listed with ES 4432B

GEOLOGY 9508B: Analytical Geochemistry

Instructor: Bob Linnen BGS 1000B


X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) and Electron Probe Micro Analysis (EPMA) techniques provide common methods to analyse solids. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) are a modern methods used to analyse surfaces of solids. Inductively Coupled Plasma spectrometry (ICP) and Ion Chromatography are the modern methods used to analyse aqueous solutions. The basic theory and practice for these techniques will be introduced and interpretation of data emphasized.

 Course Outline: here

GEOLOGY 9516B: Advanced Mineralogy

Instructor: Roberta Flemming BGS 0172

Offered: 3 hours once a week (TBD by class poll)

Participants will investigate the relationship between crystal structure and mineral behaviour by collecting and interpreting crystallographic data on their own research specimens (and correlating this with other available data).  Lectures will begin with fundamental crystallographic concepts, theory and techniques of X-ray diffraction. Additional topics include temperature- and pressure-dependent changes in crystal structure and selected spectroscopic techniques (may include Raman, IR, NMR or other methods).  There are five laboratory assignments and an independent research project.  The students will present their independent research projects as a manuscript-style report and a symposium-style presentation. There is a 3 hour final exam.

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GEOLOGY 9523B: Physical Volcanology

Instructor: Cindy Mora Stock

Offered: 3hrs/ week To be determined with students enrolled.

At the end of this course, it is expected for the student to have an overview of the different processes that control the formation, emplacement, and eruption of volcanoes. Volcanism and plate tectonics; volcanic systems; magma generation and migration; magma storage; Volatile, gas, and explosivity; eruption styles; volcanic products, plumes, fallout, lava flows; imaging of volcanic structures; volcano monitoring; volcanic hazards and hazard mitigation.

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GEOLOGY 9701B: The Geoscience of Deep Geological Repositories for Spent Nuclear Fuel

Special Topics in Geology: "The Geoscience of Deep Geological Repositories for Spent Nuclear Fuel”

Instructor: Des Moser 


Nuclear energy is increasingly considered to be important to the transition to a zero carbon society, an option that hinges on safe isolation of spent fuel at geological time scales. Success relies on knowledge of diverse fields of geoscience including mineralogy, geochemistry, tectonics, hydrology, geophysics and geomicrobiology while respecting Indigenous Relationships and knowledge systems. All these and their interrelationships will be investigated in the context of the design and potential implementation of a Canadian DGR. 

 Course Outline: TBD

GEOLOGY 9600Y: International Geoscience Field Experience

Instructor: Neil Banerjee 
Offered: April/May 2022 - Ecuador

A research-level field course to globally significant international or Canadian geological type localities. Students will gain practical field experience through the collection, analysis, and presentation of primary geological and geophysical field data. Lectures/ seminars/ practical exercises will emphasize the interaction between the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the Earth system.

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*Crosslisted with ES 4452Z

GEOLOGY 9635B: Planetary Surface Processes

Instructor: Catherine Neish
Offered: Monday 8:30-10:30am and Thursday 8:30-9:30am in PAB-36

This course introduces the geologic processes operating on the solid surfaces in the solar system. Includes a survey of the terrestrial planets (including the Moon), large asteroids and comets, and the satellites of the outer solar system.

 Course Outline: Here

*Crosslisted with ES 4435B

GEOPHYSICS 9520B: Environmental and Exploration Geophysics II

Instructor: Katsu Goda
Offered: Lecture Monday and Wednesday 10:30-11:30am in MC-17, Lab Monday 2:30-5:30pm BGS 0184

An advanced course covering the geophysical techniques used for subsurface sensing, with applications to environmental studies and resource exploration. Data analysis includes seismology, gravity, electromagnetic and radiometric applications.

 Course Outline

*Crosslisted with ES 3320B

GEOPHYSICS 9530B: Physics of the Earth II

Instructor: Robert Shcherbakov
Offered: Tuesday 9:30-11:30am and Thursday 10:30-11:30am in AHB-2B04

Advanced topics in the physics of the Earth and planets including: magnetism; paleomagnetism and the geomagnetic timescale; radioactivity, radioactive dating and Earth's age; elasticity and flexure of plates; principles of continuum mechanics; elastic properties of the Earth's lithosphere; principles of isostasy; rheology of rocks; shape and rotation of the Earth.

 Course Outline: Here

*Crosslisted with ES 4421B