Winter 2018

ES 1022B: Earth Rocks! - Sheri Molnar

What our planet is made of, how it works, and how it affects us. Framed on the interactions of the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. Specific topics include: geological time and earth history; formation of rocks and minerals; rock deformation; volcanoes and earthquakes; plate tectonics and mountain building; natural resources. 

Antirequisite(s): Earth Sciences 1070A/B, 1081A/B.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.
SyllabusEarth Rocks!
Instructor: Sheri Molnar smolnar8@uwo.ca BGS 1040
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-10:30AM
  • Labs: See Western Timetable

ES 1023B: Planet Earth: Shaken & Stirred - Rick Secco

An overview of the origin and development of Earth and solar system; constitution and active processes of Earth interior; how these processes have shaped Earth evolution in the past and how they continue to control surface phenomena such as earthquake and volcanic activity. Labs will introduce the main resource exploration techniques. 

Antirequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2123A/B.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

SyllabusPlanet Earth: Shaken & Stirred

Instructor: Rick Secco secco@uwo.ca BGS 0178
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Monday/Wednesday 12:30-1:30PM
  • Labs: See Western Timetable

ES 1070B: Introduction to the Geology and Resources of Earth - Natalie Pietrzak-Renaud

An introduction to geology covering rock forming minerals and rock forming processes. Emphasis will be placed on how mineral and hydrocarbon resources develop. A survey of the geological record is carried out to illustrate how resources are classified and distributed through time.

Antirequisite(s): Earth Sciences 1022A/B, 1081A/B.
Extra Information: Only available online, 0.5 course. 

Purchase of Rock and Mineral Kit required.

Syllabus: Introduction to the Geology & Resources of Earth

Instructor: Natalie Pietzak-Renaud npietrz@uwo.ca WSC G7
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Online

ES 1086G: Origin & Geology of the Solar System - Deana Schwarz

Our best perception of the origin of the Universe, the Milky Way Galaxy, and our Solar System, meteorites, asteroids, comets and the formation of planets. The slow growth of Planetary Science reason and analysis of hypotheses. Why and how Earth evolved along a path radically different than the other planets. 

Antirequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2232F/G, Astronomy 2201A/B, 2232F/G, or the former Earth Sciences 2001F/G.
Extra Information: The equivalent of 3 lecture hours per week. Offered only online (see Western Distance Studies); 0.5 course

Syllabus: Origin & Geology of the Solar System

Instructor: Deana Schwarz dschwar3@uwo.ca 
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Online

ES 1089G: Earth, Art & Culture - Cam Tsujita

An examination of Earth materials used over the history of human culture. Topics include: Earth materials as media in the Visual Arts (pigments, stone and clay); rocks, minerals and fossils as motifs in famous works of art; landscape photography; gemstones and jewelery; earth materials in wine and cuisine, and modern technology. 

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Syllabus: Earth, Art & Culture

Instructor: Cam Tsujita ctsujita@uwo.ca BGS 1064
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Monday 10:30AM-12:30PM and Wednesday 11:30AM-12:30PM

ES 2123: Dynamic Earth - Rick Secco

An introduction to the Earth as a large heat engine; topics will focus on large scale dynamic processes that occur in the deep interior (mantle and core convection) and their relation to activity and phenomena on the face of the Earth (tectonic plate motions, plate interactions, earth magnetic field, etc.). 

Antirequisite(s): Earth Sciences 1023A/B.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Syllabus: The Dynamic Earth

Instructor: Rick Secco secco@uwo.ca BGS 0178
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Monday/Wednesday 12:30-1:30PM
  • Labs: Tuesday 6-8PM in BGS 1053 or Wednesday 2:30-4:30PM in BGS 1053

ES 2201B: Structural Geology - Dazhi Jiang

Deformation of Earth's crust; description of geological structures; construction and interpretation of geologic maps, cross sections and block diagrams; stereographic and orthographic representation of structural data; mechanical behavior of rocks; origin and tectonic significance of geological structures. 

Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2200A/B
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Note: Grade 12 Physics or 0.5 course in first year Physics is recommended before taking this course.

Syllabus: Structural Geology

Instructor: Dazhi Jiang djiang3@uwo.ca BGS 0176
Schedule:
  • Lecture: Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-10:30AM 
  • Labs: Monday 2:30-5:30PM in BGS 1015 or Monday 6-9PM in BGS 1015

ES 2220B: Environmental & Exploration Geophysics I - Robert Shcherbakov

A brief introduction to applied seismology – the investigation of Earth structure using sound waves in rocks. Topics include: seismic reflection methods, a cornerstone of oil and gas exploration; seismic refraction methods; earthquake seismology. This lab-oriented course will provide hands-on experience with computers and analysis of large digital data sets. 

Prerequisite(s): 0.5 course from Calculus 1000A/B, the former Calculus 1100A/B, or Calculus 1500A/B, Mathematics 1225A/B.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Instructor: Robert Shcherbakov rshcherb@uwo.ca BGS 1080

Schedule:
  • Lecture: Tuesday/Thursday 12:30-1:30PM in PAB 117
  • Labs: Tuesday 2:30-5:30PM in BGS 0184 or Thursday 6-9PM in BGS 0184

ES 2230B: Introduction to Geochemistry - Sean Shieh

Effects of temperature, pressure and bulk composition on stabilities of minerals in natural geological settings are evaluated using thermodynamic principles. Reaction rates among minerals and fluids, including the effects of natural catalysts and inhibitors, and biotic mediation are addressed. Introduction to the principles of radioisotope and stable isotope geochemistry. 

Prerequisite(s): Chemistry 1301A/B or the former Chemistry 1100A/B and Earth Sciences 2200A/B or permission of the Department.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Instructor: Sean Shieh sshieh@uwo.ca BGS 1066

Schedule:
  • Lecture: Monday/Wednesday 12:30-1:30PM
  • Labs: Thursday 2:30-5:30PM in BGS 0184

ES 2232G: Exploring the Planets - Elizabeth Silber and Nigel Blamey

An introduction to planetary science and the exciting frontier of space exploration; emphasis is placed on the processes shaping the planets and moons of the Solar System and how this relates to the evolution of Earth, the Solar System, and life; attention paid to current results from planetary exploration missions.

Antirequisite(s): Astronomy 2201A/B, 2232F/G, the former Planetary Science 3380A/B, and the former Earth Sciences 2001F/G.
 
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.
Section 650: 

Instructor: Nigel Blamey nblamey2@uwo.ca BGS 1000D

Schedule:
  • Online

ES 2240G: Catastrophic Events in Earth History - Sean Shieh

Rare events so catastrophic that they leave evidence in the geologic record and threaten life on Earth. Included are impacts by asteroids and comets, eruptions from giant resurgent volcanic calderas, large to mega-earthquakes and associated tsunami, and dramatic reduction of atmospheric oxygen by release of reservoirs of methane hydrate.

Antirequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2241A/B.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of first year requirements.
Extra Information: The equivalent of 3 lecture hours per week. Offered only online (see Western Distance Studies),  0.5 course.

Instructor: Sean Shieh sshieh@uwo.ca BGS 1066

Schedule:
  • Online

ES 2266G: Dinosaur and Other Vertebrate Evolution

Introduction to the fossil record that documents the major steps in vertebrate evolution, including the origin and radiation of fishes, amphibians, mammal-like reptiles, dinosaurs, birds, and mammals.
 
Prerequisite(s): Completion of first-year requirements, and registration in an Earth Sciences, Biology, Anthropology, or Kinesiology module.
Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Syllabus: Dinosaur & Other Vertebrate Evolution

Instructor: TBD

Schedule:
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30-10:30AM in PAB 34

ES 2281B: Geology for Engineers - Rob Schincariol

Introduction to physical geology with emphasis on the engineering oriented aspects of the Earth Sciences. Topics include: minerals and rocks; mass movements; interpretation of aerial photographs, topographic and geologic maps; surficial processes and their manifestations; surface and ground water; structural geology and subsurface processes; and earth resources. 

Antirequisite(s): Earth Sciences 1022A/B, 1023A/B, 1070A/B, 1081A/B, 2123A/B.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in second, third, or fourth year Civil and Environmental Engineering; or permission of the Department.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Syllabus: Geology for Engineers

Instructor: Rob Schincariol schincar@uwo.ca BGS 0174

Schedule:
  • Lecture: Tuesday 9:30-11:30AM 
  • Labs: Wednesday 2:30-5:30PM in BGS 1015 OR Thursday 8:30-11:30AM in BGS 1015

ES 3301B: Astrobiology - Catherine Neish

The study of life in the universe, including the origin of life on Earth, the possibility of life elsewhere in the solar system/universe, and the future of human life off-Earth. This course will include topics that draw from biology, physics, astronomy, geology, chemistry, and other areas.

Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course(s) from any of Chemistry, Biology, or Physics at the 1000 level.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

SyllabusAstrobiology

Instructor: Catherine Neish cneish@uwo.ca BGS 0170

Schedule:
  • Lecture: Tuesday and Thursday 1:30-2:30PM in NS-7
  • Lab: Thursday 2:30-4:30PM in SSC 1032

ES 3312B: Genesis of Meteorites and Planetary Materials - Roberta Flemming

The origin of meteorites and planetary materials (igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks) will be deduced from textural evidence obtained from microscopic studies and geochemical evidence. These deductions then will be used to constrain hypotheses concerning genesis and evolution of Earth, other planets and the Solar System.

Antirequisite(s): The former Earth Sciences 2212A/B.

Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2200A/B, 2206A/B and 2230A/B.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

SyllabusGenesis of Meteorites

Instructor: Roberta Flemming rflemmin@uwo.ca BGS 0172   

Schedule:
  • Lecture: Tuesday and Thursday 10:30-11:30AM
  • Lab: Tuesday 2:30-5:30PM in BGS 1069

ES 3314B: Sedimentary Petrology

Identification and description of various types of siliciclastic and carbonate rocks; the important characteristics of sedimentary rocks and their key sedimentary features for interpretation of present and ancient despositional environments; survey of diagenetic processes that alter original properties of primary sediments. 

Antirequisite(s):

Corequisite(s):
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Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

SyllabusSedimentary Petrology

Instructor: Carolyn Hill chill59@uwo.ca  

Schedule:
  • Lecture: Monday and Wednesday 11:30AM-12:30PM in MC-105B
  • Lab: Monday 6-9PM in BGS 1065 OR Wednesday 2:30-5:30PM in BGS 1065

ES 3350Y: Advanced Field Mapping Techniques - Desmond Moser

Eleven day field school in a deformed metamorphic terrain. Observation and documentation of geological features at outcrops. Three-dimensional thinking and reconstruction of structural geometry. Establishing overprinting relationships among structures. Mapping from mesoscopic to macroscopic scales. Kinematic interpretation and tectonic synthesis of geological data at different scales.
Antirequisite(s):
Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2201A/B and 2250Y.  
Corequisite(s): Any two of Earth Sciences 3313A/B, 3314A/B, 3315A/B, and registration in the Major, Specialization or Honors Specialization in Geology, or in the Honors Geology or Honors Environmental Geoscience Programs for Professional Registration.
Pre-or Corequisite(s):
Extra Information: 11 day field course in May, 0.5 course.    

Note: Students must register prior to the September "Add" deadline for full year courses (see Undergraduate Sessional Dates). Partial cost of the field expenses must be borne by the students, and is payable to the Department prior to the September “Add” deadline. The cost per student is $355 in 2014, and will increase by $15 every year thereafter. Fees are non-refundable in the event of a course drop, except in extenuating circumstances. Students will receive the maximum subsidy if the course is a requirement for their module. In the case that the course is not a requirement, partial subsidy may be provided depending on the module in which the student is currently enrolled (please contact the Departmental Undergraduate Chair).

SyllabusAdvanced Field Mapping Techniques 

Instructor: Desmond Moser desmond.moser@uwo.ca BGS 1070

Schedule:
  • Field Camp Takes Place May 1-11, 2018 

  • Must Sign up by September 18, 2017

ES 4001Y: Planetary Surfaces Field School - Gordon Osinski

Field study of the geology and biology of various Moon/Mars analogue sites in North America. Lectures/seminars/practical exercises will emphasize similarities and differences between the terrestrial sites and other planetary bodies, and the subtle interactions between geology and biology at each site.
Antirequisite(s):
Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2200A/B, 2250Y.
Corequisite(s):
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Extra Information: A ten-day field course typically held in early May, but may be offered at other times of the year depending on weather in international locations, 0.5 course.

Note: Students expecting to graduate in the current year’s Spring Convocation cannot take the course. Students must register prior to the September “Add” deadline for full courses (see Undergraduate Sessional Dates). Partial cost of the field expenses must be borne by the student, and is payable to the Department prior to the September “Add” deadline. The cost per student will vary depending on travel destination. Fees are non-refundable in the event of a course drop, except in extenuating circumstances.

SyllabusPlanetary Surfaces Field School

Instructor: Gordon Osinski gosinski@uwo.ca BGS 1050

Schedule:
  • Field Camp Takes Place May 6-17, 2018

  • Must Sign up by November 1, 2017 (first deposit due)

ES 4421B: Physics of the Earth II - Robert Shcherbakov

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.
Antirequisite(s):
Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 3321A/B.
Corequisite(s):
Pre-or Corequisite(s):
Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.
 

Instructor: Robert Shcherbakov rshcherb@uwo.ca BGS 1080

Schedule:
  • Section 001 Lecture: Tuesday 9:30-11:30AM and Thursday 10:30-11:30AM in SH-3355
  • Section 650 Lecture: Online 

*Crosslisted with Graduate Course GGEOP 9530B

ES 4423B: Applied Seismology - Gail Atkinson

Advanced concepts in the application of seismic-reflection and refraction techniques for exploration of the subsurface. Topics include: elastic wave propagation fundamentals; prestack and post-stack data processing and analysis; deconvolution of time series data; seismic migration; inversion of traveltime data; amplitude-versus offset analysis; 3-D seismic interpretation. 
Antirequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
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Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Syllabus: Applied Seismology

Instructor: Gail Atkinson gatkins6@uwo.ca BGS 1068

Schedule:
  • Lecture: Monday and Wednesday 11:30AM-12:30PM in PAB 148
  • Lab: Wednesday 2:30-5:30PM BGS 0184

*Crosslisted with Graduate Course GGEOP 9508B

ES 4432B: Geochemistry of Metals, Melts and Fluids in the Crust - Bob Linnen

The principals 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 behavior are used to develop genetic models for ore deposits, which form the basis of mineral exploration strategies.
Antirequisite(s):
Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2230A/B and 3370A/B.
Corequisite(s):
Pre-or Corequisite(s):
Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour,  0.5 course.

Syllabus:Geochemistry of Metals, Melts and Fluids in the Crust

Instructor: Bob Linnen rlinnen@uwo.ca BGS 1000B

Schedule:
  • Lecture: Wednesday 9:30AM-11:30AM and Friday 9:30-10:30AM in KB-K103
  • Lab: Friday 8:30-9:30AM BGS 1053

*Crosslisted with Graduate Course GGEOL 9552B

ES 4440B: Hydrogeology: Principles, Processes, and Professional Practice - Rob Schincariol

Occurrence, distribution, movement, chemistry and composition of ground water as a function of the geological environment; water quality and ground water contamination; collection and evaluation of hydrogeologic data; modelling ground-water flow and advective transport; case histories. 
Antirequisite(s):
Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 3340A/B, or Civil and Environmental Engineering 3321A/B and 3322A/B, or the former Civil and Environmental Engineering 3326, or 80% in Geography 3342A/B, or permission of the Department.
Corequisite(s):
Pre-or Corequisite(s):
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.
Syllabus:Hydrogeology

Instructor: Rob Schincariol schincar@uwo.ca BGS 0174

Schedule:
  • Lecture: Monday 9:30-11:30AM in KB-K103
  • Lab: Monday 2:30-4:30PM in BGS 0184

*Crosslisted with Graduate Course GGEOL 9540B

ES 4461B: Advanced Paleontology - Jisuo Jin

Advanced topics on applications of paleontological data to reconstructions of evolutionary history, ancient environments, geochronology, and paleobiogeography.
Antirequisite(s):
Prerequisite(s): Earth Sciences 2265A/B or 2266F/G.
Corequisite(s):
Pre-or Corequisite(s):
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Instructor: Jisuo Jin jjin@uwo.ca BGS 0180

Schedule:
  • Lecture: Tuesday and Thursday 5:30-6:30PM in BGS 1065
  • Lab: Thursday 6:30-7:30PM in BGS 1065

*Crosslisted with Graduate Course GGEOL 9532B

ES 4490E: Senior Thesis - Dazhi Jiang

A presentation of research on a chosen problem. Original data must be generated from field or laboratory studies and analyzed using appropriate methodologies. The results must be integrated into the existing literature on the topic. Independence in the conduct and reporting of research must be demonstrated. 
Antirequisite(s):
Prerequisite(s): Registration in year 4 of a Specialization, Honors Specialization or Professional Program offered by the Department of Earth Sciences, or permission of the Department.
Corequisite(s):
Pre-or Corequisite(s):
Extra Information: 1 lecture hour, 1.0 course.

Instructor: Dazhi Jiang djiang3@uwo.ca BGS 0176

Schedule:
  • Lecture: Monday 1:30-2:30PM in BGS 1084