Earth Sciences

For more information on graduate courses offered by the Department of Earth Sciences, please contact a program assistant.

Course NumberCourse NameDescriptionCredit Hours
ESCI6000 Geological Precis Review and précis of selected topics in geological literature. 3 ch
ESCI6001 Directed Studies in Geoarcheology Method and theory of geology and archaeology, and how they apply to one another. Students will undertake projects related to aspects of this interaction, such as the petrography of artifacts, site stratigraphy, landscape evolution, etc. 3 ch
ESCI6011 Advanced Glacial Geology 3 ch
ESCI6022 Directed Studies in Quaternary Stratigraphy 3 ch
ESCI6031 Terrain Evaluation in the Geological Sciences 3 ch
ESCI6052 Directed Studies in Hydrology 3 ch
ESCI6101 Mineral Techniques 3 ch
ESCI6111 Radiogenic Isotope Geology Radiogenic Isotope Geology; systematic, analysis strategies and data reduction protocols for the U-Pb, Pb-Pb, Rb+Sr, Sm-NB and Lu-Hf systems. The course will also include a writing a component and labratory components. 3 ch
ESCI6112 Theoretical Metamorphic Petrology 3 ch
ESCI6122 Seminars in Metamorphic Petrology 3 ch
ESCI6132 Advanced Igneous Petrology Examines the application of thermodynamics, kinetics and mechanics to problems in igneous petrology. This course focuses on application of quantitative numerical models to petrologic processes including diffusion, mantle convection, magma generation, collection and transport. 3 ch
ESCI6141 Thermodynamics Applied to Geology This course covers the basic applications of thermodynamics to geologic systems from a theoretical and experimental perspective. There is a strong focus on using thermodynamic data and models for such diverse applications as development of mineral – fluid solubility models and geothermobarometry. 3 ch
ESCI6150 Seminars in Mineralogy This course focuses on current advances in the mineralogical sciences using a survey of the current literature together with lectures to provide background and assignments and labs that allow practise of the techniques and applications. 3 ch
ESCI6170 Seminar in Petrology Focuses on the most recent developments in igneous and metamorphic petrology. 3 ch
ESCI6181 Directed Studies in Petrology Students to be assigned a project in Petrology. 3 ch
ESCI6193 Fluid Phase Petrology Studies the gas, fluid, and solid phase equilibria, including composition and behaviour of fluids related to the formation of rocks and minerals in a variety of geologic environments from sedimentary diagenetic, through structural-metamorphic to mineral deposit-forming environments and will even include melt inclusion studies. Fluid phase studies are directed at fluid-rock reactions and are usually studied using fluid inclusions trapped in minerals. This course is predominantly a series of lectures and seminars, with individually directed, lab-based fluid inclusion stage, cathodoluminescent analysis, and SEM-EDS studies. 3 ch
ESCI6212 Ichnology 3 ch
ESCI6231 Topics in Biogeology 3 ch
ESCI6261 Advanced Sedimentology and Petroleum Geology Aspects of nonmarine, sedimentology, sequence, stratigraphy, and chemostratigraphy. Petroleum recources of Atlantic Canada. 3 ch
ESCI6272 Seminars in Sedimentology Students undertake research in sedimentology and present their findings in the form of seminars. Topics are chosen in consultation with the instructor and thesis supervisor. 3 ch
ESCI6311 Flow of Rocks 3 ch
ESCI6312 Applications of Transmission Electron Microscopy in Geology 3 ch
ESCI6322 Rock Deformation Mechanics and Processes 3 ch
ESCI6332 Microstructure and Fabrics in Deformed Rocks 3 ch
ESCI6402 Geology of Mineral Deposits 3 ch
ESCI6412 Geotonics Principles of plate tectonics and their application to Phanerozoic, Proterozoic and Archean continental evolution. Includes seafloor spreading problems, and seminars on divergent, transform and convergent plate boundaries. 6 ch
ESCI6421 Sulfide and Oxide Mineraology-Petrology 3 ch
ESCI6432 Advanced Ore Deposits 3 ch
ESCI6510 Directed Studies in Geophysics 3 ch
ESCI6531 Geophysical Inverse Theory An introduction to the mathematical and computational principles of inversion techniques used to interpret geophysical data. Topics include the mathematical formulation of inverse problems, least squares fitting, handling of data errors, matrix inversion, and methods for imposing constraints and assessing non-uniqueness in inverse problem solutions. Strategies developed for linear inverse problems are expanded upon and applied to non-linear problems in the second part of the course. Principles are illustrated by applications to inverse problems taken from a variety of geophysical disciplines including seismology, signal processing, gravity, electrical resistivity, electromagnetics and other fields. 3 ch
ESCI6612 Studies in Hydrothermal Geochemistry 3 ch
ESCI6623 Groundwater Geochemistry 3 ch
ESCI6802 Directed Studies in Sedimentary Petrology/Diagenesis 3 ch
ESCI6900 Field Leadership Methods & Skills Students will take first aid course(s); fill in safety documentation for student field trips; and assist in the logistics, safe transportation, and instruction of undergraduate students on ESCI field schools * (time involved on field school may vary between 1 and 2 weeks). 3 ch
ESCI6997 Master's Thesis cr
ESCI6998 PhD Thesis cr