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Geology means “Study of the Earth.” This covers everything from the origin of the Earth and its position in the Solar System, to the physical, chemical and biological processes which have brought the Earth through its 4.5 billion year history to the present time, when society itself can be seen as an agent of geological change. Besides the fundamental studies of rocks, minerals and fossils, Geology is concerned with the exploration and responsible recovery of vital resources such as metalliferous ores, coal, petroleum, natural gas, industrial minerals and groundwater. An understanding of the way the Earth works is important to achieve effective protection of the environment. Hence, geologists are frequently employed in problems of urban development, water and soil pollution, waste disposal, earthquake and volcanic risk assessment, public policy and resource management.
Four Specialist Programs are offered: Geology, Environmental Geosciences, Geology and Physics, and Chemistry and Geology. Major and Minor programs are offered in Geology as well as a Major program in the Environmental Geosciences. Students are encouraged to discuss their plans on program and course selection with the Associate Chair (Undergraduate Studies) or Program Supervisor.
The Professional Experience Year (PEY) program (see page 17) is available to eligible students after their third year of study. The PEY program is an optional 16-month work term which provides industrial experience; its length gives students the opportunity to enjoy the rewarding experience of initiating and completing a major project.
More information about undergraduate studies in Geology is contained in a booklet which is available from the departmental office (ESC 1066). Additional courses with geological content are listed in the Calendar of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.
Marianne Douglas (416-978-3709)
Department of Geology, Earth Sciences Centre (416-978-3022)
Geology ProgramsAn introductory 100-level course such as GLG110H1 is strongly recommended for enrolment in all programs sponsored by the Department of Geology. No minimum GPA is required.
Geology (Science program)
Consult the Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Geology, Earth Sciences Centre
Geology and Physics (Science program)
Consult Departments of Geology and Physics
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