Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources

To see a program overview, learn about the unique opportunities offered to students within this degree, and to connect to admission and faculty resource links, review the Geophysics program page.

B.Sc. Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences (Geophysics)

Honours and Major degrees are available.

First Year Courses Credit Hours
GEOL 1340 The Dynamic Earth 3
GEOL 1400 Time-Trekker's Travelog: Our Evolving Earth or
GEOL 1410 Natural Disasters and Global Change or
GEOL 1420 Exploring the Planets
3
MATH 1210 (M) Techniques of Classical and Linear Algebra 3
MATH 1510 (M) Applied Calculus 1 or
MATH 1500 (M) Introduction to Calculus or
MATH 1520 (M) Introductory Calculus for Management and Social Sciences
3
MATH 1710 (M) Applied Calculus 2 or
MATH 1700 (M) Calculus 2
3
PHYS 1050 Physics 1: Mechanics or
PHYS 1020 (M) General Physics 1
3
PHYS 1070 Physics 1: Waves and Modern Physics 3
Faculty of Arts course(s) 6
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours 30

 

TIPS FOR CHOOSING COURSES:

  • If balancing admission to Geophysics with other programs, note that Geophysics requires 24 credit hours, including GEOL 1340 and 6 credit hours of the following courses for admission:
    • GEOL 1400 (or substitutions listed)
    • MATH 1210 (M)
    • MATH 1510 (M) (or substitutions listed)
    • MATH 1710 (M) (or substitutions listed)
    • PHYS 1050 (or substitutions listed)
    • PHYS 1070
  • Students are strongly advised to take GEOL 1400. The listed substitutions are permitted, but not recommended.
  • PHYS 1050, PHYS 1070, MATH 1500 (M), and MATH 1700 (M) (or substitute listed) are prerequisites for required second year courses in the program. It is recommended to complete these in first year, prior to admission.
  • Choose electives from the Recommended Introductory Courses list.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit may be used to reduce the first year course load and as a prerequisite to 2000 level courses, where applicable.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FROM UNIVERSITY 1:

Apply to the Geological Sciences (General) program, and consult with a student advisor in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources to declare Major or Honours in Geophysics.

Minimum Credit Hours: 24 credit hours of specific coursework. See the Applicant Information Bulletin.
Minimum Course Load:

University 1 may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Summer Session may be used to complete admission requirements. See the Applicant Information Bulletin for more details.

W Requirement: Not required for admission and will be completed in Year 3 of the program by taking GEOL 3130 (W).
M Requirement: Not required for admission.  Will be completed by MATH courses, listed above, when completed.
Minimum GPA:

Major: 2.50 GPA, with minimum grades in required courses as outlined in the Geological Sciences (Geophysics) section of the Academic Calendar.

Honours: Consult with a student advisor in Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources.

Additional Requirements: None.
Selection Criteria: Grades only.

HIGH SCHOOL PREREQUISITES FOR UNIVERSITY-LEVEL COURSES:

  • Chemistry 40S minimum 50% required.
  • Math 40S (Pre-Calculus) minimum 50% required.
  • Physics 40S minimum 50% required.

MINIMUM TIME TO GRADUATION:

  • Honours/Major: 4 years (120 credit hours).

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May 2017
First Year Planning Guide