Not all of the listed courses are given each year. The course is offered in the language in which it is described.
Course codes in parentheses are for Carleton University. A 3-unit course at the University of Ottawa is equivalent to a 0.5-unit course at Carleton University.
GEO5114 (ERTH 5104)) MINERALOGY (3 units)
An advanced course covering selected topics in mineralogy, such as crystallography, crystal chemistry, crystal structure, mineralogy of rock-forming mineral groups, and instrumental methods in mineralogical research, such as use of electronic optical instruments, spectroscopy, and X-ray crystallography; seminar presentations and practical exercises included.
GEO5122 (ERTH 5202) ADVANCED IGNEOUS PETROLOGY (3 units)
The course focuses on particular aspects of the discipline and integrates physical and chemical processes with the dynamics of magmatic systems to understand igneous processes.
GEO5124 (ERTH 5204) GEOLOGY AND GEOCHEMISTRY OF ORE DEPOSITS (3 units)
An advanced course in ore deposits examining aspects of their geology, geochemistry, and exploration. Topics will be selected from a range of different deposit types, including hydrothermal and magmatic ore deposits, as well as laboratory and field examination of different ores and their host rocks.
GEO5131 (ERTH 5301) SILICICLASTIC SEDIMENTOLOGY (3 units)
Origin and significance of physical and sedimentary processes and structures. Analysis of ancient siliciclastic depositional environments in a facies model and sequence stratigraphic framework. Course involves lectures, seminars and field excursions.
GEO5135 (ERTH 5305) CARBONATE SEDIMENTOLOGY (3 units)
Lectures and seminars will cover aspects of modern depositional systems, dynamic facies models, sequence stratigraphy, mineralogy, and diagenesis of carbonate sediments. Practical part of the course will consist of a field-laboratory project that intergrates various techniques in carbonate sedimentology (mapping, petrography, staining, cathodoluminescence, fluorescence, SEM).
GEO5136 (ERTH 5306) PALEOBIOLOGY (3 units)
Selected topics in paleobiology of micro- and macro-invertebrates and vertebrates. Topics include extinctions, micro- and macro-evolutionary processes, long-term trends and cycles in the Phanerozoic, and functional morphology, as well as application of invertebrates to biostratigraphy, paleoceanography and paleolimnology.
GEO5139 (GEOL 5309) GLACIAL AND PERIGLACIAL GEOLOGY (3 units)
An examination of various sedimentary environments associated with glacial and periglacial processes and their significance for mineral exploration and environmental geochemistry. Study of cold climate non-glacial conditions and the development of permafrost and permafrost-related features, including the effect of groundwater flow on permafrost distribution.
GEO5142 (GEOL 5402) ENVIRONMENTAL GEOSCIENCE (3 units)
A study-seminar course in which students will examine, in depth, certain environmental problems, including geological hazards, mineral and energy consumption and environmental degradation. The relation between development and the environment will be considered. Students will prepare a report and present a seminar on a subject of their choice, and will participate in a research project centered in the Ottawa area.
GEO5143 (GEOL 5403) ENVIRONMENTAL ISOTOPES AND GROUNDWATER GEOCHEMISTRY (3 units)
Stable environmental isotopes (18O, 2H, 13C, 34S, 15N) in studies of groundwater origin and flow, and geothermal studies. Groundwater dating techniques involving tritium and radiocarbon, and exotic radioisotopes (e.g. 36Cl, 39Ar, 85Kr). Low temperature aqueous geochemistry and mineral solubility with emphasis on the carbonate system. Some applications to paleoclimatology will be discussed. Prerequisite: Fourth-year Hydrogeology (67.420 or GEO 4342) or equivalent.
GEO5146 (ERTH 5406) TECHNIQUES OF GROUNDWATER RESOURCES EVALUATION (3 units)
Governing groundwater flow equations, initial and boundary conditions; simple numerical solutions (spreadsheets); complex numerical solutions (commercial software); and analytical solutions. Applications: aquifer response test analysis, capture zone analysis, groundwater flow modeling, water budgeting, and aquifer vulnerability assessment. Prerequisite: undergraduate hydrogeology.
GEO5147 (ERTH 5407) GEOCHEMISTRY OF NATURAL WATERS (3 units)
Aqueous speciation, solubility of metals, minerals and gas, reaction kinetics and equilibria. Chemistry and dynamics of groundwaters and hydrothermal fluids.
GEO5148 (ERTH 5408) THEORY OF FLOW AND CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT IN GEOLOGICAL MATERIALS (3 units)
Development of governing groundwater flow equations and solute transport equations from first principles, and application of principles in case studies. Topics: Forces and potentials, fluids, geological materials, contaminants, case studies. Prerequisite: undergraduate hydrogeology.
GEO5151 (ERTH 5501) PRECAMBRIAN GEOLOGY (3 units)
Geology and tectonic history of the Canadian Shield, emphasizing modern four-dimensional interpretations (map, depth, time); comparison and correlation with other Precambrian shields; global Precambrian tectonic evolution through review of continental reconstructions; Precambrian mineral deposits; field trips and research projects.
GEO5153 (ERTH 5503) COMPUTER TECHNIQUES IN THE EARTH SCIENCES (3 units)
A practical course in the application of computer techniques in the acquisition and interpretation of geoscientific data. Topics will be selected from the following: remote sensing and geographic information systems; geostatistical analysis techniques; analysis and modelling of geoscientific data. Prerequisite: Permission of the Institute.
GEO5157 (ERTH 5507) TECTONIC PROCESSES EMPHASIZING GEOCHRONOLOGY AND METAMORPHISM (3 units)
Applications of empirical, analytical and quantitative techniques to problems in regional geology and crustal tectonics; orogenic processes; heat and metamorphism; isotopic geochronology as applied to thermal history.
GEO5160 (ERTH 5600) CHEMISTRY OF THE EARTH (3 units)
Examine the composition of the mantle and crust in selected tectonic settings, such as subduction zones and hot spots. Topics may include how geochemical data constrain geodynamic settings of study area.
GEO5163 (ERTH 5603) STABLE ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY (3 units)
Mechanisms of isotope fractionation, fractionation in nature; physical and chemical isotope fractionation, kinetic isotope effects. Variations of stable isotope ratios (hydrogen, carbon, oxygen and sulphur) in nature. Preparation techniques of natural samples for isotope analysis. Applications of stable isotopes to study magma genesis, ore genesis, nature of water and formation fluids and sedimentary environments.
GEO5169 (ERTH 5609) RADIOISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY (3 units)
Nucleosynthesis; chemical differentiation of the Earth. Evolution of large-scale reservoirs. Isotopic tracers (143Nd/144Nd, 87Sr/86Sr, common Pb). Geochronology: fundamentals and application of Sm/Nd, Rb/Sr, U/Pb, K/Ar and Lu/Hf methods. Evolution of the solid Earth from the isotopic perspective.
GEO5171 (ERTH 5701) PHYSICS OF THE EARTH (3 units)
The physics and dynamics of the solid Earth: seismology; gravitational and magnetic fields; thermal state. Geophysical constraints on the structure and composition of the interior. Geodynamic processes.
GEO5173 (ERTH 5703) STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY (3 units)
Deformation processes and the analysis of geological structures at all scales.
GEO5174 (ERTH 5704) TECTONICS (3 units)
Dynamical and geological aspects of plate tectonics throughout Earth history.
GEO5177 (ERTH 5707) ENGINEERING SEISMOLOGY (3 units)
Seismological topics with engineering applications. Characterization of seismicity and seismic sources (areas and faults). Seismic hazard analysis. Empirical and theoretical modeling of strong ground motion in time and frequency domains.
GEO5178 (ERTH 5708) GEOPHYSICAL SIGNAL PROCESSING (3 units)
Practical aspects of earthquake and other geophysical signal processin; focus on application of Fourier analysis, digital filters, instrument response.
GEO5193 (ERTH 5903) FIELD STUDIES (3 units)
Systematic investigations of geological problems, based on a minimum of 15 days field work plus related library research and laboratory projects. Written report required.
GEO5301 (ERTH 5001) SEMINARS IN EARTH SCIENCES I (3 units)
One-session modular course covering a spectrum of Earth science topics and current research problems, ranging from the geology and geophysics of the solid Earth, to its surface environment and crustal resources. A minimum of 4 modules is offered per session; 3 must be completed to obtain credit for a course. Students may not normally obtain credit for modules that are offered by their supervisors. The choice of modules must be approved by the Director of the Geoscience Centre or a designate. This course complements GEO 5302 (ERTH 5002).
GEO5302 (ERTH 5002) SEMINARS IN EARTH SCIENCES II (3 units)
One-session modular course covering a spectrum of Earth science topics and current research problems, ranging from the geology and geophysics of the solid Earth, to its surface environment and crustal resources. A minimum of 4 modules is offered per session; 3 must be completed to obtain credit for a course. Students may not normally obtain credit for modules that are offered by their supervisors. The choice of modules must be approved by the Director of the Geoscience Centre or a designate. This course complements GEO 5301 (ERTH 5001).
GEO5306 (GEO5306I) Hydrothermal Ore Deposits (3 units)
An advanced course in economic geology related to hydrothermal ore deposits, including their geology and geochemistry, physical and chemical controls on hydrothermal mineralization, the recognition and characterization of ore-fluid reservoirs, and the nature of large-scale fluid flow and alteration, with an emphasis on applications to exploration.
GEO7999 (ERTH 5909) THÈSE DE MAÎTRISE / MSc THESIS
GEO9998 EXAMEN DE SYNTHÈSE (DOCTORAT) / COMPREHENSIVE EXAM (PhD)
GEO9999 (ERTH 6909) THÈSE DE DOCTORAT / PhD THESIS
The following courses are included in the centre's program:
Department of Geography, Carleton University
Geography GEOG 5300 SOIL THERMAL AND HYDROLOGIC REGIMES
Characteristics of soil regimes, particularly in freezing soils, role of soil properties; analytical and numerical methods, including computer simulation.
Geography GEOG 5302 SOIL THERMAL AND HYDROLOGIC PROPERTIES
Instrumental techniques for investigation of hydrological and thermal processes near the Earth's surface; laboratory instrumentation and analysis of laboratory and field procedures in geotechnical science.
Geography GEOG 5303 PERIGLACIAL GEOCRYOLOGY
Permafrost, its distribution and significance, seasonal ground freezing, ground thermal regime, physical, thermodynamic, and geotechnical properties of freezing and thawing soils, terrain features ascribable to frost action, and solifluction and patterned ground.
Geography GEOG 5304 ASPECTS OF CLAY MINERALOGY AND SOIL CHEMISTRY
The role of clay minerals in soils will be considered from a geotechnical or biological perspective.
Geography GEOG 5803 REMOTE SENSING AND IMAGE ANALYSIS
Radiometric, geometric and resolution characteristics of remotely sensed data, image processing algorithms, analysis of spectral, textural, and contextual image information, applications to vegetation mapping and environmental analysis.
Department of Geography, University of Ottawa
GEG5301 COLD REGIONS HYDROLOGY AND GEOMORPHOLOGY
Selected topics in the hydrology and geomorphology of cold regions. Emphasis on glacierized, periglacial, or nival environments.
Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Physics
PHY5130 (PHYJ 5001) EXPERIMENTAL CHARACTERIZATION TECHNIQUES IN MATERIALS SCIENCE, PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, AND MINERALOGY (3 units)
Survey of experimental techniques used in materials science, condensed matter physics, solid state chemistry, and mineralogy to characterize materials and solid substances. Diffraction (X-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction...). Spectroscopy (infra-red spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, Mössbauer spectroscopy, electron spin resonance...). Microscopy and imaging (scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, optical microscopy, magnetic resonance imaging...). Other analytic techniques (thermal analysis, wet chemistry, bulk thermodynamic properties, linear response and dc susceptibility...).