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Geological Sciences

 

Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.Sc.

Members

Professors

R. Beckie, M. Bustin, G. Dipple, E. Eberhardt, L. Groat, M. Jellinek, M. Johnson, M. Kopylova, U. Mayer, S. Peacock, K. Russell, J. Scoates, D. Weis.

Professors Emeriti

J. Mortensen, L. Smith.

Associate Professors

S. Barker, S. Crowe, L. Kennedy, S. McDougall, J. Saylor, M. Smit.

Assistant Professors

A. Ameli, K. Chritz, M. Darcy, K. Hickey, L. Lukes.
 

Program Overview

UBC and the Province of British Columbia offer exceptional opportunity for combined field and laboratory research. The Canadian Cordillera offers research opportunities in:

  • petrology of intrusive and volcanic rocks of many kinds, and of metamorphic rocks of all grades
  • structural studies of complex metamorphic terrains exposed in three dimensions
  • metalliferous deposits of varied genetic types
  • mineral exploration methods; mineralogy associated with many different environments
  • complexly folded and faulted successions of bedded rocks in the mountain belts and plateaus, and in virtually undisturbed coal- and gas-bearing strata of the north-eastern province
  • numerous problems of engineering, environmental geology-related to water, slope stability, natural geological hazards, and hydrogeology (lakes, fjords, deltas, tidal flats, continental shelf, and oceanic depths provide a wide range of aquatic environments for students interested in sedimentology, geochemistry, biostratigraphy, and geological oceanography)

Numerous research units in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences maintain excellent provisions for research and study in a wide range of geological sciences.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the Ph.D. degree program normally possess a master's degree in an area of science or applied science, with clear evidence of research ability or potential. Transfer from the master's to the Ph.D. program is permitted under Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies regulations.

Program Requirements

Courses in geology and related fields will be selected in consultation with the student's supervisory committee. All doctoral students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

Master of Science

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the M.Sc. degree program normally possess a bachelor's degree in an area of science or applied science, and must meet the general admission requirements for master's degree programs set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Program Requirements

The M.Sc. (with thesis) program includes either a 12-credit or 18-credit thesis. Students writing the 12-credit thesis must complete a minimum of 18 credits of additional coursework. Students writing the 18-credit thesis must complete a minimum of 12 credits of additional coursework. Students will work with their supervisor to determine whether the 12-credit or 18-credit thesis is the appropriate pathway for them. The coursework will be in graduate or advanced courses in geology and related fields selected in consultation with the student's supervisory committee.

The M.Sc. (without thesis) program includes 27 credits in graduate or advanced courses in geology and related subjects and a 3-credit graduating paper (EOSC 548), selected in consultation with the student's supervisory committee.

A minimum of 24 credits must be at the 500-level and above.

Contact Information

Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
2020-2207 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
Tel: 604.822.2713
Fax: 604.822.6088
Email: gradsec@eoas.ubc.ca
Web: www.eoas.ubc.ca


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