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Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences
(Faculty of Science)
2125 Herzberg Bldg.
613-520-5633
earthsci.carleton.ca

This section presents the requirements for:

The Co-operative Education option is available in Earth Sciences. See the Co-operative Education section of this Calendar for details.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the requirements listed below, students must satisfy:

  1. the University regulations (see the Academic Regulations of the University section of this Calendar),
  2. the Faculty regulations applying to all B.Sc. students including those relating to First-Year Seminar, Science Continuation and Breadth requirements (see the Academic Regulations and Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree ).

Students should consult with the department, school or committee responsible for their program when planning their program and selecting courses.

Course Categories for Earth Sciences Programs

The program descriptions below make use of the following course categories that are defined in the Academic Regulations for the Bachelor of Science Degree section of this Calendar.

  • Science Faculty Electives
  • Advanced Science Faculty Electives
  • Science Continuation Courses
  • Science Geography
  • Science Psychology
  • Approved Arts or Social Science
  • Free Elective
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Program Requirements

Earth Sciences
B.Sc. Honours (20.0 credits)

  1. Credits Included in the Major CGPA (11.0 credits):
  1. 1.0 credit in ERTH 1006 and ERTH 1007;
  2. 7.0 credits in ERTH 2101, ERTH 2102, ERTH 2311, ERTH 2312, ERTH 2405, ERTH 2406, ERTH 2801, ERTH 2802, ERTH 3201, ERTH 3202, ERTH 3204, ERTH 3205, ERTH 3805, ERTH 3806;
  3. 1.0 credit in ERTH 4908 [1.0];
  4. 2.0 credits in ERTH at the 4000-level.
  1. Credits Not Included in the Major CGPA (9.0 credits):
  1. 1.0 credit in MATH 1007 and MATH 1107;
  2. 1.0 credit in CHEM 1000 [1.0];
  3. 1.0 credit from BIOL 1003, BIOL 1004, PHYS 1003 or PHYS 1007, or PHYS 1004 or PHYS 1008;
  4. 0.5 credit in STAT 2507;
  5. 0.5 credit in COMP or in MATH, STAT at the 2000-level or above;
  6. 1.0 credit in Science Continuation Courses;
  7. 0.5 credit in Science Faculty Electives;
  8. 0.5 credit in NSCI 1000 or Approved Arts or Social Science electives;
  9. 1.5 credits in Approved Arts or Social Science electives;
  10. 1.5 credits in free electives.
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Earth Sciences with Concentration in Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoecology B.Sc. Honours (20.0 credits)

  1. Credits Included in the Major CGPA (10.5 credits):
  1. 1.0 credit in ERTH 1006 and ERTH 1007;
  2. 3.0 credits in ERTH 2101, ERTH 2102, ERTH 2311, ERTH 2312, ERTH 2406, ERTH 2801;
  3. 2.0 credits in ERTH 3201, ERTH 3111, ERTH 3112, ERTH 3113;
  4. 0.5 credit in ERTH 4003 or ERTH 4808;
  5. 1.0 credit in ERTH 4908 [1.0];
  6. 3.0 credits from NSCI 1000, BIOL 3104, BIOL 3501, (BIOL 3601 or BIOL 3602), BIOL 3802, BIOL 3605, BIOL 3609, BIOL 3611, BIOL 4500, GEOM 3002, GEOG 3102, GEOG 3104, ERTH 2401, ERTH 2405, ERTH 2802, ERTH 3205, ERTH 3805, ERTH 4005, ERTH 4303, ERTH 4304, ERTH 4305, ERTH 4306, ERTH 4307, ERTH 4802;
  1. Credits Not Included in the Major CGPA (9.5 credits):
  1. 2.0 credits in BIOL 2001, BIOL 2104, BIOL 2600, STAT 2507;
  2. 3.5 credits in BIOL 1003, BIOL 1004, CHEM 1000  [1.0], MATH 1007, MATH 1107, PHYS 1007;
  3. 0.5 credit Science Faculty Electives;
  4. 2.0 credits in Approved Arts or Social Sciences;
  5. 1.5 credits in free electives.
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Earth Sciences
B.Sc. Major (20.0 credits)

  1. Credits Included in the Major CGPA (11.0 credits):
  1. 1.0 credit in ERTH 1006 and ERTH 1007;
  2. 7.0 credits in ERTH 2101, ERTH 2102, ERTH 2311, ERTH 2312, ERTH 2405, ERTH 2406, ERTH 2801, ERTH 2802, ERTH 3201, ERTH 3202, ERTH 3204, ERTH 3205, ERTH 3805, ERTH 3806;
  3. 3.0 credits in ERTH at the 4000-level;
  1. Credits Not Included in the Major CGPA (9.0 credits):
  1. 1.0 credit in MATH 1007 and MATH 1107;
  2. 1.0 credit in CHEM 1000 [1.0];
  3. 1.0 credit in BIOL 1003, BIOL 1004, PHYS 1003 or PHYS 1007, or PHYS 1004 or PHYS 1008;
  4. 2.0 credits in Science Continuation Courses;
  5. 0.5 credit in Science Faculty Electives;
  6. 0.5 credit in NSCI 1000 or Approved Arts or Social Science electives;
  7. 1.5 credits in Approved Arts or Social Science electives;
  8. 1.5 credits in free electives.
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Earth Sciences
B.Sc. General (15.0 credits)

  1. Credits Included in the Major CGPA (7.0 credits):
  1. 1.0 credit from ERTH 1006, ERTH 1007;
  2. 3.0 credits ERTH 2101, ERTH 2102, ERTH 2311, ERTH 2312, ERTH 2406, ERTH 2801;
  3. 3.0 credits in ERTH 3201, ERTH 3202, ERTH 3204, ERTH 3205, ERTH 3805, ERTH 3806;
  1. Credits Not Included in the Major CGPA (8.0 credits):
  1. 1.0 credit in MATH 1007 and MATH 1107;
  2. 1.0 credit in CHEM 1000 [1.0];
  3. 1.0 credit in (BIOL 1003 and BIOL 1004) or (PHYS 1003 and PHYS 1007), or (PHYS 1004 and PHYS 1008);
  4. 2.0 credits in Science Continuation Courses;
  5. 0.5 credits in NSCI 1000 or Approved Arts or Social Sciences;
  6. 1.5 credits in Approved Arts or Social Sciences;
  7. 1.0 credit in free electives.
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Computational Geophysics
B.Sc. Honours (20.0 credits)

  1. Credits Included in the Major CGPA (9.0 credits):
  1. 1.0 credits in COMP 1002, COMP 1005;
  2. 0.5 credit in STAT 2507;
  3. 1.0 credit in ERTH 4908 [1.0];
  4. 1.0 credit in ERTH 1006 and ERTH 1007;
  5. 5.5 credits in ERTH 2101, ERTH 2102, ERTH 2405, ERTH 2406, ERTH 2801, ERTH 2802, ERTH 3201, ERTH 3805, ERTH 3806, ERTH 4801, ERTH 4804;
  1. Credits Not Included in the Major CGPA (11.0 credits):
  1. 2.5 credits in MATH 1007, MATH 1107, MATH 2007, MATH 2008, MATH 3705;
  2. 2.5 credits in PHYS 1001, PHYS 1002, PHYS 2202, PHYS 3308, PHYS 3807,
  3. 1.0 credit in CHEM 1000 [1.0];
  4. 3.0 credits from ERTH 2311, ERTH 3202, ERTH 3204, ERTH 3205, ERTH 4303, ERTH 4306, ERTH 4707, ERTH 4807, COMP 1006, COMP 2004, COMP 3000, COMP 3005, PHYS 2604, PHYS 4203, MATH 2800, MATH 3800, GEOM 2004, GEOM 2007;
  5. 0.5 credit in NSCI 1000 or Approved Arts and Social Sciences;
  6. 1.5 credits in Approved Arts and Social Sciences. Note: the courses in Item 9 above should be selected in consultation with the program adviser.
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Earth Sciences and Physical Geography
B.Sc. Combined Honours (20.0 credits)

  1. Credits Included in the Major CGPA (12.0 credits):
  1. 1.0 credit in GEOG 2013 and GEOG 2014;
  2. 0.5 credit from ERTH 1006 (preferred) or ERTH 1007;
  3. 1.5 credits in ERTH 2101, ERTH 2102, ERTH 2406;
  4. 0.5 credit in ERTH 2801 or ENSC 2000;
  5. 2.0 credits in ERTH at the 3000-level or above;
  6. 1.0 credit in ERTH at the 4000-level;
  7. 1.5 credit in Science Geography or Geomatics courses at the 2000-level or above;
  8. 2.0 credits in GEOM 3002, GEOG 3102, GEOG 3105, GEOG 3108;
  9. 1.0 credit in Science Geography or Geomatics courses at the 4000-level;
  10. 1.0 credit in GEOG 4906 [1.0] or ERTH 4908 [1.0];
  1. Credits Not Included in the Major CGPA (8.0 credits):
  1. 2.0 credits in CHEM 1000 [1.0], MATH 1007 and MATH 1107;
  2. 1.0 credit in PHYS 1003 and PHYS 1004, or PHYS 1007 and PHYS 1008;
  3. 1.0 credit in Mathematics (MATH, STAT) at 2000-level or above; and/or in COMP; (STAT 2507 and COMP 1004 are recommended);
  4. 0.5 credit in NSCI 1000 or Approved Arts or Social Sciences;
  5. 1.5 credits in Approved Arts or Social Sciences;
  6. 2.0 credits in free electives.

Note:

  1. A Human Geography course is recommended in the program.
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Earth Sciences and Geography: Concentration in Terrain Science
B.Sc. Combined Honours (20.0 credits)

  1. Credits Included in the Major CGPA (12.5 credits):
  1. 1.0 credit in GEOG 2014 and ERTH 1006 (preferred) or ERTH 1007;
  2. 2.0 credits in ERTH 2101, ERTH 2102, ERTH 2406, ERTH 2802;
  3. 0.5 credit in ERTH 2801 or ENSC 2000;
  4. 2.0 credit in ERTH 3201, ERTH 3202, ERTH 3205, ERTH 3806;
  5. 1.0 credit in ERTH at the 4000-level;
  6. 0.5 credit in GEOG 2006 or STAT 2507;
  7. 1.5 credits in GEOM 2004, GEOM 2007, GEOG 2013;
  8. 2.0 credits in GEOM 3002, GEOG 3102, GEOG 3105, GEOG 3108;
  9. 1.0 credit in GEOG 4101 and GEOG 4108;
  10. 1.0 credit in ERTH 4908 [1.0] or GEOG 4906 [1.0];
  1. Credits Not Included in the Major CGPA (7.5 credits):
  1. 1.0 credit in CHEM 1000 [1.0];
  2. 1.0 credit in MATH 1007 and MATH 1107;
  3. 1.0 credit in (PHYS 1003 and PHYS 1004) or (PHYS 1007 and PHYS 1008);
  4. 0.5 credit from COMP 1003, COMP 1004 or COMP 1007;
  5. 1.0 credit in Science Faculty Electives at the 2000-level or above;
  6. 0.5 credit in NSCI 1000 or Approved Arts or Social Sciences;
  7. 1.5 credits in Approved Arts or Social Sciences;
  8. 1.0 credit free electives.
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Biology and Earth Sciences
B.Sc. Combined Honours (20.0 credits)

  1. Credits Included in the Major CGPA (13.0 credits):
  1. 1.0 credit in BIOL 1003 and BIOL 1004;
  2. 1.0 credit in ERTH 1006 and ERTH 1007;
  3. 10.0 credits in BIOL (or BIOC) and ERTH at the 2000-level or above, collectively satisfying:
    1. 1.0 credit in BIOL 3605 and ERTH 2801;
    2. at least 4.0 credits in BIOC;
    3. at least 4.0 credits in ERTH;
    4. at least 4.0 credits at the 3000-level or above;
  4. 1.0 credit in BIOL 4908 or ERTH 4908;
  1. Credits Not Included in the Major CGPA (7.0 credits):
  1. 1.0 credit in MATH 1007 and MATH 1107;
  2. 1.0 credit in CHEM 1000 [1.0], PHYS 1003 and PHYS 1004, or PHYS 1007 and PHYS 1008. The omitted subject, i.e. Chemistry or Physics, must have been taken at the OAC or Grade 12 level;
  3. 0.5 credit in STAT. STAT 2507 is recommended;
  4. 0.5 credit in COMP. COMP 1004 is recommended;
  5. 1.0 credit in Science Faculty Electives;
  6. 0.5 credit in NSCI 1000 or Approved Arts or Social Sciences;
  7. 1.5 credits in Approved Arts or Social Sciences;
  8. 1.0 credit in free electives;
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Chemistry and Earth Sciences
B.Sc. Combined Honours (20.0 credits)

  1. Credits Included in the Major CGPA (12.0 credits):
  1. 4.0 credits in CHEM 1000 [1.0], CHEM 2103, CHEM 2302, CHEM 2303, CHEM 2501, CHEM 3100, CHEM 3503;
  2. 1.0 credit in CHEM at the 4000-level;
  3. 1.0 credit in ERTH 1006 and ERTH 1007;
  4. 2.0 credits in ERTH 2101, ERTH 2102, ERTH 2406, ERTH 2801;
  5. 1.0 credit in ERTH at the 3000-level;
  6. 1.0 credit in ERTH at the 4000-level;
  7. 1.0 credit in CHEM or ERTH;
  8. 1.0 credit in either CHEM 4908 or ERTH 4908;
  1. Credits Not Included in the Major CGPA (8.0 credits):
  1. 1.5 credits in MATH 1007, MATH 1107, MATH 2007;
  2. 0.5 credit in MATH or STAT at the 2000-level;
  3. 1.0 credit in either (PHYS 1003 and PHYS 1004) or (PHYS 1007 and PHYS 1008);
  4. 1.0 credit in Science Faculty Electives (not CHEM or ERTH);
  5. 1.0 credit in Science Faculty Electives;
  6. 0.5 credit in NSCI 1000 or Approved Arts or Social Sciences;
  7. 1.5 credits in Approved Arts or Social Sciences;
  8. 1.0 credit in free elective.

Minor in Earth Sciences

The Minor in Earth Sciences is available to students enrolled in degree programs other than those offered by the Department of Earth Sciences. Consultation with the Earth Sciences Undergraduate Advisor is required prior to registration in the Minor.

Requirements
  1. 1.0 credit in ERTH 1006 and ERTH 1007 (see Note, below);
  2. 3.0 credits from: ERTH 2801, ERTH 2311, ERTH 2312, ERTH 2401, ERTH 2402, ERTH 2403, ERTH 2405, ERTH 3205, ERTH 4303;
  3. The remaining requirements of the major discipline(s) and degree must be satisfied. Note: it is strongly recommended that both ERTH 1006 and ERTH 1007 be completed before proceeding to the courses in Item 2.
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