Explore Geology & Geoscience to Uncover the Mysteries of Planet Earth
Sudbury is the best place in the world to study Earth Sciences.
Located on the southern rim of one of the world’s largest, oldest and best-exposed meteorite impact sites, close to numerous base metal mines and a large variety of rock types, Sudbury’s geology provides unique opportunities for field instruction, pure and applied research. This includes for example the exploration of ore deposits, understanding geological processes in the Earth interior and on its surface and the study of environmental processes. Using scientific principles, discover which elements are present to determine if the area could sustain life or what elements and minerals may be present to secure a sustainable future.
The Harquail School of Earth Sciences and its Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC) are housed in the Willet Green Miller Centre in the world’s largest mineral exploration and mining-service cluster. Uniquely situated in Northern Ontario within close proximity to Manitoulin Island, Timmins, Noranda and Bancroft, students have a setting for field-based learning and research that cannot be duplicated elsewhere.
Visit the Harquail School of Earth Sciences website to learn more about the faculty, current projects, research areas, and student and alumni experiences!Visit the Harquail School Website
Dr. Leonardo Feltrin
Telephone: 705-675-1151 ext 2131
Office: Monday 1-3pm (office hours from Sept 3, 2019 to Apr 3, 2020). Room B8053, on the 8th floor of the Willet Green Miller Centre.
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Positioning students for employment and success
Take advantage of small class sizes that provide an open and hands-on learning environment with a high focus on field-based instruction. The School is comprised of 20 faculty who are proven leaders in their fields, recognized through reputable awards including three Duncan Derry Medal winners. Located in the Willet Green Miller Centre, one of the largest earth science resource centres in North America, the location provides ample opportunities for students to find employment within their field while at Laurentian University. The building houses several mining-related research centres such as the Ontario Geological Survey, the Ontario Geoscience Laboratories (Geo Labs), and the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.
Students may continue their studies with the Harquail School of Earth Sciences in the MSc Geology program and the PhD in Mineral Deposits and Precambrian Geology program. See details about the Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC) below.
The four-year B.Sc. in Environmental Geosciences is designed to meet the minimum knowledge (academic) requirements for registration as a professional geoscientist (P.Geo.) with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO). Registration with the APGO will significantly enhance career prospects of Environmental Geosciences students.
The North's Advantage
The School contains a wide array of analytical instrumentation to support both the research and educational needs and benefits from sharing laboratory facilities with one of the largest and most advanced geoscience analytical facilities in North America supporting the Ontario Geological Survey (Geo Labs).
The region’s geological environments include Archean volcanic/sedimentary belts, a Proterozoic sedimentary/volcanic belt, Grenville metamorphic terrains, and lower to middle Paleozoic sequences. The School constitutes an unparalleled learning environment in ore deposits, structural geology, geophysics, mineralogy, igneous and metamorphic petrology, sedimentation and stratigraphy, and paleoecology.
Laurentian is the leading Canadian university in Economic Geology research funding
The Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC) is a collaborative research centre at Laurentian University affiliated with the Harquail School of Earth Sciences (HES). The Harquail School of Earth Sciences has by far the highest level of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI) funding in economic geology in Canada.
The most recently funded project called Metal Earth, is a seven-year, $104 Million collaborative research and development project initiated in 2016 and led by MERC. This initiative received a boost of $49,269,000 over seven years from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). This is the largest funding announcement in Laurentian’s 56-year history and the largest exploration research program ever undertaken in Canada, providing undergraduate students with the possibility of obtaining valuable hands-on summer work experience by conducting research in the field as part of this initiative. Findings from Metal Earth will be transferable around the world and position Canada as an authoritative leader in the global quest for metals.
What is an Economic Geologist curious about?
Evan Hastie studies how major rock structures control the distribution of gold deposits in Northern Manitoba. Read about his passions for economic geology and some of his recent findings with gold deposits.
Students travel to Southwestern USA!
Not only do students at the Harquail school have the opportunity to travel to nearby places in Northern Ontario, they also are presented with International field trip opportunities (most recently to Southwestern USA, Peru, South Africa, Chile, Hawaii, and Mexico). Read about the 13-day road trip through Southwestern USA and check out some photos on the Harquail Instagram page!
1 grade 12 English U/M course
1 grade 12 4U Advanced Functions
1 grade 12 U/M Science course
1 additional grade 12 U/M Math or Science course
2 other grade 12 U/M courses
A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses
Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.
Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.
Applicants from outside an Ontario High School
For Current Students
The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.
Bachelor of Science (4 Year) in Earth Sciences
Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.
Specialization in Earth Sciences
Total: 120 credits (with a minimum of 66 credits of GEOL courses plus 27 credits of foundation science plus electives)*
* B.Sc. students are required to take at least 12 cr from outside the Faculty of Science and Engineering. No more than 72 cr can be taken from any one subject area.
The four-year B.Sc. in Geology is designed to meet the minimum knowledge (academic) requirements for registration as a professional geologist (P.Geo.) with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO).
CHMI 1006 - General Chemistry I
CHMI 1007 - General Chemistry II
GEOL 1006 - Introductory Geology I
GEOL 1007 - Introductory Geology II
MATH 1036 - Calculus I
PHYS 1006 - Introductory Physics I or PHYS 1206 - Physics for the Life Sciences I
PHYS 1007 - Introductory Physics II or PHYS 1207 - Physics for the Life Sciences II
+ electives (9 cr) (6 cr of foundation science* and 3 cr of Arts are recommended)
* A foundation science is a course in biology, chemistry, computer programming, mathematics, physics or statistics at the first year level or higher (remedial secondary school level or transitional courses will not be accepted for credit).
GEOL 2006 - Field Geology I
GEOL 2126 - Mineralogy I
GEOL 2127 - Optical Mineralogy
GEOL 2237 - Sedimentary, Igneous & Metamorphic Rocks
GEOL 2406 - Paleobiology I
GEOL 2807 - Geochemistry I
STAT 2246 - Statistics for Sciences
+ electives (9 cr) (3 cr of foundation science and 6 cr of Arts are recommended)*
* CHMI 2526 is strongly recommended for students focusing on mineral exploration, igneous or metamorphic petrology, geochemistry or mineralogy.
GEOL 3006 - Field Geology II
GEOL 3206 - Igneous Petrology
GEOL 3207 - Metamorphic Petrology
GEOL 3217 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
GEOL 3306 - Structural Geology
GEOL 3607 - Ore Deposits & Their Geological Environment
GEOL-3807 - Geochemistry II
+ electives* (9 cr) (3 cr of Arts are recommended; GEOL 3056 - Computer Applications in the Geosciences or GEOG 3056 - GIS Application is recommended)
GEOL- 4506 - Tectonics, Petrogenesis and Metallogenesis
+ 9 credits from:
GEOL 4016 - Precambrian Geology
GEOL 4026 - Field Geology III
GEOL 4127 - Advanced Mineralogy
GEOL 4206 - Advanced Igneous Petrology
GEOL 4307 - Polyphase Metamorphism & Deformation
GEOL 4607 - Ore-Forming Processes
+ 6 credits from:
GEOL 4217 - Carbonate Sedimentology
GEOL 4226 - Pleistocene & Glacial Geology
GEOL 4956 – Mineral Exploration Geophysics
+ electives* (12 cr)
* Up to 6 credits may be GEOL 4005 - Thesis or two 3-credit GEOL courses not already taken above or from the additional Geoscience course list below. Students must ensure their overall degree requirements are met.
Additional geoscience courses eligible for APGO credit:*
BIOL 4076 - Ecosystem Ecology
CHMI 3326 - Aquatic Chemistry
CHMI 4197 - Environmental Analytical Chemistry
ENSC 3716 - Environmental Impact Assessment
GEOG 2037 - Introduction to Remote Sensing
GEOG 2126 - Climatology I
GEOG 3036 - Air Photo Interpretation
GEOG 3056 - GIS Application
GEOL 2066 - Near-surface Geophysical Methods
GEOL 3056 - Computer Applications in the Geosciences
GEOL 3397 - Introductory Soil Science
GEOL 3417 - Oceanography
GEOL 4005 - Thesis (6cr)
GEOL 4037 - Applied Remote Sensing
GEOL 4706 - Hydrogeology
GEOL 4416 - Global Change - The Geologic Record
GEOL 3146 - Physics of the Earth
GEOL 4946 Seismic Methods
* Courses may have prerequisites not listed here.
Bachelor of Science (3 Year) in Earth Sciences
Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.
Concentration in Earth Sciences
CHMI 1006E General Chemistry I*
CHMI 1007E General Chemistry II
GEOL 1006E Introductory Geology I
GEOL 1007E Introductory Geology II
PHYS 1006E Introductory Physics I or PHYS 1206E Physics for the Life Science I
PHYS 1007E Introductory Physics II or PHYS 1207E Physics for the Life Science II
6 credits from MATH at the first year level
6 elective credits#
* Students lacking grade 12 4U Chemistry must first take CHMI 1041.
GEOL 2006E Field Geology I
GEOL 2126E Mineralogy I
GEOL 2127E Optical Mineralogy
GEOL 2237E Sedimentary, Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks
GEOL 2406E Paleobiology I
GEOL 2807E Geochemistry I
12 elective credits#
GEOL 3006E Field Geology II
12 credits from:
GEOL 3206E Igneous Petrography
GEOL 3207E Metamorphic Petrography
GEOL 3217E Sedimentary Facies
GEOL 3306E Structural Geology
GEOL 3807E Geochemistry II
15 elective credits#
# Students must include a minimum of 12 credits from the Humanities and/or Social Sciences.
Note: Students may not exceed 48 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.
Minor in Geology
GEOL 1006 Introduction to Geology I
GEOL 1007 Introduction to Geology II
15 credits from the following (at least 6 credits must be from 3000/4000 level
GEOL 2237 Sedimentary, Igneous & Metamorphic Rocks
GEOL 2126 Mineralogy
GEOL 2021 Geology of Earth Resources
GEOL 2022 The Dynamic Earth
GEOL 2406 Paleobiology I
GEOL 2046 Natural Disasters
GEOL 2106 Introductory Geomorphology I
GEOL 3217 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
GEOL 3312 Introduction to Earth Structures
GEOL 3811 Chemistry of Earth Materials
GEOL 4226 Pleistocene and Glacial Geology
GEOL 4416 Global Change
GEOL 4706 Hydrogeology
GEOL 4956 Geophysics
3 credits from the following list
COMM 1206 Business communications
ENGR 1016 Engineering Communications
ENGL 1706 Intro to writing English studies I
COST 2446 The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communications I
COST 2447 The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communications II
ENGL 3536 Environmental Communications
ENGL 3556 Principles and Practices of Workplace Communications
SCOM 4006 Communicating Research
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introductory Geology I
Introductory Geology II
Introductory Physics I
Introductory Physics II
Field Geology I
Near-Surface Geophysical Methods
Sedimentary, Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks
Statistics for Scientists
Field Geology II
Computer Applications in the Earth Sciences
Physics of the Earth
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Introductory Soil Science
Ore Deposits and Their Geological Environment
Field Geology III
Applied Remote Sensing
Advanced Igneous Petrology
Pleistocene and Glacial Geology
Polyphase Metamorphism and Deformation
The Global Change-The Geologic Record
Tectonics, Petrogenesis and Metallogenesis
Mineral Exploration Geophysics
Sessional Instructors (June 2019)
Manuel F. Duguet
Cun Hai George Gao
Richard S. James
Tobias M. Roth
Don H. Rousell
Kate E. Rubingh
Margaret S. Stewart
Robert C. Stewart
Phillips C. Thurston