Environmental Geoscience

Investigate Planet Earth to Understand Environmental Interactions Between Geology, Biology, and Hydrology

Investigate planet earth to understand environmental interactions between geology, biology, and hydrology.

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. 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. The success of more than 40 continuous years of environmental reclamation efforts has led to numerous national and international awards, including a Government of Canada Environmental Achievement Award, a United States Chevron Conservation Award, and a United Nations Local Government Honours Award.

With over 330 lakes and access to over 1000 km of trails, your backyard becomes both your recreational space and laboratory!

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Academic Advisor

Dr. Leonardo Feltrin

Telephone: 705-675-1151 ext 2131

Email: LFeltrin@laurentian.ca

Office: Office Hours Monday 1-3pm (Sept 3, 2019 - Apr 3, 2020). Office number B8053, on the 8th floor of the Willet Green Miller Centre

How to Apply
Laurentian University aerial view
By land area, Greater Sudbury is the largest city in Ontario and as such, the great outdoors beckon with its vast expanse of lakes and waterways, varied terrain, forests and comprehensive network of trails.
Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

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 geology-related research centres such as the Ontario Geological Survey, the Ontario Geoscience Laboratories (Geo Labs), and the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.

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, the Geoscience Laboratories.

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. 

Professional Accreditation

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.

Ontario High School Applicants

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 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

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.

Specialization in Environmental Geoscience
Total: 120 credits (with a minimum of 63 credits of GEOL/ENSC 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 Environmental Geoscience 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).  

1st year 
   CHMI 1006 - General Chemistry I
   CHMI 1007 - General Chemistry II
   ENSC 1406 - Earth’s Environmental Systems
   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 SciencesII

   + electives (6 cr) (3 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). Introductory biology is recommended.   

** ENVI 1507 - Introduction to Environmental Studies is recommended as an ARTS elective. 

2nd year 
   GEOL 2006 - Field Geology I  
   GEOL 2066 - Near-surface Geophysical Methods*  
   GEOL 2106 - Introductory Geomorphology
   GEOL 2126 - Mineralogy I
   GEOL 2237 - Sedimentary, Igneous & Metamorphic Rocks
   GEOL 2406 - Paleobiology I
   GEOL 2807 - Geochemistry I  
   STAT 2246 - Statistics for Scientists

   +  electives (6 cr) (at least 3 cr of ARTS are recommended)
*GEOL 2066 - Near-surface Geophysics is offered in alternate years and should be taken in 2nd or 3rd year as available. 

3rd year 
   BIOL 3056 - Mineral Exploitation & the Biosphere or BIOL 3376 - Restoration Ecology I 
   CHMI 3326 - Aquatic Chemistry or CHMI 3116 - Instrumental Techniques   GEOL 3006 - Field Geology II or GEOL3007- Environmental Field Geology*
   GEOL 3056 - Computer Applications in the Geosciences or GEOG 3056 - GIS Application  
   GEOL 3217 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
   GEOL 3306 - Structural Geology  
   GEOL 3397 - Introductory Soil Science (or BIOL 3397 - Soil Biology)

  + electives (9 cr) (3 cr from addiotional GEOL credits + 6 cr of Arts  are recommended if not already taken)
*Subject to approval another advanced environmental field methods course may be used to meet this requirement.   

4th year    
   GEOL 4226 - Pleistocene & Glacial Geology
   GEOL 4706 - Hydrogeology 
   GEOL 3417 - Oceanography
   GEOL 4416 - Global Change - The Geologic Record
   + 6 additional GEOL credits not already taken above or from the Additional Geoscience course list below:

   + electives* (12 cr) 

*Additional GEOL courses (including GEOL 4005 - Thesis) may be taken up to a maximum of 72 credits. Students must ensure their overall degree requirements are met. 

Additional geoscience courses eligible for APGO credit:* 
   BIOL 4076 - Ecosystem Ecology
   CHMI 4197 - Environmental Analytical Chemistry
   ENSC 3716 - Environmental Impact Assessment
   GEOG 2037 - Introduction to Remote Sensing
   GEOL 2127 - Optical Mineralogy
   GEOG 2126 - Climatology I
   GEOG 3036 - Air Photo Interpretation GEOG 3056 - GIS Application
   GEOL 3206 - Igneous Petrology
   GEOL 3207 - Metamorphic Petrology
   GEOL 3607 - Ore Deposits & Their Geological Environment
   GEOL 3807 - Geochemistry II
   GEOL 4005 - Thesis
   GEOL 4016 - Precambrian Geology
   GEOL 4026 - Field Geology III
   GEOL 4037 - Applied Remote Sensing
   GEOL 4127 - Advanced Mineralogy
   GEOL 4206 - Advanced Igneous Petrology
   GEOL 4217 - Carbonate Sedimentology
   GEOL 4307 - Polyphase Metamorphism & Deformation
   GEOL 4607 - Ore-Forming Processes
   GEOL 4956 – Mineral Exploration Geophysics 

*Courses may have prerequisites not listed here.  GEOL 2127 - Optical Mineralogy is prerequisite for higher level courses in petrology and ore formation.


Minor in Environmental Geosciences

   GEOL 1006       Introduction to Geology I
   ENSC 1406       Earth’s Environmental Systems

   6 credits from the following:

      GEOL 1007      Introduction to Geology II
      GEOL 2237      Sedimentary, Igneous & Metamorphic Rocks
      GEOL 2021      Geology of Earth Resources
      GEOL 2022      The Dynamic Earth
      GEOL 2046      Natural Disasters
      GEOL 2066      Near-surface Geophysical methods
      GEOL 2106      Introductory Geomorphology
      GEOL 2807      Geochemistry I
      GEOL 4226      Pleistocene and Glacial Geology

   9 credits from the following:

      BIOL 3056      Mineral Exploitation and the Biosphere
      BIOL 3376      Restoration and Ecology I – concepts and principles
      GEOL 3136     Watershed Hydrology
      GEOL 3397     Introductory Soil Science
      GEOL 3417     Oceanography
      GEOL 3811     Chemistry of Earth Materials
      BIOL 4076       Ecosystem Ecology
      BIOL 4396       Current issues in Environmental Sustainability
      GEOL 4416      Global Change
      GEOL 4706      Hydrogeology

   3 credits from the following:

      COMM 1206     Business communications
      COST 2446      The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communications I
      COST 2447      The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communications II
      ENGR 1016      Engineering Communications
      ENGL 1706      Intro to writing English studies I
      ENGL 3536       Environmental Communications
      ENGL 3556       Principles and Practices of Workplace Communications
      ENVI 1507        Communication skills, Ethics, and Environmental Issues
      PHIL 2217        Environmental Ethics



CHMI-1006EL - General Chemistry I CHMI-1007EL - General Chemistry II ENSC-1406EL - Earth's Environmental Systems GEOL-1006EL - Introductory Geology I GEOL-1007EL - Introductory Geology II MATH-1036EL - Calculus I PHYS-1006EL - Introductory Physics I PHYS-1007EL - Introductory Physics II GEOG-2037EL - Introduction to Remote Sensing GEOG-2106EL - Geomorphology I GEOG-2126EL - Climatology I GEOL-2006EL - Field Geology I GEOL-2066EL - Near-Surface Geophysical Methods GEOL-2126EL - Mineralogy I GEOL-2127EL - Optical Mineralogy GEOL-2237EL - Sedimentary, Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks GEOL-2406EL - Paleobiology I GEOL-2807EL - Geochemistry I STAT-2246EL - Statistics for Scientists BIOL-3056EL - Mineral Exploitation and the Biosphere CHMI-3326EL - Aquatic Chemistry ENSC-3716EL - Environmental Impact Assessment GEOG-3056EL - Topics in Geographic Information Systems Application
GEOL-3007EL - Environmental Field Geology GEOL-3056EL - Computer Applications in the Earth Sciences GEOL-3206EL - Igneous Petrography GEOL-3207EL - Metamorphic Petrography GEOL-3217EL - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy GEOL-3306EL - Structural Geology GEOL-3397EL - Introductory Soil Science GEOL-3607EL - Ore Deposits and Their Geological Environment GEOL-3807EL - Geochemistry II GEOL-4005EL - Thesis GEOL-4016EL - Precambrian Geology GEOL-4026EL - Field Geology III GEOL-4037EL - Applied Remote Sensing GEOL-4127EL - Advanced Mineralogy GEOL-4206EL - Advanced Igneous Petrology GEOL-4217EL - Carbonate Sedimentology GEOL-4226EL - Pleistocene and Glacial Geology GEOL-4307EL - Polyphase Metamorphism and Deformation GEOL-4416EL - The Global Change-The Geologic Record GEOL-4607EL - Ore-Forming Processes GEOL-4706EL - Hydrogeology GEOL-4956EL - Mineral Exploration Geophysics

Sessional Instructors (June 2019)

Christopher Beckett-Brown

Manuel F. Duguet

Cun Hai George Gao

Evan Hastie

Richard S. James

Taus Jørgensen

Jordan Mathieu

Rémy Poulin

Tobias M. Roth

Don H. Rousell

Kate E. Rubingh

Renée-Luce Simard

Margaret S. Stewart

Robert C. Stewart

Phillips C. Thurston

Leonardo Feltrin

Leonardo Feltrin

Harquail School of Earth Sciences
Harold Gibson

Harold Gibson

Harquail School of Earth Sciences
Alessandro Ielpi

Alessandro Ielpi

Harquail School of Earth Sciences
Pedro Jugo

Pedro Jugo

Harquail School of Earth Sciences
Daniel Kontak

Daniel Kontak

Harquail School of Earth Sciences
Bruno Lafrance

Bruno Lafrance

Harquail School of Earth Sciences
Carl Lesher

Carl Lesher

Harquail School of Earth Sciences
Andrew McDonald

Andrew McDonald

Harquail School of Earth Sciences
Nadia Mykytczuk

Nadia Mykytczuk

School of the Environment
Mostafa Naghizadeh

Mostafa Naghizadeh

Harquail School of Earth Sciences
Stéphane Perrouty

Stéphane Perrouty

Harquail School of Earth Sciences
Michael Schindler

Michael Schindler

Harquail School of Earth Sciences
Ross Sherlock

Ross Sherlock

Harquail School of Earth Sciences
Richard Smith

Richard Smith

Harquail School of Earth Sciences
Graeme Spiers

Graeme Spiers

School of the Environment
Douglas Tinkham

Douglas Tinkham

Harquail School of Earth Sciences
Elizabeth Turner

Elizabeth Turner

Harquail School of Earth Sciences