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LAKEHEAD CALENDAR 2009-2010

Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Units Undergraduate Programs and Courses Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies Department of Geology
Department of Geology
Professor and Chair S.A. Kissin
Professors G.J. Borradaile,
  P.W. Fralick,
  M.L. Hill,
  P. Hollings,
  S.A. Kissin
Associate Professor A.G. Conly
Adjunct Professors D. Gauthier,
T. C. McCuaig,
  A. Somarin
Professors Emeriti of Geology M.M. Kehlenbeck,
  E.L.P. Mercy,
  R.H. Mitchell


Geology is the study of the earth and other celestial bodies. In addition to bedrock and the loose sediment which covers it, geologists also investigate the atmosphere and hydrosphere, the history of the planet and life (paleontology, a branch of geology). Geologists also study modern processes operating on the surface and in the interior of the Earth and other planets and moons in the solar system. Our graduates are employed in a variety of jobs ranging from environmental monitoring and pollution clean-up to hydrocarbon and mineral exploration. A high percentage of students graduating from our program continue on to complete graduate degrees, both from Lakehead and other universities, and secure jobs in applied and pure research.

The geology program at Lakehead is a hands-on learning experience. The university is located amidst the rugged grandeur of the Canadian Shield. This provides a readily accessible outdoor classroom and laboratory. The geology program takes advantage of this setting by convening classes outside when possible, conducting numerous weekend field trips and offering two extended field schools. Small class sizes add to this learning experience and allow access to state-of-the-art analytical equipment by third and fourth year students. This hands-on learning experience creates a superior environment in which to study geology.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

See Requirements for Admission to Undergraduate Degree Programs in the Admission Requirements and Registration section of this Calendar, page 27.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

See the University Regulations section (page 39) and the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies Regulations section (page 152) of this Calendar for conditions to enter, proceed in, and graduate from these programs.

The following regulations 1-6 apply to the BSc Four Year and HBSc programs, but do not apply to the BSc (Earth Science Major) program.

1. Upon completion of the first year of courses a student may enter year two of the Honours BSc Geology four-year program if he/she has a B average in Geology, and has received credit in all other courses of that year.

To retain this standing the student must maintain an overall B average or better in the Geology courses for the remaining three years of the program.

At the end of fourth year, with completion of all required courses and the required number of credits, the student will be eligible for one of the following degrees:

Honours BSc Geology first class standing
(If the overall average in the fourth year Geology courses was A grade or better)
Honours BSc Geology

2. A student may be admitted to the Honours BSc degree program in any year providing that his/her overall average in Geology courses, at the beginning of that year, is B grade or better.

3. Any student in Geology who expects to meet the requirements for the Honours BSc degree must complete Geology 4181. The student is required to declare his/her research topic during his/her third year of the program. Details of the procedure for this declaration will be announced to the student in his/her third year.

4. In the event that a student attains an overall B average in his/her Geology courses at the completion of fourth year, he/she will be eligible for the Honours BSc Geology degree. In order to receive that degree, the student must complete the honours thesis.

5. Upon completion of the first year of courses a student may enter year two of the BSc Geology four-year degree program if he/she has a C average in Geology.

To retain this standing the student must maintain an overall C average in the Geology courses for the remaining three years of the program.

At the end of the fourth year, with completion of all required courses and the required number of credits, the student will be eligible for the BSc Geology degree.

6. If at the end of an academic year a student does not meet the requirements for either of the standings outlined in 1 or 5, he/she may be permitted to continue on probation.

If at the end of the probationary period, normally one academic year, a student still fails to meet the requirements for either of the standings outlined in 1 or 2, he/she will be required to transfer to the BSc General degree program.

Note:
A fee will be assessed for Geology 1111 (ENST 1112) - Planet Earth with Laboratory, Geology 2318 - Field Mapping, and Geology 4161 - Field School), during registration to cover the costs associated with travel and accommodation.