Thompson Rivers University
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GEOL1110 Introduction to Physical Geology (3,0,2)(L)Thompson Rivers University

GEOL 1110 Introduction to Physical Geology (3,0,2)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This is a science laboratory course directed towards anyone who has an interest in geology. The course involves a survey of all major topics of physical geology, including mineralogy, petrology, crystal chemistry, time, surface processes, volcanic activity, rock deformation and mountain building, and plate tectonics. Field excursions supplement the lecture and laboratory material. Required Lab: GEOL 1110L
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GEOL2050 Geological Time (3,0,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

GEOL 2050 Geological Time (3,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course explores the evolution of Earth, the continents, oceans, atmosphere, climate, and biosphere over geologic time. Students will learn about the scientific principles, evidence, techniques and technologies for addressing fundamental inquires such as how oxygen was added to the atmosphere, how and why climates have changed throughout time and the significance to current climate change; how water and salts were added to the oceans, and causes of sea level change; the formation and erosion of mountains; causes and effects of glaciations; theories for the origin of life, and the timing and causes of major extinctions; and the recent importance of humans as geologic agents.
Prerequisite: GEOL 1110 or GEOG 1000 or consent of the instructor Required Lab: GEOL 2050L
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GEOL2060 Introduction to Mineral Deposits, Minerals (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

GEOL 2060 Introduction to Mineral Deposits, Minerals (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course explores the formation, styles and types of mineral deposits, occurrences, exploration methods, mineral resources and reserves, types of mines, and prospecting methods. Topics include considerations of a social license to mine; social, economic, and environmental sustainability issues and solutions; environmental assessment, mine closure and reclamation. Case studies will be discussed.
Prerequisite: One of GEOL 1110, GEOL 1111, or GEOG 1000 or consent of the instructor
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GEOL2070 Geologic Hazards and Forensic Geology (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

GEOL 2070 Geologic Hazards and Forensic Geology (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

In this course students will explore how the geosciences contribute to criminal and military investigations, and to the understanding, prediction and mitigation of geologic hazards. This course is an opportunity to explore the magnitude, frequency, causes and impacts of geologic hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami, landslides, and meteor impact. The course also covers prediction, monitoring, assessment and causes of damage; the role of the geosciences in national security, and geological methods used in criminal investigations.
Prerequisite: One of GEOL 1110, GEOL 1111, or GEOG 1000 or consent of the instructor
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GEOL2100 Mineralogy: Properties, Identification, Occurrences and Uses (3,0,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

GEOL 2100 Mineralogy: Properties, Identification, Occurrences and Uses (3,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore the rocks and minerals of Earth and the solar system, including their uses, occurrences and evolution throughout geologic time. Though this exploration students gain an understanding of the systematic study of minerals, their physical and chemical properties and identification, as well as the major rock types, where they occur, how they are formed, and their field recognition. The curriculum is designed for students with a variety of interests including students considering careers in the geosciences and related fields, education, environmental studies, as well as the rock and mineral enthusiast.
Prerequisite: GEOL 1110 or GEOL 1111 or GEOG 1000 or NRSC 2000 or consent of the instructor Required Lab: GEOL 2100L
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GEOL2160 Optical Mineralogy (3,0,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

GEOL 2160 Optical Mineralogy (3,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course builds on previous knowledge by introducing the use of the petrographic microscope and the properties of light and its interaction with mineral grains for identification and other diagnostic purposes. Topics include light waves, the use of the petrographic microscope, polarization, reflection and refraction, isotropic and anisotropic minerals, interference phenomena, interference figures, birefringence, extinction, optic sign, orientation of crystallographic axes, colour and pleochroism, isotropic, uniaxial, and biaxial minerals. Ore minerals and their phase relationships are studied in hand specimen and polished thin section.
Prerequisite: GEOL 2100 or consent of the instructor
Corequisite: GEOL 2100 Required Lab: GEOL 3100L
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GEOL2290 Stratigraphy and Sedimentary Geology (3,0,2)(L)Thompson Rivers University

GEOL 2290 Stratigraphy and Sedimentary Geology (3,0,2)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore physical and biological stratigraphy, facies and correlation, sequence concepts, and basin analysis. Topics include the origin, diagenesis, and geochemistry of sediments and sedimentary rock.
Prerequisite: GEOL 1110/2050 Required Lab: GEOL 2290L
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GEOL3010 Principles of Palaeontology (2,0,2)(L)Thompson Rivers University

GEOL 3010 Principles of Palaeontology (2,0,2)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course is a systematic study of ancient forms of life (fossils). Attention is also given to palaeoecology, evolutionary principles, and palaeontologic techniques.
Prerequisite: GEOL 2050 Required Lab: GEOL 3010L
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GEOL3030 Environmental Geochemistry (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

GEOL 3030 Environmental Geochemistry (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine the complex relationship between environmental factors and the geochemical history of surface and subsurface rocks. This course is identical to CHEM 3030.
Prerequisite: GEOL 1110 and CHEM 2250 (C minimum)
Note: Credit will not be given for both GEOL 3030 and CHEM 3030
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GEOL3070 Structural Geology (2,0,3)Thompson Rivers University

GEOL 3070 Structural Geology (2,0,3)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course offers an analysis and interpretation of natural deformation, including the fault, fold and ductile flow systems accompanying the deformation of the earth's crust; extensional, contractional and toroidal deformation; geometric, kinematic and mechanical analysis of the deformational structures of different scales; and techniques and assumptions used in the construction of structural cross sections.
Prerequisite: GEOL 2290 and GEOL 3190 or
Corequisite: GEOL 2290 and GEOL 3190 Required Lab: GEOL 3070L
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GEOL3190 Geomorphology (3,0,2)(L)Thompson Rivers University

GEOL 3190 Geomorphology (3,0,2)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine geomorphic processes and the interrelationship of processes, landforms, materials and time. Practical problems in science and applied science that relate to geomorphic processes are discussed in lectures, and methods of investigation and analysis are introduced in laboratory sessions.
Prerequisite: GEOL 1110
Note: Same as GEOG 3080 Required Lab: GEOL 3190L
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GEOL3280 Field Techniques (2,0,2*)(L)Thompson Rivers University

GEOL 3280 Field Techniques (2,0,2*)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced to techniques of geological field mapping, including methods in basic structural geology, core analysis, traversing, sampling procedures, and survival first-aid for the field. Laboratory sessions entail field exercises in traversing and mapping.
Prerequisite: GEOL 1110/2050 Required Lab: GEOL 3280L
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GEOL4250 Geological History of North America (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

GEOL 4250 Geological History of North America (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are provided an overview of the geological history of North America with an emphasis on plate tectonics; Precambrian orogens and Phanerozoic orogenic belts, especially the Cordillera; and the interrelations of sedimentation, deformation and metamorphism.
Prerequisite: GEOL 3190 and GEOL 2290 or
Corequisite: GEOL 3190 and GEOL 2290
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GEOL4480 Directed Studies in GeologyThompson Rivers University

GEOL 4480 Directed Studies in Geology

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students investigate a specific topic as agreed upon by the faculty member and the student.
Prerequisite: Permission of the faculty member (supervisor) is required and acceptance of the topic by a co-supervisor with the appropriate expertise. The co-supervisor may be from on- or off-campus.
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