Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPSC)

Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPSC)

Location

Location

  • Frank Dawson Adams Building, Room 238
  • 3450 University Street
  • Montreal QC H3A 0E8
  • Telephone: 514-398-6767
  • Fax: 514-398-4680
  • Email: kristy.thornton [at] mcgill.ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/eps

About Earth and Planetary Sciences

About Earth and Planetary Sciences

Earth and Planetary Sciences is a multidisciplinary field that includes the solid Earth and its hydrosphere and extends to the neighbouring terrestrial planets. Principles of chemistry, physics, and mathematics are applied to elucidate the complex and diverse planetary processes at play as we seek to understand how planets like the Earth changed over time and continue to evolve.

Career opportunities are many and diverse in the Earth and Planetary Sciences. Graduates of the Major and Honours in Geology are often recruited by resource (fossil fuel and mineral) exploration companies, as well as the mining and environmental sectors. Industry or government agencies may hire undergraduate students during the summer months, providing them with both financial benefits and first-hand geoscientific experience. Career opportunities in planetary science can also be found in universities and research organizations.

The Department has a full-time staff of 17 professors and one faculty lecturer. There are approximately 55 graduate and 30 undergraduate students registered in the various programs offered. Classes are therefore small at all levels, resulting in an informal and friendly atmosphere throughout the Department, in which most of the faculty and students interact on a first-name basis. Emphasis is placed equally on quality teaching and research, providing undergraduate students with a rich and exciting environment in which to explore and learn.

Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Studies in Earth and Planetary Sciences

The undergraduate curriculum is designed to provide both a strong foundation in the physical sciences and the flexibility to create an individualized program in preparation for careers in industry, teaching, or research. In addition to the Major and Honours undergraduate programs, the Department is one of the three departments that actively contribute to the Earth System Science Interdepartmental program, and also offers a Joint Major in Physics and Geophysics, which combines a rigorous mathematics and physics curriculum with exposure to the geosciences.

The Minor in Geology offers students from other departments the opportunity to discover the earth sciences in the classroom and in the field, while the Minor in Geochemistry is designed for Chemistry Major students who want to apply chemical principles to the study of planetary processes.

Students interested in any of the programs should inquire at:

or should consult the Undergraduate Director:

  • Professor Jeanne Paquette
  • Frank Dawson Adams Building, Room 214
  • Telephone: 514-398-4402
  • Email: jeanne.paquette [at] mcgill.ca
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2018-2019 (last updated Aug. 16, 2018) (disclaimer)

Earth and Planetary Sciences Faculty

Earth and Planetary Sciences Faculty

Chair
Jeffrey McKenzie
Emeritus Professors
Jafar Arkani-Hamed; B.Eng.(Tehran), Ph.D.(MIT)
Donald Francis; B.Sc.(McG.), M.Sc.(Br. Col.), Ph.D.(MIT)
Andrew J. Hynes; B.Sc.(Tor.), Ph.D.(Cant.)
Robert F. Martin; B.Sc.(Ott.), M.S.(Penn. St.), Ph.D.(Stan.)
Colin W. Stearn; B.Sc.(McM.), M.S., Ph.D.(Yale), F.R.S.C.
Professors
Don Baker; A.B.(Chic.), Ph.D.(Penn. St.)
Olivia G. Jensen; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Br. Col.)
Alfonso Mucci; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Montr.), Ph.D.(Miami)
John Stix; A.B.(Dart.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.)
A.E. (Willy) Williams-Jones; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Natal), Ph.D.(Qu.) (William E. Logan Professor of Geology)
Associate Professors
Galen Halverson; B.A.(Mont.), M.A., Ph.D.(Harv.) (T.H. Clark Chair in Sedimentary and Petroleum Geology)
Yajing Liu; B.Sc.(Peking), Ph.D.(Harv.)
Jeffrey McKenzie; B.Sc.(McG.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Syrac.)
Jeanne Paquette; B.Sc., M.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Stonybrook)
Christie Rowe; A.B.(Smith), Ph.D.(Calif.-Santa Cruz) (Robert Wares Faculty Scholar)
Assistant Professors
Kim Berlo; Propadeuse, Doctorandus(Utrecht), Ph.D.(Brist.)
Nicolas Cowan; B.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Wash.) (joint appt. with Physics)
Peter Douglas; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Yale)
Natalya Gomez; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Tor.), Ph.D.(Harv.)
James Kirkpatrick; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Leeds), Ph.D.(Glas.)
Nagissa Mahmoudi; B.Sc.(Tor.), Ph.D.(McM.)
Vincent van Hinsberg; Propadeuse, Doctorandus(Utrecht), Ph.D.(Brist.) (Osisko Faculty Scholar)
Faculty Lecturer
W. Minarik; B.A.(St. Olaf), M.Sc.(Wash.), Ph.D.(Rensselaer Poly.)
Adjunct Professors
R. Léveillé, B. Sundby
Retired Professor
R. Hesse
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2018-2019 (last updated Aug. 16, 2018) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Minor Geology (18 credits)

The Minor Geology offers students from other departments the opportunity to obtain exposure to the Earth Sciences.

For more information, see Minor Geology (18 credits).

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Minor Geochemistry (18 credits)

For more information, see Minor Geochemistry (18 credits).

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Liberal Program - Core Science Component Earth and Planetary Sciences (45 credits)

The B.Sc. (Liberal) program in Earth and Planetary Sciences provides the graduate with a solid core of knowledge of Geology, Geophysics, Earth Systems Science, and Planetary Science while allowing for a broadening of the student's educational experience with courses from the other sciences or the arts. The program is flexible, allowing students to assemble a truly...

For more information, see Liberal Program - Core Science Component Earth and Planetary Sciences (45 credits).

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Major Geology (66 credits)

The program curriculum provides a rigorous foundation in the fundamental earth science subjects and in the advanced subjects relevant to exploration for energy resources, industrial and ore minerals, and to environmental geosciences. The program meets the academic requirements shared by the professional orders for geologists and environmental geoscientists in most...

For more information, see Major Geology (66 credits).

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Honours Geology (75 credits)

The program curriculum is designed to provide a rigorous foundation in the fundamental earth science disciplines and in the advanced subjects relevant to fundamental and applied research in exploration for energy resources or industrial and ore minerals, and in environmental geosciences. The program meets the academic requirements shared by the professional orders...

For more information, see Honours Geology (75 credits).

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Honours Planetary Sciences (78 credits)

The program curriculum is designed to provide a rigorous foundation in physical sciences and the flexibility to create an individualized program in preparation for careers in industry, teaching, and research. It is intended to provide an excellent preparation for graduate work in the earth and planetary sciences. ...

For more information, see Honours Planetary Sciences (78 credits).

Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPSC) Related Programs

Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPSC) Related Programs

Joint Major in Physics and Geophysics

Joint Major in Physics and Geophysics

For more information, see Physics (PHYS).

Earth System Science Interdepartmental Major

Earth System Science Interdepartmental Major

This program is offered by the Departments of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences; Earth and Planetary Sciences; and Geography. Students in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences who are interested in this program should contact Professor William Minarik (william.minarik [at] mcgill.ca).

For more information, see Earth System Science (ESYS).

Earth System Science Interdepartmental Honours

Earth System Science Interdepartmental Honours

This program is offered by the Departments of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences; Earth and Planetary Sciences; and Geography. Students in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences who are interested in this program should contact Professor William Minarik (william.minarik [at] mcgill.ca).

For more information, see Earth System Science (ESYS).

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