Brock’s Earth Sciences Department has well-equipped teaching laboratories including extensive collections of rocks, fossils and minerals, and courses are taught by experienced, research-active faculty who bring their enthusiasm for research into the classroom.
Studying Earth Sciences At Brock
The field of earth sciences is central in solving current global problems such as waste disposal, pollution, groundwater management, volcano and earthquake hazards. It is also vital in the exploration and utilization of natural resources such as oil and gas, minerals and aggregates. A very important area of research in the earth sciences aims to determine how the planet has evolved from its origin 4.6 billion years ago to the present. The preserved geological record, comprising the rocks of the earth, provides a long record of global change in response to a variety of stimuli. Many earth scientists are involved in the unravelling of the record of global change and in predicting future changes to the planet.
The Department of Earth Sciences offers professional programs dedicated to graduating high-quality geoscientists proceeding toward registration as a Professional Geoscientist. The Department offers other options for those interested in Earth Sciences, but not intending to become Professional Geoscientists.
Information and resources for students
The Geology Club
The Geology Club was founded 1967 and is the oldest undergraduate club on campus. The Club enjoys a diverse membership of students from all levels who participate in academic pursuits and social activities designed to expand geological horizons and interaction between students and faculty. Membership is not limited to Earth Science majors and ‘rock hounds’ from other disciplines are encouraged to join.
The Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO) was established by the Professional Geoscientists Act, 2000. This legislation protects the public and investors by establishing a regulated association of geoscientists with the power to admit only qualified persons. Moreover, it encourages continuing professional competence, disciplines members for professional misconduct, and prevents unqualified individuals from practicing.
Graduates of any of the 20 credit single major programs offered through the Department of Earth Sciences may apply for membership in the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO), allowing for the use of the designation P.Geo. (Professional Geoscientist). Students interested in pursuing a career as a professional earth scientist in Canada should consult the knowledge requirements for the APGO available on their website.
The following sites are generally searchable with hot links to additional sites.
EarthNet is a virtual resource centre of earth science resource information and contacts for teachers, home educators and students of all levels – elementary, junior and senior high school.
- Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences
- WAT on Earth
Newsletter for High School teachers and Earth Science students.
- Geological Survey of Canada
Educational Resources – links to Online educational sites, from the Geological Survey of Canada and other organizations, covering a wide range of earth science related topics – Earthquakes in Canada, Volcanoes, Mineral and Metals, Meteorite Impacts, Careers in Geoscience, etc.
- United States Geological Survey
“Education and Outreach” highlights geologic information helpful for the public, educators, students, scientists, businesses, and government agencies
- GeoScience: K-12 Resources “out there”
This page sits in Calgary, has a petroleum or ‘soft rock’ bias with links to the Alberta curriculum.
- Learning Geology from Buildings in Downtown Toronto
A self guided tour of buildings, e.g. the Provincial Legislature, Royal Ontario Museum, Royal Bank at 264 Bloor Street West, and the stones used in their construction.
Grade 4 Rocks, Minerals and Erosion
- Educational Resources
The following page has been prepared to provide educators and the general public with an array of resources, available, free or at low cost, in the fields of earth sciences, mining, minerals and metals.
- Minerals and Metals A World to Discover
The following pages have been created to allow for an educational tour of some of Canada’s most important natural resources: minerals and metals. They contain information about how these natural resources are used in our daily activities.
Grade 5 Weather
- Atmospheric Environment Service, Environment Canada
- Weather Forecasting using the Internet
- U.S. National Hurricane Centre
- Meterology of Hurricanes
- Hurricane Pictures
Grade 6 Space
- The Nine Planets
This is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system. Each page has text and images, some have sounds and movies, most provide references to additional related information. Interplanetary spacecraft have revolutionized planetary science. Very little of this document would have been possible without the space program.
Grade 7 The Earth’s Crust
- Latest worldwide earthquake information
Real-time daily list of earthquake activity
- Information on earthquakes
FAQ, free general interest publications
- Virtual Earthquake
Interactive web-based program designed to introduce the concepts of how an earthquake EPICENTER is located and how the RICHTER MAGNITUDE of an earthquake is determined.
- Information on Volcanoes
FAQ, Free general interest publication
- Information on Plate Tectonics
General Interest Publications, cost involved