The Environmental Geoscience program at Trent University, Canada’s leading environmental university, integrates the disciplines of geology, biology, chemistry and geography. As a student in this program, you will have the opportunity to study the interaction between human activities and earth systems alongside some of the world’s leading environmental researchers and scientists. Not only will you receive specialized training in environmental geoscience, including techniques used in geotechnical investigations, you will also be able to apply your learning into practice in the field and through hands-on research. The program provides students with the knowledge requirements for becoming an accredited Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.
Field Methods in Environmental Geoscience, Fall term
Students will learn essential field skills including designing a field study, mapping, and measurement techniques. The geology of Southern Ontario and its mining industry will be examined along with the potential for environmental impacts. Most instruction will take place during required field trips with students submitting weekly technical reports.
Past exercises have included:
Cordova Mines - investigating acid mine drainage at an historic gold mine
Covia Nepheline Syenite Mine - tour and sampling of waste rock and tailings
Bannockburn Gold Property - exploration of a gold deposit
Phytoremediation at Cordova Mines - construction of remediation plots
Canada Talc Mine - study of the closed and remediated talc mine
Warsaw Caves - explore the caves and conduct a water sampling survey
Earth materials, winter term
This course introduces students to the study of rocks and minerals, including their description, classification, and origin. Rocks and minerals of environmental (e.g., human health) and economic importance are emphasized. Practical laboratory exercises will enable students to become proficient at identifying rocks and minerals using physical and optical properties.
Laboratory exercises include examining mineral specimens, as well as igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks…learning about the solid Earth!