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  • Objectives
    Carleton’s Earth Sciences department offers a field-based comprehensive education that leads to exciting summer and full-time employment.
  • Practical experience
    Our department combines a tradition of excellence in research with modern and multidisciplinary teaching in the major areas of biology including animal behavior, biochemistry, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, genomics, microbiology, molecular biology, insect biology and plant biology. Our programs offer students an intellectually stimulating environment, with many opportunities to conduct research in state-of-the-art facilities. We emphasize experimentation and combine course-related laboratory work with opportunities in research laboratories. Students at all levels are encouraged to acquire familiarity with advanced research techniques.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Science (Combined Honours) Biology and Earth Science
  • Course description
    Biology and Earth Sciences
    B.Sc. Combined Honours (20.0 credits)

       1. Credits included in the Major CGPA (13.0 credits):

       1. 1.0 credit in BIOL 1003 and BIOL 1004;
       2. 1.0 credit in ERTH 1006 and ERTH 1007;
       3. 10.0 credits in BIOL (or BIOC) and ERTH at the 2000-level or above collectively satisfying:

       1. 1.0 credit from BIOL 3605 and ERTH 2801;
       2. at least 4.0 credits in BIOL;
       3. at least 4.0 credits in ERTH;
       4. at least 4.0 credits at the 3000-level or above;

       4. 1.0 credit in BIOL 4908 or ERTH 4908;

       2. Credits not included in the Major CGPA (7.0 credits):

       5. 1.0 credit in MATH 1007 and MATH 1107;
       6. 1.0 credit from CHEM 1000 [1.0], PHYS 1003 and PHYS 1004, or PHYS 1007 and PHYS 1008 (The omitted subject, i.e. CHEM or PHYS, must have been taken at the OAC level);
       7. 0.5 credit in STAT (STAT 2507 is recommended);
       8. 0.5 credit in COMP (COMP 1004 is recommended);
       9. 1.0 credit in Science Faculty Electives;
      10. 0.5 credit in NSCI 1000 or Approved Arts or Social Sciences;
      11. 1.5 credits in Approved Arts or Social Sciences;
      12. 1.0 credit in free electives.

    • BIOL 1003 - Introductory Biology I
    • BIOL 1004 - Introductory Biology II
    • BIOL 1005 - Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Biology
    • BIOL 1010 - Biotechnology and Society
    • BIOL 1902 - Natural History
    • BIOL 2001 - Animals: Form and Function
    • BIOL 2002 - Plants: Form and Function
    • BIOL 2005 - Human Physiology
    • BIOL 2104 - Introductory Genetics
    • BIOL 2106 - Human Genetics and Evolution
    • BIOL 2200 - Cell Physiology and Biochemistry
    • BIOL 2303 - Microbiology
    • BIOL 2600 - Introduction to Ecology
    • BIOL 2903 - Natural History of Ontario
    • BIOL 2909 - Co-operative Work Term Report
    • BIOL 3004 - Insect Diversity
    • BIOL 3102 - Mycology
    • BIOL 3104 - Molecular Genetics
    • BIOL 3201 - Cell Biology
    • BIOL 3202 - Principles of Developmental Biology
    • BIOL 3205 - Plant Biochemistry and Physiology
    • BIOL 3303 - Experimental Microbiology
    • BIOL 3305 - Animal Physiology
    • BIOL 3501 - The Biophysics of Animal Movement
    • BIOL 3601 - Ecosystems and Environmental Change
    • BIOL 3602 - Conservation Biology
    • BIOL 3604 - Analysis of Ecological Relationships
    • BIOL 3605 - Field Course I
    • BIOL 3606 - Field Course II
    • BIOL 3608 - Principles of Biogeography
    • BIOL 3609 - Evolutionary Concepts
    • BIOL 3611 - Evolutionary Ecology
    • BIOL 3612 - Computational Methods in Ecology and Evolution
    • BIOL 3801 - Plants and Herbivores
    • BIOL 3802 - Animal Behaviour
    • BIOL 3804 - Social Evolution
    • BIOL 3909 - Co-operative Work Term Report
    • BIOL 4008 - Molecular Plant Development
    • BIOL 4102 - Molecular Ecology
    • BIOL 4103 - Population Genetics
    • BIOL 4104 - Evolutionary Genetics
    • BIOL 4106 - Methods in Molecular Genetics
    • BIOL 4109 - Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Genetics
    • BIOL 4200 - Immunology
    • BIOL 4201 - Animal Cell Culture: Methods and Applications
    • BIOL 4202 - Mutagenesis and DNA Repair
    • BIOL 4203 - Evolution of Sex
    • BIOL 4209 - Advanced Plant Physiology
    • BIOL 4300 - Applied and Environmental Microbiology
    • BIOL 4301 - Current Topics in Biotechnology
    • BIOL 4306 - Animal Physiology
    • BIOL 4317 - Neuroethology: The Neural Basis of Animal Behaviour
    • BIOL 4318 - Adaptations to Extreme Environments
    • BIOL 4400 - Nuclear Dynamics and The Cell Cycle
    • BIOL 4500 - Ornithology I
    • BIOL 4501 - Ornithology II
    • BIOL 4503 - Fish Ecology, Conservation and Management
    • BIOL 4603 - Insect Evolution and Biology
    • BIOL 4604 - Landscape Ecology
    • BIOL 4802 - Advanced Animal Behavior
    • BIOL 4900 - Directed Special Studies and Seminar
    • BIOL 4901 - Directed Special Studies
    • BIOL 4907 - Honours Essay and Research Proposal
    • BIOL 4908 - Honours Research Thesis
    • BIOL 4909 - Co-operative Work Term Report

    • ERTH 1001 - Discovering Earth Sciences
    • ERTH 1003 - Natural Disasters
    • ERTH 1006 - Exploring Planet Earth
    • ERTH 1007 - The Dynamic Earth: Plate Tectonics
    • ERTH 2001 - Co-operative Work Term Report 1
    • ERTH 2101 - Geochemistry of Earth Systems
    • ERTH 2102 - Mineralogy to Petrology
    • ERTH 2311 - Earth's Paleogeography
    • ERTH 2312 - Paleontology
    • ERTH 2401 - Dinosaurs
    • ERTH 2402 - Climate Change: An Earth Sciences Perspective
    • ERTH 2403 - Introduction to Oceanography
    • ERTH 2404 - Engineering Geoscience
    • ERTH 2405 - Geophysical Methods
    • ERTH 2406 - Geology and Map Interpretation
    • ERTH 2414 - Applied Geoscience
    • ERTH 2801 - Outcrops to Basins
    • ERTH 2802 - Field Geology
    • ERTH 3001 - Co-operative Work Term Report 2
    • ERTH 3002 - Gemology
    • ERTH 3111 - Vertebrate Paleontology I: Mammalian Paleontology and Evolution
    • ERTH 3112 - Paleontology and Evolution of Lower Vertebrates
    • ERTH 3113 - Geology of Human Origins
    • ERTH 3201 - Applied Sedimentology
    • ERTH 3202 - Igneous/Metamorphic Petrology
    • ERTH 3204 - Mineral Deposits
    • ERTH 3205 - Physical Hydrogeology
    • ERTH 3805 - Geodynamics
    • ERTH 3806 - Structural Geology
    • ERTH 4001 - Co-operative Work Term Report 3
    • ERTH 4003 - Directed Studies in Geology
    • ERTH 4005 - Micropaleontology
    • ERTH 4107 - Geotechnical Mechanics
    • ERTH 4303 - Resources of the Earth
    • ERTH 4304 - High Resolution Stratigraphy
    • ERTH 4305 - Carbonate Sedimentology
    • ERTH 4306 - Resource Basin Analysis
    • ERTH 4307 - Coastal Geology
    • ERTH 4402 - Structural Geology
    • ERTH 4403 - Tectonic Evolution of Canada
    • ERTH 4503 - Crystalline Rock Petrogenesis
    • ERTH 4707 - Engineering Seismology
    • ERTH 4801 - Physics of the Earth
    • ERTH 4802 - Geochemistry and Isotope Geology
    • ERTH 4804 - Exploration Geophysics
    • ERTH 4807 - Field Geology III
    • ERTH 4808 - Vertebrate Paleontology Field Camp
    • ERTH 4908 - Honours Thesis

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