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Graduate Courses

Please refer to the current Graduate Calendar or Mosaic for complete information.

Graduate students registered in 600-level courses will be required to complete additional work (e.g. additional paper, project, or more indepth analysis of course material) as determined by the course instructor.


 

Level 600

Human Geography Courses

GEOG 6EA3 - Environmental Assessment

 Instructor: J. Maclachlan

 Winter Term

  Course Description: Technical and Policy issues involved in the production and the appraisal of environmental impact assessments.

  Cross-listed: N/A

GEOG 6ET3 - Environmental Policy, Ethics & Risks

 Instructor: N. Yiannakouolias

 Winter Term

  Course Description: An exploration of current issues in environmental policy, ethics and law.

  Cross-listed: N/A

GEOG 6GA3 - Applied Spatial Statistics

 Instructor: H. A. Páez

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: Advanced treatment of geographic data and organization, descriptive and inferential spatial statistics, drawing on geographic, geologic and environmental examples. Labs involve the extensive use of GIS software.

  Cross-listed: N/A

GEOG 6HC3 - Public and Community Health

 Instructor: A. Williams

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: Changing types of care provided in the community to groups including the physically and mentally challenged, the elderly, the dying and those with chronic conditions. Emphasis is placed on the geographies of care, spatial location, and access and quality differences across jurisdictions.

  Cross-listed: N/A

GEOG 6HD3 - Geographies of Disabilities

 Instructor: TBA

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: Competing theories on the social and spatial marginalization of persons with disabilities in western countries; contemporary and historical case studies are used to illustrate the medical, social, political and cultural determinants of disability.

  Cross-listed: N/A

GEOG 6HH3 - Environment and Health

 Instructor: N. Yiannakouolias

 Winter Term

  Course Description: Models and methods for research and policy on environment and health.

  Cross-listed: N/A

GEOG 6LP3 - Transport Policy

 Instructor: H. A. Páez

 Winter Term

  Course Description: Policy development at the local, provincial and federal level in Canada and its manifestation in passenger transportation and the movement of goods; emphasis will be placed on the development of transport policy in the ERA of globalization and the rise of multimodal transportation

  Cross-listed: N/A

GEOG 6LT3 - Transportation Systems Analysis

 Instructor: H. A. Páez

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: An introduction to the use of models in transportation planning. Topics include data issues, the four-stage approach to modeling transportation systems, discrete choice models and contextual factorssuch as land use.

  Cross-listed: N/A

GEOG 6UF3 - Geography of Gender

 Instructor: V. Chouinard

 Fall Term

  Course Description: This course provides an advanced treatment of key themes and issues in the geography of gender. Emphasis is placed on the ways in which society and space are ‘gendered’ and on critical assessment of the geography of gender literature and reflection on pressing issues facing women and men today. Topics include gender and global change, the global sex trade, gender and the city, gender and sexuality, domestic violence and violence in conflict zones.

  Cross-listed: N/A

GEOG 6UH3 - Urban Housing

 Instructor: R.S. Harris

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: The geography of housing, including the effects of land development, construction, municipal planning and public policy on the urban landscape of housing and homelessness.

  Cross-listed: N/A

Physical Geography and Earth & Environmental Science Courses

EARTHSC 6BB3 - Ecohydrology

 Instructor: J. M. Waddington

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: A course that emphasizes a watershed ecosystems approach to interactions of hydrological, ecological and biogeochemical processes in the study of the natural ecohydrological function and response to disturbance of stream, riparian and wetland ecosystems. A mandatory field trip will occur.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 6C03 - Advanced Physical Climatology

 Instructor: A. M. Arain

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: This course develops energy and mass exchange processes in the near surface layer, the lower atmosphere and at the earth-atmosphere interface. Sensitivities of these processes to environmental change and feedback mechanisms are examined (seminars and individual presentations are emphasized).

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 6CC3 - Environmental Reconstruction using Stable Isotopes

 Instructor: S. T. Kim

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: Stable isotopes are widely used in modern earth and environmental sciences because of their unique chemical properties that enable us to trace past and current environmental processes. This course will discuss the basic principles of stable isotope geochemistry and their applications to paleo and modern climate and environmental reconstruction.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 6EA3 - Environmental Assessment

 Instructor: J. Maclachlan

 Winter Term

  Course Description: Technical and Policy issues involved in the production and the appraisal of environmental impact assessments.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 6E03 - Coastal Environments

 Instructor: J. Boyce, E. Reinhardt

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: Coastal systems and their response to sea level change with an emphasis on the Holocene. Course will include a mandatory local field trip to collect data followed by laboratory analysis.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 6FE3 - Aquatic Biogeochemistry Field Camp

 Instructor: TBA

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: 6FE3 is a 10 day, intensive, hands-on field camp where students carry out lake biogeochemical research, staying at the Harkness Research Station, on lake Opeongo in Algonquin Park. Students will learn how to use sampling and survey equipment for water and sediments as well as analyze samples in the field station lab. Students work initially in small groups to develop a whole lake survey for L. Opeongo, then work on individual hypothesis driven research projects on any aspect of biogeochemical cycling arising from the group survey results.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 6G03 - Glacial Sediment & Environment

 Instructor: J. Maclachlan

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: The development and movement of glaciers, glacial depositional processes and sedimentary successions in terrestrial, lacustrine and marine environments. A mandatory one day, local field trip will be included.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 6J03 - Basin Analysis

 Instructor: J. Bhattacharya

 Winter Term

  Course Description: Focus on the evolution of sedimentary basins in a global context, based upon their structural and stratigraphic styles. Factors that affect basin evolution such as sea-level change, sediment supply and climate will be discussed. A review of the principles of sequence stratigraphy and its application to geologists, mining and petroleum exploration will be explored.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 6N03 - Global Biogeochemical Cycles

 Instructor: G. F. Slater

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: This course will focus on global cycles of elements and energy, the role of biological processes in these cycles and the concurrent influence of these cycles on biology and its environment. Topics will include the use of isotopic analysis to understand modern and past cycles, the interaction between global and local processes, and natural and anthropogenic effects on biogeochemical cycles.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 6T03 - Plate Tectonics and Ore Deposits

 Instructor: A. Dickin

 Winter Term

  Course Description: Synthesis of plate tectonics, with application to crustal evolution and genesis of ore deposits.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 6V03 - Mineral Exploration Geophysics

 Instructor: TBA

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: Principles of geophysical methods employed in mineral exploration. Use of gravity, magnetic and radiometric methods for surface and sub-surface geological mapping. Application to specific mineral deposit types.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 6WB3 - Contaminant Hydrogeology

 Instructor: J. E. Smith

 Winter Term

  Course Description: Physical and chemical aspects of the fate and transport of contaminants in soils and groundwater, including multiphase flow.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 6W03 - Hydrologic Modeling

 Instructor: P. Coulibaly

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: Principles of numerical modelling and examination of selected hydrologic models including deterministic, conceptual and statistical models.

  Cross-listed: CIVENG 6M03

Level 700

Human Geography Courses

GEOG 715A - Special Topics

 Instructor: TBA

 Fall/Winter Term

  Course Description: Individual reading course on an advanced level topic. A student may register only once in this course with the permission of The School of Geography and Earth Sciences.

  Cross-listed: N/A

GEOG 726 - Feminist Geography

 Instructor: V. A. Chouinard

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: This course examines recent work in feminist geography, with emphasis on issues of theory, method, praxis, and critical assessment of research studies. An introduction to origins of and changing directions in this field is followed by an examination of research in: changing geographies of cities and regions; women and work; housing and household survival strategies; state intervention in women's lives; women, disability and disabling environments; women, space, sexuality and violence; place, politics and identity; methodological issues; and future research directions.

  Cross-listed: N/A

GEOG 727 - Disability and Space

 Instructor: R. D. Wilton, V. A. Chouinard

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: Disability and space is a rapidly developing substantive sub-field in critical social geography. In this course, we examine geographic and other research concerned with disability, space and disabling environments. Different approaches to explanation and to social change are highlighted and assessed.

  Cross-listed: N/A

GEOG 728 - Urban Historical Geography

 Instructor: R. S. Harris

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: Study of internal characteristics and external relations of places in nineteenth century eastern North America with particular reference to Southern Ontario.

  Cross-listed: N/A

GEOG 729 - Applied Social Theories in Human Geography

 Instructor: V. Chouinard

 Fall Term

  Course Description: This course provides an overview of different theoretical traditions within human geography, and the ways in which they are used to engage with, and make sense of empirical data.

  Cross-listed: N/A

GEOG 730 - Urban Social Geography

 Instructor: R. Harris

 Fall Term

  Course Description: This course focuses on geographical patterns of residence and activity, primarily in Canadian and U.S. urban areas. It will draw substantially on both empirical research and theoretical conceptualisations, while emphasizing the interrelation between the two.

  Cross-listed: N/A

GEOG 733 - Integrated Urban Models: Design, Structure and Applications

 Instructor: TBA

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: A review of location and transportation models used in integrated urban models. The performance of known computer implementations of integrated urban models will be evaluated in this course.

  Cross-listed: N/A

GEOG 734 - Qualitative Approaches to Research in Human Geography

 Instructor: A. William, B. Newbold, R. Wilton

 Winter Term

  Course Description: A range of qualitative approaches (interviews, focus groups, participant observation) will be reviewed as key research methods employed in a health geography context.

  Cross-listed: N/A

GEOG 735 - Topics in Urban Geography

 Instructor: TBA

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: Discussion of selected aspects of urban spatial structure and location theory.

  Cross-listed: N/A

GEOG 736 - Geographies of Health

 Instructor: TBA

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: This course examines the role of meanings, models, measurement and evidence for selected content areas concerning environments, life style and structural and contextual factors.

  Cross-listed: N/A

GEOG 737 - Activity Analysis: Advanced Travel Behaviour Analysis and Modeling

 Instructor: D. M. Scott

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: Theory, data and methods underlying the activity-based approach to travel behaviour analysis and modeling. The application of activity analysis to future models of urban travel demand is also emphasized.

  Cross-listed: N/A

GEOG 738 - Discrete Choice and Policy Analysis

 Instructor: A. Páez

 Fall Term

  Course Description: Discrete choice methods are studied as the technical foundation for the analysis of public and private policy. A particular emphasis is placed on urban policy issues, including travel behavior, energy consumption, and locational decisions. The course covers the microeconomic foundations of discrete choice theory, model specification and estimation, including modern simulation techniques, and applications.

  Cross-listed: N/A

GEOG 739 A and B - Spatial Population Analysis

 Instructor: K. B. Newbold

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: Theories and models of migration; characteristics of contemporary migration; movement in space and models of spatial interaction.

  Cross-listed: N/A

GEOG 743 - International Housing

 Instructor: R. S. Harris

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: Trends in housing and housing policy internationally since 1945. Economic, social and political aspects.

  Cross-listed: N/A

GEOG 746 - Advanced Statistical Methods in Geography

 Instructor: D. Scott, P. S. Kanaroglou, K. B. Newbold, A. Paez, P. Deluca

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: Applications of advanced multivariate statistical methods in geographic research, including analysis of contingency tables and regression, logistic and probit models.

  Cross-listed: N/A

Physical Geography and Earth & Environmental Courses

EARTHSC 709 - Radiogenic Isotopes in Earth and Planetary Sciences

 Instructor: A. P. Dickin

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: Nucleosynthesis and radioactive decay. Mass spectrometry. Radiogenic isotopes as chronometers and tracers in crust and mantle evolution, and in the study of ore deposits. Radiogenic isotopes as environment tracers.Origin of the solar system.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 711 - Petroleum Exploration Workshop

 Instructor: J. Bhattacharya

 Winter Term

  Course Description: Problem-based geoscience workshop focused on interpretation of seismic, well log, geochemical and other data to develop petrolem exploration prospects. Data is provided yearly by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists as part of the Imperial Barrell Award (IBA) contest. Qualified students may partcipate in the Canadian Regional Competition. Lectures on petroleum systems and exploration will be provided on an as-needed basis.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 715A - Special Topics

 Instructor: TBA

 Fall/Winter Term

  Course Description: Individual reading course on an advanced level topic. A student may register only once in this course with the permission of The School of Geography and Earth Sciences

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 718A - Advanced Hydrology

 Instructor: S. Carey

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: This course will examine the fundamentals of watershed hydrology including precipitation, evapotranspiration, snowmelt, soil water, runoff and surface-groundwater interactions. The course will involve lectures, field-based exercises and computer modelling.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 749A - Advanced Environmental Organic Geochemistry

 Instructor: G. F. Slater

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: The course will focus on an advanced treatment of the underlying fundamental concepts in environmental organic geochemistry. Primary focus will be on the basic chemical parameters and kinetic and thermodynamic principles that control the distribution and persistence of organic chemicals in the environment and therefore the risk that they pose to human and ecosystem health. The same principles control the transport, fate and biological processing of both organic contaminants and natural organic matter. Therefore this course will provide students with fundamental understanding applicable to both contaminated and natural systems. The primary basis for this discussion will be the seminal text Environmental Organic Chemistry by Schwarzenbach et al, with discussion of the application of these principles as reflected in the recent literature. This course is an inquiry-based course.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 750 - Advanced Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Transport

 Instructor: J. E. Smith

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: This course will cover the theory, equations, fundamental principles, and processes of the flow of fluids and transport of contaminants in soils and groundwater at an advanced level.

  Cross-listed: CIVENG 770

EARTHSC 751 - Environmental Micropaleontology

 Instructor: E. Reinhardt

 Fall Term

  Course Description: Microfossils and biogeochemistry as an environmental tool for studying modern and ancient coastal, shelf and lacustrine environments. The course will examine a range of microfossil groups (e.g. ostracodes, diatoms) concentrating on foraminifera and thecamoebians. Course will include a small research project that will involve microscope work.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 752 - Geomicrobiology

 Instructor: TBA

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: This advanced level course This advanced level course will provide an overview of the emerging conceptual framework of microbial geochemistry and discuss the implications of microbial activity, as it relates to geochemical processes of interest in interpreting the earth’s record, as well as contaminant behaviour. Current and emerging techniques available inthis field will also be discussed. will provide an overview of the emerging conceptual framework of microbial geochemistry and discuss the implications of microbial activity, as it relates to geochemical processes of interest in interpreting the earth’s record, as well as contaminant behaviour. Current and emerging techniques available in

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 753A - Advanced Environmental Geochemistry

 Instructor: S. T. Kim

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: The course will focus on an advanced treatment of the underlying fundamental concepts in environmental geochemistry of equilibria, kinetics and partitioning, as they apply to both modern and ancient inorganic and organic geochemical processes of interest. It will also highlight available and emerging techniques for investigating past and modern environmental geochemical processes.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 755 - Bio- and Hydro-Meteorology

 Instructor: A. M. Arain

 Fall Term

  Course Description: Bio- and Hydro-meteorology studies the effect of the atmosphere on carbon and water cycles. The aim is to teach the theory and practical aspects of the energy, water and carbon exchanges from vegetated surfaces, data analysis techniques and surface exchange modeling.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 756 - Advanced Methods in Sedimentology and Stratigraphic Analysis

 Instructor: J. Bhattacharya

 Fall/Winter Term

  Course Description: The course will focus on the methods used in understanding sedimentological and stratigraphic successions, whether they are modern, or deep-time records. It will be structured as a modular course, consisting 3-5 modules on various topics. Topics include sedimentary environments, geochronology, sequence stratigraphy, magnetic stratigraphy, seismic stratigraphy and biostratigraphy. Each topic will consist of lectures, core papers and research papers. This course will consist of lectures, seminars and discussion sessions. (not all instructors will participate every year)

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 757 - Advanced Statistical & Data Driven Methods in Hydrology

 Instructor: P. Coulibaly

 Fall Term

  Course Description: The objective of this course is to provide a survey of advanced statistical and data-driven methods in hydrology and water resources engineering, and to apply selected methods to hydrologic modeling and water resources problems solving.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 758 - Advanced Structural Geology

 Instructor: TBA

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: The aim of this course is to acquaint students with the process-oriented interpretation of various structural geological or related data sets as well as major structural geological or tectonic concepts. Each student in this course will individually conduct a project that is based either on a given structural data set or published material, which will be selected together with the instructor in the beginning of the course. The project is expected to be directed towards elucidating a specific geological process based on structural reasoning, calculations or modelling. The progress of the project will be regularly discussed among course participants and the instructor. This allows each student to follow up on the development of other students' projects and, thus, to discuss possible thematic links.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 759 - Numerical Modeling in Global Climatology

 Instructor: H. Barker

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: Numerical modelling of global climate has evolved much over the past 40 years and has become a mainstay in modern climatology. This course will focus on numerical modelling of global climate working up from simple global energy balance to one-dimensional radiative-convective and latitudinal energy budget models. Idealizations such as DaisyWorld and predator-Prey models will be used to illustrate feedback processes. Data analysis methods will also be addressed.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 760 - Exploration Seismology

 Instructor: J. Boyce

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: This course will examine current methods and recent developments in the field of reflection seismology. A major emphasis will be placed on the principles and practical aspects acquiring and processing multichannel seismic reflection data. Applications for oil and gas exploration and investigation of the shallow subsurface for environmental purposes will also be reviewed through case studies.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 761A - Advanced Glacial Sedimentology

 Instructor: C. H. Eyles

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: Current issues in glacial sedimentology including examination of glacial processes, environments and sediments in terrestrial and marine settings, the glacial sedimentary record of the Great Lakes basins and relationships between glacial sediments and urban environmental issues.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 762 - Advanced Geophysical Mapping and Modeling

 Instructor: TBA

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: Airborne geophysical and satellite imagery for geological mapping application to problems in oil, and mineral exploration and to environmental contaminant mapping.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 764 - Quaternary Dating Methods

 Instructor: TBA

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: Introduction to a range of dating methods useful over the last 2 million years of earth history. Physical basis of the methods as well as aspects of their application are the main topics, but can also include aspects of the sedimentary context for certain methodologies. Dating methods include radiocarbon dating, argon-argon dating, electron spin resonance dating and luminescence dating.

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 765A - Ecohydrology

 Instructor: J. M. Waddington

 Fall/Winter Term

  Course Description: An examination of ecology and hydrology interaction through the study of biogeochemical cycling. (Not an inquiry course.)

  Cross-listed: N/A

EARTHSC 770 - Advanced Analysis of Survey Data

 Instructor: K. Georgiadis

 Not offered in 2016-2017

  Course Description: This course uses survey data collected by Statistics Canada and maintained in the Research Data Centre to refine student skills in conducting secondary analysis and writing for publication in peer reviewed journals. Students will develop a two-page research proposal on a topic of their choice. The proposal will identify a research question to be addressed using one or more Statistics Canada surveys. The educational methods will be varied, depending on group composition and include lectures, small group tutorials, student presentations and faculty mentorship. The objective is to produce a research report for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. (Students wishing to use other data bases available to them may do so with permission of the instructors.)

  Cross-listed: ECON 770, PSYCH 770, HRM 790

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

School of Geography and Earth Sciences
McMaster University

General Sciences Building, Room 206
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.24535
Email Inquiries:
sges@mcmaster.ca

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

School of Geography and Earth Sciences
McMaster University

General Sciences Building, Room 206
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
(905) 525-9140 ext. 24535
Email Inquiries:
sges@mcmaster.ca