Spring 2018 - EASC 306 E100

Field Geology II (3)

Class Number: 1936

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    TASC1 7011, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Derek Thorkelson
    1 778 782-5390
    Office: TASC 1 Room 7229
  • Prerequisites:

    Prerequisite/Corequisite: EASC 201, 204, 205, and 206. All with a grade of C- or better.



A 10-14 day field camp held after final exams in the spring term. Students will learn how to observe, record and interpret geological features, and will carry out geological mapping and analysis. Lectures on field methods, equipment and safety may precede the field camp. Field locations may vary from year to year.


Field Geology II provides instruction in basic geological field methods. Students examine exposures of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rock and combine their observations to form geological maps, sections and diagrams. Emphasis is placed on interpretation of map patterns and geological features in terms of geological processes and environments. The field school will begin with three full days of lectures and labs at the Burnaby campus after the April exam period.  The off-campus component take place at the end of April and beginning of May for thirteen days, including two travel days. Accommodation (shared motel rooms) and transportation will be covered by the supplementary course fee.  Students will buy their own food and cook for themselves.


  • Grades will be based on assignments (generally with partners), quizzes and examinations.


Students must sign an Assumption of Risk form.  Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.  Further details regarding safety, food, housing and field supplies will be discussed during the spring semester.  A reasonable measure of fitness is expected. If you are unable to walk uphill for 15 minutes over uneven ground carrying a light pack, please contact the instructor prior to enrolling.

There is a supplementary fee for this course.



Each student must bring: light hiking boots, gaiters, outdoor clothing, rain gear, day pack, hammer, hammer holder, hand lens, clipboard, writing tools and other gear to be identified in January. Compact binoculars will be an asset.


Geological Field Techniques, First Edition 2010. Angela L. Coe, Wiley Blackwell
ISBN: 978-1-4443-3062-5

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