Fall 2019 - EASC 206 D100

Field Geology I (2)

Class Number: 1472

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    TASC1 7011, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Robbie Donald
    1 778 782-4925
    Office: TASC 1 Room 7223
  • Prerequisites:

    EASC 101 and prerequisite/co-requisite: EASC 210. All with a grade of C- or better.



Methods of field navigation, geological mapping and the interpretation of geological field data including cross sections, the geological time scale, and stratigraphic sections and columns. Includes two weekend field trips. Field locations may vary from year to year. All lectures and field trips are mandatory.


Students will learn basic field methods such as taking notes, reading maps, characterizing exposures of rocks and sediments, interpreting textures and structures, and field safety.

Course Structure: There will be 2 camping field weekends around Merritt, BC.  A three-hour lecture will be held each Tuesday from 5:30-8:20 pm.  Attendance at all lectures and field exercises is mandatory.

Field Exercise Dates: 1. Merritt 1 (leaving Friday afternoon September 13 and returning Sunday September 15) 2. Merritt 2 (leaving Friday afternoon September 27 and returning Sunday September 29)


  • The grade will be based on in-class assignments done in preparation for field exercises, field exercises, field performance and professional conduct, assignments done following each field exercise and a final exam. The course will be complete after the final exam on October 8.


Costs: In addition to the course registration fee, students should budget for food expenses on the Merritt field exercises.

"Be aware that during the field trip there will be periods of strenuous hiking, hiking close to cliffs, and crossing roads with busy traffic.  Appropriate clothing and footwear should be worn.  Further details regarding safety, food, camping and field supplies will be discussed prior to the field trip.”

*There is a supplementary fee $208*



Field Equipment:
Some equipment will be provided, but the following materials are strongly recommended:
- camping equipment (warm sleeping bag, thermarest
– cooking gear and tents shared)
- geologic hammer
- 10x hand lens T

he field trips will proceed regardless of weather conditions.  Students should be prepared for cold and rainy weather.


Geological Field Techniques; Angela L. Coe, first edition 2010; Wiley Blackwell NOTE: For students intending to take EASC 306, the same textbook will be used.
ISBN: 978-1-4443-3062-5

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