Summer 2019 - EASC 210 D100

Historical Geology (3)

Class Number: 4224

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    TASC1 7011, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 10, 2019
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    AQ 5007, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

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

    EASC 101 with a grade of C- or better.



The study of the evolution of the Earth, the geological time scale, fossils and evolution, stratigraphic concepts, geological history of western Canada. Breadth-Science.



EASC 210 is an introductory Science Breadth (BR) course that deals with the historical development of geological thought and the study of Earth history from the Earth’s formation through to the present day. The course addresses three great themes in Earth history: 1) deep time; 2) plate tectonics through time; 3) biological evolution as determined by fossils.
Pertinent geologic concepts include the growth of the continents, the opening and closing of ocean basins, episodes of large-scale erosion and deposition on the continents, and mountain building episodes.  Life on Earth will be discussed in relation to the major geological time periods, particularly with respect to significant evolutionary developments and mass extinctions.  The interaction of tectonics, climate, and relative sea-level changes upon evolutionary change are examined. 
This course can best be thought of as a continuation of Earth Sciences 101 (Dynamic Earth). Many of the concepts touched upon in the prerequisite course will be examined in more depth, and many new concepts will be presented in this course. These concepts reappear in many second-year and higher-level EASC courses, so it is important that students attain a thorough understanding and continue to be strong in these fundamental concepts.

Course Organization:
Two 2-hour lectures and two 3-hour laboratory periods per week.  Labs begin in the first week of class.


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Know the geologic time scale and understand the background and history of its formation.
2. Appreciate that the rock record is a broken record; a broken record pieced together to form the geologic time scale.
3. Demonstrate understanding of geologic principles used to analyze Earth history.
4. Summarize how Earth’s continents and oceans evolve over geologic time, and relate this to specific evidence preserved in the rock record.
5. Recognize the relationships between life (first life, evolution of life, extinctions) and plate tectonics.
6. Document the history of the North American continent through geologic time, with focus on orogenic events, epeiric seas, climate, and the rock record.
7. Be able to identify a variety of invertebrate fossils and use the identified fossils to refine interpretations of Earth history.
8. Be able to evaluate and interpret the geologic history of an area based on the background and skills acquired in this course.
9. Gain field experience on the class field trip to Caulfield Park.
10. Become better learners and feel confident in the learning process.
11. Appreciate how the knowledge and skills gained in this course will be carried forward in your future learning within Earth Sciences.


  • Laboratory Participation/Assignments 5%
  • Written Assignments & Quizzes 10%
  • Mid-Term Theory Exam 20%
  • Laboratory Exam 25%
  • Final Theory Exam 40%



Pencil, eraser, ruler, coloured pencils, and a scientific calculator.


Levin, H. L., and King, D. T. The Earth Through Time, 11th edition, Wiley, 600p.(Or any earlier edition.)
ISBN: 978-1-119-22834-9

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