Spring 2022 - EASC 106 D100

Earth Through Time (3)

Class Number: 1326

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    BLU 10021, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Cindy Hansen
    1 778 782-8518
    Office: TASC 1 Room 7009



An introduction to the changes that the Earth has experienced, from its initial formation to the present day, intended for non-majors. Topics include changes in plate tectonic style, mountain building periods, glaciations during Earth history, formation of life, the fossil record and evolution, major extinctions, and the rise of man. Students may not take EASC 106 for credit towards EASC major or minor program requirements. Breadth-Science.



EASC 106 is an introduction to the 4.6 billion year history of Earth, from its initial formation to the present day. This fascinating story traces the geological and biological events that make up our planet's past, and are recorded in the rock record.

Course Topics:
1. Introduction to Earth system history

  1. Minerals, rocks and the rock cycle
  2. Deep time and the Geologic Time Scale
  3. The fossil record and biological classification
  4. Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics
  5. Precambrian Earth
  6. Paleozoic Earth (“Age of Invertebrates”) and the Permian mass extinction event
  7. Mesozoic Earth (“Age of Reptiles”) and the Cretaceous mass extinction event
  8. Cenozoic Earth (“Age of Mammals”)
  9. The Anthropocene – the human impact on Earth

Students successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Reproduce the geologic time scale
  • Demonstrate an understanding of geologic principles used to analyze Earth history; interpret a sequence of geologic events using relative age-dating concepts, maps, cross sections, and stratigraphic sections.
  • Demonstrate knowledge about the evolution of life on Earth
  • Identify key invertebrate fossil groups, types of fossil preservation, and use fossils to refine interpretations of Earth history.
  • Understand how Earth is a system that is ever changing.

Course Organization: Three 50-minute lectures per week.


  • Lecture Participation 15%
  • Short Homework Assignments 10%
  • Test 1 25%
  • Test 2 25%
  • Test 3 25%



Course E-Text: (or physical copy)
“Visualizing Earth History”; Babcock, L.E., Wiley, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-470-45251-6

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