Summer 2022 - EASC 308 D100

Field Geology III (3)

Class Number: 1179

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Instructor:

    Brent Ward
    1 778 782-4229
    Office: TASC 1 Room 7225
  • Prerequisites:

    EASC 201, 206 and 209W. Recommended: EASC 207. All with a grade of C- or better.



A 10-14 day field school held at the end of the summer term. Students will observe and interpret sedimentary and glacial geomorphic features, investigate natural hazard mechanisms and become acquainted with environmental geoscience topics. Students will carry out geological, geotechnical and geophysical surveying and analysis. Field locations may vary from year to year. Students with credit for EASC 406 may not take this course for further credit.


A 13-day field school held at the end of the summer term. The field school will be preceded by a single day of lectures at SFU, three days of field exercises at SFU and then to Cowichan Lake. The field school is composed of three parts related to clastic sedimentology, Quaternary and applied geology, and groundwater. In part 1, students will take part in groundwater research, including applied geophysics. In part 2, students will observe and interpret Quaternary stratigraphy, sedimentology and glacial geomorphic features, and will construct a terrain map. In part 3, students will learn to log outcrops of clastic strata, and interpret these deposits in the context of basin evolution. Based on the design of the field school, students will be expected to carry out geological, geotechnical and geophysical surveying and analysis, and will develop skillsets relevant to the environmental and petroleum industries.

Field camp will start August 20th with a short course Burnaby Campus (mandatory) August 22nd - 24th field exercises, Burnaby Campus (mandatory), August 25th - September 1st Cowichan Lake Research Station on Cowichan Lake, Vancouver Island, September 2nd return to SFU.


  • Field Exercises (30% per section) 90%
  • Participation 10%


A $750 supplementary fee is included in the registration for this course and covers all transportation costs as well as accommodation and all meals (breakfasts and dinners) at the Cowichan Lake Research Station. Sheets and towels are provided.

The trip will leave from TASC 1 Thursday, August 25 at ~8:00 AM. We will return to the Earth Science building on the afternoon of September 2.

There will also be a day of lectures (approximately 6 hours) at SFU on Saturday, August 20.

In accordance with current SFU guidelines for overnight field trips, students must provide proof of immunization through the SFU Vaccine Declaration program.

Be aware that this trip may involve strenuous hiking in adverse weather conditions at and difficult terrain. Students should be physically fit and properly equipped to withstand exposure to the elements. A certain amount of caution and common sense is required to avoid injury to yourself and those around you. A safety orientation will be done on the first day of the course to set out procedures and expectations.



Field Equipment
Some equipment will be provided, but the following material is the responsibility of the students:
- first aid kit
- 10x hand lens
- notebook
- camera
- basic personal gear: durable water-resistant hiking boots, gaiters, day pack, outdoor clothing that is warm and waterproof, sun screen, work gloves, etc.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in summer 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction.  Some courses may be offered through alternative methods (remote, online, blended), and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes. 

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote, online, or blended courses study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the summer 2022 term.