Spring 2023 - EASC 210 D100

Evolving Earth (3)

Class Number: 1879

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

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

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 15, 2023
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    WMC 3511, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    EASC 101 with a grade of C- or better.



The Earth has evolved dramatically over its 4.6 billion-year history. We explore the evolution of Earth's tectonic plates, oceans and atmosphere through time. We also review the appearance of life, its evolution and diversification, biological-geological interactions, and the occurrence and impact of mass extinction events. Breadth-Science.


EASC 210 is an introductory Science Breadth (BR) course that deals with the Earth’s past. The planet’s future in light of climate change can be better understood by looking at Earth’s past. Rocks and fossils provide the only evidence for this. The course looks at how geological understanding and our ability to decipher Earth history have developed, and we ‘time travel’ through Earth history from formation 4.6 billion years ago to the present day. The course includes three great themes in Earth history: 1) deep time; 2) plate tectonics through time; 3) biological evolution as determined by fossils.

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. 



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 an incomplete record.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of geologic principles used to analyze Earth history.
  4. Interpret a sequence of geological events using relative age dating concepts, maps, cross sections and stratigraphic sections.
  5. Understand how Earth’s continents, oceans and climate have evolved over geologic time, with emphasis on North America.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of the evolution of life on Earth.
  7. Identify key invertebrate fossil groups, types of fossil preservation, and use fossils to interpret aspects of Earth history.

 Course Organization:

Two 50-minute lectures and one 3-hour laboratory periods per week


  • Laboratory Assignments 10%
  • Quizzes 5%
  • Mid-Term Exam 20%
  • Laboratory Exam 25%
  • Final Exam 40%



Computer or tablet, writing and drawing materials.


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


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Registrar Notes:


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