Summer 2023 - EASC 306 D100

Field Geology II (3)

Class Number: 1374

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    Prerequisite/Corequisite: EASC 201, 204, 205, and 206. All with a grade of C- or better.



A 10-14 day field camp held after final exams in the spring term. Students will learn how to observe, record and interpret geological features, and will carry out geological mapping and analysis. Lectures on field methods, equipment and safety may precede the field camp. Field locations may vary from year to year.


Field Geology 2 provides instruction in geological field methods and interpretation. Students who wish to register for this course should contact Dr. Gibson immediately by email. Students examine exposures of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rock and combine their observations to form geological maps, sections and diagrams. Emphasis is placed on interpretation of map patterns and geological features in terms of geological processes and environments. The field school begins with three full days of lectures and labs at the Burnaby campus in late April. The off-campus component takes place in the southern Okanagan region in early May for twelve days, including two travel days. Accommodation (shared motel rooms) and transportation are covered by the supplementary course fee. Students buy their own food from local grocery stores and take-out / delivery restaurants.

*Mandatory pre-trip lecture on April 26-28 (full days) on Burnaby campus. Field School dates April 29 - May 10, 2023.

*Priority enrollment all seats reserved for EASC Majors and Minors.


  • Grades will be based on assignments (individually and with partners), quizzes and examinations. 100%


Physical Ability and Safety:

Students participating in field schools and courses with field trip components should be aware that during the field trip there may be periods of strenuous hiking, hiking in difficult terrain, adverse weather and other potential hazards (plant, insects and wildlife) carrying a moderately heavy pack. Students should be aware and prepared to have appropriate clothing and footwear. Students who anticipate difficulty with this level of activity should contact the instructor immediately. Students will need to sign safety and risk forms.

Students will need to follow all regulations and procedures regarding COVID-19. Currently, health mandates are being relaxed and the course may run without mandatory masks and distancing. Subject to change.

Supplementary Fee:

A  supplementary fee of $662.46 will be assessed.



Each student must bring: light hiking boots, gaiters, outdoor clothing, rain gear, day pack, hammer, hammer holder, hand lens, notebook, clipboard, writing tools and other gear to be identified prior to the course. Compact binoculars will be an asset.


None, but this book is used in EASC 206 and is generally useful: Geological Field Techniques, First Edition 2010. Angela L. Coe, Wiley Blackwell.
ISBN: 978-1-4443-3062-5


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