Summer 2024 - EASC 101 D100

Dynamic Earth (3)

Class Number: 2553

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Mon, Wed, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 12, 2024
    Mon, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

  • Instructor:

    Kevin Cameron
    1 778 782-4703



Dynamic Earth offers an introduction to minerals, rocks, geologic resources and processes. Plate tectonics is the unifying theory of geology and is the focus as we learn how the Earth changes over geologic time and results in the formation of volcanoes and mountain belts, faults, folds and earthquakes. Breadth-Science.


This course introduces Earth, the planet we live on: how it formed, how it has changed over time, the processes involved, and how we interact with it. EASC 101 is designed both as a foundation course for Earth Science majors and as a breadth course for those in other disciplines. Classes will include inquiry-based activities and discussion focused on geologic theory, while laboratory sessions focus on "hands on" exercises emphasizing Earth materials (rocks and minerals), and Earth processes, history and structure.  

Course Topics:
With successful completion of EASC 101, a student will be knowledgeable about:

  1. Earth Structure and Plate Tectonics
  2. Geologic Processes (Mountain Building, Earthquakes, Volcanism)
  3. Earth Materials (Minerals, Rocks, Sediments, Economic Resources) and the relationship between Earth Materials and Plate Tectonics
  4. Geologic Time and Earth History
  5. Earth Sciences and the Environment (Mass Wasting, Surface Water, Groundwater)
  6. Coastlines, Marine Geology and West Coast Tectonics

Course Organisation: Two 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour lab per week.  Lab attendance is mandatory. Students are also expected to attend all lectures and do the assigned chapter readings corresponding to each lecture prior to coming to class.



Students successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Understand and describe the layered Earth.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of plate tectonic theory.
  • Understand our local plate tectonic setting, volcanism and seismic risk /hazard.
  • Identify minerals and rocks in hand specimen based upon their diagnostic properties (minerals), and composition / texture (rocks).
  • Demonstrate an ability to work with geologic cross-sections and maps.
  • Know the geologic time scale.
  • Demonstrate knowledge about geologic processes.


  • Laboratory Participation and Completion of Assignments 5%
  • Quizzes 5%
  • Two Lab Exams 30%
  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Final Exam 40%


This course fulfills Breadth-Science (B-Sci) requirements with successful completion    (C- letter grade or better).



While lab work sheets will be provided, please bring a pencil, eraser, and ruler to each lab. Other materials are supplied. Students will be provided with lab instructions and worksheets to work from in each lab.


“Introduction to Physical Geology, Canadian Edition”; Fletcher, C., Gibson, D., Ansdell, K. 2013; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-118-71889-6


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Registrar Notes:


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