Please note:

To view the Fall 2017 Academic Calendar go to http://www.sfu.ca/students/calendar/2017/fall.html

Department of Earth Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

Earth Sciences

Certificate

This program provides both part-time and full-time students with the opportunity to understand the fundamentals of earth sciences without necessarily specializing in earth sciences.

Minimum Grade Requirement

Students wishing to enroll in Earth Sciences courses must obtain a C- grade or better in prerequisite courses.

Program Requirements

This certificate requires completion of at least 24 units of required course work and electives as follows

EASC 101 - Dynamic Earth (3)

Origin and character of minerals, rocks, Earth structure, Earth surface processes and plate tectonic theory. Primarily designed to deliver prereq. information to EASC majors/honours and students pursuing degrees in other Departments and Faculties that require a strong foundational course in Earth Science. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Robbie Donald
Mo, We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3005, Burnaby
D101
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
TASC1 7005, Burnaby
D102
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
TASC1 7011, Burnaby
D103
We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
TASC1 7005, Burnaby
D104
We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
TASC1 7011, Burnaby

and one of

EASC 106 - Earth Through Time (3)

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 with credit in EASC 102 may not take EASC 106 for additional credit. Students may not take EASC 106 for credit towards EASC major or minor program requirements. Breadth-Science.

EASC 210 - Historical Geology (3)

The study of the evolution of the Earth, the geological time scale, fossils and evolution, stratigraphic concepts, geological history of western Canada. Prerequisite: EASC 101 with a grade of C- or better. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Derek Thorkelson
Mo, We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
TASC1 7011, Burnaby
D101
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
TASC1 7011, Burnaby

and at least 18 units selected from

EASC 103 - The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs (3)

Class Dinosauria and how our understanding of this extinct group continues to evolve in the light of new discoveries. Topics include the rise of the dinosaurs, criteria for the recognition of the different groups, fossil data regarding dinosaur metabolism, evidence of dinosaur behavior, possible evolutionary relationships with birds, and theories of dinosaur extinction. Students may not take EASC 103 for credit towards EASC major or minor program requirements. Students with credit for EASC 103W may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Robbie Donald
We 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM
Fr 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM
WMC 3260, Burnaby
SSCK 9500, Burnaby
EASC 104 - Geohazards - Earth in Turmoil (3)

An introduction to the range of geological hazards that affect the Earth, the environment and humanity. Topics covered will include the hazards and risks related to volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides and avalanches, tsunamis, geomagnetic storms and other potentially cataclysmic events. The forecasting and possible mitigation of these geohazards will also be investigated. Students may not take EASC 104 for credit towards EASC major or minor program requirements. Students with credit for GEOG 312 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
J100 Kevin Cameron
Th 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
HCC 2270, Vancouver
EASC 107 - Economic Geological Resources (3)

An overview of Earth's major economic resources. Topics will include geologic processes which produce significant natural resources including metals, hydrocarbons and other energy resources, industrial minerals, and groundwater. Emphasis will be placed on relations between earth sciences and aspects of economics, business, history, politics, and environmental issues. Much of the focus will be on the changing nature of resource exploration and extraction, and how this may evolve in the near to distant future. Students may not use EASC 107 for credit towards Earth Sciences major or minor program requirements. Breadth-Science.

EASC 108 - Exploring the Solar System (3)

An introduction to the geology of our solar system through a comparative survey of the planets. Emphasis will be on the geology of the Earth and how we can use this knowledge to learn more about the neighboring planets. A wealth of accessible information now exists from which we can attempt to reconstruct the geological history of each planetary surface in our solar system. Comparative planetology will be used to explore such topics as the structure and origin of the solar system, the origin and fate of the Earth, the importance of water in the solar system, the formation and geological history of planetary lithospheres and atmospheres. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Glyn Williams-Jones
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM
We 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
AQ 3159, Burnaby
EASC 206 - Field Geology I (2) *

Methods of field navigation, geological mapping and the interpretation of geological field data including cross sections, the geological time scale, and stratigraphic sections and columns. Includes two weekend field trips. Field locations may vary from year to year. All lectures and field trips are mandatory. Prerequisite: EASC 101 and prerequisite/co-requisite: EASC 210. All with a grade of C- or better.

EASC 209W - Environmental Geoscience (4)

Environmental geology is a branch of Earth science that deals with the relationship of people to their geological habitat. Topics covered will include environmental impact of mineral extraction and logging; erosion and sedimentation in rural and urban environments; and mass movements in mountainous terrain. The course includes two 1-day field trips that usually occur on Saturdays. This course is primarily designed for EASC program students and those pursuing degrees in other Departments and Faculties that require a strong foundational course in Environmental Geoscience. Prerequisite: EASC 101 with a grade of C- or better. Students with credits for EASC 303W may not take this course for credit. Writing.

REM 100 - Global Change (3)

This course provides students with an overview of global environmental change and its causes from a social science perspective, historically and at the present time. Population growth, an increasing ecological footprint and changes in ideology, social organization, economy and technology will be critically reviewed. New ways of thinking in natural and social science will be considered in relation to specific issues such as land, soil and food; energy, raw materials and solid waste; air pollution and transportation; water, oceans and fisheries; climate change; forestry and biodiversity; urbanization, and alternative futures. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Pascal Haegeli
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D101
Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D102
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D103
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
D104
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D105
Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D106
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 2104, Burnaby
D107
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D108
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D109
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
D110
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby

and any other 200, 300 or 400 division EASC course.

* Students considering taking EASC 206 Field Geology I must take EASC 210 Historical Geology.