Summer 2023 - EASC 308 D100

Field Geology III (3)

Class Number: 1362

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • 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 at Burnaby Campus (mandatory) August 21st - 23rd field exercises on Burnaby campus (mandatory), August 24th AM leave for Vancouver Island August 24 - August 31 Cowichan Lake Research Station on Cowichan Lake, Vancouver Island, September 1st return to SFU.

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


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


A $855.00 supplementary fee is included in the registration for this course and covers all transportation costs as well as accommodation and breakfasts and dinners at the Cowichan Lake Research Station. Sheets and towels are provided.


Be aware that this trip may involve strenuous hiking in adverse weather conditions at and difficult terrain, adverse weather and other potential hazards (plant, insects and wildlife). 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.


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Registrar Notes:


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