Course

Introduction to Earth Sciences

Faculty
Science & Technology
Department
Earth & Environmental Sciences
Course Code
EAES 1120
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15
Max Class Size
35
Method(s) Of Instruction
Lecture
Lab
Typically Offered
Fall
Winter
Summer

Overview

Course Description
An introductory course focusing on physical geology. Topics include minerals, rocks (igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic), plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanic activity, Earth resources, and the many processes that have shaped the Earth. The course includes practical hands-on labs. A field trip may be required.
Course Content
  • Earth Science: Atmosphere/Biosphere/Hydrosphere/Lithosphere, rock cycle, earth time, scientific theory, uniformitarianism, earth science and society, careers.
  • Minerals: Composition, crystal structure, physical properties, classification and identification.
  • Igneous Rocks: Composition, texture, classification, identification, formation, intrusive and extrusive activity (volcanoes) and structures.
  • Sedimentary Rocks: Composition, texture, classification, identification, formation, weathering and erosion, soils, sedimentary processes and structures, depositional environments and erosional/transport agents.
  • Metamorphic Rocks: Composition, texture, classification, identification, formation, agents of change.
  • Interior of the Earth: Structure of the Earth, plate tectonics, earthquakes, composition and structure of oceanic and continental crust, structural deformation.
  • Surface of the Earth: Mass wasting, running water, ground water, glaciation, wind, deserts, shorelines and nearshore environments, ocean floor.
  • Resources and the Environment: Minerals, fossil fuels, groundwater, global environmental issues.

 

Learning Activities

2 hours per week lectures.

2 hours per week lab.

A field trip may be required.

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following:

Lecture and lab assignments, projects, homework: 10-30%

Lab exams, quizzes: 20-40%

Midterm exam: 20-25%

Final exam: 30%

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing EAES 1120, a student will be able to:

  • Describe, identify and classify rocks and minerals, explain their formation, and place them in the context of the rock cycle.
  • Describe the theory of plate tectonics and how plate tectonics relates to rock forming processes.
  • Describe and identify surface landforms and explain the relationship between subsurface and surface processes and surface landforms.
  • Demonstrate the relationship between natural processes and "hazards".
  • Describe the link between natural resources, human activity and environmental issues. 

 

Textbook Materials

Students should consult the bookstore for the latest required course materials, including the textbook.

Tarbuck, E. J., Lutgens, F. K., Tsujita, C. J. and Hicock, S. R., Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology, Pearson, latest Canadian edition. Or an equivalent text.

Requisites

Prerequisites

No prerequisite courses.

Corequisites

No corequisite courses.

Equivalencies

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see https://www.bctransferguide.ca

Institution Transfer Details for EAES 1120
Alexander College (ALEX) ALEX SOSC 1XX (3)
Athabasca University (AU) AU GEOL 200 (3)
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU GEOG 112 (4)
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR GEOL 105 (3)
North Island College (NIC) NIC GEO 1XX (3)
Okanagan College (OC) OC EESC 111 (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) DOUG EAES 1120 (3) & DOUG GEOG 1110 (4) = SFU EASC 101 (3) & SFU GEOG 111 (3) & SFU GEOG 1XX (1)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU EASC 101 (3)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU GEOL 1110 (3)
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU GENV 109 (3)
University Canada West (UCW) UCW ARTS 1XX (3)
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO EESC 111 (3)
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV EOSC 110 (3) & UBCV EOSC 111 (1)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV GEOG 116 (4)
University of Victoria (UVIC) DOUG EAES 1120 (3) & DOUG EAES 1121 (3) = UVIC EOS 120 (1.5) & UVIC EOS 1XX (1.5)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EOS 1XX (1.5)

Course Offerings

Winter 2023

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
CRN
15312
Wed
Start Date
-
End Date
Start Date
End Date
Instructor Last Name
Reith
Instructor First Name
Geoffrey
Course Status
Open
Section Notes

EAES 1120 001 - Must ALSO register in LAB section, EAES 1120 L01 or L02.

Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
Max Seats Count
35
Actual Seats Count
34
1
Actual Wait Count
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed
Building
New Westminster - South Bldg.
Room
S3805
Start Time
12:30
-
End Time
14:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
CRN
15313
Wed
Start Date
-
End Date
Start Date
End Date
Instructor Last Name
Waddington
Instructor First Name
David
Course Status
Open
Section Notes

EAES 1120 002 - Must ALSO register in LAB section, EAES 1120 L03 or L04.

Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
Max Seats Count
35
Actual Seats Count
16
19
Actual Wait Count
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed
Building
New Westminster - South Bldg.
Room
S3805
Start Time
14:30
-
End Time
16:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
CRN
15460
Wed
Start Date
-
End Date
Start Date
End Date
Instructor Last Name
Tribe
Instructor First Name
Selina
Course Status
Open
Section Notes

EAES 1120 003 - Must ALSO register in LAB section, EAES 1120 L05 or L06

Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
Max Seats Count
35
Actual Seats Count
29
6
Actual Wait Count
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed
Building
Coquitlam - Bldg. A
Room
A2100
Start Time
12:30
-
End Time
14:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
CRN
15508
Thu
Start Date
-
End Date
Start Date
End Date
Instructor Last Name
Kobylinski
Instructor First Name
Stephanie
Course Status
Open
Section Notes

EAES 1120 004 - Must ALSO register in LAB section, EAES 1120 L07.

Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
Max Seats Count
35
Actual Seats Count
22
13
Actual Wait Count
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Thu
Building
New Westminster - South Bldg.
Room
S3805
Start Time
17:30
-
End Time
19:20