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 Of Instruction
Lecture
Lab
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
Online

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.

 

Methods Of Instruction

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

Requisite for

EAES 1500, 2320, 2340, 2400, 2550, 2851

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

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Alexander College (ALEX) ALEX SOSC 1XX (3) 2016/05/01 to -
Athabasca University (AU) AU GEOL 200 (3) 2016/05/01 to -
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU GEOG 112 (4) 2016/05/01 to -
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR GEOL 105 (3) 2016/05/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU GEOG 1120 (3) 2016/01/01 to 2020/08/31
Langara College (LANG) LANG GEOL 1110 (3) 2016/05/01 to -
North Island College (NIC) NIC GEO 1XX (3) 2016/05/01 to -
Okanagan College (OC) OC EESC 111 (3) 2018/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU EASC 101 (3) 2016/05/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) DOUG EAES 1120 (3) & DOUG GEOG 1110 (4) = SFU EASC 101 (3) & SFU GEOG 111 (3) & SFU GEOG 1XX (1) 2016/05/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU GEOL 1111 (4) 2016/05/01 to -
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU GENV 109 (3) 2019/05/01 to -
University Canada West (UCW) UCW ARTS 1XX (3) 2016/05/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO EESC 111 (3) 2016/05/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV EOSC 110 (3) & UBCV EOSC 111 (1) 2016/05/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV GEOG 116 (4) 2016/05/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EOS 1XX (1.5) 2016/05/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) DOUG EAES 1120 (3) & DOUG EAES 1121 (3) = UVIC EOS 120 (1.5) & UVIC EOS 1XX (1.5) 2016/05/01 to -

Course Offerings

Summer 2021

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
23288
Tue Thu
10-May-2021
- 11-Jul-2021
10-May-2021
11-Jul-2021
Tribe
Selina
Waitlist
Online
EAES 1120 001 will run in an accelerated format from May 10 to July 9. Course will have a morning lecture followed by an afternoon lab every Tuesday and Thursday.

Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. This course will include synchronous on-line activities.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
34
1
18
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue Thu
10:30 - 12:20
Tue Thu
14:30 - 16:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
23289
Thu
10-May-2021
- 09-Aug-2021
10-May-2021
09-Aug-2021
TBA
(Faculty)
Waitlist
Online
EAES 1120 002 includes lecture and lab.

Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. This course will include synchronous on-line activities.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
35
0
21
Days
Building
Room
Time
Thu
17:00 - 20:50