Earth Science Project

Science & Technology
Earth & Environmental Sciences
Course Code
EAES 2530
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Field Experience
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course enables Earth Science students to learn extensively about a focused topic. Projects will involve learning the geology of a locale or a region, and other associated aspects of interest (e.g.: a resource deposit, paleontology of specific fossil beds, unusual minerals, earthquakes). Projects are determined through agreement between a student and a sponsoring instructor (Guided Study). Field work and travel may be required, and additional fees may apply for transportation and other expenses.
Course Content

Regional and /or local geology of a project area, which may include:

  • mineralogy and petrology
  • geological history
  • paleontology
  • environmental geology and hazards
  • stratigraphy and sedimentology
  • surficial geology and glaciology
  • geochemistry and geochronology
  • paleoclimatology
  • tectonics and seismology
  • structural geology
  • geological resources
  • geomorphology


Methods Of Instruction

This course may be offered as a library research opportunity, or as a field course, and may be offered over a semester or in a compressed format over 2 - 6 weeks.

Field exercises, labs, assignments, library or online research:    40 hours
Seminars:                                                                             16 hours


Means of Assessment
Technical paper 10-30%
Assignments/exercises/labs (at least 3) 30-50%
Geological Summary Report  30-40%


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 table above. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of EAES 2530, students will be able to:

  • conduct library and online research to locate scientific information sources to support their project;
  • prepare a Geological Summary Report which describes general geology for the project area (e.g.: stratigraphy, sedimentology, geological history, and structure of the BC Foothills near Tumbler Ridge);
  • prepare a technical paper that examines a topic (or topics) related to the project area;
  • read and interpret geological maps and reports relevant to the project area.


Textbook Materials

Projects will vary, and therefore textbooks, readings and other course materials will be determined by the instructor.  Such materials will be obtained through library research, borrowings, or provision by the instructor.



EAES 1120 & EAES 1121 + one other EAES course.

A second year lab science course that is relevant to the project. (Regulated by instructor)


No corequisite courses.



Requisite for


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 Offerings

Fall 2020

There are no course offerings at this time.