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Sedimentology & Stratigraphy

Course Code: EAES 2340
Faculty: Science & Technology
Credits: 4.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab, Field Experience
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course investigates the sedimentary rock record with the aim of determining depositional environments and their ages. The principles of stratigraphy and sedimentology will be used to show how environmental information can be interpreted from the rocks. Field trips will be required.

Course Content

1. Overview of sedimentary rocks and environments

2. Weathering, transport and deposition

3. Diagenesis

4. Sedimentary textures

5. Sedimentary structures

6. Siliciclastic rocks and their depositional environments

7. Carbonates

8. Evaporites

9. Sedimentary facies and their distribution in space and time

10. Lithostratigraphy

11. Biostratigraphy

12. Chemostratigraphy

13. Magnetostratigraphy

14. Sequence stratigraphy

15. Geochronology

16. Basin analysis and tectonics

17. Depositional environments of oil, gas and coal

Labs may include:

  • Common sedimentary minerals
  • Textural analysis of clastic materials
  • Sedimentary structures
  • Classification of sedimentary rocks
  • Sandstones and conglomerates in hand sample and thin section
  • Carbonates and evaporites in hand sample and thin section
  • Stratigraphic correlations and facies relationships
  • Core analysis and stratigraphic column construction
  • Sequence stratigraphy and oil
  • Depositional environments of coal and oil

Methods of Instruction

2 hours lecture and 4 hours lab. Field trips will be scheduled where appropriate.

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:

Lab assignments             20-25%

Lab exam                       15-20%

Term paper                    10-15%

Midterm Exam                20%

Final Exam                     25-30%

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Use composition, grain size, textures, fossils and sedimentary structures to reconstruct sedimentary environments.
  • Apply stratigraphic principles and techniques to correlate rocks in space and time (including magnetostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, chemostratigraphy, lithostratigraphy and sequence stratigraphy).
  • Interpret the geological history of an area by examining a column, outcrop or core of sedimentary rock.
  • Construct a stratigraphic column and log core.
  • Relate sedimentary processes and environments to tectonic settings.
  • Use petrographic techniques to identify, classify, determine the origin and describe the diagenetic history of carbonates, evaporites and siliciclastic rocks.
  • Describe and interpret environments of fossil fuel deposition.

course prerequisites

EAES 1120 or GEOL 1120 or EAES 1121 or GEOL 1121

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.