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Earth Science Project

Course Code: EAES 2530
Faculty: Science & Technology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lab, Seminar, Field Experience
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

course prerequisites

EAES 1120 & EAES 1121 + one other EAES course.

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



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.