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Environmental Geology

Course Code: EAES 2605
Faculty: Science & Technology
Credits: 4.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course explores the interaction between the Earth and human activities. Students will gain an understanding of how geology is applied to solving environmental problems such as natural hazards, exploitation of resources and global issues of environmental change. Two field trips will be required.

Course Content

1.Introduction to humans and the environment

  • Population
  • Urbanization
  • Sustainability

2. Terrain analysis

  • Surficial materials
  • Soil classification
  • Glacial geology

3. Natural hazards

  • Flooding
  • Mass movements
  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanoes

4. Environmental resources and risk assessment

  • Risk assessment
  • Water resources
  • Mineral extraction
  • Energy resources
  • Solid waste disposal

5. Global environmental change

  • Climate change
  • Trends in resource usage

6.  Lab and field topics may include: 

  • Air photo interpretation
  • Terrain and terrain stability mapping
  • Earthquakes
  • Mass movement and volcanic hazard mapping
  • Groundwater contamination
  • Watershed restoration
  • Climate change implications
  • Urban geology

Means of Assessment

Field reports (1-2) and assignments 15-30%
Labs (8-9) 20-30%
Midterm exam 20-25%
Final exam 30%

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 completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Discuss the drivers of the relationship between humans and their environment;

2. Classify terrain based on physical properties of soil, surficial materials and processes;

3. Explain the causes, processes and potential mitigations of various natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, mass wasting events and volcanoes;

4. Describe the components of environmental risk and hazard assessment as applied to various environmental resource issues;

5. Discuss how the relationship between humans, their environment and resources will change in the future.

course prerequisites

EAES 1120 or GEOL 1120 or GEOG 1120





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.