EOSC 116 · Mesozoic Earth: Time of the Dinosaurs

Earth's tectonics, climate, and oceans during the time of the dinosaurs. Reading the fossil record of Earth from its earliest origins up to and including the Mesozoic, 250 - 65 million years ago. [3-0-0] Corequisite: EOSC 111 is recommended.

Course Availability & Schedule

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 Distance education offered

 Non-specialist course

Learning Goals

By the end of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Describe the dynamic processes that operate in the Earth system including those in the atmosphere, hydrosphere and the lithosphere.
  2. Appreciate the influence of geologic time on the processes that shape our planet with a particular focus on the development of the biosphere.
  3. Apply their knowledge of geoscience to enable the study and elucidation of Earth history with an emphasis on the Mesozoic.


Face-to-face version: Dr. Stuart Sutherland

Distance Education version: Dr. Louise Longridge


Note: Texts are recommended NOT required for either the face-to-face or the distance education sections. Clague and Turner 2003 Vancouver, City on the Edge. Wicander and Monroe (any edition) Historical Geology. The face-to-face section of this course uses i-clickers.

Course Content

Click the following link to see an outline of the topics covered in the distance education version of the course, as well as a sample lesson. List of Lessons and One Sample Lesson.


EOSC 111 Laboratory Exploration of Planet Earth: 1 credit lab course designed to compliment any EOSC 100 level course. NOTE, you do NOT have to take EOSC 111 with EOSC 116. Pre- or co-requisite: EOSC 1XX.