EOSC 223 · Introduction to Geological Map Interpretation & Field Techniques

Introduction to the techniques of geological mapping and the interpretation of field data. Includes a seven-day field school after Spring examinations. A fee is to be paid by January 31. [2-2-0] Corequisite: EOSC 221.

Course Availability & Schedule

Course Syllabus

Course Webpage

Learning goals: 

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the basic elements of topographic and geological maps at various scales.
  • Visualize, think, and sketch models in 3D based on information contained in geological maps and cross sections.
  • Interpret the geological history of an area from reading a geologic map.
  • Use the appropriate equipment to navigate in the field and to precisely and accurately record geological data.
  • Work effectively in teams and groups to evaluate problems, test hypotheses, and make decisions through the development of interpersonal and practical communication skills.
  • Appreciate the role of safety, professional conduct, environmental impacts, and community engagement in geological field practice.

Course Fees

There are 2 separate fees for this course:

  1. Course Tuition Fee - payable via Student Service Centre
  2. Special Fee (subject to change) - payable via Student Service Centre - please refer to Program, Course and Faculty fees to view exact fees


Class/Lab – Mitch D'Arcy and Joel Saylor

Field – Mitch D'Arcy, Lucy Porritt, Simon Peacock, and Brett Gilley


Angela Coe (2010) Geological Field Techniques. Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN: 978-1-4443-3062-5. This excellent text is also used in EOSC 328 Field Geology.

Course Content

Students currently enrolled in the course can access content on the course CANVAS website by using their Campus Wide Login (CWL). Access will be available on the first day of class and the first set of lecture slides will be available starting at the end of the first class. The course syllabus is available via the link at the top of this page.

Lecture Topics & Time

Lectures are Monday and Wednesday from 12:00-12:50 pm. We're looking forward to seeing you in person. For more information about the classes and labs, please see the Canvas page and the course syllabus.


See Course Webpage on UBC Canvas for related info on labs. Please note that there are no labs in the first week of class. Labs will be done in real time during the 3-hour time slot with group exercises guided by our experienced and exceptional TAs.  Note that there will be 6 labs this year and each will be 3 hours in duration.  Make sure that you are enrolled in a lab section.