EOSC 328 · Field Geology

Recording and processing geological data in the field. Held within the three weeks following April examinations after third year. A special fee is to be paid by January 31.

Course Availability & Schedule

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Spring 2017 : Oliver Field School - Sunday April 30 to Sunday May 21 inclusive


Course Fees

There are 4 separate fees for this course:

  1. Course Registration Fee - payable to Enrollment Services
  2. Special Fee ($816.00) - payable to Enrollment Services before Jan 31, 2017
  3. Field School Meal Plan ($625.00) - Payable to the EOAS Main Office (ESB2020) after Jan 31, 2017
  4. Field School Course pack ($200.00) - Payable to the EOAS Main Office (ESB2020) after Jan 31, 2017


Learning Goals

1. Mapping in the field

  At the end of field school, students will be able to:

  • Locate yourself in the field using a topographic map, compass and pacing
  • Take accurate measurements in the field such as strike and dip, rock and mineral ID
  • Use notebooks to record measurements, observations, interpretations, thoughts and ideas
  • Sketch geologic features to illustrate relationships and label with observations
  • Develop a geologic map in the field with geologic contacts, notation, symbols, etc.
  • Assess topography and geomorphology to assist in geologic interpretations and map making

2. Technical map making skills

 At the end of field school, students will be able to:

  • Create a geologic map that others can read and use
  • Use map elements (e.g. legend, north arrow, scale, title, author, date) correctly
  • Create an extended legend that describes all rock units in detail
  • Identify and map geologic features to represent the structural elements (e.g. geometry) of those features
  • Use standardized map symbols and colours on all geologic maps
  • Accurately represent all rock units, geologic structures and formations in the given study area

3. Interpretation of geological data

  At the end of field school, students will be able to:

  • Develop a mapping plan to understand and answer a geologic question
  • Use the geologic map generated by the mapping plan to answer that question
  • Produce a geologic history of the map area based on your map
  • Produce a tectonic history of the map area based on your map



Spring 2017: Kenneth Hickey (Director), James Scoates, Matthijs Smit, Lucy Porritt, Brett Gilley (Bootcamp), Sarah Sherman (Bootcamp)



Required textbook:

Geological Field Techniques, 2010, Dr Angela L. Coe (Ed), Wiley-Blackwell, pp 336. ISBN: 978-1-4443-3062-5

Recommended textbooks:

Boggs, S. Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy. ISBN-13: 9780131547285 (textbook for EOSC 320). 

An introduction to Structural Geology and Tectonics. Van der Pluijm and Marshak. 1997 (out of print, but a custom course package incorporating much of this book is available at the UBC bookstore for $30.65).


Shell Mapping Prizes

Each year Shell Canada Limited awards four undergraduate prizes for Excellence in Geological Field Work at the Oliver Field School. Recent recipients of those awards are listed below;

May 2016 (2015W academic year)

  • Emily Bolton
  • Jasmine Koh
  • Hayley McIntyre
  • Andrew Steiner

May 2015 (2014W academic year)

  • Arron Albano
  • Michael Shynkaryk
  • Colton Cantner
  • Nick Dodds

May 2014 (2013W academic year)

  • Jiaopu Li
  • Kate Jillings
  • Britta Neumann
  • Dave Nuttall

May 2013 (2012W academic year)

  • Tim Jusupov
  • Patrick Hill
  • Moses Towell
  • Melissa Friend

May 2012 (2011W academic year)

  • Oliver Friesen
  • Dan Gainer
  • Ian Herbranson
  • Jacqueline Armstrong