EOSC 330 · Principles of Geomorphology

Landform development; morphological and historical analysis of landforms; applications in engineering and resource development. Please consult the Faculty of Science Credit Exclusion List: www.students.ubc.ca/calendar/index.cfm?tree=12,215,410,414. [3-2-0]
Prerequisite: One of GEOB 103, EOSC 110, EOSC 210.

Course Availability & Schedule

Course Syllabus

Learning Goals

  1. To introduce landform morphology and the processes of landform development.
  2. To practice techniques for recognition and analysis of landforms and processes.
  3. To describe typical applications of geomorphology to geoscience and engineering.


Dr. Scott McDougall, P.Eng.

Course Content

  • Lectures (see list of topics below)
  • Lab exercises (5)
  • Independent Project
  • Midterm quizzes (2)
  • Final Exam


Readings will be assigned in class and posted on CONNECT.

Lecture Topics

  • Airphoto Interpretation; Advanced Tools
  • Tectonics and Isostasy; Folded Landforms; Faults
  • Intrusions and Volcanoes; Volcanic Landforms; Volcanic Hazards
  • Weathering; Tropical Soils; Karst
  • Erosion; Hydrology and Drainage Networks; Sediment Transport
  • Terraces, Fans and Deltas; Fluvial Channel Morphology
  • Landslide Classification; Falls and Topples; Flow Slides and Debris Flows; Other Flow-like Landslides; Slope Stability
  • Hazard and Risk Assessment
  • Glaciers and Glacial Erosion; Glacial Deposits; Periglacial Landforms; Snow Avalanches
  • Coastal Landforms; Aeolian Landforms
  • Climate Change
  • Terrain Classification
  • Landform Design