EOSC 223 · Field Techniques

Introduction to the techniques of geological mapping and the interpretation of field data. Includes three one-day field trips on weekends plus 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

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.

Instructors (Jan-May 2021)

Class/Lab – James Scoates (Lead Instructor), Joel Saylor, Mitch D'Arcy, Ken Hickey, Simon Peacock, Erik Eberhardt
Field – Lucy Porritt (Lead Instructor), Mitch D'Arcy, Simon Peacock, Lori Kennedy


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.  Note that the Jan-Apr 2021 syllabus will be available in Nov 2020 sometime – stay tuned!

Lecture Topics & Time

See Course Webpage on UBC Canvas for related info on lectures.  Lectures are Monday and Wednesday from 12:00-12:50 pm and will be online through Zoom in Canvas in the Jan-Apr 2021 term – looking forward to seeing you all online.


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 begin in Week 2. Our "lab room" for the Jan-Apr 2021 term will be online through Zoom in Canvas.  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.