Trinity Western University

Course Descriptions


  • GEOL 109 Introduction to Physical Geology (3 sem. hrs.)

    An introduction to the materials and processes of the physical Earth: rocks and minerals, earth structure and composition, plate tectonics, vulcanology, seismology, crustal deformation, weathering and erosion, slope movement, sedimentation, wind and water processes, glaciation, and geologic time. Earth materials and processes are studied in the laboratory and in the field. This course is an Environmental Studies core requirement.

    NB: Fulfils the academic core laboratory science requirements.

    Prerequisite(s): None. (3-3; 0-0)

  • GEOL 220 Geology of the Vancouver Region (3 sem. hrs.)

    An overview of the fundamental earth science processes responsible for the creation, transformation, and ongoing physical development of western North America. These processes are studied in the context of the building of the North American continent through tectonic forces and surface dynamics. Topics include geologic time, tectonics, vulcanology, seismology, stratigraphy, glaciation, erosion, paleontology, paleoclimatology, and environmental issues. The objective of the course is to familiarize students with the physical environment around them so they may take a more active role in the stewardship of the Earth. Field trips and field studies are included.

    NB: Fulfils the academic core natural science requirements.

    Cross-listed: GEOG 220.

    Prerequisite(s): None. (0-0; 3-0)

  • GEOL 320 Geomorphology (3 sem. hrs.)

    The scientific examination of the physical processes which shape landform development, structure and dynamics. Topics include weathering, slope systems, fluvial and coastal environments, and glacial and periglacial systems. Special emphasis is placed on deciphering past events from current landscape structures. Field trips and field studies are required.

    NB: Offered every other year. Fulfils academic core natural science requirements.

    Cross-listed: GEOG 320.

    Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of Geography including GEOG 121, 131; 220; or GEOL 109; 220, or instructor's consent. (3-2 or 0-0)

  • GEOL 321 Geography of Soils (3 sem. hrs.)

    A scientific investigation of the various aspects of soil as a natural resource. Topics include physical, chemical and biological characteristics of soils applied in the context of soil formation, soil classification and land use, agriculture, and environmental engineering. Soil mapping and spatial distribution of soils is also considered. Field trips and field studies are required.

  • For further course listings, see Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies listings (under Environmental Studies heading).

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