Advanced Field Geology (EOS 400)

EOS 400 is an 11-day, field-based course exploring sedimentation, geomorphology, magmatism, and tectonism across the Canadian Cordillera. This course is a fantastic way to connect topics you have learned throughout your degree in a dynamic field course as we traverse across southern BC and Alberta. Many alumni say field schools were the most memorable and important part of their degrees at UVic.

EOS 400 is a field-based, summer session course, generally taken by SEOS students between their third and fourth year of studies.  It is a required course for students in our Earth Sciences program (both Major and Honours) and represents an elective course that can be used towards meeting Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC) academic qualifications for both their 'Geology' and 'Environmental Geoscience' designations (see here for more details). Pre-requisites of EOS 300 (Earth Science Field School) and EOS 316 (Igneous and Metamorphic Geology) will be strictly enforced.

Columnar Basalt

2024 dates: August 19 – 29, 2024, inclusive.

Location: southern BC and Alberta

Maximum enrollment: 28

Co-ordinator: Siobhan McGoldrick

Pre-requisites: EOS 300 and 316

Participation Fee: TBD, typically ~$1000 (exclusive of tuition, flights, personal gear).

Application: via webform (to be submitted by Nov 24, 2023)

Deposit ($250) Deadline: November 24, 2023.

Balance ($850) Deadline:  February 19, 2024.

Participation fees (deposit and remaining balance) can be paid online. Please select "EOS 400 Field School Deposit - $250" and "EOS 400 Field School Final Pmt - $850" from the drop down list.

Accommodation/Board: Accommodation and some meals during the field school will be provided by UVic. Accommodation will be in a mix of hotels and an alpine clubhouse. Students are expected to contribute to camp life and will be divided into assigned groups to prepare meals and clean up for part of the course.


Transportation: All transportation during the program will be provided. The start and end point of the trip will be UVic Lot 1, by the greenhouses.

Mandatory pre-trip meetings: There will be a few short mandatory pre-trip meetings in the Spring term (Jan to April) to prepare the group for the trip. These will likely be held at 6 PM in B119, on a day that works for the group.

Refunds: Refunds for deposits and participating fees are ONLY available under the following circumstances:

  • Deposit amounts will ONLY be refunded to students who are not offered a seat in the course and are otherwise non-refundable.
  • Participation fees are only refunded in extenuating extreme circumstances (i.e., medical, death in the family) and are determined on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of SEOS administration.
  • Note that conflicts with work schedules or other personal choice circumstances are not considered for refunds.

Questions? Concerns? Please contact Siobhan (

Pre-trip Readings

AFG Readings