Earth Sciences

Terms of Reference

The British Columbia Colleges and Universities Earth Sciences Committee exists to aid in the fulfillment of the mandate of the BC Council on Admissions and Transfers by facilitating admission and transfer arrangements relating to Earth Science courses among educational institiutions of BC.

The following abstract was submitted by Dileep Athaide and Carlo Giovanella (emeritus Committee members) for the GeoSciEd II conference in Hilo, Hawaii in July 1997. This abstract describes the purpose and history of our Articulation committee.

Earth Sciences Articulation in the College/University System, Province of British Columbia, Canada

Webster's dictionary defines articulation as the ‘act or manner of joining' . As used here, articulation refers most specifically to the meshing of content of course offerings from different institutions. In British Columbia , we have an organization that we believe may be unique in its function of addressing this and related educational concerns.

The BC Earth Sciences Articulation Committee is a government-sponsored organization which meets annually to bring together teachers of introductory geology from three universities and fifteen colleges from across the province. Its beginnings go back to about 1970, when a need arose to coordinate the teaching of introductory geology at the newly-created network of community colleges, with the existing geology program at the University of BC . From an informal start, the association has evolved into the present Committee, which is formalized under the umbrella of a Provincial Government agency (BC Council on Admissions and Transfers). The Earth Sciences is one of many disciplines that have independent articulation committees within the province's post-secondary academic system. Government sponsorship ensures that all institutions actively support the articulation process.

The objectives of the Articulation Committee are to:

  • examine and share curriculum content, resources, and teaching methodology;

  • facilitate transferability of course credits, mostly from college to university;

  • provide opportunities for professional development, mainly in the form of field trips;

  • promote professional interaction, and provide support for members and programs;

  • present a forum for liaison with industry and government agencies;

  • maintain a dialogue with representatives from the secondary-school system, and offer educational support for high school earth science and geology programs.

Committee Reports

  • 2019 Earth Sciences Meeting

    Author: S. Earle

    Published: June 5, 2019

    The minutes from the Earth Sciences articulation committee meeting, held in May, 2019.

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    Committee: Earth Sciences

  • 2018 Earth Sciences Meeting

    Author: M. Samolczyk

    Published: September 11, 2018

    The minutes from the Earth Sciences articulation committee meeting, held in May, 2018.

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    Committee: Earth Sciences

  • 2017 Earth Sciences Meeting

    Author: S. Thornton

    Published: July 10, 2017

    The minutes from the Earth Sciences articulation committee meeting, held in May, 2017.

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    Committee: Earth Sciences

  • First Year Outcomes for Earth Sciences/Geography

    Author: Earth Sciences Articulation Subcommittee

    Published: October 16, 2007

    This report clarifies the difference between first-year geography and geology course material and identifies specific transfer problems being experienced by students. 

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    Committee: Earth Sciences

  • Earth Sciences Descriptive Pathways

    Author: R. Dunlop

    Published: November 1, 2002

    This final report was written in parallel to the Flexible Pre-Major Analysis Project. 

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    Committee: Earth Sciences

  • Earth Sciences Flexible Pre-Major Analysis

    Author: M.C. Wilson

    Published: September 23, 2002

    This report provides a comprehensive analysis of current transfer in Earth Sciences and considers a "model program" against which programs could be compared and evaluated.

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    Committee: Earth Sciences