Course Description

Course Name

Introduction to Earth and Enviromental Sciences

Session: VCPS3122

Hours & Credits

18 Host University Units

Prerequisites & Language Level

NSC Physical Science, Life Sciences or Geography with at least 60% (or AGE1003/4H).
NOTE: Preference will be given to students registered in the Science Faculty.

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


This course aims to develop a broad understanding of how the Earth works, leading to majors in Archaeology, Environmental & Geographical Sciences, Geology and Ocean & Atmosphere Science. The course covers the following general topics: structure and dynamics of the Earth; stratigraphy and geological history; climatology; surface processes and evolution of landscapes; biogeography; humans and the environment.

DP requirements: An average of 30% on all marked classwork and tests.

Assessment: Marked class work counts 24%; marked class tests count 16%; one 3-hour theory examination in June counts 60%. A subminimum of 40% is required in the theory examination paper.

NOTE: Supplementary examinations will be written in November.

*Course content subject to change