Earth Sciences

Arts and Science

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.