Earth Resources Minor
Earth Science students learn about geoscience with an emphasis on the scientific method, problem solving, and interdisciplinary science education. Our graduates are prepared for careers in geoscience, education, environmental management and natural hazards mitigation. They are also ready to make wise decisions on important issues related natural resources, environmental quality and sustainability in Oregon and beyond.
WOU Earth Science Students:
- Learn about the physical, chemical, and biological processes operating in the Earth System.
- Apply technology-based methods to solve geologic problems and communicate results.
- Conduct scientific investigations in laboratory and field settings.
Professors: Jeffrey Myers, Stephen Taylor, Jeffrey Templeton
Assistant Professor: Melinda Shimizu
Earth Resources Minor 27 – 30 credits
ES 201, 202 Principles of Geology 8 credits
ES 473 Environmental Geology 4 credits
ES 491 Stratigraphy and Depositional Systems 3 credits
Choose one 3 credits
CH 310 Geochemistry
CH 371 Environmental Chemistry
Choose two 6-8 credits
ES 321 Structural Geology
ES 354 Volcanoes and Earthquakes
ES 454 Volcanology
ES 460 Energy and Mineral Resources
Choose one 3 – 4 credits
ES 341 Geographic Information Systems I
ES 476 Hydrology
ES 492 Advanced GIS Applications in Earth Science
Earth Science Student Handbook – Earth_Science_Advising_Guide_July_2015
► Earth Resources Courses
ES 201, 202 Principles of Geology (4)
Introductory geology sequence that focuses on physical and historical geology. ES 201 emphasizes Earth’s internal processes with topics including plate tectonics, minerals, igneous rocks and processes, volcanism, metamorphism and metamorphic rocks, rock deformation and geologic structures, and earthquakes. ES 202 emphasizes Earth surface processes with topics including sedimentary rocks, sedimentary processes, rock weathering, mass wasting, river systems, groundwater, glaciers, deserts, and coastal processes.
CH 310 Environmental Geochemistry (3)
An application of the principles of geology and chemistry to geological processes such as isotope fractionation, the carbonate cycle, weathering and formation of clays, hydrologic mobility and adsorption of heavy metals to clays and humic substances, groundwater plumes, atmospheric chemistry including the greenhouse effect, global warming and ozone destruction. Three lectures, pre-req: one year of college chemistry, ES 201, 202, or consent of instructor.
CH 371 Environmental Chemistry (3)
A study of current environmental problems such as stratospheric, ozone, greenhouse effect, smog, acid rain, pollution, oil spills and pesticides. Pre-req: CH 104, 105, 106, or consent of instructor.
ES 473 Environmental Geology (4)
The study of contemporary environmental issues as related to geologic systems. Topics include geologic hazards, land use, groundwater-surface water-soil contamination, remediation technologies, environmental planning, habitat restoration, applied analytical techniques, and consulting practice. Four hours of lecture and active learning per week. Supplemental field trips will be incorporated as needed. PREREQ: ES 201, ES 202, or consent of instructor.
ES 491 Stratigraphy and Despositional Systems (4)
This course is designed for both Earth Science majors and general interest audiences. The course offers an overview of clastic depositional environments and sequences, including continental, marine marginal, and deep marine settings. Concepts and applications of facies and stratigraphic modeling will be explored, with an emphasis on natural resource exploration and recovery. Examination of tectonic controls on the nature and distribution of facies and paleoenvironments of sedimentary basins in tectonically active settings. Offered in alternating years. Three hours of lecture and active learning. PREREQ: a general geology course or consent of instructor; RECOMMENDED: ES 392.
ES 321 Structural Geology (4)
Introduction to mapping, analysis, and interpretation of folds, faults, lineations, foliations, and other structures exhibited by rocks. Emphasis is on the basic techniques of analyzing geologic structures associated in space and time and interpreting the structural history of the lithosphere. Four hours of lecture and active learning per week; required field trip. PREREQ: ES 201, or consent of instructor.
ES 354 Volcanoes and Earthquakes (4)
Introduction to earthquake phenomena with an emphasis on the impact to people, infrastructure, and natural resources in Oregon and the western United States. Course will focus on using seismology to interpret interior of Earth, mechanisms that cause earthquakes, relation to plate tectronics, and associated hazards. four hour of lecture and active learning per week; supplemental field trips will be incorporated as needed. Pre-req: Intro geology course, or consent of instructor.
ES 454 Volcanology (3)
Study of the processes and products of volcanism. Focus is on rock types, structures, field relations, tectonic settings, conditions of origin, and geologic history of volcanism with specific emphasis on the Pacific Northwest. Three hours of lecture and active learning per week; supplemental field trips will be incorporated as needed. Offered in alternating years. PREREQ: Introductory geology course, or consent of instructor.
ES 460 Energy and Mineral Resources (3)
Focus on the geology of energy and mineral resources in terms of their description, occurrence, origin, and distribution. Also consider extraction, treatment, uses, and reserves of mineral and energy resources; the historical, economic, and social issues involved with certain resources; and the environmental implications of the use and exploitation of resources. Three hours of lecture and active learning per week. Offered in alternating years. PREREQ: Introductory geology course, or consent of instructor.
Department of Earth and Physical ScienceDepartment Chair: Jeff Templeton
503-838-8858 l email: firstname.lastname@example.org l Location: Natural Science Building NS 211