GIS Geology3

History of the Earth and Biosphere Minor

This minor is an interdisciplinary series of courses designed to introduce science, liberal arts, and content-specific educators to the history of the earth and its life. Biology majors may substitute approved upper division biology or earth science electives for BI 211, BI 314, and BI 446.

 

History of the Earth and Biosphere Minor……………………… 25 – 26 credits

Foundation Courses  3-4 credits

Choose one: (4) or other approved introductory geology course

ES 201 Principles of Geology (4)

ES 202 Principles of Geology (4)

ES 351 Geology for Educators (3)

Core Curriculum  13 credits

BI 211  Principles of Biology (5)

BI 314 Introductory Genetics (4)

BI 316 Evolution (4)

ES 203 Principles of Geology (4)

ES 431 Paleobiology (4)

ES 491 Stratigraphy and Depositional System (4)


Earth Science Student Handbook  –  Earth_Science_Advising_Guide_July_2015

 

History of Earth/Biosphere Courses

 

BI 211  Principles of Biology (5)

An introduction to the science of biology, including morphological, physiological and developmental aspects of living organisms; the phylogeny, evolution and ecology of both plants and animals, and fundamental concepts of genetics and molecular biology. Designed for the biology major. Four hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory period. Students interested in BI 211 are strongly encouraged to have taken high school biology and chemistry or BI 102 and CH 104. BI 211 offered fall and winter term. 

 

BI 314 Introductory Genetics (4)

Principles and mechanisms of inheritance, including consideration of patterns of inheri­tance, the nature of the gene, chromosome structure, gene action, population genetics and mechanisms of mutation. Three hours lecture plus one hour discussion section per week. Prerequisite: BI 211 or consent of instructor, and MTH 111 or equivalent; offered fall term.

 

BI 316 Evolution (4)

Introduction to the major concepts and principles of evolutionary biology with an emphasis on the sources of variation, mechanisms of evolution, phylogenetics and the evolution of the human lineage. Three hours lecture plus one hour discussion session. Prerequisite: BI 212 and BI 314 or consent of instructor; offered spring term.

 

ES 201 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 Principles of Geology (4)

Introductory geology sequence that focuses on physical and historical geology.  Emphasizes Earth surface processes with topics including sedimentary rocks, sedimentary processes, rock weathering, mass wasting, river systems, groundwater, glaciers, deserts, and coastal processes. ES 203 explores the origin and dynamics of the Earth’s interior, surface, ocean, atmospheric, and biological systems and critically evaluates topics including the age of the earth and the origin of life. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory.

 

ES 351 Geology for Educators (3)

Lab intensive course emphasizing fundamental principles of geology, including topics in rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, constructive and destructive earth surface processes, geological hazards, and hydrology, which form the Oregon Science Benchmark Standards in Earth Science. Two hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week. Cannot be used as an upperdivision elective for students majoring in Earth Science.

 

ES 203 Principles of Geology  (4)

Introductory geology sequence that focuses on physical and historical geology.  ES 203 explores the origin and dynamics of the Earth’s interior, surface, ocean, atmospheric, and biological systems and critically evaluates topics including the age of the earth and the origin of life. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory. No prerequisite.

 

ES 431 Paleobiology  (4)

The evolution of terrestrial and marine ecosystems interpreted from the fossil record; the application of paleontological data to resolving problems in earth history. Offered alternate years. Four hours of lecture and active learning. PREREQ: a beginning biology course or consent of instructor. RECOMMENDED: ES 203.

 

ES 491 Stratigraphy and Depositional System (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.

 

 

 

Contact Us:

Department of Earth and Physical Science

Department Chair: Jeff Templeton  

503-838-8858   l    email: templej@wou.edu l   Location: Natural Science Building  NS 211