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Earth Science

Associate professors: Jeffrey Myers, Stephen Taylor, Jeffrey Templeton

 

Mission

The Earth Science program provides a liberal arts core education in geoscience with an emphasis on the scientific method, problem solving and interdisciplinary science education. A key objective of the program is to prepare undergraduates for careers as professional geoscientists and educators. The program also promotes the development of an informed citizenry for wise decision-making on issues related to natural resources, environmental quality, and sustainability in Oregon and beyond.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire a comprehensive understanding of the interrelated physical, chemical and biological processes operating in the Earth system.
  2. Develop proficiency in using technology-enriched analytical techniques to solve geologic problems.
  3. Gain experience in conducting inquiry-based science in the context of outdoor adventure.

Earth Science major (74-75 credits)
ES 201, 202, 203 Principles of Geology (12)

 

Choose one of the following sequences (12)

BI 101, 102, 103 General Biology

BI 211, 212, 213 Principles of Biology

PH 201, 202, 203 General Physics

PH 211, 212, 213 General Physics with Calculus

Choose an option: (10)

A.
CS 161 Computer Science I

CS 162 Computer Science II

 

B.
MTH 251 Calculus I

MTH 252 Calculus II

ES 301, 302, 303 GeoTechniques (3)

ES 321 Structural Geology (4)

ES 322 Geomorphology and Aerial Photo Interpretation (4)

ES 392 Sedimentary Geology (4)

ES 407 Senior Seminar (1)

ES 450 Introduction to Petrology (4)

ES 453 Geology of the Pacific Northwest (4)

ES 473 Environmental Geology (4)

Choose one course in Earth System Science: (3)

ES 331 Introduction to Oceanography

ES 390 Basic Meteorology

GS 351 Elements of Astronomy

Choose one course in Sedimentology/Paleobiology: (3-4)

ES 431 Paleobiology

ES 491 Stratigraphy and Depositional Systems

Choose one course in Volcanology/Petrology: (3)

ES 454 Volcanology

ES 460 Energy and Mineral Resources

Choose one course in Environmental Geology/Surface Processes: (3)

ES 476 Hydrology

ES 492 GIS Applications in Earth Science

Note: The sequence CH 104, 221, 222 is to be completed as the LACC laboratory science requirement. The B.S. requires CS 160, MTH 112, and MTH 243. The B.A. requires CS 160, MTH 112, and completion of the third term of the second year of a foreign language course. The B.S. and B.A. require completion of the cultural and writing intensive requirements. For this major, 4 hours of writing intensive course work should come from WR 321.

 

Earth Resources minor (27 credits)

ES 201, 202 Principles of Geology (8)

ES 454 Volcanology (3)

ES 460 Energy and Mineral Resources (3)

ES 473 Environmental Geology (4)

ES 491 Stratigraphy and Depositional Systems (3)

Choose one: (3)

CH 310 Geochemistry

CH 371 Environmental Chemistry

Choose one: (3)

ES 476 Hydrology

ES 492 GIS Applications in Earth Science

Earth System Science minor (27 credits)

ES 104 Earth System Science (5)

ES 105 Earth System Science (5) –or– ES 106  Earth System Science (5)

ES 331 Introduction to Oceanography (3)

ES 390 Basic Meteorology (3)

ES 473 Environmental Geology (4)

Choose one: (4)

ES 431 Paleobiology

ES 453 Geology of the Pacific Northwest

Choose one: (3)

ES 454 Volcanology

ES 460 Energy and Mineral Resources

Geology minor (27 credits)

ES 201, 202, 203 Principles of Geology (12)

ES 301, 302, 303 GeoTechniques (3)

ES 322 Geomorphology and Aerial Photo Interpretation (4)

ES 392 Sedimentary Geology (4)

ES 450 Introduction to Petrology (4)

History of the Earth and Biosphere minor (25-26 credits)

BI 211 Principles of Biology (4)

BI 341 Introduction to Genetics (4)

BI 446 Evolution (3)

Choose one: (3-4) or other approved introductory geology course

ES 201 Principles of Geology (4) –or– ES 202 Principles of Geology (4)

ES 351 Geology for Educators (3)

ES 203 Principles of Geology (4)

ES 431 Paleobiology (4)

ES 491 Stratigraphy and Depositional Systems (3)

Note: 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 341 and BI 446.

 

 

 

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