G145 Regional Field Geology

1-3 credits  (variable hrs) A field study of significant geologic features of a selected region. The course consists of a field trip arranged to illustrate the geologic setting, stratigraphy and structure, topography, age and origin, significant events through geologic time, and special features unique to the region. Also offered as G0250 for no credit or grade.

G146 Geology of Southwestern Oregon  

3 credits  (3 lec hrs/wk)  Studies the physical and historical features of southwestern Oregon. Examines the geological setting, age, origin, stratigraphy, structure, and topography of the Coast Range and Klamath Mountain provinces of Southwestern Oregon. The major geologic aspects of each city in the region are emphasized.

 G201 Physical Geology I

4 credits  (3 lec, 3 lab hrs/wk)  A study of the nature of the earth and earth materials, geologic structures, fundamental geologic principles, and physical processes acting within and upon the earth. Laboratory exercises and field trips are required.  Concurrent: G145 or G0250.

G202 Physical Geology II

4 credits  (3 lec, 3 lab hrs/wk)  Studies fundamental geologic principles and the natural processes acting within and upon the earth. Examines internal and superficial processes, geologic time and the interrelationships of people and their natural environment. Laboratory exercises and field trips are required.  Concurrent: G145 or G0250.

G203 Historical Geology

4 credits  (3 lec, 3 lab hrs/wk)  Covers the physical and historical nature of the earth through time. Includes principles of historical geology, geologic time, the sequence of tectonic changes, stratigraphic relations, paleogeographic environments and major events through time, and the progression of life through time. Laboratory exercises and field trips are required.  Concurrent: G145 or G0250.

G221 General Geology

3 credits  (3 lec hrs/wk)  Introduces various branches of earth science. Includes basic terminology, fundamental processes and respective interrelationships. Discusses rock and mineral formation, plate tectonic theory, volcanism, earthquakes, surficial processes, and geologic time. Credit cannot be earned for this course and GS106.

G246 Geological Hazards and Natural Catastrophes

3 credits  (3 lec hrs/wk) The causes and effects of earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, ground subsidence and collapse, floods, storms, coastal erosion, and volcanic eruptions. The possibilities for prediction and mitigation will be examined, as will the potential for natural hazards in Oregon.

G291 Elements of Rocks and Minerals

3 credits   (2 lec hrs/wk, 2 lec/lab hrs/wk)  Examines the relationships among rocks, minerals, and the role of economic geology in society. In lecture and lab sessions, students explore how rocks and minerals form, their classification, symmetry, textures and structures, how to recognize them and how they are used.  Students learn how to discover the stories held within rocks. The course also covers Earth's rock, mineral and fossil fuel resources, their modes of formation, methods and environmental impacts of mining and extraction.