2014-15 Edition

Cascade Campus
Jackson Hall (JH), Room 210
971-722-5209

Rock Creek Campus
Building 7, Room 202
971-722-7500

Southeast Campus
Student Commons (SCOM), Room 214
971-722-6146

Sylvania Campus
Science Technology Building (ST), Room 312
971-722-4174

www.pcc.edu/programs/geology

Description

Geology is the study of the Earth: its composition, structure, history and the processes which shape the Earth. Geologists investigate landscapes and rocks to discover the story of how the Earth formed and developed over geologic time. Geologists examine problems related to earth hazards, resources and environmental quality and then work toward developing corrective measures. Geology coursework is an important part of many college programs.

The G 201, G 202, G 203, G 291 courses introduce students to the study of geology while preparing them for further study in the earth science field, include a lab component, and are on the PCC General Education course list. The G 207, G 208, G 209 courses introduce students to specific topics within geology and do not include a lab component. The G 160, G 161, G 200A, G 200B G 200C, G 200D, G 200E, G 200F, G 200G field experience courses use field trips to introduce students to the regional geology of the Pacific Northwest.  The G 298A, G 298B, G 298C independent study courses allow students to pursue individualized study and research projects.  Geology courses can be taken individually or in any sequence.

Courses

G 160. Geology: Oregon Coast. 2 Credits.

Designed to introduce the relationships between the biology and geology of the Oregon Coast.

G 161. Geology: Great Basin/Cascades. 2 Credits.

Introduces the relationships between the biology and geology of the Great Basin and/or Cascades geographical area. Explores the geologic history of the Great Basin and/or Cascades geographical areas and the relationships between geology and the plants and animals of these areas. Includes a four-day field trip to the Great Basin and/or Cascades geographical area for field experience of concepts covered in the lecture portion of the class.

G 200A. Geology Field Studies. 2 Credits.

Introduces basic concepts of geology through field experience. Includes both lecture and field components. Content varies based on site location. Prior geology experience recommended. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

G 200B. Geology Field Studies. 4 Credits.

Introduces basic concepts in geology through field experience. Includes both lecture and field components. Content varies based on site location. Prior geology experience recommended. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

G 200C. Geology Field Studies. 6 Credits.

Introduces basic concepts in geology through field experience. Includes both lecture and field components. Content varies based on site location. Prior geology experience recommended. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

G 200D. Geology Field Studies. 1 Credit.

Introduces basic concepts in geology through lecture and field trip. Content varies based on site location. Prior geology experience recommended. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

G 200E. Geology Field Studies: Mount St. Helens. 1 Credit.

Introduces basic concepts in geology through lecture and a field trip in the vicinity of Mount St. Helens. Prior geology experience recommended. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

G 200F. Geology Field Studies: Pacific Northwest Coast. 1 Credit.

Introduces basic geology concepts through lecture and a field trip in the vicinity of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Prior geology experience recommended. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

G 200G. Geology Field Studies Columbia River Gorge. 1 Credit.

Introduces basic concepts in geology through lecture and a field trip in the vicinity of the Columbia River Gorge. Prior geology experience recommended. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

G 201. Physical Geology. 4 Credits.

Introduces physical geology which deals with minerals, rocks, internal structure of the earth and plate tectonics. Includes weekly lab. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 95 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Science, Math, Computer Science/AAOT, Science, Math, Computer Science/AS, Science, Math, Computer Science/AAS, Science, Math, Computer Science/AGS, Science, Math, Computer Science/ASOT-B.

G 202. Physical Geology. 4 Credits.

Introduces physical geology which deals with mass wasting, streams, glaciers, deserts, beaches, groundwater, and use of topographic maps. Includes weekly lab. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 95 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Science, Math, Computer Science/AAOT, Science, Math, Computer Science/AS, Science, Math, Computer Science/AAS, Science, Math, Computer Science/AGS, Science, Math, Computer Science/ASOT-B.

G 203. Historical Geology. 4 Credits.

Introduces historical geology which deals with geologic time, fossils, stratigraphic principles, and the geologic history of the North American continent. Includes weekly lab. G201 or G202 or GS106 strongly recommended. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 95 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Science, Math, Computer Science/AAOT, Science, Math, Computer Science/AS, Science, Math, Computer Science/AAS, Science, Math, Computer Science/AGS, Science, Math, Computer Science/ASOT-B.

G 207. Geology of the Pacific Northwest. 3 Credits.

Introduces the regional geology of the Pacific Northwest with emphasis on Oregon geology. Includes basic geologic principles, earth materials and geology of Pacific Northwest provinces. Prior geology experience strongly recommended. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 65 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Science, Math, Computer Science/AAOT, Science, Math, Computer Science/AS, Science, Math, Computer Science/AAS, Science, Math, Computer Science/AGS.

G 208. Volcanoes and Their Activity. 3 Credits.

Covers the origin, activity, products, classification and hazards of volcanoes. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 65 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Science, Math, Computer Science/AAOT, Science, Math, Computer Science/AS, Science, Math, Computer Science/AAS, Science, Math, Computer Science/AGS.

G 209. Earthquakes. 3 Credits.

Covers the nature and origin of earthquakes, the characteristics of seismic waves, how earthquakes are measured, the hazards of earthquakes and the historical and geological record of earthquakes. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 65 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Science, Math, Computer Science/AAOT, Science, Math, Computer Science/AS, Science, Math, Computer Science/AAS, Science, Math, Computer Science/AGS.

G 291. Elements of Rocks and Minerals. 4 Credits.

Introduces the study of rocks and minerals that includes their classification, origin and identification. Recommended for persons interested in rock and mineral collecting, mining and prospecting. Includes weekly lab. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 95 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Science, Math, Computer Science/AAOT, Science, Math, Computer Science/AS, Science, Math, Computer Science/AAS, Science, Math, Computer Science/AGS, Science, Math, Computer Science/ASOT-B.

G 298A. Geology Independent Study. 1 Credit.

Provides an opportunity to work independently on an individualized area of study within geology under the sponsorship of geology faculty. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Instructor permission.

G 298B. Geology Independent Study. 2 Credits.

Provides an opportunity to work independently on an individualized area of study within geology under the sponsorship of geology faculty. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Instructor permission.

G 298C. Geology Independent Study. 4 Credits.

Provides an opportunity to work independently on an individualized area of study within geology under the sponsorship of geology faculty. Prerequisites: Instructor permission.