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2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Earth Science, B.A./B.S.

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Professors: Jeffrey Myers, Stephen Taylor, Jeffrey Templeton


The Earth Science program provides a liberal arts education in geoscience with an emphasis on scientific methods, 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. Demonstrate knowledge of the physical, chemical and biological processes operating in the Earth system.
  2. Apply technology-based methods to solve geologic problems and communicate results.
  3. Conduct scientific investigations in laboratory and field settings.

Complete The Following:

Not required for students pursuing the Pre-Graduate Studies Concentration.

Choose One Earth System Science Course

Choose One Sedimentology/Paleobiology Course

Choose One Tectonics/Volcanology/Petrology Course

Choose One Environmental Geology/Surface Processes Course

Concentration (Optional)

Total Credits: 65-72


At least two chemistry courses at the 200-level are to be completed as part of the LACC laboratory science requirement. To fulfill the mathematics and computer science general education requirement, the B.S. requires MTH 112 , MTH 243  and one computer science course. The B.A. requires MTH 112 , one computer science course and completion of the second language requirement. MTH 251  or MTH 252  may be used to fulfill the MTH 112  requirement for both the B.S. and B.A. degrees.

Completion of the Earth Science major qualifies graduates to begin the process of professional licensure as registered geologists in the State of Oregon. Students should confer with their adviser for specific coursework that best fits their career objectives.

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