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2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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Professors: Jeffrey Myers, Stephen Taylor, Jeffrey Templeton
Assistant professor: Melinda Shimizu


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.

Choose one course in Earth System Science (3)

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

Choose one course in Tectonics/Volcanology/Petrology (3-4)

Choose one course in Environmental Geology/Surface Processes (3-4)

Areas of Concentration

Total Credits (65-70)


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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