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Top GEO 100 NATURAL DISASTERS: HOLLYWOOD VERSUS REALITY (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Introduction to natural hazards, as seen through the lens of popular media. Course will explore the causes and consequences of natural disasters via in-class exercises and activities designed to develop students' skills in scientific analysis and problem solving. (Bacc Core Course)

Top GEO 101 THE SOLID EARTH (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course Has Extra Fees
Solid earth processes and materials. Earthquakes, volcanoes, earth structure, rocks, minerals, ores. Solid earth hazard prediction and planning. Geologic time. Lec/lab. (Bacc Core Course)

Top GEO 199 SPECIAL STUDIES (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top GEO 201 PHYSICAL GEOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course Has Extra Fees
Study of earth's interior. Tectonic processes and their influence on mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, minerals, and rocks. Field trip(s) required; transportation fee charged. Lec/lab. (Bacc Core Course)

Top GEO 202 EARTH SYSTEMS SCIENCE (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course Has Extra Fees
Surficial processes (glaciers, rivers), climate, soils, vegetation, and their interrelationships. Field trip(s) required; transportation fee charged. Lec/lab. (Bacc Core Course)

Top GEO 203 EVOLUTION OF PLANET EARTH (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course Has Extra Fees
History of earth and life as interpreted from fossils and the rock record. Field trip(s) required; transportation fee charged. Lec/lab. (Bacc Core Course)

Top GEO 221 ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course Has Extra Fees
Introductory geology emphasizing geologic hazards (volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, flooding), geologic resources (water, soil, air, mineral, energy), and associated environmental problems and mitigation strategies. Lec/lab. (Bacc Core Course)

Top GEO 295 INTRODUCTION TO FIELD GEOLOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Two-week course taught in the fall program in various locations throughout the west. Collect field data to make geological maps, cross-sections, columns, and reports. Serves as an introduction to upper-level course work for Geology degree. Lec/lab. PREREQS: GEO 201 [C-]

Top GEO 305 LIVING WITH ACTIVE CASCADE VOLCANOES (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course Has Extra Fees
The impact of volcanic activity on people, infrastructure, and natural resources; how and why volcanic activity in the Cascade Range occurs; volcano monitoring and hazard assessment. Field trip required, transportation fee charged. (Bacc Core Course)

Top GEO 306 MINERALS, ENERGY, WATER, AND THE ENVIRONMENT (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course Has Extra Fees
Geologic occurrences, environmental consequences, and future of non-renewable earth resources, including metals, materials, oil, soil, and groundwater. (Bacc Core Course)

Top GEO 307 NATIONAL PARK GEOLOGY AND PRESERVATION (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course Has Extra Fees
National parks as classrooms to study geological processes and the importance of preserving natural landscapes. Field trip(s) required; transportation fee charged. (Bacc Core Course)

Top GEO 307H NATIONAL PARK GEOLOGY AND PRESERVATION (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
National parks as classrooms to study geological processes and the importance of preserving natural landscapes. Field trip(s) required; transportation fee charged. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top GEO 308 GLOBAL CHANGE AND EARTH SCIENCES (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Study of global change over different time scales during the history of the earth, with emphasis on evolution of its atmosphere, plate tectonics, paleoclimates, and mass extinctions. (Bacc Core Course)

Top GEO 309 ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Technical and social issues surrounding the unequal exposure to environmental hazards based on race and the environmental justice movement that has grown to address charges of such environmental racism. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: (WR 121 [C-] or WR 121H [C-] ) and sophomore standing

Top GEO 310 EARTH MATERIALS I: MINERALOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Principles of crystal morphology, and structure. Characteristics, identification, and origins of minerals. Lec/lab. PREREQS: (GEO 201 [D-] or GEO 221 [D-] ) and ( (CH 121 [D-] or (CH 231 [D-] and CH 261 [D-] ) or (CH 231H [D-] and CH 261H [D-] ) ) )

Top GEO 315 EARTH MATERIALS II: PETROLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Origin, identification and classification of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Field trip(s) required, transportation fee charged. Lec/lab. PREREQS: GEO 310 [D-]

Top GEO 322 SURFACE PROCESSES (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Examination of surficial processes and terrestrial landforms of the earth, including slopes, rivers, glaciers, deserts, and coastlines. Field trip(s) required; transportation fee charged. Lec/lab. PREREQS: (GEO 102 [D-] or GEO 102H [D-] or GEO 202 [D-] ) and (MTH 251 [C-] or MTH 251H [C-] ) and (PH 201 [D-] or PH 201H [D-] or PH 211 [D-] or PH 211H [D-] )

Top GEO 329 GEOGRAPHY OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Cultural, economic, political, and settlement geography. Emphasis on regional patterns and problems. Analysis of recent and projected changes. (Bacc Core Course)

Top GEO 340 STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Analysis of geometry and kinematics of geologic structures including brittle and ductile faults, folds, joints, deformation fabrics. Field trip(s) required; transportation fee charged. Lec/lab. PREREQS: GEO 201 [D-]

Top GEO 352 OREGON: GEOLOGY, PLACE, AND LIFE ON THE RING OF FIRE (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Provides an overview of the geology of Oregon in the context of the Pacific Northwest including tectonic setting, geologic features and landscapes, as well as topics and concepts of interest to society in general. Lessons will include discussion of the relationship between people and the landscape, incorporating the concept of ethnographic landscapes--geologic structures, natural resources and geologic hazards that are part of the identity of a place. Emphasizes written and graphic communication skills. Field trip required, transportation fee charged. Lec/lab. (Bacc core course) PREREQS: Introductory science course recommended.

Top GEO 352H OREGON: GEOLOGY, PLACE, AND LIFE ON THE RING OF FIRE (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course Has Extra Fees
Provides an overview of the geology of Oregon in the context of the Pacific Northwest including tectonic setting, geologic features and landscapes, as well as topics and concepts of interest to society in general. Lessons will include discussion of the relationship between people and the landscape, incorporating the concept of ethnographic landscapes--geologic structures, natural resources and geologic hazards that are part of the identity of a place. Emphasizes written and graphic communication skills. Field trip required, transportation fee charged. Lec/lab. (Bacc core course) PREREQS: Introductory science course recommended. Honors College approval required.

Top GEO 370 STRATIGRAPHY AND SEDIMENTOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Basic principles of sedimentology and stratigraphy. Sedimentology is largely concerned with classifying and interpreting the origin of sedimentary rocks. Stratigraphy provides formal rules and strategies for organizing sedimentary (and other) rocks into a temporal framework. Reconstruction of Earth history with various approaches centered on paleoclimatology, paleogeography, paleooceanography, and tectonics. Lec/lab. PREREQS: GEO 201 [D-]

Top GEO 380 EARTHQUAKES IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Earthquake hazards in the Northwest; responses to reducing earthquake risk at state, local, and personal levels. (Bacc Core Course)

Top GEO 399 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top GEO 399H SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top GEO 400 FIELD TRIPS (1-16) 
Participation in group field trips that are not a part of any other course. Transportation fee is charged. Students may prepare guides for trips. Faculty sponsor must be prearranged. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 48 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top GEO 401 RESEARCH (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Independent, original research subjects guided by faculty conferences and resulting in a brief written report. Faculty sponsor must be prearranged. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 24 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top GEO 403 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Independent, original study that culminates in a senior thesis. Faculty sponsor must be prearranged. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 24 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top GEO 405 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Independent reading in specialized topics guided by and discussed in faculty conferences. Faculty sponsor must be prearranged. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top GEO 407 SEMINAR (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top GEO 408 WORKSHOP (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top GEO 410 INTERNSHIP (1-15)  Offered in current or future terms
Pre-career professional experience under joint faculty and employer supervision. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 48 credits. PREREQS: 12 credits of upper-division geosciences and departmental approval required.

Top GEO 412 IGNEOUS PETROLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Petrogenesis of igneous rocks. Petrographic analysis using polarizing microscopes. Field trip may be required, transportation fee charged. Lec/lab. PREREQS: GEO 315 [D-] and GEO 415

Top GEO 415 EARTH MATERIALS III: PETROGRAPHY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Microscope-based study of minerals and igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Representation and interpretation of geological processes based on microscopic observation. Lec/lab. PREREQS: GEO 201 [D-] and GEO 310 [D-] and GEO 315 [D-]

Top GEO 427 VOLCANOLOGY (4)  WIC Core Course
A survey of volcanoes: their distribution, forms, composition, eruptive products, eruptive styles, and associated phenomena. Field trip may be required; transportation fee charged. Offered alternate years. Lec/lab. (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: GEO 315 [D-]

Top GEO 430 GEOCHEMISTRY (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Principles of geochemistry applied to problems of earth science. Field trip(s) may be required; transportation fees charged. Lec/rec. PREREQS: GEO 315* [D-] and ( (CH 121 [D-] and CH 122 [D-] ) or ( (CH 231 [D-] or CH 231H [D-] ) and (CH 261 [D-] or CH 261H [D-] ) and (CH 232 [D-] or CH 232H [D-] ) and (CH 262 [D-] or CH 262H [D-] ) ) )

Top GEO 431 ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
An introduction to natural processes at and near the earth's surface, as well as an examination of the impact of human activities on the natural environment. Study includes discussion of the sources, transformations, transport, and fate of contaminants. Field trip(s) required; transportation fee charge. PREREQS: (CH 121 [D-] and CH 122 [D-] and CH 123 [D-] ) or ( (CH 231 [D-] or CH 231H [D-] ) and (CH 232 [D-] or CH 232H [D-] ) and (CH 233 [D-] or CH 233H [D-] ) )

Top GEO 432 APPLIED GEOMORPHOLOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Effect of landform processes upon human activity; consequences of resource management strategies on erosional balance within landscape; identification of mitigation of natural hazards; role of geomorphic process studies in environmental planning. Taught as seminar, themes TBA. Field trip(s) may be required; transportation fee charged. PREREQS: GEO 322

Top GEO 433 COASTAL GEOMORPHOLOGY (3) 
Morphodynamic approach to coastal landforms, processes and evolution including the impacts and response of humans to coastal change. PREREQS: ( (PH 211 [D-] or PH 211H [D-] ) and (PH 212 [D-] or PH 212H [D-] ) and GEO 322 [D-] ) and MTH 251 and MTH 252 or equivalent.

Top GEO 440 ECONOMIC GEOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Principles of the origin, distribution, and importance of metallic mineral deposits formed by magmatic, hydrothermal, and sedimentary processes. Lec/lab. PREREQS: GEO 315 [D-] and GEO 340

Top GEO 461 GEOLOGY OF EARTHQUAKES (3) 
Tectonics of the present day as based on surface geology, geodesy, seismicity, and crustal structure; description of active faults and folds; use of neotectonics in evaluation of earthquake hazard. Field trip(s) may be required; transportation fee charged. Offered alternate years. PREREQS: GEO 340 [D-]

Top GEO 463 GEOPHYSICS AND TECTONICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course Has Extra Fees
Geophysical observations as constraints on geologic interpretation. Lec/lab. (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: MTH 251 and (PH 202 or PH 212) or equivalent.

Top GEO 481 GLACIAL GEOLOGY (4) 
Mass balance of glaciers, physics of glacial flow, processes of glacial erosion and deposition, glacial meltwater, glacial isostasy and eustasy, and Quaternary stratigraphy. Field trip(s) may be required; transportation fee charged. Lec/lab. Offered alternate years. PREREQS: GEO 202

Top GEO 484 INTRODUCTION TO BIOGEOCHEMISTRY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Interdisciplinary course, applying concepts from chemistry, physics, biology and geology to Earth systems including terrestrial, ocean and freshwater environments; water and energy cycles; carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur cycles; biogeochemical cycles through Earth history. PREREQS: MTH 111 [D-] and ( (CH 121 [D-] and CH 122 [D-] ) or (CH 231 [D-] and CH 261 [D-] and CH 232 [D-] and CH 262 [D-] ) )

Top GEO 486 QUATERNARY PALEOCLIMATOLOGY (3) 
Introduction to geochronology, climate proxies, climate forcing, and climate modeling applied to paleoclimate problems. Emphasis on Quaternary climate history. PREREQS: (GEO 202 [D-] or GEO 203 [D-] ) and (CH 122 [D-] or CH 222 [D-] or ( (CH 232 [D-] or CH 232H [D-] ) and (CH 262 [D-] or CH 262H [D-] or CH 272 [D-] ) ) ) and PH 201 or PH 211 or equivalent.

Top GEO 487 HYDROGEOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Movement of water through porous media. Darcy's Law and groundwater flow equation. Development of groundwater resources. Computer models. Lec/lab. PREREQS: (MTH 252 [D-] or MTH 252H [D-] ) and GEO 202

Top GEO 488 QUATERNARY STRATIGRAPHY OF NORTH AMERICA (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Stratigraphic principles applied to Quaternary deposits. Survey Quaternary dating methods. Proxy records of glaciation and climate change. Quaternary stratigraphy of North America, emphasizing stratigraphic records of ice sheets, glaciers, and pluvial lakes. Offered alternate years. PREREQS: (GEO 481 or GEO 581) or instructor approval required.

Top GEO 495 ADVANCED FIELD GEOLOGY (6)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Six-week summer program in central Oregon. Collect field data to make geological maps, cross-sections, columns, and reports. Fee charged. PREREQS: GEO 295 [C-] and GEO 315 [C-] and GEO 340 [C-] and GEO 370 [C-] and GEO 295

Top GEO 497 FIELD MAPPING OF ORE DEPOSITS (3)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Eight-day field trip over spring vacation to a mineral district in the western United States, emphasizing detailed mapping of outcrops, trenches, and underground workings. Students prepare final maps and a report suitable for presentation to management or publication during spring term. Transportation fee charged. Not offered every year. PREREQS: (GEO 440 or GEO 540) and GEO 495

Top GEO 499 SPECIAL TOPICS (0-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.



 
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