"Civilization exists by geologic consent, subject to change without notice."
- Will Durant
The study of Geology includes natural hazards such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the processes responsible for earth's internal structure and external landforms, earth resources such as fossil fuels and water, a geologic perspective on earth's dynamic climate, and geologic time including the history of our planet. Fundamentally, Geology helps us explain why a landscape looks like the way it does. It teaches us that the Earth is dynamic, and changes both gradually and catastrophically. Our understanding of these changes gives us the opportunity to prepare for them and to design a resilient society.
Geology is unique among the sciences in that it uses concepts & laws from other fields (chemistry, physics, etc) to try and understand the messy, complicated real world. Textbook knowledge gives geologists a foundation of ideas, but cannot capture the intricate puzzles that geologic landscapes present. In practice, this means we must go out and explore the outstanding geology in our backyard via field trips!
A Bachelor's degree with a major in geology prepares students for entry-level geoscience jobs as well as graduate school. For most geoscience careers, a Master's degree is considered to be the terminal degree, while a PhD is necessary for most research and higher education jobs. If you are interested in learning more about geoscience careers, please explore the American Geosciences Institute's "Preparing Our Workforce" or read AGI's 2017 "Status of Recent Geoscience Graduates" report. Curious about what a career path might look like? AGI has put together "Career Compasses" for potential geoscience careers.
Science Center 280, Bend Campus
Department Chair: Carol Higginbotham
G 161 Field Geology: Study of Landscape Evolution (3 Credits)
Introduces students to the processes by which landscapes evolve in a field based setting. Learn how to observe the landscape using methods from field sciences such as geology and ecology, and then apply ideas from these sciences to interpret how landscapes change. The course will take place primarily outdoors, including hiking to field sites and camping for an extended period of time.
G 162CV Cascade Volcanoes (3 Credits)
Consists of field studies of selected areas with emphasis on relationship between rock type, geologic setting and topography. Includes lectures, laboratory and weekend field trips. Topic areas include Cascade Volcanoes.
G 199 Selected Topics: Geology (1-6 Credits)
This course is in development.
G 201 Geology I (4 Credits)
Examines the nature of Earth's interior processes from a geologic perspective. Need not be taken in sequence. Field trips will occasionally substitute for labs, with multiple options to ensure accessibility for every student.
G 202 Geology II (4 Credits)
Examines the nature of Earth's surface processes from a geologic perspective. Need not be taken in sequence. Field trips will occasionally substitute for labs, with multiple options to ensure accessibility for every student.
G 203 Geology III (4 Credits)
Examines earth history from a geologic perspective. Need not be taken in sequence. Field trips will occasionally substitute for labs, with multiple options to ensure accessibility for every student.
G 207 Geology of the Pacific Northwest (4 Credits)
This is a one-term introductory lab science course in geology. It provides an introduction to the regional geology of the Pacific Northwest with emphasis on Oregon, Washington and parts of neighboring states and provinces. Includes basic geologic principles, earth materials and geologic history of the Pacific Northwest. Required weekend field trip.
G 298 Independent Study: Geology (1-4 Credits)
Prerequisites: instructor approval.
Recommended preparation: prior coursework in the discipline.
Individualized, advanced study to focus on outcomes not addressed in existing courses or of special interest to a student. P/NP grading.
G 299 Selected Topics: Geology (1-6 Credits)
Selected Topics in Geology.
GS 106 Physical Science: Geology (4 Credits)
Recommended preparation: MTH 060 or minimum placement Math Level 10.
Introduces students to the study of the ever-changing Earth, with a focus on hands-on exploration. Designed for students with limited geology background. Field trips will occasionally substitute for labs.