Local Geology


College of the Siskiyous is located in one of the California's most geologically and geographically diverse landscapes. Here, where the High Cacade and Klamath provinces meet, students can study both young volcanoes and ancient oceanic terranes. The Earth and Space Sciences faculty offer a variety of courses in geology, physical geography and astronomy that draw on the College's diverse regional setting to meet the needs of general education students, Earth science majors and community members who would like to learn more about the physical environment of the Cascade-Klamath region.

Summer 2017-Spring 2018 Courses

Courses offered in Earth and Space Sciences differ slightly from year to year and the Summer 2017-Spring 2018 schedule is listed below. Follow any of the links to learn more about an individual course or click on the "Courses" link at left to see a complete list of the discipline's courses.

Summer 2017

Fall 2017

Spring 2018

Paul Dawson Memorial Scholarship

Paul Dawson at YellowstonePaul Dawson taught geology and engineering at the College of the Siskiyous from 1962 to 1986 and inspired generations of students with his enthusiasm, knowledge of local geology and great stories. Following his death in 1996, Paul's family and friends established a scholarship fund to assist outstanding COS earth science and natural resources students continue their educations. In order to be eligible to receive the $750 award a student must:

The application period for the Paul Dawson Memorial Scholarship is 1-January to 15-March and the award recipient will be notified by 31-May. Additional information and an online application are available from the COS Foundation's scholarship page.  If you have any questions about the scholarship or the application process please call (530) 938-5373.