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Earth and Space Science Courses

The Earth and Space Sciences faculty offer courses in astronomy, physical geography, and geology that meet the needs of general education students, Earth science majors, and members of community who would like to learn more about the physical environment of the Klamath-Cascade region. Brief descriptions of all of the program's courses are given below, and you can learn more about any individual course by following the link to its website.

Astronomy
Astronomy (ASTR 1) introduces physical models for gravity and light and then draws upon our understandings of these phenomena to learn about the motions, properties and histories of celestial objects that range from nearby planets and stars to distant galaxies and the Universe itself. ASTR 1 title
Physical Geography
Physical Geography (GEOG 1) introduces the major elements of Earth’s environment—atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere—and explores how they interact with one another to influence the distribution of climates, soils, landforms, and life on Earth. GEOG 1 title

Geology

Environmental Geology (GEOL 13) explores how humans interact with the Earth, including coping with geologic hazards, managing Earth's resources, and dealing with the waste and pollution produced by human activities. GEOL 13 title
Geology of the National Parks (GEOL 14) explores how the geologic processes that operate in different tectonic settings have shaped America's national parklands and how they have interacted through time to build the North American continent. GEOL 14 title
Physical Geology (GEOL 16) introduces the processes shaping Earth today—from tectonic and igneous activity driven by the planet's internal heat, to erosion by air, water, and ice moving in response to gravity and the Sun's energy. Lab activities include rock and mineral identification, map interpretation, and regional field trips. GEOL 16 title
Historical Geology (GEOL 17) explores how Earth and the life it supports have changed through time. Geologic principles are used to reconstruct Earth's physical history, and fossils to trace the histories of living communities. Lab activities include studies of rocks and fossils as well as regional field trips. GEOL 17 title
Geology of California (GEOL 20) explores how the state's diverse landscape has been shaped by processes occurring along an ancient passive margin and a modern active one, and examines the roles that geologic processes have played in creating California's mineral resources and its significant geologic hazards. GEOL 20 title
Oceanography (GEOL 34) introduces the physical and biological features of Earth's oceans and explores their relationships, from the geologic processes that create ocean basins and the movements of air and water that shape climates and coasts, to the nature of marine life and human impacts on the sea. GEOL 34 title
Geology of Mount Shasta (GEOL 60) introduces the tectonic setting, eruptive and non-eruptive activity, geologic history, and potential hazards associated with this prominent stratovolcano. This short-term course meets for two evening sessions and a Saturday field trip. GEOL 60 title
Geology of the Medicine Lake Volcano (GEOL 62) introduces the tectonic setting, diverse eruptive styles, geologic history, and potential hazards associated with this large shield volcano. This short-term course meets for two evening sessions and a Saturday field trip. GEOL 62 title
Geology of Lassen National Park (GEOL 64) introduces the park's geologic setting, the volcanic and erosional processes that have shaped it, and the potential hazards posed by future eruptive and non-eruptive events. This short-term course meets for two evening sessions and a Saturday field trip. GEOL 64 title
Geology of Crater Lake (GEOL 66) introduces Mount Mazama's geologic setting, the history of activity that preceded and followed the formation of Crater Lake caldera, and the potential hazards posed by future activity. This short-term course meets for two evening sessions and a Saturday field trip. GEOL 66 title
Geology of the Eastern Klamaths (GEOL 70) introduces the geologic setting of the Klamath Mountains, the history of terrane accretion that assembled the range, and the processes that have produced its mineral deposits. This short-term course meets for two evening sessions and a Saturday field trip. GEOL 70 title
Geology of Lava Beds National Monument (GEOL 72) introduces the monument's geologic setting, the history of volcanic and hydrovolcanic activity that has shaped it, and the potential hazards that future activity may pose. This short-term course meets for two evening sessions and a Saturday field trip. GEOL 72 title
Geology of the Sacramento River Canyon (GEOL 74) introduces the geologic setting and history of the Sacramento River Canyon, its mineral deposits and potential geologic hazards, and the origins of Castle Crags and Lake Shasta Caverns. This short-term course meets for two evening sessions and a Saturday field trip. GEOL 74 title