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Willamette University

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Environmental and Earth Sciences: Earth Sciences

ERTH 110 (NW) Physical Geology (1)

An introduction to internal and external earth processes within the framework of plate tectonic theory. Laboratory work emphasizes identification of common rocks and minerals and interpretation of topographic maps, aerial photographs and geologic maps. Prerequisite for Environmental Geology and Historical Geology.

Mode of Inquiry: Understanding the Natural World

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Pike

ERTH 112 (NW) Physical Geography (1)

An integrated study of the major components of the physical environment - landforms, climate, natural vegetation and soils - in the light of their significance to mankind. Laboratory experience includes fieldwork and emphasizes identification, measurement, data analysis and presentation of results.

Mode of Inquiry: Understanding the Natural World

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Eilers

ERTH 230 World Geography (1)

Survey of major patterns of physical features, culture and human - land relations by region in today's world. Examples show present and impending resource, environmental, social and political problems and explore basic solutions. Methods include lectures, films, student discussions and presentations, and text and outside readings.

  • Offering: Annual
  • Instructor: Chambers, Eilers

ERTH 331 Geography of Europe (1)

This course is designed to provide basic knowledge of the physical and cultural geography of Europe. The course begins with a survey of systematic themes, including historical, political, economic and social geography, physiography, climates, agriculture, resources, industry, settlement, demography and transportation. Study of the regions of Europe, including the nations of the former Soviet Union, follows. Important present-day issues are discussed in connection with relevant regions.

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Eilers

ERTH 332 Geography of the Pacific States (1)

A study of the physical and cultural elements of the Pacific States with special reference to Oregon. Topics for consideration include landforms, soils, vegetation, climate, resource development, land use, urbanization and current problems. Methods include lectures, discussions, readings, student presentations and field trips.

  • Offering: On Demand
  • Instructor: Eilers

ERTH 333 (QA) Geographic Information Systems (1)

A comprehensive approach to cartography and spatial analysis, including the use of the global positioning system, computer-aided mapping and geographic information systems. Lecture, field and laboratory experience with an emphasis on class and individual projects.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning

Prerequisite: Environmental Science major or consent of instructor.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Eilers

ERTH 350 (W) Environmental Geology (1)

This course applies principles and techniques learned in physical geology to such geologic hazards as vulcanism, seismicity, erosion, mass wasting and flooding and to mineral, fossil fuel and water resource development and their related environmental impacts. Laboratory required.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing Centered

Prerequisite: ERTH 110 

  • Offering: Odd numbered Springs
  • Instructor: Pike

ERTH 351 (W) Archaeological Geology (1)

Archaeological geology applies methods and theories from the geologic sciences to archaeological problems. This course will cover the processes associated with sedimentation and stratigraphy at archaeological sties and the geological approaches used to uncover cultural traits associated with the deposits. Geomorphic processes that impact site selection, formation, preservation, and identification will be addressed, as will macroscopic, petrographic, geochemical and isotopic techniques for characterizing and provenancing archaeological material. Geophysical survey methods and theories will also be reviewed. Throughout the course, the theoretical foundation that underlies the union between geology and archaeology will be stressed.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing Centered.

Prerequisite: ERTH 110 

  • Offering: Even numbered Springs
  • Instructor: Pike

ERTH 490 Independent Study in Geography and Geology (.5 or 1)

Study of a specific aspect of geography or of a geographical problem, individually or in a group. May be taken for .5 or 1 credit

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Arabas, Eilers, Pike