Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
G 200A
Course Title:
Geology Field Studies
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Course Description

Introduces basic concepts of geology through field experience. Includes both lecture and field components. Content varies based on site location. Prior geology experience recommended. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

It is recognized by the geology/general science SAC that different field trip sites differ in complexity. Additionally, an instructor may choose to concentrate on a few of the major processes that have shaped a particular location, rather than all of the processes (major and minor). Thus the breadth and depth of geological knowledge attained by a student will vary depending on the chosen site and the goals of the instructor. A student will spend 20 hours per credit in a combination of lecture/study and field observation/exercises to adequately master the outcomes and content offered by a particular site.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completing this course, students should be able to:A. appreciate the geologic history of a field area by combining site specific content knowledge with basic firsthand exposure to the site itselfB. use field research equipment to collect scientifically valid observations and dataC. connect current environmental and/or land use concerns affecting the study area to the geologic history of the study areaD. communicate geologic concepts effectively using maps and diagrams in written and/or oral formats.

Course Activities and Design

The material in this course will be presented in a classroom lecture/discussion format with an accompanying field trip. Other educationally sound methods may be employed such as research papers and small group work. Curriculum materials for a specified site will be approved by the geology/general sciences SAC before the site-specific course is offered.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of the course, the instructor will detail the methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade. The methods may include one or more of the following tools: examinations, quizzes, homework assignments, research papers, group projects, oral presentations, or maintenance of a personal field journal.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course content varies based on location

Content common to any location includes:

  • Collaborate with peers - work effectively in groups
  • Describe the geologic history of the study area
  • Identify the rocks found in the study area
  • Discuss human impact on the study area
  • Describe the relationship between the geology and the biological organisms in the study area
  • Describe the geologic processes that are typified by the study area