earthscienceLearning Outcomes:


Prepares and trains students to become effective middle and high school teachers in the area of general science, physical science, and Earth and space science.

1. Develop content knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics, and Earth/space science that is directly applicable to middle and high school level science teaching.

2. Integrate fundamental concepts across a range of science disciplines and recognize the relevance of science to the broader world.

3. Acquire reasoning and problem-solving skills through coursework and participation in authentic scientific investigations that are appropriate for educators.



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Integrated Science Teacher Education Requirements


Professors: Adele Schepige, Jeffrey Templeton

Integrated Science Teacher Education Major…………………………. 64-70

Foundation Courses    27 credits

CH 221, 222, 223 General Chemistry (15)

ES 201, 202, 203 Principles of Geology (12)

Choose one sequence  12 credits

PH 201, 202, 203 General Physics

PH 211, 212, 213 General Physics with Calculus

Core Curriculum           9 credits

ES 331  Introduction to Oceanography (3)

ES 390 Basic Meteorology (3)

GS 351 Elements of Astronomy (3)

Choose one upper-division biology course:  4 – 5 credits

BI 314 Introductory Genetics

BI 321 Systematic Field Botany

BI 324 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

BI 330 Plant Physiology

BI 357 General Ecology

BI 361 Marine Ecology

Choose one upper-division chemistry course: 3 – 4 credits

CH 310 Environmental Geochemistry

CH 320 Introduction to Forensic Science

CH 360 Nuclear Chemistry

CH 361 Energy, Resources, and the Environment

CH 371 Environmental Chemistry

CH 412 Inorganic Chemistry of the Environment

Choose on upper-division Earth science course  3 – 4 credits 

ES 341 Geographic Information Systems I

ES 354 Geology of Earthquakes

ES 453 Geology of the Pacific Northwest

ES 454 Volcanology

ES 473 Environmental Geology

ES 491 Stratigraphy and Depositional Systems

Upper division electives in science 6 – 9 credits 

Choose two additional upper division courses from one of the content areas listed above (biology, chemistry, or Earth Science).


The sequence BI 211, 212, 213 must be completed to fulfill the LACC Laboratory Science requirement. The B.S. requires CS 195, MTH 112, and MTH 243. The B.A. requires CS 122, MTH 112, and completion of the third term of the second year of a foreign language course.


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Division of Teacher Education

Undergraduate Program Advisor

Andrea Carano

503-838-8675    Email:  Education building room 114A

How to Apply

Testing for Teacher Candidates



Earth Science Student Handbook  –  Earth_Science_Advising_Guide_July_2015

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ES 201,202,203 Principles of Geology  (4)

Introductory geology sequence that focuses on physical and historical geology. ES 201 emphasizes Earth’s internal processes with topics including plate tectonics, minerals, igneous rocks and processes, volcanism, metamorphism and metamorphic rocks, rock deformation and geologic structures, and earthquakes. ES 202 emphasizes Earth surface processes with topics including sedimentary rocks, sedimentary processes, rock weathering, mass wasting, river systems, groundwater, glaciers, deserts, and coastal processes. ES 203 explores the origin and dynamics of the Earth’s interior, surface, ocean, atmospheric, and biological systems and critically evaluates topics including the age of the earth and the origin of life. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory. No prerequisite.

ES 331 Introduction to Oceanography (3)

An introduction to physical oceanography with topics including seafloor tectonics, ocean basin physiography, sediment production and transport, physical properties of sea water, chemistry of sea water, air-sea interaction, ocean circulation, tides, waves, and coastal processes. Concepts of physics, chemistry, geology, and mathematics (through algebra) are incorporated to supplement topical discussions of ocean processes. Three hours of lecture and active learning per week.

ES 341 Geographic Information Systems I (4):

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems using the ArcGIS software platform. Topics include cartographic principles, coordinate systems, map projections, vector/raster data models, geodatabases, attribute data management, data exploration/queries, data display, map production, geoprocessing, attribute/feature editing, and metadata. Four hours of lecture and active learning per week. Prerequisite: ES 340, or consent of instructor.

ES 351 Geology for Educators (3)

Lab intensive course emphasizing fundamental principles of geology, including topics in rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, constructive and destructive earth surface processes, geological hazards, and hydrology, which form the Oregon Science Benchmark Standards in Earth Science. Two hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory per week. Cannot be used as an upperdivision
elective for students majoring in Earth Science.

ES 354 Volcanoes and Earthquakes (4)

Introduction to earthquake phenomena with an emphasis on the impact to people, infrastructure, and natural resources in Oregon and the western United States. Course will focus on using seismology to interpret interior of Earth, mechanisms that cause earthquakes, relation to plate tectronics, and associated hazards.  four hour of lecture and active learning per week; supplemental field trips will be incorporated as needed.  Pre-req: Intro geology course, or consent of instructor.

ES 453/553 Geology of the Pacific Northwest (4)

An introduction to the geology, geological history, tectonic evolution, geological resources, and landscape development of Western North America, with an emphasis on the geology of Oregon. Four hours of lecture and active learning. PREREQ: A general geology course or consent of instructor.

ES 454/554 Volcanology (3)

Study of the processes and products of volcanism. Focus is on rock types, structures, field relations, tectonic settings, conditions of origin, and geologic history of volcanism with specific emphasis on the Pacific Northwest. Three hours of lecture and active learning per week; supplemental field trips will be incorporated as needed. Offered in alternating years. PREREQ:Introductory geology course, or consent of instructor.

ES 473 Environmental Geology (4)

The study of contemporary environmental issues as related to geologic systems. Topics include geologic hazards, land use, groundwater-surface water-soil contamination, remediation technologies, environmental planning, habitat restoration, applied analytical techniques, and consulting practice. Four hours of lecture and active learning per week. Supplemental field trips will be incorporated as needed. PREREQ: ES 201, ES 202, or consent of instructor.

ES 491 Stratigraphy and Despositional Systems (4)

This course is designed for both Earth Science majors and general interest audiences. The course offers an overview of clastic depositional environments and sequences, including continental, marine marginal, and deep marine settings. Concepts and applications of facies and stratigraphic modeling will be explored, with an emphasis on natural resource exploration and recovery. Examination of tectonic controls on the nature and distribution of facies and paleoenvironments of sedimentary basins in tectonically active settings. Offered in alternating years. Three hours of lecture and active learning. PREREQ: a general geology course or consent of instructor; RECOMMENDED: ES 392.





Contact Us:

Department of Earth and Physical Science

Department Chair: Jeff Templeton  

503-838-8858   l    email: l   Location: Natural Science Building  NS 211