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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geological Sciences Department

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College of the Sciences
Lind Hall, room 108B

Fax: 509-963-2821
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Faculty and Staff

Carey Gazis, PhD

Wendy A. Bohrson, PhD, volcanology, isotope geochemistry, igneous petrology
Lisa L. Ely, PhD, geomorphology, paleohydrology, and quaternary geology
Carey Gazis, PhD, environmental geochemistry, stable isotope geochemistry, and hydrogeology
Jeffrey Lee, PhD, active and regional tectonics, structural geology
Timothy I. Melbourne, PhD, seismology, continental dynamics

Assistant Professors
Anne Eggers, PhD, Earth science education and structural geology
Audrey Huerta, PhD, geodynamics, climate, and mountain building
Susan Kaspari, PhD, climate and environmental variability and glaciochemistry
Chris Mattinson, PhD, mineralogy and petrology
Breanyn McInnes, PhD, sedimentary geology, coastal geomorphology

Faculty Research Associates
Jonathan Glen, PhD, geophysics and paleomagnetism
M. Meghan Miller, PhD, crustal deformation, GPS geodesy, active tectonics, and remote sensing
Charles M. Rubin, PhD, paleoseismology, earthquake hazards, and active tectonics
Walter Szeliga, PhD, geophysics and GPS geodesy
Carrie Whitehill, PhD, structural geology and tectonics
Paul Winberry, PhD, glacier dynamics, seismology

Keegan Fengler, MS, earthquakes
Winston Norrish, PhD, petroleum geology

Emeritus Professors
Robert D. Bentley, PhD, structural geology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, regional geology of the Pacific Northwest
James Hinthorne, PhD, mineralogy, geochemistry, spatial information systems

Rex Flake, tiltmeter engineer, PANGA network engineer and geologist
Andrew Miner, PANGA network engineer and geologist
Moriah Kauer, secretary
V. Marcelo Santillan, scientific programmer and GPS data analyst
Craig Scrivner, systems analyst
Linda Shepard, fiscal specialist
Nick Zentner, instructional technician supervisor

Department Information

Geosciences encompass the scientific study of the origin and evolution of the earth. Energy, mineral and water resources, geologic hazards, pollution of natural waters, and earthquake prediction are just a few of the pressing societal concerns that are addressed by geoscientists. The geological sciences program has two major parts: (1) solid-earth geosciences, such as rocks, minerals, deformation, and tectonic evolution of the Earth’s crust; and (2) Earth processes over the last 10,000 years, such as active faulting, environmental geochemistry, hydrogeology and water resources, geologic hazards, seismology, surface processes, and volcanology. Field, laboratory, and computer skills are essential to the study of the geological sciences. Research in the geosciences is active and varied, with faculty and students interacting closely. BS and BA degrees are offered in geology and a BS degree in environmental geological sciences. A BA in Earth sciences is also offered, and is intended for future secondary school teachers. Minors in geology and Earth sciences are also available to supplement careers in other fields.

Students who declare a major in geology must register with the department and work out a specific program of study with the chairperson or an assigned advisor. Course programs can be tailored to the student’s needs and interests with the aid of an academic advisor. Other course requirements may be modified in cases where past performance indicates superior ability. Students must be evaluated for math placement upon declaration of the major with the goal of establishing proficiency at the MATH 154 level early in the major program.


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      Geological Sciences

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