Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Geology of Pacific NW

 Title Abbreviation:   GEOLOGY OF PACIFIC NW

 Department:    GEOL&

 Course #:    208

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    400703

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Field trips, hands-on examples, on-line resources, maps, and current topics are used to explore the geological processes that produced the landscapes, resources, and hazards seen today in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia. GEOL& 100, 101, 110, EASC 111, or OCEA& 101 recommended but NO PRIOR GEOLOGY COURSEWORK REQUIRED. Field trips may be required. Lab included.


Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 099.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Natural Sciences  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
U of W T
WWU T per phone call 10/30/00

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the significant events in the evolution of the Earth, their sequence, and the structure and scope of the Geologic Time Scale.
  2. Understand and interrelate the biologic, climatic, hydrologic, and tectonic mechanisms controlling the array of geological processes operating on Earth, and the physical and chemical principles behind them.
  3. Know the main physiographic provinces of the Pacific Northwest.
  4. Understand the process (es), which produced each province.
  5. Be able to place the formation of each physiographic province in chronological context.
  6. Appreciate the cultural diversity in the use of marine and earth resources in the Pacific Northwest, and in lifestyles of residents in the different physiographic provinces.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.4 Use scientific concepts and principles to understand the natural world, human behavior and culture, and relationships between humans and the rest of the natural world.

Course Contents

  1. Introduction/Review of physical geology concepts & map reading
  2. Overview of physical geography/physiographic provinces of the Pacific Northwest
  3. Stratigraphy, paleogeography, tectonics, and/or volcanology of the :
    • Northern Rocky Mountains & Blue Mountains
    • Okanogan Highlands
    • Methow Basin, North Cascades, & San Juan Islands
    • Late Cretaceous to Early Tertiary basins
    • challis arc & the Basin & Range
    • Coast Range & Olympic Peninsula
    • Columbia Basin
    • Snake River Plain & Yellowstone Hot Spot
    • Cascade volcanic arc
    • Pleistocene glaciations
    • Missoula Floods & the Channeled Scablands
  4. Great earthquakes of the Cascadian Subduction Zone
  5. Geological resources of the Pacific Northwest