G 160 : Geology: Oregon Coast
Designed to introduce the relationships between the biology and geology of the Oregon Coast.
Geology: Oregon Coast (G160) is a one-term course that explores the geologic history of the Oregon Coast and the relationships between geology and the plants and animals of the Oregon Coast. Students will go on a three-day field trip to the Oregon Coast to get hands-on experience of concepts covered in the lecture portion of the class..
After completion of this course, students will:
- Apply an understanding of basic ecological principles to the plant and animal species living on the Oregon Coast to appreciate the complexity of factors that influence the "web of life" and our place within it.
- Apply a basic knowledge of geological processes that formed this region to the impact this geology has on the biological organisms found here
- Use scientific field research equipment
- Communicate effectively orally and in writing
- Successfully apply basic geological concepts in future coursework.
Regarding the teaching of basic geologic principles (such as geologic time and the theory of evolution), the Portland Community College Geology Department stands by the following statements about what is science.
Science is a fundamentally non-dogmatic and self-correcting investigatory process. A scientific theory is neither a guess, dogma, nor myth. The theories developed through scientific investigation are not decided in advance, but can be and often are modified and revised through observation and experimentation.
“Creation science,” also known as scientific creationism, is not considered a legitimate science, but a form of religious advocacy. This position is established by legal precedence (Webster v. New Lenox School District #122, 917 F.2d 1004).
Geology instructors at Portland Community College will teach the generally accepted basic geologic principles (such as geologic time and the theory of evolution) not as absolute truth, but as the most widely accepted explanation for our observations of the world around us. Instructors will not teach that “creation science” is anything other than pseudoscience.
Because "creation science", "scientific creationism", and "intelligent design" are essentially religious doctrines that are at odds with open scientific inquiry, the Geology/General Sciences SAC at Portland Community College stands with such organizations such as the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, and the American Geological Institute in excluding these doctrines from our science curriculum.