Courses and Curriculum
The Department of Earth Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with a major. The department offers 4 degree options, including:
You can find a complete list of courses offered in the Course Catalog.
The department offers two introductory sequences. The recommended sequence for majors is Dynamic Planet Earth (ERTH 201), Earth’s Surface and Environment (ERTH 202), History of Life (ERTH 203). The 100-level sequence—Exploring Planet Earth (ERTH 101), Exploring Earth’s Environment (ERTH 102), Exploring Earth History (ERTH 103)—may be substituted if the three courses are passed with grades of mid-B or better.
Fourteen Earth Science courses satisfy university science group requirements. See the Core Education Courses section of the Catalog here.
Current Course Offerings
Course offerings and schedule information for current and upcoming terms are found in the UO Class Schedule. Visit the site and select the academic term you would like to view and choose "ERTH" for the "Subject" field.
Grade Options and Standards
Undergraduate majors must take all courses required in their degree program for letter grades. The pass/no pass option will not be accepted. . Required courses must be completed with grades of C– or better. There are exceptions for honors students.
Grading Criteria for Earth Science Courses
|A+||Only used in rare cases when a student’s performance and grasp of material significantly exceeds all requirements and expectations for the course.|
|A||Student demonstrates excellent grasp of material and strong performance across the board, or exceptional performance in one aspect of the course offsetting somewhat less strong performance in another.|
|B||Student demonstrates good grasp of material and good performance on most components of the course.|
|C||Student demonstrates adequate grasp of material and/or performance on significant aspects of the course, with some deficiencies.|
|D||Quality of performance is at the minimal level necessary to pass the course, does not fully meet the course requirements. Subpar grasp of material on significant aspects of the course.|
|F||Quality of performance does not meet the course requirements; unacceptable grasp of material and/or performance on significant aspects of the course.|