Earth and Environmental Science

Earth and Environmental Science

Welcome to the Earth and Environmental Sciences Discipline!

Geology in the real world, the Grand CanyonThe Earth and Environmental Sciences Discipline (EES) group provides courses in Geology, Environmental Science, and other earth sciences including Oceanography, Hydrology, and Soil Science (or pedology). Many of our students use these courses to fulfill their transfer degree requirements for science courses with lab or take them because they are interested in the subject. We encourage Geology and Physical Science/Engineering majors to take the G 201-203 series. We also offer a 100 level Geology series G 101-103 for non-science majors that can be taken in any order. Our Environmental science series ENSC 181-182-183 emphasizes environmental issues involving focused on land (181), air (182) and water (183). These courses all carry the college's sustainability designation, as well. Check our courses link for Spring Term on the campus web site for more detail on any of our courses.

We offer three specialty geology courses that are very popular with students. G 146 Rocks and MineralsG 147 National Parks Geology, and G 148 Geological Hazards. These courses are suitable for people with general geological interest and also fulfill AAOT/AGS/AS transfer requirements. We particularly encourage rock hounds and park goers to take these courses to enrich their collecting and park experiences. Students wishing a general overview of Earth science should select GS 106 Physical Science, offered every Spring term.

Some students prefer distance learning or online courses. We offer two courses that are transitioning from telecourses to online during 2018-19; they are offered every term – GS 142 Earth Revealed and GS 147 Oceanography. In addition, we offer a hybrid option which combines online with direct instruction through the G 148 hazards class. 

Our environmental science courses are suitable for students wanting to move on to transfer programs in environmental studies or a more intensive environmental science program. They include three lecture-lab courses at the 200-level, WST 230 Watersheds and Hydrology, SOIL 205 Introduction to Soil Science, and ENSC 265 Environmental Science Field Methods (to debut in 2018-19). Prospective environmental science majors should meet with advisors at both LCC and also the institution to which they intend to transfer, since environmental science is usually an interdisciplinary major with different course requirements at each transfer institution.

Each term Earth and Environmental Science (EES) offers a number of field trips as part of many of our courses. These can involve on-campus field work, class-time field trips in the south Willamette Valley, or longer trips to the Coast Range, Cascades, or the Pacific coast. Instructors will announce these trips via their syllabus.

Attending classes at Lane

Lane’s main campus is tucked into the foothills of the Oregon Cascades, providing a stunning landscape for your education. With incredible resources on campus like advising, tutoring services, the library, and so many more, you have the opportunity to make the most out of your degree. Lane also offers student housing at Titan Court in downtown Eugene, next to our Mary Spilde Center. Ready to learn more? Schedule a campus tour to explore our beautiful campus and amazing facilities.