Geology/Anthropology 192: Geology and Archaeology of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia

The states of the Pacific Northwest display some of the most spectacular geology to be seen anywhere. Four massive mountain systems formed by hundreds of millions of years of compression along the Cascadia Subduction Zone show more than a billion years of Earth history with fragments of crust that have been carried there from around the world.

Destinations include Olympic and North Cascades National Parks, and a series of Cascades volcanoes, including Mt. Baker, Glacier Peak, Mt. Garibaldi, and the Black Tusk. We will also explore Vancouver Island, Puget Sound and the Salish Sea, the Sea to Sky Highway, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites across the region.

The trip will take place during the first two weeks of July 2019 (exact dates TBA). The total cost will be $1,500 plus tuition. We will meet in Seattle, Washington and drive rental vans. We will be staying in hotels on this trip instead of the usual camping. The MJC Geology Club will be doing fundraisers this year to help alleviate the cost for students. Check out the Geology Club Facebook page for more information.

For up-to-date announcements, check out the trip facebook page at

Syllabus & Documents (Dead links will be updated as info becomes available)


Geology 192 is a 3 unit academic course, and you will be responsible for several things to earn a grade:

  • Submitting complete lecture notes
  • Submitting the trip workbook
  • Occasional quizzes during the trip
  • Presentation of at least one topic during the trip

The Geology class will be taught concurrently with Anthropology 192

For questions and more information:

Contact Garry Hayes (209-575-6294)



Contact Garry Hayes at 209-575-6294 or e-mail.Mt. Wapta and Burgess Shale