GSC 323   Geomorphology

Course Description | Course Information | Syllabus and Handouts | Text Books | Web Links


Digital Elevation Model (DEM) of southern California showing the San Andreas Fault, Transverse Ranges, and Mojave Desert inland of the Los Angeles

and Ventura basins (From NASA Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) image PIA03376).

Course Description

GSC 323 – Geomorphology


An introduction to the modern geologic study of Earth surface processes and landforms. Geomorphic analysis of landscape evolution, dynamic equilibrium, and topographic response to tectonic and climatic forcing. Terrain analysis utilizing geomorphic field data, remote sensing imagery, and numerical models. Emphasis on practical applications to natural hazards and resource problems (esp. active tectonics, river systems, hill slopes, coastlines, glaciers, soils, wind, and Quaternary climate change). This course includes 2 lecture discussions (1 hr., 15 min. ea.) and 1 field laboratory (3 hrs.) per week. Required field trips during lab session and on at least one weekend. Prerequisite GSC 111 or permission of instructor.


On the Cutting Edge Program – Course Web Site:

Dr. Marshall’s Geomorphology Course:

·       Course Overview

·       Field Research Project

·       Drainage Basins Field Lab

·       Nicoya Peninsula Teaching Vignette


Teaching Geomorphology in the 21st Century:

·       2008 Workshop Participants and Group Photo


Course Information


Tu, Th 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Building 4, Room A-608


Tu 1:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Building 8, Room 239


Dr. Jeff Marshall



(909) 869 3461





Building 4, Room A-406


Office hours:

Mo & We 10:00-11:00, Th 1:30-3:30



Syllabus and Handouts

Required Text

Ritter, D.F., Kochel, R.C., and Miller, J.R., Process Geomorphology, 4th Edition (2002), Waveland Press, ISBN 1-57766-461-2.

Web Links

GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division – Geological Society of America

AAG Geomorphology Specialty Group - Association of American Geographers

International Association of Geomorpholgists

British Society for Geomorphology

International Union for Quaternary Research

American Quaternary Association

On the Cutting Edge – 2008 Workshop: Teaching Geomorphology in the 21st Century