Geology of Washington
Course URL: http://www.geology.cwu.edu/facstaff/nick/g103/
In your department, do majors and non-majors take separate introductory courses?
If students take a non-majors course, and then decide to become a major, do they have to go back and take an additional introductory course?
In Geology of Washington lectures, there is a heavy emphasis on our rich catalog of Washington Geology. Our aim is to use local examples as much as possible to make the content relevant to our students. Most of our students are from Washington - and will likely live in the region in the future.
- Students will be able to master a wide range of physical geology content.
- Students will be able to practice data collection separate from interpretation consistently in a field setting.
- Students will be inspired to travel in Washington, understand how science works, and will develop a greater appreciation for natural systems.
Geology of Washington is lecture-based, with a large collection of custom-made videos filmed on location at various Washington locations. Each lecture is mix of chalkboard drawing, photos, and short video clips. Each lecture contains at least one question that involves problem-solving as a group by the class. The discussions model the scientific method.
Custom-made lab manual built around 4 field trips.
References and Notes:
lecture schedule (Acrobat (PDF) 33kB Feb25 14)
Nick's letter to GEOL 103 students (Acrobat (PDF) 177kB Feb25 14)