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DIVISION OF SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS
GEOSCIENCES

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T GEOS 107 Geohazards and Natural Disasters (5) NW
Provides a scientific foundation and understanding of the basic natural and physical processes driving what we perceive as geohazards and natural disasters. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for TESC 107.
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T GEOS 117 Physical Geology (6) NW
Examines the fundamental geological processes that govern how the earth works. Includes plate tectonics, the rock cycle, volcanism, seismicity, surface processes and earth resources. Includes required lab. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for TESC 117.
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T GEOS 215 Meteorology (5/6) NW
Introduces the processes that determine weather and climate. Provides an overview of basic meteorological principles and explore the cause of extreme weather conditions and air pollution problems locally and globally. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for TESC 215.
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T GEOS 216 Pacific Northwest Geology (5) NW
Explores the rocks, plate tectonics, and other geologic features, and evolution of the Pacific Northwest, including the Cacades, Columbia Plateau, Olympic Mountains, and Yellowstone. Laboratory includes rock identification, and interpretation of topographic and geologic maps of the Northwest. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for TESC 316.
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T GEOS 226 Pacific Northwest Geology Field Trip (1) NW
One week field trip exploring rocks, plate tectonics, and evolution of the region, to include the Puget Sound, Cascades, Columbia Plateau, the Olympic Mountains. Includes rock identification, application of tectonic principles, and interpretation of geologic maps. Prerequisite: TESC 316 or T GEOS 216. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for TESC 326.
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T GEOS 227 Earth History (5) NW
Provides a scientific understanding of the physical and biological processes that have shaped the Earth over its 4.6 billion year history and relates this to issues facing society today. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for TESC 227.
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T GEOS 241 Oceanography (5/6) NW
Examines evolution, composition, structure, behavior and residents of the world's oceans, and geological characteristics of their residential basins. Covers all aspects of oceanography. Required lab section includes hands-on activities, computer simulations, discussion, student presentations, and field trips. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for TESC 241.
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T GEOS 243 Geography of the Physical Environment (5-6) NW
Investigates the physical and chemical processes that lead to Earth's diverse, dynamic landscapes. Introduces a geographic perspective on topics including climate and climate change, plate tectonics, mountain building, soils, hydrology, and coastlines, with a focus on the relationship between natural landscapes and habitats of living things, including humans. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for TESC 243.
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T GEOS 247 Maritime History and Science in the Pacific Northwest (5) NW
Examines the Pacific Northwest's cultural heritage, which is deeply rooted in the sea, and investigates the scientific principles that impact ocean resources. Topic include the Northwest indigenous sea-going peoples, the early American and European explorers, current maritime trade and policy, and aspects of oceanography. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for TESC 247.
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T GEOS 317 Geology, Landscape, and Culture (12) NW
Explores major concepts and ideas in geology and the connections between geology, landscape, and culture through field studies of an area of outstanding geological interest. Includes study abroad, location varies. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for TESC 317.
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T GEOS 321 Soils and Environmental Applications (5) NW
Discusses interactive aspects of soil composition and properties and their influence on the environment. Covers soils and hydrologic cycle, soil ecology and nutrients, soil erosion, and aquatic sediments. Includes hands-on analysis of soils and field studies of soil properties. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for TESC 321.
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T GEOS 335 Introduction to Geomorphology (6) NW
Introduces students to geomorphology - the study of Earth-surface processes and landforms. Examines basic geomorphic concepts introduced and general landform environments including (fluvial, glacial, coastal, hillslopes, etc.). Prerequisite: either TESC 117, T GEOS 117, TESC 243 or T GEOS 243; either TMATH 120 or TMATH 116. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for TESC 335.
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T GEOS 337 Environmental Geology (6) NW
Investigates the complex interactions between humans and their geologic environment. Examines environmental aspects of natural hazards, surface processes, geologic resources, and local geology. Required lab section includes hands-on activities, computer activities, student presentations, and field trips. Prerequisite: either TESC 117, T GEOS 117, TESC 241 or T GEOS 241; TESC 310, which may be taken concurrently. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for TESC 337.
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T GEOS 341 Climate Change (5) NW
Provides a scientific background to climate change. Emphasizes current global warming using examples of climate change from the geological record. Considers the impact of global warming together with policies and practices that address issues of global warming. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for TESC 341.
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T GEOS 343 The Atmosphere and Air Pollution (6) NW
Explores processes determining weather and climate and investigates how these phenomena relate to air pollution. Presents and applies meteorological principles to understanding global/local air pollution issues. Required lab section: hands-on activities, computer simulations, discussion and student presentations and/or field trips. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for TESC 343.
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T GEOS 347 Environmental Earth Materials (6) NW
Examines the physics and chemistry of materials that make up the solid Earth materials in environmental systems. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in TESC 117 or TGEOS 117; minimum grade of 1.7 in TESC 151 or TCHEM 152; TMATH 110. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for TESC 347.
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T GEOS 349 Research at Sea (10) NW
Explores current issues in oceanography of the Pacific Northwest. Students plan, design, and implement scientific research projects, work collaboratively in small research teams in a field setting, and present the results of their investigation at a scientific colloquium following the required cruise. Prerequisite: TESC 241, TGEOS 241, TESC 247 or TGEOS 247. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for TESC 349.
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T GEOS 415 Sedimentology (6) NW
Detailed and comprehensive analysis of the field of sedimentology including surface processes, sedimentary petrology, sedimentary environments, and stratigraphy. Includes lab and field trips. Prerequisite: either TESC 117, T GEOS 117, TESC 337 or T GEOS 337. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for TESC 415.
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T GEOS 417 Field Geology (7/12) NW
Field-based knowledge of the geological environment of a specific region and an introduction to geological field techniques. 7 credit offerings are local, requiring in-class and 2 overnight field trips. 12 credit offerings will be based partially off-campus (may include international travel). Prerequisite: TESC 310, which may be taken concurrently; either TESC 117, T GEOS 117, TESC 337 or T GEOS 337. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for TESC 417.
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T GEOS 419 Environmental Field Geophysics (7) NW
Investigates shallow subsurface geological and environmental features using wave- and potential-based geophysical surveys and physical principles. Prerequisite: TESC 310, which may be taken concurrently; TESC 117 or T GEOS 117; and TESC 121 or T PHYS 121. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for TESC 419.
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T GEOS 445 Estuarine Field Studies (7) NW
Investigates saltwater estuarine systems with a focus on Pacific Northwest water-related issues. Uses intensive field studies to explore various aspects of the physical, chemical, biological and geologic conditions in a range of local saltwater environments in Puget Sound. Prerequisite: TESC 310, which may be taken concurrently. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for TESC 445.
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