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Mark Kochanski
B CUSP 116
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core II: The Natural World

Addresses an important social issue through an interdisciplinary perspective; builds creative and critical skills of writing, analysis, and quantitative reasoning; and explores, through scientific methods, one aspect of the natural world. Offered: W.

Class description

Study of external and internal earth processes that have formed and shaped and continue to form and shape the State of Washington. Students will work with rocks, minerals, fossils, photographs, remote sensing imagery, maps, and other geologic artifacts to help understand and create geologic stories about the state. Students will research and report on the interaction between people and geology of the state.

Student learning goals

Name and describe geologic processes and materials

Interpret descriptions written using geologic terminology

Use samples, maps, photographs, and other materials to help understand and interpret the geologic history or event of a location

Describe and communicate the impact of geology on people in the State of Washington

General method of instruction

Lecture, small group, and individual activities. Almost all activities will involve students examing samples, photographs, maps, and other materials collected or captured from around Washington State.

Recommended preparation

High school science, an interest in the earth and/or the history of State of Washington, a desire to examine samples, maps, photographs, and other materials

Class assignments and grading

Mostly individual and small group activities. Final exam based on interpreting geologic descriptions. Readings will be included from a textbook on Northwest geology, as well as a physical geology lab manual.

Successful completion of activities


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Mark Kochanski
Date: 10/17/2011