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Jeffrey D Parsons
OCEAN 310
Seattle Campus

The Puget Sound Nearshore: Processes and Problems

An introduction to the geology, ecology, and politics of Puget Sound beaches. Content focuses on beach formation and sediment dynamics, with application to nearshore ecology and shoreline management. Three filed trips to local beaches complement topics discussed in class.

Class description

Students will discover the processes that give rise to the shape, appearance and life associated with Puget Sound beaches. We'll also explore the way that people interact with these processes and how that affects their activities there.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Most of the learning will be facilitated by small group discussions of weekly readings and field trips. Additional material will be supplemented by lectures led by the professor where needed.

Recommended preparation

A willingness to learn and an appreciation for the outdoors.

Class assignments and grading

There will be weekly readings, which will be summarized first by the student, then discussed in small groups, followed by a post-discussion lecture by the professor.

A mix of quizes, weekly homework, and a group project


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.
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Last Update by Jeffrey D Parsons
Date: 03/30/2005