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Sian Davies-Vollum
TESC 317
Tacoma Campus

Geology, Landscape, and Culture

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. Offered: S.

Class description

By the end of this course you should be able to: o Bring a scientific awareness and understanding to natural phenomena that are commonly perceived as hazardous or disastrous. o Explain the physical processes governing geological phenomena that are regarded as geohazards. o Explain the physical processes governing other non-geological phenomena that are regarded as natural hazards. o Gain an appreciation for the affect that natural disasters have on our lives.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, in class exercises, discussion, viewing slides and videos.

Recommended preparation

Complete assigned readings prior to classes Read and follow guidelines for assignments Participate in class

Class assignments and grading

Three written papers Two exams In-class exercises/ brief homeworks

Based on three written papers, two exams and in-class assignments/homeworks. See syllabus for grade breakdown


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 Sian Davies-Vollum
Date: 03/17/2005