Winter Quarter ESS Courses

ESS is offering a new course–being taught at ESS 490 A for winter quarter:
Introduction to Geological GIS with Dr. Steven Walters (No pre-reqs)
SLN 13682
PLEASE NOTE: This course will be offered as ESS 420 in future quarters.

There is plenty of space in some of our 100-level ESS courses!

ESS 100 Dinosaurs (2) NW
Biology, behavior, ecology, evolution, and extinction of dinosaurs, and a history of their exploration. With dinosaurs as focal point, course also introduces the student to how hypotheses in geological and paleobiological science are formulated and tested.

ESS 101 Introduction to Geological Sciences (5) NW
After taking this course students will never look at the Earth the same! Students will learn about how the Earth evolved from primordial dust to form the compositionally zoned planet upon which life now exists. Students will learn about the unifying concept of plate tectonics, which will provide them with a framework to understand the why and where of earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain belts, ocean basins and rock types in their surrounding world. Students will become amateur geologists and drive their friends and families crazy with their new-found knowledge. Students will also learn about time and its importance to the geologic record. Students will learn that geologists pay more for their dates than Hollywood’s most elite stars! This course will provide students with important information about geologic hazards, which will perhaps one day save lives or personal property. If students love the outdoors, this course will give them many opportunities to visit spectacular geologic sites around Washington state through the ESS 101 optional weekend field trip program. PLUS: check out an awesome video about ESS 101!

ESS 102 Space and Space Travel (5) NW
SLN: 13632
Explores powering the sun, making of space weather conditions, observations from space and from Earth, Earth’ s space environment, radiation belts and hazards, plasma storms and auroras, electron beams, spacecraft requirements, tooling up for manned exploration

ESS 103 Minerals and Gems (3) NW 
SLN: 13641
Introduction to the nature of minerals: composition, structure, physical properties, and origins, with emphasis on gem minerals. Focuses on topicsof particular interest in gemology, such as mechanisms of color, history and lore of gems, and uses of gems. Hands-on laboratories using about one hundred representative gems and minerals.

ESS 104 Prehistoric Life (3) NW 
Fossils and how they are preserved. What fossils tell us about past life and environments. How the history of life unfolded and what caused the great events in biological evolution. Open to non-science majors, but also lays a foundation for higher-level geobiology courses.

Anyone who enjoyed ESS 101 with Dr. Terry Swanson can take his course this winter:

ESS 315 Environmental Earth Science (5) NW 
SLN: 13666
Analysis of geologic constraints upon human activity and the environmental consequences of such activity. Topics include hillslope processes, fluvial and groundwater processes, earthquake and volcanic hazards, and environmental aspects of deforestation and atmospheric pollution. (Pre-req: ESS 101)