Course Syllabus

This course is designed as an advanced-level capstone of field geology/geomorphology topics suitable for upper-level ESS undergraduate students. We will spend our time with a mix of lectures (some synchronous and some asynchronous), group discussion, independent or small group working time, office hours and instructor feedback. We expect students to be taking part in class 5 days each week (M – F) from ~8:00 – 5:00 (with some variability during the different modules). Some nights or weekend work may be required in order to finish assignments on time.

Broad Topics Covered (see modules section on CANVAS for specifics):

  1. Introduction to field and field computing skills
  2. Surface processes, natural hazards, geomorphic mapping
  3. Deformation processes (i.e., stress, faults, folds)
  4. Geologic mapping, map products
  5. Stratigraphy, sedimentology, geochronology
  6. Petrology
  7. Neotectonics/Tectonic Geomorphology

Required Tools:

  1. Access to computing resources that can run ArcGIS software suite, CANVAS, and Google Earth (note – we will provide ArcGIS software for free and can link you remotely to a computer in the JHN computer labs if needed).
  2. Reliable and frequent access to email and course web page.


Grade Breakdown:

Each week will include one or more assignments that total up to 100 points. The grand total for the entire course will be 500 points.


Course Policies:

  • LATE POLICY: For each day your assignment is late you will receive a 5% grade deduction. Please let us know beforehand or as soon as possible if you have a special circumstance and we will make an accommodation for you.
  • You can discuss in-class exercises/assignments with classmates and some modules require work in groups, but what you turn in must be your own work. Plagiarism and cheating of any kind will not be tolerated.
  • Make sure to check the Canvas page/your email often. This will be an important line of communication between us.
  • Please do not hesitate to email us about any issues related to the class that you are having. We will do our best to make this a positive learning experience for everyone.


Student Conduct:

All UW students agree to abide by, and familiarize themselves with, the Student Conduct Code when enrolling at the University of Washington. All students in ESS courses are expected to abide by the Student Conduct Code (also known as WAC 478-120).

The possession, use, or distribution of controlled substances, firearms, and dangerous weapons will not be tolerated. Physical abuse, sexual harassment, or harassment of any kind, for any reason, will not be tolerated.

Violations will be immediately reported to the Community Standards and Student Conduct, and possibly the UW Police Department. The Student Conduct Code can be viewed at:

If you have questions or concerns regarding an alleged violation of the Student Conduct Code please contact your instructor, ESS Student Services (206-616-8511 or, or Community Standards and Student Conduct (206-685-6194 or


Academic Misconduct:

At the University level, passing anyone else's scholarly work (which can include written material, exam answers, graphics or other images, and even ideas) as your own, without proper attribution is considered academic misconduct.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other misconduct are serious violations of the University of Washington Student Conduct Code (WAC 478‐120). We expect that you will know and follow the UW's policies on cheating and plagiarism. Any suspected cases of academic misconduct will be handled according to UW regulations. For more information, see the College of the Environment Academic Misconduct Policy and the UW Community Standards and Student Conduct website:


Religious Accommodation:

Washington state law requires that UW develop a policy for accommodation of student absences or significant hardship due to reasons of faith or conscience, or for organized religious activities. The UW’s policy, including more information about how to request an accommodation, is available at Religious Accommodations Policy ( Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form (

Disability Statement:

It is crucial that all students in this class have access to the full range of learning experiences.  At the University of Washington, it is the policy and practice to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law.

Full participation in this course requires students to engage virtually with classmates and instructors at several points during each day (Monday – Friday) from June 29th – July 31st.

If you anticipate or experience barriers to your learning or full participation in this course based on a physical, learning, or mental health disability, please immediately contact the instructor to discuss possible accommodation(s).  A more complete description of the disability policy of the College of the Environment can be found

If you have, or think you have, a temporary or permanent disability that impacts your participation in any course, please also contact Disability Resources for Students (DRS) at:  206-543-8924 V / 206-543-8925 TDD / e-mail /

Roles & Responsibilities

Student: inform the instructor no later than the first week of the course of any accommodation(s) you will or may potentially require. Instructor: maintain strict confidentiality of any student’s disability and accommodation(s); help all students meet the learning objectives of this course. Please do not hesitate to contact me (via email or in person) with any questions or concerns that you have about the course.

Course Summary:

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