Stratigraphy (ESS 455, Winter quarter):

The course introduces students to the basics of stratigraphy. It familiarizes them with the basic tools for interpreting the age, geometry, and architecture of sedimentary archives. It has many applications, from paleo sciences that reconstruct Earth history (paleoclimatology, tectonics, paleontology, paleobotany) to economic geology and the study of ore deposits and petroleum reservoirs.

Prerequisite: Evolution of the Earth (ESS 213).

Depositional environments (ESS 456, Spring quarter):

The course introduces students to the principles of sedimentary facies analysis, including survey of modern processes that produce sedimentary sequences. Students are trained to the recognition of various depositional environments represented in the geologic record, including terrestrial, marine terrigenous, and carbonate environments. The course includes several fieldtrips to different depositional environments (two of them being required).

Prerequisite: Evolution of the Earth (ESS 213).

Summer field camp (ESS 400, Summer quarter):

The summer field camp is UW Earth and Space Sciences traditional field course with 6 weeks of field work in Dillon, Montana. Projects include mapping, constructing a stratigraphic column, and learning field techniques in fluvial geomorphology. It is ideal for students who wish to pursue field-based research in a graduate program.

Prerequisite: ESS 211, 212, 213 and one of ESS 311, 312, 313, or 314 or permission of the instructor.