Geology and Mathematics
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This interdisciplinary, introductory-level program will explore topics in physical geology and applied precalculus mathematics. It is designed for students looking for introductory work in college science and math so they can pursue further studies in these areas. Students will gain a broader and deeper understanding of the Earth, of mathematical concepts and functions, and of applications of math to earth sciences. The study of lab and field sciences and mathematical problem-solving through rigorous, quantitative, and interdisciplinary investigations will be emphasized. We expect students to finish the program with a strong understanding of the scientific and mathematical concepts that help us investigate the world around us.
In fall quarter geology we will study fundamental concepts in Earth science including geologic time, plate tectonics, and earth materials. Winter quarter geology will focus on Earth processes including soil development, nutrient cycling, and climate change. In fall quarter our precalculus material will focus on families of mathematical functions, including polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions. We will also spend time each week reviewing concepts from algebra, to support our precalculus material. Pattern identification and conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas will be emphasized along with applications to geological and climate sciences. In winter quarter mathematics, we will concentrate on the theory and applications of trigonometric functions, and also study some introductory concepts in probability and statistics. Quantitative reasoning and statistical analysis of data will be emphasized throughout the program and students will participate in weekly geology-content-based workshops focusing on improving mathematical skills. Fall quarter we will focus on skill-building in the laboratory and math workshops with the goal of doing meaningful field-lab work later in the year. Students will conduct group projects, including library research and writing, with opportunities for fieldwork. We will also engage in seminar reading and discussions relating to the content and culture of the fields of mathematics and geology.
In Fall and Winter we will have several day trips for the purposes of gathering data for analysis, and learning field methods in Geology. We will also have an overnight fieldtrip to Mt. Rainier in Fall quarter.
This program will provide an excellent preparation for foundational science programs such as Integrated Natural Science or Matter and Motion. First-year students will participate in Greener Foundations and sophomore students will participate in literature-based research projects developing skills in quantitative sciences. Any junior-senior students interested in the program should contact the faculty directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Greener Foundations: This program will incorporate Greener Foundations, a holistic course designed for first-time, first-year students. Faculty and staff collaborate to bring study skills, academic planning, health and wellness education, advising, and more into the classroom. More information can be found on the college website at Greener Foundations .
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
Environmental sciences, geosciences, and mathematics.
Class Size: 46
50% Reserved for Freshmen
Scheduled for: Day
Located in: Olympia