Department of Environmental Studies, Huxley College of the Environment at WWU
Principles and techniques in analysis of areal distributions in the natural environment; landforms, water, climate, soils, vegetation.
Examination of distribution and character of economic activity, population plus settlement and role of climate, landforms and resources in distributions. Offered alternate years.
Climatic processes, including patterns of climates at various scales; applied climatology; climatic change.
Interpretation of map symbols and content at different scales; introduction to coordinate systems and map projections; analysis of different types of maps and charts.
A soil science perspective on soils as a natural body. Introduction to the physical and chemical characteristics of soil, the description and classification of soils under the USDA system, and the processes of soil formation.
Advanced topics in soils, including the functional relationships between climate, soils and vegetation, soil erosion, landscape patterns of soils, and the application of soils in paleoenvironmental reconstruction. Students will undertake research projects in the field.