Sep 19, 2019  
2018-2019 Catalogue 
2018-2019 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions

Course Numbering

The College of Wooster uses a five-digit course numbering system. The first three digits indicate the primary course number. The next two digits are the secondary course number and indicate whether there is a special focus for the course. For example:

The first letters are the department or program abbreviation. The next three digits are the primary course number (101 is the primary course number for all Introduction to Historial Study courses). The last two digits are the secondary course number. These two digits indicate that the special focus for this HIST 101 course is The History of Islam. A course with a given three-digit primary course number can only be taken once for credit unless specifically indicated otherwise by the department.

The following policy has been used in assigning primary course numbers:

  • 100-level courses are usually introductory courses; some 100-level courses do have prerequisites, and students are advised to consult the description for each course.
  • 200-level courses are usually beyond the introductory level, although many 200-level courses are open to first-year students and to majors and non-majors.
  • 300-level courses are seminars and courses primarily for majors but open to other students with the consent of the instructor.
  • The following numbers are for Independent Study: I.S. 40100 (Junior Independent Study), I.S. 45100 and I.S. 45200 (Senior Independent Study).

In addition to the regular course offerings, many departments offer individual tutorials under the number 40000 and internships under 41000. On occasion, departments will offer a course on a special topic as approved by the Educational Policy Committee, designated 19900, 29900, or 39900.


In keeping with the general education requirements of the College’s curriculum
(see Degree Requirements ), course listings employ the following abbreviations:

W Writing Intensive 

C Studies in Cultural Difference

R Religious Perspectives

Q Quantitative Reasoning

AH Learning Across the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities

HSS Learning Across the Disciplines: History and Social Sciences 

MNS Learning Across the Disciplines: Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Except where otherwise noted, all courses carry one course credit.


Earth Sciences

   •  ESCI 10000 - History of Life
   •  ESCI 10500 - Geology of Natural Hazards
   •  ESCI 11000 - Environmental Geology
   •  ESCI 11500 - Oceanography
   •  ESCI 12000 - Geology of National Parks
   •  ESCI 19900 - Special Topics
   •  ESCI 19901 - GIS Basic
   •  ESCI 20000 - Earth Systems
   •  ESCI 20500 - Earth Materials
   •  ESCI 21500 - Paleoecology
   •  ESCI 22000 - Invertebrate Paleontology
   •  ESCI 25000 - Intro to Geographic Info Systems (GIS)
   •  ESCI 27000 - Paleoclimate
   •  ESCI 27500 - Modern Climate Change
   •  ESCI 28000 - Hydrology
   •  ESCI 29901 - Statistics for Earth Scientists
   •  ESCI 33000 - Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology
   •  ESCI 33500 - Geochemistry
   •  ESCI 34000 - Structural Geology
   •  ESCI 34500 - Tectonics and Basin Analysis
   •  ESCI 35000 - Studies in Earth Sciences
   •  ESCI 37000 - Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
   •  ESCI 37500 - Geomorphology
   •  ESCI 39901 - Remote Sensing of Environment
   •  ESCI 40000 - Tutorial
   •  ESCI 40100 - Junior Independent Study
   •  ESCI 41000 - Internship
   •  ESCI 45100 - I.S. Thesis–Semester One
   •  ESCI 45200 - I.S. Thesis–Semester Two