2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Environmental Analysis

Revised Last Updated: 02/10/2009

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Clyde Barlow analytical chemistry, Carri LeRoy stream ecology, James Stroh geology

Faculty Signature Required: Winter quarter; Spring quarter

Major areas of study include analytical and atmospheric chemistry, statistics, chemical instrumentation, freshwater ecology, technical writing, geology and hydrology .

Class Standing: Juniors or seniors; transfer students welcome.

Accepts Winter Enrollment: This program will accept new students with the appropriate background. Contact Clyde Barlow at the Academic Fair or by email. New students should expect to complete some catch-up work during the December break.

Accepts Spring Enrollment: This program will accept new students with the appropriate background. Contact faculty at the Academic Fair or by email. New students should expect to complete some catch-up work during the March break.

Prerequisites: One year college chemistry and college algebra required; physical geology and trigonometry strongly recommended.

Baseline assessments of natural ecosystems and determination of environmental contamination require well-designed and accurate chemical, ecological, and geological measurements. This program will focus on investigations in ecology supported with geology and analytical chemistry. Instrumental techniques of chemical analysis will be developed in an advanced laboratory. Procedures and technical writing will be emphasized.

During fall and winter quarters, topics in freshwater ecology, geochemistry, hydrology, analytical chemistry, GIS, statistics and instrumental methods of chemical analysis will be addressed. Students will participate in group projects studying water quality, trophic structure, organic matter and nutrient cycling processes of the Nisqually River watershed. Analytical procedures based on EPA, USGS and other guidelines will be developed for major and trace anion and cations concentrations, to analyze concentrations of species of a single element, and to measure analytes and phytochemicals critical to quantification of leaf-litter decay processes and marine-derived nutrients. Computers and statistical methods will be used extensively for data analysis and simulation as well as for work with GIS. A trip to Death Valley, planned for winter quarter, will expand the diversity of ecosystems examined.

Spring quarter will be devoted largely to project work continuing from fall and winter, and to studies of other lakes and rivers in Washington. Studies of statistics and analytical chemistry will be completed in spring quarter. Presentation of project results in both oral and written form will conclude the year.

Students leaving at the end of fall quarter will receive lower-division credit. Students who satisfactorily complete at least fall and winter quarters will receive upper-division credit for both quarters.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 36

Internship Possibilities: Under special circumstances with faculty approval.

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Special Expenses: Approximately $250 for one-week field trip to Death Valley in winter quarter. Possible expenses for spring quarter field trips.

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in ecology, geology, hydrology, chemistry, environmental analysis and environmental fieldwork.

Planning Units: Environmental Studies, Scientific Inquiry

Program Revisions

Date Revision
April 25th, 2008 Carri LeRoy and James Stroh have joined this program. The narrative has been revised to include their areas of expertise. The field trip location has changed.
November 25th, 2008 Winter enrollment details added
February 10th, 2009 Spring enrollment field utilized; signature field updated.