2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Environmental Analysis

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Clyde Barlow (F,W) chemistry, instrumental analysis, Carri LeRoy stream ecology, Abir Biswas geology, earth science, biogeochemistry

Fields of Study: chemistry, ecology and environmental studies

Fall: CRN (Credit) Level 10142 (16) Jr - Sr; 10376 (1-16) Jr - Sr  

Winter: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 20102 (16) Jr - Sr; 20380 (1-16) Jr - Sr  Signature Required This program accepts new students with the substantive background in analytical chemistry, water analysis, and geology. Contact Clyde Barlow (barlowc@evergreen.edu or Lab I 054) with a written petition or meet with faculty at the Academic Fair, December 1, 2010. New students will need to complete some catch-up work during winter break.  

Spring: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 30109 (16) Jr - Sr; 30273 (1-16) Jr - Sr  Signature Required Depending on the level of enrollment spring quarter, this program may accept lower-division students. Students with the appropriate background will acquire an introduction to field and laboratory studies by working with teams of continuing EA students on spring projects. This work will be a lower division introduction to environmental analysis methods. Contact faculty at the Academic Fair, March 2, 2011, or by email at leroyc@evergreen.edu .  

Credits: 16(F); 16(W); 16(S)

Class Standing: Junior - Senior

Offered During: Day

Prerequisites: One year college chemistry and precalculus required. Physical geology recommended.


Well-designed and accurate chemical, ecological and geological measurements are required to conduct baseline assessments of natural ecosystems and determine environmental contamination. The Environmental Analysis program will focus on investigations in ecology supported with analytical chemistry. Instrumental techniques of chemical analysis will be developed in an advanced laboratory. Quality control procedures and technical writing will be emphasized.

During fall and winter quarters, topics in freshwater ecology, 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 local watersheds. Analytical procedures based on EPA, USGS and other guidelines will be utilized to measure major and trace anion and cation 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. Field trips will expand the diversity of ecosystems examined.

Spring quarter will be devoted to extensive 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.

Maximum Enrollment: 50

Required Fees: Fall $250 for field trips.

Internship Possibilities: Program content forms a foundation for informative spring internships.

Upper Division Science Credit: Students who satisfactorily complete at least fall and winter quarters may receive upper-division credit for both quarters.

May be offered again in: 2012-13

Preparatory for studies or careers in: analytical chemistry, ecology, environmental analysis, environmental fieldwork, statistics, chemical instrumentation and group projects.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: No Required Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
February 18th, 2011 Fees updated
August 30th, 2010 Carri LeRoy has joined the teaching team; enrollments adjusted.
March 3rd, 2010 Abir Biswas has joined faculty team