2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Introduction to Natural History

Fall quarter

Faculty: John Longino entomology, ecology, zoology, David McAvity mathematics, physics

Fields of Study: biology, botany, ecology, environmental studies, field studies, mathematics, natural history and zoology

Fall: CRN (Credit) Level 10390 (16) Fr; 10391 (16) So - Sr; 10599 (1-16)  

Credits: 16(F)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior; 45% of the seats are reserved for freshmenFreshmen - Senior

Offered During: Day


The scientific study of nature is carried out with a combination of descriptive natural history and quantitative analysis. We will develop skills in both areas by exploring the major terrestrial habitats of western Washington and carrying out short field problems that introduce statistical approaches to natural history description. Readings and lectures will cover introductory concepts in biodiversity studies, ecology, and evolutionary biology. Workshops will emphasize the scientific process, statistical methods and probability models as they apply to natural history. We will take one-day field trips to visit shrub steppe, alpine and coastal forest habitats. Evaluation will be based on exams, written assignments and a field journal.

Maximum Enrollment: 48

Preparatory for studies or careers in: biology, environmental science, mathematics, and natural history.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
June 1st, 2010 This program is now offered to all students.