Robert Joseph Turner
B CUSP 133
Provides a range of educational experiences that are able to move both within and beyond the traditional classroom. Experiences include options such as participation in undergraduate research, community engagement, and on-campus groups organized around themes of common interest.
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE PRACTICUM. Environmental science investigates the interactions between people and nature. A practicum is designed to foster practical application. Accordingly, students in this course will engage in the practice of grant-supported environmental field research. The emphasis will be on teamwork, technique, and critique as we monitor and assess the quality of local urban runoff. Much of the course will be conducted outside and our findings will be of interest to local communities. The learning objectives and associated activities of this course will be subject to analysis in the linked portfolio course (BCUSP 132E).
Student learning goals
Collaboration: Work together well as a team and be able to rely on each other.
Critical Thinking: Improved facility for questioning what you read and hear, including your own data, and finding underlying patterns, connections, and discrepancies.
Experimental Design: Learn how to develop and recognize a feasible plan of action for an environmental research project.
Data Collection and Analysis: Take pride in your ability to carry out a research plan, collect high quality data, and organize it in ways that other people can use.
General method of instruction
Students will largely learn through hands-on exercises in the field and lab. Lectures will be few. Most of our time indoors will be devoted to discussion of readings, designing experimental plans, and critiquing our data. Much of the course time will be devoted to carrying out our monitoring plans and experiments in the field.
An interest in the natural world and our ability to figure things out. Ability to follow protocols in wet, uncontrolled environments. A cooperative spirit and curiousity. No phobia of numbers, computers, or bugs.
Class assignments and grading
Homework/Lab Assignments, Reading Assignments, 1 Exam, Final Lab Report
To be determined...