Robert Joseph Turner
Examines details and mechanisms of the natural processes associated with the hydrologic cycle. Explores rivers, groundwater, and watershed management issues within Washington State.
The purpose of this course is to foster an enriched understanding of the interactions between hydrologic systems and human society, along with experience in the collection, analysis and presentation of hydrologic data. Practice with geotechnical equipment and techniques, along with collaborative research efforts, are intended to prepare students for further study or employment in hydrogeology, environmental science, or environmental policy. We will also serve as hydrologic consultants for a few community partners.
Student learning goals
Critical and quantitative thinking – including improved facilities in evaluating what you read and see, including your own data, identifying underlying patterns, connections, and discrepancies in hydrogeologic data sets, and in generating graphics that successfully communicate complex quantitative information.
Collaboration – including an improved facility in working with partners in an equitable and reliable research and problem-solving collaboration.
Research – as manifested by improvement in multiple elements of interdisciplinary research skills detailed in the IAS Assessment Rubric for Interdisciplinary Research.
Ability to function as an entry level hydrogeology technician or research assistant.
Ability to apply your understanding of hydrogeology concepts and processes to other contexts, such as ecology or environmental policy.
General method of instruction
Learning will be encouraged via assigned readings, lectures, group discussions, lab exercises, a field trip, and independent and group research.
No strict prerequisites. Students should have an interest in the natural environment and have successfully completed a few college-level science courses prior to taking BES 318. Especially useful courses include BIS 242 and BES 303.
Class assignments and grading
2 exams ~ 25% 5 Lab assignments ~ 35% Research Project ~ 30% Participation ~ 10%