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Warren G. Gold
BIS 241
Bothell Campus

Nature in the Northwest

Examines local and regional ecosystems and their interaction with human communities. Applies approaches from the environmental sciences and the practice of natural history to develop an understanding of ecosystem functions, organisms, and their relationships.

Class description

This course examines selected local and regional ecosystems and their interaction with human communities. We will use approaches from ecological and environmental sciences and the practice of natural history to develop an understanding of ecosystem functions, organisms, and their relationships.

Student learning goals

Students will become familiar with forested and freshwater wetland ecosystems of our region

Students will learn to identify selected plant species within Northwest ecosystems and their ecology and adaptations.

Students will learn about human impacts and use of NW ecosystems

Students will develop abilities to teach about ecological systems in an outdoor setting

General method of instruction

Lectures, field trips (short in-class excursions on campus as well as 1 REQUIRED day-long field trip on either a Saturday or Sunday). You should be prepared to learn about (and eventually teach others about) our local flora and fauna.

Recommended preparation

Interest in natural ecosystems, some familiarity with basic concepts of biology, tolerance of rainy weather while outside and a good rain jacket. Prior knowledge of the ecology and/or organisms of the area is not necessary - but be aware that you will be expected to learn about these organisms.

Class assignments and grading

Two exams and leading a field trip (as a part of a team assignment) to a local natural area. The field trip is a complex multi-part assignment that is woven throughout much of the quarter.

Based upon the exmas and assignments described above.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Warren G. Gold
Date: 10/11/2012