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Robert Joseph Turner
BES 303
Bothell Campus

Environmental Monitoring Practicum

Provides an introduction to the principles and methods of environmental monitoring and analysis. Field and laboratory studies provides experience with monitoring equipment and rigorous sampling techniques; enhance understanding of the range and variability of environmental parameters; and develop abilities in the quantitative analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data.

Class description

This 2 credit course provides hands-on experience with experimental design, field observations, data collection, and data analysis associated with water quality monitoring. We will conduct both field and lab experiments in an effort to master techniques of water sampling and analysis. We may also conduct some basic characterization of soils.

Student learning goals

Be well prepared to excel at courses like Ecology, Hydrogeology, the REN capstone, etc., and/or be qualified to take internships that involve water quality monitoring or data analysis.

Articulate their gains in quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, collaboration, and data presentation.

Work with others in teams to collect high quality data.

Discuss, evaluate, generate, and organize water quality data sets.

Create graphs that communicate findings based on data you've collected.

General method of instruction

Greater than 60% of class time will be devoted to working in teams to conduct field and laboratory experiments. The non-experimental time will be spent discussing geomorphological methods and data analysis. Lecturing will be minimal. Aside from doing readings and homework assignments, it is expected that all students in the course will spend multiple hours (cumulative throughout the quarter) outside of class conducting sampling associated with laboratory experiments or field research projects. The scheduling of such field and lab work will be flexible and subject to negotiation with fellow students.

Recommended preparation

Completion of BES 301 is also recommended, if not required. Curiosity and an interest in the natural environment is key, as are good teamwork skills.

Class assignments and grading

Reading of provided texts. In class and online discussions. Homework and lab assignments meant to help you get more out of the readings and work with data. Collaborative work on a variety of laboratory and field exercises, including those meant to teach you how to use and maintain monitoring equipment. The course will wrap up with a one-on-one oral examination.


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 Robert Joseph Turner
Date: 08/21/2012