Environmental Science Foundations: Aquatic Systems

Fall 2018 quarter

Taught by

freshwater ecology, quantitative biology, environmental education
Erin Martin
chemical oceanography, biogeochemistry, freshwater ecology
  • UG

Prerequisites

High school math through algebra II (preferably pre-calculus) is required; high school biology and chemistry are recommended.

In this program we will learn introductory chemistry and introductory biology through the lens of aquatic ecosystems. A tiny fraction (less than 0.01%) of water on Earth is found in lakes and rivers, making our freshwater systems especially vulnerable to human impacts. An integrated knowledge of both chemistry and biology is necessary to understand how freshwater systems function, which is the first step necessary to preserve and/or restore these systems. Students will have the opportunity to earn 8 credits in general chemistry and 8 credits in general biology.

Concepts we will cover in chemistry include: properties of aqueous solutions; atoms, molecules, and ions; chemical reactions and redox reactions; chemical bonding; physical properties of solutions; gases; chemical equilibrium; and properties of acids and bases. In biology, we will study the diversity of life on Earth; taxonomy and phylogenetics; cellular structure, function, and reproduction; evolutionary processes; photosynthesis and cellular respiration; and general ecology, population ecology, community ecology, and ecosystem ecology. Field and lab experiences will integrate biology and chemistry concepts with freshwater ecology methods. We will use Evergreen's forest reserve and local field sites as natural laboratories to support our learning.

Through this program you will gain the fundamentals of both chemistry and biology that you will need to be successful in upper-division environmental studies programs, but this program will not provide you with the full sequence of either discipline, which may be required for upper-division programs like Molecule to Organism, Environmental Analysis , and Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions. Please talk with the faculty about your long-term goals to determine whether or not this program or a program like Integrated Natural Sciences would be better for you. Students may take only the biology or chemistry portion of this program for partial (8) credits, but they must participate in all program laboratories.

Program Details

Fields of Study

biology chemistry environmental studies

Preparatory For

This program provides those aspects of biology and chemistry most important for advanced studies in environmental science and so prepares students for most upper division environmental studies programs.  This program will not provide you with the full sequence of General Biology or General Chemistry, which may be required for upper division programs like Molecule to Organism ; Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions ; and Environmental Analysis . Please talk with the faculty about your long-term goals to determine whether or not this program or a program like Integrated Natural Sciences would be better for you.

Quarters

Fall Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location

Olympia

Time Offered

Day

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online