Tyrus Smith, 1997

Tyrus Smith completed his MES in 1997. He has been a faculty member at The Evergreen State CollegeTyrus since 2001. Currently, he teaches a variety of environmental studies and environmental policy courses, and leads student learning in research and statistics at the Evergreen Tacoma campus.

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Salish Sea Cultures

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This is a 12-credit component of the program Maritime Cultures of Northwest Washington . Students interested in registering for this should register for the appropriate 12-credit section of Maritime Cultures .

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Introduction to Game Studies (B)

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This class is an introduction to the academic field of game studies, also known as ludology. As games become more influential in our lives, it is increasingly important to understand what they are and how they function in our society. Along with playing a variety of games in this course we will be studying what a game is, the act of playing, as well as the greater social and cultural issues surrounding the subject. We will draw upon approaches from the humanities, social sciences and the realm of game design to build a foundational understanding of this broad topic.

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Undergraduate Research in Scientific Inquiry with R. Bond

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Rigorous quantitative and qualitative research is an important component of academic learning in Scientific Inquiry. Research opportunities allow science students to work on specific projects associated with faculty members’ expertise. Students typically begin by working in an apprenticeship model with faculty or laboratory staff and gradually take on more independent projects within the context of the specific research program as they gain experience.

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Counting on Renewable Energy

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How do we harness energy from the wind? How do solar panels produce electricity? How do we make sense of numbers to describe these physical relationships? In this introductory-level program, renewable energy will be our entry point for exploring how algebra and physics explain the world around us. We will emphasize representations, reasoning, and problem solving. We will use the language of mathematics to describe and communicate important relationships between observations and measurements in physics and other fields of science.

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Ornithology

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Birds are among the most diverse vertebrates found on the earth. We will explore the causes of this incredible diversity through a well-rounded investigation of general bird biology, the evolution of flight (and its implications) and the complex ecological interactions of birds with their environments. This program has considerable field and lab components and students will be expected to develop strong bird identification skills, including Latin names, and extensive knowledge of avian anatomy and physiology.

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Counting on Renewable Energy

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Note: This program is a repeat of the fall program of the same title. Students who took the fall quarter program should not enroll in the winter repeat program.

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Master of Environmental Studies Thesis

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To complete their degree, MES students are required to complete a 16 credit thesis. Students are assigned a faculty mentor or "reader" in fall quarter of their second year. Each reader is assigned a CRN (course reference number) for Winter quarter and a different CRN for Spring quarter, and students will be notified of their reader's CRN by email from the MES office prior to registration for each quarter.  Students will take eight thesis credits each quarter.

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Introduction to GIS

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This course will teach students how to use the versatile technology of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  GIS is more than map-making.  A GIS integrates computer hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information across a wide variety of disciplines.

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