field studies

See environmental studies for more about how this subject is taught at Evergreen.

Evergreen provides many opportunities for in-depth learning through fieldwork.

In social sciences such as psychology, sociology, or anthropology, you can learn to be a participant observer in the process of conducting ethnographic interviews.

In the sciences, you can learn to conduct field science in ecology at the advanced undergraduate level. Trips to local and remote locations provide the backdrop for independent and group research projects in a number of environmental studies fields.

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Planned offerings for 2017–18
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Astronomy and Cosmology: Stars and Stories FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8, 12
Botany: Plants and People FR-SO
  • Spring
16
Bryophytes and Lichens of the Pacific Northwest JR-SR
  • Fall
16
Climate and Ecosystem Change in the Anthropocene FR-SO
  • Winter
16
Climate and Ecosystem Change in the Anthropocene FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Conserving Wildlife JR-SR
  • Fall
16
Counting on Soils: Precalculus and Soil Sciences FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Field Ecology JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Introduction to Natural History of the Pacific Northwest FR
  • Spring
16
Marine Life: Marine Organisms and Their Environments JR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Northwest Forests: Biogeochemistry and Management JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, Portland: Researching Neoliberalism in Local Neighborhoods FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8, 12, 16
Plant Biology FR-SR
  • Summer
6
Practice of Organic Farming: Fall FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Salmon, Raven, and Whale: The Pacific Northwest in Art and Science FR-SO
  • Fall
16
Student-Originated Studies: Environmental Science SR
  • Spring
16
Student-Originated Studies: Food and Agriculture SO-SR
  • Summer
16
Student-Originated Studies: how to do things with words JR-SR
  • Spring
16
The Nature and Culture of Natural History FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Planned offerings for 2018–19
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Analyzing the World with Math and Science FR-SO
  • Spring
16
Birds: Inside and Out JR-SR
  • Winter
16
Ecology of Harmful Algal Blooms SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Environmental Analysis SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Forests and Farms: The Systems that Sustain Us FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Invertebrate Zoology JR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Riding the Carbon Cycle from the Mountains to the Sea SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Social Entrepreneurship and Development: Management, Sustainability and Finance FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Student-Originated Studies: Environmental Community-Based Learning and Action JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Student-Originated Studies: Food and Agriculture SO-SR
  • Summer
16
Symbiosis JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Teachings of the Tree People: American Indian Culture FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
The Fungal Kingdom JR-SR
  • Fall
16
The Science Behind the Headlines: What's the Truth? FR
  • Fall
16
The Science Behind the Headlines: What's the Truth? FR
  • Winter
16