natural history

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 2019–20
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Botany SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Critical Vision: Art and Biology SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Deserts JR-SR
  • Winter
16
Field Ornithology FR-GR
  • Summer
8
Foundations in Web GIS FR-GR
  • Summer
4
From the Ground Up: Writing Natural History SO-SR
  • Winter
8
General Biology: Cells, Populations, and Ecosystems FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Introduction to Scientific Illustration FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Island Ecology and Evolution JR-SR
  • Fall
16
Picturing Plants JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Plant Biology FR-SR
  • Summer
6
Plant Chemical Ecology: The Secret Life of Plants JR-SR
  • Winter
16
Student Originated Studies: Pacific Northwest Plant Identification JR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8
Student-Originated Studies (SOS): Biology of Sharks and Rays JR-SR
  • Winter
8, 12
Writing Natural History: From the Ground Up SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Planned offerings for 2020–21
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Culture, Community, and Cosmos FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Introduction to Environmental Studies: Water (Remote/In-Person*) FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8, 16
Introduction to Plant Biology FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Plant Ecology and Physiology JR-SR
  • Winter
16
Science, Story, and Sustainability: The Quest for a Flourishing Earth SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8
The Fungal Kingdom JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16