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 Course Title:   Ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest

 Title Abbreviation:   ECOSYSTEMS PACIFIC NW

 Department:    BIOL

 Course #:    127

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Acquire an understanding of the development and dynamics of different ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest, through investigation of the abiotic and biotic factors that have led to emergence, persistence, and diversity of these ecosystems and the organisms that comprise them. An emphasis is placed on developing abilities to detect and recognize animals and plants that make up and use different ecosystems, and toward understanding the roles and positions fulfilled by these organisms. Possible field trips.


Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 099. BIOL& 100 or ENVS& 101 recommended but not required.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Natural Sciences  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify different ecosystems that exist within the Pacific Northwest
  2. Understand the basic influences that have led to existence of different ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest
  3. Distinguish common animals and plants that live in and utilize these ecosystems

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.1 Apply theories and concepts studied in the classroom to field, clinical, shop, research, or laboratory settings.

5. Global & Local Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding the complexity and interdependence of, and stewardship responsibilities to, local and global communities and environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
5.1 Understand the impact of their own and other’s actions on local/global communities and environments and how those communities/environments affect them in turn.

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.1 Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental scientific concepts.
9.3 Analyze, apply, and communicate scientific concepts and principles in context (for example, in technological, personal, and/or professional situations).

Course Contents

  1. 1. Introduction: Biological order, ecologic principles, characteristics of life.
  2. 2. Abiotic Influences:
    • a. Geologic characteristics and history of region influencing ecosystem formation and existence
    • b. Climatic characteristics and history of region influencing ecosystem formation and existence
  3. 3. Taxonomy: Local Flora and Fauna
  4. 4. Regional, spatial identification and characterization of biomes, ecosystems, and communities
  5. 5. Biologic relationships-Inter and Intra-specific associations of flora and fauna
  6. 6. Investigation and utilization of ecological observation and data collection techniques
  7. 7. Evolutionary diversity and development