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BAS Environmental Conservation Program Courses

CHEM 301 Environmental Chemistry
Study of the source, fate, and reactivity of compounds in natural and polluted environments. Emphasis will be placed on climate change, air pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion, pollution and treatment of water sources, and the utilization of insecticides and herbicides.

ENVC 302 Data Management
Development of a data management strategy from field collection, processing to data storage.  Emphasis will be given to the use of PDAs and cell phones for field collection to server storage.  Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.

CMST 303 Communication in Natural Resources
Provide an overview of communication processes involved in small group interactions and collaborative decision making related to natural resource management.  Focuses on applications of group dynamics, decision-making, problem solving, and conflict resolution.  Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.

ENVC 304 River Ecology & Watershed Management
Watershed perspective to learn about rivers and streams with special emphasis on the Pacific Northwest coastal ecoregion.  Topics include hydrology, hyporheic flow, geomorphology, stream classification, riparian ecology,, and biogeochemical cycles.  Development of watershed and ecosystem management at the appropriate spatial and temporal scales including adaptive management processes incorporating cultural values and philosophies allowing successful watershed management.  Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.

ENVC 310 Soil Ecology
Fundamental principles of soil ecology in relation to physical, nutrient cycling dynamics, biogeochemical cycling, belowground biomass, biodiversity of soil organisms, and soil food webs and ecological processes.  Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.

ENVC 315 Limnology & Reservoir Ecology
Structure and function of lakes, ponds, and reservoirs.  Includes physical, chemical, and biological controls of productivity and species composition of aquatic flora and fauna, and effects of pollution on water quality.  Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.

QSCI 318 Quantitative Analysis of the Environment
Applications to environmental and natural resource problems stressing the formulation and interpretation of statistical tests. Course includes random variables, expectations, variance, binomial, hypergeometric, Poisson, normal, chi-square, ‘t’ and ‘F’ distributions.  ANOVA, and regression analysis included.  Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.

ENVC 320 Landscape Ecology
The science and art of studying and influencing the relationships between spatial pattern and ecological processes across different spatio temporal scales and levels of biological organization.  Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.

ENGL 324 Advanced Writing in Science
Focuses on the skills necessary to write in the natural sciences.  Students will discuss problems common to all technical writing and will develop effective ways to describe equipment, processes and procedures; to classify, analyze, and present information; explain principles, laws, and concepts.  Intensive peer review is a strong component. The course includes a significant research component.  Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.

ENVC 327 Advanced Wetland Ecology
Wetland hydrology, biogeochemistry, and biological adaptations to wetland conditions.  Including global wetland issues, wetlands and climate change, international management of wetlands, and human interface with wetland in different socio-economic settings.  Course includes advanced wetland delineation.  Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.

ENVC 405 Pacific Salmon Ecology & Behavior
Examines the ecology and behavior of Pacific salmon, including homeward migration, reproduction, egg and larval behavior, juveniles in streams, and out migration as well as marine migration patterns.  Management practices of Pacific salmon sensitive to cultural interests.  Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.

ENVC 407 Forest Ecology
Forest ecology includes the development of forestry, biogeochemistry, nutrient cycling, transfer and storage of energy, and the physical environment.  Forest management as a renewable resource, including fire ecology, forest succession, and functioning of forest ecosystems.  Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.

QSCI 408 Biometry & Ecological Sampling
Statistical inquiry of biological data. Experimental design and data analysis. Encouraging students to think critically and quantitatively about how data are collected, analyzed, and interpreted.  Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.

ENVC 410 Conservation Biology
Exploring the worlds biological diversity including a wide range of species, complex ecosystems, and the genetic variation within species.  Conservation biology is an interdisciplinary science that includes not only biological and ecological solutions, but includes socio-economic aspects.  Includes ecological modeling.  Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.

ENVC 412 Natural Resource Policy Analyses
Course evaluates and analyses a broad range of contemporary natural resource policies, case studies, and controversies using bioeconomic resource management models.  Topics include wildlife and fisheries policies, forestry policies, tropical deforestation, water rights/management policies, endangered species and nature preservation a, and sustainable development.  Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.

ENVC 499 Internship – Service Learning
Supervised work experience in the field.  Internship positions must include an interview process.  Part of the work experience must include a leadership component.  Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.

CMST 413 Leadership Development in Natural Resources
Provide organizational management theory, communication and team building skills to strengthen leadership development in the field of natural resource management. Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.

ENVC 420 Estuarine & Nearshore Ecology
Provide an integrated view of the ecological processes in estuaries and nearshore environments.  Special emphasis will be on the Salish Sea and the Pacific Northwest coastal environments.  Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.

ENVC 422 Capstone Project
Carry out a field project including all aspects of documentation.  Includes initial proposal, peer review processes, data collection and analysis, secondary research, time estimates, and report writing.  Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.

ENVC 424 Applied Population and Community Ecology
Principles of population dynamics and ecosystem functioning.  Key issues in the study of biodiversity and ecosystems, including functional complementarity, food web stability and complexity, material cycling, and meta-communities.  Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.