2013-14 Catalog

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Offering Description

Ocean Life and Environmental Policy


Fall 2013 quarter

Erik Thuesen biology, marine science
Fields of Study
biology, environmental studies, law and government policy, law and public policy, marine science and political science
Preparatory for studies or careers in
environmental studies, biological sciences, public policy, marine science

Water is essential to life, and the environmental policies related to marine and aquatic ecosystems will provide many of the subjects for our study in this full-year program. When combined with introductory policy components starting with the Pacific Northwest and looking globally, our studies of the biological, physical and chemical characteristics of oceans will provide the valuable knowledge necessary to make instrumental decisions about marine resources and habitats. It is essential to understand the interconnections between biology and ecology in order to make informed decisions about how environmental policy should proceed. This core program is designed to provide scientific skills and policy knowledge necessary to understand problems facing Earth’s ecosystems. Learning will take place through lectures, seminars, a workshop series and biology laboratory exercises. Work in the field and multi-day field trips in fall and winter are also planned to gain first-hand exposure to various marine environments.

In the fall, we will cover standard topics of first year college biology, using marine organisms as our foci. The overall objective of this component is to gain basic familiarity with the biology and ecology of ocean life. We will examine the use and abuse of decision-making authority in order to assess how science and culture interact to safeguard endangered biota. Specific topics will include policies surrounding marine mammals, anadromous fish, ocean acidification, etc.  Fall quarter topics will be mostly gathered from local and regional issues.

Online Learning
Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online
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Required Fees
$170 in fall and $385 in winter for overnight field trips.
Internship Required
Spring: An internship in environmental policy or environmental science, or an independent research project is required. Students must complete an In-program Internship Learning Contract (designed for this program) in consultation with the faculty and Academic Advising.
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
October 23rd, 2013 This program is offered for fall quarter only.
June 25th, 2013 Cheri Lucas-Jennings has left the teaching team.
May 8th, 2013 Fees have increased from $155 to $170 in fall and $350 to $385 in winter.
February 18th, 2013 New program added.