Riparian Environments: Form and Function


Fall 2013 quarter

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college-level physical geology, biology, and pre-calculus

Ripa , Latin for river bank , is the root of riparian.  Riparian zones are the interface between land and stream and are some of the most dynamic and fascinating geological and ecological systems on the planet.  They are the boundary between biomes and an area of biological and hydrological diversity.  This upper-division science program will focus on aspects of this unique environment.  Students will learn about the hydrology of river systems and fluvial geomorphology and the animals that populate these corridors.  Field studies and applied project work will be emphasized.  Students will learn how to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a tool for analyzing and displaying spatial data.  The program will include a week-long field trip around the Olympic Peninsula.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

geology, hydrology, biology, and ecology.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

No Required Online Learning: No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional for students.

Required Fees

$250 for a multi-day field trip to the Olympic Peninsula.

Upper Division Science Credit

Upper division credits will be given for upper division work at the discretion of the faculty


Date Revision
March 19th, 2013 New program added.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall)

Class standing: Junior–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 50


Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (16 credits): 10248
Jr - Sr (1-16 credits): 10524

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