Fall 2021
Junior - Senior
Class Size: 50
16 Credits per quarter
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Forests are fundamentally important biomes for planet earth. In this upper division science program, we will learn to see the forest and the trees (and mosses and lichens) by studying the ecology and environmental history of Pacific Northwest forests. Students will learn: quantitative approaches and tools in forest measurements; foundational concepts in forest ecology and interactions among forest organisms; major biomes, and community types in forests of the northwest; field methods for assessing biodiversity of plants (including bryophytes) and lichens, along with developing laboratory skills for identifying bryophytes and lichens using microscopes and dichotomous keys. We will also hold a weekly seminar on books that address human interactions with forests, and especially in the Northwest. The texts will cover forest ecology concepts, forest science and forest genetics, environmental history of Pacific Northwest forests, and global issues in forest management and conservation.
We will have two multi-day field trips throughout the quarter to forested sites on the east and west sides of the Cascade Mountains, as well as on the Olympic Peninsula. During each trip, students will gain hands-on experience measuring forest attributes in a variety of different ecosystems. This program will also include weekly day trips where we will use local forests and The Evergreen State College Ecological Observation Network (EEON) to refine skills in measuring forests and detecting change using long-term data in forest ecosystems. Finally, a series of labs in the use of GIS in forest sciences will survey current use of remote sensing in forest ecology and teach students basic skills for navigating and interpreting GIS data in forest ecology. Scientific writing, quantitative skills, work with common computer software, field skills, and presentation/communication skills will all be emphasized.



One year (greater than 12 credits) of college-level biology, one year (greater than 9 credits) of college-level chemistry, and one year (greater than 9 cumulative credits) of college-level algebra, precalculus, and calculus or statistics. Students having previous credits in botany, taxonomy, and ornithology are especially encouraged to enroll.

Fall 2022 Registration

Academic details

Preparatory For

ecology, environmental studies, resource management, ecological restoration, conservation biology, and the liberal arts.

Maximum Enrollment
Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Class Standing

$300 for a multiday field trip to iconic forests of the Pacific Northwest

Upper Division Science Credit

Up to 16 credits of upper-division science credit may be awarded in forest science, forest measurements, bryophyte ecology, and GIS upon successful completion of the program objectives.


Time Offered
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