ENVS 250 Puget Sound Ecology • 6 Cr.
Explores the geological formation, physical characteristics, major biological/ecological components, and significant environmental issues of the Puget Sound region. Format includes labs, guest speakers, and field trips. Fulfills laboratory science course requirement at BC.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- List the geological and physical processes that formed and shape Puget Sound.
- Describe the characteristics of the different aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems of the Puget Sound region.
- Analyze the impact of human activities, historically and currently, on Puget Sound ecosystems.
- Explain basic ecological principles e.g. energy flow, sustainable yield, carrying capacity.
- Describe the factors that have contributed to the loss of estuaries and wetlands in the Puget sound region.
- Explain the social, economic and cultural importance of salmon species in Puget Sound and the reasons for their declining populations.
- Create a field journal based on observations made on field trips.
- Define the process of science and the nature of scientific investigation.
- Identify representatives of the major phyla of organisms in Puget Sound ecoystems and their role in their communities.
- Spring 2015 (current quarter)