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:

  • Explain basic ecological principles, e.g. energy flow, sustainable yield, carrying capacity.
  • List the geological and physical processes that formed and continue to shape Puget Sound.
  • Describe the characteristics of the different aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems of the Puget Sound region.
  • Identify representatives of the major phyla of organisms in Puget Sound ecosystems and their role in their communities.
  • 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.
  • Analyze the impact of human activities, historically and currently, on Puget Sound ecosystems.