Recommended science and education courses
Course Description: Origin and development of plants, animals and man on earth, as interpreted from the study of fossils and the sedimentary rocks in which they occur. Includes integrated laboratory and field experience.
Course Description: Examines the Earth and Space Science content area and classroom and developmentally appropriate field experiences for middle school students. Emphasis on developing hands-on and technology-based activities centered on the Earth and Space Sciences. Materials are developed within the context of standards-based education models.
Course Description: Astrobiology focuses on issues surrounding the origin and evolution of life on earth, the environmental conditions required for life elsewhere, and the potential for life on other planets and satellites in our solar system. Additional topics include the discovery, occurrence, and habitability of extrasolar planets, and the philosophical and societal implications of searching for life beyond earth.
Course Description: Study of the character and distribution of natural environments of the Pacific Northwest with focus on vegetation, wildlife, and soils. Classical problems in biogeography are discussed, e.g., origin of grasslands, and relationship between needleleaf and broadleaf forests. Vegetation types are studied within the context of climatic climax zones.
Course Description: Invasive, or nonindigenous, species present us with global ecological and economic problems and have been ranked as second only to habitat destruction as a threat to our natural areas and native species. These invasive species are a concern because they restructure ecosystems, affect the evolutionary trajectory of native species, lead to the extinction of species, and impact local industries.
Course Description: Explores how we teach and learn ecologically and what constitutes ecological and cultural ways of knowing. One of the key foundational courses for LECL specialization, this course is beyond simply justifying or advocating that our education should be grounded in ecological principals. Rather it offers an opportunity to engage in critical and comparative analyses of what has been already accomplished and the new areas of innovations in environmental education, mature education, outdoors education, naturalist training, and other such genres.
Course Description: Course covers local, national, and global innovation in light of the UN decade for Education for Sustainability (2005-15). We also critically assess earlier traditions such as nature education, environmental education, outdoor education, placebased education, and ecological literacy. Students are involved in developing curriculum and teacher preparation modules for K-12.