2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
    
    Jan 29, 2020  
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PREP 064 - NW Ecology and Citizenry



5.0 Credits
Introduction to the ecology of Pacific Northwest ecosystems, including the impact of historic and contemporary issues. Includes applied study of Washington State constitution and government, focusing on problem-solving. Counts as Washington State History/Social Studies and/or Science credit. S/U grade option.
Prerequisite Orientation and advising are required before taking this course.
Course-level Learning Objectives (CLOs)
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the complex, integrated, and regulated processes by which organisms use matter and energy to sustain life.
  2. Analyze and describe the living and nonliving factors that affect organisms in ecosystems and the relationships among species within selected Pacific Northwest ecosystems.
  3. Analyze and explain the effects that human activities have on the capacity of Pacific Northwest ecosystems to sustain biological diversity.
  4. Describe the nature and structure of Washington state government and constitution, and how citizens interact with it.
  5. Connect patterns of habitation and development in the Pacific Northwest to changes in resource availability, land use, and biological diversity.
  6. Examine the historic and contemporary roles Native Americans have played in ecological stewardship, especially in terms of salmon and current recovery efforts.
  7. Apply the methods of social science investigation to examine historical controversies that impacted the Pacific Northwest and continue to impact present-day politics, the economy, and the environment.
  8. Apply scientific knowledge and skills to solve problems or propose solutions to regional environmental challenges in the Pacific Northwest.



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