Field Methods in Environmental Science
This class leads students through the process of being a field
researcher. Field research starts with background research on a
topic, asking questions about that topic, forming a hypothesis,
setting up a sound experimental or observational study design,
executing the study, analyzing the data, and then communicating
the findings through writing to the larger scientific audience.
Additionally, issues always arise with field research, and this
class will learn to troubleshoot these issues. Together, the
students within the class become a research team for the
semester through two collaborative research projects.
Additionally, other research methods are demonstrated through
labs throughout the semester. Field topics include variability
of rainfall, stream water quality, groundwater, and river water
quality. Must have taken/be taking ENV*101 and BIO*112,CHE*112
Prerequisite(s): ENV 101, ENV 141, and two of the following: BIO 112, CHEř112, PHY 112