Registration advice for SAFS undergrads

Dear SAFS Undergrads –

Hope you’re all doing well in your mid-terms!  I’m starting to hear a lot of questions about Winter Quarter, so here is my registration update. Look below for course info, updates, websites, and courses that meet special requirements.  Keep this email until your registration is COMPLETELY set for winter quarter.

If you need more help with registration after reading this email, let me know by emailing me 2-3 times that you are available to meet, even if you’ve already emailed me in the last week, and let me know if you still need to meet and the times that work best. It’s best if I meet with seniors first then on down to freshman, so I prefer to meet with you no more than a week before your registration day.

Registration schedule is at:



A few tips for registration:

1) Run a DARS audit now (the link is in your MyUW under services – it’s called Degree Progress.) This will let you know which courses/requirements you still have to do to finish your degree.  Remember that if you’ve been here a while and you are still in the “old” requirements run the (BS in – no longer admitting) audit.  If you started Spring 2010 or later or opted purposefully to move into the new requirements, you should run the (BS) audit.

2) If you’re trying to get into a course which is full, look to see if it is co-listed and check for spots in that listing.

3) You’re welcome to look for other courses that might meet the law, policy or ethics, ecology, 3rd physical world and the economics requirement.  Email me a course description if you’d like me to look it over and let you know if it will count and, after you register, let me know to move it into the right spot in your DARS Audit.

4) After registering, run another DARS audit, making sure courses are appearing where you intend them.  If not, email me.

See below for:

  • SAFS courses
  • Courses that count for LPE, Econ, Ecology and 3rd Physical World
  • Other Winter courses of Interest
  • Info for Honors students
  • The Q SCI minor
  • Marine Biology minor and information
  • The Biology Fellows Program
  • Tips for registering by class standing


FISH 101                               Water and Society (5) NW/I&S

MWF, 10:30-11:20 plus quiz section.

Instructors: Julian Olden and Daniel Schindler

Course website:

No prerequisites!  Great for Freshmen through seniors, all majors!

UW Honors students may take the honors section!


  • Essential for life.
  • The oil of the 21st century.
  • Breeding ground of the most dangerous human diseases.
  • Losing species faster than any other ecosystem.
  • A reason to launch a war?

Come learn about how, despite the abundance of water on Earth, freshwater is coming under increasing pressure as human populations increase and climate warms.  These changes affect not only those ecosystems, but also human health and how we interact with each other both politically and socially.  Come learn about how social changes might reduce human impacts on fresh water systems, locally, nationally and internationally.  You’ll also learn how to calculate your own personal water footprint as well as those of Seattle businesses!

This course is not really recommended for majors – it doesn’t count for any SAFS degree requirement, but it’s a great course to recommend to your roommates and friends!  For SAFS students it WILL count toward the 180 credits you need to graduate.  Honors students should try to register into section AH or ask the faculty during the first week about taking the class for ad hoc credit.  If you have been at the UW at least 2 quarters and have a 3.3 gpa, you may want to speak with Lin about declaring SAFS honors – we have new requirements that are a bit easier to meet!

FISH/Honors 221A                           Ecology and Evolution of the Microbe (5) NW

Instructor: Claire Horner-Devine,

Course website:

This course is for UW or SAFS honors students OR students in SAFS or Ocean who have a 3.3 gpa and are interested in possibly doing departmental honors.  If this description fits you, contact Lin Murdock (linm@u).

Microbes are the oldest, most abundant and diverse group of organisms on Earth. In this course students will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of ecology and evolution by exploring the role of microbes in disease, ecosystem functioning and extreme environments.  When most people think of microbes they think of one thing – disease. But most microbes do not cause disease; in fact, they are essential for our survival. Microbes exist everywhere, in soil, in water, in air, at the bottom of the oceans, and deep in the earth’s crust. And they thrive in environments that we usually think of as deadly, environments such as boiling water, ice, on radioactive substances and in environments without oxygen. In this course, we will learn about some of these amazing creatures and how biologists discover and study them. We will begin with an introduction to the incredible diversity of microbes and methods used to study these communities of tiny organisms. The rest of the quarter will be comprised of three units:

  • Microbes and disease: We will explore the current understanding of the role that microbial species and communities play in diseases of humans, plants and animals.
  • Microbes and ecosystems: Next, we will explore the role that microbes play in the functioning of both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. We will then examine the impact that anthropogenic changes, such as invasive species and climate change, have on microbial community structure and function.
  • Early evolution and microbes at the extremes: We will investigate the ability of microorganisms to live in extreme environments such as deep sea vents, geothermal hotsprings, Antarctic ice and possibly on other planets as well as what insights we can gain about early evolution.

The course will be comprised of lectures, team presentations, discussions and an independent poster project. The readings in this course are key to developing a strong foundation for learning to think like a scientist and for the poster project.  Basic microbiology concepts will be covered by selected readings from the textbook “Brock Biology of Microorganisms.” Primary literature and secondary source articles (posted on the class website and handed out in class) will provide examples of the state of current research on these topics. Reading discussions will be presented and facilitated by teams of students.  This course counts in all 3 focus areas.

FISH/BIOL 311    Biology of Fishes (5)

Instructor: Ted Pietsch

Fish 311 is an introductory course designed to provide an overview of the wonderful world of fishes, their kinds and ways. We’ll discuss and conduct a hands-on examination of the biology and diversity of living fishes of the world—from ancient bottom-living hagfishes and lampreys to modern-day sharks, rays, and bony fishes; from the freshwaters of Amazonia and to mangrove swamps and coral reefs; and from shallow-water lakes and streams to the deepest parts of the world’s oceans.

SAFS Majors must take the 5 credit section with lab. If we run out of Fish 311 spots, try Biol 311.  If you have friends from outside the department who want to take the class and the labs are full, encourage them to enroll through Biol 311 for 5 credits or in the 3 credit, lecture only section.  IF you’re trying to decide whether you should take FISH 311 or Biol 220, you can take Biol 220 in any quarter, but FISH 311 is only offered in Winter.

FISH 324               Aquatic Animal Physiology and Reproduction (3/5)

Dr. Graham Young

The overall focus of the course is on the functional adaptations and adjustments animals use to cope with the various environmental and physiological challenges to life in aquatic environments. The main animal groups that will be considered are crustaceans, molluscs, fishes, and marine mammals, although examples from other aquatic animal groups will be given where they illuminate a particular challenge or adaptation to the aquatic environment.

Fish 324 is the Flagship course for the Animal Biology and Culture focus area (ABC.)  Counts as a course in all three focus areas, so will count for all SAFS majors towards their degree requirements. Students may take the course with lab (5 credits) or without lab (3 credits), but if you’re using it as your flagship course, you DO need to take the lab.

If you’re trying to decide between taking FISH 324 and Biol 200, please take Biol 200, since you’ll be much better prepared for FISH 324 after you take Biol 220.  This course will offer an honors project (ad hoc) for those students needing/wanting it.  Please contact the instructor for more information.

FISH 437               Fisheries Oceanography (4)

Instructor: Dr. John Horne

Fisheries Oceanography investigates how the environment influences distributions and abundances of marine vertebrate and invertebrate species.  Fisheries oceanographic studies are used to understand fish and zooplankton life histories, predict recruitment to commercially harvested populations, reduce uncertainty in resource management decisions, and to decouple anthropogenic from natural effects on aquatic populations.  This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of fisheries oceanography and enable the understanding of fish and zooplankton life histories, to identify physical factors influencing survival and recruitment, to interpret indices used to predict recruitment, and to critically evaluate scientific literature.  Graduate students should register for Fish 537 (Grad students will have a different set of assignments).  For undergraduates, this course will count toward the Conservation and Management Focus Area.

Fish 453  Geospatial Pattern Analysis (3)

Instructor: Miles Logsdon,

This course is focused on the Application of Geospatial pattern analysis and the application of geostatistics in Earth Science Research.  The course is ideally suited for those students who seek to develop more in-depth skills and an advanced understanding of the concepts behind modern tools for detecting, describing, and estimating spatial patterns and trends.  The course specifically addresses ways of investigating the spatial continuity that is an essential feature of natural phenomena. For students taking Miles’ Autumn course, this course is the next step.  For more information, please contact the instructor by email.

This course counts toward the Conservation and Management focus area.

FISH 454               Ecological Modeling (5)

Dr. Tim Essington

This is a course in modeling (the process), not models (the product). As a consequence, you will be learning by doing in this course through in-class exercises and four projects. In-class exercises will familiarize you with the process of model evaluation, while the projects are designed to expose you to the entire model-building process.

Official catalog description:

Examines concepts in ecological modeling focusing on the rational, interpretation, and motivation for modeling in ecological sciences. Explores individual, population, and ecosystem-based models. Excel-based computer exercises, model building and interpretation, readings. Recommended: prior coursework in ecology and statistics. Offered: jointly with Q SCI 454.

Fish/QSCI 454 should be taken by any students hoping to take Fish 458 in Spring Quarter.  Fish 454 counts towards the Q SCI minor and the Conservation and Management focus area.

FISH 455/ESRM 457         Fish and Wildlife Toxicology (3/5)

Instructor: Dr. Chris Grue

Learn, Conduct Hands-on Research, Publish

Are current regulations adequate? What is the role of science?  Can we extrapolate laboratory results to the field? How lethal are sublethal effects?

In this class, you will study the history of fish and wildlife toxicology, major classes of contaminants, current regulations, methods used to assess hazards and contemporary contaminant-fish/wildlife issues. Students may take the lecture only for 3 credits or the lecture/lab section for 5 credits.  In the lab, you will conduct research aimed at increasing our knowledge of the hazards pesticides in surface waters pose to salmon and trout. The lecture/lab section is limited to 8 students – so register early.  The lab requires work outside of the scheduled lab section. Co-listed with ESRM 457, so if FISH listing is full, check under ESRM 457.

May be used as upper division elective in either aquatic ecology or animal biology and culture focus areas.

Fish/Biol/Ocean 477        Seminar in Marine Biology (3)

Instructor: Evelyn Lessard

This seminar is only available to marine biology minors and counts for their “Integrative Experience” requirement.  Students needing this course should contact Emily at  This course cannot count for both the marine biology minor and the student’s major.

The day/time are still being decided upon and an email will be sent out to declared minors when these decisions are made.  Contact Emily, above, for any more information.

FISH/BIOL/ENVIR 478     Series on Sustainable Fisheries (3)

Instructor: Trevor Branch,

Course website:

Seminar speakers and a lively class discussion of the biological and social ramifications of our past, present, and future use of marine resources.  Attached to the Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries, this course grapples with the issue of sustainability from disciplines as diverse as ecology, fisheries management, conservation biology, law, economics, and anthropology.  Paper on the student’s topic of choice.

This course may count as Law, Policy or Ethics OR as upper-division elective credit in the Conservation and Management Focus Area.

Fish/Biol/Ocean 479        Marine Biology Research (1-15)

This course is independent study research for marine biology minors only and it can count as the “integrative experience” requirement.  Most minors are encouraged to take the 477 seminar, above, if at all possible.

Students only should consider pursuing FISH/BIOL/OCEAN 479 A if they already have worked for at least two quarters on independent research in faculty labs or affiliated internships and have taken FISH/BIOL/OCEAN 250 and Q Sci 381. Research credits must included a paper and a presentation to be eligible. Please contact for more information and the research contract.

FISH/SMA 480 Human dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Conservation (3)

This year students MUST also register for FISH 507C (for 2 credits), as course contains more content than previous offerings and will be co-listed with ESRM 458 as well.

Instructors: Dr. Marc Miller, Dr. John Marzluff and Dr. Vince Gallucci,

Human dimensions of terrestrial and marine systems are often critical to the attainment of management and conservation objectives.  Successful conservation of small populations is an especially vexing task.  In this course we examine the legal, social, institutional, and ecological dimensions of conserving rare and endangered populations.  Topics include the policy implications of the endangered species act, marine mammal protection act, law of the sea, and international conservation accords.  Domestic and international case studies will be investigated by class readings, discussion, and expert speakers.  Students in this course will (1) engage in individual and group projects for clients that include written and oral presentations, (2) prepare short written reports about assigned reading materials, and (3) participate in class discussions. This course should be of interest to students in Fisheries, Marine Affairs, Forest Resources, Anthropology, Biology, Program on the Environment, and those with advanced understanding of policy and ecological sciences.    For Senior Undergraduates and Graduate Students in all depts.  Interested advanced juniors may contact faculty about enrolling.

This course can count for either Law, Policy or Ethics OR Economics OR Upper Division elective in the Conservation and Management focus area.


Fish 494          Capstone I (3-9)

Fish 495          Capstone II (3/4)

If you’re thinking about registering for Capstone, review the information at:

Dr. Greg Jensen is Faculty Capstone Coordinator and you should give your contracts and proposals directly to him.  He has a mailbox in the back, left corner of the mailroom and/or you can email him at  He’s collecting paperwork, giving out add codes, helping students with budgets, setting up the symposiums, and overall, running the capstone program. He can also help students who are looking for capstone opportunities find them.

In order for Greg Jensen to give you an entry code for Fish 494 (whether your first or subsequent registration for Fish 494), we will need to put a signed 494 Capstone Contract into Greg’s mailbox in FSH 115.

For Fish 495, we will need to give a copy of your signed Capstone Proposal as well as a signed Fish 495 contract to Greg.  Both contracts and capstone proposal format available on website above.  Honors students will need to get registered for FISH 495B, for 4 credits (which will include the expectation of a research poster.)

FISH 498 and 499              Independent Research or Internship

Please review the info and download the forms at:

Other FISH 500 level courses – SAFS undergrads who are seniors are welcome to take FISH 500 level courses when there is space available and with the instructor’s permission.  Please see the time schedule.



The following lists are for courses that meet specific degree requirements on the front of your worksheet.  Remember that a course for these requirements may only count towards one area (for instance, Fish 480 can count for EITHER upper division FISH in the Conservation and Management focus area OR Economics.)  There may be other courses I’ve missed in the time schedule.  Email me the description if you want me to assess whether it meets the requirement.

Remember that there are standard lists of what counts for each of these requirements at our webpage, but I’ve included a few extra here.  If you take something that is NOT listed on the safs webpage, you’ll need to let me know so I can tell DARS to accept it….


3RD PHYSICAL WORLD (required for both old and new BS requirements):

Atm 211                               Climate Change (5)

Envir 313/ESS 313             Environmental Earth Science (5)

ESRM 426                            Wildland Hydrology (4)

Ocean 450                           Climatic Extremes (4)

Ocean 454                           Hydrothermal Systems (3)

ENVIR 442                           Renewable Energy (4)

ESS 201                                 The Earth System and Climate (5)


ECOLOGY (required for both old and new BS requirements):

ESRM 473                            Ecosystem-based Restoration Ecology (5)

Biol 356                                 Foundations in Ecology (3) – this quarter taught by Emily Carrington and will have a lot of Marine Biology examples and content.  If you want this course, please email me your name, student # and sections you are able to take in order of preference and I may be able to get you into the course.

Biol 476                                 Conservation Biology (5) Prereq: Biol 162 or 180.  Restricted to BIOL majors during period 1, but you could see if a biology adviser (HCK 318) would register you earlier.


LAW, POLICY OR ETHICS (Not required for NEW BS requirements, but a good source of ideas for I&S requirements):

Fish/Biol/Envir 478           Series on Sustainable Fisheries (3)

Fish/SMA 480                    Human Dimensions in Fishery Management (3+2) for seniors, juniors by permission. – see above.

Envir 100                              Environmental Studies: Interdisciplinary Foundations (5).  Taught this year by Yoram Bauman, the standup Economist (does comedy)

Envir/Phil 243                     Environmental Ethics (5)

ENVIR 433                           Environmental Degradation in the Tropics (5) Need to reg through Envir listing.

Esrm 381                              Mngtmt of Wildland Recreation and Amenities (3)

Esrm 400                              Natural Resource Conflict Management (3)(JR/SR only)

Phil 160                                 Perspectives on Science, Reason and Reality (5)

Mgmt 200                            Intro to Law (5)

Geog 474                             Geography and Law (5) Restricted to majors period 1.

Many courses in the School of Marine Affairs may count in this area, but to enroll, you should email the instructor, asking permission.


ECONOMICS  (Not required for NEW BS requirements, but a good source of ideas for I&S requirements):

Fish/SMA 480                    Human Dimensions in Fishery Management (3+2) for seniors, juniors by permission. – see above.

ESRM 381                            Management of Wildland Recreation and Amenities (3)

Econ 200                              Intro to Microeconomics (5)

Geog 276                             Intro to Political Geography (5)

SIS 332                                  Political Economy of International Trade and Finance (5)



AIS 378                 NW Contemporary American Indian Literature (5)

AIS 360                 Indians in Cinema (5)

Clas 205                Bioscientific Vocabulary (3)

Com 220               Intro to Public Speaking (5)

Sphsc 100            Voice and Articulation Improvement (3)

Scand 370            The Vikings (5)

Scand 335            Scandinavian Children’s Literature (5)



BIOL 180 no longer has a chemistry prerequisite, but Biol 200 still requires Chem 152 or Chem 220.  If you’re taking Chem 220 in Winter 2010, it could be a good idea to take Biol 180 in Winter as well.  One of our FISH Faculty, Kerry Naish, is teaching in the Biol 180 class this quarter and she’s an EXCELLENT instructor!


Q Sci 381              Intro to Probability and Stats (5)

Section B is to be taught by SAFS’ very own Andre Punt.  He will be focusing his examples, etc. on fisheries topics, so if you can possibly take Q Sci 381 in Winter, you should do so.  He’s an excellent instructor.  The course website is at:


CHEM 220 – only offered in Winter Quarters.


ESRM 250  Intro to Geographic Information Systems (5)

Doesn’t fulfill a specific degree requirement but gives you some basic knowledge about a very useful and marketable skill.  Offered by forestry.  Open to non-ESRM majors period two registration.

BIOL 434               Invertebrate Zoology (5)

This course can be substituted for FISH 310.  If you do register for this, you’ll need to email me and ask me to put it in that spot in DARS.

OCEAN 454         Hydrothermal Systems: An interdisciplinary View (3)

If you haven’t counted any non-FISH courses for your upper division requirement, this class can count.

ENVIR 433           Environmental Degradation in the Tropics (5) NW/I&S

Instructor: Patrick Christie

Considers theories and controversies of environmental degradation in the tropics, ecological and social case studies of Central American rain forests and Southeast Asian coral reefs, and implications of environmental management techniques. Offered: jointly with SIS 433/SMA 433.

The course has four main components: 1) an introduction to the debate surrounding issues and appropriate actions, 2) an exploration of rain forest and coral reef case studies, 3) an examination of controversial environmental issues, and 4) a look at some environmental management techniques. Students will come to appreciate the complexity of the underlying issues through exposure to a variety of theories and perspectives including those of naturalists/ecologists EO Wilson and John Terborgh as well as agro-ecologists John Vandermeer and Ivette Perfecto. Students will become familiar with the ecological, social, political, and economic details that drive environmental degradation in two locations—the rain forests of Central America and the coral reefs of the Southeast Asia.

Course objectives include an improved understanding of: 1) root causes for environmental degradation in the tropics; 2) controversies surrounding these root causes and management strategies; 3) relevant ecological and social conditions associated with tropical rain forests and coral reefs; 4) synthetic, multidisciplinary descriptions of environmental degradation; 5) our personal roles in environmental degradation.

This class could be taken for EITHER the Law, Policy or Ethics requirement OR count toward the Conservation and Management focus area.   If you’d like to count it for either of these, you’ll need to email Lin at so I can move it in DARS.  Please indicate which requirement you’re taking the course for in your email.


GEN ST 391D Research Exposed (1 credit, C/NC)

OCEAN 506         Science and Technology News and Feature Writing (3)

MW, 2:30-3:50

Dr. Deborah Illman,

This course provides graduate students and upper division undergraduates with an advanced experience in science and engineering writing. We explore issues of accuracy and the treatment of scientific uncertainty by journalists and sources. Other topics include the structure of feature writing, the editorial process, layout and display issues, and ethical codes for practicing science writers. Students develop advanced skills in science/engineering news writing through a combination of writing assignments, readings, discussion sessions, writing clinics, and special guest presentations by practicing science writers.

Participants serve as writing interns on the staff of Northwest Science & Technology magazine and develop a portfolio of professional quality science/technology news articles which may be eligible for publication in the magazine.

Students completing this class should possess the conceptual understanding as well as the practical experience needed for a variety of writing, communication, or public outreach positions.

Add code required–email the instructor.

INNER PIPELINE                Get credit for tutoring in the K-12 system! (1-10 credits)

More info at:



Biol 180 series enrollment for honors –

Starting in Winter, there will be honors seminars that students will need to register for in order for students to get honors credit for Biol 180, 200 and 220.  There will only be honors seminars with 200 and 220 in Winter, so you shouldn’t take Biol 180 in Winter if you want to get honors credit for it (there will be a Biol 180 honors seminar starting in Autumn 2011 and Autumn and Spring quarters annually).  The GOOD thing about this change is that you can now take only part of the series for honors credit as long as you take the concurrent honors seminar to go along with it, so if you need to get going on Biol 180, go ahead, but plan on registering for the seminars that go along with Biol 200 and 220 in subsequent quarters.

SAFS Honors students – Remember that you’re eligible to take any UW Honors courses – and you can see what is being offered this coming quarter at:

If you’re a 4 year college honors student, you no longer need an add code, but if you’re a departmental honors student, you’ll be allowed into the courses but will need to get an add code from Honors in MGH 211.

Also, any course can be an honors course, if the instructor agrees, by doing the course as an “ad hoc” honors contract, which can be printed out at:

FISH is now offering Ad Hoc honors projects in all 3 FISH flagship courses (FISH 323, 324 and 312.)  If you’re interested, speak with the faculty member the first week of classes.  These will count for ALL SAFS honors students towards their honors requirements.

There will also be an honors section of Ocean 450 (Climatic Extremes) offered in Winter 2011.  The honors class will be listed as an Honors 221 and will count towards the natural science honors requirement.

All HONORS students in their last quarter of capstone will need to register for FISH 495B, which is a 4 credit honors section.  Honors students are required to complete a poster presentation and have their paper reviewed by 2 additional reviewers in order to use their capstone toward the SAFS Honors requirements.



This quarter there are two Honors offerings in our department – see Fish 101 and 221 above.  Both would count for your honors natural science requirement or FISH could count toward a Civ class..  Also, you could consider taking FISH 324 for Honors credit.


You are required to take one of the 3 FISH flagship courses (FISH 323, 324 or 312) for Honors Ad Hoc credit for your departmental honors requirements, so please plan to do so.  If you’re in the 4 year honors program, FISH 101H, FISH 221 or any extra Honors flagship credits will count toward your College Honors requirements (101 would be interdisciplinary and 221 and extra flagships would be natural science.)


Quantitative Science Minor

A  Q SCI minor is a great complement to the AFS major and can help you a lot when applying to graduate schools or looking for employment.  Since you already need 2 quarters of calculus and Q SCI 381 for your major, you only need to complete 3 additional courses to complete the minor.

In Winter, the following courses count toward the Q SCI minor:

Fish 454 (see above) and may be followed by Q SCI 458 in Spring.

Q SCI 482 (followed by Q SCI 483, taught by John Skalski, SAFS faculty, in Spring 2010)

Instructor: Eric Turnblom

Analysis of variance and covariance; chi square tests; nonparametric procedures multiple and curvilinear regression; experimental design and power of tests. Application to biological problems. Use of computer programs in standard statistical problems. Prerequisite: either STAT 311 or Q SCI 381.

Q SCI 480  Sampling Theory (3)

Instructor: John Skalski,

Theory and applications of sampling finite populations including: simple random sampling, stratified random sampling, ratio estimates, regression estimates, systematic sampling, cluster sampling, sample size determinations, applications in fisheries and forestry. Other topics include sampling plant and animal populations, sampling distributions, estimation of parameters and statistical treatment of data. Prerequisite: Q SCI 482; recommended: Q SCI 483. Offered: jointly with STAT 480; odd years.

This course will not be offered again until Winter 2013.

If you’re interested in learning more, check out:


Marine Biology Minor

Marine Biology minor seniors needing their “Integrative Experience” should see descriptions above.  If at all possible, you should take FISH 477 in winter.  It will not be offered again until next year.

Non-FISH upper division courses that count toward the marine biology requirements are:

OCEAN 454 Hydrothermal Vents

BIOL 434  Invertebrates

If you’re not a marine biology minor but want more info – – –

Add the marine biology minor at any time to any degree!

Do research underwater.  Become an expert on pollutants around Atlantic Salmon fish pens.  Interview scientists and policy makers on whether we can save the orcas.

Take advantage of being a student at a tier one research institution and living in the Pacific Northwest by adding a marine biology minor.  Take courses that put you on boats, in the field, and in award winning faculty labs doing assignments and research that help preserve our planet and marine resources.

For more information email me or visit

Emily Beyer,

Or join our facebook group to learn more about opportunities:!/group.php?gid=21863387329



Are you interested in Biological Sciences? Careers in research, education, or the health sciences? Become a Biology Fellow!

If you are enthusiastic about science and have not yet taken the introductory Biology Series (Biology 180, 200, 220), then consider applying to the University of Washington-Howard Hughes Medical Institute Biology Fellows Program!

The UW-HHMI Biology Fellows Program provides opportunities for beginning students interested in biologically related sciences to develop scientific skills and to explore careers related to biology. Biology Fellows learn to work in teams, and they develop supportive academic and social networks that enhance their educational experiences at the University of Washington and beyond.

Biology Fellows will receive financial assistance during Winter and Spring Quarters of 2011 to help defray the costs of books or other educational supplies.

A longer description of the program, including requirements, is included at:

Applications are due Oct. 31, 2010.



FRESHMEN should be focusing on Chemistry and Math every quarter and adding a third class that is fun – look at courses that meet the VLPA or  I&S requirements (Law, Policy or Ethics and Econ courses are good choices) or take something that you’re just plain going to enjoy!  Don’t overload yourselves.  FISH 101 is a fine choice as a 3rd class and counts as either I&S or NW.  Also, if you haven’t taken English composition, try to get that in during winter or spring.  If you’re looking for 100 and 200 level environmental courses to take, your best resource is the Envirolink Blog at:

In the left column, go to “filter by category” and click on interesting classes and you’ll find a bunch from other departments.

SOPHOMORES are hopefully in Biology (or at least finishing Chem with Chem 220 in Winter), should be done with calculus and hopefully into stats.  You should be filling in other VLPA and social science requirements as you are able.  Once you have two biology courses under your belt (and Marine biology counts) you can register into Fish 311 in winter quarter.  If you’re done Biol 220, Fish 324 is a great choice!

JUNIORS, if you haven’t taken Fish 311, now’s the time (unless you don’t have Biology 180 yet – then that’s what you should be doing.) Fish 324 is a great choice as well.  This year you should be looking to take at least one Flagship course.  It’s not too early to start thinking physics, as long as you’re done with Chem, Math and biology.  You can also, if you’ve taken a flagship and Q SCI 381, start looking seriously at our 400-level electives.  If you have not taken Q SCI 381 yet, do it THIS QUARTER with Andre Punt!

SENIORS, you get to have tons of fun if you’ve followed my advice early on – take the cool upper division courses you’re interested in and look seriously at capstone research opportunities.


Remember you can look up course evaluations from previous quarters at:




Good luck with registration!