Aquatic & Fish Sciences (SAFS) Registration Update for Spring 2011

If you are currently or are considering becoming a major in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, click on the heading above and you’ll find a LOT of information about SAFS Spring offerings.

This Spring Undergraduate Registration Update includes:

**         Updates on courses in our department

**         More extensive descriptions than are available online

**         Updated info on registering for internships, research credit and capstones

**         Offerings in the Law, Policy, Ethics, Econ, Physical World and Ecology Areas

**         Updates on courses in other departments

**         Info about our Marine Biology Minor

**         Honors information

**         Online course options

**         Heads up on summer courses, especially those that might affect your spring registration decisions!

You can also learn more about the program at:

Dear SAFS Undergrads –

The spring time schedule is now online, so I thought you might be wanting some guidance…  Please save this email until after the first week of spring quarter.  If you’re not sure when your registration date is, please check the schedule at:

IMPORTANT – READ CAREFULLY – I’m out of the office Feb. 16th-25th. Use this email as your first resource.  If you still have questions, try to email me ASAP and I’ll try to answer all I can before I leave.  After that, Emily Beyer, the Marine Biology Adviser, will do her best to help you.  Her email address is  She does only work ½ time, though.  Another resource for class advising is Michelle Townsend, the Ocean Adviser (  If you just need add codes for Fish 498 or 499, you can bring the signed forms to Scott Schafer, the graduate adviser in the office just beyond mine.

Hopefully, I’ve answered 95% of your questions in this email.


Please run a DARS audit at:

If you’ve been in the program over a year and are in the “OLD” requirements, you should select the option for “Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (BS in)”.

If you’ve declared since Winter 2010 (or opted for the “NEW” requirements, you should select “Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (BS)”

You’ll want to run this DARS audit both before AND after you register every quarter to make sure your courses are counting for the requirements you intend.  If there’s a discrepancy, please email me.



Fish 310                        Biology of Shellfishes (5)

Instructor: Steven Roberts

Course website:

The course is intended to provide undergraduate students with an introduction to aquatic invertebrates with an emphasis on taxa with economic and cultural significance in the region.  The class will expose students to the dramatic diversity of invertebrates and examine various mechanisms organisms employ to adapt to environmental conditions. Most of the content will focus on the morphology, life history and physiology of crustacea and molluscs.

Required for all AFS majors.


Fish 312            Aquatic Ecology (5)

Instructor: Tom Quinn

This class links fundamental themes in ecology with aquatic habitats in North America (streams and rivers, lakes, estuaries, coastal and offshore oceanic regions, coral reefs and deserts).  For each habitat we will consider the basic physical processes (e.g., temperature, dissolved oxygen, salinity, pH) and biological processes (e.g., dispersal, competition, predation) that control the diversity and abundance of fishes and other aquatic animals.  We will then address the most important human factors affecting these habitats such has logging, hydroelectric dams, invasive species, pollution, fishing, etc.  The class includes lectures, field trips (to a stream, to Lake Washington, and to Puget Sound), and labs.  All students will get experience with data collection, analysis, writing of papers in scientific format, and oral presentation as a team.  Mandatory field trips are tentatively scheduled on April 9th, April 22nd and May 13th or 14th.

This the Flagship course for Aquatic Ecology, but counts in all three focus areas.  You can’t go wrong!

There will be an HONORS option for this course, so Honors students should consider taking this course and signing up for the honors option the first week.  Students declaring Honors from Autumn 2010 forward MUST take either FISH 323, 324 or 312 for honors credit to graduate with honors.


Fish/Envir 330   Climate Change Impacts on Marine Ecosystems

Instructor: Nate Mantua

Course website:

Links the physics of climate to marine ecosystem processes, exploring both observed climate impacts from the past and projected ecosystem changes due to human-caused climate change in the future. Case studies include polar, sub-artic, temperate, tropical and upwelling ecosystems, and ocean-acidification and its projected impacts. Required: high school or college physics and algebra with a basic understanding of Newton’s Laws and the ability to comprehend and construct vector diagrams.

This course provides an in-depth introduction to the role of large-scale to local-scale climate processes as agents of change and structure in marine ecosystems. Students will explore the fundamental physical processes linking changes in the ocean with changes in ecosystems. Once a foundation for understanding the biophysical impacts of climate variations is set, lectures will focus on the impacts of large-scale patterns of climate variability and climate change–including the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, the North Atlantic Oscillation, and human-caused global warming–on marine ecosystems. While the primary focus of the course will be climate impacts on ecosystems, students will also learn the basics of human-caused ocean acidification and its projected impacts on marine ecosystems. Case studies focused on tropical, temperate, upwelling, sub-arctic, and polar marine ecosystems will allow students to apply their understanding for fundamental processes of biophysical interactions to present-day concerns about future climate change impacts on marine ecosystems. Daily ecology vignettes will present a 5 -10 minute overview of the life history of a different marine animal so that by the end of the quarter students will have a collection of material describing a range of habitat requirements and sensitivities for different species that will enrich their understanding of the ecosystem case studies.

This course may count for EITHER your 3rd Physical World OR towards the Aquatic Ecology focus area.  You should make SURE this appears in DARS where you want it after you register.


Fish 420            Ecology of Marine Fishes (3)

Instructor: Tim Essington

Focuses on the unique ecological challenges facing marine fishes, including individual, population, community, and ecosystem-scale processes. Provides historical background in the study of marine fishes as well as an overview of the characteristics of marine environments.

Prereqs: Q SCI 381; one of Fish 312, Biol 356 or Ocean 430.

This course will have both an undergrad course (420) and a grad course (520).  The courses will be graded differently so that undergrads should not worry about being in a course with graduate students.

This course can count toward either the general ecology requirement OR upper div Fish credits in the AE focus area, but not both.


Fish 424            Biology and Culture of Aquatic Organisms: Sustainability and the Environment (5)

Instructor: Carolyn Friedman


This course will explore the concept of sustainability as it applies to the interrelationship between the environment, aquatic species (e.g. biology, health, nutrition) and the culture of aquatic animal and plant species on a global level.  Current practices of practical commercial production will be discussed, as will changes and understanding needed to improve the sustainability of aquaculture.  Key issues associated with the attainment of sustainability and successful culture for food production and species conservation will be the focus of the lectures.  These issues include aquatic and near-shore ecosystem conservation, relationship with fisheries, animal health, water quality, transfer regulations, culture practices, species selection, and others.

Will count in ABC (Animal Biol and Culture) and CM focus areas (Conservation and Mngmt).


Fish 444            Conservation Genetics (5)

Instructor: Kerry Naish

Course website:

Conservation measures are aimed at protecting the long-term survivability of a species in a changing environment – one that includes human beings. We will examine the role that genetic approaches play in meeting this goal.

The class will start by examining the underlying principles relevant to conservation genetics. We will then move onto the practices: methods of measuring genetic diversity in populations; identification of the units of biodiversity to which conservation efforts are directed; genetics and consequences of population fragmentation; genetic management of wild and captive populations; reintroduction of organisms back into the wild; the role of forensics in enforcement and development of recovery plans. We will examine current thought and practices in this constantly evolving field, and will draw from many well-known case studies in the region. Labs will include a laboratory-based molecular genetics study, computer analyses and participation in research activities in our local hatchery. Students should have completed Biol 220 or Intro to genetics course such as Genome 371 or Fish/Biol 340.

This course will count toward the ABC focus area.


Fish 447            River Ecology and Management (3)

Instructor: Bob Naiman,

Streams and rivers reflect the characteristics of watersheds and are at the core of effective watershed management.  The course explores factors that shape and maintain the basic ecological properties of rivers and then examines the consequences of human-induced changes at local to global scales. Theoretical concepts about river function are used as foundations for developing a regional knowledge of aquatic communities and associated riparian zones, with an emphasis on ‘natural’ systems. The course concludes by examining, and discussing, river focused approaches to watershed management.

This course is a redesign of content from Dr. Naiman’s Fish 447 and Fish/CFR 547 courses and will include select content from both.  There will not be a field component of this course.  Junior and senior undergraduate students should have taken courses with some ecology content (e.g., Fish 312, BIOL 356, ESRM 201) should do fine in the course.

This course may either fulfill the ecology requirement or count in either the conservation and management (CM) or aquatic ecology (AE) focus areas.  After registering, run a DARS audit and let Lin know if it’s not where you want it.


Fish/Q Sci 458   Fisheries Stock Assessment: Models for Conservation

Instructor: Bill Clark and Steven Hare

Course website:

This course will explore the use of models in the evaluation of alternative management policies for natural resources. The three major topics covered will be (1) modeling approaches, (2) fitting models to data and (3) evaluating alternative management policies.
The models to be covered include the following: Simple models of total numbers or biomass; delay difference models that implicitly include survival and growth; generation-generation models commonly used for insects and semelparous fish; age structured models (Leslie matrix); size structured models; models of predation and functional relationships; models of low density dynamics and extinction; spatial structure.
Fitting models to data will consider the following general topics: Sum of squares model fitting; probability distributions; maximum likelihood; likelihood profile; policy evaluation will consider: Monte-Carlo methods for forward projections and simulation analysis, feedback control policies, optimal harvesting management strategy evaluation and calculation of extinction risk.

Prereq: Q Sci 381 or other stats course, Fish/Q Sci 454 and the R Programming course in Autumn or equivalent.

This course counts toward the Conservation and Management Focus Area.  This is a challenging class with mostly graduate students, so you may want to speak with either the TA, Curry Cunningham ( or Tim Essington before enrolling.  Counts also toward the Q SCI minor.

Bill Clark recently retired from the International Pacific Halibut Commission, where he was the senior assessment scientist. He is an affiliate faculty member at SAFS and a member of the federal Bering Sea/Aleutians groundfish plan team.  Steven Hare obtained his Ph.D from UW in 1996, focusing on climate effects on salmon productivity.   Since then, he has worked for the International Pacific Halibut Commission in a variety of positions and currently conducts the halibut stock assessment.


Fish 475            Marine Mammalogy

Instructor: Glenn VanBlaricom

Course website:

Study how marine mammals survive in the cold, dark, deep, dense, salty and unbreathable sea.

-Learn how scientists assess population and trends, ecosystem relations and other marine mammal characteristics.

-Explore current management issues and vexing dilemmas fueled by quantitative uncertainty and conflicting cultural values.

Marine mammals display many unique evolutionary adaptations to life at sea. In marine mammalogy, we examine the fascinating extremes of ecology and evolution that characterize marine mammals. We also consider the realities of contemporary management and research on these often elusive and cryptic creatures.

The course is intended primarily for upper division (junior and senior) students in the natural sciences. Prior coursework in marine biology or oceanography is strongly recommended.  Course may count in all 3 focus areas.

Field trip dates: Saturday, April 16th (firm).  Sunday, May 22nd (tentative).


Fish 479            Research in Marine Biology (1-15 cr)

Limited to Marine Biology Minors.

Individual research on topics in marine biology. Research projects supervised by an individual faculty member. Projects may include laboratory work, fieldwork, and literature surveys. Prerequisite: BIOL 250/FISH 250/OCEAN 250; Q SCI 381.  Counts as the Integrative Experience for Marine Biology Minors.  For more info and the form:


Fish 493            Capstone Preparation (1, C/NC)

Instructor: Greg Jensen

This course is offered Spring and Autumn Quarters.  Will prepare late juniors and early seniors for the Capstone Project Experience.  Students thinking they might be starting capstone Summer or Autumn 2011 should sign up this Spring.  Course will help students identify capstone project opportunities, potential capstone sponsors, basics of writing a capstone proposal and funding request, and include attendance at capstone presentations of other SAFS students.

Format is the class will meet one hour every other week.  On alternative weeks, students will meet individually with Greg Jensen regarding their own projects.



Fish 494          Capstone I (3-9)

Fish 495          Capstone II (3)

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

*** Dr. Greg Jensen has taken over as 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 gjensen@u.  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), you will need to put a signed Capstone Contract into Greg’s mailbox in FSH 115.

For Fish 495, you 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 should be sure to sign up for the honors section of Fish 495 (B).


Fish 498 and 499 (Internship and Independent Research)

1-15 credits

Information and forms available at:

Up to 3 credits of Fish 498 or 499 can count toward your upper division FISH course requirement.

Please print forms, get signatures and bring to Lin (or put in Lin’s mailbox in FSH 115) in order to get an entry code.


Fish 530            Bioenergetics (4)

Instructor: David Beauchamp,

Modeling framework quantifying bioenergetics, including consumption, growth, nutrient recycling and contaminant bioaccumulation; links physiology and behavior of individual organisms to ecological processes within populations and aquatic food webs. Common applications include estimating predation, carrying capacity, or growth potential in different habitats. Recommended: regression course.

Undergrad JR and SR interested in this course should email the faculty member for permission.


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.


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


OTHER DEGREE REQUIREMENTS:  Remember that if you use a course for a requirement on the front of your degree requirements sheet, you may NOT use it again on the back.  Also, some courses may be used for more than one requirement.  You’ll have to pick which requirement you want to meet with that course.







For these categories, there are now lists on the SAFS webpage of acceptable courses at:

If you’re in the OLD curriculum, you’ll need to look here:

Additionally, I have found the following courses which will count in each of these areas, but if they’re not on the original list on the website, you’ll need to notify me that you’re taking the course for that requirement so I can program DARS to take the course in that section:


LAW, POLICY, or ETHICS (only students in the OLD curriculum need to complete the LPE requirement, but newer students will find these courses work well for “out-of-major I&S” or for general interest):

Envir 100        Environmental Studies: Interdisciplinary Foundations (5)

Envir/SMA 103  Society and the Oceans (5)

SMA 485         Pacific Tourism (3) Non-SMA students by permission of instructor,

Phil 240          Intro to Ethics (5) Not recommended for freshmen

Mgmt 200       Introduction to Law (5) No freshmen

SIS/Phys 216   Science and Society (5) Specifically for non-science and science majors.

Course website:

Other SMA courses would likely count but you must get permission of the SMA instructor to register for any of their 500 level courses.


ECONOMICS (only students in the OLD curriculum need to complete the Econ requirement, but newer students will find these courses work well for “out-of-major I&S” or for general interest):

Envir/Econ/ESRM 235             Intro to Environmental Economics (5) If Envir listing restricted, try Econ 235

ESRM 465       Economics of Conservation (3) heavily forestry-oriented.

Econ 200        Intro to Microeconomics (5)

Geog 123       Globalization (5)

Geog 208       Geography of the world Economy (5)

Geog 270       Geographies of International Development and Environmental Change (5)



Fish/Envir 330 Climate Change Impacts on Marine Ecosytems (5) see description above.  May only use here OR upper div., not both.

Atm S 211       Climate Change (5)

Geog 205       Physical Environment (5)

ESS/ENVIR 320            Changing Rivers of Puget Sound (5)



Fish 420          Ecology of Marine Fishes (3) – may only use here OR upper div, not both places.

Fish 447          River Ecology and Mngmt (3) – may only use here OR upper div, not both places.  See description above.

ESRM 201       Sustaining Pacific Northwest Ecosystems (5) (ESRM students only period one.)

ESRM 401       Spring comes to the Cascades (3) Restricted to majors period 1, but good chance of getting in if you talk with ESRM advisers in Anderson Hall.

Biol 480          Field Ecology (4)  Taught by Dee Boersma, Biology majors only period one.


Other courses may be petitioned by emailing your name, student number, the catalog description and the requirement for which you’d like to use the course to and you’ll hear back via email after your request is reviewed.




VLPA Options (students need to take any 10 credits of VLPA – here are some suggestions:

Clas 205         Bioscientific Vocabulary (3)

Com 220        Intro to Public Speaking (5) (Restricted to sophomores and jrs. Period 1 registration)

Engl 365         Literature and Discourse on the Environment (5)

SPHSC 100     Voice and Articulation Improvement (3)

When you’re in MyUW looking for a VLPA course, it’s possible to click on a link called something like “General Education Search” and JUST search for VLPA’s meeting at specific times and you can exclude any with prereqs or which require entry codes – and you’ll ONLY get classes which still have space.  Pretty cool.



Biol 180 – A reminder that Biol 180 no longer has a prerequisite, but in general, it’s better to have completed or at least registered concurrently into Chem 220 or 152, so that you can continue immediately into Biol 200, which does have a chemistry prerequisite.  It is better to take Biol 180 in spring (easier to get in, a SAFS instructor for ½ the quarter, fewer students) than waiting until Autumn.

Q SCI 292 – This course is NOT offered in Autumn Quarters, so if you need it and won’t be here summer, you should take it now.

Q Sci 381 –  SAFS students may take this required course any quarter, but Dr. Andre Punt has designed a Fisheries related section of this course for Winter quarters, so if you’re interested in that, you may want to wait if you’re a freshman or early sophomore.

Q SCI 483 – Statistical Regression in Ecology.  Prereq: Q SCI 482.

Being taught in Spring Quarter by our very own John Skalski.  Counts for the Q SCI minor.  If you need to take this for the Q SCI minor, it does conflict with FISH 310, but Biology is teaching their inverts course (Biol 434) in summer, which I will accept as a substitution for FISH 310.  Also, FHL does a summer inverts course.

Chem 221 – If you’re taking the Chem 120, 220 and 221 series, and you’re enrolled in Chem 220, you should take this course in spring.  It’s only offered once/year.

Physics 115 – If you’re currently enrolled in Physics 114, you should try to register for Physics 115 in spring.  It’s very hard to get back into the series if you take a quarter off.

SMA 485           Pacific Recreating and Tourism Issues (3)

Instructor: Marc Miller,

Examines how marine tourism links people to one another and to the environment. Utilizes concepts from cultural anthropology, sociology, political science, geography, ecology, conservation biology, and planning. Topics include: ecotourism, ethnic tourism, marine parks and protected area, fisheries, sustainable development, tourism ethics, and marine environmental education.

Non-SMA students should email professor for add code.  Include your preparation and what interests you about the course.

Course may be used for either Law, Policy or Ethics OR the Conservation and Management Focus area.  You’ll need to email Lin at to tell her where you’d like to use the course.


Other interesting Spring Options:

ESRM 250         Intro to GIS (5) Doesn’t count for a specific degree requirement, but an excellent knowledge set to add to your resume – employers like knowledge of GIS.

CEE 250            Environmental Pollution: Energy and Materials Balance (2)

Instructor: Michael Brett

Introduces the general concepts of environmental engineering and materials and energy balance within the context of local case studies, in particular the severe eutrophication and recovery, nitrogen loading and hypoxia/fish kills, and global climate change and its regional impacts on water resources and hydrologic cycles in the Pacific Northwest. Prerequisite: MATH 120.

Course doesn’t count for a degree requirement, but if you’re looking at getting a job at an environmental engineering or consulting firm, this info could be helpful.  Also, it’s a good way to get up to 12 credits if you’re enrolled in 2 heavy-duty lab courses.

Ocean 506A    Science and Technology Writing (3)

Instructor: Deborah Illman,

This course treats advanced forms of science and technology writing for upper division undergraduate and graduate students, and provides an opportunity for students to develop articles that may be considered for publication in Northwest Science & Technology online magazine.

We compare and contrast the structure of hard news feature to other forms of nonfiction articles that are used to present technical content to diverse audiences.  Specifically, we conduct an in-depth analysis of the narrative form and examine several award-winning examples. The course provides an overview of other genres, including profile and review.

Students research and write a news feature with narrative lead as well as an article using one of the other forms treated in the class; drafts are critiqued by classmates in writing clinics.

The ultimate goal is to master different structures and to be able to exercise deliberate selection and control of structure and style in science writing appropriate for the content, context, and communication goal. Students keep a writing journal throughout the quarter as a tool to develop ideas and techniques, and they learn to write a query letter-a specialized form of proposal used to present a story idea to an editor.

Prereq: Junior or senior status and permission of instructor.  Email requests for the entry code to the instructor, including a brief statement of current course of study, level, and previous writing/interviewing experience.

BIOL 433           Marine Ecology (5)

Instructor: Jenn Ruesink

Study of marine ecological processes such as recruitment, disturbance, competition, and predation, and their effects on the structure and diversity of marine communities. Weekend field trips to local intertidal habitats required. Prerequisite: either BIOL 356, BIOL 472, or a minimum grade of 3.4 in BIOL 180.  Priority to graduating seniors in marine biology minor (minors should contact Emily Beyer,  Entry codes KIN 516,  One weekend fieldtrip and up to 3 afternoon field trips required.

BIOL 446           Biology of Algae (3)

Instructor: Robert Waaland

Study of major algal groups emphasizing form, function, reproduction, distribution, biodiversity, and ecological roles in coastal, oceanic, and global ecosystems. Topics include classification, cellular and organismal features, phylogeny, and evolution of major algal groups. Emphasizes economically useful and ecologically important algae. Prerequisite: either BIOL 162 or BIOL 180.

May count toward Aquatic Ecology or ABC focus areas – contact Lin.  Also works for marine biology minor.

Restricted to Biology majors period 1 registration, but students pursuing the marine biology minor should contact Emily ( about getting registered during period 1.




The UW is offering a new interdisciplinary marine biology minor that connects courses in marine biology from Oceanography, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, and Biology including courses and apprenticeships at the Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island.  Students can petition to incorporate study abroad courses, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities to count for degree requirements.  Students also are encouraged to design research projects with faculty mentors for their integrative experience requirement.  Interested students should visit or email for more information.

From Emily Beyer, the Marine Biology Minor Adviser:

If you are thinking about adding the marine biology minor, please check out these great spring quarter courses that count toward minor requirements:

  • BIOL 180   Introductory Biology
  • Q SCI 381   Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • FISH  310    Biology of Fishes
  • FISH 312    Fisheries Ecology
  • FISH 330   Climate Change and the Marine Ecosystem
  • FISH 420   Ecology of Marine Fishes
  • FISH 424    Biology and Culture of Aquatic Organisms
  • FISH 475    Marine Mammalogy
  • OCEAN 220   Introduction of Field Oceanography
  • OCEAN 431   Special Topics in Biological Oceanography
  • BIOL 430    Marine Zoology at Friday Harbor Labs
  • BIOL 445  Marine Botany at Friday Harbor Labs
  • BIOL 433   Marine Ecology (contact asap)
  • BIOL 446   Biology of Algae (contact asap)
  • BIOL 451  Invertebrate Paleontology



SAFS honors students may enroll in UW honors classes in other departments.  More info about courses at:

(No more add codes for MOST honors courses!!)

Honors Biology (Biol 180) will still be add code restricted.   If you wish to enroll in the BIOL 180 seminar, please email Laura at  See website above for more info.

HONORS COURSE OF INTEREST (description at website above):

Ocean 220       Intro to Field Oceanography (3)

OCEAN 220 Introduction to Field Oceanography (3/5) NW Warner Design and conduct a field study in oceanography. Field trip required (usually during Spring break). Focus on active learning, deployment of instruments, data collection, interpretation, and presentation. Writing class. Prerequisite: either OCEAN 200, or OCEAN 250/BIOL 250/FISH/250; recommended: OCEAN 210.

Includes field trip during spring break.  Please email Michelle ( if you want to take the course.  It may be possible to take the course for honors credit.


Honors 222 A: Disaster Science: Interdisciplinary Exploration of Marine Oil Spills (NW)

Instructor: Robert Pavia (School of Marine Affairs),

“After catastrophic spills, when the acute effects of oiled beaches, polluted waterways, and dying wildlife are featured in all the media, there is public outcry and political interest, accompanied by calls for action, for more research, and for better prevention and control measures. Later, as acute effects fade, but longer-term and less obvious problems may continue, public interest-and with it political interest-fade. …” (National Research Council, 1994).
Over the past decade, there have been between 3,000 and 5,000 marine spill incidents annually. Marine oil spills are among the most visible and potentially damaging threats to fish and wildlife and their habitats, regional economies, and the people of a region in which a spill occurs. They can impact international relations, national energy policy, and even election outcomes, yet few people understand the scientific foundations of spills.

For more information, see honors course website above.

Remember, that ANY course can count as an honors course if you make an agreement with the faculty member teaching the course.  In general, it only makes sense to do this with courses that count for at least 3 credits.  For more information, check out:



Students can take some of the most popular online credit classes as part of their normal tuition load and pay an online fee of $350 per class. These select online courses are offered in a group-start format, which means students can interact with their classmates and complete the course during the quarter. Online courses help meet graduation requirements and provide a flexible option for students. Check out the spring quarter 2011 time schedule. Students register as they would for any other class using MyUW.

The following spring online courses feature the $350 fee and the group-start format:

COM 340: History of Mass Communication (I&S)
COM 440/POL S 461: Mass Media Law (I&S)
DANCE 100: Understanding Dance (VLPA)

ESRM 100: Introduction to Environmental Science (I&S/NW)
GEOG 102: World Regions (I&S)

GEOG/SIS 123: Introduction to Globalization (I&S)
LING 200: Introduction to Linguistic Thought (I&S/VLPA,QSR)

PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology (I&S)

PSYCH 202: Biopsychology (NW)

SOC 364: Women in the Social Structure (I&S)

SOC 371: Criminology (I&S)

STAT 311: Elements of Statistical Methods (NW/QSR)



Offered SUMMER 2011 –

Fish 497 – Pacific Salmon Management (5)

Instructor: Ray Hilborn,


This course will provide a comprehensive study of salmon management with a particular emphasis on the quantitative methods used in Alaska and in other jurisdictions for estimation of abundance,  run forecasting, and evaluation of harvest strategies.  Learning will take place through a combination of lectures, computer laboratories and field experience in data collection.  The centerpiece of the course will be the fishery for Bristol Bay sockeye salmon during the field season, and students will actively track the return of salmon to the fishing districts of Bristol Bay, and attempt to estimate the total return as the runs develop from the field data available to management staff.

To register – Permission of instructor, but students will ideally have courses in salmon biology and basic statistics.  Open to both upper division undergraduate and graduate students.

Logistics – The course will meet 7 days per week from 20 June until 10 July in at the Aleknagik field camp of the University of Washington near Dillingham Alaska.   Daily activities will include a mix of lectures and computer laboratories and students will engage in a range of field activities including counting salmon from towers, aerial surveys of salmon in streams and lakes, scale sampling of commercial catches and test fishing for salmon abundance.

Cost – Students will need to cover UW tuition.  Costs for room, board and transportation in Dillingham to the camp will be covered for the students, but transportation costs from Seattle to Dillingham are not guaranteed.  The Alaska Salmon Program will work individually with the students to see if transportation costs may be covered in other ways (if the students is hired as a technician to work after the course, on a grant, etc.)  Interested students should be in touch with Chris Boatright ( about covering transportation costs and if they have questions about the course.

Other courses of interest offered on campus in Summer 2011:

Biol 434 – Invertebrates, may be substituted for FISH 310

Fish 250 – required for the marine biology minor (field trips!!)

A heads up that I’ll be out of the office on Weds, Feb. 16th through Friday, Feb. 25th.  If you need help after the 16th, please contact either Emily Beyer ( or Michelle Townsend (  Besides that, I usually schedule appointments, M-F from 9-11:30 and 1-5pm.