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 Black Capped Chickadee imageForm and Function in Nature: Art and Ornithology

Spring Quarter 2016

Biology 217 Introduction to Ornithology and Art 110 Drawing 1
Students must enroll in both courses for a total of 10 credits.

ART 110 Item 0324 Sec. BO
BIOL 217 Item 0784 Sec. AO

Scott Bailey, Art
Dr. Dan Stephens, Biology

Form and Function in Nature combines Biology 217 Introduction to Ornithology and Art 110 Drawing 1 into a ten-credit class that integrates art and science. This field-oriented learning community will help students develop a deeper appreciation of the natural history in and around the Wenatchee Valley.

Students will move between the lecture classroom, drawing studio, biology lab and field trips to prime bird-watching areas in the region. They will also keep field notebooks for observations about birds in the forms of writing, diagrams and drawings.

No drawing experience is necessary.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 to 5:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the WVC Course Finder.


 Northwest Nature Writing

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Northwest Nature Writing:
Integrating Northwest Environments and Writing

Summer Quarter 2016

Biology 127 Northwest Environments and English 135 Creative Writing 
  Students must enroll in both courses for a total of 10 credits.
5 credits of Natural Sciences lab and 5 credits of either Humanities or Elective Requirements.
Note that English 135 can be taken up to 3 times for a total of 15 credits.

Join northwest writer Derek Sheffield and noted northwest naturalist Dr. Dan Stephens for a unique learning experience.

The course will focus on various aspects of nature writing while in the field. The names and ecology of a number of plant and animal species will be learned and will provide the basis for writing assignments in poetry and fiction. The aesthetic and spiritual aspects of nature will also be discussed and written about. 

Fridays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Chicano Studies and Critical Analysis

La Familia mural imageCourses:
CHST 120 Identity and Culture, and ENGL 202 Critical Analysis*
Students must enroll in both courses for a total of 10 credits.
5 credits toward the Humanities requirement and 5 credits toward the Writing Skills requirement (with a grade of "C" or better).

Heather Ryan, English
Jaime Ramirez, Chicano Studies

This learning community focuses on critically investigating the production and consumption of Chicano/a forms of culture/identity through examining Chicano/a culture and identity. Students will interpret the Chicano/a culture primarily through literature, but also through theater, poetry, art, film and music. This learning community will also focus on the writing process of planning, revising and editing essays. Students will learn to respond to Chicano/a literature and poetry through writing expository/ argumentative responses. Additionally, students will also gain research and appropriate documentation skills.


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