Level: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Biology or Biology AB and completion of or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry
This is a Zero Hour class. Transportation will not be provided.
Watershed class is ideal for students interested in research, field biology, or environmental science. This class provides students with a unique experience blending traditional class work with research and online studies. Students study issues in environmental science and ecology through the lens of a local watershed. Field techniques will be learned and practiced as students work closely with teachers and other local experts in evaluating the Kishwaukee River Watershed. Traditional environmental topics such as environmental systems and biodiversity, ethics and economics, environmental policy and sustainability, and soils and agriculture will form the backbone of this class with application of content within the community of Sycamore and DeKalb County.
Successful completion of this class will require the following criteria be met:
- Approximately 40 hours of summer field work evaluating chemical, biological, and physical aspects of the East Branch of the South Branch of the Kishwaukee River. Students will need to arrange for their own transportation to the field sites.
- Identification of a research question.
- Designing and performing the research necessary to answer the selected question.
- Presentation of research at the NIU Undergraduate Research Symposium and/or other presentations to community stakeholders.
- Completion of required class work.
- Attendance of up to four weekend field trips