Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Advanced Wetland Ecology


 Department:    ENVC

 Course #:    327

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    030101

 EPC:    16B

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Wetland hydrology, biogeochemistry, and biological adaptations to wetland conditions. Including global wetland issues, wetlands and climate change, international management of wetlands, and human interface with wetland in different socio-economic settings. Course includes advanced wetland delineation.


Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the science, regulatory environment, and history of wetland management.
  2. Classify a wetland within North America.
  3. Quantify and evaluate the hydrology of wetlands.
  4. Measure and quantify critical biogeochemistry parameters of wetlands.
  5. Evaluate the successional development of a wetland.
  6. Understand and quantify ecosystem processes of coastal wetlands at various trophic levels.
  7. Understand and quantify ecosystem processes of inland wetlands at multiple trophic scales.
  8. Understand and communicate values and valudation measures of wetland ecosystems.
  9. Develop a wetland restoration plan.
  10. Assess competing land use values influencing the conservation and restoration efforts of wetlands.
  11. Measure and Quantify amphibian use of wetlands at different developmental stages.
  12. Measure and quantify wildlife habitat by Cowardin classes.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Wetland history, science and management.
  2. Wetland definitions.
  3. Wetland types and wetland resources of North America.
  4. Hydrology of wetlands.
  5. Biogeochemistry of wetlands.
  6. Biological adaptations to the wetland environment.
  7. Wetland ecosystem development.
  8. Coastal wetland ecosystems.
  9. Inland wetland ecosystems.
  10. Values and valuation of wetlands.
  11. Wetland management and protection.
  12. Wetland creation and restoration.
  13. Classification of wetlands.
  14. Competing landuse values and wetland restoration and conservation.
  15. Amphibian use of wetlands at different developmental stages.
  16. Quantify wildlife habitat by Cowardin classes.