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Freshman Seminars

A Sense of Place: Discovering the Environment of St. Louis - Go exploring in and around St Louis. rivers, prairies, caves and more. You´ll learn about the St. Louis backyard, and your "home" for the next four years. Through field trips, readings, interviews and discussion, you´ll see first-hand what challenges face the environment and the people who live here.

The Tyson Seminar: Grounding Research in Nature - Join Washington University faculty on the Danforth campus and at the Tyson Research Center, the university´s "living landscape for environmental research and education," to explore and reflect on issues of environmental literacy. The topic of the relationship between humans and their environment is compellingly urgent at this time in history.

Focus: Missouri’s Natural Heritage - Missouri´s Natural Heritage is a multidisciplinary two-semester Freshman Focus course. The first semester of the sequence will focus on Missouri geology, climate, archaeology, and native megafauna. This will provide a foundation on which to examine the ecology, restoration, and management of our diverse habitats (prairie, forest, glade, and stream) and the biology of our diverse plant and animal wildlife (arthropods, mollusks, fish, salamanders, lizards, birds, and mammals) in the second semester. In addition to weekly lecture and discussion, students in this class will visit sites across the state during 3 weekend camping trips and a longer camping trip during winter break.