Sophomores, please read me: If you consider yourself a Sophomore in academic year 2021-22 and the IntroSems' VCA shows you in a different cohort (i.e., Frosh or Junior), please make a note of your correct cohort within your statement of interest. It is not possible to change the cohort field in the IntroSems' VCA, but the instructor will see your note when they build their class.
IntroSems quarters and schedules subject to change--check back often. Visit Re-Approaching Stanford for the latest updates on Academic Year 2021-22.
Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
Exploring the Critical Interface Between the Land and Monterey Bay: Elkhorn Slough
This seminar will be focused around Elkhorn Slough—a small, agriculturally impacted estuary that opens into Monterey Bay—as a model ecosystem for understanding the critical importance and complexity of estuaries. You will be exposed to the basics of biogeochemistry, microbiology, oceanography, ecology, pollution, and environmental management issues through presentations and interactive discussion. The seminar will include numerous field trips to various sites in the Slough, one of California's largest and last remaining coastal wetlands, and will emphasize material covered in Jane Caffrey's book Changes in a California Estuary: A Profile of Elkhorn Slough.