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Ecological Methods & Research
in Reptile Ecology

Information For
Reserving Your Enrollment

Summer 2018

Course Instructor:
Dr. Roger Anderson
Department of Biology
Western Washington University


408 & 409 Enrollment Info 2018

408 & 409 Enrollment Info 2018


Application Procedures

Request forms from Dr. Anderson


  • Fill in the medical data form.
  • Fill in the course request form.
  • Contact the Summer Session Office to verify procedures for submitting the deposit portion of the special course fees ($1200 out of $1502).  Try to submit the $1200 deposit to them as early as April 1, 2018; the deposit effectively ensures your enrollment. The total course costs (about $4644 for WA residents and about $5844 for non-residenbts) for this field research experience are low by any measure; just check “similar” experiences (but, remember, this is a unique research experience).
  • Send the two enclosed forms to Dr. Anderson; do this well before enrollment deadlines to receive priority of enrollment (preferably by April 30, 2018). Enrollment is limited, hence qualified students will be admitted in the order applications are received; submitting the enclosed application forms immediately is preferred; certainly February 2017 is timely.  
  • Call, fax, or e-mail Dr. Anderson by May 7, 2018 to be sure he received your materials.
  • Enroll by web, phone, or in person at Registrar’s Office in May (earlier the better) or June.
  1. If you would like to try for a student loan to help pay for Biol 408 & 409, summer 2018, do not delay.  There may be loans available to students in the summer, even if you have not yet filed your 2017-18 FAFSA.  Ask the Financial Aid Department at WWU as soon as you can about deadlines for original FAFSA paperwork (usually February for the next academic year) and/or FAFSA addendum paperwork for summer session.  Thus, at the earliest date permissible the applicant should file FAFSA paper work and/or a summer addendum to the paperwork with the Financial Aid Services Center  in the Financial Aid Department in Old Main 265 on campus (http://www.finaid.wwu.edu/client_services/ ) or at financialaid@wwu.edu, phone 650 3470.

Address to send application materials:
Dr. Roger Anderson
Biology Department
Biology Building 315
Western Washington University
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225-9160
Dr. Anderson’s phone:           360 650 3992  
Biology Department fax         360 650 3148
Dr. Anderson’s e-mail:           Roger.Anderson@wwu.edu

  • April 30, 2018: The date to ensure enrollment priority; all application materials should be submitted.
  • May 7, 2018:  Dr.Anderson will notify you that you have permission to enroll.
  • About May 7, 2018:  Matriculated WWU students enroll by web or phone.
  • About June 1, 2018: Non-matriculated students enroll.

Tuition for summer session courses are about $250 per credit for WA resident undergraduates, more for non-residents and graduates. Full payment ($4644 for WA residents, $5855 for non-residents) is due no later than the first week of July, but is recommended to be paid prior to June 18. Part of the $1200 deposit is considered a nonrefundable summer enrollment fee; it is $50. Note, however, that the $1200 deposit fee is designated as nonrefundable once class has begun (the funds will have been spent by then).  Please check the WWU summer session web site to obtain further details & to order a catalog.  Note that the $1200 deposit fee is for camping gear and supplies, and research supplies, equipment, and instrumentation and that special course fees also cover travel (includes renting vehicles & paying for gas), meals and ice for coolers (these costs are over $10 per student per day).  A credible, modern field research experience requires research-quality equipment and instrumentation.  Even though these summer field courses must pay-their-own-way, the costs are modest relative to other field courses. 


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