Extra Credit Instructions
Extra credit papers are due the same day as
required projects (see Syllabus).
Late extra credit papers will not be accepted.
Students may complete one
extra credit assignment during the quarter. Throughout the
quarter you will be notified via email of possible extra
credit opportunities such as seminars, lectures and
on-campus volunteer events. Note: These
opportunities may be limited during the summer term due to
the accelerated timeline and lesser frequency of these
Or you may do an Option # 3:
Environmental Service Project for extra credit. You
must follow the instructions for Option 3 below in order
to receive extra credit. If you attended an approved seminar,
please follow the seminar instructions below.
Approved seminars are advertised to the class if they are
available. A maximum of 0.2 points can be added to
your final grade for choosing this additional work.
Make sure that your email states that it is for the extra
Environmental Service Option
This option involves choosing a local environmental
organization/agency and volunteering (Volunteer
opportunities). You are required to work with
the organization during the entire scheduled work party
time (note that if the work party you attend is less than
2 hours you will need to volunteer two separate times to
fulfill your project requirements). After this day's work,
write a minimum of 2 completely full typewritten pages and
greater than 700 words of your written text, double
spaced, and 12 Times New Roman font about what you did and
why the organization/agency needed this work and how this
work contributes to our environment. Please include a
cover sheet with your name and student number. The 2
pages of your written text is the minimum to receive a
grade. These typewritten pages are to be your own words
and other material (photos, tables, reference section,
quoted material, etc.) do not count toward the page total.
Reports less than 2 pages can't receive any credit. Photos
of your activity will add credit, particularly if they
clearly explain what you did and how it helped the
environment with good captions.
Research of your own that helps explain the history and
environmental significance of your volunteer work is
required to receive an average grade. Quotes, ideas and
paraphrased material must have citations both in the body
of the text and in a references section. If you reference
any organizations or cite any information please include a
literature cited section (bibliography) at the end
referencing all your information sources (see below for
examples). Your report will be graded on
completeness, content, environmental impact, organization,
and writing (including English, grammar, spelling etc.) in
addition to your volunteer effort.
Completion of the service work option will also require
an email notification from the organization/agency that
you did in fact contribute at least one entire scheduled
work time and when that work was accomplished. Have this
email sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The volunteer
organization must indicate the number of hours you
worked. An incomplete volunteer shift will be given
less than full credit. Reports that do not meet the
minimum of 2 full pages of description of your project in
your words cannot receive any credit.
After the required project is done (either option 1, 2 or 3), Option 3 can be repeated for additional credit. Follow the same instructions as above and submit it as an extra credit when the required project is due by contacting email@example.com. A maximum of 0.2 points can be added to your final grade for choosing this additional work.
Remember to reference all of your sources and be careful
not to plagiarize (see plagiarism-policy.html
for a description of plagiarism and how to avoid
To see a list of volunteer organizations, click here.
Important note: Do not sign up for a volunteer event
and then not attend. Do let us know well in advance if
you will not be able to attend after signing up. Many
volunteer events will fill, and if you take up a spot
from another student in a full event if you don't then
attend. If you are a "no-show" 0.1 points will be
deducted from your final grade.
For the writing assignment, students must submit at least
2 pages of text describing the seminar and its core
themes. A simple reiteration of what the speaker(s)
said will garner 0.1 point of extra credit. In order
to earn 0.2 points of extra credit, students must choose
an aspect of the seminar to do some extra research on and
include discussion of this research in the writeup.
Keep in mind, this research does not need to be extensive
as the assignment is only 2 pages. The intent is for
students to show they have thought critically about some
aspect of the seminar and demonstrated it in their
research and writing. Be sure to cite any sources
that are used and feel free to include pictures, figures,
etc, but remember there needs to be at least 2 pages of