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Name: Habeck, Sue
Credentials: B.A. Human Biology from Stanford University, M.A. Environmental,Population, and Organismic Biology from University of Colorado Boulder
Position: Instructor
Department: Biology
Office: Bldg. 15-132
Phone: 253.566.5060
Fax: 253.460.3959

Educational Philosophy

To inspire people to really learn and to think critically; to empower people to act upon their knowledge to help the community and planet. There are so many scientific issue of grave importance in the world today from Global Warming to toxins and medical issues so I want people to feel empowered to investigate the issues and act responsibly. Also, there are facinating, beautiful aspects to science that I wish to share with people to increase their joy.

Areas of Interest

-Education: helping people learn; inspiring people to use their education to help the community and planet.

- sustainablility: consciously working to reduce my environmental impactsfor the sake of other species and people; working towards equity between people;

- my doggies!


My family: I grew up in Missoula, Montana. My Dad was a Botany Professor at the University and after my brother and I were in High School (Sentinel HS), my mother taught 7th grade biology. My brother is an air quality program manager for MT State in Helena and his wife is an editor for Montana Magazine. They have twin boys. My husband is an aerospace Engineer working for Honeywell on site at Boeing Everett. His two kids are at WSU. My kids are my two big dogs and three cats.

I was an AFS exchange student to Potchestroom South Africa for the year of 1979.

I worked for the US Forest Service during my undergraduate summers doing forest research. I worked two summers for Alaska State Fish and Game doing salmon research on Prince of Wales Island 1984 & 85. My graduate research projects focused on wolves in Glacier Park and porcupine feeding behavior in Colorado. While in graduate school I was a Teaching Assistant (TA) and loved it. I then taught one semester at Red Rocks Community College in Denver and that inspired me to switch my focus from wildlife research/management to teaching. I started teaching full time for TCC right out of graduate school, Fall of 1990. I'd hoped to move back to Alaska but love this school so much I've stayed!

Class Schedule

No classes have been assigned to this instructor for this quarter.

Office Hours

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Courses Taught

  • BIOL 140 Marine Biology (5 credit hour(s))
  • BOT 101 General Botany (5 credit hour(s))
  • BIOL& 100 Survey of Biology (5 credit hour(s))
  • BIOL& 221 Introduction to Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity (5 credit hour(s))
  • ENVS& 101 Introduction to Environmental Science (5 credit hour(s))

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