Norris's commitment to interdisciplinary education is perhaps most fully realized in his Natural History Field Quarter courses, which often included poets. In an interview with Randall Jarrell for his oral history biography, Norris recalls purposefully selecting poets when reviewing student applications for the course. He states, "I had a wonderful poet, a really good poet. He was afraid because he was in the middle of all these damn scientists and was inhibited by them. But finally we got him relaxed, and he gave the most marvelous reports over that speaker system on the bus. He emerged as one of the real strengths on the whole trip" (39). Norris's Field Quarter was thus a space that actively practiced poetic science, one where the boundaries between the arts and sciences were effectively removed.