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ENVS-030  Natural History of This Place We Inhabit

Understanding the bio-physical world we inhabitıvia experiential learning on field trips to localıhabitats. Minimum of 35 hours of field trips. Mayıbe repeated with different content, though countedıonly once toward the Environmental Studies majorıor minor.ı1 credit (EL)

ENVS-040  Community Service

Community activity helping with suchıenvironmentally-related programs as parks,ırecycling, land-use planning, green way clean-up,ıand marking of bicycle and walking paths. Minimumıof 35 hours of service. May be repeated withıdifferent content.ı1 credit (EL)

ENVS-090  Environmental Issues Forum

Reports and readings on contemporary environmentalıissues. Weekly discussions in small seminarıgroups. Required of all environmental studiesımajors and minors. May be repeated for credit.ı1 credit (EL)

ENVS-107  Energy & The Environment (also Listed As Phys 107)

Introduction to the concept of energy (kinetic,ıpotential, thermal) and the physical lawsıgoverning energy transformation. Forms of energyıconsumed by society (fossil fuels, nuclear power,ırenewable energy) and their impacts on theıenvironment (nuclear waste, global warming, airıpollution).ı3 credits (QR)

ENVS-201  Environmental Science

Study of how humans are altering the planet; howıscientific method is used to study the world;ıbasic concepts in environmental science; use ofıscience as a foundation to solve environmentalıproblems. Lecture and laboratory. $60 lab fee.ıOffered fall.ı4 credits (NW)

ENVS-203  Human Adaptive Strategies (also Listed As ANTH 203)

Social scientific findings and ways ofıunderstanding humanity's place in nature and ourıcurrent ecological predicament; causes andıconsequences (environmental, demographic,ıeconomic, political, and cultural) of humankind'sıtransition from food foraging to Neolithic andınowıindustrial adaptive strategies; scientific,ıpolicyıand cultural implications and aspects of theseıchanges and interactions through case studies atıglobal, regional and local scales. $60 lab fee.ıOffered spring. 4 credits. (IS or GP)

ENVS-230  Introduction To GIS

Geographical Information Systems concepts andıtechniques for creating maps and analyzing spatialıand attribute data. Emphasis on using GIS toıunderstand relationship between humans and theınatural environment. Lecture and lab.ıPrerequisite: MATH 140 or consent of instructor.ı3 credits (IS or QR)

ENVS-250  Environmental Sociology (also Listed As SOAN 250)

Relationship between social groups and natural andıhuman-built environment, human-inducedıenvironmental decline, sustainable alternatives,ıenvironmentalism as social movement, publicıenviromental opinion, environmental racism andıclassism. Social dimensions of built environmentıincluding urban sprawl, development, place, space,ıcommunity, and urban design.ı4 credits (IS)

ENVS-300  Topics In Environmental Policy

Analysis of public policy issues pertaining toıthe environment such as: pollution control, energyıproduction and conservation, greenhouse gasıemissions, ozone depletion, acid rain, riparianıarea preservation, land use planning, governmentıregulation versus free market environmentalism,ıEndangered Species Act. May be repeated as topicsıvary.ıPrerequisite: MATH 140 or ECON 210 or POLS 335 orıconsent of instructor.ı3 credits (IS, WI)

ENVS-304  Climate Change: Causes, Consequences, and Mitigation

Climate change and physical, chemical,ıecological,ısociological, and economic consequences. Analysisıof historical natural variations plus recentıanthropogenic causes. Examination of the roles ofıindividuals, organizations, and governments, plusıindustry, transportation, energy production, andıland conversions, initially in contributing toıthese changes as well as recent efforts to slowıthem down. Offered spring. 3 credits. (NW)

ENVS-360  Forest Ecology and Management

Basic principles of forest ecology with emphasisıon Pacific Northwest. Management of forests withıreference to ecological, political and economicıfactors. Lecture, laboratory and field trips. $60ılab fee. Prerequisites: 201 or BIOL 210; MATHı140. Offered spring even-numbered years.ı4 credits. (NW)

ENVS-380  Conservation Biology

Investigation into scientific, social, andıpolitical factors that affect species diversity.ıIncludes examination of population biology,ıecology, and evolution in relation to theıemergence, extinction, and preservation ofıspecifies. Explores the role of the scientist inısociety with consideration of the history ofıscience, the history of the environmentalımovement, environmental ethics, and politics.ıLecture and laboratory. $60 lab fee.ıPrerequisite: 201 or BIOL 210. Offered spring ofıodd-numbered years. 4 credits.

ENVS-385  Reserach Methods In Environmental Science

Examine basic principles in laboratory and fieldıresearch in environmental science. Developıproficiency in research designs in environmentalıscience in both the field and the lab. Buildıproficiency in data collection and analysisıthrough written and oral presentation ofıfindings.ıDevelop principles and basic skills necessary toıcriticize research literature. $60 fee.ıPrerequisites: 201 or BIOL 210/211; MATH 140;ıcompletion of science course with laboratoryıcomponent. 5 credits.

ENVS-439  Peer Instruction

Opportunity for outstanding students to assistıfaculty in the classroom and laboratory. May notıbe repeated for credit. Prerequisite: applicationıand consent of instructor. 3-4 credits. (S/U) (EL)

ENVS-440  Epidemiology

Introduction to epidemiology of disease. Acuteıand chronic diseases are discussed from ıpopulation point of view. Topics include modes ofıtransmission, outbreak investigation,ısurveillance of acute infections and chronicıdiseases, and microbial and environmental causes.ıPrerequisites: 201 or BIOL 210, MATH 140.ıOffered fall of odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

ENVS-450  Environmental Health

Study of the effects of water and air pollution,ıfood additives, pesticides, heavy metals, organicısolvents, mycotoxins, and radiation. Examinesıconcepts of toxicology, epidemiology, riskıassessment, safety control, and environmentalılaw. Prerequisite: 201 or BIOL 210. Offered fallıof even-numbered years. 3 credits. (IS or GP)

ENVS-480  Independent Study

Supplemental work in environmental study forıadvanced students with adequate preparation forıindependent work.ıNOTE: The Independent Study Petition must beıcompleted and approved before enrollment.ıPrerequisite: consent of instructor.ı1-5 credits

ENVS-485  Environmental Problem Solving Seminar

Analysis of case studies of attempts to resolveıenvironmental problems, followed by work byıstudent teams to resolve local environmentalıproblems. Lecture and lab. Prerequisites: 201, ıand 203 or 250, and MATH 140 or 340; seniorıstanding or consent of instructor.ı3 credits. (MWI)

ENVS-487  Internship

Opportunity to gain practical experience in anıorganization involved in environmental work.ıPrerequisite: consent of instructor.ı2-5 credits (EL)

ENVS-490  Independent Research Or Thesis

Field, laboratory, or library research on a topicıof interest to the student, requiring aısubstantial written report. For advanced,ıself-reliant students.ıPrerequisite: consent of instructor.ı2-5 credits

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