Environmental Studies Courses
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Understanding the bio-physical world we inhabit via experiential learning on field trips to local habitats. Minimum of 35 hours of field trips. May be repeated with different content, though counted only once toward the Environmental Studies major or minor. 1 credit. (EL)
Community activity helping with such environmentally-related programs as parks, recycling, land-use planning, green way clean-up, and marking of bicycle and walking paths. Minimum of 35 hours of service. May be repeated with different content. 1 credit. (EL)
Reports and readings on contemporary environmental issues. Weekly discussions in small seminar groups. May be repeated for credit. 1 credit. (EL)
Introduction to the concept of energy (kinetic, potential, thermal) and the physical laws governing energy transformation. Forms of energy consumed by society (fossil fuels, nuclear power, renewable energy) and their impacts on the environment (nuclear waste, global warming, air pollution). 3 credits. (QR)
Properties of water followed by equilibrium reactions, dissolved gases and solids, and pH variations. Chemistry of marine and freshwater environments along with water quality and treatment. Offered spring. 3 credits.
Study of how humans are altering the planet; how scientific method is used to study the world; basic concepts in environmental science; use of science as a foundation to solve environmental problems. Lecture and laboratory. $60 lab fee. Offered fall. 4 credits. (NW)
Introduction to historical and legal frameworks for addressing environmental issues as well as the common and emerging policy approaches by which communities, businesses, and governments make decisions relating to the environment. Investigation of the multidimensional nature of environmental problems and formulation of policy solutions considering the scientific, social and political context. Offered Fall. 4 credits. (IS)
Social scientific findings and ways of understanding humanity's place in nature and our current ecological predicament; causes and consequences (environmental, demographic, economic, political, and cultural) of humankind's transition from food foraging to Neolithic and now industrial adaptive strategies; scientific, policy and cultural implications and aspects of these changes and interactions through case studies at global, regional and local scales. $60 lab fee. 4 credits. (IS or GP)
Geographical Information Systems concepts and techniques for creating maps and analyzing spatial and attribute data. Emphasis on using GIS to understand relationship between humans and the natural environment. Lecture and lab. Prerequisite: BIOL 285 or MATH 140 or consent of instructor. 4 credits. (IS or QR)
Relationship between social groups and natural and human-built environment, human-induced environmental decline, sustainable alternatives, environmentalism as social movement, public environmental opinion, environmental racism and classism. Social dimensions of built environment including urban sprawl, development, place, space, community, and urban design. 4 credits. (IS)
Analysis of public policy issues pertaining to the environment such as: pollution control, energy production and conservation, greenhouse gas emissions, ozone depletion, acid rain, riparian area preservation, land use planning, government regulation versus free market environmentalism, Endangered Species Act. May be repeated as topics vary. Prerequisite: MATH 140 or ECON 210 or POLS 335 or consent of instructor. 3 credits. (IS)
Climate change and physical, chemical, ecological, sociological, and economic consequences. Analysis of historical natural variations plus recent anthropogenic causes. Examination of the roles of individuals, organizations, and governments, plus industry, transportation, energy production, and land conversions, initially in contributing to these changes as well as recent efforts to slow them down. Offered spring. 3 credits. (NW)
Focus on significant federal environmental environmental issues and controversies. Introduction of current trends in environmental regulation including devolution of federal authority and the increasing role of state and local governments in environmental law and policy. Prerequisite: 202. Offered Spring. 4 credits.
Investigates the challenges and methods for informing the public and engaging stakeholders in addressing environmental problems. Students practice a variety of communication and engagement techniques as well as create and critique environmental messages, public participation strategies and information dissemination styles for multiple audiences and purposes. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; one of ENVS 201, MSCM 150, TCCA 255, or consent of instructor. Offered spring. 4 credits.
Basic principles of forest ecology with emphasis on Pacific Northwest. Management of forests with reference to ecological, political and economic factors. Lecture, laboratory and field trips. $60 lab fee. Prerequisites: 201 or BIOL 210; BIOL 285 or MATH 140. Offered spring even-numbered years. 4 credits. (NW)
Investigation into scientific, social, and political factors that affect species diversity. Includes examination of population biology, ecology, and evolution in relation to the emergence, extinction, and preservation of species. Explores the role of the scientist in society with consideration of the history of science, the history of the environmental movement, environmental ethics, and politics. Lecture and laboratory. $60 lab fee. Prerequisite: 201 or BIOL 210. Offered spring of odd-numbered years. 4 credits. (NW)
Opportunity for outstanding students to assist faculty in the classroom and laboratory. May not be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: application and consent of instructor. 3-4 credits. (S/U) (EL)
Introduction to epidemiology of disease. Acute and chronic diseases are discussed from population point of view. Topics include modes of transmission, outbreak investigation, surveillance of acute infections and chronic diseases, and microbial and environmental causes. Prerequisites: 201 or BIOL 210; BIOL 285 or MATH 140. Offered fall of odd-numbered years. 3 credits. (QR)
Study of the effects of water and air pollution, food additives, pesticides, heavy metals, organic solvents, mycotoxins, and radiation. Examines concepts of toxicology, epidemiology, risk assessment, safety control, and environmental law. Prerequisite: 201 or BIOL 210. Offered fall of even-numbered years. 3 credits. (IS or GP)
Semester one in a two-semester capstone sequence. Begin work on a project with a community partner resulting in a site assessment. Examine basic principles in conducting research in environmental studies, both science and policy. Develop proficiency in research design, data collection and analysis, written and oral presentation of findings. Lecture and laboratory. $60 lab fee. Prerequisites: BIOL 285; senior standing. Offered fall. 4 credits. (MWI)
Second semester in a two-semester senior capstone sequence. A community-based course where students integrate science and policy and explore environmental issues in-depth. Students apply research, critical thinking and communication skills to complete the project begun in ENVS 460. Lecture and laboratory. $60 lab fee. Prerequisites: ENVS 460; senior standing. Offered spring. 4 credits. (MWI)
Supplemental work in environmental study for advanced students with adequate preparation for independent work. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. 1-5 credits.
Opportunity to gain practical experience in an organization involved in environmental work. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. 2-5 credits. (EL)
Field, laboratory, or library research on a topic of interest to the student, requiring a substantial written report. For advanced, self-reliant students. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. 2-5 credits.
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