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Environmental Studies

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ENVS-030  Natural History of This Place We Inhabit

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)

ENVS-040  Community Service

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)

ENVS-090  Environmental Issues Forum

Reports and readings on contemporary environmental issues. Weekly discussions in small seminar groups. May be repeated for credit. 1 credit. (EL)

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

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)

ENVS-180  Aquatic Chemistry: From The Basics to The Environment

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.

ENVS-201  Environmental Science

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)

ENVS-202  Environmental Governance

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)

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

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)

ENVS-230  Introduction to GIS

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)

ENVS-250  Environment, Society, and Culture (also Listed As SOAN 250)

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)

ENVS-300  Topics in Environmental Policy

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)

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

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)

ENVS-309  Spirituality & Care of The Earth (also Listed As RELS 306)

Examination of how people have conceived the relationship between humanity and the natural world, and how people have found religion in nature. Topics include historical, ethical, and philosophical questions, as well as contemporary environmental and ecological concerns. Selections may be drawn from Asian religions (Buddhist, Hindu, Daoist, Shinto, etc.), Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam), indigenous (native American, African) traditions, or other traditional or non-traditional selections. Opportunities for experiential learning and for students to articulate and evaluate their own perspectives. 4 credits. (UQ or GP)

ENVS-325  Environmental Law and Regulation

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.

ENVS-357  Environmental Communication and Advocacy (also Listed As JAMS 357 and COMM 357)

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, JAMS 150, TCCA 255, or consent of instructor. Offered spring. 4 credits.

ENVS-360  Forest Ecology and Management

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)

ENVS-380  Conservation Biology

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)

ENVS-439  Peer Instruction

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)

ENVS-440  Epidemiology (also Listed As HSCI 440)

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)

ENVS-450  Environmental Health

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)

ENVS-460  Senior Capstone I: Environmental Research Methods

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)

ENVS-470  Senior Capstone II: Environmental Project

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)

ENVS-480  Independent Study

Supplemental work in environmental study for advanced students with adequate preparation for independent work. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. 1-5 credits.

ENVS-487  Internship

Opportunity to gain practical experience in an organization involved in environmental work. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. 2-5 credits. (EL)

ENVS-490  Independent Research Or Thesis

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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