5 credits – Dr. Kristi Straus and Dr. Yen-Chu Weng – Counts for I&S/NW and Env. Studies Core – Open to all majors. Great intro for Freshmen and Sophomores who are exploring environmental majors.
- Learn about contemporary environmental challenges and responses, including topics on climate change, biodiversity conservation, sustainability, and natural resource management.
- Recognize the complexity in environmental issues and our connections to these issues at multiple scales, from local to global. Participate in a dynamic and unique learning experience with an interdisciplinary teaching team.
- Practice environmental communication and critical thinking skills through peer engagement, iterative writing assignments, a team project, and a public poster presentation.
ENVIR 240: The Urban Farm
5 credits – Dr. Elizabeth Wheat – Counts for I&S/NW and Env. Studies Perspectives & Experiences – Open to all majors. Freshmen and Sophomores encouraged!
Terrific hands-on course in urban farming. Develop your understanding of urban and peri-urban farming practices and learn more about the UW Farm and food production techniques in urban settings.
- Gain a working knowledge of plants and soil growing techniques. Learn what soils are best suited for garden plants, get your hands dirty, learn about plant diseases and ecological approaches to pest control.
ENVIR 280: Natural History of the Puget Sound
5 credits – Tim Billo – Counts for I&S/NW and Env. Studies Perspectives & Experiences – Open to all majors.
- Explore and understand the landscape of Western Washington and the species that inhabit it. Take an integrated look at climate, geomorphology and vegetation through a natural and social science lens.
- Connect to nature and gain valuable hands-on field experience. Students will go on field trips to the Olympic Peninsula, Whidbey Island and the east slopes of the Cascades and identify indicator species for different habitats.
- Hone observation skills with weekly journaling and study of Washington habitats and species.
ENVIR 300: Analysis of Environmental Cases
3 credits – Dr. Elizabeth Wheat – Counts for I&S/NW – Pre-reqs: ENVIR 100, ENVIR 200, ENVIR 250.
- Use natural and social sciences to address environmental issues. Learn to use data to inform how environmental decisions are made.
- Review environmental cases. Dive deep into the sociocultural, socioeconomic and ecological contexts of environmental decisions and understand how and why facts can be critical in addressing environmental problems.