Promo image: winter quarter specials. No prerequisites, open to all.Now serving: environmental education! What knowledge are you hungry for? Forest conservation and management, or solving the climate crises? Exploration of the deep deep sea or prehistoric times? You can learn about all that and more this winter when you sign up for UW Environment classes. All of the courses below are still open and don’t require any prereqs.

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ATM S 100: Climate, justice and energy solutions

Presents visions of the future when the climate crisis is solved. Describes paths towards reaching these goals. Solutions include building a resilient society with clean energy, sustainable agriculture, climate justice, and a just transition for workers.

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ESS 100: Dinosaurs

Dig in to the biology, behavior, ecology, evolution, and extinction of dinosaurs, and a history of their exploration. With dinosaurs as focal point, this course will also introduce you to how hypotheses in geological and paleobiological science are formulated and tested.

  • 2 credits (NW)
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Faculty: Ruth Martin

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ESRM 101: Forests and society

Learn about the forest ecosystems of the world, history of forestry and forest conservation, how forest ecosystems function, wildlife in forests, environmental issues in forestry, forest management, economics and products, and new approaches to forest management.

  • 5 credits (I&S/NW)
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Faculty: Brian Harvey

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OCEAN 121: Deep Sea Exploration: Submarine Volcanoes and Novel Life Forms

Examine the dynamic marine processes that shape our planet and cutting-edge oceanographic technologies used to explore the deepest oceans. Includes imagery of rarely seen submarine volcanic eruptions, hot springs, and novel life forms highlighting the interconnected geological-biological processes creating the most extreme environments on Earth.

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