These introductory courses offered through the College of the Environment are a great way to explore majors in the College or round-out your schedule with an engaging elective!


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Featured courses

Introduction to Geology & Societal Impacts

ESS 101 (5 credits, NW/I&S)
Instructor: Terry Swanson

An introduction to the processes, materials and structures that shape Earth, and the relationship between human societies and geologic processes, hazards and resources. This is a great course for students looking for an introduction to earth sciences, and features a variety of field trips.

Sustainable Choices

ENVIR 239 (3 or 5 credits, NW/I&S)
Instructor: Kristi Straus

Examine personal and global aspects of sustainability through issues such as smart growth, environmental and natural building, green businesses and energy, ecotourism, and international policy. Great course for students interested in making a impact on the environment.

Wildlife Conservation in Northwest Ecosystems

ESRM 459 (3 credits, NW)
Instructors: John MarzluffAaron Wirsing

Extended field course offers wildlife science students personal interactions with wildlife managers and wildlife populations in strategic public and private lands in the northwestern U.S. and southern Canada. Read, watch and listen to a fantastic story from a recent trip to Yellowstone National Park.

Space and Space Travel

ESS 102 (5 credits, I&S/NW, W optional)
Instructor: Erika Harnett

Explores the sun, solar storms, observations from space and from Earth; Earth’s space environment, radiation belts and hazards, plasma storms and auroras, rockets and propulsion, human exploration efforts, societal impact, planetary systems and resources, and project highlighting space and its exploration.

EarthGames Studio

ATM S 495 (2-6 credits, max. 15 credits)
Instructor: Dargan Frierson

Students will work in teams to create their own video games or interactive digital experience relating to climate change or other pressing environmental issues.

 

 

Learning from the ground up ESS Field Camp Story

ESS 400 Field Geology (12 credits, NW)

ESS 400 (2-6 credits, max. 15 credits)
Instructor: Alexis Licht

Six weeks of geologic mapping in a variety of rock types in the Western United States. Enhances students’ knowledge of geologic phenomena and processes. Development of skills in mapping, field interpretation, and report writing.


Autumn quarter courses

Marine Biology

FISH/OCEAN/BIOL 250 B or D (3 or 5 credits, NW/I&S)
Instructor: Carolyn Friedman

Weather

ATM S 101 (5 credits, NW)
Instructor: Cliff Mass

Global Warming

ATM S 111 (5 credits, I&S/NW)
Instructor: Dargan Frierson

Climate Change

ATM S 211 (5 credits, I&S/NW)
Instructor: Becky Suess

Exploring Atmospheric Sciences

ATM S 220 (1 credit, NW)
Instructor: varies

Intro to Environmental Studies

ENVIR 100 (5 credits, I&S/NW)
Instructors: Beth Wheat

Food and the Environment

ENV 110 (5 credits, I&S/NW)
Instructor: Ray Hilborn

Sustainable Choices

ENVIR 239 (3 or 5 credits, I&S/NW)
Instructor: Kristi Straus

Intro to Environmental Science

ESRM 100 (5 credits, I&S/NW, online course)
Instructor: Robert Harrison

Forests and society

ESRM 101 (5 credits, I&S/NW)
Instructor: Kristina Vogt

Wildlife in the modern world

ESRM 150 (5 credits, I&S/NW)
Instructor: Laura Prugh

Sustaining Pacific Northwest ecosystems

ESRM 201 (5 credits, I&S/NW)
Instructor: David Butman

Marketing and management from a sustainability perspective

ESRM 320 (5 credits, I&S/NW)
Instructor: Dorothy Paun

Intro to Geological Sciences

ESS 101 (5 credits, NW)
Instructor: Terry Swanson

Space and Space Travel

ESS 102 (5 credits, I&S/NW, W optional)
Instructor: Erika Harnett

Living with Volcanoes

ESS 106 (3 credits, I&S/NW)
Instructor: Michael Harrell

Oceanography of the Pacific Northwest

OCEAN 101 (5 credits, NW)
Instructor: Mikelle Nuwer

Introduction to Oceanography

OCEAN 200 (3 credits, NW – For transfer students only, meets Sept 11-22 9-3:30)
Instructor: Rick Keil

 


Winter quarter courses

Water and Society

FISH 101 (5 credits, I&S/NW)

Weather

ATM S 101 (5 credits, NW)
Instructor: Gregory Hakim

Global Warming

ATM S 111 (5 credits, I&S/NW)
Instructor: Abigail Swann

Climate Change

ATM S 211 (5 credits, I&S/NW)

Exploring the Atmospheric Sciences

ATM S 220 (1 credit, NW)

Dinosaurs

ESS 100 (2 credits, NW)
Instructor: Ruth Martin

Intro to Geological Sciences

ESS 101 (5 credits, NW)
Instructor: Terry Swanson

Space and Space Travel

ESS 102 (5 credits, I&S/NW, W optional)
Instructor: Erika Harnett

Living with Volcanoes

ESS 106 (3 credits, I&S/NW)
Instructor: Michael Harrell

Introduction to Astrobiology

ESS/OCEAN/ASTBIO/ASTR/BIOL/ 115 (5 credits, NW)

Earthquakes

ESS 202 (5 credits, I&S/NW)
Instructor: Carl Watkins Ulberg

Glaciers and Global Change

ESS 203 (5 credits, I&S/NW)
Instructor: Edwin Waddington

Intro to Environmental Studies

ENVIR 100 (5 credits, I&S/NW)
Instructors:  Beth Wheat

Sustainable Choices

ENVIR 239 (3 or 5 credits, I&S/NW)
Instructor: Kristi Straus

Intro to Environmental Science

ESRM 100 (5 credits, I&S/NW, online course)
Instructor: Robert Harrison

Society and Sustainable Environments

ESRM 200 (5 credits, I&S/NW)

Sustainability Seminar

ESRM 300 (2 credits, Credit/No Credit only, I&S/NW)
Instructor: Phil Levin

The Changing Oceans

OCEAN 102 (5 credits, I&S/NW)
Instructor: Mikelle Nuwer

Deep Sea Vents

OCEAN 121 (2 credits, NW)
Instructor: Deborah Kelley


Spring quarter courses and seminars

Hurricane Science

ATM S 103 (3 credits, I&S/NW)

Global Warming

ATM S 111 (5 credits, I&S/NW)

Climate Change

ATM S 211 (5 credits, I&S/NW)

Exploring the Atmospheric Sciences

ATM S 220 (1 credit, NW)

Intro to Geological Sciences

ESS 101 (5 credits, NW)
Instructor: Terry Swanson

Space and Space Travel

ESS 102 (5 credits, I&S/NW, W optional)
Instructor: Erika Harnett

Prehistoric Life

ESS 104 (3 credits, NW)

Living with Volcanoes

ESS 106 (3 credits, I&S/NW)
Instructor: Michael Harrell

Intro to Environmental Studies

ENVIR 100 (5 credits, I&S/NW)
Instructors:  Beth Wheat

Bioresource Science Seminar

BSE 150 (1 credit)
Instructor: Michelle Trudeau

Forests and society

ESRM 101 (5 credits, I&S/NW)
Instructor: Kristina Vogt

Society and Sustainable Environments

ESRM 200 (5 credits, I&S/NW)

Environmental Science and Resource Management Seminar

ESRM 429 (1 credit)

Wildlife Seminar

ESRM 455 (1 credit)
Instructor: John Marzluff

Introduction to Oceanography

OCEAN 200 (3 credits, NW – For transfer students only, meets Sept 11-22 9-3:30)
Instructor: Paul Quay