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ENVIR 100 Environmental Studies: Interdisciplinary Foundations (5) I&S/NW T. BILLO, K. STRAUS, Y. WENG, E. WHEAT
Introduces environmental studies through interdisciplinary examination of the ethical, political, social, and scientific dimensions of current and historical environmental issues. Integrates material from different disciplines, and applies insights and methods to actual problems and situations at scales from the local to the global. Offered: AWSp.
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ENVIR 103 Society and the Oceans (5) I&S/NW
Explores the social and policy dimensions of the ocean environment and ocean management policy. Pays attention to how human values, institutions, culture, and history shape environmental issues and policy responses. Examines case studies and influential frameworks, such as the ocean as "tragedy of the commons." Offered: jointly with JSIS B 103/SMEA 103.
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ENVIR 200 Environmental Studies: Communication and Information (5) VLPA/I&S E. SCHAUMBERG
A practical course for developing the skills necessary to engage, analyze, write, and speak about complex environmental issues in a variety of disciplinary contexts with particular values and emphases. Focus on reading, writing, presentation, and critical analysis of written material. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in ENVIR 100; minimum grade of 2.0 in either C LIT 240, ENGL 109 and ENGL 110; ENGL 111, ENGL 121, ENGL 131, ENGL 197, ENGL 198, ENGL 199, ENGL 281, ENGL 297, ENGL 298, or ENGL 299. Offered: AWSp.
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Explores strengths and limitations of diverse modeling approaches, and strategies for using models in quantitative critical analysis of past, current and future conditions in terrestrial and marine environments. Focus on active learning use of models to ask and answer questions about biotic and abiotic environmental processes, management strategies and policy decision-making. Offered: jointly with Q SCI 210.
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ENVIR 211 Environmental Justice (5) I&S D. PENA
Examines introductory studies of environmental racism and ecological injustice in the United States and select areas of the world. Reviews environmental justice theories and methods applied to risk science, ecosystem management, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable development. Includes comparative studies of social movements for "eco-justice." Offered: jointly with AES 211/ANTH 211.
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ENVIR 221 Environmental History of the U.S. (5) I&S L. NASH
Surveys the relationship between nature and human history, including the impact of the non-human environment on American history and the environmental effects of colonization, urbanization, and consumerism; the cultural construction of nature in different eras and its social implications; the sources and limits of modern environmental politics. Offered: jointly with HSTAA 221; A.
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ENVIR 235 Introduction to Environmental Economics (5) I&S/NW S. RABOTYAGOV
Introduces environmental and natural resource economics. Discusses fundamental economic concepts, including markets and private property. Includes basic tools used in the economic assessment of environmental problems and applies these methods to key environmental issues. Offered: jointly with ECON 235/ESRM 235; Sp.
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ENVIR 239 Sustainability: Personal Choices, Broad Impacts (3-5) I&S/NW K. STRAUS
Presents frameworks of sustainability via exploration of key pillars of sustainability, the history of sustainability movements, and sustainability in action. Students examine personal and global aspects of sustainability through issues such as smart growth, environmental and natural building, green business and energy, ecotourism, and international policy. Offered: Sp.
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ENVIR 240 The Urban Farm (5) NW E. WHEAT
Develops students' understanding the ecological connections between food production, human health, and planetary sustainability. Teaches basic skills needed for food production in urban areas and the ethics behind sustainable urban agriculture, including a hands-on component on the farm at the biology greenhouse. Offered: Sp.
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ENVIR 243 Environmental Ethics (5) VLPA/I&S L. NICHOLS
Focuses on some of the philosophical questions that arise in connection with environmental studies. Topics to be considered include: the ideological roots of current issues, values and the natural world, public policy and risk assessment, intergenerational justice, and social change. Offered: jointly with PHIL 243.
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ENVIR 250 Environmental Studies: Data Types and Collection Methods (5) NW, QSR T. BILLO, K. STRAUS, Y. WENG, E. WHEAT
Introduction to the diversity of methods for collecting and analyzing data used to understand complex environmental issues. Case studies help to illustrate research design processes, and introduce key methods of data collection and analysis relevant to the problem. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in ENVIR 100. Offered: AW.
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ENVIR 280 Natural History: Knowing Our Non-Human Neighbors (5) NW T. BILLO
Introduces natural history, the observation and representation of nature, at biological scales from organisms to landscapes. Emphasizes the natural history of the Pacific Northwest. Offered: Sp.
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ENVIR 296 Study Abroad - Environmental Studies (1-15, max. 15)
Environmental studies course taken through an approved study abroad program, for which there are no direct UW equivalents. Credit does not apply to major requirements without approval.
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ENVIR 300 Environmental Studies: Synthesis and Application (5) I&S/NW T. BILLO, L. NICHOLS, K. STRAUS, Y. WENG, E. WHEAT
Synthesis and application of natural and social science disciplines to environmental issues in specific, place-based case studies. Cases illustrate design of environmental policies, analysis of complex environmental problems, and the entanglement of facts and values in environmental decision-making. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in ENVIR 200 and ENVIR 250; recommended: ENVIR major foundational courses. Offered: Sp.
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ENVIR 313 Environmental Earth Science (5) NW
Analysis of geologic constraints upon human activity and the environmental consequences of such activity. Topics include hillslope processes, fluvial and groundwater processes, earthquake and volcanic hazards, and environmental aspects of deforestation and atmospheric pollution. Prerequisite: either ESS 101, ESS 105, ESS 210, ESS 211. Offered: jointly with ESS 315.
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ENVIR 330 Climate Change Impacts on Marine Ecosystems (5) NW
Links the physics of climate to marine ecosystem processes, exploring both observed climate impacts from the past and projected ecosystem changes due to human-caused climate change in the future. Case studies include polar, sub-arctic, temperate, tropical, and upwelling ecosystems, and ocean-acidification and its projected impacts. Required: high school or college physics and algebra with a basic understanding of Newton's Laws and the ability to comprehend and construct vector diagrams. Offered: jointly with FISH 330; Sp.
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ENVIR 341 Energy and Environment (3) NW
Energy use. Fossil energy conversion. Oil, gas, coal resources. Air impacts. Nuclear energy principles, reactors, fuel cycle. Prerequisite: either MATH 112, MATH 124, or Q SCI 291; either CHEM 120, CHEM 142, CHEM 144, PHYS 114, or PHYS 121. Offered: jointly with CHEM E 341/M E 341; A.
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ENVIR 350 Internship (1-5, max. 15)
Fieldwork, coursework, or other learning experience conducted off-campus, but supervised by UW faculty. Credit/no-credit only.
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ENVIR 360 Environmental Norms in International Politics (5) I&S Ingebritsen
Surveys development of international environmental consciousness from 1960s to present. Models of "green development"; ways in which norms for resource use have entered global politics. Patterns of state compliance with international environmental agreements, and why states fall short of meeting their international obligations. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 350/SCAND 350.
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ENVIR 362 Introduction to Restoration Ecology (5) I&S/NW J. BAKKER
An introduction to ecological restoration of damaged ecosystems. Examines the philosophical base of restoration as well as the social, biological, and political forces that impact the success of any restoration project. Includes lectures, readings, case studies, and field trips. Offered: jointly with ESRM 362; A.
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ENVIR 371 Anthropology of Development (5) I&S
Development refers to social, economic, cultural, political transformations viewed as progress. Studied from anthropological perspectives. Historical, social context for emergence of ideas of development. Role of development in promoting national cultures. Impact of development on individual citizenship, families, rural-urban relations, workers, business, environment. Prerequisite: one 200-level ANTH course. Offered: jointly with ANTH 371.
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ENVIR 379 Environmental Sociology (5) I&S/NW S. ASAH
Social processes by which environmental conditions are transformed into environmental problems; scientific claims, popularization of science, issue-framing, problem-amplification, economic opportunism, and institutional sponsorship. Examination of social constructs such as ecosystem, community, and free-market economy. Use of human ecology to assess whether the current framing of environmental problems promotes ecological adaptability. Offered: jointly with ESRM 371/SOC 379; A.
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ENVIR 384 Global Environmental Politics (5) I&S K. LITFIN
Examines the globalization of environmental problems, including climate change, ozone depletion, and loss of biodiversity, as well as the globalization of political responses to these problems within the framework of globalization as set of interlinked economic, technological, cultural, and political processes. Offered: jointly with POL S 384.
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ENVIR 385 Political Ecology of the World Food System (5) I&S/NW K. LITFIN
Investigates the intersection of globalization and food politics, the pivotal role of petroleum in the world food system, and the commodity chains for some foods. Includes an optional service learning component. Offered: jointly with POL S 385.
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ENVIR 410 Growing Stuff: Ecology, Economy, and Culture of Resource-Production Ecosystems (5) I&S S. HARRELL
Examines the connections between ecological, economic, and cultural aspects of local ecosystems that produce natural resources, through three case studies involving reading, writing, class discussion, and three required Saturday or weekend field trips. Case studies may include forest products, seafood, dairy products, biofuels, orchard crops, or others. Recommended: ENVIR 350; either ANTH 210 or ESRM 201. Offered: jointly with ANTH 410/ESRM 405.
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ENVIR 415 Sustainability and Design for Environment (3) Cooper
Analysis and design of technology systems within the context of the environment, economy, and society. Applies the concepts of resource conservation, pollution prevention, life cycle assessment, and extended product responsibility. Examines the practice, opportunities, and role of engineering, management, and public policy. Offered: jointly with CEE 495/M E 415.
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ENVIR 416 Ethics and Climate Change (5) I&S S. GARDINER, L. NICHOLS
Critical examination of the ethical issues surrounding climate change. Prerequisite: either one philosophy or one environmental studies course. Offered: jointly with PHIL 416.
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ENVIR 417 Advanced Topics in Environmental Philosophy (5) I&S S. GARDINER
Critical examination of issues in environmental philosophy. Topics vary. Prerequisite: one philosophy course. Offered: jointly with PHIL 417.
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ENVIR 418 Communications and the Environment (5) I&S
Examines the role of mass media in the resolution of environmental problems. Topics include strengths and weaknesses of media coverage, use of media by environmental groups and government agencies, media effects on public opinion, and mass communication and social movements. Offered: jointly with COM 418.
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ENVIR 433 Environmental Degradation in the Tropics (5) I&S/NW Christie
Considers theories and controversies of environmental degradation in the tropics, ecological and social case studies of Central American rain forests and Southeast Asian coral reefs, and implications of environmental management techniques. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 433/SMEA 433.
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ENVIR 439 Attaining a Sustainable Society (3) I&S/NW E. WHEAT
Discusses diverse environmental issues, the importance of all areas of scholarship to evaluating environmental challenges, and the connections between the past and the future, to reveal integrative approaches to protect the long-term interests of human society. Offered: W.
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ENVIR 440 Environmental Pedagogy (3) I&S/NW
Introduces the art of teaching in non-traditional settings. Designed to help students become effective environmental educators such as park naturalists, interpretive guides, or urban garden educators. Students learn pedagogical philosophy and gain stills to become more effective environmental educators.
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ENVIR 459 Culture, Ecology, and Politics (5) I&S D. PENA
Critical studies of class, gender and race differences in environmental politics. The political-economic dimensions of ecological change. Contemporary environmental movements including the varieties of bioregionalism, deep ecology, ecofeminism, ecosocialism, environmental justice, and social ecology. Offered: jointly with ANTH 459.
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ENVIR 460 Power, Privilege, and Preservation (5) I&S/NW, DIV
Critically examines strategies of resource managers to integrate local communities and cultures in protected areas management. Explores issues of power, privilege, and injustice and their impacts on individuals, society, and resource management decisions. Examines the potential for more socially just and ecologically sustainable approaches to protected areas management. Offered: A.
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ENVIR 476 Introduction to Environmental Law and Process (3) I&S Bryant
Use and application of key statutes in marine living resources management. Overview of administrative law and process. Basic legal research, reading, and briefing selected judicial opinions. Participatory case study component. Designed for non-law graduate and advanced undergraduate students. Offered: jointly with SMEA 476; A.
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ENVIR 478 Topics in Sustainable Fisheries (3, max. 9) I&S/NW
Seminar series featuring local, national, and internationally known speakers in fisheries management and conservation. Conservation/restoration in practice. Pre-seminar discussion section focusing on select readings. Topics may include harvest management, whaling, by-catch, salmon, marine protected areas, introduced species, citizen action, co-management, and marine ethics. Offered: jointly with BIOL 478/FISH 478.
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ENVIR 480 Sustainability Studio (5, max. 10)
Exploration of definitions and critical concepts of sustainability and analysis of sustainability practices on the UW campus. Student research teams analyze specific sustainability practices related to food, water, energy, and climate, among other topics. Sustainability project topic focus is different each quarter. Offered: AWSp.
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ENVIR 485 Environmental Planning and Permitting in Practice (5) I&S T. WILDERMUTH
Advanced survey of environmental planning and permitting as encountered by environmental and natural resource professionals in Washington State and beyond. Focuses on Washington State acts (SEPA, SMA, GMA) and Federal systems (NEPA, CWA ESA) that shape environmental land use planning and federal planning and permitting systems Offered: W.
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ENVIR 489 Peer Teaching Assistants in Environmental Studies (1-5, max. 10)
Develops and enhances teaching skills through supervised direct teaching experience. Prepares students for graduate school teaching or other teaching by developing leadership, mentoring, and communication skills. Includes attending lectures and weekly preparation sessions, directed discussions with faculty and TAs, and teaching course lab, field, or discussion sections. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.
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ENVIR 490 Pre-Capstone Seminar (2) P. MCDONALD
Critique readings on environmental education and applied environmental work. Define a capstone experience based on personal interests and skills and complete a learning contract and a contextual bibliography for ENVIR 491. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in ENVIR 300. Offered: ASp.
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ENVIR 491 Capstone Experience ([1-12]-, max. 12)
Capstone experiences, arranged during ENVIR 490, may include internships and other applied environmental work, directed research on environmental topics, or team efforts. Prerequisite: ENVIR 490. Offered: AWSpS.
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ENVIR 492 Post-Capstone Seminar (-3) P. MCDONALD
Build writing skills around course readings and discussion. Complete three final products: a capstone analysis paper summarizing and contextualizing work in ENVIR 491; an integrative essay reflecting on personal education; and a formal capstone presentation. Prerequisite: ENVIR 491. Offered: ASp.
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ENVIR 495 Advanced Topics in Environmental Studies (1-5, max. 15)
Advanced topics in environmental studies. Offered: AWSpS.
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ENVIR 496 Study Abroad - Advanced Environmental Studies (1-15, max. 15)
Environmental studies course taken through an approved study abroad program for which there are no direct UW equivalents. Credit does not apply to major requirements without approval.
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ENVIR 497 Seminar in Environmental Studies (1-3, max. 6)
Intensive and advanced reading and discussion of selected works in interdisciplinary environmental studies. Topics vary. Credit/no-credit only.
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ENVIR 498 Independent Study (1-5, max. 15)
Independent reading and/or research. Limited to majors and minors in Environmental Studies.
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ENVIR 499 Undergraduate Research (1-15, max. 15)
Undergraduate research in environmental studies. Offered: AWSpS.
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ENVIR 500 Graduate Seminar in Environmental Studies (1-5, max. 15)
Exploration of interdisciplinary themes in environmental science communication. Topics vary.
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ENVIR 501 Graduate Seminar in Environmental Management (1-5, max. 15)
Addresses a contemporary interdisciplinary issue in environmental management by integrating the perspectives and theories of science/technology, public policy, and business. Format emphasizes interactive, hands-on approaches to problem solving, with visiting lectures by academic and/or external practitioners.
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ENVIR 502 Business Strategy and the Natural Environment (4)
Applies economic and business principles (marketing, accounting, operations) to understand interactions between business and the natural environment and how environmental issues influence business strategy. Theory and case studies explore strategies that both respond to and seek competitive advantage from firms' interactions with the environment.
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ENVIR 511 Environmental Management - Keystone Project I (4)
First in a two-quarter, project-base course in which graduate students in the Environmental Management Certificate work in teams of an environmental problem for a government, business, or non-profit organization. Keystone projects address a range of issues in environmental management, and integrate aspects of science, policy, and business. Offered: A.
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ENVIR 512 Environmental Management - Keystone Project II (4)
Second in a two-quarter, project-base course in which graduate students in the Environmental Management Certificate work in teams of an environmental problem for a government, business, or non-profit organization. Keystone projects address a range of issues in environmental management, and integrate aspects of science, policy, and business. Prerequisite: ENVIR 511. Offered: W.
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ENVIR 550 Global Commercialization of Sustainable Technologies (4)
Students work on faculty-supervised interdisciplinary teams (with students from business, sciences/engineering, and public policy) to develop business plans for commercializing environmentally friendly technologies around the world. The projects involve collaborating with EPA's Environmental Technology Commercialization Center, with Battelle Labs, and with Puget Sound businesses. Offered: jointly with B BUS 550.
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ENVIR 585 Climate Impacts on the Pacific Northwest (4) Mantua, Snover
Knowledge of past/future patterns of climate to improve Pacific Northwest resource management. Topics include the predictability of natural/human-caused climate changes; past societal reactions to climate impacts on water, fish, forest, and coastal resources; how climate and public policies interact to affect ecosystems and society. Offered: jointly with ATM S 585/ESS 585/SMEA 585; Sp.
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ENVIR 600 Independent Study or Research ([1-5]-)
Independent reading and research. Limited to students enrolled in the Program on the Environment's graduate certificate programs.
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