Environmental Science

Classes

ENVS& 101L : Introduction to Environmental Science

An interdisciplinary science course for both non-science majors and science students. Topics include the practice of environmental science, ecological principles, demographics, forest and wildlife resources, energy, planning, climate change, and pollution. Underlying scientific principles and practices, including the exploration and presentation of scientific uncertainty, are identified and related to societal issues. (NS)

Credits

5

ENVS 141L : Freshwater Ecology

General principles of limnology and ecology in the context of common freshwater environments of the Pacific Northwest. (E)

Credits

5

ENVS 201L : Intro to Forest Ecology

Introduction to forest ecosystems, including tree anatomy, growth dynamics, and role of disturbances in shaping forest succession. Examination of old growth forest ecosystems and their role in sustaining biodiversity. Management strategies to promote aesthetics, biodiversity, recreation and mitigate climate change presented and analyzed. (NS)

Credits

5

ENVS 202L : Field Methods in Old Growth Ecology

Introduction to the compositional, structural and functional elements of Old Growth Forest Ecosystems and field methods. Students work with scientists collecting old growth field data in pristine forests. (E)

Credits

5

ENVS 230L : Fisheries Ecology

Examines the interactions between fish, their habitats, and human harvest. Includes an overview of aquatic ecology and an introduction to fisheries management. Involves moderately strenuous field activities, such as hiking and wading in streams. (NS)

Credits

5

ENVS 260 : Topics in Environmental Science

Provides opportunity to explore a wide variety of specialized topics in environmental science. Courses offered by topic. Participants may take more than one topic for credit, provided additional credits are taken in different topics. (E)

Credits

1 - 5

ENVS 262 : Environmental & Resource Assessment

Students learn and apply a variety of field techniques used to scientifically monitor and assess changes in forested ecosystems as part of the Rainy Creek Biodiveristy Project in Olympic National Forest. Course transfers as ESRM304 into the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington. (E)

Credits

5

ENVS 270L : Marine Ecology

Ecological interactions between specific marine habitats and their biological communities. Includes field trips to local marine environments. (E)

Credits

5

ENVS 274L : Intro to Ecosystem Restoration

Introduction to ecological restoration of damaged ecosystems. Examines current techniques of restoration and the complex ecological interactions that must be addressed. Explores the social, philosophical, biological, political, and regulatory forces that impact the success of restoration projects. (E)

Credits

5

ENVS 282L : Field Methods in Ecological Research

Introduction to ecological research through direct experience with established field and lab methods in the natural resource sciences. Explores scientific method, hypothesis testing, sampling, experimental design, the role of questionnaires, remote sensing, GIS, and population measures. (E)

Credits

5

ENVS 290 : Research Topics in Environmental Science

Students serve as active members on research teams working to advance knowledge in environmental science. Depending upon the project, students will participate in hypothesis formation, experimental design, data collection, analysis, and determination of conclusions. (E)

Credits

1 - 5