Environmental Courses in Spring Quarter 2010

Check out these great, introductory courses being offered in Spring Quarter 2010. These courses will provide exposure to the myriad of environmentally and biologically-related majors on campus – and generally don’t have prerequisites. For more info on a particular course, visit the course website, email the instructor or department, or go to the Spring 2010 Time Schedule.

GEN ST. 197, Exploring Environmentally-Related Majors: How Will You Decide? (1)
This seminar is designed for students interested in possibly declaring an environmentally-related major. Students will be introduced to ALL of the environmentally-related majors available at the University of Washington.
Pre-reqs: None.  Preferably freshman status
Amy Fox (amyfox@uw.edu)

ENV H 311 Introduction to Environmental Health (3) I&S / NW
This is a survey course intended to introduce students to Environmental Health — the study of how environmental factors and conditions impact the health of people and their community, and the efforts made to prevent or control the negative impacts.
Charles D Treser, ctreser@uw.edu

BIOL 317L, Plant Identification and Classification (5), NW
Classification and diversity of seed plants; lab and field study of common plant families in Washington, and skill development for identification of species.
Pre-reqs: None, open to all undergraduates
Richard Olmstead, olmstead@uw.edu

ESRM 101 Forests and Society (5) I&S/NW
Survey course covering 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. Open to majors and nonmajors. Offered: Sp.

OCEAN 200A, Introduction to Oceanography (3), NW
Description of the oceans. Emphasis on relations of biology, chemistry, geology, and physics in marine environments. Examination of relationships and interactions at macro-, meso-, and microscales in the ocean. Intended for science majors.
Ginger Armbrust (armbrust@ocean.washington.edu) and Mikelle Nuwer (mrasmuss@u.washington.edu)

ATM S 111: Global Warming (5) NW
Scientists predict severe environmental consequences from global warming unless the energy basis of the world’s economy is rapidly and dramatically transformed.  This course will examine the scientific basis of those predictions and the role of science in developing policy responses.
Prerequisites: None. Open to all undergraduates
Dargan Frierson, dargan@uw.edu

FISH/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 ENVIR 330.
Instructor: Nate Mantua, http://courses.washington.edu/fish330/

ATM S 101: Weather (5) NW
General overview of weather, climate, and atmospheric phenomena (clouds, hurricanes, global weather patterns, etc.) Prerequisites: None. Open to all undergraduates
Jérôme Patoux, jerome@atmos.washington.edu

ATM S 211: Climate and Climate Change (5) NW
Intro to the science of climate change and its causes. Suitable for non-science majors. Students with interests in environmental science and/or policy, the life sciences and engineering are encouraged to enroll.
Prerequisites: None. Open to all undergraduates.
Richard Gammon, gammon@u.washington.edu

ESRM 429 Water Center Seminar (1, max. 6) NW
Weekly seminars covering water resources and watershed topics with lectures from scientists on and off campus. Credit/ no credit only. Offered: AWSp.

BIOL 331, Landscape Plant Recognition (3), NW
Field recognition of important groups of woody landscape plants, emphasizing diversity at the genus and family levels. Plant descriptive characters evident in the field with eye and hand lens.
Pre-reqs: None, Recommended BIOL 117/317, joint with ESRM 331
Sarah Reichard, reichard@uw.edu

BIOL 471L, Plant Ecology (5), NW
Basic concepts of plant ecology, including studies of the environment, plant-environment interactions, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Laboratory includes one weekend field trip, laboratory and greenhouse experiments, and an introduction to ecological problem solving.
Pre-reqs: BIOL 180 or BIOL 162
Roger del Moral, moral@uw.edu

BIOL 480L, Field Ecology (4), NW
Field projects examining ecological and behavioral topics such as foraging and social behavior, species interactions, and structure of terrestrial and aquatic communities. Two weekend fieldtrips required.
Prereqs: either BIOL 356 or BIOL 472
Dee Boersma, boersma@uw.edu