Environmental Courses in Autumn 2010

Check out these great, introductory courses being offered in Autumn Quarter 2010, including courses on environmental health, marine biology, rivers and beaches, global warming, weather, and much more. These courses will provide exposure to the myriad of environmentally and biologically-related majors on campus – and generally don’t have prerequisites. If you’re a major in the College of Environment and are looking for courses to satisfy the out-of-major requirement, this list is a great resource.

For more info on a particular course, visit the course website, email the instructor or department, or go to the Autumn 2010 Time Schedule.

ENV H 111 Exploring Environment and Health Connections (3) I&S
By examining current events, explore the relationship between environment and health and learn to identify key factors that impact the health of human populations.  Emphasizes the roles of environmental scientists and related professionals.  No prerequisites.
Instructor: Matthew Kiefer

OCEAN 101B, Introduction to OIcda (5), NW
Holistic view of fundamental principles of ocean science; the geography and geology of ocean basins; chemistry of sea water; physical dynamics of currents, waves, and tides; coastal processes; and the biology of diverse ecosystems such as deep sea vents, coral reefs, and estuaries.
Pre-reqs: None, open to all undergraduates
Mikelle Nuwer, http://courses.washington.edu/ocean101/

FISH/OCEAN/BIO 250 Intro to Marine Biology (5) (NW, I&S)
Lecture-laboratory course in Marine Biology focusing on physical, biological, and social aspects of the marine environment. Topics include oceanography, ecology, physiology, behavior, conservation, fisheries, exploration, and activism. Honors section research project. Offered: jointly with BIOL/OCEAN 250. All students will go on a field trip.

Section AE is an honors section. Interested honors students may get add codes by emailing linm@uw.edu.   Students interested in only taking the lecture only, 3 cr. section should enroll in section B.

This course is required for the Marine Biology Minor.  More info about the Marine Biology minor at:  http://depts.washington.edu/marbio/dive/minor.html
Instructor: Carolyn Friedman; course website: http://fish.washington.edu/classes/fish250/

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
Instructor: Lyatt Jaeglé

ENVIR 100: Environmental Studies: Interdisciplinary Foundations
(Optional linked writing course available – ENGL 198A)

This course examines how the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences are integrated to address environmental issues.  Students will have the opportunity to discuss, debate, and present ideas through participation in negotiations, a symposium, and group projects on a variety of issues through small discussion sections. Topics will include Environmental Justice, Puget Sound Ecosystem, Water Scarcity, Climate Change, Invasive Species, and Dams.
Instructors: Yoram Bauman, Program on the Environment; PhD in Economics and Tom Hinckley, College of Forest Resources

ENVIR 100 is the gateway course to the Environmental Studies degree. To learn more about the  Environmental Studies major and minor, email poeadv@u.washington.edu or visit http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/ugprograms/index.html.

ESS 101A: Introduction to Geological Sciences (5), NW
Survey of the physical systems that give the earth its form. Emphasizes the dynamic nature of interior and surface processes and their relevance to mankind and stresses the value of rocks and earth forms in the understanding of past events. A course with laboratory for non-science majors.
Pre-reqs: None, open to all undergraduates. Not open for credit to students who have taken ESS 105, or ESS 210.
Instructor: Terry Swanson,  http://faculty.washington.edu/tswanson/ESS/101.shtml

L ARCH 300: Introduction to Landscape Architecture, (6 credits), VLPA, MWF 1:30-5:20, SLN# 15156.
Introductory studio, lecture and fieldtrip course offers an overview of the profession as it highlights a broad range of issues addressed by the work of landscape architects.  It is a growing, dynamic and diverse profession that looks at how development and population pressures impact quality of life and the ability of ecosystems to remain self-sustaining.  Landscape Architects work at a variety of scales… from small scale residential sites, to neighborhoods, cities and large-scale regional or national areas… in many different content areas… art, ecological, social or built environments and in many different roles…public sector, private sector, and non-profit organizations.  This is a prerequisite course to apply to the BLA Program.
Instructor: Luanne Smith For add codes, contact slocan@uw.edu.  This course meets in the Community Design Building (CDB), on the corner of University Ave. and 40th.

ENV H 311 Introduction to Environmental Health (3) I&S/NW
Learn about the relationship between you and your environment. Understand how environmental factors and conditions impact the health of people and their community. This course will acquaint students with the scientificc and technical foundations of the environmental health field and the social, economic, legal and political complexities of major issues and problems.  No prerequisites.
Instructor: Charles Treser

ENV H 490 Selected Topics:  Housing & Health (5) I&S
Many homes have health and safety hazards. Learn the health impacts linked to housing design, construction, and maintenance. Discuss current research, national trends and problems related to housing health and safety. Apply the appropriate codes and standards to address housing conditions and hazards.  Learn the Seven Principles of Healthy Housing.  No prerequisites.
Instructor: Charles Treser

ESS/OCEAN 230, Rivers and Beaches (3/5), NW
Introduction to Earth surface environments, the processes that shape them, how humans affect them and are affected by them. Weekend field trips examine mountains, rivers, deltas/estuaries, beaches, and environments beyond. Focus on linkages between these environments to illustrate coupling between landscapes and seascapes.
Pre-reqs: None, open to all undergraduates
Instructors: Chuck Nittrouer and Ben Sheets

ENVIR/OCEAN 260, Puget Sound Ecosystem, I&S/NW
Examines historical human impacts on the land/water ecosystem of the Puget Sound, roles of regional governance and citizen action, and prospects for ecological restoration. Computer labs and field trips for additional credit.
Instructor: John Lombard, http://courses.washington.edu/ocean260/

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
Instructor: Rob Wood

ATM S 301: Intro to Atmospheric Sciences (5) NW
This course provides a broad introduction to the atmospheric sciences, including atmospheric composition, weather forecasting, radiation, thermodynamics, and climate. Insight on these topics is gained by application of basic physical laws. A daily review of current weather provides real-time examples of principles derived in lecture. Prerequisites: 2.0 in each of MATH 124-126 and PHYS 121-123.
Instructor: Robert Houze, http://www.atmos.washington.edu/~houze/301/

ESS 106A: Living With Volcanoes (3), NW/I&S
Explores volcanoes and volcanic eruptions on Earth and in the solar system. Examines how volcanoes work and how they affect the environment, life, and human societies. Illustrates principles using local examples of recent volcanism and ancient examples of mega-eruptions. Evaluates the possibility of predicting future eruptions.
Pre-reqs: None
Instructor: Prof. George Bergantz

ESS 230 (Offered Jointly with OCEAN 230) Rivers and Beaches (3/5) NW
Introduction to Earth surface environments, the processes that shape them, how humans affect them and are affected by them. Weekend field trips examine mountains, rivers, deltas/estuaries, beaches, and environments beyond. Focus on linkages between these environments to illustrate coupling between landscapes and seascapes.
Pre-reqs: None
Instructors: Prof. Charles Nittrouer and Prof. David Montgomery

ESS 302 Great Ice Age (5) NW
Growth of mile-thick ice sheets, worldwide lowering of sea level, and other geological and paleoclimatological changes that accompany the harsh environments of a global glaciation. Geology of the last three million years, focusing on the causes and effects of global glaciation and future climate change.
Pre-reqs: either ESS 101, ESS 105, ESS 210, ESS 211
Instructor: Terry Swanson, http://faculty.washington.edu/tswanson/ESS/302/302.shtml

L ARCH 361: Experience of Place, (3 credits), VLPA, I&S, TTh 10:30-11:50, SLN# 15163, GWN 201
Interdisciplinary approaches to exploring the reciprocal relationship between people and the landscapes of everyday life. Through readings, discussion, in-class activities and mini-projects, students study place attachment, relationships to nature, environmental attitudes and perception, personal space, territoriality, urban public space, diversity, participation, and the politics of space. Open to nonmajors.
Instructor: Lynne Manzo.  For add codes, contact slocan@uw.edu

L ARCH 352: History of Landscape Architecture, (3 credits), I&S, VLPA, Writing Course,  MWF 9:30-10:20, SLN# 15161, GLD 322
Survey of the development of landscape architecture as an art form from Mesopotamia to the present. Relationships to physical landscape, climate, culture, religion, and other arts. Open to nonmajors. No Freshman.  One History of Landscape Architecture course is required to apply to the BLA Program.

L ARCH 498F: History of Italian Landscapes & Gardens, (3) credits, TTh 4:30-5:50 pm,   SLN# 15176, GLD 114
History of Italian Landscapes and Gardens.
Instructor: David Streatfield.  For add codes, contact slocan@uw.edu