Environmental Studies

Become an environmental change-agent. Learn to merge the natural and social sciences to solve environmental problems. Survey giant forests of the Pacific Northwest. Collect marine life in the Puget Sound. Work as an environmental policy intern in the WA State Legislature.

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Note: You can join or leave a Path of Study at any time and your credits will always count toward your Bachelor’s degree.

About Environmental Studies

Your proximity to a wide variety of ecosystems and natural reserves on campus provides a unique opportunity to study natural phenomena and human interactions with the environment. This interdisciplinary field brings together the natural and social sciences to give you skills to study the environment in all its complexities, and engage with government to develop policy to effectively solve environmental problems.

Learn more about this field.

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Foundational programs

Foundational programs in the Environmental Studies Path teach general skills, such as writing, critical thinking in the sciences, quantitative skills, interdisciplinary thinking, library research, critical reading of texts, and group collaboration. They also give you specific prerequisites, including General Biology and General Chemistry, needed for upper-division programs. Foundational programs are taught every year.

Foundational Programs for 2019–20
Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Spring 2020
Integrated Natural Sciences
Botany
Snow Ecology
General Biology
General Biology
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Foundational Programs for 2020–21
Fall 2020
Winter 2021
Spring 2021
Integrated Natural Sciences
Botany: Plants and People
Urban Planning
Trees
Coastal Ecology and Geology
General Biology
General Biology
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Foundational Programs for 2021–22
Fall 2021
Winter 2022
Spring 2022
Integrated Natural Sciences
Botany: Plants and People
Climate Justice
General Biology
General Biology
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Foundational Programs for 2022–23
Fall 2022
Winter 2023
Spring 2023
Integrated Natural Sciences
Botany: Plants and People
Climate Justice
Urban Planning
Trees
Urban Planning
Trees
Ecology of Harmful Algal Blooms
General Biology
General Biology
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Foundational Programs for 2022–24
Fall 2023
Winter 2024
Spring 2024
Integrated Natural Sciences

Advanced programs

Advanced programs in the Environmental Studies path typically offer two or more of the following:

  • Practice in planning and carrying out research, often in the field or lab
  • Data analysis
  • Proficiency in researching and reading scientific or technical writing
  • Scientific or technical writing
  • Group collaboration on a final project
  • Skills in public presentation

The advanced Environmental Studies curriculum is divided into three categories.

Note: You do not have to commit to a single category. You can choose programs from any category (as long as you meet the prerequisites for the program).

Ecosystem Science
Advanced Programs in Ecosystem Science for 2019–20
Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Spring 2020
Ecology, Genetics of Riparian Zones
Marine Environments
Deserts
Plant Chemical Ecology
Advanced Programs in Ecosystem Science for 2020–21
Fall 2020
Winter 2021
Spring 2021
Environmental Analysis
Advanced Programs in Ecosystem Science for 2021–22
Fall 2021
Winter 2022
Spring 2022
Stream Ecology
Marine Environments
Deserts
Advanced Programs in Ecosystem Science for 2022–23
Fall 2022
Winter 2023
Spring 2023
Environmental Analysis
Deserts
Advanced Programs in Ecosystem Science for 2023–24
Fall 2022
Winter 2023
Spring 2023
Forests and Streams
Marine Environment
Deserts
Field Ecology
Organismal Biology and Natural History
Advanced Programs in Organismal Biology and Natural History for 2019–20
Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Spring 2020
Evolutionary Processes
SOS—Elasmobranch Biology
Plants and People
Picturing Plants
Advanced Programs in Organismal Biology and Natural History for 2020–21
Fall 2020
Winter 2021
Spring 2021
Fungal Kingdom
Marine Biodiversity
Advanced Programs in Organismal Biology and Natural History for 2021–22
Fall 2021
Winter 2022
Spring 2022
Temperate Rainforests
Botany, Plants, People
Advanced Natural History
Advanced Programs in Organismal Biology and Natural History for 2022–23
Fall 2022
Winter 2023
Spring 2023
Fungal Kingdom
Marine Biodiversity
Wildlife Biology
Botany, Plants and People
Advanced Programs in Organismal Biology and Natural History for 2023–24
Fall 2023
Winter 2024
Spring 2024
No offerings planned yet in 2023–24.
Humans in the Environment
Advanced Programs in Humans in the Environment for 2019–20
Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Spring 2020
Environmental Economics
Environmental Problem Solving
Advanced Programs in Humans in the Environment for 2020–21
Fall 2020
Winter 2021
Spring 2021
No offerings planned yet in 2020–21.
Advanced Programs in Humans in the Environment for 2021–22
Fall 2021
Winter 2022
Spring 2022
Political Ecology
Advanced Programs in Humans in the Environment for 2022–23
Fall 2022
Winter 2023
Spring 2023
Sustainability Accounting
Advanced Programs in Humans in the Environment for 2023–24
Fall 2023
Winter 2024
Spring 2024
No offerings planned yet in 2023–24.

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