Sustainability-Related Classes

Sustainability-Related Courses at UW Bothell

Sustainability is an interdisciplinary subject, providing students of all disciplines and majors the opportunity to take classes in sustainability. Below is a list of classes related to or focused around sustainability within each academic department. 

School of Business

Sustainability-Focused Courses

Undergraduate

  • B BUS 460 Sustainable Business
    Explores the critical challenges facing business when becoming more environmentally sustainable without forgoing traditional indicators of success. Topics involve elements of strategy, marketing, manufacturing and technology, finance, organization theory, and accounting and draw from current major concerns related to environment and sustainability, such as climate, toxins, and food.

Graduate

  • B BUS 560 Sustainable Business
    Explores the critical challenges facing businesses in becoming more environmentally sustainable without forgoing traditional indicators of success. Topics drawn from current major concerns related to environment and sustainability, such as climate, water, toxics, transportation, buildings, and food. Application of economics, strategy, marketing, manufacturing and technology, finance, organization theory, and accounting.

Sustainability-Inclusive Courses

Undergraduate

  • B BUS 120 Introduction to Social Enterprise                                                                                                       Explores the intersection of how business principles are used to help solve societal challenges on global and local levels. Examines the history of the social sector in the U.S, global trends within the social enterprise sector, and the successes, challenges, and organizational structures of social enterprises that achieve societal goals.
  • B BUS 461 Business, Government, and Society
    Covers capitalism and its critics; corporate social responsibility and business ethics; government and politics; regulation business; stakeholders and interest groups; the role of technology and the future of business.

Graduate

  • ELCBUS 382 Business, Government, and Society
    Examines relationships among business, government, and civil society. Emphasizes perspectives and interests of each sector as to economic, social, and environmental goals. Addresses business ethics and corporate social responsibility. Includes intensive writing and revision, with emphasis on logical and persuasive support of recommendations and positions.

School of Educational Studies

Sustainability-Focused Courses

Undergraduate

  • B EDUC 493 Environmental Education
    Analyze various environmental programs and prepare an individualized project. Learn to apply ecological concepts in the classroom and learn how to teach about various environmental education programs.

Graduate

  • LEDE 530 Leading Schools as Responsive Public Institutions
    Helps principal candidates build knowledge for developing and stewarding a schools' vision and goals so that they are just, sustainable, and responsive to legal, political, professional, and local interests. Focuses on legal, political, and professional contexts of school leadership and builds skills for communication about school goals and needs.

Sustainability-Inclusive Courses

Undergraduate

  • B EDUC 230 Culture, Knowledge, and Education
    Explores the intersection of culture, knowledge, and education. Examines each concept separately then focuses on ways they interact and affect educational opportunities. Cultural issues include; race, socio-economic histories, language, gender, sexual orientation, and religious views. Uses perspectives from diverse academic disciplines and considers education as extending beyond school settings.
  • B EDUC 255 Critical Diversity Studies
    Introduces theories, concepts, research, and polices that provide a foundation for exploring connections between diversity and equity and for recognizing ways in which these connections are relevant to individuals, institutions, and the world.
  • B EDUC 310 Theories of Learning, Culture, and Identity
    Introduces theories of learning based on psychology, child development, anthropology, and social justice. Examines how learning theories are applied to teaching, assessment, and educational policy. Explores how culture and identity are tied to learning.
  • B EDUC 328 Diversity, Leadership, and Engagement
    Explores theories and practices of diversity, leadership, and engagement. Provides opportunity for leadership development and academic reflection in relation to initiatives in which students work on questions of diversity and campus or community engagement.
  • B EDUC 330 Race, Culture, and Identity in the Classroom
    Examines the ways that various aspects of student identity are entwined with pedagogy and curriculum. Focuses on multicultural education, the politics of language, racism and testing, cultural identity development, and classroom diversity.
  • B EDUC 438 Learning Tribal Sovereignty
    The first course in a two-course sequence that builds essential understandings of tribal sovereignty, Indigenous histories and cultures, and Indigenous education. Focuses on learning key concepts in tribal sovereignty, tribal history, and Indigenous education in the US.
  • B EDUC 439 Knowing, Teaching, and Assessing in Learning Tribal Sovereignty
    The second course in a two-course sequence that builds essential understandings of tribal sovereignty, Indigenous histories and cultures, and Indigenous education. Focuses on implementation of tribal sovereignty into K12 curriculum.

Graduate

  • B EDUC 533 Computers in the Classroom: Issues and Uses
    Examines the dynamics of instruction and interaction in classrooms while preparing students for worlds that do not yet exist. Essential questions include issues of equity, disengagement, and the quality of learning and knowing in a diverse and complex society. Uses current technology to enhance computer skills, create and evaluate quality learning experiences, and explore issues of equal access for all.
  • B EDUC 547 Transformative Curriculum Leadership
    Explores strategies and efforts for individual capacity and collaborative problem solving for leadership in schools and communities to bring about progressive curriculum transformation. Investigates forms of transformative curriculum for equity, social justice, multiculturalism, peace, and ecojustice.
  • B EDUC 512 Social Justice Education: Oppression, Resistance, and Liberation
    Surveys the roots of social injustices in society by exploring the works, theories, and experiences of scholars, activists, and cultural workers through the lenses of oppression, resistance, and liberation.

School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS)

Sustainability-Focused Courses

Undergraduate 

  • BEARTH 153 Introduction to Geology                                                                                                                       ​Survey of the physical systems that give the earth its form. Emphasizes the dynamic nature of interior and surface processes on the earth and stressing the value of geological forms in understanding of the past and predicting future events. 
  • BEARTH 154 Introduction to Oceanography                                                                                                               Case studies of research on the oceans, deep-sea exploration, climate change, and human impacts on marine life. Considers societal factors affecting progress in marine science, changing popular attitudes toward the oceans, and key current policy implications of marine science.
  • BEARTH 155 Introduction to Climate Science
    Introduces climate science and global climate change. Topics include the scientific method, earth history, global biogeochemical cycles, population and energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions; fundamental climate science, energy conservation, alternative energy; climate and the media; and climate policy.
  • BEARTH 201 Mapping the Earth System
    Focuses on issues of environmental health and environmental change in a local or regional earth system as a means to investigate the interconnected biologic, geologic, hydrologic and social systems of that region.
  • BEARTH 300 Environmental Systems Thinking
    Introduces students to the Schools of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and STEM, interdisciplinary inquiry, reflective learning, and the creation of a learning portfolio. Pedagogies emphasize critical reading, writing development, research question formation, and peer collaboration. Thematic focus on the characteristics and applications of systems thinking in analyzing complex socio-ecological phenomena.
  • BEARTH 310 Fundamentals of Weather and Climate
    Comprehensive introduction to the science of the atmosphere and climate systems including: composition and structure of the atmosphere; atmospheric physics; thermodynamic processes; solar and terrestrial radiation; atmospheric dynamics and large-scale circulation; and climate processes and dynamics.
  • BEARTH 318 Hydrogeology
    Examines details and mechanisms of the natural processes associated with the hydrologic cycle. Explores rivers, groundwater, and watershed management issues within Washington State.
  • BEARTH 320 Impacts of Climate Change
    Surveys climate change implications for natural and human systems, both globally and locally. Topics include natural science, human health, and policy issues; climate system processes, air/water quality, ecosystem services, human health, extreme weather, flooding, snow pack, stream flow, vulnerability assessment, adaptation, and mitigation strategies.
  • BEARTH 321 Geomorphology
    Provides an overview of the science and geomorphology, emphasizing field observations, data collection, and data analyses associated with geomorphological methods. Examines how landforms evolve, how landforms and abiotic processes influence ecosystems, and how human activities are impacting all of the above.
  • BEARTH 341 Natural Hazards and Human Disasters
    Investigates the distribution and impacts of natural hazards and what controls the magnitude and frequency of these events. Examines how cultural and social factors influence the hazard vulnerability of populations. 
  • BES 303 Environmental Monitoring Practicum
    Provides an introduction to the principles and methods of environmental monitoring and analysis. Field and laboratory studies provides experience with monitoring equipment and rigorous sampling techniques; enhance understanding of the range and variability of environmental parameters; and develop abilities in the quantitative analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data.
  • BES 311 Environmental Chemistry
    Uses fundamental chemical principles to examine fate, reactivity and transport of environmental pollutants. Emphasis given to atmospheric pollution, chemistry of natural and polluted waters, soil chemistry, chemistry of organic and inorganic toxins.
  • BES 312 Ecology
    Introduces major concepts of ecology and relates these concepts to current environmental issues. Topics include the relationship between organisms and the physical environment, evolutionary processes, the structure and function of ecosystems, population biology, forest management, pesticide use, and global warming.
  • BES 316 Ecological Methods
    Introduces students to methods used in the analysis of ecological systems and their processes. Employs data analysis tools, graphic presentation, and scientific writing in the presentation of results from laboratory and field studies. Includes lectures, laboratory work, and field investigations.
  • BES 330 Limnology
    Explores the interaction among physical, chemical, and ecological systems in lakes with a focus anthropogenic change in local and regional lakes. Entails collaborative fieldwork component in water quality.
  • BES 331 Estuarine Science and Management
    Provides an overview of the formation, circulation, water quality, ecology, and environmental problems of estuaries. Students investigate the unique environments and processes of the Puget Sound watershed and interact with community members to learn about Puget Sound advocacy, management, research, and education efforts.
  • BES 362 Introduction to Restoration Ecology
    Introduces ecological restoration of damaged ecosystems. Develops a broad understanding of restoration ecology, including diverse ecological aspects of the practice of restoration, conceptual and philosophical issues underlying the field, and social and political factors that influence restoration outcomes. Includes field work, lectures, readings, and discussion.
  • BES 397 Special Topics in Environmental Science
    Unique course offerings designed to respond to faculty and student interests. Possible topics may include economic and environmental issues, air pollution, water quality, ecological restoration, global warming, or conservation biology.
  • BES 398 Directed Study in Environmental Science
    Opportunity for directed group or individual research on a topic mutually agreed upon by instructor and student.
  • BES 415 Advanced Environmental Measurements Laboratory
    Analysis of air, water, and soil samples using advanced methods. Instrumental methods include: atomic absorption spectroscopy and liquid chromatography.
  • BES 439 Computer Modeling and Visualization in Environmental Science
    Addresses the ways scientists use computer simulations and modeling. Uses case studies from problem areas such as global climate change, regional air and water pollution, and the interaction between biological species and their environment.
  • BES 440 Remote Sensing of the Environment
    Studies digital image processing and aerial photography interpretation within the context of Geographic Information Systems and Science (GISci). Focuses primarily on the use of satellite imagery and aerial photography to study the environment.
  • BES 460 Water Quality
    Examines the chemical and physical processes that influence the fate of nutrients and contaminants in natural surface, ground, and soil waters. Addresses basic environmental chemistry in natural waters and soils, potentially important inputs, transformations and movement, and the environmental impacts of nutrients and contaminants.
  • BES 462 Restoration Ecology Capstone: Introduction
    First of a three-course capstone sequence in restoration ecology. Students review and assess project plans and installations. Class meets with members of previous capstone classes to review their projects.
  • BES 463 Restoration Ecology Capstone: Proposal and Plan
    Student teams prepare proposals in response to requests for proposals (RFPs) from actual clients. Clients may be governments, non-profit organizations, and others. Upon acceptance of the proposal, teams prepare restoration plans.
  • BES 464 Restoration Ecology Capstone: Field Site Restoration
    Teams take a restoration plan developed in ESRM 463 and complete the installation. Team participation may include supervision of volunteers. Teams prepare management guidelines for the client and conduct a training class for their use.
  • BES 485 Conservation Biology
    Exploration of the science underlying methods of species and ecosystem conservation. Emphasis is placed on understanding the limits and promise of scientific approaches to conservation, within the social, political and economic context of conservation problems.
  • BES 486 Watershed Ecology and Management
    Overview of the ecology and management of watersheds. Explores physical, biological, and ecological components of watersheds and their interrelationships. Examines human and natural impacts on watersheds, and planning and management through theory and case studies.
  • BES 487 Field Lab in Wildland Soils and Plants
    Provides direct field study of alpine soils and plants. Identify soils and landscape/vegetation changes in remote areas where little information is available about these ecosystems. Experience climate, relief, and parent materials that form soils and their associated plant communities.
  • BES 488 Wetland Ecology
    Examines wetland types and their distribution as well as wetland functions for habitat and human resources. Emphasizes the ecology and adaptations of wetland plants and their interaction with soils and biogeochemical processes. Discusses human impacts, wetland regulation, and management approaches.
  • BES 489 Pacific Northwest Ecosystems
    Examines major ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest to understand the structure, function, and location of these characteristic ecosystems in our region. Investigates the intersection of ecological knowledge, environmental policy and management strategies in selected ecosystems.
  • BES 490 Pacific Northwest Plants in Restoration and Conservation
    Examines plants of the Pacific Northwest commonly used in ecological restoration and habitat conservation. Topics include the ecology, propagation, distribution, restoration use, ethnobotany, and habitat values of major species.
  • BES 491 Undergraduate Research in Environmental Science
    Capstone course. Independent research projects in an area of environmental science, based on mutual agreement with the instructor.
  • BES 492 Capstone Research in Environmental Science I
    The first course of a two-quarter capstone sequence. Students plan and develop a detailed proposal for their capstone environmental science project.
  • BES 493 Capstone Research in Environmental Science II
    Second course of a two-quarter capstone sequence. Completion of projects planned in the previous quarter.
  • BES 497 Special Topics in Environmental Science
    Topics may include economic and environmental issues, air pollution, water quality, ecological restoration, global warming, conservation biology or other topics.
  • BES 498 Independent Research in Environmental Science
    Individual advanced research conducted under the direction of one or more instructors.
  • BIS 141 Natural History and Environmental Science                                                                                       Introduces the study of the natural world through the approaches and tools of both traditional natural historians and modern scientific inquiry. Emphasizes the application of these approaches to studying nearby natural areas and using education principles to communication and interpret nature.
  • BIS 240 Introduction to Sustainable Practices
    Introduces contemporary practices of environmental sustainability. Examines permaculture, sustainable building, life cycle analysis, renewable energy, soil amendments, and recycling. Provides hands-on experience in the implementation of sustainable practices.
  • BIS 241 Nature in the Northwest
    Examines local and regional ecosystems and their interaction with human communities. Applies approaches from the environmental sciences and the practice of natural history to develop an understanding of ecosystem functions, organisms, and their relationships.
  • BIS 242 Environmental Geography
    Investigates the interactions of a dynamic planet and society. Analyzes geographic variability and the human consequences of environmental phenomena such as climate, natural resources, natural hazards, and infectious diseases. Emphasizes the application of geographic tools and methods.
  • BIS 243 Introduction to Environmental Issues
    Introduction to the major environmental challenges confronting society, and the science of understanding and addressing those challenges. Provides an overview of major issues such as global climate change, biodiversity loss, and sustainability; as well as in-depth understanding of specific issues.
  • BIS 244 Wetlands Discovery
    Provides an experimental introduction to environmental science, education, and policy through an exploration of wetland ecosystems. Explores how humans interact with wetlands ecosystems. Stresses active learning in relation to the campus Wetlands.
  • BIS 245 Environment and Humanities
    Examines complex and historically situated ways that humans imagine, represent, and inhabit more-than-human worlds. Focuses on close reading and interpretation skills by analyzing cultural texts such as fiction, nature writing, poetry, and the visual arts. Traces interdisciplinary relations between literary history, environmental studies, and critical theory.
  • BIS 246 Introduction to Sustainability
    Provides a framework to explore the various meanings, justifications, possibilities, and contentious nature of both sustainability and sustainable development. Differentiates between these terms as buzzwords, philosophical ideals, political movements, and ethical lenses for analysis, policy, and management of human actions.
  • BIS 304 Introduction to Political Economy and the Environment
    Studies an interdisciplinary approach to political economy and the environment. Focuses on the theoretical and historical basis of modern economic ideas and the history of industrial development, examining the interaction between politics, market formation, notions of value, and the natural world. Explores the promises and limitations of markets to justify, allocate resources, and the sustainability of capitalism.
  • BIS 306 Marine Diversity and Conservation
    Exploration of marine biodiversity of the Pacific Northwest. Basic concepts in evolution, development, ecology, and conservation are introduced through inquiry-guided exercises based in the marine environment. Examination of human impacts on marine environments and subsequent consequences for human health and welfare.
  • BIS 307 Environmental Justice
    Explores issues of social equity associated with environmental hazards, risks, and benefits. Examines the ways social structures, environmental decision-making procedures, and scientific and technological practices distribute the burden of environmental problems, as well as community response through political action and cultural production.
  • BIS 319 Public Arts and Ecological Restoration
    Explores the intersection of public art and ecological restoration. Examines how the natural environment informs human identity and how humans have transformed the environment. Provides an understanding of environmental challenges related to artistic representations of nature and some of the possible opportunities for solving them.
  • BIS 345 American Environmental Thought
    Explores the development of current ideas about nature and the relationship between humans and the natural world, as expressed in literature and other cultural forms. Emphasizes historical, cultural, philosophical, and global dimensions of American environmental thought, along with implications for human interactions with the environment.
  • BIS 346 Topics in Environmental Policy
    Explores specific topics in environmental policy in an interdisciplinary context, combining considerations of politics, policy, economics, and science. Emphasizes quantitative analysis and scientific method.
  • BIS 356 Ethics and the Environment
    Examination of the "environmental crisis" and associated social conflicts, tracing them to their philosophical roots. Focuses on the facts of the current situation, on classic and recent readings from the environmental literature, and on ethical responses to current issues.
  • BIS 358 Issues in Environmental Science
    Explores environmental problems from stratospheric ozone depletion to the preservation of endangered species to acid rain. Focuses on methods of analysis from the physical and life sciences as well as economics, psychology and related fields. Examines issues within their larger social, historic, and political contexts.
  • BIS 359 Principles and Controversies of Sustainability
    Focuses on the challenges, principles, and controversies of sustainability. Analyzes the sustainability issues, identifying the values underlying societal actions and conflicting perspectives, and considers the ecological, ethical, and human well-being ramifications of following different sustainability proposals and cultural trajectories.
  • BIS 360 Pollinator Diversity and Conservation
    Examines the critical roles that animal pollinators play in maintaining biodiversity and healthy agricultural systems. Focuses on the study of plant-pollinator relationships, the threats facing pollinators and efforts to conserve, protect and restore pollinators and their habitats. Requires field work and close observation of native bees and honeybees in an outdoor setting.
  • BIS 385 Art and Climate Change
    Studies how artists and scientists respond to historic and contemporary landscapes, revealing the human and environmental challenges that inform our ideologies. Explores the implications of a changing planet - in light of new information, new circumstances and new challenges.
  • BIS 386 Climate Change Adaptation Policy
    Examines various ecosystem and infrastructure-based approaches to climate change adaptation, assesses the policies and norms that influence why certain adaptations are considered, and explores the actions to reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts.
  • BIS 390 Ecology and the Environment
    A general introduction to ecology. Introduces the principles that govern how organisms interact with each other and with their surroundings.
  • BIS 391 Environmental History of the Pacific Northwest Bioregion
    Examines the history of the relationships between humans and their environments in the Pacific Northwest, from the time of earliest human inhabitants to the present, with particular reference to current environmental and resource issues.
  • BIS 392 Water and Sustainability
    Provides an understanding of past and present water challenges and some of the possible opportunities for solving them. What is the state of water in the United States and how did we get to this point? Examines the future prospects for wisely using water resources.
  • BIS 395 Environmental Change in Washington State
    Examines issues in science, society, technology, and policy that impact the future of natural ecosystems and their relationship to human communities in Washington State. Issues include climate change, urban sprawl, environmental policies, management of natural resources, and loss of agricultural lands.
  • BIS 396 Topics in Sustainability
    Examines topics in sustainability. Includes social, political, historical, cultural, artistic, economic, or scientific explorations of sustainability issues.
  • BIS 397 Topics in Environmental Studies
    Examines topics in Environmental Studies. Includes social, political, historical, cultural, artistic, economic, or scientific explorations of environmental issues.
  • BIS 405 Environmental Education
    Analyze various environmental programs and prepare an individualized project. Learn to apply ecological concepts in the classroom and learn how to teach about various environmental education programs.
  • BIS 406 Urban Planning and Geography
    Examines historical and modern conceptualizations of "'urban"', covering topics such as urban systems, urban forms, urban ecologies, urban planning, and urbanism. Investigates the integration of built forms; human interactions; and the environmental, social, political, and economic aspects of urban places.
  • BIS 408 Critical Physical Geography
    Explores environmental issues by applying knowledge of biophysical and technological systems with an understanding of social power structures and critical theory. Emphasizes the use of interdisciplinary physical and social methods to solve complex environmental problems.
  • BIS 442 Advanced GIS Analysis and Applications
    Provides advanced training in Geographic Information Systems and other geospatial applications for display and analysis of environmental and socio-economic data.
  • BIS 448 Social Policy
    Addresses the need for and purposes of US social policy by linking policy interventions and advocacy to social welfare. Examines causes and policy solutions to social welfare issues such as poverty, income, public assistance, food and housing, mental health and substance abuse, child welfare, and social security.
  • BIS 458 Energy, the Environment and Society
    Discusses energy production, distribution, and consumption in modern society. Topics include basic scientific, technological, economic, political and environmental issues and questions raised by the utilization of traditional and alternative energy sources.
  • BIS 459 Conservation and Sustainable Development
    Examines the connections between human welfare and diverse and healthy ecosystems. Considers tensions among economic development, poverty eradication, and biodiversity conservation. Examines efforts to create sustainable development solutions to easing poverty and protecting biodiversity.
  • BIS 468 Human Rights and Sustainable Development
    Examines social aspects of a human right to sustainable development including education, democratic participation, the rule of law, human capabilities and functioning, nationality, religion, and a right to a safe environment.

Graduate

  • BPOLST 583 Issues in Environmental Policy
    Analyzes current policy issues in the complex and every changing arena of environmental policy.

Sustainability-Inclusive Courses

Undergraduate 

  • BEARTH 202 Modeling Global Systems                                                                                                             Introduces computer-based modelling as a tool to represent, investigate and understand Earth's interconnected systems.
  • BEARTH 317 Soils in the Environment
    Introduces the types of soils analyses necessary to understand the physical and chemical state of soils. Includes an introduction to soils in general, and local soils in particular.
  • BIS 216 Introduction to Cultural Studies
    Introduces cultural studies as an interdisciplinary field and practice. Explores multiple histories of the field with an emphasis on current issues and developments. Focuses on culture as a site of political and social debate and struggle.
  • BIS 226 Foundations of U.S. Social Service
    Introduces the field of social services in the U.S., including its organization, forms of professional practice, and historical development. Focuses on social welfare: theory, court decisions, case studies, and policy. Considers competing assumptions about and approaches to solving social problems.
  • BIS 255 Critical Diversity Studies
    Introduces theories, concepts, research, and polices that provide a foundation for exploring connections between diversity and equity and for recognizing ways in which these connections are relevant to individuals, institutions, and the world.
  • BIS 305 Issues in Social and Political Philosophy
    A philosophical investigation of conceptual and normative issues associated with one of several broad domains of social and political thought: human rights, the varieties of human conflict, and war and peace. Examines both classical and recent texts. Brings theoretical perspectives to bear on contemporary issues.
  • BIS 320 Comparative Political Economies
    Examines the production and distribution of goods, the organization of labor, and systems of wealth and power in diverse cultural settings within and outside the realm of "classical" capitalist development. Analyzes interactions between political constituencies and the economies they attempt to govern.
  • BIS 325 Disability and Human Rights
    Considers the intersections between human rights discourse and disability studies in relation to questions of community formation and social action. Addresses three primary areas: the arts, activism, and the law.
  • BIS 328 Diversity, Leadership, and Engagement
    Explores theories and practices of diversity, leadership, and engagement. Provides opportunity for leadership development and academic reflection in relation to initiatives in which students work on questions of diversity and campus or community engagement.
  • BIS 342 Geographic Information Systems
    Examines the concepts and methods of geographic information systems (GIS) and related elements of spatial analysis and representation. Through projects and lab exercises, student gain basic proficiency in the use of GIS and an interdisciplinary understanding of the applications of GIS.
  • BIS 343 Geographic Visualization
    Focuses on different geovisualization techniques to represent physical, social, and cultural phenomena associated with spatial data and designing maps. Addresses GIS programs and explores how geovisualization can be applied to various research and policy areas.
  • BIS 344 Intermediate Geographic Analysis and Applications
    Provides intermediate level training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the analysis of environmental and spatial data. Emphasizes on the applications of raster and vector modeling to map and analyze geo-spatial phenomena, and proposes solutions to environmental problems.
  • BIS 384 Health, Medicine, and Society
    Examines health, disease, and healing as social phenomena. Explores the nature and experience of illness through the study of patients, communities, healthcare providers, and medical systems in different cultural, social, political, and economic contexts.
  • BIS 394 Comparative Economic Development
    Introduces a variety of issues affecting Third World economies in a framework that emphasizes their particular and varied post-colonial histories. Draws on economic theory, cultural and economic anthropology, literature, and other sources to understand institutions and sources of change in these economies.
  • BIS 496 Community Service Project
    In conjunction with faculty adviser, students develop and implement a community service-learning project. Involves activities such as assistance to disadvantaged populations, community outreach programs, policy analysis, or related work intended to improve the quality of life in the community. Includes academic study designed to integrate practical applications with learning and theory. 
  • BIS 275 Social Problems
    Explores how challenges to society; such as crime, violence, injustice, poverty, and disease; are framed as social problems and then related to solutions. Examines the role of major institutions in problem identification, the power of language and media, and how social agendas are determined.
  • BISLEP 301 Law, Economics, and Public Policy
    Examines the relationships among the fields of law, economics, politics, and public policy, with particular attention to problems of social, economic, and political change. Uses examples from various areas of public policy, including social, environmental, and education policy.

Graduate

  • BCULST 585 Topics in Cultural Activism and Advocacy
    Explores theory, practice, and dilemmas relating to cultural advocacy, understood as object, site, instrument, or basis of social action.

School of Nursing and Health Studies

Sustainability-Focused Courses

Undergraduate

  • B HLTH 320 Human Health and the Environment
    Examines the relationship between environmental factors and the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities, and populations. Contemporary understanding of how the natural and built environments influence risk for disease and illness illustrated through case examples. Explores multi-disciplinary approaches to address environmental problems and improve living and work spaces.
  • B HLTH 425 Health in a Developing Nation: Study Abroad
    Provides an overview of the health and health care challenges in a developing and low-income country. Addresses socio-cultural, environmental, economic, political, and ecological factors that influence health, illness, disability, and death as well as responses to health issues both within and outside the health sector. Includes study abroad.
  • B HLTH 444 Disaster Preparation: Promoting Community Resiliency
    Analyzes community and individual vulnerabilities and assets that impact disaster outcomes. Examines hazard awareness, risk reduction, resiliency, and mitigation in disaster prevention planning and response. Addresses select assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation efforts to enhance community and individual capacities. Also applies public health principles in disaster preparation to promote community health.

Sustainability-Inclusive Courses

Undergraduate

  • B HLTH 197 Selected Preparatory Topics in Health
    Provides students with basic preparatory knowledge in a health-related topic. Covers fundamental concepts and principles to prepare students with a better understanding of human health and well-being.
  • B HLTH 226 Race, Socioeconomic Status, and Health
    Examines race and socioeconomic status, and their effect on health and health care. Attention is given to the health status of the poor and of major racial/ethnic minority groups in the United States, with respect to ways in which their health and healthcare services are embedded in social contexts.
  • B HLTH 298 Selected Introductory Topics in Health and the Natural World
    Provides students with introductory knowledge and skills in a health-related topic that connects to the study of the physical world. Prepares students with an understanding of promoting human health and well-being by exploring individual, community, and population-level health as they connect specifically to biological determinants of health.
  • B HLTH 420 Women's Global Health and Human Rights
    Uses a human rights framework and interdisciplinary approach to critically examine socio-ecological factors that impact women's health and gender equity around the world. Includes a variety of learning activities (e.g. film, debate, digital media; case studies) and a service learning project.
  • B HLTH 429 Global and Local Health Inequalities and Interventions
    Examines the conditions (political, economic, cultural, historical) that create and sustain disparities in health globally and locally. Critically examines health issues from multiple perspectives, exploring theories and movements of people creating social justice in health within frameworks that are both globally and locally situated.
  • BHS 302 Social Dimensions of Health
    Addresses several main concepts in public health with an exploration of the links between: community, health, and culture; health equity and social justice; and the emerging field of global health. 
  • B NURS 407 Cultural and Social Issues in Healthcare
    Analyzes the impact of cultural, social, and global factors on the health of diverse populations. Critically examines how discrimination, oppression, and privilege relate to health, health disparities, illness, and healing. Students apply self-awareness, knowledge, and skills in planning for and providing non-discriminatory and culturally competent healthcare.
  • B NURS 421 Social Justice in Health
    Examines how multilevel societal factors influence differences in health and the provision of health services. Emphasizes impact of power and inequality on health of individuals, families, communities, and populations. Considers principles and actions of social justice and public health ethics to encourage self-exploration of roles to advocate for social change. 

School of STEM

Sustainability-Focused Courses

Undergraduate 

  • B BIO 180 Introductory Biology I
    For students intending to take advanced courses in the biological sciences or enroll in pre-professional programs. Mendelian genetics, evolution, biodiversity of life forms, ecology, conservation biology. 
  • B BIO 330 Marine Biology
    Investigates how marine life adapts to ocean habitats from deep-sea vents to tropical coral reefs by exploring animal behavior, physiology, evolution, and ecology.
  • B BIO 335 Salmon and Society
    Exploration of the complexities of salmon biology, management, and conservation from local to international scales, and the cultural, historical, and political contexts in which management decisions are made.
  • B BIO 471 Plant Ecology
    Explores the evolution and ecology of plants, starting at the scale of a plant individual to populations to community interactions to ecosystem dynamics. Topics covered in lecture and explored through student-led discussion of primary literature. Includes student collected field and greenhouse data.
  • B CHEM 110 Chemistry and Life
    Survey course exploring the chemistry of life. Topics include the molecular nature of all life, chemical processes of living organisms, chemistry of food, air, water, nutrition, pollution, genetic engineering, and drug design. Material includes basic chemical principles related to explored topics.
  • BEARTH 153 Introduction to Geology
    Survey of the physical systems that give the earth its form. Emphasizes the dynamic nature of interior and surface processes on the earth and stressing the value of geological forms in understanding of the past and predicting future events.  
  • BEARTH 154 Introduction to Oceanography
    Case studies of research on the oceans, deep-sea exploration, climate change, and human impacts on marine life. Considers societal factors affecting progress in marine science, changing popular attitudes toward the oceans, and key current policy implications of marine science.
  • BEARTH 155 Introduction to Climate Science
    Introduces climate science and global climate change. Topics include the scientific method, earth history, global biogeochemical cycles, population and energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions; fundamental climate science, energy conservation, alternative energy; climate and the media; and climate policy.
  • BEARTH 201 Mapping the Earth System
    Focuses on issues of environmental health and environmental change in a local or regional earth system as a means to investigate the interconnected biologic, geologic, hydrologic and social systems of that region.
  • BEARTH 202 Modeling Global Systems
    Introduces computer-based modelling as a tool to represent, investigate and understand Earth's interconnected systems.
  • BEARTH 300 Environmental Systems Thinking
    Introduces students to the Schools of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and STEM, interdisciplinary inquiry, reflective learning, and the creation of a learning portfolio. Pedagogies emphasize critical reading, writing development, research question formation, and peer collaboration. Thematic focus on the characteristics and applications of systems thinking in analyzing complex socio-ecological phenomena.
  • BEARTH 310 Fundamentals of Weather and Climate
    Comprehensive introduction to the science of the atmosphere and climate systems including: composition and structure of the atmosphere; atmospheric physics; thermodynamic processes; solar and terrestrial radiation; atmospheric dynamics and large-scale circulation; and climate processes and dynamics.
  • BEARTH 317 Soils in the Environment
    Introduces the types of soils analyses necessary to understand the physical and chemical state of soils. Includes an introduction to soils in general, and local soils in particular.
  • BEARTH 318 Hydrogeology
    Examines details and mechanisms of the natural processes associated with the hydrologic cycle. Explores rivers, groundwater, and watershed management issues within Washington State.
  • BEARTH 320 Impacts of Climate Change
    Surveys climate change implications for natural and human systems, both globally and locally. Topics include natural science, human health, and policy issues; climate system processes, air/water quality, ecosystem services, human health, extreme weather, flooding, snow pack, stream flow, vulnerability assessment, adaptation, and mitigation strategies.
  • BEARTH 321 Geomorphology
    Provides an overview of the science and geomorphology, emphasizing field observations, data collection, and data analyses associated with geomorphological methods. Examines how landforms evolve, how landforms and abiotic processes influence ecosystems, and how human activities are impacting all of the above.
  • BEARTH 341 Natural Hazards and Human Disasters
    Investigates the distribution and impacts of natural hazards and what controls the magnitude and frequency of these events. Examines how cultural and social factors influence the hazard vulnerability of populations.
  • B EE 381 Introduction to Electric Power Generation
    Reviews the design and operation of power plants for the generation of electric power. Covers thermodynamic principles of energy conversion, cycle analysis, combustion, nuclear and hydroelectric power, emerging energy technologies, plant economics, emission controls, and environmental impact.
  • B EE 457 Electrical/Power Electronic Systems in Renewable Energy
    Provides a quantitative and practical introduction to renewable energy electrical/power electronic systems. Emphasis on the fastest growing solar and wind technologies. Electrical/electronic architectures of other technologies such as hydroelectric power and electric vehicles are introduced. Energy storage technologies, such as battery technologies and their associated power electronics are discussed.
  • B ME 433 Advanced Thermal Fluids
    Explores advanced topics in thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics, including but not limited to HVAC, combustion, compressible fluid mechanics, advanced power generation, computational methods, and renewable energy.
  • B ME 446 Sustainable Energy
    Studies principles and technologies of energy conversion and their application in sustainable power generation systems. Topics include: fuels and combustion; combined cycles; renewable energy; nuclear power; fuel cells; and energy storage. Economic, environmental, and policy implications of energy technologies are also considered.
  • B ME 450 Introduction to Ocean Engineering and Sciences
    Introduction to fundamental concepts of ocean sciences and engineering through project-based activities. Topics include Hydrostatistics, Hydrodynamics, Ocean Sensors, Underwater Acoustics, Sonar, Marine Geology, Ocean Vehicles, Marine Ecosystem, Marine Mammals, Energy, Pollution and Policy.
  • B PHYS 224 Thermal Physics
    Studies heat, temperature, and forms of thermal energy. Covers the laws of thermodynamics and some statistical mechanics.
  • BST 110 Chemistry and Life
    Survey course exploring the chemistry of life. Topics include the molecular nature of all life, chemical processes of living organisms, chemistry of food, air, water, nutrition, pollution, genetic engineering, and drug design. Material includes basic chemical principles related to explored topics. No prior chemistry knowledge assumed.
  • BST 381 Introduction to Electric Power Generation
    Reviews the design and operation of power plants for the generation of electric power. Covers thermodynamic principles of energy conversion, cycle analysis, combustion, nuclear and hydroelectric power, emerging energy technologies, plant economics, emission controls, and environmental impact.
  • BST 445 Political Economy of Energy
    Covers the theoretical and practical issues in developing public policy to meet demands for efficient, secure, and environmentally sustainable energy. Student evaluate energy technologies in terms of scientific merit, economics, environmental impacts, and political contexts, and propose technologically sound and politically feasible solutions.
  • BST 446 Sustainable Energy
    Covers the principles of energy conservation and technologies for generating and transmitting energy sustainably to meet growing energy demand. Discusses the status and prospects of current and emerging energy choices, including fossil and nuclear fuels, biomass, wind, and solar.

Sustainability-Inclusive Courses

Undergraduate

  • B BIO 130 Introduction to Marine Life
    Identification of invertebrates, fish, mammals, and birds of the Salish Sea with a focus on their anatomy, adaptations, and roles in the ecosystem. Exploration of unique environmental conditions that allow life to thrive in the Salish Sea, including anthropogenic impacts on local species.

First Year and Pre-major Programs (FYPP)

Sustainability-Focused Courses

Undergraduate

  • B CORE 104 Discovery Core I: Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts
    Examines an important social issue such as ecology, art, political change, the power of media, educational reform, or the role of science in contemporary culture through interdisciplinary investigation, and the lens of the visual, literary, and performing arts. 
  • B CORE 110 Discovery Core I: Natural World
    Examines an important social issue such as ecology, the role of technology in society, bioethics, or global and local health concerns through interdisciplinary investigation, and the disciplined scientific study of the natural world.