NW Courses

Winter Quarter 2020 courses

Please note: class times, locations, fees, class enrollments and course descriptions may change.  Check the Time Schedule for updates BEFORE registering for any class.  Always check your degree audit after registering for courses.


ASTR 101 – Astronomy (5 credits)
TTh 1:30 – 2:50
Quiz T/Th, times vary
Instructor:  Oliver Fraser
$10 course fee
QSR credit
Introduction to the universe, with emphasis on conceptual, as contrasted with mathematical, comprehension. Modern theories, observations; ideas concerning nature, evolution of galaxies; quasars, stars, black holes, planets, solar system. Not open for credit to students who have taken 102 or 201; not open to upper-division students majoring in physical sciences or engineering. 

ASTR 105 – Exploring the Moon (5 credits)
MWF 9:00-10:20
Instructor:  Toby Smith
Examines the questions why did we go to the moon, what did we learn, and why do we want to go back.

ASTR 150 – The Planets (5 credits)
TTh 1:00 – 2:20
Quiz M/W, times vary
Instructor:  Nicole Kelly
$10 course fee
QSR credit
Where did our Solar System come from? What is it made of? Are we alone? What else is 'out there'? These are some of the natural and fundamental questions that humans have been asking since the dawn of time. Given the complexity and diversity of such questions, it is not at all surprising that astronomy itself is a diverse and interesting field of study. Over the next ten weeks we will explore the planets of the Solar System in the hopes of bringing you closer to answering these and, undoubtedly numerous other questions you may already have or will have as we move along in this course.

Whether you are an avid backyard astronomer complete with your own telescope or a complete newbie to astronomy or any science class, I am sure you will enjoy the material in this course. The course is open to all students and there are no prerequisites. 

Atmospheric Sciences
http://www.washington.edu/students/timeschd/WIN 2020/atmos.html

ATM S 101 – Weather (5 credits)
MTWTh 11:30 – 12:20
Quiz Th/F, times vary
Instructor: Clifford Mass
The earth's atmosphere, with emphasis on weather observations and forecasting. Daily weather map discussions. Highs, lows, fronts, clouds, storms, jet streams, air pollution, and other features of the atmosphere. Physical processes involved in weather phenomena. Intended for non-majors.

ATM S 111 – Global Warming (5 credits)
MTWTh 9:30 – 10:20
Quiz on Th/F, times vary
Instructor:  K. Huybers
Includes a broad overview of the science of global warming. Discusses the causes, evidence, future projections, societal and environmental impacts, and potential solutions. Introduces the debate on global warming with a focus on scientific issues.

ATM S 220 – Exploring the Atmospheric Sciences (1 credit)
Th 12:30-1:20

Instructor:  TBA
Focuses on current research in the atmospheric sciences and the related implications for public health, business, and environmental policy. Credit/no-credit only.

ATM S 290 – Weather Challenge (1 credit)
M 12:30-1:20
Instructor: Lynn McMurdie
Includes participation in a national weather forecast contest; weekly discussion on forecast models, forecasting methods, and unique considerations for specific forecast locations. Prerequisite: either ATM S 101 or ATM S 301. Credit/no-credit only.
Note: this course starts late and ends during spring break. Contact Prof. McMurdie about registration or entry codes.

Biocultural Anthropology

Bio A 206 – Plagues and Peoples (5 credits)
MWF 1:00-2:20
Quiz T, times vary
Instructor: Steven Goodreau
Infectious diseases have shaped human culture, biology, and history, in a remarkable array of ways for different pathogens and different societies. Uncovers why, by considering in turn the biology, demography, and cultural history of epidemics. Students develop a broader understanding of biocultural approaches to human disease.

Bio A 208 – Sex and Evolution (5 credits)
MWF 10:00-11:20
Quiz T, sections meet online (see Time Schedule for details)
Instructor: Alex Hill
Addresses the evolution of sexual reproduction and mating behavior, particularly as exhibited by humans. Focuses on concepts such as natural selection, sexual selection, and kin selection. Demonstrates how evolution can inform our understanding of sexual strategies, conflict, and orientation, as well as marriage, parenthood, and mate preferences.


Biol 103 – Sex, Death, Evolution (2 credits)
MW 2:30-3:20
Quiz F, times vary
Instructor: Jon Herron
Evolution is the conceptual foundation for all the life sciences. Overview of theoretical and empirical evolutionary biology using examples that involve sex and/or death. Designed for non-majors.

Earth and Space Sciences

ESS 100 – Dinosaurs (2 credits)
MW 12:30-1:20
Instructor: Ruth Martin
Subscription to Top Hat required. See MyPlan for details.

Biology, behavior, ecology, evolution, and extinction of dinosaurs, and a history of their exploration. With dinosaurs as focal point, course also introduces the student to how hypotheses in geological and paleobiological science are formulated and tested.

ESS 101 - Intro to Geology and Societal Impacts (5 credits)
MWF 3:30-4:20
Lab M/T/W/Th, times vary
Instructor:  Terry Swanson
$30 course fee required.

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. Not open for credit to students who have taken ESS 105, or ESS 210. Field trips.

ESS 102 – Space and Space Travel (5 credits)
MWF 11:30-12:20
Quiz TTh, times vary
Instructor:  Baptiste Journaux
$20 course fee required.
Optional writing credit, see Time Schedule or MyPlan for details. 
Explores powering the sun, making of space weather conditions, observations from space and from Earth, Earth’s space environment, radiation belts and hazards, plasma storms and auroras, electron beams, spacecraft requirements, tooling up for manned exploration. Open to non-science majors.

ESS 106 – Living with Volcanoes (3 credits)
MWF 1:30-2:20
Instructor:  Michael Harrell
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.

ESS 203 – Glaciers and Global Change (5 credits)
MWF 1:30-2:20
Quiz T/Th, times vary
Instructor: Edwin Waddington
Explores how glaciers record climate change and human activities through bubbles of ancient air and trace impurities in the ice. Also reviews glaciers impact on societies through sea-level, coastlines, water supplies, and transportation routes. Open to non-science majors.

Environmental Studies

ENVIR 100 –Environmental Studies: Interdisciplinary Foundations (5 credits)
MWF 9:30-10:20
Quiz T/W/Th, times vary
Instructor:  E. Wheat & T. Brillo
Introduces environmental studies through interdisciplinary examination of the ethical, political, social, and scientific dimensions of current and historical environmental issues. Integrates material from different disciplines, and applies insights and methods to actual problems and situations at scales from the local to the global.

Environmental Science and Resource Management

ESRM 150 – Wildlife in the Modern World (5 credits)
MWF 11:30-12:50
Instructor: Kaeli Swift
Covers major wildlife conservation issues in North America. Some global issues are also treated. Examples of topics include the conservation of large predators, effects of toxic chemicals on wildlife, old-growth wildlife, conservation of marine wildlife, recovery of the bald eagle, and gray wolf.

ESRM 300 – Sustainability Seminar (2 credits)
T 2:30-4:20
Instructor:  Phil Levin
Open to all majors starting 11/18.
Overview of principles of sustainability, including discussion of current literature, presentation, and discussion with practitioners, and methods for balancing social, economic, and ecological consequences of proposed policies and actions. Students develop a plan to further their studies in natural resources and environmental sustainability.  Credit/ no credit only.  


EPI 360 – Exploring HIV/AIDS (5 credits)
TTh 3:30-4:50
Quiz F, times vary
Instructor: J. Balkus
QSR credit
Contact instructor about writing credit before quarter starts. See Time Schedule for details.
Who gets HIV and how?  How can HIV infection be prevented?  How is HIV/AIDS treated?  What can be done to end the epidemic?
In this course, you will:
-Explore the historical, public health, clinical, and social aspects of HIV infection.
-Examine the epidemiology of the US and global HIV/AIDS epidemic.
-Lay the foundation for pursuing a degree and career in public health, epidemiology, global health, infectious diseases, or health/medicine.

No prerequisites.  All majors are encouraged to enroll.  This is a great course for students preparing for careers in a health related field.  A basic understanding of biology is recommended, but not required.

History: Comparative and Transregional

HSTCMP 313 – Science in Civilization: Physics and Astrophysics (5 credits)
MW 2:30-4:20
Instructor: Bruce Helvy
Writing credit
Organization and pursuit of the physical and astrophysical sciences, focusing on the major unifying principles of physics and astronomy and the social and cultural settings in which they were created. Offered: jointly with ASTR 313.


Info 101 – Social Networking (5 credits)
F 1:30-2:20
Quiz MW/TTh, times vary
Instructor: Bob Boiko
Note: some quiz sections require laptops. See Time Schedule or MyPlan for details.
Explores today's most popular social networks, gaming applications, and messaging applications. Examines technologies, social implications, and information structure. Focuses on logic, databases, networked delivery, identity, access, privacy, ecommerce, organization, and retrieval. 


NUTR 141 – Intro to Foods (5 credits)
MW 2:30-4:20pm
Instructor: A. Gloster
Examines how foods are used by different people and cultures to deliver nutrients and energy. Explores the evolution of the global food supply, food preparation techniques, food patterns, and eating habits as they relate to diets, nutrition, and personal and public health. 

NUTR 200 – Nutrition (4 credits)
MWF 10:30-11:20
Quiz T/Th/F,times vary
Instructor: Cristen Harris

Examines the role of nutrition in health, wellness, and prevention of chronic disease. Topics include nutrients and nutritional needs across the lifespan, food safety, food security, wellness, body weight regulation, eating disorders, sports nutrition, and prevention of chronic disease. May not be taken for credit if credit earned in NUTR 300. 

NUTR 303 – Food Systems II: Individual to Population Health (5 credits)
TTh 2:30-3:50
Quiz Th, times vary
Instructor: Yona Sipos
$5 required course fee

Examines the food environment in the local community from the public health perspective. Explores where people get their food, what influences this decision, and various aspects of the local food movement, including access to healthy food, urban agriculture, farmers markets, and other public health nutrition initiatives. Includes a weekly discussion section. Prerequisite: NUTR 200. 

NUTR 390 – Food Seminar: Fermentation Sciences (1 credit)
T 3:30-4:20
Instructor: A. Gloster
Examines current food, culinary, and food system issues from production, processing, and marketing to consumption, nutrition, and health. Includes diverse perspectives from producers, processors, public health professionals, and relevant research. Credit/no-credit only. 

NUTR 400 – Nutrition Seminar: Food Systems in the Age of Climate Change (1 credit)
T 12:30-1:20
Instructor: Yona Sipos
Examines emerging issues in food and nutrition as they relate to personal and public health. Reviews evidence in the context of health policy. Credit/no-credit only. 


Ocean 102 – The Changing Oceans (5 credits)
Lecture section to be arranged. This is a hybrid course. All lecture materials are online. In-person weekly quiz sections are required.
Quiz T/W, times vary
Instructor: M. Nuwer
Case studies of research on how the ocean drives our planet's climate system and how humans have altered marine and coastal environments. Students consider societal factors affecting progress in marine science, changing popular attitudes toward the oceans, and key current policy implications of marine science. Intended for non-majors.

Ocean 121 – Deep Sea Vents: Volcanos and Life in the Deep Sea (2 credits)
W 2:30-4:20
Instructor: D. Kelley
Examines the dynamic marine processes that shape the planet and cutting-edge oceanographic technologies used to explore the deepest oceans. Includes imagery of rarely seen submarine volcanic eruptions, hot springs, and novel life forms highlighting the interconnected geological-biological processes creating the most extreme environments on Earth.


Phil 120 – Intro to Logic (5 credits)
MWF 9:30-10:20
Quiz TTh, times vary
Instructor: Ian Schnee
QSR credit
Elementary symbolic logic. The development, application, and theoretical properties of an artificial symbolic language designed to provide a clear representation of the logical structure of deductive arguments.


Phys 110 – Liberal Arts Physics (5 credits)
MTThF 12:30-1:20
Instructor: Miguel Morales
QSR credit
Physics for students in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Students get a flavor of what physics is about, including scientific procedures. We will focus on the theory of Relativity. This revolutionized physics in 1905 and led to amazing predictions, like the existence of black holes and the production of gravitational waves, confirmed in 2016. Only math at high school level is required.


Psych 202 – Biopsychology (5 credits)
MTWTh 9:30-10:20
Quiz F, times vary
Instructor: Jeansok Kim
Examines the biological basis of behavior, the nervous system, how it works to control behavior and sense the world, and what happens when it malfunctions. Topics include learning and memory, development, sex, drugs, sleep, the senses, emotions, and mental disorders. Prerequisite: PSYCH 101.


Stat 220 – Principles of Statistical Reasoning (5 credits)
MWF 8:30-9:20
Quiz TTh, times vary
Instructor: Tamre Cardoso
QSR credit

Introduces statistical reasoning. Focuses primarily on the “what” and “why” rather than the “how”. Helps students gain an understanding of the rationale behind many statistical methods, as well as an appreciation of the use and misuse of statistics. Encourages and requires critical thinking.  Students may receive credit for only one of Stat 220, Stat 311, Stat/CS&SS/SOC 221, and Econ 311.

Stat 221 – Statistics for the Social Sciences (5 credits)
MWF 8:30-9:20
Quiz TTh, times vary
Instructor: William Brown
QSR credit

Develops statistical literacy. Examines objectives and pitfalls of statistical studies; study designs, data analysis, inference; graphical and numerical summaries of numerical and categorical data; correlation and regression; and estimation, confidence intervals, and significance tests. Emphasizes social science examples and cases. Students may receive credit for only one of Stat 220, Stat 311, Stat/CS&SS/SOC 221, and Econ 311.