NW Courses

Spring Quarter 2017 NW courses

Class times, locations, fees, and course descriptions may change.  Check the time schedule for updates BEFORE enrolling in any course. 

For more NW courses, see the General Education Requirement search page at:  http://www.washington.edu/students/timeschd/genedinq.html.

American Indian Studies

AIS 475B – Decolonizing the Environmental Discourse (5 credits)
MW 10:30-12:20
Instructor: Jessica Hernandez
This course examines the concept of environmental justice through a decolonization lens—giving a voice to those who have been silenced in the official environmental discourse. Through guest presentations, group work, facilitated discussions, readings, and inclusive teaching strategies students will examine & explore current and past environmental (in)justice cases. Some of the cases include; the Dakota Access Pipeline, Lummi Coal Terminal, Flint, Michigan, Uranium Mining in Navajo Nation, etc. I&S. NW available for any student who emails elissaw@uw.edu


ASTR 101 – Astronomy (5 credits)
MW 11:00 – 12:20
Quiz TTh, times vary
Instructor:  Christopher Laws
$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 301; not open to upper-division students majoring in physical sciences or engineering.

ASTR 150 – The Planets (5 credits)
TTh 9:00 – 10:20
Quiz MW, times vary
Instructor:  Toby Smith
$10 course fee
QSR credit
For liberal arts and beginning science students. Survey of the planets of the solar system, with emphases on recent space exploration of the planets and on the comparative evolution of the Earth and the other planets. 

ASTR 190 – Topics in Astronomy: Observing Celestial Objects for Beginners ( 3 credits)
TTh 1:30-2:50
Instructor: Ana Larson

Topics of current interest, such as origin of chemical elements, novae and supernovae, white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes, active galaxies, quasars, or interstellar medium and astrochemistry. Choice of topics depends on instructor and class interest. Prerequisite: either one 100- or one 200-level ASTR course.

Atmospheric Sciences

ATM S 103 – Hurricane Science (3 credits)
MWF 10:30 – 11:20
Instructor:  Dale Durran

Explores the science, history, and impacts of thunderstorms and hurricanes. Includes basic processes responsible for thunderstorms and hurricanes and for the lightning, hail, high winds, and storm surges that accompany them. Presents significant historical examples, along with the impact on human activities, strategies for personal safety, and societal adaptation.

ATM S 111 – Global Warming (5 credits)
TTh 10:30 – 11:20
Quiz Th/F, times vary
Instructor: Rachel White
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 211 – Climate Change (5 credits)
TTh 10:30-12:20
Quiz Th/F, times vary
Instructor:  Robert Wood

The nature of the global climate system. Factors influencing climate including interactions among the atmosphere, oceans, solid earth, and biosphere. Stability and sensitivity of climate system. Global warming, ozone depletion, and other human influences. Intended for nonmajors.

ATM S 212 – Air Pollution: From Urban Smog to the Ozone Hole (5 credits)
MTWThF 11:30-12:20
Instructor: Lyatt Jaegle

Introduction to air pollution on local, regional, and global scales, with focus on the sources, transformation, and dispersion of pollutants responsible for urban smog, acid rain, climate change, and the ozone hole. Health and environmental effects of air pollutants, technological solutions, and international policy regulations.

ATM S 220 – Exploring the Atmospheric Sciences (1 credit)
M 12:30-1:20
Instructor:  Dennis Hartmann
Cr/NC grading only
Focuses on current research in the atmospheric sciences and the related implications for public health, business, and environmental policy. Credit/no-credit only.

Biocultural Anthropology

Bio A 201 – Principles of Biological Anthropology (5 credits)
MWTh 8:30-9:20
Quiz T, times vary
Instructor:  Matthew Taylor
Evolution and adaptation of the human species. Evidence from fossil record and living populations of monkeys, apes, and humans. Interrelationships between human physical and cultural variation and environment; role of natural selection in shaping our evolutionary past, present, and future.

http://www.washington.edu/students/timeschd/SPR 2017/biology.html

Biol 118 – Survey of Physiology (5 credits)
MTWThF 9:30-10:20
Instructor:  Casey Self
Human physiology, for nonmajors and health sciences students.

BIOL 180 – Introductory Biology (5 credits)
MTWThF 1:30-2:20
Quiz T/W/Th, times vary
Instructor:  Jon Herron
$65 course fee
Mendelian genetics, evolution, biodiversity of life forms, ecology, and conservation biology. Open to all students interested in biology whether intending to major in the biological sciences, enroll in preprofessional programs, or fulfill a Natural World requirement.First course in a three-quarter series (BIOL 180, BIOL 200, BIOL 220).

Earth and Space Sciences

ESS 101 - Intro to Geological Sciences (5 credits)
MWF 12:30-1:20
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
Lab TTh, times vary
Instructor:  Erika Harnett
$20 course fee
Open to all majors; writing credit optional (schedule for details).  Turning point clickers required.
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 104 – Prehistoric Life (3 credits)
MW 9:30-10:20
Lab M/W/Th, times vary
Instructor: TBA
Subscription to Top Hat required. See schedule for details.
Fossils and how they are preserved. What fossils tell us about past life and environments. How the history of life unfolded and what caused the great events in biological evolution. Open to non-science majors, but also lays a foundation for higher-level geobiology courses.

ESS 106 – Living with Volcanoes (3 credits)
MWF 9:30-10:20
Instructor:  George Bergantz
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 201 – Earth Climate (5 credits)
MW 9:30-10:20
Lab M/W, times vary
Instructor:  Eric Steig
Earth's dynamic environment, global energy balance, interplay of chemical, physical, and biological processes shaping the Earth's surface and climate. Emphasis on quantitative methods for measuring, evaluating, and understanding contemporary changes relative to the last several thousand years. Pre-reqs: Either Math 124, Math 144 or Q Sci 291.

ESS 205 – Access to Space
MWF 10:30-11:20
Quiz TTh, times vary
Instructor:  Robert Holzworth
$32 course fee required
Group development of student experiments to the outer rim of our atmosphere and the beginning of space; investigation of stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, magnetosphere, development of exploration packages; basic electronic fabrication, global positioning, radio tracking, expectations at high altitudes. Open to all disciplines. No previous experience of electronics required.

ESS 495 – NASA Science and Engineering Research Seminar (1 credit)
Th 2:30-3:20
Instructor:  Erika Harnett
Review of current space science-related research. Emphasis varies, but topics may include planetary geology, astronomy, global change, aeronautical engineering, and remote sensing. Credit/no-credit only.

Environmental Studies

Envir 100 –Environmental Studies: Interdisciplinary Foundations (5 credits)
Lecture to be arranged
Quiz Th/F, times vary
Instructor:  Kristina Straus and Yen-Chu Weng
See time schedule for more information on quiz sections.
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.

Envir 240 – The Urban Farm (5 credits)
TTh 4:00-5:50
Instructor:  Elizabeth Wheat
$30 course fee
Open to all majors on 2/27.  Field trip required.

Develops students' understanding the ecological connections between food production, human health, and planetary sustainability. Teaches basic skills needed for food production in urban areas and the ethics behind sustainable urban agriculture, including a hands-on component on the farm at the biology greenhouse.

Envir 280 – Natural History of the Puget Sound Region (5 credits)
TTh 9:30-11:20
Instructor: Timothy Billo
Two field trips required.

Focuses on identification and ecology of defining organisms in major habitats of the Puget Sound region. Geology, climate, and early human history provide a framework for understanding the distribution and development of these habitats. Emphasizes a variety of techniques for the observation and description of nature.

Environmental Health

ENV H 311 – Intro to Environmental Health (3 credits)
MWF 10:30-11:20
Instructor: Tania Busch Isaksen
Relationship of people to their environment, how it affects their physical well-being and what they can do to influence the quality of the environment and to enhance the protection of their health. Emphasis on environmental factors involved in transmission of communicable diseases and hazards due to exposure to chemical and physical materials in our environment.

Environmental Science and Resource Management

ESRM 101 – Forests and Society (5 credits)
MTWThF 1:30-2:20
Instructor:  Kristiina Vogt
$5 course fee required
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. Cannot be taken for credit if CFR 101 already taken. Open to majors and nonmajors.

ESRM 235 – Introduction to Environmental Economics (5 credits)
MW 2:30-4:20
Instructor:  Sergey Rabotyagov
Registration open to all majors on 2/27.
Introduces environmental and natural resource economics. Discusses fundamental economic concepts, including markets and private property. Includes basic tools used in the economic assessment of environmental problems and applies these methods to key environmental issues.  Offered jointly with Econ 235 and ENVIR 235.

ESRM 429 – Environmental Science and Resource Management Seminar (1 credit)
T 8:30-9:20
Instructor:  David Butman
Cr/NC only
Weekly seminars covering water resources and watershed topics with lectures from scientists on and off campus.

ESRM 455 – Wildlife Seminar (1 credit)
M 3:30-4:50
Instructor: Christian Grue
Credit/no credit only.
Discussion of current research and application in wildlife biology and conservation.


FISH 230 – Economics of Fisheries and Oceans (5 credits)
MWF 10:30-11:50
Instructor:  Christopher Anderson
QSR credit
Examines how and why people and businesses make choices that lead to over-fishing, hypoxic zones, and oil spills in aquatic environments. Applies economic principles to understand how alternative policies might change these decisions, and how distributional effects influence politically feasible solutions. Offered jointly with ECON 230.

FISH 260 – Recreational Fisheries: Science, Management and Policy (3 or 5 credits)
TTh 10:30-12:20 & T 5:00-6:50 for 5 credits
TTh 10:30-12:20 for 3 credits
Instructor:  Christian Grue
Provides an overview of Washington's recreational fisheries emphasizing science, management, and policy. Optional laboratory focuses on science and technology behind fishing tactics, tackle, and equipment, ways to minimize impacts and enhance conservation, and politics associated with opportunities for recreational anglers. Suitable for students with or without a strong science background.

Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

GWSS 357 – Psychobiology of Women (5 credits)
TTh 9:30-11:20
Quiz Th/F, times vary
Instructor:  Nancy Kenney
Physiological and psychological aspects of women's lives; determinants of biological sex; physiological and psychological events of puberty; menopause; sexuality; contraception, pregnancy, childbirth, and lactation; role of culture in determining psychological response to physiological events. Offered jointly with Psych 357.


INFO 101 – Social Networking (5 credits)
F 1:30-2:20
Quiz MW/TTh, times vary
Instructor:  Robert Boiko
Freshmen, Sophomores only until 3/27.
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.

Nutritional Science

NUTR 200 – Nutrition (4 credits)
MWF 4:30-5:20
Quiz T/W/Th/F, times vary
Instructor: Melissa Edwards
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 241 – Culinary Nutrition Science (3 credits)
T 3:30-4:50
Lab F, times vary
Instructor: Anne-Marie Gloster
Explores scientific principles behind modern culinary techniques that transform raw foodstuffs into prepared foods that have sensory appeal. Hands-on kitchen demonstrations show how physical and chemical forces acting on solids, liquids, and gases transform raw ingredients into foods with desirable taste, texture, and aroma. Requires access to a full kitchen to complete assignments. Cannot be taken for credit if credit earned in NUTR 441. Prerequisite: NUTR 200.

NUTR 302 – Food Studies (3 credits)
MW 4:30-5:50
Instructor:  TBA
Examines the many facets of the modern food supply from production and processing to distribution, marketing, and retail. Systems approach to foods studies considers geopolitical, agricultural, environmental, social, and economic factors along the pathway from harvest to health. Prerequisite: NUTR 200.


PHIL 120 – Intro to Logic (5 credits)
MWF 10:30-11:20
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.


PSYCH 200 – Comparative Animal Behavior (5 credits)
MTWThF 11:30-12:20
Instructor:  Michael Beecher
Research methods and findings of comparative animal behavior, their importance to an understanding of human behavior; rationale for study of behavioral differences/similarities between animal species, behavior viewed as part of adaptation of each species to its natural habitat. Not open for credit to students who have taken PSYCH 300.

PSYCH 202 – Biopsychology (5 credits)
MTWTh 8:30-9:20
Quiz F, times vary
Instructor:  Ann Voorhies
Open to seniors on 2/27.

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 111 – Lectures in Applied Statistics (1 credit)
W 1:30-2:20
Instructor: Kwun Chan
Credit/no-credit only.
Weekly lectures illustrating the importance of statisticians in a variety of fields, including medicine and the biological, physical, and social sciences. Offered jointly with BIOST 111.

Stat 220 – Principles of Statistical Reasoning (5 credits)
MWF 8:30-9:20
Quiz TTh, times vary
Instructor: June Morita
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 221, Stat 311, and Econ 311.

Stat 221 – Statistical Concepts and Methods for the Social Sciences (5 credits)
MWF 9:30-10:20
Quiz TTh, times vary
Instructor:  Nathalie Williams
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 221, Stat 311, and Econ 311.

Stat 311A – Elements of Statistical Methods (5 credits)
MWF 2:30-3:20
Quiz TTh, times vary
Instructor: Wanda Morris
QSR credit
Prerequisite: either Math 111, Math 120, Math 124, Math 127, Or Math 144.

Elementary concepts of probability and sampling; binomial and normal distributions. Basic concepts of hypothesis testing, estimation, and confidence intervals; t-tests and chi-square tests. Linear regression theory and the analysis of variance. Students may receive credit for only one of Stat 220, Stat 221, Stat 311, and Econ 311.