NW Courses

Winter Quarter 2022 NW courses

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ASTR 101A – 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 301; not open to upper-division students majoring in physical sciences or engineering.

ASTR 101B – Astronomy (5 credits)
Online version of Astr 101. Check Time Schedule for details.
$10 course fee
QSR credit

ASTR 105 – Exploring the Moon (5 credits)
To be arranged. Check Time Schedule for details.
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 150A – The Planets (5 credits)
TTh 1:00 – 2:20
Quiz M/W, times vary
Instructor: Nicole Kelly
$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 150E – The Planets (5 credits)
Online version of Astr 150. Check Time Schedule for details.
$10 course fee
QSR credit

Atmospheric Sciences

ATM S 100 – Climate Solutions (5 credits)
MTWTh 9:30-10:20
Quiz Th/F, times vary
Instructor: Dargan Frierson
Diversity credit
Presents visions of the future when the climate crisis is solved. Describes paths towards reaching these goals. Solutions include building a resilient society with clean energy, sustainable agriculture, climate justice, and a just transition for workers.

ATM S 101 – Weather (5 credits)
MTWTh 11:30 – 12:20
Quiz Th/F, times vary
Instructor: G. Hakim

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 nonmajors.

ATM S 111 – Global Warming: Understanding the Issues (5 credits)
MTWTh 9:30 – 10:20
Quiz Th/F, times vary
Instructor: K. Huybers
Check Time Schedule for details about course times.
Presents a broad overview of the science of global warming. Includes the causes, evidence, and societal and environmental impacts from the last century. Recounts future climate projections and societal decisions that influence greenhouse gas emission scenarios and our ability to adapt to climate change. Presents ways to identify disinformation versus correct science.

ATM S 220 – Exploring the Atmospheric Sciences (1 credit)
Th 12:30-1:20
Instructor: Cox Tyler
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 206 – Plagues and People (5 credits)
MWF 2:30-3:50
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, TBD – Check Time Schedule for course time udpates.
Instructor: A. 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, and Evolution (2 credits)
MW 10:30-11:50
Quiz F, times vary
Instructor: J. 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.

Comparative History of Ideas

Chid 250G – Special Topics: The Environmental Humanities in the Public Sphere (5 credits)
MW 12:30-2:20
Instructor: A. Dwyer
This course explores the ways in which living and dying are distributed unevenly across lines of human and species difference with the advent of climate change and the Anthropocene. But in the face of accelerating changes to the environment, and in light of both shared and incommensurable attendant vulnerabilities, this course will also query how public practices of engagement might intervene. In so doing, we will expand humanistic understandings of the public sphere. This course will involve use of several digital tools, most notably omeka. You do not need to be tech savvy, but you do need to be willing.

Earth and Space Sciences

ESS 100 – Dinosaurs (2 credits)
MW 12:30-1:20
Instructor: R. Martin
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 10:30-11:20
Lab M/T/W/Th, times vary
Instructor: T. Swanson
Check Time Schedule for details about course times.
Introduction to the processes, materials and structures that shape Earth. Emphasizes the dynamic nature of the earth's tectonic system and its relationship to physical features, volcanism, earthquakes, minerals and rocks and geologic structures. The course emphasizes the intrinsic relationship between human societies and geologic processes, hazards and resources. Not open for credit to students who have taken ESS 210. Optional field trips. No prerequisite classes required.

ESS 102A – Space and Space Travel (5 credits)
MWF 11:30-12:20
Lab TTh, times vary
Instructor: Baptiste Journaux
$20 course fee
Writing credit section. Check Time Schedule for details and other sections. 
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: M. 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.

Environmental Studies

Envir 100 –Environmental Studies: Interdisciplinary Foundations (5 credits)
MWF 9:30-10:20
Quiz M/T/W/Th, times vary
Instructor:  E. Wheat and D. Montgomery
Diversity credit
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 239 – Sustainable Choices (5 credits)
TTh 12:30-1:20
Quiz F, times vary
Instructor: K. Straus

Introduces implications of and approaches to sustainability through models of sustainability, history of sustainability movements, and sustainability in action. Explores how our personal choices can affect broader change towards sustainability. Examines personal and global aspects of sustainability through issues such as food, energy, waste, water, population, consumption, design, and well-being.

Environmental Health

ENV H 111 – Exploring Environment and Health Connections (3 credits)
TTh 10:30-11:20
Quiz F, times vary
Instructor: T. Burbacher
Introduction to environmental health concepts. Examines current events to illustrate and better appreciate the relationship between environment and health and to explore whether an environmental condition is or is not an important threat to health. Emphasizes the roles of environmental scientists and related professionals.

Environmental Science and Resource Management

ESRM 101 – Forests and Society: Forests, Fire, and Society: Past, Present, and Future (5 credits)
TTh 10:00-11:20
Quiz M/W/F, times vary
Instructor: Brian Harvey
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. Open to majors and nonmajors. Cannot be taken for credit if CFR 101 already taken.

ESRM 150 – Wildlife in the Modern World (5 credits)
MWF 1:30-2:20
Quiz M/W/Th/F, times vary
Instructor: Samantha Kreling
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 200 – Society and Sustainable Environments (5 credits)
TTh 12:30-2:20
Instructor: Peter Kahn and Chaja Levy
Open to all students on Nov. 22nd.
Introduces the application of social concepts and theories to understanding and managing urban, urbanizing, and wildland landscapes in a sustainable manner. Of particular interest are factors that shape patterns on the landscape and resulting social and economic benefits. Explores landscapes across the urban to wildland gradient.


EPI 360 – Exploring the HIV/AIDS Pandemic (5 credits)
MW 3:30-4:50
Quiz F, times vary
Instructor: Connnie Celum
QSR credit. Optional writing credit.
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. 


Info 101 – Social Networking (5 credits)
F 1:30-2:20
Quiz MW/TTh, times vary
Instructor:  Bob Boiko
Optional writing credit.
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 8:30-9:20
Quiz T/Th/F, times vary
Instructor: C. 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 202 – Food Systems Research (5 credits)
MW 1:00-2:20
Quiz TTh, times vary
Instructor: Marie Spiker
Explores methodological approaches used to study food systems, nutrition, and health including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. Discusses cross-cutting issues including research ethics, equity, and power dynamics of knowledge production as they relate to food systems. Recommended: NUTR 200.

NUTR 303 – Food Systems II: Individual to Population Health (5 credits)
TTh 10:00-11:20
Quiz Th/F, times vary
Instructor:  Yona Sipos
$5 course fee
Open to all majors on Nov. 22nd.
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 400 – Food Systems Seminar (1 credit)
F 12:30-1:20
Instructor: Alissa Bilfield

Examines emerging issues in food systems, nutrition, and health as they relate to personal and public health. Reviews evidence in the context of food systems and health policy. Credit/no-credit only.


Ocean 101 – Oceanography of the Pacific Northwest (5 credits)
MTTh 10:30-11:20
Quiz W, times vary
Instructor: Sasha Seroy
Introduces the fundamental principles of oceanography by focusing on the waters that surround us - the Washington coast and Puget Sound. Investigates the geologic history of the Pacific Northwest, and the physics, chemistry, and biology of coastal waters using case studies. Intended for nonmajors.

Ocean 102 – The Changing Oceans (5 credits)
Lectures to be arranged. Check Time Schedule for details.
Quiz T/W, times vary
Instructor: M. Nuwer
Historical case studies of research on the ancient oceans, deep-sea exploration, climate change and the oceans, and human impacts on marine life. 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 nonmajors.

Ocean 121 – Deep Sea Vents (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 11:30-12:20
Quiz TTh, times vary
Instructor:  Jose Mendoza
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.

Phil 160 – Perspectives on Science, Reason, and Reality (5 credits)
MW 10:00-11:20
Quiz TTh, times vary
Instructor: Benjamin Feintzieg
Writing credit
Study of how scientific theories are justified and why they are accepted, using selected examples from the history of science.


Psych 202 – Biopsychology (5 credits)
MTWTh 10:30-11:20
Quiz F, times vary
Instructor: Lauren Graham
No seniors period I registration.
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: TBA
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 11:30-12:20
Quiz TTh, times vary
Instructor: TBA
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.