NW Courses

Autumn Quarter 2019 NW courses

Class times, locations, fees, and course descriptions may change.  Check the time schedule for updates BEFORE registering.  If a course is full keep checking the time schedule for an opening and sign up for seat availability notification. 

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


ASTR 101 – Astronomy (5 credits)
MWF 10:30 – 11:20
Lab Th, times vary
Instructor:  C. Laws
$10 course fee.  Also counts as 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 ASTR 102 or ASTR 301; not open to upper-division students majoring in physical sciences or engineering.

ASTR 102 – Introduction to Astronomy (5 credits)
TTh 9:00-10:20
Lab MW, times vary
Instructor:  S. Tuttle
$10 course fee.  Also counts as QSR credit.
Emphasis on mathematical and physical comprehension of nature, the sun, stars, galaxies, and cosmology. Designed for students who have had algebra and trigonometry and high school or introductory level college physics. Cannot be taken for credit in combination with ASTR 101 or ASTR 301.

ASTR 115 – Intro to Astrobiology: Life in the Universe (5 credits)
MWF 1:30-2:20
Lab TTh, times vary
Instructor: R. Barnes
Introduction to the new science of astrobiology, study of the origin and evolution of life on Earth, and the search for microbial and intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe. Designed for non-science, liberal arts majors. Offered jointly with ASTBIO 115/BIOL 114/ESS 115/OCEAN 115.

ASTR 150 – The Planets (5 credits)
TTh 11:30 – 12:50
Lab M/W, times vary
Instructor: T. Smith
$10 course fee.
 Also counts as 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.

Atmospheric Sciences

ATM S 101 – Weather (5 credits)
MTWTh 9:30-10:20
Labs 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 (5 credits)
MTWTh 11:30-12:20
Labs Th/F, times vary
Instructor: D. Frierson
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 and Climate Change (5 credits)
MTWTh 12:30-1:20
Labs Th/F, times vary
Instructor:  Kathleen Huybers
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 220 – Exploring Atmospheric Science (1 credit)
Th 12:30-1:20
Instructor: B. Alexander
Credit/no credit only.

Focuses on current research in the atmospheric sciences and the related implications for public health, business, and environmental policy.

ATM S 290 – Weather Challenge (1 credit)
M 12:30-1:20
Instructor:  L. McMurdie
Course starts one week before autumn quarter. See Time Schedule for details. Credit/No Credit only.

Includes participation in a national weather forecast contest; weekly discussion on forecast models, forecasting methods, and unique considerations for specific forecast locations. Prerequisite: ATM S 101or ATMS S 301.

Biocultural Anthropology

Bio A 201 – Principles of Biological Anthropology (5 credits)
MTWTh 8:30-9:20
Quiz Th/F , times vary
Instructor:  Andrea Duncan
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.

Bio A 208 – Sex ad Evolution (5 credits)
MWF 1:00-2:20
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.

Comparative History of Ideas

Chid 480A – Special Topics: Animal Engagements: Writing and Talking with Non-Human Animals (5 credits)
TTh 10:30-12:20
Instructor:  July Hazard
This course tangles with some ontologies, ethics, and poetics of human-nonhuman writing and rhetorical situations. We will explore frameworks of interspecies relation developed in environmental humanities, critical animal studies, and other theory. Other readings will range from scientific logs to fairy tales, poetry to political propaganda; we will look at the different way of knowing and treating animals in these works. All along, we will also be writing with animals and students will keep journals of animal presences and absences. Our writing will attempt a variety of genres, including field descriptions, case reports, odes, and instructional text.

Earth and Space Sciences

ESS 101 – Introduction to Geological Sciences (5 credits)
MWF 12:30-1:20
Lab M/T/W/Th, times vary
Instructor:  Terry Swanson
$30 course fee

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.  Geology is all around us! From the volcanic Mt. Rainier, to glacial deposits from millions of years ago, there is a ton of geology in our back yard. Intro to Geology is a great survey course that emphasizes the dynamic nature of the interior and exterior of our planet, and understanding of how our planet is changing. This is a lab based course, with field trips almost every weekend.

ESS 102 – Space and Space Travel (5 credits)
MWF 11:30-12:20
Lab TTh, times vary
Instructor:  R. Winglee
$20 course fee
Writing credit (see time schedule for details)
ESS 102 is a great introduction to the upper limits of the Earth's atmosphere and what lies beyond. Compare the differences between Earth and the other planets in our solar system, as well as how to travel to them. Get to know the complex features of the sun, such as, how it gives us a source of energy and life, but also the deadly effects of solar radiation. Open to non-majors.

ESS 106 – Living With Volcanoes (3 credits)
MWF 1:30-2:20
Instructor:  M. Harrell
Even if you don't realize it, you are seeing a volcano almost every day. Mt. Rainier towers over Western Washington, but just what sort of eruption style will it have? How did it form? When will it erupt again and what does that mean for our city? These are just some of the questions addressed in Living with Volcanoes. This class covers everything from prehistoric eruptions to features on the outer limits of our solar system. This class is open to all majors, and at just 3 credits is a perfect addition to any schedule.

ESS 230A – Rivers and Beaches (3 credits)
TTh 10:00-11:20
Instructor:  D. Montgomery
$30 course fee
Introduction to Earth surface environments, the processes that shape them, how humans affect them and are affected by them. Weekend field trips examine mountains, rivers, deltas/estuaries, beaches, and environments beyond. Focus on linkages between these environments to illustrate coupling between landscapes and seascapes. Offered jointly with OCEAN 230.Also offered as 5 credit course under ESS 230B ($50 course fee).  See MyPlan or Time Schedule for details.

Environmental Health

ENV H 311 – Introduction to Environmental Health (3 credits)
MWF 10:30-11:20
Instructor:  T. 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.

Program on the Environment

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

ENVIR 110 – Food and the Environment (5 credits)
MWF 1:30-2:20
Quiz T/Th, times vary
Instructor: R. Hilborn
Relates the production and consumption of food to the major areas of environmental science including energy use, water consumption, biodiversity loss, soil loss, pollution, nutrient cycles, and climate change. Studies the basic science and how food production impacts the key processes.

ENVIR 239 – Sustainability: Personal Choices, Broad Impacts (3/5 credits)
MW 12:30-1:20
Quiz F, times vary
Instructor:  K. Straus
For 5 credits, service learning required. See MyPlan or Time Schedule for details.
Presents frameworks of sustainability via exploration of key pillars of sustainability, the history of sustainability movements, and sustainability in action. Students examine personal and global aspects of sustainability through issues such as smart growth, environmental and natural building, green business and energy, ecotourism, and international policy.


EPI 220 – Sexually Transmitted Infections: Causes and Consequences (5 credits)
TTh 3:00-4:20
Quiz F, times vary
Instructor: L. Manhart
QSR credit
Examines the causes and consequences of sexually transmitted infections (STI). Discusses strategies to prevent STI with a focus on sexual and reproductive health. Explores new advances in STI epidemiology, treatment, and public health control.

EPI 221 – Maternal and Child Health - A Population Health Approach (5 credits)
MW 1:00-2:20
Instructor: Daniel Enquobahrie
Quiz F 1:30-2:20
Provides a public health perspective of maternal and child health. Includes information on indicators of maternal, infant, and child health; risk factors for pregnancy complications, infant and child morbidity and mortality; and impact of maternal and child health on life course disease risk.

Environmental Science and Resource Management

ESRM 101 – Forests and Society (5 credits)
MTWThF 12:30-1:20
Instructor:  K. Vogt
$5 course fee required. 
Forests have and continue to play important roles in providing environmental services, human values and natural resources to societies around the world. Historically those groups who successfully dominated access to forests and their resources had considerable political, economic and social power. During the last three decades, highly polarized conflicts over resource uses and conservation have played out in forest landscapes because they are embedded in human landscapes. This course provides a ‘road map’ of factors that need to be considered when making decisions in forests and uses case studies to explore these issues. 

ESRM 150 – Wildlife in the Modern World (5 credits)
MWF 1:30 – 2:20
Quiz M/W/Th, times vary
Instructor:  L. Prugh
Open to majors and nonmajors

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.


Info 101 – Social Networking (5 credits)
F 1:30-2:20
Quiz MW/TTh, times vary
Instructor: Bob Boiko
Add code required for some lab times. See Time Schedule 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.

Nutritional Science

NUTR 141 – Introduction to Foods (5 credits)
TTh 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 4:30-5:20pm
Quiz M/T/Th/F, times vary
Instructor: Elizabeth Kirk
(formerly NUTR 300)
See Time Schedule for information about wait list.

Examines the role of nutrition in health, wellness, and prevention of chronic disease. Topics include nutrients and nutritional needs across the lifespan food safety, and 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 302 – Food Systems: Harvest to Health (5 credits)
TTh 1:00-2:20
Lab F, times vary
Instructor: J. Otten
Open to all majors on 6/24. See Time Schedule for details.
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.

NUTR 390 – Food Seminar: Eating in a Wired World (1 credit)
T 12:30-1:20
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 (1 credit)
T 1:30-2:20
Instructor: Y. 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.

NUTR 420 – Global Nutrition (3 credits)
F 10:30-12:20
Quiz M 11:30-12:20
Instructor: J. Gorstein

Examines global dimensions of malnutrition; its assessment and classification, and global policies and programs to improve nutritional status in developing countries. Emphasizes global consequences of poor nutrition on health, cognition, and development with a focus on the first 1,000 days from conception to age two. Prerequisite: NUTR 200.


Ocean 101B – Oceanography of the Pacific Northwest (5 credits)
MTF 11:30-12:20
Lab W/Th, times vary
Instructor:  Mikelle Nuwer
$25 course fee
This course will introduce you to the fundamental principles of oceanography by focusing on the waters that surround us - the Washington coast and Puget Sound. Topics including the geologic history of the Pacific Northwest, the physics and chemistry of coastal waters, marine foodwebs and ecology, and environmental concerns will be introduced using relevant and timely case studies. Intended for nonmajors.


Phil 120 – Introduction to Logic (5 credits)
MWF 1:30-2:20
Quiz TTh, times vary
Instructor:  Cass Weller
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 – Why Do We Believe in Quarks, Evolution, and Other Crazy Things? Perspectives on Science, Reason, and Reality (5 credits)
TTh 10:00-11:20
Quiz WF, times vary
Instructor: Benjamin Feintzeig
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 8:30-9:20
Quiz F, times vary
Instructor:  L. Graham
No Seniors period I registration. Open to all students starting June 24th.
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 – Basic Statistics (5 credits)
MWF 8:30-9:20
Quiz TTh, times vary
Instructor:  TBA
Also counts as QSR credit
Objectives and pitfalls of statistical studies. Structure of data sets, histograms, means, and standard deviations. Correlation and regression. Probability, binomial and normal. Interpretation of estimates, confidence intervals, and significance tests.  Note:  Stat 220 is a course on statistical reasoning.  We do not focus on calculations, but rather on understanding the concepts.  Students may receive credit for only one of Stat 220, 221, 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
Also counts as 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, 221, 311, and Econ 311.