Environmental Science

updated 7/6/17

ENVS 100
Survey of Environmental Science Lab (S) (1)
Field experience in environmental science. Visit local environments, both natural and human-dominated, ranging from old growth forests to floodplain restoration sites to recycling, forestry and organic farming operations. Includes two Saturday field trips.

ENVS& 100
Survey of Env Science (S) (5)
An interdisciplinary course for both non-science majors and beginning science students. Topics include biodiversity, climate, pollution, energy, and food. Students cannot receive credit for both ENVS& 100 and ENVS& 101.

ENVS& 101
Intro to Env Science w/lab (S) (5)
An interdisciplinary course for non-science majors and beginning science students. Topics include biodiversity, climate, pollution, energy and food. Independent laboratories and field trips included. Students cannot receive credit for Both ENVS& 100 and ENVS& 101.

ENVS 120
Watersheds: Connecting Mountains to the Sea (S) (5)
Investigate interconnections among geology, hydrology, biological diversity, ecology, human impacts and development along local rivers from headwaters to the ocean. General concepts presented in lectures are illustrated during day-long weekend field trips over rough terrain.

ENVS 121
Fire and Ice, Rain and Rocks-The Geology of wate (1)
Examine the geologic and hydrologic characteristics and history of a river from its headwaters to its delta-how earthquakes, faulting, folding, climate, glaciers, volcanism, and man have affected the river. Includes a day-long field trip over rough terrain.

ENVS 122
Plants, People, and Watershed Health (1)
Investigate the role of upland forests and riparian vegetation on the health of watersheds and people. During a day-long field trip over rough terrain, identify plant species, measure ecosystem characteristics, observe healthy and impacted sites, and investigate the compatibility of forestry, agriculture and watersheds.

ENVS 123
Let the Bugs Speak: Biological Communities (1)
Investigate biological communities found in local streams and rivers, focusing on aquatic insects and aquatic vertebrates. Apply stream survey techniques to assess stream health. Includes a day-long field trip over rough terrain.

ENVS 124
Life in the Mud: Where the River Meets the Sea (1)
Estuaries, important and yet impacted ecosystems, are critical nursery habitats for many marine species, including endangered salmon and important overwintering habitat for migratory birds. Investigate the impacts of anthropogenic modification to the local estuaries and recent attempts at habitat restoration. Includes a day-long field trip over rough terrain.

ENVS 125
Life on the Edge: Surviving the Intertidal (1)
Investigate the flora and fauna living in the intertidal zones of sandy and rocky habitats in Puget Sound and the Straits of Juan de Fuca. Explore the physical and biological factors that regulate intertidal communities in the Pacific Northwest. Includes field trips over rough terrain.

ENVS 126
Our River's Keepers: Pollution & Remediation (1)
Examines pollution within the Chehalis River watershed, including pollutant types, sources, impacts, environmental fates and methods of remediation. Asses water quality, examine potential sources of pollutants, and visit restoration/remediation projects. Includes a day-long field trip over rough terrain.

ENVS 127
Fishes & Rivers in Northwest: Intro to the 4-H's (1)
Investigate fish communities found in local streams and rivers. Examine the impacts of habitat loss, hydropower and dams, hatcheries, and overharvesting on local fish populations. Includes a day-long trip over rough terrain.

ENVS 170
Natural Resources Mgmt (S) (5)
What are Pacific Northwest forests, fishes and wildlife? Learn some common species, historical human uses, what policies drive their management, how to conserve them for future use, and how to plan for a career in the field.

ENVS 440
Environmental Issues (5)
An exploration of environmental issues and their effect on business, communities and consumers. Case studies are used to examine basic concepts of ecology and environmental science as they relate to permitting and other business decisions. Prerequisite: lower division natural science course.