Foundations Courses

Foundations Courses (34-40 credits)

Our Foundations courses cover natural science, economics, data analysis and social systems to give you a deeper understanding of the breadth and complexity of challenges that influence environmental outcomes.

Requested substitutions for Foundations courses must go through the adviser. For the most recent list of Foundations courses, see the Course Checklist on the Advising page.

Analytical Methods (3-5 credits)

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  • CEE 250 – Environmental Processes and Flows
  • ENVIR 495 C – Soci-Envir Data Analysis
  • ESRM 250 – Introduction to GIS in Forest Resources
  • ESRM 304 – Environmental and Resource Assessment
  • ESRM 430 – Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • ESS 421 – Introduction to Geological Remote Sensing
  • FISH 452 – Marine Geospatial Information Science
  • GEOG 360 – GIS and Mapping
  • Q SCI 482 – Statistical Inference in Applied Research I

Biology (5 credits)

Biological Systems (3-5 credits)

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Chemistry (5 credits)

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Earth Systems Literacy (3-5 credits)

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  • ATM S 211 – Climate and Climate Change
  • ATM S 212 – Air Pollution: From Urban Smog to the Ozone Hole
  • ENVIR 280 – Natural History of the Puget Sound
  • ESS 201 – Earth’s Climate System
  • ESS 203 – Glaciers and Global Change
  • ESS/OCEAN 230 – Rivers and Beaches
  • GEOG 205 – Our Global Environment: Physical and Human Dimensions
  • OCEAN 200 – Introduction to Oceanography

Economics (5 credits)

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Statistics (5 credits)

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  • STAT 220 – Statistical Reasoning
  • STAT 221 – Statistical Concepts and Methods for the Social Sciences
  • STAT 311 – Elements of Statistical Methods
  • Q SCI 381 – Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Values & Cultures (5 credits)

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