Perspectives & Experiences Courses

Perspectives & Experiences elective courses include a broad selection of courses in six areas (human and social dimensions, natural sciences, policy and decision making, bioregional, international and fieldwork). Electives include courses from more than 30 departments across campus.

Perspectives & Experiences (18 credits)

A minimum of 3 credits (one course) must be completed in each of the following 6 Environmental Perspectives and Experiences categories:

Human and Social Dimensions
Philosophical, literacy, artistic, cultural or ethnographic aspects of how humans envision, value, and interact with the environment.
Place-based analysis of environmental issues or problems within the Pacific Northwest bioregion.
Natural Sciences
The physical, chemical and biological elements of the environment, including humans.
Place-based analysis of environmental issues or problems outside of the United States.
Policy and Decision Making
The intersection of facts and values as applied to governance, and specifically to environmental problems and decision-making.
Direct engagement with sites or stakeholders out of the classroom for the purpose of collecting assignment-related material.

Select a minimum of 18 credits (with no more than 5 credits at the 300 level or 400 level) from the list of approved courses.

Additional Perspectives & Experiences Notes:

  • Courses may be listed in multiple categories, however, courses are not allowed to meet more than one category requirement.
  • To request that a course not on the approved list be used to fulfill the Environmental Perspectives and Experiences requirement, please submit a completed course exception petition.
  • Check the Environment Studies time schedule to see if the course you are interested in is being offered this quarter.