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SCIENCE
  • Astronomy (ASTR 101)
    Introduction to the universe, with emphasis on conceptual, as contrasted to mathematical, comprehension. Modern theories, observations; ideas concerning nature, evolution of galaxies; quasars, stars, black holes, planets, and solar systems.

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  • The Planets (ASTR 150)
    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.

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  • Global Warming: Understanding the Issues (ATM S 111)
    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.
  • Introductory Biology: Addiction and the Brain (BIOL 100)
    Explore the effects of a range of mood-altering drugs to learn about brain structures, brain chemicals and genetic differences in people's response to drugs.
  • Survey of Physiology (BIOL 118)
    Human physiology.
  • Introduction to General Chemistry (CHEM 110)
    Introduction to general chemistry with an emphasis on developing problem solving skills. Covers basic concepts of chemistry along with the mathematics required for quantitative problem solving.
  • Forests and Society (ESRM 101)
    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.
  • Wildlife in the Modern World (ESRM 150)
    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.
  • Introduction to Geological Sciences (ESS 101)
    Survey of the physical systems that give the earth its form. Emphasizes the dynamic nature of interior and surface processes and the relevance to mankind. Stresses the value of rocks and earth forms in the understanding of past events.
  • Space and Space Travel (ESS 102)
    Explores the sun, solar storms, observations from space and from Earth; Earth's space environment, radiation belts and hazards, plasma storms and auroras, rockets and propulsion, human exploration efforts, societal impact, planetary systems and resources, and project highlighting space and its exploration.
  • Oceanography of the Pacific Northwest (OCEAN 101)
    Introduces the fundamental principle 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.
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