Perspectives & Experiences

As part of the Environmental Studies Major, students complete a minimum of 30 credits of Perspectives and Experiences courses, with at least 3 credits in each category:

Human and social dimensions

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.

To request a course not on the approved list be used to fulfill a Perspectives and Experiences requirement, please fill out a completed course substitution petition: