The modern field of ecological restoration (ER) showcases the necessity and merits of interdisciplinary approaches to real-world problems. Effective restoration of complex ecosystems and their human interplay requires a fusion of expertise from ecology, other life sciences, physical and social sciences and the humanities.
The minor in ecological restoration offered through the UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences seeks to prepare students to address the complex relationships of human communities and ecological sustainability. The minor is a tri-campus initiative (UW Bothell, UW Seattle, and UW Tacoma). Students may, but are not required to, take courses from more than one campus in order to earn the minor.
Students who may benefit from an ER minor include:
Students who are interested in graduate school in environmental policy, conservation or restoration or in careers that utilize such knowledge.
Business students who are interested in the issue of environmental regulation and mitigation.
Community Psychology students who are interested in the relationship between individuals, communities and nature.
Interdisciplinary Arts students who wish to explore the emerging field of Eco-Arts and enhance the effectiveness of urban restorations.
Biology students who are interested in the application of basic biological principles to recovering ecological function in human-dominated landscapes.
Students who are interested in environmental justice issues or environmental law.
Students pursuing the Ecological Restoration minor must complete 25 credits in the following areas:
Introductory course in restoration ecology (5 credits)
NOTES: Students must complete at least 15 credits of the minor at their home campus. Also, no more than 10 credits from the Ecological Restoration Minor can be applied to a student’s major requirements. Students pursuing the BS in Science are not to complete the Ecological Restoration Minor.
Introduction to Restoration Ecology (5 credits)
This 5-credit course provides a foundation in the principles and history of ecological restoration. It covers a broad range of topics from how restoration is done, its scientific bases, regulations, social context, etc. This course is offered at all three UW campuses each academic year:
UW-REN Capstone in Ecological Restoration (10 credits)
The Restoration Ecology Capstone is a 10-credit three-quarter sequence (fall – winter – spring) taught by faculty from all UW campuses. Students from across departments at all three campuses are assigned to interdisciplinary teams of students from diverse academic fields. These teams work with a community partner to undertake ecological restoration projects in the surrounding area that are important, but for which financial or technical resources are limited. Students learn how to work in a multidisciplinary team environment while accomplishing a restoration project that connects the academic principles they have learned to hands-on practice with a real-life client. This course sequence is offered at all three UW campuses each academic year:
BES 462, 463, 464
ERSM 462, 463, 464
TESC 462, 463, 464
Restoration Related Courses (10 Credits)
This requirement allows students to develop more specific expertise in ecological restoration, often within their major field of study. Courses are approved that have substantial explicit restoration content or those (above introductory-level courses) that cover principles or provide applications valuable in undertaking restoration. Course approval is done by the UW-REN faculty academic steering committee. Special topics courses offered occasionally are approved on a case-by-case basis by the faculty directors.
BIS 244 Wetlands Discovery
BIS 342 Geographic Information Systems
BIS 391 Environmental History of the Pacific Northwest Bioregion
BES 303 Environmental Monitoring Practicum
BES 316 Ecological Methods
BES 318 Hydrogeology
BES 460 Water Quality
BES 485 Conservation Biology
BES 486 Watershed Ecology and Management
BES 488 Wetland Ecology
BES 489 Pacific Northwest Ecosystems
BES 490 Pacific Northwest Plants in Restoration and Conservation
BIOL 117/315 Plant Identification and Classification
BIOL/ERSM 331 Landscape Plan Recognition
ESRM 325 Silviculture
ERSM 479 Restoration Design
ESRM 411 Plant Propagation: Principles & Practice
ERSM 412 Native Plant Production
ESRM 415 Biology, Ecology & Management of Plant Invasions
ESRM 425 Ecosystem Management
ESRM 458 Management of Endangered, Threatened and Sensitive Species
ESRM 472 Wetland Ecology
ESRM 473 Ecosystem-based Restoration
ESRM 480 Selection and Management of Landscape Plants
FISH 428 River Restoration
TESC 232 Issues in Biological Conservation
TESC 311 Maps & GIS
TESC 319 Water Quality Concepts & Watershed Studies
TESC 229 Geomorphology & Soils
TESC 333 Environmental Chemistry
TESC 345 Pollution & Public Policy
TESC 431 Water Resources & Pollution
TESC 432 Hydrology & Biogeochemistry in Surface & Groundwater