GUR Strands Overview

Why Take GUR Strands?

GUR Strands consist of 2-3 existing GUR courses that can be linked in successive quarters so that freshmen take them as a cohort, building skills and knowledge throughout the year. The purpose of the Strands is two-fold.

First, Strands provide a recommended year-long schedule of three classes which enhance and deepen student achievement of the GUR competencies within Western’s liberal arts core curriculum.

Second, Strands improve the first-year experience through the coordination of curricula and the creation of a year-long cohort “learning community.”

  • Fall: Environmental Studies 201
  • Fall: Seminar 101
  • Winter: Environmental Studies 203
  • Spring: Environmental Studies 204

Note: This GUR strand is by invitation only from the Biology Department.

  • Fall: Chemistry 161
  • Winter: Chemistry 162
  • Spring: Biology 204
  • Spring: Chemistry 163

 

Strand #1 Understanding Human-Environment Interactions

The Understanding Human-Environment Interactions strand will provide a year-long and cohesive sequence that develops the foundations of an epistemologically and methodologically diverse understanding of human-environment interactions. Starting with ENVS 201, and following with both ENVS 204 and ENVS 203, this strand will develop the students’ understanding of the Earth’s natural processes.

ENVS 201 will introduce students to how to think about and understand environmental data, drawing on examples from a range of challenges we face in achieving a sustainable human-environment. Students will learn how to interpret graphs and descriptive statistics in the news. ENVS 204 focuses on the spatial analysis of culture, politics, economy, and related human-environment interactions. ENVS 203 will develop students’ understanding of the Earth’s natural processes, particularly as they relate to human experience of the environment.

Taken together, this sequence of courses will offer an excellent introduction to the study of human-environment interactions and should prove to be an attractive way for students to complete some of the general university requirements (GUR). Students that complete the strand will also be well on their way to completing Environmental Studies Foundations courses for entry into a nearly a dozen degrees offered in the Environmental Studies department. 

Interested in registering for Strand #1?

Please email Kathryn Patrick or call 360 650-2817.

Compare Courses

Note: The Strand #2 cluster is available by invitation only.

Compare Courses by Strand
Strand Options Credits Courses in Each Strand
Strand #1
Understanding Human-Environment Interactions
 
13 Credits
  • Fall: Environmental Studies 201
  • Fall: Seminar 101
  • Winter: Environmental Studies 203
  • Spring: Environmental Studies 204
Strand #2
Biology Scholars
(invite only)
18 Credits
  • Fall: Chemistry 161
  • Winter: Chemistry 162
  • Spring: Biology 204
  • Spring: Chemistry 163