ENSCI or EST majors may not earn the minor, but may earn the Restoration Ecology certificate.
A minor/certificate in Restoration Ecology provides training from theory to practice, giving you the skills necessary to participate as an effective team member and leader on challenging restoration projects. This minor illustrates to employers and funding agencies that you have completed fundamental training in restoration ecology, including a one-year team-based restoration project.
The modern field of ecological restoration 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/certificate in ecological restoration 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). You may, but are not required to, take courses from more than one campus in order to earn the minor.
Students who could benefit
- Urban Studies majors interested in restoration projects in urban areas or how populations affect the environment.
- Business majors needing a background in the growing fields of "green" marketing and manufacturing or environmental management or who are interested in enviromental regulation and mitigation issues.
- Students who are interested in graduate school in environmental policy, conservation or restoration or in careers that utilize such knowledge.
- 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.
- Concerned citizens interested in learning more about environmental issues.
Restoration Ecology minor course requirements
This minor requires 25 credits.
All courses must be completed with a minimum 2.0 GPA to complete the minor/certificate requirements. Please see an advisor to discuss details.
Introduction: 5 credits
Capstone: 10 credits
Approved Restoration related courses: 10 credits
- TESC 232 Issues in Biological Conservation
- TESC 319 Water Quality Concepts and Watershed Studies
- TESC 333 Environmental Chemistry
- TESC 345 Pollution and Public Policy
- TESC 431 Water Resources and Pollution
- TGIS 311 Maps and GIS
- TPOLS 439 WA State Environmental Law
- BES 311 Environmental Chemistry
- BES 315 Environmental Chemistry Lab
- BES 316 Ecological Methods
- BES 485 Conservation Biology
- BES 486 Watershed Ecology and Mangement
- BES 488 Wetland Ecology
- BES 489 Pacific Northwest Ecosystems
- BIS 346 Topics in Enviromental Policy
- BIS 447 Data Tools for Enviro/Social Sciences
- BPOLST 583 Issues in Environmental Policy
- BIOL 117/317 Plant Identification and Classification
- BIOL/ERSM 331 Landscape Plan Recognition
- 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 and Management
- ESRM 473 Restoration in North America
- ESRM 480 Landscape Plant Science and Sustainable Management
- FISH 428 Stream and Watershed Restoration
How to declare
You can declare a minor by completing the Request to Declare/Change a Major or Minor form and submitting it to Enrollment Services. You must have earned a minimum of 45 credits and declared a major before declaring a minor. If you have any questions about this process, please see your advisor.
How to receive your certificate
For those that have completed the requirements for the certificate (TEST and TENSCI majors), you must apply to receive your certificate after you have completed all of the course requirements. To do so, you will need to submit a completed application. Applications can be downloaded in PDF or Word format and submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the mailing address on the application:
University of Washington Restoration Ecology Network
Program on the Environment
Seattle, WA 98195-2802