There are thousands of classes at the Unviersity of Washington which touch on various aspects of sustainability. Our featured courses page highlights a few of them as an introduction, and here we offer some suggestions on how to dig deeper using MyPlan.

Sustainability reaches much further than the environment. In 2015, we identified more than 4,000 courses at the UW which are connected to sustainability, using search terms in the economic, social and environmental spheres. We have provided some of the search terms below as suggestions to help you find sustainability courses which work for you. You can use these terms to search MyPlan and find courses.

You can also look through the UW course catalog and time schedule for more course information.

KeyWords List:

Environmental

adaptation
biodiversity
biomass
carbon
climate
conservation
eco
endangered
energy
envir
food
security
global
health
greenhouse
gas
hazardous
pollution
radioactive
restoration
solar
steward
sustain
toxic
waste
water
wind

Social

activism
behavior change
civil society
community
cooperation
cultural
democracy
discrimination
diversity
domestic violence
equitable
fair labor
gender equality
human rights
inclusion
indigenous
lgbt
minority
native
peace
solidarity
underserved
weapons mass destruction
wellness

Economic

consumption
corruption
globalization
governance
innovation/innovative
modernization
policy
poverty
supply chain
welfare
SRI
social enterprise
tradeoffs
wealth

To arrive at the number of sustainability classes, using the Earth Charter, we identified 30 search terms for each of the spheres of sustainability (economic, social, environmental) for a total of 90 search terms. We queried the UW course catalogue using these search terms. Original result produced over 8,000 courses. 700 were excluded for being non-related to sustainability, approximately 3,500 were identified as duplicates resulting from courses identified by multiple search terms. This left approximately 4,800 courses. These courses were then reviewed and identified as either sustainability-focused or sustainability-related. Courses such as "Topics in...", "Survey on...", "Special Topics", capstones, research, etc. were identified as sustainability-related. After all the courses were identified, we reduced our list to the smallest number of keywords that produce the same results. The table of these keywords is below. To find sustainability focused and related courses, search MyPlan with these terms.