Sustainability: It's in our nature.

Of all the ways the University of Washington influences the future, none is more profound than educating and preparing the next generation of leaders, thinkers and doers - Discover UW

For decades the UW has been recognized as home to one of the strongest constellations of environmental and intellectual talent in the world - College of the Environment

By offering over 550 courses related to the environment or sustainability, UW provides the educational resources for students to incorporate sustainability into any area of study. Environment or Sustainability focused and related courses are offered throughout many departments and degree programs at the University of Washington. A Sustainability in the Curriculum Committee is tasked with finding ways to formalize the integration of sustainability into more curriculum across the University. Additionally, the UW Professional & Continuing Education offers courses, certificates and degrees in Environment & Sustainability. 

Within the departments below, over 250 faculty are conducting research related to the environment or sustainability, and bringing thousands of students into their research projects each year. 

The following is a list of departments at UW Seattle with at least one course focused on or related to the environment or sustainability, and/or research is occurring within the department.


Departments with Sustainability Courses and Research
Arts & Sciences, Built Environment, Education, Engineering, Environment
Schools: Business, Law, Public Affairs, Nursing, Public Health Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs, Interschool or Intercollege Programs

College of Arts & Sciences 

American Ethnic Studies
American Indian Studies
Applied Mathematics
Biocultural Anthropology
Chicano Studies
European Studies
French & Italian Studies
Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
General Interdisciplinary Studies
General Studies
History of Asia
Humanities International Studies
Law, Society, and Justice Program
Political Science
Scandinavian Studies

College of Built Environments

Community, Environment, and Planning
Construction Management
Landscape Architecture
Urban Design & Planning

College of Education

Curriculum & Instruction

College of Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Engineering Industrial
Mechanical Engineering

College of the Environment

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences
Bioresource Science and Engineering
Earth & Space Sciences
College of the Environment
Environmental and Forest Sciences
Marine & Environmental Affairs
Program on the Environment
Quantitative Science
Quaternary Sciences

School of Business

Business Administration
International Business Management

Evans School of Public Affairs

Public Affairs

School of Law

Law A
Law B
Law E

School of Nursing


School of Public Health

Environmental Health

Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs

Nutritional Science
Quantitative Ecology & Resource Management

Interschool or intercollege Programs

Bioengineering (College of Engineering & School of Medicine)
Global Health
University Conjoint Courses

Last Updated May 2012