Course Syllabus

Autumn Quarter 2012

Course Purpose:

This is course is designed to expose DEOHS undergraduate students to a broad range of environmental and occupational research, practice, and policy areas in order to assist them with career exploring and planning within the major. In order to connect students to practitioners and help learn about career options, some seminar sessions are presented by an invited speaker in the field of environmental and occupational health sciences. Additional sessions will focus on other areas of career planning including identifying interests, skills, values and influences, writing resumes and cover letters, and taking a proactive role in their educational and professional pursuits.

Learning Objectives:

It is intended that at the completion of this course, each student will be able to:

1. Identify a range of possible career trajectories within environmental and occupational health sciences.

2. Develop an educational plan, based on understanding how their individual interests and abilities relate to their educational and career goals.

3. Through reflection and inquiry, identify actions to take in areas of their environmental health education, including interest areas, research, and internship / experiential learning.

Method of Instruction: 

Discussions, guest speakers, and hands on instruction.


1. Grading: The environmental health undergraduate seminar course is graded “Credit/ No Credit”.  Credit is based on consistent participation in discussion, and reflections/assignments. 

2. Attendance:  Students are expected to attend the undergraduate seminar each week and to be fully engaged in the course presentations and discussions. If, for some legitimate reason, a student is not able to attend one or more of the seminars, s/he may be permitted to substitute another on-campus seminar or event that is related to the field of study. Contact professor for prior approval.

3. Assignments:  Students are expected to reflect on the implications of each invited speaker session for their research and practice goals and share a written reflection assignment using Catalyst Web Tools.  Students will develop and present a working draft of their educational plan, including internship goals, as well as develop a resume for required internship. 

Course Materials

1.  The Career Center, The 2012-2013 Career Guide, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, 2010.

2. UW Offices of Educational Assessment and Undergraduate Education, What Students Say About Their UW Experience, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, 2007.

Course Policies

  1. All assignments must be typewritten -- and submitted on-line using the Catalyst drop-box, or via email to the instructor.

  2. Persons with Disabilities: If you would like to request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact:
    Disability Resources for Students
    448 Schmitz Hall, Box 355839
    Seattle, WA 98195-5839
    206-543-8924 (Voice)
    206-543-8925 (TTY)
    If you have a letter from Disability Resources for Students indicating you have a disability that requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to so we can discuss the accommodations you might need for the class.

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