OLS 123 Environment & Our Community I • 2 Cr.


First in a three course series that address our impact on the Puget Sound, the dynamic nature of the physical environment and how people's interactions shape the world around us. Critical thinking and problem solving are used to determine sense of space. Prerequisite: OLS 110, 111, 130 and acceptance to the program. Course is graded Credit/No Credit.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Define and distinguish between ecological and social systems
  • Discuss human-environment interaction and list how human societies impact and are impacted by their environment
  • Describe the physical features of Puget Sound and identify these features on various types of maps
  • Identify the major habitats in Puget Sound and the life that can be found there
  • Explain the importance of water cycle and the Puget Sound watershed to communities in the area
  • Identify types and sources of water pollution in the Puget Sound area
  • Name the sources of energy for the Puget Sound area
  • Describe energy efficiency and renewable energy and how it differs from nonrenewable energy resources
  • Define risks and toxics and identify the types of common hazards in the Puget Sound area