Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture is an option under the Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management major. Students in the Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture (REEH) option learn and apply fundamental concepts of biology, plant science, and ecology. This disciplinary knowledge, with supporting coursework and experience, allows students to become accomplished in producing plant materials, managing sustainable landscapes, repairing damaged ecosystems, and participating in large interdisciplinary projects.

Required Option Courses
(minimum 30 credits)

ESRM 323 (5) Silviculture
ESRM 331 (3) Landscape Plant Recognition
ESRM 362 (5) Intro to Restoration Ecology
ESRM 411 (3) Plant Propagation
ESRM 412 (3) Native Plant Production
ESRM 415 (5) Terrestrial Invasion Ecology
ESRM 473 (5) Restoration in North American Ecosystems
ESRM 474 (5) Restoration Problem Solving: Ecological Engineering
ESRM 478 (5) Plant Ecophysiology
ESRM 479 (5) Restoration Design
SEFS 503 (1) Current Issues in Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture

Relevant General Elective Courses

ESRM 210 (5) Introductory Soils
ESRM 311 (3) Soils and Land Use
ESRM 350 (5) Wildlife Biology and Conservation
ESRM 425 (5) Ecosystem Management
ESRM 426 (4) Wildland Hydrology

There are also many courses at UW Bothell and UW Tacoma that serve as appropriate electives.

Required Capstone
(10 credits)

ESRM 494 (5) Capstone Proposal
ESRM 495 (5) Senior Project OR ESRM 496 (5) Senior Thesis
ESRM 462 (2) Restoration Ecology 1
ESRM 463 (3) Restoration Ecology 2
ESRM 464 (5) Restoration Ecology 3

Required Capstone Experience for REEH Students

ESRM Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture students must complete a 10 credit major capstone. Students may choose the experience most appropriate to their goals. The first option spans 2 quarters and includes the Capstone Proposal (ESRM 494) and Senior Thesis (ESRM 496) or Senior Project (ESRM 495). The second option is the 3 quarter award-winning Restoration Ecology Capstone through UW-Restoration Ecology Network (ESRM 462, 463, 464). Capstone requirements include a project proposal, data collection or project implementation, analysis of data/project, final written report of findings/project, and an oral presentation. Participation in the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium in May is highly recommended for those students pursuing an individual capstone project.

Career Opportunities and Graduate Study

After graduation, students can work as restoration ecologists for agencies, tribes, non-profits, and consulting firms to help repair damaged ecosystems, or as environmental horticulturists, practicing sustainable landscaping, arboriculture, and plant nursery management. Students can also work in closely related professions such as environmental education or pursue graduate studies in biology, forest resources, agriculture, environmental education and related fields.

REEH Faculty

Soo-Hyung Kim (lead), Jonathan Bakker, Sally Brown, Sharon Doty, Jim Fridley, Warren Gold (UW Bothell)

Information about UW-Restoration Ecology Network (UW-REN) Program can be found here.


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