IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ THESE
REQUIREMENTS CAREFULLY AND THAT YOU AT LEAST MEET THE
MINIMUM LENGTH REQUIREMENT BY THE DEADLINE. IF YOU
DON'T, YOU CAN'T RECEIVE W CREDIT IN ESRM100. IF THERE
IS ANY QUESTION IN YOUR MIND ABOUT THE REQUIREMENTS,
THEN PLEASE EMAIL US WELL BEFORE THE DEADLINES. WE WILL
FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES STRICTLY FOR W CREDIT.
The requirements for earning a "W" are more formal than they
used to be. These new
be found at this link: http://www.washington.edu/students/ugrad/advising/ged/gedw.html.
You must make arrangements with the
ESRM100 TA's (firstname.lastname@example.org) to complete the
extra work required to meet the W-credit criteria. We
require that you ask to do this along with your project
proposal. The TA's must approve your W-credit
topic before you start writing. Unapproved topics will
not be reviewed, and if you do not meet all requirements
as outlined here, you cannot receive W credit.
Choose an environmental topic/issue that interests
you, and do a literature search on it. This research
project should involve some environmental science topic
which is important to human society.
Course Requirements for W Credit:
- Contact TA's at email@example.com by the
third week of the quarter with a topic proposal for
- Students are required to submit a 10
page rough draft
by the date on the syllabus. Drafts
that are less than 10 full pages will not be
reviewed for W credit. No exceptions. It is
your responsibility to read and understand the
The paper must
be double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font
with 1.25 inch (or less) margins.
Figures, tables, bibliography, captions, names,
material within quotes, etc. are not part of the
length requirement. Anything that is not your own
prose does not count. Do not add excess spacing
between paragraphs, and do not use excessively short
paragraphs (most paragraphs should have at least 3
sentences in them) to make the paper appear longer
than it is. Even if the paper is 9.9 pages it is not
long enough to meet requirements, so it is best to
make it substantially longer than this minimum.
Submission must be by attached MS Word file by email
- Rough drafts must be complete with an introduction, body,
conclusion and a bibliography so that TA's can review
your writing and add comments.
- Your report will be reviewed based on
content, research effort, organization and writing
(including English, grammar, spelling etc.).
- We will review your draft, include
comments in the body for improvement, and return it to
you. It is your
responsibility to contact us and show us that you
submitted (keep copies of email acknowledgements) if
there is any question that deadlines were met. Keep
copies of your original draft and the marked-up
- You must have a minimum of 8 sources,
only 4 of which may be from websites. Make use
of the library scientific literature research
databases to find the other 4+ sources.
- Remember to reference all your sources
and be careful not to plagiarize (see plagiarism-policy.html
for a description of plagiarism and how to avoid it).
Directions on how to cite your sources are given on
the Project Information page near the end, see the Project Options page
- Taking a paper from another course and
rewriting it with an environmental science slant is
encouraged so long as we first review and comment on
the paper used as the initial basis of the
NOTE: A W-credit paper counts as a Project
Option #4 for the class.
final draft of the paper is due by the due date on
the syllabus for your
project. This is the same day as the rest of the
optional projects. If you do not meet all deadlines,
we can't offer W credit.