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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits1
Lecture
Spring
Fall
ENV SCI-101

Introduction to Becoming a Scientist

Learn about the challenges and rewards of a science major. Acquire essential professional skills using electronic databases and spread sheets that are needed by science majors. Learn about current science and the culture of scientists.

Prerequisites
P: Fr or So status only.
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    Fall
    ENV SCI-102

    Introduction to Environmental Sciences

    Examines the interrelationships between people and their biophysical environment, including the atmosphere, water, rocks and soil, and other living organisms. The scientific analysis of nature and the social and political issues of natural resource use.

    • Gen Ed: Environmental Sciences 1,Natural & Physical Sciences 1
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    Fall
    ENV SCI-141

    Astronomy

    A study of the solar system, stars, galaxies and universe.

    • Gen Ed: Environmental Sciences 1,Natural & Physical Sciences 1
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Fall
    Even Only
    ENV SCI-142

    Exploration of the Universe

    Economic, educational, social and cultural impact of space exploration and of our knowledge of the universe. Major periods in human history affecting our knowledge of the cosmos; impacts of various scientific developments such as the Copernican heliocentric model and Darwinian evolution.

    Prerequisites
    P: Env Sci 141 or Physics 103 or 201 or 141 or Chem 211.
    • Gen Ed: Natural & Physical Sciences 1
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    ENV SCI-188

    Issues in Biological Conservation

    • Pre-Requisites
    • General Education
    • Writing Emphasis

    Current problems and controversies of nature conservation; scientific and political issues surrounding endangered species preservation, hunting and fishing, forest management, land use, animal rights, biotechnology and similar topics.

    Prerequisites
    P: Env Sci 102 or Biology 203.
    • Gen Ed: Natural & Physical Sciences 2
    Credits1
    Lecture
    Spring
    Fall
    ENV SCI-207

    Laboratory Safety

    This course examines safety within the science laboratory with emphasis on practical application. Topics include current safety regulations, identification of hazards, chemical labeling and storage, waste management, personal protective equipment, ventilation, spill response, and biosafety.

    Prerequisites
    P: Biology 202 or 203 or Chem 108, 211 or 212 or Hum Biol 204.
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Spring
      Fall
      ENV SCI-260

      Energy and Society

      The issues relating energy and society rather than energy technology per se: global energy flows; sources of energy; energy-related problems, policy and conservation; energy growth; future scenarios.

      Prerequisites
      P: Env Sci 102 or Physics 103 or Chem 211.
      • Gen Ed: Natural & Physical Sciences 2
      Credits1-4
      Field EXP
      ENV SCI-299

      Travel Course

      • Pre-Requisites
      • General Education
      • Travel Course
      • Repeatable

      Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

      Prerequisites
      P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
      • Gen Ed: World Culture
      • Travel Course
      • Course is repeatable for credit.
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Fall
      ENV SCI-301

      Radioactivity: Past, Present, and Future

      Radioactive isotopes play a significant role in many aspects of the natural and human environments. People are affected throughout their lives by natural and anthropogenic isotopes at local, national, and global scales. From radon in houses and radium in local drinking water supplies to fallout from Chernobyl, humans are directly impacted through health, economic, and technological pathways.

      Prerequisites
      REC: HS chemistry or earth science, or Geosci 102 with at least a C grade
      • Gen Ed: Natural & Physical Sciences 2
      Credits4
      Lecture
      Spring
      Fall
      ENV SCI-302

      Principles of Ecology

      Ecological principles governing interactions of plants and animals in their physical and biotic environments. Focuses on organisms and their environment, populations, communities, ecosystems, and global dimensions.

      Prerequisites
      P: Math 104 with at least a C grade or Math Placement of Math 202 or greater; Math 260 with at least a C grade and Biology 203 with at least a C grade .
        Credits3
        Lecture
        Spring
        Fall
        ENV SCI-303

        Conservation of Natural Resources

        Principles of conservation: the nature and extent of our natural resources; exploitation and conservation of our resource system; natural chemical, physical and biological processes which affect and influence conservation and management practices; politics and economics of resource conservation.

        Prerequisites
        P: Env Sci 102 with at least a C grade or Biology 203 with at least a C grade or Geosci 202 with at least a C grade .
        • Gen Ed: Natural & Physical Sciences 2
        Credits4
        Lecture
        Fall
        ENV SCI-305

        Environmental Systems

        Physical and chemical aspects of natural environmental processes. The movement, transformation, and fate of materials and contaminants.

        Prerequisites
        P: Chem 212 with at least a C grade and Geosci 202 with at least a C grade and Math 104 with at least a C grade and Biology 202 with at least a C grade.
          Credits3
          Lecture
          Fall
          ENV SCI-318

          Pollution Control

          Government regulations, manufacturing processes, waste minimization, pollution prevention methods and pollution control techniques of major industries.

          Prerequisites
          P: Chem 212 with at least a C grade.
            Credits4
            Lecture
            Fall
            ENV SCI-320

            The Soil Environment

            The physical, chemical and biological properties and principals of soils; formation, classification and distribution of major soil orders; function and management of soils in natural, agricultural and urban environments. Includes field and laboratory experiences.

            Prerequisites
            P: Chem 108 with at least a C grade or 212 with at least a C grade; REC: Geosci 202.
              Credits3
              Lecture
              Spring
              Odd Only
              ENV SCI-323

              Pollution Prevention

              Emphasizes principles of pollution prevention and environmentally conscious products, processes and manufacturing systems. Also addresses post-use product disposal, life cycle analysis, and pollution prevention economics.

              Prerequisites
              P: Env Sci 318 with at least a C grade.
                Credits3
                Lecture
                Fall
                ENV SCI-325

                Regional Climatology

                The elements, controls, and classification of climates; the distribution of climate types over the earth; world patterns of climate.

                Prerequisites
                P: Geosci 222 with at least a C grade or Geog 222 with at least a C grade; REC: Geosci 202.
                  Credits3
                  Lecture
                  Fall
                  ENV SCI-330

                  Hydrology

                  Qualitative study of the principal elements of the water cycle, including precipitation, runoff, infiltration, evapotranspiration and ground water; applications to water resource projects such as low flow augmentation, flow reregulation, irrigation, public and industrial water supply and flood control.

                  Prerequisites
                  P: Geosci 202 with at least a C grade.
                    Credits3
                    Lecture
                    Spring
                    ENV SCI-335

                    Water and Waste Water Treatment

                    Water and waste water treatment systems, including both sewage and potable water treatment plants and their associated collection and distribution systems. Study of the unit operations, physical, chemical and biological, used in both systems.

                    Prerequisites
                    P: Geosci 202 with at least a C grade or Chem 211 with at least a C grade or Biology 202 with at least a C grade.
                      Credits3
                      Lecture
                      Spring
                      ENV SCI-342

                      Environmental Geology

                      • Pre-Requisites
                      • General Education
                      • Writing Emphasis

                      Applications of fundamental geologic concepts in the interpretation of environmental problems resulting from the exploitation of crustal resources. Environmental impact of construction, mining, waste disposal, natural geologic hazards and the tapping of crustal energy sources.

                      Prerequisites
                      P: Geosci 202 with at least a C grade.
                      • Gen Ed: Natural & Physical Sciences 2
                      Credits3
                      Lecture
                      Fall
                      ENV SCI-353

                      Air Photo Interpretation

                      Techniques for the interpretation of human and natural land use. Wide variety of aerial photo formats and scales are used. Vertical and oblique photos, satellite images, and Internet web sites incorporated into course material.

                      Prerequisites
                      P: so st.
                        Credits3
                        Lecture
                        Fall
                        ENV SCI-363

                        Plant and Forest Pathology

                        Important diseases of forest, shade and orchard trees and diseases of representative economic plants; fungus deterioration in wood storage, its economic importance and methods of control.

                        Prerequisites
                        P: Biology 203 with at least a C grade or transfer cse Biology 003.
                          Credits3
                          Lecture
                          Fall
                          Odd Only
                          ENV SCI-370

                          Emergence of Western Technology

                          History of the shift in the technological balance of power from 16th century China, India and the Islamic world to western Europe and later to North America.

                          Prerequisites
                          P: Chem 108 or 211 or Geosci 102 or 202 or 222 or Env Sci 102 or 141 or Geog 222 or Physics 141 or 103 or 180 or 201 and Hum Stud 101 or 201 all courses require at least a C grade.
                          • Gen Ed: Natural & Physical Sciences 2
                          Credits4
                          Lecture
                          Fall
                          ENV SCI-405

                          Aquatic Ecology

                          An introduction to a diversity of freshwater systems, including streams, wetlands, reservoirs and lakes. The lab involves sampling of lakes and streams in eastern Wisconsin for biological and chemical analysis.

                          Prerequisites
                          P: Math 260, Env Sci 302 or 305
                            Credits4
                            Lecture
                            Spring
                            ENV SCI-407

                            Modeling of Environmental Systems

                            Creation and analysis of deterministic and stochastic mathematical models describing material and energy flows in environmental systems. Measurements needed for parameter estimation and model validation. Ethics in modeling.

                            Prerequisites
                            P: Math 260 with at least a C grade and Env Sci 302 with at least a C grade or 305 with at least a C grade.
                              Credits3
                              Lecture
                              Spring
                              Even Only
                              ENV SCI-415

                              Solar and Alternate Energy Systems

                              Study of alternate energy systems which may be the important energy sources in the future, such as solar, wind, biomass, fusion, ocean thermal, fuel cells and magneto hydrodynamics.

                              Prerequisites
                              P: Physics 104 with at least a C grade or 202 with at least a C grade.
                                Credits1-3
                                Lecture
                                Fall
                                Odd Only
                                ENV SCI-421

                                Soils and Geology of Wisconsin Field Trip

                                Intensive three-day field study tour of the properties, origins and uses of major soils and landscapes of Wisconsin, with follow-up discussions. Cost of tour bus, guidebook, meals and lodging borne by student.

                                Prerequisites
                                P: Geosci 202 with at least a C grade.
                                • Course is repeatable to 9 credits.
                                Credits3
                                Lecture
                                ENV SCI-425

                                Global Climate Change

                                Examines changes in global climate with emphasis on the processes by which climate change occurs. Focuses on the recent changes in the concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gases and their impact on the earth's global energy budget. Examines the potential environmental impact of a changed climate.

                                Prerequisites
                                P: Geosci 222 with at least a C grade, Geog 222 with at least a C grade or Env Sci 102 with at least a C grade.
                                  Credits3
                                  Lecture
                                  Spring
                                  ENV SCI-432

                                  Hydrogeology

                                  Introduction to the geological and physical principles governing ground water flow. Description of aquifer properties, chemical processes, equation of flow, well hydraulics, and environmental concerns.

                                  Prerequisites
                                  P: Geosci 202 with at least a C grade and Env Sci 330 with at least a C grade; REC: Math 202.
                                    Credits3
                                    Lecture
                                    Fall
                                    ENV SCI-434

                                    Environmental Chemistry

                                    Physical, chemical, and biological processes affecting the composition of air and water. Chemical reactions in polluted, and unpolluted environments; dispersal processes and methods of control for various pollutants.

                                    Prerequisites
                                    P: Chem 311 with at least a C grade and 300 with at least a C grade; or Chem 311 with at least a C grade and 302 with at least a C grade and 303 with at least a C grade.
                                      Credits1
                                      LAB
                                      Fall
                                      ENV SCI-435

                                      Environmental Chemistry Laboratory

                                      Basic measurement techniques used by environmental scientists to evaluate air and water quality; field methods, continuous monitoring techniques, and in-laboratory analysis techniques. Experiments demonstrate reaction kinetics, stoichiometry, thermodynamics instrumentation, and wet chemical methods.

                                      Prerequisites
                                      P: Chem 434 with at least a C grade or conc enr, or Env Sci 434 or conc enr, or Chem 311; and Env Sci 207 or conc enr of Hum Biol 207 or conc enr.
                                        Credits4
                                        Lecture
                                        Spring
                                        ENV SCI-454

                                        Remote Sensing and GIS

                                        Large area, small scale analysis of earth surface features by satellite imagery and data. Manual and computer-assisted manipulation of multispectral images with respect to vegetation, geology, soils, water resources and land use.

                                        Prerequisites
                                        P: Geosci 202 with at least a C grade or Geog 250 with at least a C grade.
                                          Credits3
                                          Lecture
                                          Spring
                                          Fall
                                          ENV SCI-460

                                          Resource Management Strategy

                                          • Pre-Requisites
                                          • General Education
                                          • Writing Emphasis

                                          Application of the principles of systems analysis to the sustainable use of material and energy resources. Emphasis on use of analytical tools of economics (e.g. costs-benefit, cost-effectiveness, and risk-benefit analysis) and the process of public policy making and implementation.

                                          Prerequisites
                                          REC: background in econ and conservation.
                                          • Gen Ed: Natural & Physical Sciences 2
                                          Credits4
                                          Lecture
                                          Fall
                                          ENV SCI-467

                                          Ecological and Environmental Methods and Analysis

                                          Overview of current theory and practices of ecological sampling and analysis for terrestrial systems with field and laboratory experiences in these methods.

                                          Prerequisites
                                          P: Env Sci 302 with at least a C grade or 305 with at least a C grade, and Math 260 with at least a C grade. REC: Env Sci 302 and 305
                                            Credits4
                                            Lecture
                                            Spring
                                            ENV SCI-469

                                            Conservation Biology

                                            • Pre-Requisites
                                            • General Education
                                            • Writing Emphasis

                                            Overview of the major issues and ecological principles underlying the field of conservation of biology, including patterns and measurement of biological diversity from genetic to community scales.

                                            Prerequisites
                                            P: Chem 212 with at least a C grade and Env Sci 302 with at least a C grade.
                                            • Gen Ed: Natural & Physical Sciences 2
                                            Credits3-4
                                            IND Study
                                            Spring
                                            Fall
                                            ENV SCI-491

                                            Senior Thesis/Research in Environmental Science

                                            A project-based capstone experience where individual students address a specific aspect of the environmental sciences through the use of scientific and mathematical skills.

                                            Prerequisites
                                            P: Env Sci 302 with at least a C grade or 305 with at least a C grade; Math 260 with at least a C grade; instr consent. REC: Env Sci 302 and 305.
                                              Credits1-4
                                              Field EXP
                                              Spring
                                              Fall
                                              ENV SCI-492

                                              Practicum in Environmental Science

                                              A project-based course in which students address a practical application of scientific and mathematics skills in the environmental sciences. Topics vary.

                                              Prerequisites
                                              P: Env Sci 302 with at least a C grade or 305 with at least a C grade, and Math 260 with at least a C grade. REC: Env Sci 302 and 305
                                              • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                              Credits1-12
                                              Field EXP
                                              Spring
                                              Fall
                                              ENV SCI-497

                                              Internship

                                              Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to a student's career and educational interests. Internships are supervised by faculty members and require periodic student/faculty meetings. All internships must be taken P-NC.

                                              Prerequisites
                                              P: jr st and gpa > or = 2.75 and completion of 3 UL cses in maj or min.
                                              • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                              Credits1-4
                                              IND Study
                                              Spring
                                              Fall
                                              ENV SCI-498

                                              Independent Study

                                              Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early inthe semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

                                              Prerequisites
                                              P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
                                              • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                              Credits1-6
                                              Field EXP
                                              ENV SCI-499

                                              Travel Course

                                              • Pre-Requisites
                                              • General Education
                                              • Travel Course
                                              • Repeatable

                                              Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

                                              Prerequisites
                                              P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
                                              • Gen Ed: World Culture
                                              • Travel Course
                                              • Course is repeatable for credit.