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Environmental Science

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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits 1
Lecture
Spring
Fall
ENV SCI-101

Introduction to Becoming a Scientist

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Natural Sciences
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
ENV SCI-141

Astronomy

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

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Natural Sciences
Credits 3
Lecture
ENV SCI-198

First Year Seminar

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis

Prerequisites
Reserved for New Incoming Freshman
  • Gen Ed: First Year Seminar
Credits 1
Lecture
Spring
Fall
ENV SCI-207

Laboratory Safety

  • Pre-Requisites

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 or conc enr.
Credits 3
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
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Sustainability Perspective
Credits 1
Lecture
ENV SCI-283E

Energy and Society - Learning Community

  • Pre-Requisites

Prerequisites
P: Env Sci 260 and participation in the learning community
Credits 1-4
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: Global Culture
  • Travel Course
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 3
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: Sustainability Perspective
Credits 4
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 .
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
ENV SCI-303

Environmental Sustainability

Principles of environmental sustainability rooted in interdisciplinary and systems perspectives; sustainability of our natural resource system; natural chemical, physical and biological systems which affect and influence sustainable practices; politics and economics of environmental sustainability.

Prerequisites
P: None; REC: Env Sci 102
  • Gen Ed: Sustainability Perspective
Credits 4
Lecture
Spring
Fall
ENV SCI-305

Environmental Systems

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
ENV SCI-318

Pollution Control

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 4
Lecture
Fall
ENV SCI-320

The Soil Environment

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Odd Only
ENV SCI-323

Pollution Prevention

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
ENV SCI-325

Regional Climatology

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
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.
Credits 3
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.
Credits 2
Lecture
Spring
Fall
ENV SCI-336

Environmental Statistics

  • Pre-Requisites

The course will give hands on experience in the management and analysis of environmental data using advanced statistical software. Students will handle environmental data and apply relevant statistical tools to summarize the dat, do tests of hypotheses concerning population means, variances, and proportions, and fit regression models for continuous and binary response variables.

Prerequisites
P: Math 260
Credits 2
Lecture
Spring
Fall
ENV SCI-337

Environmental GIS

  • Pre-Requisites

This is a project based course where students conduct geospatial data manipulation, analysis and management with a suite of GIS software tools and web-based GIS interfaces. Students will learn about a range of applications of remotely sensed and other geospatial data to natural science problems. Through the course project, students will create a functional GIS to study or model an environmental phenomena or problem.

Prerequisites
P: Pu En Af 250 REC: Geosci 202
Credits 2
Lecture
Spring
Fall
ENV SCI-338

Environmental Modeling

  • Pre-Requisites

Creation and analysis of mathematical models describing environmental systems. How and where mathematical models are used in real life environmental applications. Students will create models and use them to analyze and interpret systems.

Prerequisites
P: Math 104, 202 or 203
Credits 2
Lecture
Spring
ENV SCI-339

Scientific Writing

This course focuses on key elements of scientific writing, including grammar, attention to audience, and building a logical argument. Students will develop their writing skills through mock grant applications, reports, and journal articles.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
Odd Only
ENV SCI-370

Emergence of Western Technology

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 4
Lecture
Fall
Even Only
ENV SCI-401

Stream Ecology

  • Pre-Requisites

The goal of this course is to develop a profound understanding of the abiotic and biotic processes responsible for shaping the ecosystem in running waters. Focus will be on ecological processes, but nutrient dynamics and fluid mechanics are also important issues as well as the fauna associated to the streambed, mainly macro invertebrates and their ecological role. Theory will be combined with hands on experience providing the student with a tool to manage a stream based on ecological principles.

Prerequisites
P: Biology 203
Credits 4
Lecture
Fall
Odd Only
ENV SCI-403

Limnology

  • Pre-Requisites

Limnology is a broad sub-discipline of ecology that is the study of the structural and functional interrelationships of organisms of inland waters as they are affected by their dynamic physical, chemical and biotic environments. In this course, we will examine the dominant organizing principles and the current conceptual advances in the field of limnology focusing on lakes.

Prerequisites
P: Biology 203
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Even Only
ENV SCI-415

Solar and Alternate Energy Systems

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 1-3
Lecture
Fall
Odd Only
ENV SCI-421

Soils and Geology of Wisconsin Field Trip

  • Pre-Requisites
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees

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.
  • Additional Fees: Yes
  • Course is repeatable to 9 credits.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Even Only
ENV SCI-424

Hazardous and Toxic Materials

  • Pre-Requisites

The handling, processing, and disposal of materials which have physical, chemical, and biological properties that present hazards to human, animal, and plant life; procedures for worker safety and for compliance with regulations. The metals and nonmetals, carcinogens, radioactive materials, and pathogenic human, animal, and plant wastes.

Prerequisites
P: CHEM 212
Credits 3
Lecture
ENV SCI-425

Global Climate Change

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
ENV SCI-432

Hydrogeology

  • Pre-Requisites

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; REC: Env Sci 330 with at least a C grade; Math 202.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
Even Only
ENV SCI-433

Ground Water: Resources and Regulations

  • Pre-Requisites

An overview of the geology, properties, flow, and pollution of ground water systems. Techniques of aquifer characterization and water quality monitoring are introduced and evaluated. Regulatory and policy approaches to moderate use and ensure adequate high quality supplies of this valuable resource in the future are also reviewed.

Prerequisites
P: GEOSCI 202
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
ENV SCI-434

Environmental Chemistry

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 1
Laboratory
Fall
ENV SCI-435

Environmental Chemistry Laboratory

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
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: Sustainability Perspective
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
Odd Only
ENV SCI-464

Atmospheric Pollution and Abatement

  • Pre-Requisites

This course will provide students an understanding of atmospheric processes and weather patterns and how they affect pollutant transport. Sources, sinks, environmental effects, and abatement technologies for air pollutants will be addressed. Atmospheric reactions that create pollution or deplete stratospheric ozone will be included.

Prerequisites
P: CHEM 212 and CHEM 214 and ET 201
Credits 4
Lecture
Fall
ENV SCI-467

Capstone 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
Credits 4
Lecture
Fall
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: Env Sci 302 with at least a C grade or consent of instructor
  • Gen Ed: Sustainability Perspective
Credits 3
Ind Study
Spring
Fall
ENV SCI-478

Honors in the Major

  • Pre-Requisites

P: min 3.50 all cses req for major and min gpa 3.75 all UL cses req for major. (F,S)

Prerequisites
P: min 3.50 all cses req for major and min gpa 3.75 all UL cses req for major.
Credits 3-4
Ind Study
Spring
Fall
ENV SCI-491

Senior Thesis/Research in Environmental Science

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 1-4
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.
Credits 1-12
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.
Credits 1-4
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.
Credits 1-6
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: Global Culture
  • Travel Course
  • Course is repeatable for credit.