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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 or conc enr.
      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
      Lecture
      ENV SCI-283E

      Energy and Society - Learning Community

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      Prerequisites
      P: Env Sci 260 and participation in the learning community
        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: sophomore standing
                          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; REC: Env Sci 330 with at least a C grade; 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.
                                                Credits4
                                                Lecture
                                                Fall
                                                ENV SCI-505

                                                Environmental Systems

                                                Physical and chemical aspects of natural environmental processes. The movement, transformation, and fate of materials and contaminants. P: gr st. (F)

                                                Prerequisites
                                                P: gr st.
                                                  Credits3
                                                  Lecture
                                                  Fall
                                                  ENV SCI-518

                                                  Pollution Control

                                                  Government regulations, manufacturing processes, waste minimization, pollution prevention methods and pollution control techniques of major industries. P: gr st. (F) Field Trips Required.

                                                  Prerequisites
                                                  P: gr st.
                                                    Credits4
                                                    Lecture
                                                    Fall
                                                    ENV SCI-520

                                                    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. P: gr st. (F) Field Trips Required.

                                                    Prerequisites
                                                    P: gr st.
                                                      Credits3
                                                      Lecture
                                                      Spring
                                                      Odd Only
                                                      ENV SCI-523

                                                      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. P: gr st. (SO)

                                                      Prerequisites
                                                      P: gr st.
                                                        Credits3
                                                        Lecture
                                                        Fall
                                                        ENV SCI-530

                                                        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. P: gr st. (F)

                                                        Prerequisites
                                                        P: gr st.
                                                          Credits3
                                                          Lecture
                                                          Spring
                                                          ENV SCI-535

                                                          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. P: gr st. (S)

                                                          Prerequisites
                                                          P: gr st.
                                                            Credits3
                                                            Lecture
                                                            Fall
                                                            ENV SCI-563

                                                            Plants 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. P: gr st. (F) Field Trips Required.

                                                            Prerequisites
                                                            P: gr st.
                                                              Credits4
                                                              Lecture
                                                              Fall
                                                              ENV SCI-605

                                                              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. P: gr st. (F) Field Trips Required.

                                                              Prerequisites
                                                              P: gr st.
                                                                Credits3
                                                                Lecture
                                                                Spring
                                                                Even Only
                                                                ENV SCI-615

                                                                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. P: gr st. (SE)

                                                                Prerequisites
                                                                P: gr st.
                                                                  Credits1-3
                                                                  Lecture
                                                                  Fall
                                                                  Odd Only
                                                                  ENV SCI-621

                                                                  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.

                                                                  • Course is repeatable to 9 credits.
                                                                  Credits3
                                                                  Lecture
                                                                  Spring
                                                                  ENV SCI-632

                                                                  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: gr st.
                                                                    Credits3
                                                                    Lecture
                                                                    Fall
                                                                    ENV SCI-634

                                                                    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. P: gr st. (F)

                                                                    Prerequisites
                                                                    P: gr st.
                                                                      Credits1
                                                                      LAB
                                                                      Fall
                                                                      ENV SCI-635

                                                                      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: gr st.
                                                                        Credits4
                                                                        Lecture
                                                                        Spring
                                                                        ENV SCI-654

                                                                        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: gr st.
                                                                          Credits3
                                                                          Lecture
                                                                          Spring
                                                                          Fall
                                                                          ENV SCI-660

                                                                          Resource Management Strategy

                                                                          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. P: gr st. (F,S)

                                                                          Prerequisites
                                                                          P: gr st.
                                                                            Credits4
                                                                            Lecture
                                                                            Spring
                                                                            ENV SCI-667

                                                                            Ecological 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. P: gr st. (S) Field Trips Required.

                                                                            Prerequisites
                                                                            P: gr st.
                                                                              Credits4
                                                                              Lecture
                                                                              Fall
                                                                              ENV SCI-668

                                                                              Ecological Applications

                                                                              Application of ecological knowledge to the management of natural and human dominated environments, including consideration of agroecosystems, forest, wetland and riparian ecosystems. Attention given to ecology and management of harvestable species, endangered species, non-indigenous species and indigenous pest species. Introduction to the fields of ecotoxicology, ecological risk assessment and ecological economics as they relate to ecosystem management. P: gr st. (F) Field Trips Required.

                                                                              Prerequisites
                                                                              P: gr st.
                                                                                Credits4
                                                                                Lecture
                                                                                Spring
                                                                                ENV SCI-669

                                                                                Conservation Biology

                                                                                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: gr st.
                                                                                  Credits1-6
                                                                                  Field EXP
                                                                                  ENV SCI-699

                                                                                  Travel Course

                                                                                  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.
                                                                                  • Travel Course
                                                                                  • Course is repeatable for credit.