Environmental Science Minor

Environmental Sciences Class

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The environmental science minor is an interdisciplinary program designed to give students, particularly those in the natural sciences, a broad understanding of the relationship of humans to the environment and the processes that occur in the natural environment. Environmental science has become an essential component of a wide variety of fields and in a variety of careers, and its importance will only increase in the future. This minor will help prepare students to respond to the demands of environmental understanding increasingly expected of 21st century people.

An environmental science minor requires 24 total credits. 

Core Courses (9 credits):

  • GEOGRPHY 3330 Environmental Conservation 3 cr
  • BIOLOGY 3450 Ecology and Evolution* 3 cr
  • CRIMLJUS 4030 Environmental Law 3 cr

One Physical Processes Course from (4 credits):

  • GEOGRPHY 1140 Global Landforms 4 cr
  • GEOLOGY 1140 Physical Geology 4 cr

Five credits of Chemistry chosen from:

  • CHEMSTRY 1050 General Chemistry 5 cr
  • CHEMSTRY 1140/1240 General Chemistry Sequence 8 cr
  • CHEMSTRY 1450 Chemistry for Engineers 5 cr

Electives (minimum 6 credits):

  • GEOGRPHY 1240 Weather and Climate 4 cr
  • GEOGRPHY 1370 Global Vegetation 4 cr
  • GEOGRPHY 3230 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4 cr
  • GEOGRPHY 3340 Biogeography 4 cr
  • GEOGRPHY 3750 Field Geography of the Western U.S. 1-4 cr
  • GEOGRPHY 3840 Soil Geomorphology 4 cr
  • PHLSPHY 2540 Science, Technology, and Ethics 3 cr
  • AGSCI 2230 Soils 3 cr
  • GEOLOGY 3430 Hydrology 3 cr
  • CHEMSTRY 3130 Environmental Chemistry 3 cr
  • BIOLOGY 2450 Fungi, Algae, and Bryophytes 4 cr
  • BIOLOGY 2640 Invertebrate Zoology 4 cr
  • BIOLOGY 3030 Ornithology 3 cr
  • BIOLOGY 3110 Fresh Water Biology 3 cr
  • BIOLOGY 3230 Mammalogy 3 cr
  • BIOLOGY 3340 Entomology 4 cr
  • BIOLOGY 3460 Ecological Methods and Research** 3 cr
  • BIOLOGY 3650 Plant Communities of Wisconsin 4 cr
  • BIOLOGY 3660 Animal Communities of Wisconsin 3 cr
  • BIOLOGY 4710 Selected Regional Habitats 1-3 cr
  • CIVILENG 3340 Environmental Engineering 4 cr
  • CIVILENG 4300 Hydrology 3 cr
  • CIVILENG 4310 Groundwater Hydrology 3 cr

* Requires BIOLOGY 1650 Unity of Life and BIOLOGY 1750 Diversity of Life as prerequisites.
** Requires BIOLOGY 2420 Fundamentals of Biological Investigation as prerequisite

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