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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.
Requirements (18 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.
The minor in geographic information systems prepares students for current modern trends in geospatial technology, computerized mapping, digital image processing, and spatial analysis. The GIS minor requires one course in computer science (COMPUTER 1130), four courses in GIS and remote sensing, and six hours of upper division coursework in selected classes, either in geosciences, computer science or business.
The GIS minor incorporates dynamic changes in current advances in spatial sciences and technology. The students that complete a GIS minor significantly enhance their employment opportunities, especially in environmental consultation agencies, mapping technology industries, and surveying. The GIS minor pertains to any natural resource field, such as geology and biology, as well as social studies and business. A GIS minor combined with a computer science major is currently one of the most employable fields in geospatial analysis.
Required Core Courses:
- COMPUTER 1130 - Introduction to Programming - 3 cr
- GEOGRPHY 2230 - GIS: Thematic Mapping - 3 cr
- GEOGRPHY 3230 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems - 4 cr
- GEOGRPHY 3720 - GIS: Digital Image Analysis - 3 cr
- GEOGRPHY 4330 - Advanced GIS & GPS - 4 cr
Electives (6 credits):
- MATH 1830 - Elementary Statistics - 3 cr
- GEOGRPHY 3520 - Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry - 3 cr
- GEOGRPHY 3560 - Oceanography - 4 cr
- GEOGRPHY 3670 - Coastal Ecosystems - 3 cr
- GEOGRPHY 3840 - Soil Geomorphology - 4 cr
- GEOGRPHY 4120 - Topical Seminar - 2-3 cr
- GEOGRPHY 4660 - Cooperative Field Experience - 1-8 cr
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