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 Environmental Science Minor

The Watershed Institute oversees the Environmental Science minor at UW-Eau Claire. Here is  a general description of required classes for the minor, but please be aware that requirements change over time, and new opportunities emerge every year!  Click here to see a brochure that includes reactions to the program by students and frequently asked questions. 

MINOR: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Liberal Arts (Code 155-400)(as taken from 2010-2011 Catalogue)

This multidisciplinary minor is a liberal arts, nonprofessional program created primarily for Arts and Sciences students with interests in the environmental sciences and conservation of biological diversity. The minor emphasizes the study of environmental issues and techniques, ecology and conservation, and water and earth resources, and is designed to complement a 36-credit standard major, e.g., Biology Major, Liberal Arts. Comprehensive major environmental science programs include the Geography and Anthropology Department Resource Management Comprehensive Major, the Geology Department Environmental Science Comprehensive Major, the Biology Department Ecology and Environmental Biology Comprehensive Major, and the Public Health Professions Department Environmental Public Health Comprehensive Major (ENPH).

The minor consists of a minimum of 24 credits as follows:

NOTE: Biology majors need to take Biol 110 and Chem 103 and 104, or 115, for their major and to complement the minor. Directed and Independent Studies (395/399) courses in participating majors may be taken with consent of an adviser.

  1. Biol 180 or Geog 178 Conservation of the Environment, 3 crs
  2. One or more of the following life sciences (min. 3 crs)
    1. Biol 328 Conservation Biology, 3 crs
    2. Biol 330 Population Ecology, 4 crs
    3. Biol 338 Vegetation Ecology, 3 crs
    4. Biol 361 Biology of Microorganisms, 4 crs
    5. Biol 375 Limnology and Aquatic Ecology, 4 crs or
    6. Biol 376 Aquatic Ecology, 3-4 crs
    7. Biol 425 Ecosystem Ecology, 3 crs
  3. Two or more of the following physical sciences (min. 6 crs)
    1. Chem 304 Environmental Chemistry, 3 crs
    2. Geog 304 Introduction to Geomorphology, 3 crs
    3. Geog 361 Environmental Hazards, 3 crs
    4. Geol 115 Environmental Geology, 4 crs or
    5. Geog 104 Physical Geography, 4 crs
    6. Geol 308 Water Resources, 3 crs
    7. Geol 315 Hydrogeology I, 4 crs
    8. Geol 336 Geochemistry, 3 crs
  4. One or more of the following environmental studies (min. 3 crs)
    1. Econ 268 Environmental Economics, 3 crs
    2. Enph 210 Introduction to Environmental Health, 3 crs
    3. Enph 480 Environmental Law, 3 crs
    4. Geog 270 Land Use Issues and Problems, 3 crs
    5. Geog 375 Environmental Quality, 3 crs
    6. Geog 378 International Environmental Problems and Policy, 3 crs
    7. Phil 320 Environmental Ethics, 3 crs
  5. Two or more of the following techniques courses (min. 5 crs)
    1. Biol 383 Statistical Analysis of Biological Data, 3 crs
    2. Enph 441 Water and Wastewater, 3 crs
    3. Geog 200 Computer Techniques in Geography, 3 crs
    4. Geog 328 Quantitative Methods in Geography, 3 crs
    5. Geog 335 Geographic Information Systems, 3 crs
    6. Geog 338 Remote Sensing of the Environment, 3 crs
    7. Geog 350 Soils and the Environment, 4 crs
    8. Geog 363 Watershed Analysis, 4 crs
    9. Geog 364 Fluvial Processes and Landforms, 4 crs
  6. A field capstone (minimum 1 cr)
    1. Biol 320 Studies in Tropical Environments, 3 crs
    2. Biol 329 Field Experience in Conservation Biology, 1 cr
    3. Biol 490 Biological Field Studies, 1-3 crs
    4. Geog 368 Landscape Analysis: Physical, 1-3 crs
    5. Geog 401 Capstone Seminar, 3 crs
    6. Geol 303 Rocky Mountain Field Studies, 3 crs
    7. Geol 343 Geological Field Excursion, 1-2 crs
    8. Geol 470 Field Geology I, 3 crs

 

For advising, see Professors R. Hooper (P-153) Geology, P. Kleintjes Neff (P-337) Biology, E. Weiher (P-353) Biology, or G. Running (P-253) Geography and Anthropology.

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