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Interested in studying topics in sustainability and equity? Explore the related academic programs below.

Featured Programs and Courses

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Public Health: Major or Minor

Learn to approach public health issues through the broad lens of social, economic, cultural, health and environmental factors. This growing program prepares you to make a difference in our society and to advocate for those in need.

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ENV 395: Building Sustainability at the Academy

The Building Sustainability at the Academy (ENV 395) course investigates the County Materials Complex project — UWEC’s first attempt to attain LEED certification on a new construction project.

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New: Sustainability and Climate Action Certificate program

This certificate is for students who are concerned about the escalating climate crisis and who seek the foundational understanding and skills to lead societal and technological transitions necessary to achieve a sustainable world.

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All Sustainability-Focused Majors, Minors and Certificates

  1. American Indian Studies, BA or BS Program type: Major; Minor; Certificate Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus
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    Explore the history, culture and values of the Indigenous tribal nations of the U.S. with a bachelor's degree in American Indian studies.

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  2. Biology - Ecology and Environmental Biology Emphasis, BA or BS Program type: Major Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus
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    Our ecology and environmental biology degree is an excellent choice for those curious about nature and passionate about doing science in the great outdoors. Through lab work, field experience and real-world projects, you'll pursue novel ideas and solve global environmental problems.

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  3. Earth Resources Program type: Certificate Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus

    Gain core science, policy and communication skills to better understand — and communicate about — complex environmental issues involving mineral and water extraction and usage.

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  4. Economics of Global Issues Program type: Certificate Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus

    Develop your global competency and enhance your understanding of global economics. Half of the degree requirements that make up this certificate will include courses that are chosen by you, allowing you to personalize your studies and focus on the areas that best align with your career goals.

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  5. Environment, Society, and Culture Program type: Minor Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus
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    Gain critical skills and a deeper understanding of how environmental issues impact society — and what you can do to make a difference — with our environment, society, and culture minor.

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  6. Environmental Geography, BA or BS Program type: Major Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus
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    Study the bond between humankind and nature with an environmental geography bachelor’s degree. Here you’ll find yourself surrounded by highly motivated and enthusiastic people just like you: curious about the earth and how humans connect to it.

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  7. Environmental Public Health, BS Program type: Major Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus
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    Our EHAC-accredited environmental public health program will teach you about the biological, chemical and physical hazards that exist in our environment and what you can do to help. With the growing world population and climate change, environmental public health majors are in high demand.

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  8. Environmental Science Program type: Minor Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus

    Explore biological diversity, sustainability and environmental conservation — and how you can make a difference in our world — with a minor in environmental science.

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  9. Geology - Environmental Science Emphasis, BA or BS Program type: Major Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus
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    Pursue a career in environmental geology, land conservation or environmental policy with a bachelor's degree in geology - environmental science.

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  10. Geology - Hydrogeology and Water Chemistry Emphasis, BA or BS Program type: Major Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus
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    Explore topics like groundwater development and management, conservation of surface and subsurface waters, and the application of chemistry to geologic problems. Designed for students interested in hydrogeology, geochemistry and environmental geology careers or graduate programs.

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  11. International Affairs Program type: Certificate Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus

    The international affairs certificate is designed for those interested in global awareness, cultural and political diversity, and economic globalization.

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  12. Public Health, BS or BA Program type: Major; Minor Delivery: On Campus
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    Learn to approach public health issues through the broad lens of social, economic, cultural, health and environmental factors. This growing program prepares you to make a difference in our society and to become an advocate for vulnerable communities and those in need.

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  13. Responsible Mining Program type: Certificate Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus

    Learn best practices in responsible resource development and how to help protect our environment with a certificate in responsible mining. This certificate is an excellent choice for those who wish to join state regulatory agencies, such as the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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  14. Social Advocacy and Change Program type: Certificate Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus

    Explore topics such as human rights and environmental concerns, and promote change in a variety of social and political contexts with a social advocacy and change certificate.

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  15. Sustainability and Climate Action Program type: Certificate Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus

    An excellent choice for students who are concerned about the escalating climate crisis and who seek the foundational understanding and skills to lead societal and technological transitions necessary to achieve a sustainable world.

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  16. Teaching - Science, Earth/Space Science Emphasis, BS Program type: Major Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus

    Start your journey toward becoming a science teacher with a bachelor's degree in teaching - science, earth/space science emphasis. Graduates leave with specialized, in-depth knowledge of geology, oceanography, astronomy and meteorology, and are prepared to teach any science course to grades 4-12.

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  17. Water Resources Program type: Certificate Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus

    Explore the origin, nature, distribution, movement, exploitation and conservation of surface and subsurface waters, as well as the problems associated with the development of water resources in Wisconsin and the U.S..

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  18. Women of Color Feminisms Program type: Certificate Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus
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    The women of color feminisms certificate is designed for students who have a strong interest in learning about the experiences of women of color.

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  19. Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, BA or BS Program type: Major; Minor; Certificate Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus
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    Think critically about the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender and sexualities with other hierarchies of power and privilege — and be an advocate for social justice — with a bachelor's degree in women's, gender, and sexuality studies.

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All Sustainability-Focused Course Offerings

Courses with a sustainability focus

Economics

  • ECON 268 - Environmental Economics
  • ECON 331 - Government and Business

Geography

  • GEOG 178 - Planet Earth: Conservation of the Environment
  • GEOG 270 - Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning
  • GEOG/AIS 322 - Native Geographies
  • GEOG 340 - Climatology
  • GEOG 341 - Weather and Society
  • GEOG 354 - Sustainable Placemaking and Community
  • GEOG 361 - Environmental Hazards
  • GEOG 365 - Tourism Geographies
  • GEOG 369 - Geography of Food
  • GEOG/ENV 377 - U.S. Environmental and Sustainability Policy
  • GEOG/ENV 378 - International Environmental Problems and Policy

Geology

  • GEOL 301 - Earth Resources and Sustainability
  • GEOL 122 - The Future of Global Energy
  • GEOL 304 - Global Environmental Change
  • GEOL 308 - Water Resources
  • GEOL 204 - Understanding Earth’s Environment
  • GEOL 452 - Responsible Mining Seminar

Mathematics

  • MATH 108 - Earth Algebra
  • MATH 354 - Math Modeling

Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • PHIL 320 - Environmental Ethics
  • RELS 290 - Sacred Earth

Physics and Astronomy

  • PHYS 205 - Physics of Renewable Energy
  • PHYS 315 - Mysterious Universe

Psychology:

  • PSYC 281 - Intro to Behavior Analysis

Public Health and Environmental Studies

  • ENV 101 - Sustainability Basics and Beyond
  • ENV 310 - Sustainable Cities
  • ENV 330 - Waste & Society: Energy, Food, and Efficiency
  • ENV/HIST - 346 American Environmental History
  • ENV 377 - US Environmental and Sustainability Policy
  • ENV 395 - Building Sustainability in the Academy 
  • GEOG/ENV 378 - International Environmental Problems and Policy
  • HNRS 328 - Food Environments and Healthy Communities
  • HNRS 389.501 - Taking the Measure of Sustainability
  • ENPH 110 - Introduction to Environmental Health
  • ENPH 115 - Global Environmental and Public Health
  • ENPH/NRSG 225 - Introduction to Public Health
  • ENPH 445 - Solid and Hazardous Waste Management

Sociology

  • SOC 242 - Social Problems
  • SOC 317 - Sociology of Food and Agriculture
  • SOC 301 - Environmental Sociology

Education for Equity and Justice

  • ES 212 - Exploring Schooling in Grades K-12
  • ES 304 - Teaching and Learning Practices
  • ES 305 - Reading Curriculum and Instruction in Grades 1-8
  • ES 306 - Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction in Grades K-9
  • ES 307 - Language Arts Curriculum and Instruction in Grades K-9
  • ES 308 - Science Curriculum and Instruction in Grades K-9
  • ES 309 - Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction in Grades K-9
  • ES 312/512 - General Methods of Teaching
  • ES 317/517 - Middle Level Methods and Curriculum
  • ES 328/52 - Content Area Reading and Study Strategies 
  • ES 335 - Reading Assessment, Diagnosis, and Remediation  
  • ES 356 - Teaching Social Studies in Grades 4-12 
  • ES 357 - Teaching Mathematics in Grades 4-12 
  • ES 360 - Teaching Science in Grades 4-12
  • ES 381 - Technology for Educators
  • ES 385 - Social Foundations: Human Relations
  • ES 415 - Assessment and Evaluation in Grades K-12
  • ES 457 - Integrating Literacies into the Middle Grades Curriculum 
  • ES 490 - Historical, Legal, and Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • LMED 305/505 - Children's Literature
  • LMED 306/506 - Literature for Adolescents 
  • ES 316/516 - Teaching Multicultural Literature in Grades K-12
  • ES 366 - Teaching Foreign Languages Grades 4-12 
  • ES 405/605 - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 
  • ES 408 - Methods of Teaching Content-Based ESL 
  • ES 437 - Teaching Foreign Languages in Grades 1-8

Communication Sciences and Disorders:

CSD 485 - Serving Diverse Populations

Social Work:

SW 290 - Human Rights and Global Justice

Business Communication:

BSAD 300 - Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace

Information Systems:

IS 460 - Seminar in Information Systems