Environmental Studies Certificate Curriculum

The 15-credit environmental studies certificate program can be added to any undergraduate major and enhances the value of a bachelor's degree. Students who complete both the certificate curriculum and an undergraduate degree program earn an environmental studies certificate with their degree. Completion of the certificate program is noted on their academic transcripts.

Requirements

Foundation Courses (6 credits)

Environmental Humanities / Social Science (Take one course)

Department Course Title Credits geBLC
ENVIR ST 113 Environmental Studies: The Humanistic Perspective 3 __HEC
ENVIR ST / HIST SCI / HISTORY 125 Green Screen: Environmental Perspectives through Film 3 __ZEC
ENVIR ST / RELIG ST 270 Environment and Religion 3 or 4 __HIC
ENVIR ST / GEOG / HISTORY 460 American Environmental History 4 __ZIC
ENVIR ST 112 Environmental Studies: The Social Perspective 3 __SEC
ENVIR ST / GEOG 139 Living in the Global Environment: An Introduction to People-Environment Geography 3 or 4 __SEC
C&E SOC / SOC 140 Introduction to Community and Environmental Sociology 3 __SEC
A A E / ENVIR ST 244 The Environment and the Global Economy 3 __SEC
C&E SOC / F&W ECOL / SOC 248 Environment, Natural Resources, and Society 3 __SEC
ENVIR ST / GEOG 339 Environmental Conservation 4 __SIC

Physical / Ecological Science (Take one course)

Department Course Title Credits geBLC
ATM OCN 100 Weather and Climate 3 __PEC
ATM OCN 101 Weather and Climate 4 __PEC
ENVIR ST / GEOSCI 106 Environmental Geology 3 __PEC
PHYSICS 115 Energy 3 r_PEC
ENVIR ST / GEOG 120 Introduction to the Earth System 3 __PEC
ENVIR ST / ILS 126 Principles of Environmental Science 4 __PEC
ENVIR ST / GEOG 127 Physical Systems of the Environment 5 __PEC
ATM OCN / SOIL SCI 132 Earth's Water: Natural Science and Human Use 3 __PEC
ENVIR ST / GEOG / SOIL SCI 230 Soil: Ecosystem and Resource 3 __PIC
ENVIR ST 250 Introduction to Sustainability Science 3 __PEC
SOIL SCI 301 General Soil Science 4 __PIC
ATM OCN / ENVIR ST / GEOG 331 Climatic Environments of the Past 3 __PIC
ATM OCN / ENVIR ST / GEOG 332 Global Warming: Science and Impacts 3 __PIC
GEOSCI 110 Evolution and Extinction 4 __BEC
BOTANY 240 Plants and Humans 3 __BEC
BOTANY / ENVIR ST / ZOOLOGY 260 Introductory Ecology 3 __BEC
F&W ECOL 401 Physiological Animal Ecology 3 __BDC
BOTANY / F&W ECOL / ZOOLOGY 460 General Ecology 4 r_BIC
F&W ECOL 550 Forest Ecology 3 __BIC

Environmental Theme Courses (9 credits)

NOTE: Nelson Institute topic numbers (ENVIR ST 400,401,402,404) all count in the theme portion of the curriculum. Due to the changing nature and title of topic courses, they are not listed individually under the section headings.

Biodiversity

Department Course Title Credits geBLC
ENTOM / ENVIR ST 201 Insects and Human Culture-a Survey Course in Entomology 3 __BEC
ENTOM / ZOOLOGY 302 Introduction to Entomology 4 __BIC
F&W ECOL 318 Principles of Wildlife Ecology 3 __BIC
BOTANY / GEOG 338 Environmental Biogeography 3 __BIC
ENVIR ST / F&W ECOL / ZOOLOGY 360 Extinction of Species 3 __BIC
ENVIR ST / LAND ARC 361 Wetlands Ecology 3 __BIC
AGRONOMY / BOTANY / SOIL SCI 370 Grassland Ecology 3 ___IC
ENVIR ST 375 Field Ecology Workshop 3 __BIC
BOTANY 401 Vascular Flora of Wisconsin 4 __BIC
ANTHRO / BOTANY / ZOOLOGY 410 Evolutionary Biology 3 __BIC
BOTANY 422 Plant Geography 3 __BIC
C&E SOC / ENVIR ST / GEOG 434 People, Wildlife and Landscapes 3 __SAC
BOTANY / ZOOLOGY 450 Midwestern Ecological Issues: A Case Study Approach 2 __BIC
BOTANY / F&W ECOL 455 The Vegetation of Wisconsin 4 __BIC
BOTANY / F&W ECOL / ZOOLOGY 460 General Ecology 4 r_BIC
AN SCI / ZOOLOGY 520 Ornithology 3 __BIC
AN SCI / ZOOLOGY 521 Birds of Southern Wisconsin 3 __BIC
AGRONOMY / ATM OCN / SOIL SCI 532 Environmental Biophysics 3 __PIC
GEOG 538 The Humid Tropics: Ecology, Subsistence, and Development 4 __SAC
F&W ECOL / SURG SCI 548 Diseases of Wildlife 3 __BIC
F&W ECOL 550 Forest Ecology 3 __BIC
F&W ECOL 551 Forest Ecology Lab 1 __BIC
BOTANY / ENVIR ST / F&W ECOL / ZOOLOGY 651 Conservation Biology 3 r__DC
LAND ARC 667 Field Study: Native Plant Communities 3
BOTANY / F&W ECOL / ZOOLOGY 672 Historical Ecology 2 __BAC

Climate

Department Course Title Credits geBLC
ATM OCN / ENVIR ST / GEOSCI 102 Climate and Climate Change 3 __PEC
ATM OCN / ENVIR ST 171 Global Change: Atmospheric Issues and Problems 2 or 3 __PEC
A A E 246 Climate Change Economics and Policy 3 __SEC
GEOG 321 Climatology 3 __PIC
ATM OCN / ENVIR ST / GEOG 331 Climatic Environments of the Past 3 __PIC
ATM OCN / ENVIR ST / GEOG 332 Global Warming: Science and Impacts 3 __PIC
ENVIR ST 349 Climate Change Governance 3 __SIC
GEOG / GEOSCI 420 Glacial and Pleistocene Geology 3 __PIC
ATM OCN 425 Global Climate Processes 3 __PAC
M E 466 Air Pollution Effects, Measurements and Control 3
ATM OCN / ENVIR ST / PHYSICS 472 Scientific Background to Global Environmental Problems 3 __PDC
ATM OCN / ENVIR ST 520 Bioclimatology 3 __PAC
ATM OCN 522 Tropical Meteorology 3 __PAC
GEOG / GEOSCI 523 Quaternary Vegetation Dynamics 3 __BAC
GEOG / GEOSCI 527 The Quaternary Period 3 __PAC
ATM OCN / ENVIR ST / GEOG 528 Past Climates and Climatic Change 3 __PAC
ATM OCN / ENVIR ST 535 Atmospheric Dispersion and Air Pollution 3 __PAC

Energy

Department Course Title Credits geBLC
E C E 356 Electric Power Processing for Alternative Energy Systems 3
BSE / ENVIR ST 367 Renewable Energy Systems 3
ENVIR ST / N E 373 Nuclear Energy and the Environment 3 __NIC
ENVIR ST / GEOSCI 411 Energy Resources 3 __PIC
BSE 460 Biorefining: Energy and Products from Renewable Resources 3
M E 461 Thermal Systems Modeling 3
M E 466 Air Pollution Effects, Measurements and Control 3
ATM OCN / ENVIR ST 535 Atmospheric Dispersion and Air Pollution 3 __PAC
A A E / CIV ENGR / ENVIR ST / URB R PL 561 Energy Markets 3 __SAC
A A E / ECON / ENVIR ST / TRAN P U / URB R PL 671 Energy Economics 3 __SDC

Food and Agriculture

Department Course Title Credits geBLC
AGROECOL / AGRONOMY / C&E SOC / ENTOM / ENVIR ST 103 Agroecology: an Introduction to the Ecology of Food and Agriculture 3 __BEC
FOOD SCI 120 Science of Food 3 __BEC
NUTR SCI 132 Nutrition Today 3 __BEC
C&E SOC / SOC 222 Food, Culture, and Society 3 __SEC
C&E SOC / HIST SCI 230 Agriculture and Social Change in Western History 3 __ZEC
AGRONOMY 300 Cropping Systems 3 __BIC
ENVIR ST / GEOG 309 People, Land and Food: Comparative Study of Agriculture Systems 3 __SIC
A A E / C&E SOC 340 Issues in Food Systems 3 or 4
A A E / AGRONOMY / INTER-AG / NUTR SCI 350 World Hunger and Malnutrition 3 __BIC
CNSR SCI 360 Sustainable and Socially Just Consumption 3 __SEC
HORT 370 World Vegetable Crops 3 __BDC
AGRONOMY 377 Cropping Systems of the Tropics 3 __BIC
FOLKLORE 439 Foodways 3 __HIC
C&E SOC / SOC 650 Sociology of Agriculture 3 __SAC

Health

Department Course Title Credits geBLC
ENVIR ST / MED HIST 213 Global Environmental Health: An Interdisciplinary Introduction 3 __ZEC
A A E / AGRONOMY / INTER-AG / NUTR SCI 350 World Hunger and Malnutrition 3 __BIC
POP HLTH 370 Introduction to Public Health: Local to Global Perspectives 3 __WIC
CIV ENGR 422 Elements of Public Health Engineering 3
CIV ENGR 423 Air Pollution Effects, Measurement and Control 3
M E 466 Air Pollution Effects, Measurements and Control 3
ENVIR ST / POP HLTH 471 Introduction to Environmental Health 3 __BIC
ENVIR ST / POP HLTH 502 Air Pollution and Human Health 3 __BDC
ENVIR ST / HIST SCI / MED HIST 513 Environment and Health in Global Perspective 3 __ZAC
GEN&WS / INTL ST 535 Women's Global Health and Human Rights 3 __YAC
HIST SCI / MED HIST / POP HLTH 553 International Health and Global Society 3 __ZIC
ENVIR ST / POP HLTH 560 Health Impact Assessment of Global Environmental Change 3
CIV ENGR / M&ENVTOX / SOIL SCI 631 Toxicants in the Environment: Sources, Distribution, Fate, & Effects 3 __BAC

History / Culture

Department Course Title Credits geBLC
ENGL / ENVIR ST 153 Literature and the Environmentn 3 __LEC
ENVIR ST / RELIG ST 270 Environment and Religion 3 or 4 __HIC
ENVIR ST 307 Literature of the Environment: Speaking for Nature 3 __LIC
GEOG 319 Environmental Evaluation and Adaptation 3 __SIC
ENVIR ST / HISTORY 328 Environmental History of Europe 3 __ZIC
F&W ECOL / ZOOLOGY 335 Human/Animal Relationships: Biological and Philosophical Issues 3 __BIC
ENVIR ST / GEOG 339 Environmental Conservation 4 __SIC
ENVIR ST / HIST SCI 353 History of Ecology 3 __HIC
ENVIR ST / HIST SCI / LCA / RELIG ST 356 Islam, Science & Technology, and the Environment 3 or 4 __HIC
ENVIR ST / LEGAL ST 430 Law and Environment: Rights and Resources 3 ___IC
ENVIR ST / PHILOS 441 Environmental Ethics 3 or 4 __ZAC
AMER IND / L SC COM 444 Native American Environmental Issues and the Media 3 _eZIC
ENVIR ST / F&W ECOL / HISTORY 452 World Forest History 3 __ZAC
ENVIR ST / GEOG / HISTORY 460 American Environmental History 4 __ZIC
CHICLA / HISTORY 461 The American West to 1850 3 or 4 _eHIC
CHICLA / HISTORY 462 The American West Since 1850 3 or 4 _eHIC
ENVIR ST / GEOG / HISTORY 469 The Making of the American Landscape 4 __ZIC
AMER IND / HISTORY 490 American Indian History 3 or 4 _eSIC
ENVIR ST / GEOG 537 Culture and Environment 4 __SAC
ENVIR ST / GEOG 557 Development and Environment in Southeast Asia 3 __SAC
BOTANY / F&W ECOL / ZOOLOGY 672 Historical Ecology 2 __BAC

Land Use

Department Course Title Credits geBLC
ENVIR ST / GEOG / SOIL SCI 230 Soil: Ecosystem and Resource 3 __PIC
GEOG / URB R PL 305 Introduction to the City 3 or 4 __SIC
A A E / ECON / REAL EST / URB R PL 306 The Real Estate Process 3 __SIC
ENVIR ST / GEOG 309 People, Land and Food: Comparative Study of Agriculture Systems 3 __SIC
ENVIR ST / SOIL SCI 324 Soils and Environmental Quality 3 __PIC
ENVIR ST / GEOG 325 Analysis of the Physical Environment 4 __PIC
ENVIR ST / GEOG 337 Nature, Power and Society 3 ___IC
BOTANY / GEOG 338 Environmental Biogeography 3 __BIC
ENVIR ST / GEOG 339 Environmental Conservation 4 __SIC
GEOG 344 The American West 3 __SIC
BSE / DS / LAND ARC 356 Sustainable Residential Construction 3
CNSR SCI 360 Sustainable and Socially Just Consumption 3 __SEC
ENVIR ST / GEOSCI 410 Minerals as a Public Problem 3 __NAC
F&W ECOL 410 Principles of Silviculture 3 or 4 __BIC
ECON / REAL EST / URB R PL 420 Urban and Regional Economics 3 __SAC
C&E SOC / ENVIR ST / GEOG 434 People, Wildlife and Landscapes 3 __SAC
AMER IND / L SC COM 444 Native American Environmental Issues and the Media 3 _eZIC
ECON / ENVIR ST / POLI SCI / URB R PL 449 Government and Natural Resources 3 or 4 __SDC
F&W ECOL / SOIL SCI 451 Environmental Biogeochemistry 3
ENVIR ST / F&W ECOL / HISTORY 452 World Forest History 3 __ZAC
ENVIR ST / GEOG / HISTORY 460 American Environmental History 4 __ZIC
LAND ARC / URB R PL 463 Evolution of American Planning 3 __SIC
GEOG / URB R PL 505 Urban Spatial Patterns and Theories 3 __SAC
ENVIR ST / F&W ECOL 515 Natural Resources Policy 3 b_SIC
ENVIR ST / GEOG 537 Culture and Environment 4 __SAC
GEOG 538 The Humid Tropics: Ecology, Subsistence, and Development 4 __SAC
ENVIR ST / GEOG 557 Development and Environment in Southeast Asia 3 __SAC
ENVIR ST / SOIL SCI 575 Assessment of Environmental Impact 3 __PIC
URB R PL 601 Site Planning 3 __ZDC
BOTANY / ENVIR ST / F&W ECOL / ZOOLOGY 651 Conservation Biology 3 r__DC
LAND ARC 666 Restoration Ecology 3 __BAC
LAND ARC 667 Field Study: Native Plant Communities 3
LAND ARC 677 Cultural Resource Preservation and Landscape History 3
ENVIR ST / LAND ARC / SOIL SCI 695 Applications of Geographic Information Systems in Natural Resources 3 ___AC

Policy

Department Course Title Credits geBLC
POLI SCI 219 Introduction to Public Policy 3 or 4 __SIC
A A E / ENVIR ST 244 The Environment and the Global Economy 3 __SEC
ENVIR ST / GEOG 309 People, Land and Food: Comparative Study of Agriculture Systems 3 __SIC
ENVIR ST / M H R 310 Challenges & Solutions in Business Sustainability 3 ___IC
ENVIR ST / GEOG 339 Environmental Conservation 4 __SIC
A A E / ECON / ENVIR ST 343 Environmental Economics 3 or 4 __SIC
ENVIR ST 349 Climate Change Governance 3 __SIC
BSE / DS / LAND ARC 356 Sustainable Residential Construction 3
ENVIR ST / M&ENVTOX / PL PATH 368 Environmental Law, Toxic Substances, and Conservation 2 __SIC
OTM 370 Sustainable Approaches to System Improvement 3
F&W ECOL 410 Principles of Silviculture 3 or 4 __BIC
ENVIR ST / LEGAL ST 430 Law and Environment: Rights and Resources 3 ___IC
ENVIR ST / GEOG 439 US Environmental Policy and Regulation 3 or 4 __SIC
AMER IND / L SC COM 444 Native American Environmental Issues and the Media 3 _eZIC
ECON / ENVIR ST / POLI SCI / URB R PL 449 Government and Natural Resources 3 or 4 __SDC
M E 466 Air Pollution Effects, Measurements and Control 3
ENVIR ST / F&W ECOL 515 Natural Resources Policy 3 b_SIC
CIV ENGR 522 Hazardous Waste Management 3
ENVIR ST / PHILOS 523 Philosophical Problems of the Biological Sciences 3 __ZAC
A A E / ECON / F&W ECOL 531 Natural Resource Economics 3 __SIC
ENVIR ST / GEOG 534 Environmental Governance: Markets, States and Nature 3 ___AC
ENVIR ST 539 Air Resources Science and Policy 3 ___AC
C&E SOC / ENVIR ST / SOC 540 Sociology of International Development, Environment, and Sustainability 3 __SIC
C&E SOC / SOC 541 Environmental Stewardship and Social Justice 3 __SAC
ENVIR ST / GEOG 557 Development and Environment in Southeast Asia 3 __SAC
C&E SOC / SOC 573 Community Organization and Change 3 __SAC
CIV ENGR / M&ENVTOX / SOIL SCI 631 Toxicants in the Environment: Sources, Distribution, Fate, & Effects 3 __BAC
R M I 650 Sustainability, Environmental and Social Risk Management 3
ECON / SOC 663 Population and Society 3 __SAC
ENVIR ST / URB R PL 668 Green Politics: Global Experience, American Prospects 3 __SDC

Water

Department Course Title Credits geBLC
ATM OCN / GEOSCI 105 Survey of Oceanography 3 or 4 __PEC
ATM OCN / SOIL SCI 132 Earth's Water: Natural Science and Human Use 3 __PEC
CIV ENGR 311 Hydroscience 3
ENVIR ST / ZOOLOGY 315 Limnology-Conservation of Aquatic Resources 2 __BIC
ZOOLOGY 316 Laboratory for Limnology-Conservation of Aquatic Resources 2 or 3 __BDC
CIV ENGR 320 Environmental Engineering 3
CIV ENGR 322 Environmental Engineering Processes 3
SOIL SCI 322 Physical Principles of Soil and Water Management 3
ENVIR ST / LAND ARC 361 Wetlands Ecology 3 __BIC
ENVIR ST / ZOOLOGY 510 Ecology of Fishes 3 __BIC
ENVIR ST / ZOOLOGY 511 Ecology of Fishes Lab 2 __BAC
G L E / GEOSCI 627 Hydrogeology 3 or 4 ___IC
G L E / GEOSCI 629 Contaminant Hydrogeology 3 ___AC

geBLC Information
Please refer to the undergraduate catalog for information on the symbols in the geBLC column of the course listings.