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College of Liberal Studies
Program Director: Kenneth Maly
245G Graff Main Hall, (608)785-8422
studies is an interdisciplinary minor open to all students at UW-L. While housed
in the College of Liberal Studies, the minor reaches across campus and involves
environmentally concerned faculty and students from all four colleges. Its
purpose is to study the environment from a broad perspective, incorporating the
natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities.
Environmental Studies Minor (All
colleges) — 24 credits, including ENV 201, 303 (can be repeated for a total of
6 credits), 496; a minimum of three credits from each of the following three
areas: A) natural sciences: BIO 102, 307, 341; CHM 100, 412; GEO 200, 425, 427,
460; HON 295; B) social sciences: ARC 404; C-I 381; ECO 346; HED 335; POL 318;
REC 306, 381; SOC 311, 328, SOC/ANT 360; SOC/ERS 363; C) humanities: ENG 445;
HIS 317; HIS/W-S 371; PHL 341. ENV 450 and 499, while not fulfilling
requirements in Categories A, B, or C, may be used to reach the total of 24
departments, because they offer several of their own courses for the
environmental studies minor, limit the number of credits that their majors may
apply to the environmental studies minor. Biology majors may not apply any
biology credits toward the minor. Geography majors may apply a maximum of six
credits to the minor. Health education and health promotion majors may not apply
HED 335 to the minor. Sociology or archaeological studies majors may apply a
maximum of three credits to both their major and their minor.
ENV 201 Cr. 3
Introduction to Environmental Studies
An interdisciplinary, introductory seminar which will explore current environmental issues from a variety of perspectives (scientific, historical, and social) and disciplines (natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities). Attitudes toward the natural world and approaches to public and private decision-making will also be examined. Some field trips will be used to examine local and regional practices and issues.
303 Cr. 3
Issues in Environmental Studies
This fully interdisciplinary seminar provides the opportunity to gain understanding of the scientific, historical, and ethical issues in ecological literacy and environmental responsibility by focusing on a specific environmental concern. Selected environmental issues with a specific focus will be offered. Examples are forestry, ground water, air pollution, ozone depletion, sustainable agriculture, overpopulation. Each offering will have a specific title according to the topic. Prerequisite: ENV 201 and six credits from the environmental studies minor list. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.
450 Cr. 3
Internship in Environmental Studies
Direct work experience with an agency or organization that deals with environmental issues or problems from an interdisciplinary perspective. The student works under supervision of both faculty adviser and agency staff member. Examples of sites include governmental agencies, advocacy groups, environmental education centers, alternative technologies companies, and environmental compliance divisions of corporations. Prerequisite: ENV 201, declared environmental studies minor, consent of environmental studies director, and junior standing. All internships must be approved in the semester prior to the semester that the internship occurs.
496 Cr. 3
Integrative Seminar in Environmental Studies
This capstone course, offered in seminar style, will focus on research and responsible environmental action. It will discuss, review, and assess course work done in the environmental studies minor. Students will evaluate previous course work and design and conduct research projects or other environmental projects/activities. This seminar will be oriented toward integration of various aspects of the minor, within the context of a bioregional emphasis, a focus on environmental issues on campus, and a component aimed at environmental action. Prerequisite: ENV 201, 303 and 12 credits from the list of supporting courses.
499 Cr. 1-3
Independent Study in Environmental Studies
Under supervision of instructor, individualized study in environmental studies on issues/topics not available in existing courses. Prerequisite: ENV 201, declared environmental studies minor, and consent of environmental studies director. All independent studies must be approved in the semester prior to the semester that the independent study occurs. Repeatable for credit—maximum 3.
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