Courses for next semester

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Environmental Studies Courses
FALL 2020

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ENV 201: 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.

Satisfies General Education 04 Requirement: International and Multicultural Studies

Available sections and instructors: 

Maggie Braun,  TuTh  7:45-9:10

Maggie Braun, TuTh 9:25-10:50

Jan Wellik,  TuTh  9:25-10:50

Jan Wellik, ThTh 11:00-12:25

Margot Higgins, TuTh  11:00-12:25

Margot Higgins, TuTh  12:40-2:05

Richard Frost, MoWe  2:15-3:40 

Richard Frost, MoWe 3:55-5:20 

ENV 301: Environmental Sustainability

What can we do as individuals and as a society to meet our own needs without harming future generations? This seminar course approaches sustainability as a way of asking better questions, drawing from many academic disciplines and practical experiences. Students will discuss environmental sustainability for multiple scales, including personal lifestyles, organizations, businesses, and public infrastructure systems. Prerequisite: ENV 201.

Instructor:  Margot Higgins

Wednesday  1:10-3:55

ENV 303: Bicycling the Wisconsin Landscape (Issues in Environmental Studies) 

With urban population growth, pollution and congestion, more public awareness of the relationship between climate change and car driving, and more interest in improving physical activity, bicycling is experiencing a recent boom as a transportation option. The overarching objective of this course is to provide intellectual and active engagement with bicycling. This includes understanding transportation politics, equity, bicycle culture, local, national, and global trends in bicycling, and what needs to be accomplished to increase support bicycling at the local and global levels. Based on experience with field trips, guest lecturers, and course assignments, students will develop a bicycle assessment on a city of their choice. Students will need access to a well functioning bicycle, helmets, and lights for riding at night, as bicycle field trips will be a significant component of the class.

Instructor:  Margot Higgins

Tuesday  3:55-6:40

ENV 303: Food, Culture, and Environment (Issues in Environmental Studies)

This course provides an opportunity to investigate reasons for our food choices, and environmental impacts of the food system.  We’ll meet professionals in the food system and ask questions that are both personal and societal.  Why do we eat the way we do?  What policies influence crop acreage, fertilizer use, food waste, and carbon dioxide levels?  How are other people affected by our food choices? Can organic farming practices feed the world and pay the bills?  How can we improve sustainability of the food system? In order to investigate these kinds of questions, the course will incorporate interviews, photography, lectures, readings, films, service learning, field trips, and discussion groups.

Instructor:  Alysa Remsburg

TuTh 9:25-10:50

ENV 496:  Environmental Studies Capstone 

As a culmination of the environmental studies minor, this course has two main purposes. The first is to take action locally on an environmental service learning project. Action in the community builds professional skills, offers networking, and solidifies student interests. The second purpose is to help students clarify personal and career goals that are based on their environmental philosophy. Hearing from recent graduates and professionals in environmental fields provides students with a wide variety of perspectives and ideas as they consider their future decisions. Prerequisite: ENV 201ENV 303; six credits from the list of supporting courses.

Instructor:  Alysa Remsburg

TuTh 11:00-12:25



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BIO 307


A study of interactions that determine the distribution and abundance of living organisms.  The basic principles of ecology are presented in order to develop an understanding of the nature of these interactions at the individual, population and community levels of biological organization.  

Ross Vander Vorste MoWeFr 9:55 – 10:50 AM

David Schumann MoWeFr 12:05 – 1:00


BIO 341
This course includes fundamentals of aquatic ecology, with special reference to community ecology. Taxonomy, stratification and succession of organisms to be investigated. Energy traffic through aquatic ecosystems will also be investigated. Field trips required. Lect. 2, Lab 3.

Eric Strauss TuTh 11:00 – 11:55

Eric Strauss Tu 2:15 – 5:15

Eric Strauss Th 2:15 – 5:15

Eric Strauss Fr 12:05 – 3:05


CHM 412
Environmental Chemistry
This course examines the role of chemistry in shaping our environment, including atmospheric, aqueous, and terrestrial components. Students learn how fundamental chemical principles are applied to complex real systems in order to characterize environmental behavior and aid in prediction and decision making. Specific topics explored include climate change, ozone depletion, smog formation, water quality and treatment, energy policy, and the fate/transport of pollutants.
Nadia Carmosini MoWeFr 1:10 -2:05



ESC 101

Earth Environments

This course concentrates on understanding the earth’s dynamic environments through the study of processes and physical and human interactions related to the lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. A scientific approach is used to examine fundamental concepts in earth and environmental science related to topics such as plate tectonics, landform development, atmospheric processes, global climate, and water resources, in order to provide an understanding of how the earth system functions and the human role in these phenomena. Lect. 3, Lab 2.

Colin Belby TuTh 9:25 – 10:50 

Joan Bunbury MWF 9:55 – 10:50 

Staff TuTh 12:40 – 2:05 

               LAB TIMES

  • W 8:50 – 10:50 Heather Walder 
  • W 11:00 – 1:00 Jeffrey Kueny 
  • W 3:20 – 5:20 Heather Walder 
  • Tu 8:50 – 10:50 Heather Walder 
  • Tu 11:00 – 1:00 Joan Bunbury 
  • Tu 1:10 – 3:10 Joan Bunbury 
  • M 8:50 – 10:50 Staff
  • M 11:00 – 1:00 Staff
  • M 2:15 – 4:15 Staff

Satisfies General Education 05: Science


ESC 211

Global Warming and Climate Change

This course explores the scientific basis of global warming and climate change, and its current and likely impacts on human society and the environment. Actions that could be taken by governments, by industry, and by individuals to mitigate the effect will also be addressed. Discussion of global warming is situated in the context of models of climate change, focusing on alternative interpretations of the effects of anthropogenic greenhouse gases on global warming.

Joan Bunbury Online

Satisfies General Education 05: Science


GEO 200

Conservation of Global Environments

Introduction to natural resources, resource management, environmental and land use ethics, environmental impacts of resource utilization and strategies to resolve environmental conflicts. The course examines the relationships between society and the environment from the global to the local scale.

Jeffrey Kueny MWF 8:50 – 9:55 

Jeffrey Jueny TuTh 11:00 – 12:25

Daniel Sambu MWF 12:05 – 1:00 

Daniel Sambu Online

Satisfies General Education 04: International and Multicultural Studies


GEO 460 – Environmental Hazards  

Introduction to natural resources, resource management, environmental and land use ethics, environmental impacts of resource utilization and strategies to resolve environmental conflicts. The course examines the relationships between society and the environment from the global to the local scale.

Daniel Sambu MWF 7:45 – 8:40

Satisfies General Education 04: International and Multicultural Studies


MIC 434

Aquatic Microbial Ecology

An ecological study of bacteria, cyanobacteria and algae of aquatic ecosystems. Topics include microbial strategies for survival under various environmental conditions, the role of microorganisms in biogeochemical cycling of elements, interactions of microorganisms with other aquatic biota, the role of microorganisms in pollution problems, and applications of microbial ecology to biotechnology. Laboratory emphasis is on experimental design and sampling techniques, quantification of microbial biomass, and measurement of microbial activities in aquatic habitats. One weekend field trip required. This course is taught largely at an undergraduate level. Graduate students will have additional course requirements/expectations. Lect. 2, Lab 3.

Bonita Bratina TuTh 1:10 – 2:05 

Bonita Bratina Lab: Fr 8:50 – 11:50 



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PH 335

Environmental Health

Instructor: R Daniel Duquette

TuTh 11:00 – 12:25 PM

This course will examine the interdisciplinary and global impacts of human-environment relationships. Emphasis is placed on the critical nature of our understanding these relationships in order to improve ecosystem health, human health and well-being, global economics and sustainability. Politics, economics, science, technology, human behavior (both individual and collective), history, ethics, and the media are examined for the purpose of improving the quality of life for all people through the creation of a sustainable global society. The science, methods and processes of environmental health will be considered. The role of environmental health in public and population health will be examined.



REC 306

Environmental Ethics, Outdoor Recreation, and Natural Resources

Instructor:  Brian Kumm-Schaley

We 1:10-3:55

An in-depth exploration of environmental politics and policy making beginning with American environmentalism in the 1960s and concluding with global environmental politics in the 21st century. Environmental issues, ethics, institutional problems, philosophical approaches, economic analyses and implementation problems will be studied.



SOC 328

Environmental Sociology

Instructor:  Adam Driscoll



Basic sociological concepts and principles are applied to understand social life within rural and urban communities. Focus will be on the political economy, the culture, and social problems of people as they live in different types of communities.



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ENG 387

Literature and Environmental Action

Instructor: Kelly Sultzbach

MoWe 3:55-5:20 PM

A study of literature of many genres written by nature and environmentalist writers, both traditional and contemporary, all serving as models for students’ essays and projects.