Courses for next semester

Environmental Studies Courses

Environmental Studies Courses expanding section

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: 

Alysa Remsburg            TuTh 9:25 – 10:50 (Hybrid)

Alysa Remsburg            TuTh 11:00 – 12:25 (Hybrid)

Margot Higgins             TuTh 12:40 – 2:05 (Hybrid)

Margot Higgins             TuTh 2:15 – 3:40 (Hybrid)

Richard Frost                 MW 2:15 – 3:40 (Hybrid)

Margaret Braun             Online Asynchronous 

Jan Wellik                      Online Asynchronous 

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

M 3:55-6:40 (Hybrid)

Env 303:  Occupying the Driftless:  Race, Place & Local Environment (Issues in Environmental Studies)

This course examines the social, geological, and ecological formations that shape Wisconsin, and the Driftless region in particular.  This region that includes La Crosse is marked physically by the action of glaciers, shaped by the enduring presence of indigenous nations, and rural poverty. It is defined politically by the colonization that intensified after the 1832 Black Hawk conflict in a contemporary landscape where organic agriculture, industrial agriculture, water use and energy development converge and collide. Bringing together local residents, scholars, activists, indigenous representatives, and artists in a series of guest visitors and field trips, the course aims to understand the origins and effects of environmental and social challenges in the region to consider a more just and sustainable future.

Instructor:  Margot Higgins

W:  1:10 - 3:55 (Hybrid)

Env 303: Environmental Cinema (Issues in Environmental Studies) 

Films about how people relate to the environment help us examine actions and beliefs.  Environmental films also leave viewers with important questions.  How accurate are they?  Do these films motivate us to save the planet, or people, or both?  What are the strengths and limitations of film?  In this course we consider these questions through readings, discussion, research, and critical writing.  We will watch drama, animated, or documentary films with environmental themes each week.

Instructor:  Alysa Remsburg

F: 12:05 -2:50 (Online Synchronous) 

Env 303: Sustainable Transportation (Issues in Environmental Studies) 

The mobility of people and things has a massive environmental impact, as well as disproportionate allocation of urban space and government budgets, unequal access and movement for social groups, serious and unevenly distributed health impacts, and lasting impacts on climate.  This course will include interdisciplinary readings and research to ask if transportation can be more sustainable.  

Instructor:  James Longhurst

TuTh:  2:15 - 3:40 (Hybrid)

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:  2:15-3:40 (Online Synchronous) 



Natural Sciences Electives expanding section

BIO 307 – Ecology

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.

Jason Freund                MWF 9:55 – 10:50 (Hybrid)

Ross Vander Vorste      MWF 1:10 – 2:05 (Online Synchronous)

Rick Gillis                    MWF 11:00 – 11:25 (Online Synchronous)


BIO 441 – Environmental Toxicology

The study of the lethal and sublethal effects of chemical contaminants on ecosystems and humans. Topics covered include environmental legislation, chemical distribution and fate in the environment, methods of toxicity testing, assessment of exposure and risk, effects of chemical contaminants on humans, and fish and wildlife populations, communities and ecosystems, and toxicity of specific chemical groups. This course is taught largely at an undergraduate level. Graduate students will have additional course requirements/expectations.

Tisha King-Heiden        MWF 9:55 – 10:50 (Online Synchronous)


BIO 464 – Stream and Watershed Ecology

An introduction to key concepts and theory pertinent to understanding and managing fluvial ecosystems (rivers and streams) and their watersheds. The course emphasizes rivers as large-scale physical and biological systems. Course work includes a comparative case study of distinctive types of temperate, tropical, and polar rivers. This course is taught largely at an undergraduate level. Graduate students will have additional course requirements/expectations.

Eric Strauss                  MWF 8:50 – 9:45 (Hybrid)


BIO 473 – Marine Biology

Marine biology is an interdisciplinary field that includes elements of geology, physics, chemistry and biology. Students will gain an introduction to how biological organisms deal with varying physical, geological and chemical conditions found in marine ecosystems. Emphasis will be placed on current conservation concerns and marine invertebrate diversity. 

David Schumann          Online Asynchronous


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.

Jeffrey Kueny               TuTh 9:25 – 10:50 (Hybrid)

Jeffrey Kueny               MWF 8:50 – 9:45 (Hybrid)

Joan Bunbury               Online Asychronous


LABS (All In Person):

Jeffrey Kueny               W 1:10 – 3:10

Staff                             W 1:10 – 3:10

Jeffrey Kueny               W 3:20 – 5:20

Staff                             W 3:20 – 5:20

Md Islam                      Tu 8:50 – 10:50

Staff                             Tu 8:50 – 10:50

Md Islam                      Tu 11:00 – 1:00

Staff                             Tu 11:00 – 1:00

Colin Belby                  Tu 1:10 – 3:10

Staff                             Tu 1:10 – 3:10

Md Islam                      Th 7:45 – 9:45

Staff                             Th 7:45 – 9:45

Md Islam                      Th 9:55 – 11:55

Staff                             Th 9:55 – 11:55

Md Islam                      Th 1:10 – 3:10

Staff                             Th 1:10 – 3:10


ESC 211 – Global Warming and Climate Change

This course serves as an introduction to causes of natural and human-induced climate change, and the current and future impacts of climate change on environmental systems and society. Actions that could be taken by governments, industry, non-profit organizations, and individuals to mitigate the magnitude and effects of climate change will be addressed. The course will investigate social, cultural, and political aspects associated with climate change policy, including how vulnerability, resilience, and adaptability to a changing climate vary across the globe.

Cynthia Berlin              Online Asynchronous 


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. Course examines the relationships between society and the environment from the global to the local scale. 

Cynthia Berlin              TuTh 11:00 – 12:25 (Hybrid)

Daniel Sambu               MWF 9:55 – 10:50 (Hybrid)

Daniel Sambu               Online Asynchronous

Jeffrey Kueny               Online Asynchronous


MIC 350 – Bacterial Diversity        

A survey of the bacteria. Lectures will cover bacterial classification and the structure, physiology, ecology, and applications of various groups of bacteria. Special emphasis will be on the more unique species and those of industrial, ecological and environmental importance. The laboratory will involve enrichment and isolation procedures for selective groups of bacteria.

Bonita Bratina              TuTh 9:55 – 10:50 (In Person) – Lecture

Bonita Bratina              F 8:50 – 11:50 (In Person) – Lab










Social Sciences Electives expanding section

ARC 404 – Environmental Archaeology

This course investigates the relationship between prehistoric human societies and their biotic communities. An array of techniques using plant and animal remains from archaeological contexts to reconstruct aspects of ancient environments, climates, and human subsistence patterns are examined. Applications of environmental data toward the understanding of human settlement and subsistence systems are discussed.

Constance Arzigian       MW 2:15 – 3:40 (Hybrid)


ECO 346 – Environmental and Ecological Economics

Aspects of the scarcity of renewable and non-renewable natural resources and the management problems associated with their allocation and use are presented from neoclassical and ecological economics perspective. The theoretical foundations for those tools of economic analysis applicable to the analysis of natural resource problems are developed with historical, real-world examples discussed. Attention is concentrated on the policy implications of alternative resource development strategies.

Abdul Kidwai               TuTh 12:40 – 2:05 (Online Synchronous)


ESC 321 – Sustainable Development and Conservation

This course is designed to engage students in critical thinking with regard to how the current momentum in environmental conservation is shaping global development practices. The dual and seemingly conflicting mandates of conservation and development are examined not only through theory but also case studies from different parts of the world.

Daniel Sambu               MWF 7:45 – 8:40 (Hybrid) – Combined Section


PH 335 – Environmental Health

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.

R Daniel Duquette        TuTh 11:00 – 12:25 (Hybrid)


REC 306 – Environmental Ethics, Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources

This course provides an overview of the natural resources used for outdoor recreational pursuits, an analysis of leisure activities dependent upon natural resources, a presentation of the issues associated with recreational land use and an introduction to environmental awareness and outdoor ethics. Recreation and natural resources at the national, state, local and private levels will be addressed with emphasis on the understanding of how outdoor recreation affects and is affected by natural resources.

Laurlyn Harmon           M 1:10 – 4:10 (Online Synchronous)



Humanities Electives expanding section

ENG 387 – Literature and Environmental Action

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.

Kelly Sultzbach            TuTh 2:15 – 3:40 (Online Synchronous)