Majors, minors & graduate programs

UW-La Crosse offers courses and degrees that help students grow their knowledge-bases and skill-sets in sustainability and the environment. As a result, UWL graduates are better positioned to address the 21st century challenges confronting our global community. Currently, Environmental Studies and Business Management-Sustainable Business are two minors that focus on sustainability. However, other departments occasionally offer courses that teach a sustainability component, so be sure to check the class list. 

Environmental Studies Minor

(All colleges)

24 credits

ENV 201 Introduction to Environmental Studies 3
ENV 301 Environmental Sustainability 3
ENV 303 Issues in Environmental Studies (can be repeated for a total of six credits)
ENV 496 Integrative Seminar in Environmental Studies 3
Select a minimum of three credits from each of the following three areas: 9
Natural sciences (see below)
Social sciences (see below)
Arts and Humanities (see below)
Electives (may choose additional courses from any of the categories below as well as ENV 450 or ENV 499): 3
Total Credits 24

Natural sciences

BIO 307 Ecology 3
BIO 341 Limnology 3
BIO 441 Environmental Toxicology 3
BIO 464 Stream and Watershed Ecology 3
BIO 473 Marine Biology 3
BIO 476 Ecosystem Ecology 3
CHM 412 Environmental Chemistry 3
ESC 101 Earth Environments 4
ESC 211 Global Warming and Climate Change 3
GEO 200 Conservation of Global Environments 3
GEO 425 Biogeography 3
GEO 427 Water Resources 3
GEO 460 Environmental Hazards and Land Use 3
MIC 350 Bacterial Diversity 3
MIC 434 Aquatic Microbial Ecology 3

Social sciences

ARC 404 Environmental Archaeology 3
CI 381 Environmental Education Methods 1
ECO 346 Environmental and Ecological Economics 3
ESC 321 Sustainable Development and Conservation 3
PH 335 Environmental Health 3
PSY 302 Environmental Issues: Applied Psychology 3
PUB 338 Environmental Policy 3
REC 306 Environmental Ethics, Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources 3
REC 345 Ecotourism 3
SOC 311 Rural and Urban Communities 3
SOC 328 Environmental Sociology 3
SOC/ERS 363 American Indians and the Environment 3

Arts and Humanities

CST 215 Influence, Advocacy and Social Responsibility 3
ENG 445 Literature and Environmental Action 3
HIS 317 American Environmental History 3
HIS 321 Wisconsin History 3
HIS 379 African Environmental History 3
HIS 391 History of Environmental Policy in the United States 3
PHL 341 Environmental Ethics 3
PHL 425 Wilderness Philosophy 3

Some 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 apply a maximum of six BIO credits at the 300/400 level to this minor.
Geography majors may apply a maximum of six GEO credits to this minor.
Health Education and Health Promotion majors may not apply PH 335 to this minor.
Sociology majors may apply a maximum of three SOC credits to this minor.

Business Administration > Sustainable Business Minor

(College of Business Administration)

18 credits

BUS 310 Principles of Sustainable Business 3
BUS 450 Business Sustainability Capstone 3
MGT 408 The Global Responsibility of Business 3
Select nine credits of approved electives: 9
At least three of the elective credits must be from the College of Business Administration course work. Select from the following:
Environmental and Ecological Economics  
Management Forum (Topic: Green Operations)  
Sustainability in Marketing  
Remaining elective credits may be taken outside the CBA. Select from the following:
Anthropology of Food  
Cultural Resources Management  
Global Warming and Climate Change  
Introduction to Environmental Studies  
Issues in Environmental Studies  
Conservation of Global Environments  
American Environmental History  
History of Environmental Policy in the United States  
Environmental Ethics  
Environmental Policy  
Environmental Issues: Applied Psychology  
American Indians and the Environment  
Total Credits