Bron Taylor, Program Coordinator
Department Office: Swart 314
Department Telephone: 920-424-1397

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Undergraduate: In combination with a major, an Environmental Studies minor can lead to a baccalaureate degree.


1. GOAL(S)
Environmental Studies is the study of the relationships between human culture and living systems. It is also a study with a purpose: to understand the social variables that lead to environmental degradation and to inspire critical thought and action in response. Thus, it is a course of study for people who care about environmental issues and want to contribute to the resolution of environmental problems.


The program offers two minor(s): (1) Environmental Studies (for Human Services majors in COEHS or students in the Colleges of Letters and Science, Business or Nursing); and (2) Environmental Studies for Education majors (limited to teacher licensure students majoring in elementary education (PK-3/6, 1-8) and to 6-12 teacher licensure students majoring/minoring in either Broad Field Natural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics).


To be eligible for graduation, students must meet all requirements for the degree being sought in addition to earning a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses required for the Environmental Studies minor. Refer to the following for complete requirements. Those students seeking Wisconsin teacher licensure must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses required for their majors and minors in order to meet the requirements of the College of Education and Human Services.

See minor below.



Required Units (crs.): 24 minimum

Required Core Courses: 15 units (crs.) as follows:
  • Interdisciplinary Seminars, 6 units (crs.) from Environmental Studies 211 and 490
  • Environment and Science Area, 3 units (crs.) from the following: Biology and Microbiology 260, Environmental Studies 260
  • Environment and Society Area, 3 units (crs.) from the following: Sociology 261, Environmental Studies 261
  • Environment and Values Area, 3 units (crs.) from the following: Religious Studies 262, Environmental Studies 262.

Electives: 9 units (crs.), a minimum of one three-unit (cr.) course from each the following three areas:
  • Environment and Science Area: Biology and Microbiology 349, 376, 386, Geography 363, 364, Geology 320, 335, 365, Nursing 361
  • Environment and Society Area: Anthropology 348, Environmental Studies 390, 395, Geography 314, 414, 419/619, History 342, Public Affairs 391, Political Science 395, Urban and Regional Studies 317
  • Environment and Values Area: Environmental Studies 343, English 343, Religious Studies 362, Sociology 342


See Interdisplinary Studies

Environmental Studies 211 3 units (crs.)
Seminar on Environmental Issues (SS)
An interdisciplinary course exploring the complex relationships between humans and ecosystems. Conservation biology, social science, and environmental ethics will be introduced to illuminate contemporary environmental issues (specific topics will vary). The course will facilitate critical questioning about the proper relationship between humans and the natural world, while providing an introduction to the field of environmental studies.

Environmental Studies 260 3 units (crs.)
Environmental Science 3 cr.
A core course for the Environmental Studies minor that will provide an overview of: 1) scientific principles on which studies of the environment are based; 2) current understandings of environmental problems from a scientific perspective; and 3) evaluation of scientific evidence. Prerequisite: 100-level science course (biology, chemistry, geography, or physics). Credit cannot be received for both Environmental Studies 260 and Biology and Microbiology 260.

Environmental Studies 261 3 units (crs.)
Environment and Society (SS)
Examines relationship between social structure, culture and natural environments; compares different modes of production and cultural systems. Examines economic, political and ideological structures of industrial and industrializing societies. Analyzes the impact of these structures upon natural environments and analyzes the impact of natural environment upon these structures. Credit cannot be received for both Environmental Studies 261 and Sociology 261.

Environmental Studies 262 3 units (crs.)
Environment and Values (HU)
Examines diverse perspectives regarding values and environmental responsibility as well as the social actors and movements which embody them. Foci may include: Western Civilization and environmental ethics, environmental values in non-western cultures, environmental values in small scale societies, the aesthetics of nature (including as represented in visual art), religious perceptions of place, environmental values in fiction, prose and poetry, and ecological ethics and technology. Credit cannot be received for both Environmental Studies 262 and Religious Studies 262.

Environmental Studies 343 3 units (crs.)
Nature Writing
A course in reading and writing about the natural world. Writers discussed may include Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Annie Dillard, and others. Student writing will represent a significant portion of the coursework. Writing assignments may include essays on natural history, journal entries, environmental advocacy pieces, eco-fiction, and others consistent with the focus of the course. Cross-listed: English 343/Environmental Studies 343. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. English 343/543.

Environmental Studies 390 3 units (crs.)
Special Topics
Special Topics courses in Environmental Studies focus on current environmental issues. The disciplinary approach and subject matter will vary. In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of the Environmental Studies program, the scientific, social, and moral dimensions of the issue at hand will be explored. Students will normally be expected to carry out an original, interdisciplinary research project.

Environmental Studies 395 3 units (crs.)
Field Studies
Field Studies courses involve intensive off-campus research focusing on specific environmental issues. The primary disciplinary approach and subject matter will vary. Each course will attend to the scientific, social, and moral dimensions of the environmental issue under scrutiny. Cost for travel and related expenses will vary. Examples include: the study of pollution and politics in the Fox-Wolf watershed; the social ecology of Northern Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area; grassroots environmentalism, the Wise Use movement, and conflict over natural resources in North America; and efforts to construct ecologically sustainable livelihoods in the Highlands of Southern Mexico. Consult the appendix and contact the Environmental Studies program for course details.

Environmental Studies 490 3 units (crs.)
Environmental Studies Senior Seminar
A capstone seminar for the Environmental Studies minor program that will examine the student's ability to integrate perspectives gained in previous environmental courses emphasizing science, society and values. Prerequisite: 18 units (crs.) toward the Environmental Studies minor (including Interdisciplinary 211) or consent of Environmental Studies
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Last Updated July 1, 2001